August 7, 2017

Imaging Solutions to install fastBook Profesisonal

Imaging Solutions, the Swiss manufacturer of systems for the production and finishing of photo books and photo products, is now installing its fastBook Profesisonal in photo labs and album companies around the world. The launch was proceeded by a long-term test in real world production at Cihan Exclusive Albums in Turkey.

According to a press release, Cihan Exclusive Albums was established in Izmir, Turkey, in 1975 and introduced the “Panorama Design Album,” with LayFlat pages, very early. To ensure the highest quality images, Cihan uses a fully digital printing process.

Before the installation of the fastBook Professional, the critically important construction of the LayFlat album was still done manually by highly skilled bookbinders. Over the years, a large assortment of high-quality albums has been offered exclusively through professional photographers throughout Europe.

Again and again the production specialists in Izmir tried to automate the production. However, none of the machines they tested could produce books that met their quality requirements.

Then the Orhan brothers, who own Cihan, communicated their problems to Imaging Solutions including the formats, speed, book structure and flexibility desired. Upon learning that Imaging Solutions had already developed the fastBook Professional precisely for those requirements, they agreed to a comprehensive test in their lab in Turkey.

The machine offers photo labs and album companies the ability to create premium LayFlat books and albums quickly and cost-effectively using only 20 gr / sqm of hotmelt glue. This allows the acquisition costs for the fastBook Professional to be paid off in a very short time. The machine also enables orders to ship in one day, significantly increasing customer satisfaction.

Equipped with Swiss technology, the fastBook Professional can bind photo books from 20.8 x 20.8 to 45.7 x 45.7 cm (8.2 x 8.2 to 18 x 18 inches) and allows common silver halide and digital press papers to be used.

The machine can also use new synthetic page inserts from Imaging Solutions which can replace the conventional cardboard inserts used to create thicker pages. Since these resist deformations from temperature and humidity fluctuations, they ensure the pages lay absolutely flat.

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