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A Tip for Better Cover Gluing on Perfect Binding Machines

Today we’re going to show you a solution to a common problem that affects operators of perfect binding lines. The problem happens after the cover is glued and applied to the book block. Read more

Drupa 2016 – Print Finishing and Fun Stuff

Since many of you couldn’t make it to Drupa this year, we thought you’d let us be your unofficial eyes and ears. We were fortunate to be able to spend three days working at Drupa with our Tech-ni-fold Ltd and CreaseStream colleagues from around the world. The stand was busy but we did find time to sneak a few peeks at some other interesting exhibitors. This week’s items are more on the fun side...Read more

6 Tips for Folding Card Stock on Tabletop Folding Machines

Quick copy and small commercial printers frequently ask us about the best way to avoid wrinkling, sometimes called “alligator skin,” when folding cover stocks. Copiers and digital presses can print on some fairly heavy papers. The problem arises because the types of tabletop folding machines found in these smaller operations or in-plant departments are usually designed for text papers. The...Read more

How to Avoid Cuts from Rotary Cutting Tools on Folding Machines

The folding machine operators I’ve met would never let a little cut on their fingers keep them sidelined. You’ll hear, “Ah…it’s just a flesh wound. A little duct tape will fix that.” After working with rotary cutting or perforating blades for many years you’d think an experienced folder operator would never get cut. Yet all it takes is a split second of carelessness, mishandling, or reaching into...Read more

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