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5 Signs You Might Sabotage Your Printing Industry Career

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Apr 17, 2014 / by Andre Palko posted in Printing Business, Personal Development, Printing Employee Training

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There is a funny tendency in human beings to undermine their very own efforts at succeeding. Maybe it’s nature or nurture or a combination of both. Most of us at one time or another (me included) are guilty of occasional ‘self-sabotage.’ Here are five signs that you might be dooming yourself to falling short of your potential and harming your career.

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How to Get the Most from Your Folding Machine Operators

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Jul 26, 2012 / by Andre Palko posted in Folding Machines, Printing Employee Training

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Does your printing or bindery business fit one of these scenarios?

  • Your new folder operator has been to folder school and now has a couple years of experience. The folder mechanic or colleagues at work have shown him (or her) a few tricks, yet he’s not even close to the production output promised by the folding machine salesman.
  • Your operator has 20 years of experience but you have the nagging suspicion that you’re not getting everything you should be getting from your folding machine, even though he is a hard worker. He’s got you thinking, “Sure, 20 years, but it’s the same year, repeated 20 times!”
  • You’re the folder operator and you struggle with ‘impossible’ deadlines that don’t even ruffle your fellow operators. You’ve got the basics down but can’t quite get to the next level.


Whatever your circumstances, you know its time to step it up to the next level of productivity on this important piece of bindery equipment. These days you truly can’t afford to get less than maximum productivity from every single piece of equipment in your shop.

In working with thousands of bindery and printing businesses around the globe, we see many excellent bindery practices. We also witness far too many sloppy, unproductive habits that rob everyone involved of any chance at real success.

One critical trait that stands out in the good operators, as fast and productive as they might be, is they never stop trying to improve. It’s in this spirit of continuous education and improvement that we put an ebook together called How to Get the Most from Your Folding Machine Operators - 6 Nuts and Bolts Steps to Boost Productivity and Profits

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Top 5 OSHA Violations for Commercial Printing Companies

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Apr 13, 2012 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery Business Tips, Printing Business, Printing Employee Training

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In 2010 OSHA stepped up enforcement actions against printing companies due to “persistent high levels of amputation” in the industry. (Details here in a previous Bindery Success blog post.) Early data from OSHA reports suggest a positive trend.

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Bindery Nightmares - Coming to Your Shop?

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jan 27, 2012 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery Business Tips, Printing Business, Printing Employee Training

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Forget television for entertainment; check out the reality show taking place in your own shop. I had an interesting encounter with a Muller saddle stitcher operator that got me thinking about the psychology of bindery equipment operators.

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