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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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Folding Cover Stock 2-Up on a Buckle Folding Machine - 5 Factors

Fri, Jan 09, 2015 Andre Palko

We are regularly asked if it’s possible to crease and fold cover stocks two-up on a buckle folding machine. The short answer is, “Yes, it's possible and in fact it’s done all the time.” The more detailed answer is, “Yes, but there are a few things to consider.” Since we are all in the business of getting more productivity from the bindery equipment we have to work with, it is well worth taking a few minutes to review these possible ‘gotchas’.

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Top Ten Bindery Success Blog Articles from 2014

Fri, Jan 02, 2015 Andre Palko

Oh no, not another year-end Top Ten list! I bet you look at it anyway. Based on the number of views, the fact is that these are a reflection of some of the more common every-day problems faced by various bindery equipment operators. These new articles from 2014 illustrate some effective solutions to these problems. So if you missed any of these bindery tips, check them out and share them with your colleagues.

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Avoiding Rookie Finishing Mistakes in Your In-Plant Printing Operation

Fri, Dec 19, 2014 Andre Palko

The first inkjet printer I purchased was a promising marvel of technology. In the first months of running a startup business, I was thrilled that I could now print a few full color letters or brochures in my own office. Then as I began running various designs, different types of paper and envelopes, along with attempts at mail merges, the luster of the new technology quickly turned into frustration.

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5 Gifts That Keep on Giving

Fri, Dec 12, 2014 Andre Palko

During this time of year there is always a bit of mild craziness hanging in the air. At your print shop there could be year-end deadlines to meet with fewer work days to meet them and perhaps a party to arrange (or attend). At home you’ve got your list of gifts to buy and family functions to arrange and attend. Sometimes the stress leaks out in less than positive ways.

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Folding and Binding Matte Papers without Marking or Scuffing

Fri, Dec 05, 2014 Andre Palko

Have you ever produced a saddle stitched or perfect bound book only to later find a mark hidden somewhere inside? If you’re lucky you find it during the actual folding and binding production and you track down the culprit to eliminate it. Otherwise all you can do is hope the customer doesn’t notice. This type of finishing problem is often associated with matte and dull-coated paper.

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Two Words That Get More Post-Press Work Done

Fri, Nov 21, 2014 Andre Palko

Do you ever wish you could get more done in a day? It’s a suitable topic for the frenetic world of post-press operations, where a multitude of things must be done with never enough time to do it.

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The Big Difficulty in Bindery Troubleshooting

Fri, Nov 14, 2014 Andre Palko

It all started innocently enough. My plan was to do a short video about using alternative folding machine setups to crease and fold paper that is prone to fiber cracking. I had a few problem jobs on hand that I knew would be perfect subjects. It would be fast and simple. Crease and fold a handful of sheets conventionally, using fold plate #1, to illustrate how they cracked. Then run those sheets in fold plate #4 to show how you can eliminate the cracking.

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How to Run Cover Stocks Through Folding Machine Rollers

Fri, Nov 07, 2014 Andre Palko

One of the frequently asked bindery questions we get here is, “Don’t I need a special attachment like a Rotocrease to crease or perforate on my folding machine?” The short, simplified answer is, “No.” Based on the experiences of thousands of our customers, the majority of print finishing departments can successfully crease and fold cover stocks on their floor-model folding machines.

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