C.P. Bourg introduces industry’s first scalable sheet preparation module for intervention-free bookmaking and binding

The new Bourg Sheet Preparation Module (BPM).
The Bourg Sheet Preparation Module (BPM).

The new Bourg Preparation Module (BPM) simplifies and automates the production of books and booklets, delivering economies of scale, a streamlined workflow and shorter turnaround, said the OEM. Sheets are converted from large to small formats in a single pass, enabling multiple book or booklet formats from media of a single size. The BPM will be demonstrated live at drupa 2016 May 31 to June 10 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

The BPM modular, scalable sheet preparation unit “empowers print professionals to use their inline Bourg binders or booklet makers to produce books and booklets with no operator intervention.” It works inline with select digital printers and presses, as well as off-line, or in dual-mode connected to a Bourg Sheet Feeder (BSF), to create perfect-bound or stitched books and booklets.

The new Bourg Sheet Preparation Module (BPM) can run in tandem.
The modular BPM can run in tandem.

The unique approach of the BPM creates a more streamlined workflow. Printers can print on large sheets with multi-up imposition, which optimizes their click charges. Additionally, the BPM eliminates or reduces many time-consuming processes – such as preparing media in multiple sizes, manually setting up machines, and trimming finished jobs – all while minimizing human intervention and the risk of human error.

Ideal for creating different-sized books and booklets

The BPM is “exceptionally versatile and easy to use,” said C.P. Bourg. The operator simply loads a single-sized media into the printer/press and completes the process by unloading the finished books or booklets. Everything else is done automatically. Jobs are converted from very large formats of up to 23.6” x 14.6”, to very small formats down to 5.5” x 4.7” in a single pass. The processed sheets can feed directly from the BPM into a downstream C.P. Bourg BB3202 Perfect Binder or BM-e Booklet Maker. A single BPM can be used for 1-up and 2-up jobs, with a second one added for 4-up jobs. The BPM is also modular, as each BPM module can have up to four functions – registration, rotation, creasing and format changing. Some functions can be repeated for custom applications.

Booklet samples from the BPM Binder.
Booklet samples from the BPM Binder.

C.P. Bourg added that benefits of the BPM are recognized through the entire production workflow, resulting in an end product that’s more cost-effective to manufacture. Automation reduces the manual workload, while maximizing productivity, minimizing imaging charges and enabling shorter turnaround times. The BPM also automatically transforms SRA3 input to CD output format, and introduces the potential for significant economies of scale by enabling use of just one paper size for any final book format. Its bleed-trimming system can cut paper top and bottom, symmetrically or asymmetrically, and trim from 0.16” to 3.94” from coated or uncoated sheets, for production of virtually any creative format.


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.