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Can Old Bindery Equipment Be More Efficient Than New?

Before you dismiss your “old” bindery equipment as inadequate, consider some of the ways in which it can outperform new automated equipment. Believe it or not, old equipment occasionally has surprising advantages over new with efficiency, capabilities, and cost. Read more

Test Your Print Finishing Potential with These Fascinating Problems

Print finishing and bindery work requires some ability in math, analysis, memory, imagination, and out-of-the-box thinking. A little competitive spirit helps as well! Summertime is also a fun time so in that spirit, here are some fun puzzles that will certainly test the abilities that form the foundation of your print finishing abilities. If you're good at solving them, give it to a co-worker and...Read more

18 Reasons Why Folding Machines Jam and How to Prevent It

How many things can cause paper jams on your folding machine? We can probably come up with dozens of variables. Usually it’s caused by something minor and there are many parts on the folder that need to be in just the right position to keep the folder operating smoothly. Those little things become hugely important. Read more

Tips for Slitting on Tabletop Folding Machines

Tabletop folding machines are typically used for simple folding jobs yet most of them have trimming tools available. You can use these to trim a job after it’s folded or to trim flat, unfolded sheets. If you don’t do a lot of trimming on your small folder, here are a few things to look out for to avoid problems and ensure good results. Read more

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