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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 How-To Tips, Bindery Business 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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Static in the Print Shop and Bindery - Is There a Cure?

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Oct 19, 2018 / by Technifold USA

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Over the years we’ve received quite a few tips for controlling static on folding machines and bindery equipment, many of which we have shared here on our Bindery Success Blog. (Click Here for last week's post on folding machine static.) The problems caused by static in printing are numerous and complex, including double sheets, sheet mis-feeds and mis-registration, sheet delivery issues, dust contamination and ink problems. It can shut down production and ruin jobs.

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Why is Creasing (or Scoring) Paper Important?

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Oct 12, 2018 / by Technifold USA

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The goal of the designer and printer is to reproduce a job as close to the original as possible, in any quantity. Many jobs need to be folded after printing, and customers won't tolerate a finished, folded piece that's marred by any ‘cracking' or splitting of the sheet. Some printed papers will fold just fine (usually text weight stocks and lightweight covers folding with the grain.) It is on jobs where fiber cracking or splitting occurs that creasing becomes important.

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Avoid Folding Problems - Curled Cover Stock and 'Alligator Skin'

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Oct 05, 2018 / by Technifold USA posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Folding Machines

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Despite their versatility in the bindery, folding machines do have limitations. The bigger the diameter of the fold roller, the heavier the sheet that can be run. Grain direction also matters. But before you take the salesman’s head off for suggesting that you score and fold an 18pt cover stock, consider this technique that might help you finish an impossible job.

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Tips for Feeding Thin Signatures on Saddle Stitchers and Gatherers

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Sep 28, 2018 / by Technifold USA posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Saddle Stitchers, Perfect Binding

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When running thin 4-page signatures on a saddle stitcher inserter pocket or in a gatherer, it can be difficult to control the vacuum so as not to pull double signatures, typically on light, uncoated book stocks.

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Use Your Gatefold Plate to Prevent 3 Common Folding Machine Problems

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Sep 21, 2018 / by Technifold USA posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Folding Machines

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If you happen to have a gate fold attachment for your folding machine and you use it strictly for gate folds, you could be cheating yourself. You may not know this, but it’s entirely possible to use a gatefold plate to reduce, or even eliminate, three issues common to letter folds and other multi-panel folds:

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