The Digitrans Hot Press is the machine at the heart of www.photomart.co.uk's Digitrans photo book binding solutions. The Digitrans photo book binding method enables you to produce premium hand bound photo books and digital albums at a rate of up to 180 a day (depending on the size of book and the efficiency of your bindery operation).
The essence of the Digitrans system is that it uses dry sheets of cold glue for adhesion. This is called hot-melt glue. It's not wet, sticky or even tacky at room temperature, but when it's heated in a hot press it behaves as a perfect binding glue (sometimes called American binding). This is the glue the www.photomart.co.uk system uses to stick the photo pages produced on your minilab to the high quality backing papers of photo books and digital albums. Uniquely, this glue enables you to produce books with pages that will not curl or warp, but will lie perfectly flat, resulting in a premium hand bound product that can be offered at a very high margin. (Hand bound digital albums are typically sold at prices ranging from about £70 to over £400 each).
The Digitrans Hot Press consists of an electro-pneumatic press to keep the pages of your photo book compressed while they are gently heated to the correct temperature, with automated precision timing, and then allowed to cool. Up to 180 complete photo books a day can be produced on the Digitrans Hot press.
The pneumatic compressor is an almost silent one, housed in the pedestal of the unit. It can power not only the hot press, but also an optional additional top mounted cold press (for greater workflow productivity).
The Digitrans method is supported by a complete and varied range of consumables, enabling you to produce a wide variety of photo books and digital albums. And www.photomart.co.uk also sell a complete range of supporting Digitrans bindery equipment, to allow you to equip a photo book bindery of your own to any level of specification you require, for efficient workflow and high productivity.
The Digitrans system allows you to take the ultimate final step in turning out premium hand bound photo books and digital albums.
The system is unbeaten in its versatility, the quality of the product it can produce, and the range of different outer covers it can utilize - yet it is a fraction of the cost of larger competing systems.
It should provide an ideal entrepreneurial opportunity for pro labs, mini labs, photographers, studios and even start-up photo entrepreneurs. The skills required to make hand-bound photo books can be taught to new staff quite quickly (everything you really need to know can be learned in half an hour), or you can easily hire trained and experienced bindery staff from the commercial print sector.