Printing hardcover books on-demand just got a little easier for a Massachusetts-based library and on-demand binding company. Bridgeport National Bindery Inc. of Agawam recently installed a Bookmaster360 to produce its hardcover books in quantities as low as a single copy. Producing small quantities of hardbound books with current on-demand binding operations typically averages five to seven days, says Bruce Jacobsen, vice president of Bridgeport National Bindery. "We expect the arrival of this machine to change that," he says. "It will help us to meet our goal of a three-day turnaround." The Bookmaster360, manufactured by bielomatik inc. of Neuffen, Germany, features a
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For book manufacturing constituents looking for cutting edge solutions to their bindery equipment needs, an early October trip to Chicago may have been a good place to start. Several manufacturers exhibited their back gluing, casing-in, casemaking and manufacturing lines at the 2002 Graph Expo. Exhibitors were pleasantly surprised by the number of attendees at this year's show (nearly 38,000, according to the organizers), lending an air of optimism to the future of the printing industry. BTM details the latest from some of the exhibitors who were on hand to demonstrate their offerings. Banner Banner American Products (www.banam.com), a manufacturer and distributor of pouch and