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How to Become a Print Finishing Expert Starting Today

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, May 22, 2015 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Staff Training, Bindery Business Tips

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If you work in a print finishing job, your first question might be, “Why would I want to become a print finishing expert?” One reason is that if you’re not perceived as an expert, colleagues and customers simply don’t care what you think. As an expert, people trust you and are eager to believe you. This makes it easier for you to do your job effectively. For instance, it’s more likely that when you suggest a change in the production schedule it will be accepted if you are looked at as knowledgeable.

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Folding 16-page Signatures: a Quality Control Tip

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, May 15, 2015 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Folding Machines, Video Tips

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If you’re new to running 16-page signatures, you might feel a bit overwhelmed with the workload, even with an automatic stacker on a new folding machine. I know I did. Folding 16 page signatures, or any signatures for that matter, requires a lot of effort and attention to detail. There is a lot of stuff going on that you have to keep an eye on. You’ll be doing quality control for multiple folds, loading and unloading, and stacking it all neatly on a skid for the next guy in the production process.

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7 Reasons Why Your Bindery Workspace Should be Organized

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, May 08, 2015 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Lean Manufacturing, Organization

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I can already hear the protests:  “I’m a creative person, comfortable in my clutter. I can find anything I need in seconds.” Or, “I can’t be something that’s opposite my personality.” The excuses are OK if you work alone and clients will never see your work area. But if you work on bindery equipment or in a print shop environment, all the excuses have to give way to seven reasons why you should be organized.

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Ultra-Fast Folding Machine Setups Using Jigs

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Apr 24, 2015 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Folding Machines

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In a previous Bindery Success Blog article we talked about using jigs with bindery equipment. Today we’re going to show you how easy it is to dramatically reduce setup times on nearly any folding machine by using jigs, or templates. Even if you have a brand new, fully automated folder, stick around. This technique can help you nearly as much as it does those who run older machines.

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So Your Mother Wishes You Were a Doctor Not a Printing Sales Person

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Apr 17, 2015 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery Business Tips, Printing Business, Personal Development

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You might not think a poorly executed phone call from a sales person could lead to a discussion on business skills and the meaning of life, but it happens here at Technifold USA. Strange behavior from one caller had us asking why some sales people are afraid to admit they’re sales people.

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Are Your Guillotine Cutter Work Habits Outdated?

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Apr 10, 2015 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Guillotine Cutter

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I hope so! Some things are timeless, especially when we talk about work habits; they don’t really have an expiration date.  As long as guillotine cutter technology is around it seems that its venerable work habits should tag along. Even in this era of evolving bindery automation, guillotine cutters are still at the heart of most print finishing and bindery operations.

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Do Your Folding Machine Rollers Mysteriously Adjust Themselves?

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Apr 03, 2015 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Folding Machines

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One baffling problem encountered by many folding machine operators was recently brought to our attention by a Bindery Success™ reader. Here’s the scenario. First, you set the fold rollers pressure (roller gap) for the job you’re running, just as you’ve successfully done a thousand times before. At some point during the run, the fold starts to vary, or perhaps the trim or perforation starts to move around. You double check the fold roller pressures only to find one or more of them  too loose, as if the folder were changing fold roller pressure on its own.

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

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Mar 27, 2015 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Folding Machines

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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

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Mar 20, 2015 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Bindery Equipment Troubleshooting

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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?

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Mar 13, 2015 / by Andre Palko posted in Micro Perforating

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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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