Books-on-demand: one-offs in high volumes

Books-on-demand is a publishing method for printed products that has been in use since the mid-1990s. It is based on digital printing technology: the printing and finishing usually takes place immediately after the order is placed. With our hardcover line, on-demand production with different formats per book of up to 200 copies per hour is possible. All necessary information is transferred to the machines by means of a barcode. Thus, no manual makeready is necessary and a real single run can be produced economically. Individual requirements such as rounding, headband, bookmarks can be flexibly added with additional modules.

Planning an individual project?

With our experience in the hardcover and books-on-demand market, we have the necessary expertise to support you in planning your projects. We will work with you to develop a concept tailored to your requirements, including an individual workflow and detailed costing. Contact us!

Example workflow for 200 books per hour

Our scalable on-demand workflow minimises sorting effort and downtime risk (machines are designed to meet on-demand production requirements and are stand-alone; in case of problems on one machine, production can continue on the remaining machines). This example workflow takes into account the following complexity of books: 50% books with round spine, 100% books with headband (2 colours), 100% of books with bookmark (3 colours). Stations that are not required (e.g. rounding, headband, bookmark) can simply be omitted.

PräRund | Rounding machine for book cases

PräRund | Rounding machine for book cases

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PräForm Pro | Multi-station book press

PräForm Pro | Multi-station book press

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PräLeg | Book casing-in machine

PräLeg | Book casing-in machine

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PräziRibbon | Book mark attaching machine

PräziRibbon | Book mark attaching machine

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PräziBand | Headbanding machine

PräziBand | Headbanding machine

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PräLomo Pro | Pneumatic spine rounding machine

PräLomo Pro | Pneumatic spine rounding machine

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Cover-1 | Case-making system

Cover-1 | Case-making system

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Overview of a real Books-on-Demand production

Books on Demand: A book is ordered and a book is produced. How does real on-demand book production work? Which work steps and machines are necessary?

We have accompanied the Book on Demand production for hardcover books at a professional producer and summarised it in this short film. If you have ever wondered how a professional Book on Demand production for hardcover books works and which products and machines are used in it, you can see this in our video. The special challenge here is to produce hardcover books from edition 1 with constantly changing formats.

Activate the subtitles for a description of the work steps.


Advantages of our solution

Expertise

Expertise

We have the necessary expertise and experience in hardcover and books-on-demand.

Scalability

Scalability

Our modular workflow can be easily scaled and adapted to new requirements; without large investments in a complete line.

Minimisation of sorting effort

Minimisation of sorting effort

Our machines adjust to formats using barcodes; no sorting or batching required.

Machines

Machines

Our machines are designed to meet the requirements of on-demand production.

Ensuring production

Ensuring production

Our machines are designed for high loads, stand-alone (lower risk of failure) and quickly repaired in case of breakdowns.