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Drupa 2016 – Print Finishing and Fun Stuff

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jun 10, 2016 / by Andre Palko posted in Printing Business, printing trade shows

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Since many of you couldn’t make it to Drupa this year, we thought you’d let us be your unofficial eyes and ears. We were fortunate to be able to spend three days working at Drupa with our Tech-ni-fold Ltd and CreaseStream colleagues from around the world. The stand was busy but we did find time to sneak a few peeks at some other interesting exhibitors. This week’s items are more on the fun side of the printing industry although the last one is practical too.

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Is Clutter Ruining Your Bindery Productivity in Hidden Ways?

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Apr 29, 2016 / by Andre Palko posted in Printing Business, Lean Manufacturing, Organization, print finishing

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Here’s an unscientific but important question to ask yourself: How do you feel when you walk into your work space?  Your workspace could be an entire shop, or your bindery equipment work area, or an office cubicle. Do you feel good or bad about the surroundings and overall environment of the workspace? If you don’t feel good, you should pay attention. Negative feelings detract from how well you do your job.

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Bindery Equipment Mysteries from Under the Tarp

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Apr 22, 2016 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Bindery Business Tips, Printing Business

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Here at Technifold USA we’re all about coming up with ways to help you to do far more with what you already have in your bindery department. In our conversations with thousands of print finishers we often hear a recurring theme. That is, that some of their best print finishing resources are often discovered right under their noses.

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The Case for More Human Touches in Print Finishing

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Apr 15, 2016 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery Business Tips, Printing Business, print finishing

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Quickly, which of the piles of mail in the photos at the right would you want to open first?  The top photo is machine processed. The lower photo shows mail that required assembly by a human being. If you picked the “human touch” mail, you’ve tapped into an idea that can increase profits and make you a hero to your customers. Allow me to explain.

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For the Love of Printing—a Day in the Life of 2 Industry Champions

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Feb 05, 2016 / by Andre Palko posted in Printing Business, Personal Development

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You might call this A Tale of Two Pepys, both of whom were involved with printing. The famous Samuel Pepys lived in the 1600’s. The other lived around the early 1900’s. The latter may or may not be real. He could well be an editor or writer for The Printing Trade News using the pseudonym, and writing in the style of Samuel Pepys.

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5 Ways to Cripple Your Printing Business Growth

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Nov 13, 2015 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery Business Tips, Printing Business, Personal Development

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Is there such a thing as too much due diligence? Dictionaries define it as “research and analysis of a company or organization done in preparation for a business transaction.” Some people love the act of researching a purchase. They’ll spend hours investigating a $50 gadget before they commit. On the other end of the spectrum are those who leave with a $50,000 car an hour after walking into the dealership on a whim.

Most of us fall somewhere in between. But then there are those who seriously overdo their diligence (pun in

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4 Insidious Ways to Fail as a Print Finishing Professional

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Nov 06, 2015 / by Andre Palko posted in Staff Training, Printing Business, Personal Development, Employee Education

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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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Will The Next 35 Years of Print Finishing Be the Best?

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jun 05, 2015 / by Andre Palko posted in Printing Business, Personal Development, Employee Education

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Imagine a pressman from the 1940’s being transported to a modern digital printing department. He wouldn’t know where to start. Now imagine a bindery equipment operator from the same era dropped into a post-press department today. It probably wouldn’t take him or her long to find their way around the guillotine cutter, the folding machine, maybe a saddle stitcher, and start producing work. There would be questions, but the underlying technologies, despite being decades apart, are similar.

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So Your Mother Wishes You Were a Doctor Not a Printing Sales Person

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Apr 17, 2015 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery Business Tips, Printing Business, Personal Development

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You might not think a poorly executed phone call from a sales person could lead to a discussion on business skills and the meaning of life, but it happens here at Technifold USA. Strange behavior from one caller had us asking why some sales people are afraid to admit they’re sales people.

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