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Run 2-Up Jobs on Your Folding Machine Without a Split Guide

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Jan 17, 2019 / by Technifold USA posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Folding Machines

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The question of how to run 2-up folding jobs has many answers depending on the size and layout of the piece to be folded. We get occasional questions about this common layout, that of an 11x17” which folds 1x in half to 8.5x11, then again 2x to a #10 or 1x to a 5.5x8.5. The concept we're discussing really applies to any similar size and fold configuration where one piece folds and trims in the parallel section, which then sends two pieces to the right angle for folding

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Micro Perforating for Laser Printers, Copiers and Bindery Equipment

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jan 11, 2019 / by Technifold USA posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Printing Business, Folding Machines, Scoring Machines

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Chances are good that customer requests have gotten you involved in micro perforating, whether through in-house perf operations or through outsourcing. It’s common today for end users to run pre-perfed, pre-printed forms (supplied by their local printer) through their own laser printers, copiers or digital presses. Invoices and statements are good examples of this.

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Minimize Folding Machine Push-out on 16 Page Signatures

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Dec 14, 2018 / by Technifold USA posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Folding Machines

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In the process of folding paper we encounter ‘pushout’. As one sheet is folded inside another, the inside sheets naturally have a tendency to push out (or creep out) away from the spine by the thickness of the paper for each subsequent fold. Ideally this is all compensated for in the design stage where printed images on the inside pages or panels are shingled further inward toward the spine as they near the center of the stitched book (or folded piece,) and outer pages are moved away towards the face.

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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 Business Tips, Bindery How-To 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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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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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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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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