Muller Martini newly developed Adhesive Monitoring System (AMS) is equipped with laser consistently monitors glue application during the production of softcover books. Glue application is measured reliably even for differing glue patterns thanks to the seamless integration of the adhesive monitoring system with the control system of the latest generation perfect binders. “The system measures extremely accurately and it’s capabilities are really impressive,” says Michael Scherrer, Production Manager at the Scherrer bookbindery in Urdorf in the Swiss canton of Zurich. “You can rely on the AMS, as it continuously checks every book and halts production immediately if it detects an error.”
The data from the AMS is transferred to the operator monitor and the glue profile is clearly displayed on a color-differentiated graphic. This allows optimizing the applied quantity by fine-tuning directly on the monitor, thereby minimizing glue consumption and cutting costs, while maintaining the quality of the end products. “Often too much glue is used in perfect binding,” says perfect binding expert Scherrer, speaking from experience. “AMS allows you to use less glue, without having to sacrifice quality. And reduced glue consumption naturally translates to more cost-effective production.”
The AMS not only measures and adjusts the glue quantity, but also detects any gluing errors such as accumulations, gaps or dirt in the adhesive-free zone, allowing the operator to react to errors individually or automate their handling. That guarantees the higher quality of delivered books, thereby reducing complaints and leading to greater customer satisfaction overall.