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How to scare the opposition and impress customers with your NCR book quality.

By Using a vorTEX/////doublebinder and a few nifty add-ons.


It was once predicted that NCR books are headed for extinction. It is sometimes said that it is a dying trade being kept alive by a dying breed of old-school tradesmen.


But this is hardly the case. There are still printers that do big business in NCR products. For many, this positions them as a specialized supplier on a relatively low-risk product that can sometimes have high profit margins. 


Electronic media and digital printing has certainly devoured some market share for printing in general. But it is probably safe to predict that NCR books will be in service for as long as there are plumbers who need invoice books, electricians that need job cards, truck drivers that need trip sheets, deliverymen that need waybills or small businesses that need a backup when their computer systems are out of action.


The problem with these kinds of copy books is that they are often slow and expensive to produce. And in some region there can be a fair amount of competition. This being the case it would serve the printer well to use every advantage possible in order to gain an edge.


How to gain an edge in the market


There are several ways to achieve this. One is by providing great services and great prices and consistently good quality. But those are mostly one’s only options. There is only so much creativity that can go into an NCR book. Unless you have a vorTEX/////doublebinder!


Ask anyone who uses NCR books whether they would like books that can fold open flat. Almost all will tell you “absolutely, yes!” but they don’t exist. Unless, of course, they have been PUR bound or bound using PVA cold glue. And on account of the high capital cost of PUR and the slow drying properties of PVA, these binding methods are seldom used on NCR books.


The vorTEX/////doublebind machine, on the other hand, produces stunningly flat NCR books as easily as a perfect binder would. But the product is incomparably better! Layflat quality is even more important for left-handed users who have to write across the fold of the book. Since forms are often squashed against the bind section of the book, the need to write across a flat surface cannot be over-emphasized.


On top of everything else, all finishers know that NCR paper is a terrible medium to bind. Fortunately the vorTEX passes the NCR test with flying colour. With the vorTEX you can use the same machine for binding regular books as well as NCR. And you can offer a book with layflat quality such as the competition probably won’t be able to offer.


Distinguish yourself from the opposition 


Consider a customer walking the streets to obtain quotations from different printers. Give or take a bit, most offers are approximately comparable. But one offer is different. For the same price, it offers LAYFLAT books. All things being roughly equal, which printer do you think will get the job?


Will that printer be you? With the vorTEX/////doublebinder, you could be that printer.



Add-ons for your vorTEX


If it is important to you to beat the opposition and impress your customers by consistently offering the best quality NCR books available, then you will certainly be looking at a few extra tools.


A great spine requires a Spine Cutter


Firstly, your book covers are probably going to be made out of greenline board or grey chip board. In this case, you will want covers that fold open neatly, and binding cloth that pasts down neatly, strongly and smoothly. The perfect tool for this job is the Syncrom Hinge Cutter.


By merely passing your book covers across the heat cutter you will mill an 8mm groove into the cover where the binding cloth is fixed. What this means is that in two seconds you have just transformed an NCR book that looks like everybody else's to one that stands out as truly professional and very pleasing to the eye.


The Syncrom Spine Cutter puts a groove into your NCR book covers that transforms ordinary books into high-quality, professional masterpieces - in two seconds.


A groove along the binding section of your NCR book covers makes for the best-looking professional product.


The best binding with a Tape Gluer


Now that you have created the neatest possible covers for your books, you can apply the binding cloth, or binding tape. You may be using pre-glued binding tape already. This is an inconvenient and dreadful option. If you are using a vorTEX/////doublebinder or a TT Multi Bind perfect binding machine, you have a far better option. You can now insert your binding tape into the machine IN-LINE and bind the book and secure the binding cloth in one simple operation.


But in order to do that, you will need to prepare your own binding tape. This is very easy to do with Syncrom's incredibly simple and effective tape coater. All you need to do is insert a roll of uncoated binding cloth (they come in various different colours), and turn the handle. The binding cloth will pass across a roller with hotmelt glue which will coat one side of your binding cloth. As you keep turning the handle, the now coated and dried binding cloth is wound up on a spool. And now you have manufactured your own binding cloth!


Applying the binding cloth


The next step is to cut your binding cloth the length of the book that will be bound. Simply insert the binding cloth in an adjustable recess on your vorTEX/////doublebinder  or TT Multi Bind perfect binding machine. Insert your book's content pages on the opposite end and push the start button. Your book will now be securely bound and automatically positioned onto the binding cloth.


The binding cloth will fuse to the spine of the book, but along the length of the back- and front covers the sides of the binding cloth will still be loose. If you have a TT Multi Bind perfect binding machine you can simply press the book's cover against a specially heated surface and count "one-thousand-and-one" and the binding cloth is fused to the cover! For faster production, a Syncrom Heat Binder is recommended for this task, but smaller producers may be content to simply use the TT's heated surface.


On a vorTEX the construction is somewhat different, so that there isn't a heated surface to press against. In this case, the Syncrom Heat Binder is your ideal add-on solution.


Increase speed and achieve perfection with a Heat Binder


The Syncrom Heat Binder is a very simple device which merely clamps the book's spine between two heated metal plates. This fuses the glue to the book's covers and your books is ready for guillotining and dispatch.


The Syncrom Heat Binder fixes binding cloth to book covers fast, simply and professionally


With the Syncrom range of binding equipment you are now able to produce NCR books that will leave the competition frustrated and your customers delighted. Are those two reasons good enough for an investment? Printers who plan to be part of the future will certainly think so.

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