Sterling Digibinder Perfect Binding Machine

Published: 27th September 2010
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A Look into the Sterling Digibinder Perfect Binding Machine

About Perfect Binding:

Perfect Binding, also referred to as soft cover binding, is similar to paper back novel binding. Unlike some binding processes that require sewing the pages into the spine of the book, Perfect Binding requires no sewing, and instead uses a strong adhesive is used to hold the pages in place by attaching them to a soft cover. When finished, Perfect Binding creates a clean look with a flat spine.

Sometimes referred to as case binding, the use of Perfect Binding also lends itself to smaller publishing concerns, such as desktop publishing and self publishing in the publish on demand businesses. The equipment required to create a perfect bind is relatively simple and easy to operate. Glues used in this binding technique are also easy to work with, making the task of creating a professional look possible even by people with little binding experience. Perfect Binding is utilized for many types of soft-cover type books, manuals, corporate reports, brochures, and other simple collections of documents – perfect for self-publishing!

About the Sterling Digibinder:

There are several machines on the market that offer the convenience and appeal of perfect binding, and today we will review the Digibinder Perfect Binding Machine by Sterling.

The Sterling Digibinder is a fully automated Perfect Binding Machine that offers one-touch perfect binding. Go from thick books to thin books without making any adjustments on the machine as the book size, pneumatic clamp, and nipper are completely self adjusting to the size of book you place on the machine, making your work easy. Twin glue rollers ensure an even and consistent glue application, every time. There is absolutely no set up required. Coated stock is no problem for the Sterling Digibinder Perfect Binding Machine... it handles it with ease.

The Sterling Digibinder Perfect Binder roughs the entire backbone and notches the edges. Notching blades are two small points that turn on a wheel and scrape the backbone of a book block prior to gluing. This creates what looks like a barber pole on the spine of the book block and the glue will seep into these spiral gouges in the spine for a strong hold. The Sterling Digibinder Perfect Binding Machine lets you perfect bind books up to 1-1/2" thick at speeds of up to 360 books per hour. The Digibinder Perfect Binder is small enough for an office, however, is also an ideal choice for in plant and on demand printers.

Specifications and Features:

  • Model: Digibinder

  • Manufacturer: Spiel Associates

  • Maximum Binding Capacity: 2" stack

  • Maximum Binding Edge: 12-1/2"

  • Cycle Speed: Up to 360 books per hour

  • Electrical: 220V, 15Amps, Single phase

  • Warm-Up Time: Approximately 20-30 minutes

  • Shipping Dimensions: 69" L x 25" W x 35" H

  • Net / Shipping Weight: 285 lbs. / 468 lbs.

How to Use the Sterling Digibinder:

What You Will Need:

  • Sterling Digibinder Perfect Binding Machine

  • Wrap-Around Covers

  • Custom Printed Sheets

How to Perfect Bind:

  • Create your custom wrap-around covers. They can be as large as 12-1/2" in the binding edge.

  • Install the correct Digibinder Adhesive for your paper stock. For bond and offset paper stocks, use the Digi-Glue 90. For glossy and coated paper stocks, use the Digi-Glue 94. For color copies and digital print output, use the Digi-Glue 2928.

  • Place your cover on the left side table and square the edges against the back stop.

  • Jog your papers to create a square edge. This can be done by hand, or by using a Paper Jogger for thick stacks. Place your jogged sheets into the clamp in the right of the Digibinder.

  • Press the start button on the right of the Digibinder to activate the automatic binding process.

If you have any questions or are interested in purchasing the Digibinder, visit Tim the Tutor at They have great pricing on a full line of Perfect Binding and they charge only $9 for shipping UPS Ground. Shop online now!

About the Author: Meet Tim the Tutor! With over 11 years experience in document finishing, Tim is a qualified Product Specialist for BUY101, Binding101 and OfficeSupplies101. His helpful product tips offer an insider’s honest opinions on products, giving you the info you need to make educated purchases. Tim the Tutor lives up to Buy101’s motto, "We do the homework for you" by doing the research that answers common questions. Tim is trained and skilled in the areas of binding, laminating, paper cutting, shrink-wrapping, drilling, folding, booklet making and much more.

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