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Run 2-Up Jobs on Your Folding Machine Without a Split Guide

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Jan 17, 2019 / by Technifold USA posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Folding Machines

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The question of how to run 2-up folding jobs has many answers depending on the size and layout of the piece to be folded. We get occasional questions about this common layout, that of an 11x17” which folds 1x in half to 8.5x11, then again 2x to a #10 or 1x to a 5.5x8.5. The concept we're discussing really applies to any similar size and fold configuration where one piece folds and trims in the parallel section, which then sends two pieces to the right angle for folding

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Signature Folding Impositions - Dusting Off Alternatives

[fa icon="calendar'] Sat, Jan 12, 2019 / by Technifold USA

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Saddle-stitched books can be produced in endless sizes and page counts which means you have hundreds of ways to fold the signatures that make up the book. The reality is that most shops use just a handful of standard impositions. These get filtered down by book size, page count, press size, folding machine capability and saddle stitcher capability, whether in-house or outsourced.

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Micro Perforating for Laser Printers, Copiers and Bindery Equipment

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jan 11, 2019 / by Technifold USA posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Printing Business, Folding Machines, Scoring Machines

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Chances are good that customer requests have gotten you involved in micro perforating, whether through in-house perf operations or through outsourcing. It’s common today for end users to run pre-perfed, pre-printed forms (supplied by their local printer) through their own laser printers, copiers or digital presses. Invoices and statements are good examples of this.

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Why Printers and Finishers Should Embrace "Print that Performs"...

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jan 04, 2019 / by Technifold USA

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In the May/June issue of Post Press Magazine, they interviewed Hal Hinderliter, owner of a print consulting service from Milwaukee, Wisconsin aptly named Hal Hinderliter Consulting Services. He discussed an interesting topic called “Print that Performs.”

In our experience, a good portion of the traditional printing industry views the internet and related technologies as a back breaker to their businesses. The on-set of the “internet age” and “digital marketing” certainly has hit the industry hard, but in order to survive and thrive going forward, the concept of “Print that Performs” is one that should be embraced, as it encourages a more symbiotic, as opposed to adversarial, relationship between print and new technology.

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Minimize Folding Machine Push-out on 16 Page Signatures

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Dec 14, 2018 / by Technifold USA posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Folding Machines

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In the process of folding paper we encounter ‘pushout’. As one sheet is folded inside another, the inside sheets naturally have a tendency to push out (or creep out) away from the spine by the thickness of the paper for each subsequent fold. Ideally this is all compensated for in the design stage where printed images on the inside pages or panels are shingled further inward toward the spine as they near the center of the stitched book (or folded piece,) and outer pages are moved away towards the face.

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Increase Folding Machine Production with this Simple Upgrade

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Dec 07, 2018 / by Technifold USA posted in Bindery Business Tips, Bindery How-To Tips

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Do you know your bindery equipment can be made substantially more productive with an upgrade that might not immediately come to mind? We're referring to independent or stand-alone control boxes which allow one segment of a machine to operate independently of the ‘mother’ machine.

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Cold Weather Tip for Folding Machines and Technifold Tri-Creasers

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Nov 30, 2018 / by Technifold USA

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Hand Work in the Bindery - 4 Popular Tips

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Nov 21, 2018 / by Technifold USA posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Staff Training

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The old saw about "the more things change the more they stay the same" seems to hold true in the world of bindery and post-press. Sure, technology in our industry is changing on a daily basis, but one thing that never goes out of fashion is traditional hand-work and old-style techniques.

Complex digital printing equipment allows for the production of high quality jobs in ever-smaller quantities. It's precisely because of this decline in quantities that a little old-fashioned bindery skill can often outperform production equipment.

The popularity of these 4 articles proves the point for us...they continue to get a constant stream of hits daily. In case you missed them, take a few minutes to check them out or pass them along to the new folks in your bindery.


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Creasing and Scoring Text Weight Papers - a Safety Check

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Nov 02, 2018 / by Technifold USA

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Once upon a pre-digital time when the lumbering offset lithosaurus ruled the earth, scoring text weight (book weight) papers was uncommon. If it cracked when folded, perhaps a press score was added and rarely a folding machine score. Sometimes the cracking issues could be designed away and other times a different choice of paper and/or grain direction made all the difference.

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Saddle Stitchers - a Simple Troubleshooting Aid

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Oct 26, 2018 / by Technifold USA

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Troubleshooting on a saddle stitching machine can be a frustrating task, especially with a multi-pocket signature feeder, a stitching unit, a caliper system, cover feeders, and a 3 or 4-knife trimmer component all running inline. Spice it up with various signature sizes, small cards, signatures with no lip, poorly folded signatures, 2-up work plus throw in a machine with some wear and tear, and you have the recipe for a bindery equipment operator’s nightmare should a problem arise.

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