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How to Set Folding Machine Fold Rollers: a Little-Known Trick

Fri, Mar 27, 2015 Andre Palko

There are some advantages to learning to operate folding machines on an obsolete model. Yes, I know youngsters in print finishing would be horrified at the thought of an education on anything less than a fully automated machine. But the experience gave me bindery troubleshooting skills and machine knowledge by forcing me to learn how everything worked.

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4 Things I Learned About Bindery Equipment Troubleshooting

Fri, Mar 20, 2015 Andre Palko

I’m fortunate to run across bindery equipment problems that occasionally leave me mystified. I say ‘fortunate’ because there is almost always an opportunity to learn something when we encounter a problem, even if it seems unsolvable. The examples here illustrate four things I’ve learned about bindery equipment troubleshooting in particular and perhaps a little about life itself in general!

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What Is a Micro Perforation?

Fri, Mar 13, 2015 Andre Palko

Some time ago a Bindery Success™ reader asked us to referee a disagreement about the correct usage of the term “aggressive perforation.” He believed a more aggressive perf would tear more easily. His colleague thought 'more aggressive' meant it would be harder to tear. Who was right?

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A Print Finishing Pioneer Retires

Fri, Mar 06, 2015 Andre Palko

It seems that outside of family, we only have a handful of people we truly consider important. Just a few friends, mentors or colleagues stand out when we look back on our lives. Paul Barrett, the National Sales Technician for Tech-ni-fold Ltd in the UK is, for me, one of those people.

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Does Your Printing Industry Experience Really Make a Difference?

Fri, Feb 27, 2015 Andre Palko

“I’ve been doing it this way for thirty years.” That old-timer phrase, or some variation of it, always provokes a strong reaction in me. I heard it again recently while involved in a bindery equipment troubleshooting call. My immediate thought is almost always, “OK, brace yourself.” (I don’t think I ever said it aloud!) But as I age, or maybe I should say “as I add to my own 35 years of experience in the printing business,” I found there is often much to be learned by reflecting on why such a statement might be bothering me.

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Use Your Saddle Stitcher Cover Feeder as a Folding Machine

Fri, Feb 20, 2015 Andre Palko

It may sound like a crazy idea, but to veteran saddle stitcher operators it’s nothing new. They already know their saddle stitcher cover feeder is a good alternative to the folding machine for certain types of jobs. Here are three ways you might not have thought about, especially if you’re still learning your way around saddle stitching equipment.

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Better Feeding on Tabletop Scoring, Perforating or Folding Machines

Fri, Feb 13, 2015 Andre Palko

This week we have another simple thing to check to get better results fast on tabletop folding machines or on small rotary scoring or perforating machines. As with last week’s bindery video, I’m referring to the type of scoring or folding machines that don’t have a register table.

Last week we talked about how improperly trimmed or seriously curled paper will hurt the quality of the finished product coming off these machines. Of course poor paper will worsen finishing quality on any machine, even the most sophisticated. But on more complex equipment there are ways to compensate for poorly trimmed paper. With direct feed machines it’s almost impossible to compensate for bad cutting.

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Get Better Register on Your Folding, Scoring or Perforating Machine

Fri, Feb 06, 2015 Andre Palko

Bindery equipment operators, especially newcomers, sometimes mistakenly blame the machine for a problem. Yet there is one important but frequently overlooked item which, when handled correctly, will fix a variety of common ‘problems’ with direct-feed scoring, folding and perforating machines.

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Troubleshoot Bindery Equipment Problems with ‘Slow Motion’ Techniques

Fri, Jan 23, 2015 Andre Palko

Here’s a simple bindery equipment troubleshooting video tip for both experienced and novice operators alike. Despite all my years running a variety of equipment, I used it just last week to overcome a problem on a Baum 714.

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Is That Old Bindery Equipment Really Dead?

Fri, Jan 16, 2015 Andre Palko

Quite a few people have expressed surprise that we write about bindery and printing issues that don’t directly relate to the products we sell. For instance why would I write about guillotine cutters when our products fit folding and scoring machines, saddle stitchers, perfect binders and web presses? The question is a reflection of the tendency in printing to isolate ourselves departmentally—post-press, press, pre-press, production, sales, shipping, mailing, and so on.

Yet when you look at the big picture, it’s obvious that all these departments are connected. The first few times I had to “fix the job in the bindery” showed me clearly this was true! When one department does poorly, the business as a whole suffers. Our tendency to isolate within our department or specialty can quickly blind us to the big picture. It sometimes causes us to ask the wrong questions which lead to the wrong conclusions.

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