ODM Adds Book-Trac Barcode Technology to Match Book Blocks with Covers

ODM Adds Book-Trac Barcode Technology to Match Book Blocks with Covers


Elizabeth, NJ—On Demand Machinery partnered with Productive Solutions (Data Integrity Control Systems) and combined their expertise to expand the Book-Trac family of products, thereby creating the ability for customizable automation controls and production reporting capabilities for their book manufacturing clients.

The addition of the ODM Book-Trac on the Super Sticker is the first in a series of future options aimed at improving production profits and integrity. “We accomplish this in two ways,” explained an ODM spokesperson. “First we automate the cover spine adjustment with the ODM Super Sticker auto-sizing option. This in-line reading system allows you to group similar book layout sizes (all 8x8s or 6x9s, for example) into one production session. By reading the Book ID barcode, we are able to instruct the Super Sticker to automatically adjust for the next book’s spine thickness. This all occurs before the book block carriage has been repositioned, thereby increasing throughput.”

In addition, the technology allows the book cover to be matched to the manually loaded book block. If they match, the process continues; if they do not match, the Super Sticker is inhibited from being able to proceed and visually warns the operator of the mismatch.

The marriage of these capabilities delivers near-real-time reporting directly from the shop floor. Each book is recorded and time stamped in an SQL-type format table. And since the process is stopped before the book is bound, this virtually eliminates scrap and rework, thereby increasing production throughput as well. Production reporting can be recorded on the supplied host PC, or “pushed/pulled” to a local SQL server, and it’s compatible with Productive Solutions’ STRATUS Job Tracking & Reporting System.

ODM Book-Trac can be ordered with a new Super Sticker or retrofitted in the field to an existing ODM automated casing-in system. odmachinery.com