Experience with Konica Minolta PB 503 perfect binding unit?

hkellogg

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Does anyone have experience with the PB 503 perfect binding unit available on the Konica Minolta AccurioPress and BizHub? It seems that it is a bit finicky when it comes to the size of a pre-printed covers and the main pages of the document. We were able to bind a document but we can't seem to duplicate the process. Anyone familiar with this unit?


Thanks

Hans
 

Steve0

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The cover tray of the PB-503 maxes out at 18.5" length. The PB-503 itself trims off the excess from the face edge of the rear cover. Given that, there's no reason not to just use 18.5" long stock all the time.
 

jwheeler

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We have a PB-503 and use it daily. It's an awesome unit. We cut the covers to 11x18 and they work just fine. What exactly is the issue you're experiencing?
 

Shredder

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We have one and our service guy visits often. Recently had the glue tank break and it took 9 months for service idiots to figure out how to fix it. Luckily I had a spare PB binder and borrowed the glue tank from it.
 

hkellogg

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The cover tray of the PB-503 maxes out at 18.5" length. The PB-503 itself trims off the excess from the face edge of the rear cover. Given that, there's no reason not to just use 18.5" long stock all the time.
Thanks for the response.

I know it was last year but we are facing another project and I want to make sure we are covering this correctly (no pun intended). So if we use 18"5 inch stock all the time, do we just reposition the image to make sure that it fits properly? What do you do about bleeds. Do you do a top and bottom trim after or do you try and work with the finished size stock from the beginning. Do you always print the covers before and then bind the covers when printing the guts?

Some of our problem is that we are getting student produced files and we are typically inexperienced operators. Makes for a double whammy.

Thanks
 

hkellogg

Well-known member
We have a PB-503 and use it daily. It's an awesome unit. We cut the covers to 11x18 and they work just fine. What exactly is the issue you're experiencing?
Like I stated for Steve0,

Thanks for the response.

I know it was last year but we are facing another project and I want to make sure we are covering this correctly (no pun intended). So if we use 18"5 inch stock all the time, do we just reposition the image to make sure that it fits properly? What do you do about bleeds. Do you do a top and bottom trim after or do you try and work with the finished size stock from the beginning. Do you always print the covers before and then bind the covers when printing the guts?

Some of our problem is that we are getting student produced files and we are typically inexperienced operators. Makes for a double whammy.

Thanks
 

jwheeler

Well-known member
Like I stated for Steve0,

Thanks for the response.

I know it was last year but we are facing another project and I want to make sure we are covering this correctly (no pun intended). So if we use 18"5 inch stock all the time, do we just reposition the image to make sure that it fits properly? What do you do about bleeds. Do you do a top and bottom trim after or do you try and work with the finished size stock from the beginning. Do you always print the covers before and then bind the covers when printing the guts?

Some of our problem is that we are getting student produced files and we are typically inexperienced operators. Makes for a double whammy.

Thanks
I made a diagram that may help you out. Let me know if you have further questions.
 

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hkellogg

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I made a diagram that may help you out. Let me know if you have further questions.
Thank you. That is a big help understanding what is happening in the PB process. The KN is vague at best.

Have you ever included a fold out/gate fold in a perfect bind project? Seems like the manual states that it is possible.
 

jwheeler

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Thank you. That is a big help understanding what is happening in the PB process. The KN is vague at best.

Have you ever included a fold out/gate fold in a perfect bind project? Seems like the manual states that it is possible.
Yes, I have. You can only do it if you have the FD unit. I believe it’s limited to 4 or 5 fold outs. And it does a z-fold, not gate fold.
 

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