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How to Automatically Do a Letter Fold with a Loose Insert

In a previous article about using crimp lock perforators we show you how to use that tool to effectively run certain difficult saddle stitching jobs with a little less hassle. Today we’re going to show you how to automatically do a letter fold with a loose insert tucked inside, as shown in the photo at right. Technically speaking, we are producing a 4-panel roll fold in two sections. Then we do...Read more

Print Finishing Productivity and the Backwards Bicycle

Do you like to think you do your print finishing job with an open, objective mind? You won’t feel that way after you watch this fascinating video and read this article. Read more

A Simple Signature Perforating Tip for Better Saddle Stitching

Here’s a print finishing technique that saddle stitcher operators will love but folding machine operators might hate. This particular folding machine accessory is called a crimp perforator or crimp lock device. The purpose of the tool is to crimp two or more sheets of paper together so that certain panels or pages are held in place for subsequent operations. I have two examples for you. Read more

Is Clutter Ruining Your Bindery Productivity in Hidden Ways?

Here’s an unscientific but important question to ask yourself: How do you feel when you walk into your work space?  Your workspace could be an entire shop, or your bindery equipment work area, or an office cubicle. Do you feel good or bad about the surroundings and overall environment of the workspace? If you don’t feel good, you should pay attention. Negative feelings detract from how well...Read more

Bindery Equipment Mysteries from Under the Tarp

Here at Technifold USA we’re all about coming up with ways to help you to do far more with what you already have in your bindery department. In our conversations with thousands of print finishers we often hear a recurring theme. That is, that some of their best print finishing resources are often discovered right under their noses. Read more

The Case for More Human Touches in Print Finishing

Quickly, which of the piles of mail in the photos at the right would you want to open first?  The top photo is machine processed. The lower photo shows mail that required assembly by a human being. If you picked the “human touch” mail, you’ve tapped into an idea that can increase profits and make you a hero to your customers. Allow me to explain. Read more

Fold Plate Installation – Is There a Better Way?

One of the most useful questions we get is when someone asks us to settle a dispute about the right way to do something on a folding machine. A Bindery Success™ Blog reader recently asked us to settle a discussion in their shop about the correct way to lock a fold plate. This sounds easy to answer, but let’s take a look. Read more

How to Clean a Perfect Binder Glue Pot Without the Mess

One universal truth about producing perfect bound books is that hot glue should be handled with extreme caution. Reaching temperatures of 350-400 degrees, it will burn your skin on contact. It’s messy too, which makes it challenging to change a glue pot neatly and safely. Read more

How to Mark Up a Folding Dummy for Trouble-Free Print Finishing

In a recent Bindery Success Blog article we talked about the importance of folding dummies. One reader asked us if there were any generally accepted practices for marking a folding dummy properly. As with most print finishing processes, there isn’t a single, universally accepted practice. Even so, there are a few proven techniques I’ve seen in practice which will prevent trouble in the bindery. Read more

Saddle Stitching Step Books – a Clever Production Tip

If you’re a saddle stitcher operator or bindery supervisor, here’s a tip that might stop you from bad-mouthing those graphic designers who love to create step books. Step books get their name from the obvious step-like appearance as shown in the drawing at right. When complete, they’re eye-catching, clever, and useful. You can instantly see the contents of a booklet and turn to the section you...Read more