The growing need for in-house repairs such as replacing endpapers,
hinge tightening, recasing, cloth rebacking, map insertion
and other mass book treatments, demand increased productivity
from the tools and equipment currently used by libraries.
Mekatronics' EZ-PRESS facilitates the treatment of circulating
19th and 20th century materials with 21st century technology
that will increase throughput in conservation labs.
Made of steel and aluminum, the EZ-PRESS consists of
a platen, suspended by constant force springs, counterbalanced
to "float" in midair, so that a few ounces of force
will move it in either direction. When pushed in contact with
a book to be pressed, the platen is locked to the posts. Depending
on the desired pressing force, two to four effortless quarter-turns
of a ratchet wrench can produce a pressing force of up to