Layflat book-binding machine

palamides smartliner240

With the smartliner240 palamides presents an innovative technology of book-binding. The so-called smartflat technology is a new environmentally friendly binding method which enables books to lay perfectly flat when flipped open. Large pictures can extend over the fold, while the book remains open and lies perfectly flat, reading and handling is significantly improved.

defortec shaped the design concept for this special product. Large transparent glass areas offer exciting insights into the book processing areas. The design stands for the simpleness and precision of the book-binding process, while transparency reduces the machines optical volume. The design quality of smartliner 240 allows the installation directly in offices or shops. Because of the high throughput of the system all handling areas are made of stainless steel.

Layflat book-binding
Conventional book-binding

Service-friendly design

The whole system offers a very good accessibility and perfect handling, combined with an attractive overall impression. Finally it is controlled by an intuitive user interface, running on an Ipad mini.


The smart liner 240 excites by its outstanding design quality and has already won three design awards.
Among the internationally known German Design Award 2015 Special Mention and the Focus Open 2014 Special Mention and the world renowned iF product design award 2014.

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simplify the understanding of design Glossary
"User interface design"

Design and functional development of a user interface. Interface is a part or an act, in which a person makes contact with a machine or a product. The simplest example therefore is a light-switch: it‘s not part of the person, neither part of the machine (light), but an interface between. For being useful and important for persons, the interface should be based on human needs and skills. If you look at it systematically user interface belongs to the „Man Machine System“ (MMS): Man  ↔ Man-Machine-Interface ↔ Machine. Different sciences are focused on that theme, e.g. informatics, the Cognitive Science research and psychology. The basic knowledge for user-friendly interface design is developed in design and ergonomics. The specific field of activity is Cognitive Ergonomics, System Ergonomics and Software Ergonomics (usability engineering).