Probinder from Heidelberg bind to fit: the ultimate in binding
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) at CeBIT 2003
introduces to the European market the Heidelberg Probinder - the
innovative solution for flexible wire comb binding for short-run
applications and books on demand.
At the CeBIT tradeshow, Heidelberg will demonstrate the
Inline version of the Probinder, in conjunction with a Digimaster
9150I Network Imaging System. Inline production of wire-comb-bound
books represents both a milestone in the postpress sector and a
world first in the printing industry.
Surveys of printshop customers show a steady increase of wire
comb binding in professional finishing. Many customers want to use
this form of binding on a more regular basis. Printshops often
prefer wire-comb-bound books because they are easy to handle and
practical, because the individual pages of these documents can be
turned over a full 360°. This feature is perfect for a variety
of applications including user manuals, training manuals, annual
reports, presentation documents and cookbooks. Customers also like
the stability and visual quality of wire comb binding. Now with
Probinder, Heidelberg offers an innovative finishing solution far
superior to competitive offerings.
The secret behind the new Probinder? It only needs one wire coil
From a single wire, the Probinder produces the right wire
comb for each individual book. The wire coil only needs changing
when there is a color change. This saves on space and costs by
eliminating the inventory of prefabricated wire combs in different
diameters, lengths, colors and wire thicknesses. The Probinder is
ideal for books-on-demand. It provides the user with a versatile
and profitable finishing solution specially designed for shorter
runs and more frequent format changes. The maximum book thickness
is two centimeters. The Probinder can handle between two and 200
pages of 80 gsm.
The Probinder features an impressive level of automation and
user-friendliness. It performs the whole process of producing the
diameter-dependent wire combs for the different document thickness.
The device takes no time at all to set up. It adjusts
automatically to the correct binding format or document thickness.
The minimal make-ready times make finishing efficient and flexible.
"When our Probinder systems are available later this year, we
will offer a revolutionary change in the finishing process of
on-demand print jobs," said Wolfgang Pfizenmaier, president of
Heidelberg's Digital Solution Center. "Our Probinder system
concept, with Inline, Nearline and Offline configurations, is
designed to meet the needs of digital print businesses worldwide,
regardless of their print volumes, workflow needs or the types of
jobs they produce."
A whole range of uses
The Probinder comes in three configurations, making it
ideal not only for digital printshops, but also for small-format
offset printshops, in-house printing departments and bookbinders.
Customers can choose from Inline, Nearline and Offline
configurations, depending on their binding volumes and workflow
needs. Probinder Offline customers will have the opportunity to
When integrated into any of the Digimaster digital presses,
the Probinder produces documents inline that are ready for
immediate dispatch. It is controlled entirely from the front end of
the digital press.
The Probinder Nearline configuration consists of an uniquie
sheet feeding system for different paper weights within one set, a
hole puncher and the binding device. The Nearline system permits
full integration into a digital workflow. Documents are punched
with an integrated hole puncher, creating a true end-to-end
process. The touch-screen display and the easy-to-operate software
simplify the operation.
In the Offline version, the Probinder automatically binds
pre-punched book blocks with an appropriate wire comb.
Benefits for users and end customers
There are many advantages for the user, including only
keeping one wire thickness in stock and no longer being tied to
using pre-produced diameters. The automatic setting feature saves
time, offers outstanding flexibility and avoids errors. For
example, with competing technologies, the punching process before
the actual binding operation is very time-intensive. With the
Inline and Nearline versions of the Probinder, the hole punching
stage is seamlessly integrated into the workflow and performed both
automatically and in parallel. Early customer feedback revealed
that many printshop staff and bookbinders singled out this feature
as the most important aspect of the Probinder concept. It
eliminates a whole host of laborious manual processes and makes the
production flow more profitable. Users can broaden their portfolio
of services depending on requirements and end-customers receive
their products quickly and according to their particular needs.
At CeBIT Heidelberg introduces to the European market
the Probinder - the innovative solution for flexible wire comb
binding for short-run applications and books on demand. The new
digital finishing device is available inline, nearline or offline
For further information:
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Tel.: +49 (0)6221 92 50 77
Fax: +49 (0)6221 92 50 46