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Use Your Saddle Stitcher Cover Feeder as a Folding Machine

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Feb 20, 2015 / by Andre Palko posted in Saddle Stitchers, Folding Machines

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It may sound like a crazy idea, but to veteran saddle stitcher operators it’s nothing new. They already know their saddle stitcher cover feeder is a good alternative to the folding machine for certain types of jobs. Here are three ways you might not have thought about, especially if you’re still learning your way around saddle stitching equipment.

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Bindery Equipment Troubleshooting – Using Mind Games to Succeed

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Sep 05, 2014 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Saddle Stitchers

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A Bindery Success™ reader recently sent us a story that illustrates the sometimes amusing difficulties of troubleshooting bindery work. In this case they were saddle-stitching a book with a reply envelope inserted between the pages. Stitcher operators know it’s a bit of a tricky job. It’s a delicate operation getting the envelopes to feed accurately, to remain in position, and to remain in the book so as not to cause rejects. Yet once the feeder is set correctly it tends to run all day without problems.

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How to Get Better Register on Your Multibinder Collator and Stitcher

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Aug 01, 2014 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Saddle Stitchers

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A recent email caused a bindery flashback, uh…I mean memory…about a piece of bindery equipment that I hadn’t thought about for years. Perhaps it was the stress of running that machine more so than the passage of time that banished the experience to the far corners of my memory.

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Saddle Stitcher Heads - 7 Deadly Sins to Avoid

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jan 17, 2014 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Saddle Stitchers

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As you increase the speed on a saddle stitcher (or any piece of bindery equipment,) you're likely to see more and more defects as the speed increases. I often quote Kevin Carey from his ABC’s of Diecutting, “Increasing speed exposes weaknesses in methods, in practices, in tools, in technology, in organization, and in knowledge, skill and experience.”

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A Saddle Stitcher Trivia Question - Cold Case Files from the Bindery

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Sep 20, 2013 / by Andre Palko posted in Saddle Stitchers

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Here’s a bindery trivia question about trimming saddle stitched books that will get you thinking, bring you back to junior high school and probably stir up a little debate. A Bindery Success Blog reader sent us this photo in the hope that with all the experience out there, we could put to rest an argument he is having with a colleague. And it could even affect the value of the comic in question!

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Eliminate Marking on Horizon and Other Stitching - Folding Machines

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Sep 05, 2013 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Saddle Stitchers, Folding Machines

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Here’s an ingeniously simple tip on how to eliminate marking problems on a Horizon SPF10 stitcher and folder. It could work on other similar machines too. If you work in a bindery department, it’s safe to say that eventually you’ll have a job with a marking problem, especially on coated, matte or dull coated papers. It doesn’t matter what kind of collator, stitcher, folder or other bindery equipment you’re running. We’re always stretched to the limits of machine, material and labor!

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Preventing Double Signatures on a Muller Saddle Stitcher

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jul 19, 2013 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Saddle Stitchers, Muller

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In a previous Bindery Success blog article we discussed problems that can arise when trying to feed thin, porous signatures (usually 4 pages) on saddle stitcher inserters or perfect binder gatherers. Details are here if you want to give it a quick review. Today we have one more quick fix on the subject sent to us by Todd Summers of Nittany Valley Offset.

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Trimming Thick Books on the Saddle Stitcher - a Quick Tip

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jan 25, 2013 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Saddle Stitchers

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One of the drawbacks to trimming thick saddle-stitched books is that it’s nearly impossible to get a perfect trim on all three sides. Usually the head and foot of the spine of the book will tear or nick during the trimming process. There is simply no way to prevent this since the area near the spine has nothing to support it in the trimmer or cutter.

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Saddle Stitcher Feeder Pockets - a Tip to Prevent Scuffing

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Sep 14, 2012 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Saddle Stitchers

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Whenever I watch the countless moving parts on saddle stitching and perfect binding lines, I’m amazed that all those folded sheets of text and cover make it to the end without marks, scratches and scuffs. Well, most of the time they do.

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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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