Best of Bindery Series – No die cutting or glue necessary here!

Part 8 : Examples of folders that can be created automatically, without die-cutting or gluing! As we mentioned in the past several columns, automated folding technology today has reached unprecedented levels of sophistication. Automation has also resulted in significantly reduced costs – especially for longer runs. The folded samples I selected below can be done … Read more →

Tip Top Bindery purchases B.C.W. Bindery Services

Tip Top Bindery (Markham, Ontario) has purchased B.C.W. Bindery Services Limited, also located in Markham, Ontario. Established in 1986, Tip Top Bindery is a wholly-owned company of The AdMill Group, headquartered in Scarborough, Ontario. The company offers an assortment of specialized bindery services – including flyer insertion, saddle stitching, folding, polybagging and mailing. Since 1992, … Read more →

Spiel Associates releases Sterling Wiremaster compact

The Sterling Wiremaster Compact from Spiel Associates is “a game changer when it comes to wire binding,” said the company. The Wiremaster Compact is a fully automatic double-loop wire binder capable of binding up to 2,000 books per hour. The machine is less than nine feet long and sells for about the same price as … Read more →

PrintPlanet and Ultimate TechnoGraphics release whitepaper on the advantages of bindery automation

Montreal-based Ultimate TechnoGraphics and have released a new whitepaper about bindery automation, written by veteran print industry analyst and leading author Richard Romano. Automation has become a critical component of the print production workflow. In order for printing companies to compete effectively in today’s challenging market, productivity and efficiency have become essential. However, said … Read more →

Sewing up loose ends on binding

Printers and designers often use different terminology to describe the same concept (e.g. vellum versus translucent and French folds versus pleated folds). It reminds me of the lyrics to that 1930s Louis Armstrong song … “You say NEEther and I say NYther. You like poTAYtos and I like poTAAtos.” But sometimes someone just gets it … Read more →

Recalling 2012: The highs, the lows, the tradeshows and the “cool stuff”

The biggest “highs” this year, in my opinion, were the several major industry tradeshows led by (of course) drupa. Though attendance was 20% lower compared to 2008, May’s drupa still attracted over 314,500 from more than 130 countries to see its 1,850 exhibits. For me, the most important result was that about 50% of all visitors actually placed orders – and most were inked at the show itself. About 2,400 journalists from 75 countries attended. The buzz of the show, according to the people we had on the ground, was undoubtedly Landa Nanography. The next drupa will be June 2 to 15, 2016.

Prepared to survive and ready to thrive!

In today’s evolving worlds of marketing and communications, nearly everyone is consuming information on a variety of devices and at warp speed. The number of channels available to people for consuming content has increased dramatically. Email, social networks and mobile have had a major impact on traditional channels such as print.

At drupa – right now

Manroland sheetfed is presenting a host of head-turning innovations reflecting the tradition of excellence associated with its brand. “Visitors to our stand will clearly observe the power of manroland sheetfed solutions to help their companies face the many challenges of today’s printing industry with the most innovative and productive sheetfed offset solutions in the industry,” said Alfred Rothlaender, President of manroland sheetfed.

The art of book binding

The fundamentals of bookbinding have changed quite dramatically over the course of hundreds and even thousands of years that craftsmen have been binding books, although the essence has remained the same. Bookbinding is the act of assembling text pages into a book block (whether in folded signatures or loose-leaf) and then attaching the book block to a cover for stability, protection and to communicate important information.

Entrepreneurship 101

Entrepreneurship is an exciting adventure that I have recently leapt into. The idea of creating your brand, signing your first customer, the smell of fresh ink on your business card… this is the stuff dreams are made of!  Once you have your great idea, the next big question is:  “What do I do now?”  Here are some insights that I appreciated learning during my start-up and now I want to pass them on to you.

Mood upbeat as over 8,000 visit Graphics Canada Show

Exhibitors and visitors I spoke with at this year’s show in Toronto were very positive. I heard good comments about the steady flow of traffic as well as the wide range of technologies and helpful seminars. “Attendance topped 8,000 and the Graphics Software Theatre seminars (sponsored by Witz Training Centre) were packed every day,” said show Manager Dan Mustata. “Also well attended was the Printing Sales Training Day presented by print sales expert Dave Felman and the Digital Imaging Association breakfast meeting with keynote speaker Jeff Jacobson, Chairman and CEO of Presstek.”