The purpose of this study is to evaluate new types of materials and technologies in the fast-changing bindery industry. An optimum binding method (OBM) is being determined by using different brands of cold emulsion polyvinyl acetate, different adhesive, binding methods, spine preparation, and papers. Testing is performed with a combination of materials and technologies to determine the actual binding strength and performance of adhesives. Results of the tests were analyzed statistically by Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), graphing, percent of change and ranking of values to find the optimum. The results of this study show some relationships of the factors, adhesives, binding styles, paper, and grain direction of paper when tested for pounds of pull using various types of tests; pagepull, cornerpull, subwaypull, pagepull after Universal Book Tester (UBT), and pagepull after tumble. The spine preparation was shown to be the most critical factor for the strength of the book. Other critical factors for strength were the kind and grain direction of the paper. The OBM was found using the perfo adhesive binding method, adhesive B, and uncoated paper with the grain direction short. There were no 8, 16 or 32 page signatures used for the testing. Only 4 page signatures were used.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Bookbinding; Adhesives

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School of Media Sciences (CIAS)


Rebsamen, Werner

Advisor/Committee Member

Hacker, Robert


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