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9 Bindery Equipment Shortcuts to Make You a Hero

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jan 29, 2016 / by Andre Palko posted in Staff Training, Video Tips, Employee Education, Bindery Equipment Troubleshooting

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Want to instantly look like a hero, make life easier at your print finishing job, and boost productivity all at the same time? Then take a minute to review these simple and very effective hands-on tips for bindery equipment operators. Included are suggestions for folding machines, guillotine cutters, scoring machines, and perforating machines. They cover the type of bindery equipment you find in both large and small shops.

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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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How to Become a Print Finishing Expert Starting Today

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, May 22, 2015 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Staff Training, Bindery Business Tips

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If you work in a print finishing job, your first question might be, “Why would I want to become a print finishing expert?” One reason is that if you’re not perceived as an expert, colleagues and customers simply don’t care what you think. As an expert, people trust you and are eager to believe you. This makes it easier for you to do your job effectively. For instance, it’s more likely that when you suggest a change in the production schedule it will be accepted if you are looked at as knowledgeable.

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Do You Know What's in Your Bindery Equipment Manuals?

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jan 31, 2014 / by Andre Palko posted in Staff Training, Bindery Business Tips

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Reading bindery equipment instruction manuals (or any manual for that matter!) can be a chore. It’s work to learn something new. For the writer of the manual, it’s often hard to clearly convey a task in the written word. And sometimes as readers, we find ourselves trying to understand pages that might be poorly translated from another language.

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5 Essential Sources of Bindery and Post-Press Inspiration

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Oct 18, 2013 / by Andre Palko posted in Staff Training, Bindery Business Tips, Employee Education

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It’s no surprise that letterpress printing seems to be on the rise. Paper still has power. There’s an undeniable appeal to the look, texture and feel of metal type and engravings imprinted on old fashioned or even homemade paper. Even the latest all-digital companies acknowledge that paper just might have its place. The online invitation company Evite recently began offering… gasp …paper invitations through Evite Ink.

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The Bindery Worker's Lament

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Aug 02, 2013 / by Andre Palko posted in Staff Training, Bindery Business Tips

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I periodically get letters from bindery equipment operators and others in the printing industry who feel stuck in their jobs, or are underemployed, unemployed or are at a loss as to how to advance their career. They want advice. Considering the very personal nature of their situations I realize that reaching out like this is a big, vulnerable step. I know because I’ve been in the same situation.

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Troubleshoot Bindery Equipment without Tears

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jul 20, 2012 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Staff Training

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“Everything customers tell me over the phone is a lie,” said my friend in regard to troubleshooting calls. He’s an electronics technician for a major print finishing equipment manufacturer and in the course of his job he fields help-desk calls.

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Hand Work in the Bindery - 4 Popular Tips

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Sep 09, 2011 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Staff Training

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The old saw about "the more things change the more they stay the same" seems to hold true in the world of bindery and post-press. Sure, technology in our industry is changing on a daily basis, but one thing that never goes out of fashion is traditional hand-work and old-style techniques.

Complex digital printing equipment allows for the production of high quality jobs in ever-smaller quantities. It's precisely because of this decline in quantities that a little old-fashioned bindery skill can often outperform production equipment.

The popularity of these 4 articles proves the point for me...they continue to get a constant stream of hits daily. In case you missed them, take a few minutes to check them out or pass them along to the new folks in your bindery.


We plan to continue with a series of new articles on hand-work, so if you have a hand-work skill or technique that’s a lifesaver for you, send it our way. We’ll send you up to $100 if we can use your contribution for a full article. If it’s an interesting twist on an old article we’ll send you a gift card for at least $25, pending editorial review. And as always, feel free to share your insights and comments below.
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