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New QA Tool for Adhesive Bookbinding for Magazine and Softcover Book Manufacturers

Posted on 9/2/2021 7:04:04 AM By ASC
  

Adhesive solutions provider H.B. Fuller recently announced that it has launched the FullVision™ Equipment and Data-Analytics Consulting Service for bookbinding, an on-demand quality assurance tool for softcover book and magazine manufacturers. The FullVision digital platform for bindery quality control is designed to improve efficiency, optimize production, and control costs.

Deviation from the targeted spine adhesive application rate can go unnoticed for hours and result in waste accumulation, lost time, additional rework, and customer claims. The industry average for just two hours of rework on one production line can cost binderies up to $12,000 in book waste and labor.

“With the rise of digitization and big data, manufacturers are often challenged with the lack of time and resources to collect and make sense of large quantities of data coming from the business and operations,” said Garrett Price, global market segment leader for Graphic Arts at H.B. Fuller. “And since spine adhesive application is essential in the bookbinding process, our team of experts uncovered an innovative way to monitor and capture critical data using our new proprietary FullVision platform. From those analyses, we can now create at-a-glance data reports to help our customers track against industry benchmarks, mitigate operating costs and improve product quality and line productivity.”

Once installed on a bookbinding line, the FullVision web-based equipment gathers data on adhesive use and alerts the operator of an issue in real time. Binderies can leverage this custom-designed software to ensure spine-to-cover adhesion meets the bindery’s quality standards and also instantly identify a variance to ensure a quick response, helping them avoid quality issues and book waste. In addition, H.B. Fuller analysts are available to help interpret reports and provide actionable, value-added recommendations for improvements of adhesive application on the customer production lines.

For more information, visit www.hbfuller.com/fullvision.