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7 Perforating Tips for Folding Machines and Scoring Machines

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, May 29, 2015 / by Andre Palko 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 I dug into it, the more I 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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Better Feeding on Tabletop Scoring, Perforating or Folding Machines

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Feb 13, 2015 / by Andre Palko posted in Folding Machines, Scoring Machines

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This week we have another simple thing to check to get better results fast on tabletop folding machines or on small rotary scoring or perforating machines. As with last week’s bindery video, I’m referring to the type of scoring or folding machines that don’t have a register table.

Last week we talked about how improperly trimmed or seriously curled paper will hurt the quality of the finished product coming off these machines. Of course poor paper will worsen finishing quality on any machine, even the most sophisticated. But on more complex equipment there are ways to compensate for poorly trimmed paper. With direct feed machines it’s almost impossible to compensate for bad cutting.

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Get Better Register on Your Folding, Scoring or Perforating Machine

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Feb 06, 2015 / by Andre Palko posted in Folding Machines, Scoring Machines, Video Tips

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Bindery equipment operators, especially newcomers, sometimes mistakenly blame the machine for a problem. Yet there is one important but frequently overlooked item which, when handled correctly, will fix a variety of common ‘problems’ with direct-feed scoring, folding and perforating machines.

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Is That Old Bindery Equipment Really Dead?

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jan 16, 2015 / by Andre Palko posted in Scoring Machines, Equipment Maintenance

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Quite a few people have expressed surprise that we write about bindery and printing issues that don’t directly relate to the products we sell. For instance why would I write about guillotine cutters when our products fit folding and scoring machines, saddle stitchers, perfect binders and web presses? The question is a reflection of the tendency in printing to isolate ourselves departmentally—post-press, press, pre-press, production, sales, shipping, mailing, and so on.

Yet when you look at the big picture, it’s obvious that all these departments are connected. The first few times I had to “fix the job in the bindery” showed me clearly this was true! When one department does poorly, the business as a whole suffers. Our tendency to isolate within our department or specialty can quickly blind us to the big picture. It sometimes causes us to ask the wrong questions which lead to the wrong conclusions.

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Avoiding Rookie Finishing Mistakes in Your In-Plant Printing Operation

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Dec 19, 2014 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Printing Business, Scoring Machines

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The first inkjet printer I purchased was a promising marvel of technology. In the first months of running a startup business, I was thrilled that I could now print a few full color letters or brochures in my own office. Then as I began running various designs, different types of paper and envelopes, along with attempts at mail merges, the luster of the new technology quickly turned into frustration.

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How to Run 2 or More Scores When You Only Have One Scoring Tool

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Feb 21, 2014 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Folding Machines, Scoring Machines

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It can be a headache, but there are times when it’s necessary to run a scoring or perforating job twice through a piece of bindery equipment. Maybe you have one creasing tool available but this job calls for two or three. Perhaps it’s an equipment scheduling problem and the small folder with one scoring tool is the only one available that day. The headache usually starts with the second pass through the machine, when the operator discovers the entire first pass didn’t register, or is in the wrong position, or is crooked. Worse yet, a customer discovers the problem!

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Am I Scoring the Wrong Side of the Paper?

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Nov 15, 2013 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Folding Machines, Scoring Machines

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For something with just two sides to it, it’s amazing the hundreds of questions that can arise. We are of course, referring to paper. There’s a good chance that some of what you’ve found to be true about printing and finishing paper is counter-intuitive. For instance, the simple question, ‘Which side of the paper should I score on my folding machine?’ falls into that camp.

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Important Checklist Item for Your Scoring or Perforating Machines

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, May 17, 2013 / by Andre Palko posted in Scoring Machines, Guillotine Cutter

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Rotary scoring and perforating machines with direct feed systems are easy to use and widely available. This type of machine has no register table but instead moves the sheet directly from the feeder into the shafts. You’ll find manual-fed, friction-fed and air-fed designs from such manufacturers as Rosback, Rollem, Graphic Whizard, Count, Pierce as well our CreaseStream series (right) and its predecessor, the Speedcreaser.

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CreaseStream Mini Quick-Feed Wins Gold Medal at Invention Exhibition

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Apr 26, 2013 / by Andre Palko posted in Scoring Machines

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Most of us are accustomed to hearing about awards, usually bestowed one colleague to another by institutions from within our printing industry. But how would we fare out there in the big, bad world? Graham Harris decided to find out.

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How to Fix a Crooked Score on your Folding Machine or Scoring Machine

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Mar 08, 2013 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Folding Machines, Scoring Machines

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“I can’t get my folding machine score (or perforation) to run straight." It’s a question we hear from operators of folding machines and scoring machines on a regular basis. I’ve seen the problem stump the experienced bindery pro as well as the novice.

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