binding is a very demanding technology that leaves no margin
for error. Material-related characteristics such as glossy,
coated, or heavily calendered paper and adhesives establish
the limits that cannot be exceeded without loss of binding
Spine milling may be sufficient when
processing book blocks with lightly sized or pulpy paper.
However, when glossy, coated, or heavily calendered paper
is encountered, its inability to expose fibers makes it inadequate.
Traditional roughening techniques help to expose fibers to
some degree, but in many instances they can be detrimental
by destroying the fiber bonds at the paper edge. The MEKANOTCH
was specifically designed to complement and enhance adhesive