CP Bourg BB3002

An automated single-clamp binder, the machine can process books up to 60mm thick with a productivity of up to 600 cycles/hour. “To the print and general finishing sector the BB3002 offers a short-run, high quality option, but the machine has also proven popular among digital printers by virtue of its ability to economically produce very short runs,” said Cooper.

Online creasing can be done with up to six positive or negative creases. It also comes with two notching tools as standard with an option for two more, and can produce perfect-bound and winged books.

With an in-built jogger unit, the binder automatically adjusts to the book thickness and length, even for runs as short as one book. The binder also has an integrated cover-creasing unit for providing multiple creases in digitally-printed covers.

Targeted at a wide range of printers and finishers its main competitors are from Horizon and Duplo. Until recently there were no optional extras on the machine but since the start of 2008 buyers can select the PUR glue module. PUR glue is preferred to traditional hotmelt EVA glue in several modern applications, notably in the case of some digital presses, where silicon based fusing oils are used.

When buying a secondhand machine, it is important to check the its service record. CP Bourg has a system of ‘tag updates’ whereby upgrades are performed as part of the machine’s regular service. These updates are generally minor, but if they are not regularly performed, upgrades can accumulate and become a significant problem.

As well as checking the tag rating, anyone buying a used BB3002 should take care to look inside the machine, as neglected areas do not tend to be visible on the exterior.

Max book size

Max book thickness
Max speed
600 cycles/hour
What to look for
• Tag updates
• Machine interior

Read the original article at www.printweek.com.

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