The Best of Bindery

Part 5: Examples of automated die-cut folding Automated folding technology today has reached unprecedented levels of sophistication. Automation has also resulted in significantly reduced costs. The automated die-cut folded samples I selected below are not patented, though some do have multiple copyrighted names. Especially for longer runs, these precise folds can be extremely inexpensive. And … Read more →

The Best of Bindery

Part 4: Price flexibility a huge benefit in the binding books and booklets Bookbinding technology today is a specialized trade that relies on the basic operations of measuring, cutting, assembling and gluing. The fact is that a finished book might require dozens of operations to complete, depending on the specific style and materials the customer … Read more →

The Best of Bindery

Part 3 – The growing and lucrative market for diaries, notebooks and planners After over 40 years in this business, not much surprises me. One exception, however, would be the growing market for high quality, personalized diaries, notebooks and planners with digital embellishments. John Letts produced the first commercial diary in 1812 in the UK. … Read more →

The Best of Bindery

Part 2: The pros and cons of common binding techniques Last month we looked at some of the most popular methods of binding. Here, we delve deeper and examine their advantages and limitations. As I mentioned last month, I’ve always believed that binding techniques are much more than just a way to put a publication’s … Read more →

The Best of Bindery

Part 1 – Types of Binding This article begins a 10-part series by Norm Beange, owner of Toronto-based Specialties Graphic Finishers, who brings 40 years of experience and expertise as a leader in binding and finishing technology. He can be reached at norm@sgfteam.ca. I’ve always believed that the dozens of binding techniques out there are … Read more →

Know when to fold ‘em

Which is more difficult: putting ink on paper, or proper job preparation and communication? For most printers, it is the latter. The same is true for binderies. Printers (and their customers) can plan for success by coordinating with their bindery early in the job-preparation stage.

Ten ways to make your trade bindery a profit centre

A printer’s relationship with a trade bindery is often tumultuous, frustrating and even antagonistic. It is frequently flavoured with tension, mistrust and misunderstanding. Things can run smoother and can happen faster with more goodwill and a better understanding of the challenges a trade bindery and print shop each face. A mutual appreciation of each other will result in long-term relationships, which can be more enjoyable and profitable. The following are 10 ways that a printer can improve relationships that are risk free, do-able and sensible.

Bangtail panels for direct-mail effectiveness

Location, location and location are the three most important factors in real estate; the direct-mail world has three of its own critical factors – ROI, ROI and ROI. Every little change can yield substantial cost savings and effectiveness. If you’re looking for a direct-mail ROI dynamo, look no further than bangtail panels.

Braille standards soon to become commonplace

All medicinal products must comply with the Braille requirements in Europe by October 2010. The requirements in Europe are already migrating here. Some large pharmaceutical companies have begun to incorporate Braille on their packaged products. Although there isn’t any current North American legislation on the use of Braille in packaging, the writing is on the wall. It will either become law or pharmaceutical companies (and others) that produce and market consumer products will begin to incorporate it on their own. Given these factors, the new standards provide a foundation for printers to have available when the application presents itself.

Laser cutting applications

When used appropriately, laser cutting can be successfully combined with many other finishing processes with spectacular results – although conventional die cutting is still typically the most cost effective way to go.

How the process works

In the simplest terms, laser cutters use a focused beam of light to scan art onto, or completely through, material. No physical cutting tools make contact with the stock.