Henkel PUR 3317

PUR 3317 has an excellent adhesion to a variety of papers and material says, E Fernando, managing director at Mumbai-based Sahaya Print Services

20 Jul 2012 | By PrintWeek India

Describe your company
Sahaya Print Services, a print shop in Mumbai, caters to commercial printing, which includes premium quality print jobs such as coffee-table books, annual reports, diaries, catalogues, booklets and promotional material for luxury brands and corporates like Tata Group.

What does the adhesive do?
PUR 3317 is an adhesive used directly for binding the books, eliminating the process of stitching and then the binding. In the conventional binding, the left and the right parts of the book do not look similar. In case of PUR binding, both sides look even and PUR 3317 delivers clean and quality binding.

Why did you choose this particular adhesive?
We print premium quality books for many corporates and for this, we ensure the quality is perfect before it is delivered to the client. PUR 3317 ensures perfect gluing and binding. 
Did you look at any other similar adhesive?
Yes before using PUR 3317, we tried PUR 3315, but we were not successful as it was not suitable for our kind of work and climatic condition. 
Why did you make the purchase?
To save the time, produce clean and quality jobs. The manual handling of the book is less.
What features do you particularly like?
It has an excellent adhesion to a variety of papers and materials and is also suitable for difficult-to-bond papers.
Is there anything you wish it had that it doesn’t?
Nothing in particular. 
How fast is it?
The adhesive takes half an hour to get ready for use. The curing time is three to four hours. Depending on the level of ambient humidity and paper moisture, 50% to 80% of final bond strength can be achieved in three to four hours. Final curing takes a maximum of 24 hours.
What’s the quality like?
Excellent quality.
How reliable is it?
Good reliability. We have tested – and are testing the adhesive for different types of book work.
How easy is it to use?
Once the operator gets the knowledge of how to use the PUR 3317, then it is very easy-to-use.
How much time or money has it saved?
It has definitely saved time. As I said above, it has eliminated two processes. The turnaround time is shorter.
Would you say that it offers value for money?
It does offer value for money. The clients are happy because they are getting the desired quality product.
Were there any difficulties experienced during the installation or after?
Both Henkel and Welbound technicians were helpful and assisted us in the process of installation. They visit our unit regularly and analyse the functioning of PUR 3317.  
What about the pre- and after-sales service?
The service from Welbound Worldwide and Henkel has been excellent. They are responsive to our calls and suggest improvements if required.
Who do you think the adhesive is right for?
The adhesive is right for print firms who cater to books, booklets, catalogues, diaries and magazine printing and binding.
Under what circumstances would you invest in another?
Right now, we have the open tank system for PUR 3317. We are planning and talking to the manufacturer of nozzle systems for the application. Once we finalise the system then we will plan for another PUR system.
User’s verdict
Speed  4/5
Quality  5/5
Reliability  5/5
Value for money  5/5 
Supplier’s Response
Sandeep Pai, SBU manager-graphic arts at Henkel Adhesives Technologies India, says, “Purmelt 3317 has excellent adhesion to a variety of papers and materials and is suitable for difficult-to-bond papers. Sahaya Print Services produces all types of books which include high quality coffee table books, diaries, fashion books. The Mumbai-based firm started using PUR for special jobs but now they offer PUR for all jobs. This gives an edge to the print firm as it can deliver quality with consistency.”   
Contact Sandeep Pai
Henkel Adhesives
Technologies India
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