Impel-Welbound – automated binders & inline configurations

A paradigm shift for the future of book Indian production

BindLIne 5000 from Impel-Wellbound is the smartest high-speed binder in its category. Photo Impel-Wellbound

On display at the Printpack India exhibition at Greater Noida will be automatic soft cover and hardcover binders, that can change settings in seconds for delivering high throughputs. Freedom 2K, Welbound’s solution for short-run book printing can read a QR code imprint on the book and change machines settings under a minute. What is more interesting is that the same binder can also be connected inline to a gathering machine at one end and a trimmer on the other. Be it 2,000 books per hour or 5,000, Welbound’s machines occupy the minimum space and consume the lowest power per book. And can be connected and configured to run with other elements of the bind line.

BindLIne 5000 – the smartest high-speed binder in its category, comes with SIgna 5000 signature gatherer with error detection capability and can be connected together in straight, 90 degree, or 180-degree configurations. Speaking to Indian Printer and Publisher, Anil Kumar director – Sales of Impel Welbound says, “The last two years have seen multiple installations of our BindLInes in North India. Arihant Publications, probably India’s largest book printer in terms of daily print volumes, alone has installed three such lines. Then there is Mittal Publications in Meerut. There is also the Freedom 4.2K Binder, which is the heart of the BindLine, being installed at Sterling Graphic Printers (Batra Art), at Deepak Pustak Bandhanalay (DPB Printers), and also at SDR printers.”

The Freedom 2000 and 5000 series of binders and the line and inline solutions from Welbound help address the key challenges faced by Indian book printers – Firstly, the low margins that do not leave room for any errors; secondly, the need for the quick turnarounds of jobs – everything is needed as of day before yesterday; and thirdly, offline processes leading to breaks and losses in workflow momentum; and lastly, the unavailability of space to install binding lines.

The director of Manufacturing for the bookbinding machines company, Viswaprasad Nair says, “Our strong indigenous research and development helped us provide answers to these issues. Our machines are modular and can grow to be a complete line as the customer desires. Various layout possibilities help us install a BindLine in 50% of the area needed by other inline binding solutions.”

In addition to its binder and inline installations in the North, Impel-Welbound has installed several BindLines in the recent past, including those at book print exporters like CDC Printers in Kolkata and Quarter Fold Printability in Mumbai.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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