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Four Tips on Getting More from Your Tri-Creaser

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Aug 16, 2018 / by Technifold USA posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Folding Machines

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The blessing and the curse for folding machine and bindery equipment operators is that there is always something new to learn.  It’s great when you learn something new and you can do a job faster or better. But you can’t rest on your laurels because on this new plateau of performance there are even more things to learn, more questions and more is expected of you. There is a Chinese proverb that sums it up: “Learning is like rowing upstream. Not to advance is to drop back.”

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7 Perforating Tips for Folding Machines and Scoring Machines

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Aug 03, 2018 / by Technifold USA posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Folding Machines, Scoring Machines, Micro Perforating, perforating

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A Bindery Success™ subscriber recently emailed to talk about an issue he was having with perforating on their folding machine. As with most post-press problems, the more we dug into it, the more we had to peel back layers. In this case the problem which generated the inquiry is that perforator blades are wearing out too fast for the boss’ liking.

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Micro Perforating Tips for the Folding Machine

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jul 27, 2018 / by Technifold USA posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Folding Machines

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There is no doubt that our Technifold anvil-style perforating systems deliver a cleaner, flatter product than conventional folding machine rotary perforating systems (illustrations, right.)  There is less distortion of the sheet and it’s possible to safely get more teeth per inch (tpi) with the stronger double-bevel perf blade typically used in the anvil method.

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Am I Scoring the Wrong Side of the Paper?

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jul 20, 2018 / by Technifold USA posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Folding Machines, Scoring Machines

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For something with just two sides to it, it’s amazing the hundreds of questions that can arise. We are of course, referring to paper. There’s a good chance that some of what you’ve found to be true about printing and finishing paper is counter-intuitive. For instance, the simple question, ‘Which side of the paper should I score on my folding machine?’ falls into that camp.

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7 Folding Machine Tips for 32 Page Signatures

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jul 13, 2018 / by Technifold USA posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Folding Machines

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If you work in a trade bindery or print shop handling a lot of book work, by now you probably have your own bag of tricks for folding 32 page signatures. If however you’re not accustomed to running them on a regular basis, you might encounter a bit of a learning curve.

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Wrinkling Problems on the Folding Machine - Troubleshooting Tips

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jul 06, 2018 / by Technifold USA posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Folding Machines

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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.

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Improve Folding Machine Registration When Running Oblong Sheets

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jun 15, 2018 / by Technifold USA posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Folding Machines

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When the short side of a rectangular sheet is running against a folding machine side guide, it’s generally called an ‘oblong’ sheet in reference to the oblong fold that might take place in the parallel folding section. It’s also referred to as landscape format. A common scenario is the 11x17” or 8.5x11” cover stock run in such a fashion in order to score and/or perforate the sheet before folding in a right angle section.

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Folding Machine Edge Trimming - Part 2

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, May 25, 2018 / by Technifold USA posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Folding Machines

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Another technique for edge trimming on the folder (to continue from last weeks blog post) involves the use of extra thick cutting knives. Typically these are about 1mm thick and come in various diameters to correspond with the total thickness of the piece you are trimming.

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Edge Trimming on the Folding Machine - Tips and Techniques Part 1

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, May 18, 2018 / by Technifold USA posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Folding Machines

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If you struggle with edge trimming on your folding machine, here's a tip that could 'straighten' out your problem.

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Tough Folding Machine Job Refuses to Jog Neatly - a Solution

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Apr 27, 2018 / by Technifold USA posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Folding Machines

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When you work with folding machines, it’s inevitable that you’ll be involved with a job that is “impossible” to run.  Perhaps one fold just won’t fold consistently, or the sheet is ripping, or scuffing, or hanging up in a fold plate, and none of your regular tricks work. And because you’re the last guy in the production line, the time scheduled to produce those hundreds of thousands of pieces has evaporated and the job, which arrived in your department at 3 p.m., has to be delivered the next day. Panic sets in as you start to calculate how many people it would take to hand-fold the job overnight. Yet most folder operators figure out how to run these “impossible” jobs.

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