This investigation sought to determine if a quicksetting type lithographic ink printed into the bind edge of an adhesive bound product influences adhesion at the spine in a negative manner. The testing system included four (4) paper lots; two (2) coated and two (2) uncoated, five (5) ink levels; 0.0 to 2.2 (10 percent) solid ink density, and three (3) testing times. Two (2) methods were chosen to test variables. The first was considered a traditional, practical method of binding book blocks which included selected test units that were later pulled from the block. The second method sought to simulate the adhesive bind condition through lamination of a test unit, hotmelt and an internally strong base paper. Although a quick test of this sort would be valuable from a production quality control viewpoint, further experimentation and analysis indentified this configuration as not being a valid predictor for the pagepull test, at this time. Based upon the results gathered from this investigation using a pagepull technique, the statement tying a quicksetting type lithographic ink to a loss of adhesion at the spine of an adhesive bound product can not be supported.

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Bookbinding--Testing; Printing ink--Testing; Adhesives--Testing

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School of Print Media (CIAS)


Rebsamen, Werner


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