The Model 15xs from Powis Parker is one of the mostversatile binding machines available today. The 15 will perform stripbinding, as well as self inflating 4WD mats bind hard cover books, note pads and perfectbinding. Powis Parker has three perfect binding options or PerfectBackstrips to choose from: Temperature Activated, Pressure Sensitive andLay Flat.The Temperature Activated or TA strips is by far theeasiest strip to use. Simply bind the book with the TA strip, peel offthe release liner when cool, insert the book into the creased andfolded cover, reinsert the book in the 15 and press and hold the bindbutton.
The machine will reactivate the adhesive binding the book blockto the cover. Then the book need only be trimmed.Powis Parkerhas two pressure sensitive options for documents or covers that aresensitive to excessive heat from the binding machine. To use thePressure Sensitive or PS, simply bind the book block the same way, peeloff the narrow strip of the release liner when cool and adhere to thecreased and folded cover, then peel off the remaining-wide portion ofthe release liner and adhere the rest of the spine to the cover. Forthe best results when using pressure sensitive strips it is a good ideato use a cover that is slightly larger than needed. After the bookblock has been secured inside the cover you can then use a guillotinecutter to face trim the book t the appropriate size. However, if youuse this approach it is important to remember to increase your marginsappropriately to allow room for trimming.The Lay Flat or LFstrip is ideally suited for larger books and is more forgiving than theregular Pressure Sensitive strip. The binding process is exactly thesame as the PS strip; however the Lay Flat strip only has adhesive onthe front and back cover and none on the spine. This will help athicker book to open and lay flat, similar to a hard back book.Inaddition to the binding machine, you will need to use a good creasingmachine. Powis Parker makes the SM1 scoring machine.
The SM1 is easy touse and will put a double crease in the cover to help the book layflat. If you have a good creaser or scoring machine already, you maynot need the SM1 however the easy set up of the SM1 may make it a moreadvantageous choice than a traditional creaser or scorer. As with allperfect binding machines, you will also need to trim three sides of thebook for the perfect finish. There are any number of options and priceranges to choose from depending on your volume.Fastback is agreat solution for short run perfect binding as the process is easy andinexpensive. However, since there are a few steps in the process andthe lower cost of glue chips for a traditional perfect binding machine,higher demand users should invest in a standalone perfect bindingmachine.