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Print Finishing Productivity and the Backwards Bicycle

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, May 13, 2016 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery Business Tips, Bindery Equipment Troubleshooting, print finishing

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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.

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9 Bindery Equipment Shortcuts to Make You a Hero

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jan 29, 2016 / by Andre Palko posted in Staff Training, Video Tips, Employee Education, Bindery Equipment Troubleshooting

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Want to instantly look like a hero, make life easier at your print finishing job, and boost productivity all at the same time? Then take a minute to review these simple and very effective hands-on tips for bindery equipment operators. Included are suggestions for folding machines, guillotine cutters, scoring machines, and perforating machines. They cover the type of bindery equipment you find in both large and small shops.

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How to Get Powerful Ideas to Solve Your Print Finishing Problems

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Oct 09, 2015 / by Andre Palko posted in Personal Development, Bindery Equipment Troubleshooting

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When you hear about creativity in the printing industry, what do you think about? Maybe designers, ad agencies, graphic artists, or similar creative types come to mind. The fact is that creativity is important in all jobs from design through to print finishing and mailing. Whenever you try to solve a problem you are turning to a new idea. That too, is a form of creativity.

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Why Are Simple Paper Folding Problems Difficult to Solve?

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jul 10, 2015 / by Andre Palko posted in Printing Business, Employee Education, Bindery Equipment Troubleshooting, Paper problems

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It’s no surprise when newcomers to print finishing are thwarted by its hidden complexity. The simplest of folding jobs can generate all sorts of problems and questions. Heck, after 35 years working around bindery equipment I too am often surprised. When I encounter “simple” paper folding problems with no solution it reminds me what it was like to be an apprentice.

So why does it get so complicated and what can we do to simplify things? After all, most printers work with paper that varies just several thousandths of an inch in thickness.

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Solve Bindery Equipment Problems with Slow Motion Video Apps

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jun 19, 2015 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Bindery Equipment Troubleshooting

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The speed at which things happen in bindery equipment sometimes makes it difficult to troubleshoot a problem. But with experience, we learn to follow the clues that problems leave behind. The way a wire stitch is misshapen can tell us what piece of the stitcher head is worn or broken. The location and direction of a bent corner in a folded brochure will lead us to where the problem is happening on a folding machine. The sounds of a folder or a saddle stitcher also help us to find and fix problems.

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4 Things I Learned About Bindery Equipment Troubleshooting

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Mar 20, 2015 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Bindery Equipment Troubleshooting

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I’m fortunate to run across bindery equipment problems that occasionally leave me mystified. I say ‘fortunate’ because there is almost always an opportunity to learn something when we encounter a problem, even if it seems unsolvable. The examples here illustrate four things I’ve learned about bindery equipment troubleshooting in particular and perhaps a little about life itself in general!

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