Vivid Laminating Technologies have launched a cutting accessory for their Matrix range of laminating systems, which they claim will revolutionise the way the PUR and Perfectly Bound book covers are created.
The new patented technology from the Leicestershire-based firm is called Flatbook®, which completely eliminates cover curl in Perfect and PUR bound books.
Traditionally, when applying conventional OPP laminate film to book covers, the result is that the cover will curl up. Nylon laminating film is a solution to this problem, but this can be more costly than OPP laminate.
Vivid’s new Flatbook device cleverly cuts out a channel of conventional OPP film as it laminates, leaving the inside spine unlaminated. This allows the adhesive glue to stick to the spine and not the laminate. The result is a perfectly bound and perfectly flat book.
Gavin Ward, Vivid’s Technical Manager, explains more “We came up with the idea and concept during really productive team meeting. We realised that printers had this issue and that the solution of nylon film was an expensive option. Nylon films sometimes give you a duller gloss finish than normal OPP film. With the Flatbook in use, the printer can now laminate all kinds of finishes, even on 100gsm copy paper”.
Vivid also state that because OPP film can be used, this is also ideal for the ‘burstable’ requirement on the Matrix, with the cutters splitting each laminated sheet as it exits the system.
“We designed the system as an add-on accessory for the Matrix” continued Gavin “It’s very easy to set-up and it’s also ideal for small to medium print runs”.
Vivid have been providing print finishing solutions for over 25 years and are Europe’s No.1 designers and manufacturers of laminating systems.