The ANT 150 PUR Hybrid is a fully automatic, single-clamp PUR perfect binding machine that is ideal for small job runs; it offers efficient, reliable and easy operation, as well as providing a professional quality finish. The machine costs from around £19,750 and runs off a standard 13amp supply.

An innovative PUR gluing system provides better lay-flat and higher strength finished books, while heavy coated or special papers used in digital printing and photo books are handled with ease by the binder, according to Roger Cartright, sales manager for distributor Friedheim International.

“It is aimed at the digital sector only, as it’s designed to prepare only cut-sheet work for binding rather than folding sections. The hybrid gluing system uses rollers but not roller tanks for the adhesive. Glue tanks involve lots of waste – you have to throw away what’s left after the job.”

The kit enables finishers to use enough glue for the particular job, such as five or 25 books at a time, he said, adding: “PUR glue is still very expensive so it’s a shame to have to waste it”. The machine could tackle runs of hundreds but not thousands, he added.

“It’s aimed at the digital printer who wants to produce a couple of dozen books for a client where a bigger binder would be overkill for them. Another key feature is a hot-melt side-glue capability, which is almost unique at this level with a PUR binder to give more stability of the spine.”

He added: “Tecnograf has developed this compact machine for all digital customers that require an entry-level perfect binder that is simple to use and intuitive to handle. The system allows the operator to control every function of the machine during the binding cycle. The simple roller application means cleaning is simple and straightforward.”