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Friday, Jul 25, 2014 Andre Palko
This is, without a doubt, my all-time favorite bindery tip. I say that because I struggled with this particular issue for many, many years. Then one day an old-timer I was working with said, “Hey, all you have to do is this…” and he shared the technique shown in the video below. Just like that, my problem disappeared! As the title says, the problem we’re talking about is commonly called a...Read More
Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 Andre Palko
Here’s a ‘scoring’ technique borrowed from the greeting card industry. It might seem a little old school, but it’s still used quite often, and it’s a great technique to have available when you need it. The video below demonstrates how to create a cut score (also called a kiss cut, or semi slit) on your folding machine. The term has a slightly different meaning in the packaging industry,...Read More
Friday, Jul 11, 2014 Andre Palko
Once again I find myself, late at night, standing over a folding machine scratching my head. I flash back to many late night struggles in the bindery, only this time I’m upset because the folding machine is working TOO well. You see, I set out earlier in the day to make a short video demonstrating an easy technique for eliminating dog ears on folded brochures. A sixty second video can often...Read More
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 Andre Palko
The one unchangeable fact about print finishing is that there is always a need to find ways to be more productive with what you have on hand. Deadlines can change, workloads can overwhelm without notice, and new equipment can force changes to old operating habits.  Whether your equipment is old or new, here are six areas for study that can yield some surprising improvements in...Read More
Friday, Jun 27, 2014 Andre Palko
Mention ‘friction feeder’ to someone with bindery experience and you just might see them curl their lip in disgust. It’s in the same category as ‘static’, something to be avoided. But like static, friction has its uses and benefits when understood and applied correctly, especially with regard to friction feeders . When I was brand new to folding machines, I was introduced to an old Bell...Read More
Friday, Jun 20, 2014 Andre Palko
One frustrating aspect of a bindery supervisor’s job is that you often get a lot of responsibility yet have limited authority. You might be tasked each day with finishing dozens of jobs worth many thousands of dollars. Yet you have little or no say over how much time will be given your department to produce the work. Your bindery staff is probably limited, overtime spending or extra hiring...Read More
Friday, Jun 13, 2014 Andre Palko
Have you ever spent all night or all weekend working on a job because of a bindery equipment breakdown? If you’re like me, that’s probably the moment you took a keener interest in maintaining your equipment. It’s been my experience that a large number of printing companies have this type of ‘reactive maintenance’ program. When something breaks you fix it. The production demands on employees...Read More
Friday, Jun 6, 2014 Andre Palko
Have you ever said “yes” to a folding job only to find out the piece was a miniature fold which was too small for your equipment? I have, even though I had been specifically asked if any of our folding machines could do a job that small. After it arrived in the bindery and once I got over the initial panic, I remembered there was a simple technique for folding below the minimum published size....Read More
Friday, May 30, 2014 Andre Palko
Aside from the usual variety of scoring, perforating and cutting tools that you can add to your folding machine, there are other productivity add-ons you might not have heard about. Or maybe your post-press operation has grown, and that long-forgotten accessory you didn’t need five years ago is exactly what you need today. Here are ten folder accessories ranging from the simple to the...Read More
Friday, May 16, 2014 Andre Palko
Imagine this: your customer comes to you with a special bookbinding project. There is only one copy, it’s 800 pages long, it’s entirely hand illustrated and hand written on hand-made paper. Your binding method must be very sturdy in order to withstand repeated heavy handling. It must be artistically pleasing to some of the most famous and demanding artists in the world. And oh yes, it took the...Read More
Friday, May 9, 2014 Andre Palko
Soon after we started the Bindery Success Blog , I was discussing this new ‘blog’ stuff with a colleague of ours who owns a sizable trade bindery operation. He asked, “So, what are you going to do when you run out of stuff to talk about?” Well, nearly 200 Bindery Success Blog articles later there are still plenty of ideas in the pipeline. I like to think of it another way. When you go to...Read More
Friday, May 2, 2014 Andre Palko
If you’re a new folding machine operator, don’t let the wrinkles on a folded piece lead to wrinkles on your face! There are numerous things that can cause a sheet to wrinkle as it travels through the folder but with a little patience and thought it’s usually easy to eliminate the problem and with experience, prevent it entirely. We can probably divide the causes of wrinkling problems into...Read More
Friday, Apr 25, 2014 Andre Palko
As a kid I loved escaping into science fiction books and magazines, blissfully wandering off to a future filled with incredible technologies. The stories made it easy to imagine myself in the cockpit of a 21st century spacecraft or a scientist in a cutting-edge lab. Whatever the story line happened to be I would get lost in the future fantasy. The 21st century reality found me manning...Read More
Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 Andre Palko
There is a funny tendency in human beings to undermine their very own efforts at succeeding. Maybe it’s nature or nurture or a combination of both. Most of us at one time or another (me included) are guilty of occasional ‘self-sabotage.’ Here are five signs that you might be dooming yourself to falling short of your potential and harming your career. You Feel Entitled Some years ago I...Read More