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How to Clean a Perfect Binder Glue Pot Without the Mess

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Mar 24, 2016 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Perfect Binding, Muller

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One universal truth about producing perfect bound books is that hot glue should be handled with extreme caution. Reaching temperatures of 350-400 degrees, it will burn your skin on contact. It’s messy too, which makes it challenging to change a glue pot neatly and safely.

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An Unusual Trimming Tip for Perfect Bound Books

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Sep 27, 2013 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Perfect Binding

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Although this tip might raise more questions than it answers, the real value lies in the fact that it reinforces creative thinking in the face of an unusual bindery problem. So while we might never be faced with this exact problem, it could inspire a solution for whatever post-press problem you’re facing today.

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Tips for Feeding Thin Signatures on Saddle Stitchers and Gatherers

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Aug 09, 2012 / by Andre Palko 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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Solving Post-Press Problems with an Attitude Adjustment

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Apr 27, 2012 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Bindery Business Tips, Printing Business, Perfect Binding

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Troubleshooting bindery problems can be frustrating, with dozens of variables often leading us in the wrong direction. As we gain experience the process is simplified because we learn to quickly narrow down the field of possible causes to a handful of critical items.

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Removing UV Coating to Aid Perfect Binding Operations

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jan 20, 2012 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Folding Machines, Perfect Binding

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When I was a bindery department supervisor, I’d occasionally hear this at our production meetings, “Don’t worry, Andre will fix it." 'It' could be any number of errors, large or small…a job backed up incorrectly, shortages, poor register, inks that didn’t dry, lack of production time or an incorrect imposition.

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Rotate Signatures on Your Gatherer: a Perfect Binding Tip

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jan 06, 2012 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Perfect Binding

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Even if you never get near any perfect binding equipment, take a minute to watch this short video. For those of us involved in bindery work in any way, it contains a simple, relevant lesson.

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