Double-fan Adhesive Binding Press

Images and text by Garry Harrison,
Head, Circulating Collections Conservation,
Indiana University Libraries Preservation Department


Double-fan Adhesive Binding Press

This press is used to compress a book that has just received an in-house adhesive (quarter joint) binding. It holds the book firmly in place, but does not necessarily have to press the gutters to create deep hinges. Plastic-edged boards replace the metal edged ones used in the conventional finishing press. These boards can be flipped over to provide more or less pressure on the hinge. This allows the book to maintain its original shape, especially if it is a paperback that has just been put into a hard cover.


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