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6 Tips for Folding Card Stock on Tabletop Folding Machines

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, May 31, 2016 / by Andre Palko posted in Folding Machines

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Quick copy and small commercial printers frequently ask us about the best way to avoid wrinkling, sometimes called “alligator skin,” when folding cover stocks. Copiers and digital presses can print on some fairly heavy papers. The problem arises because the types of tabletop folding machines found in these smaller operations or in-plant departments are usually designed for text papers. The smaller the fold roller diameter, the smaller the range of papers you can run. Curl also increases in severity as fold roller diameters decrease.

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How to Avoid Cuts from Rotary Cutting Tools on Folding Machines

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, May 27, 2016 / by Andre Palko posted in Folding Machines, cutting and perforating, rotary trimming, injury prevention

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The folding machine operators I’ve met would never let a little cut on their fingers keep them sidelined. You’ll hear, “Ah…it’s just a flesh wound. A little duct tape will fix that.” After working with rotary cutting or perforating blades for many years you’d think an experienced folder operator would never get cut. Yet all it takes is a split second of carelessness, mishandling, or reaching into the folder too quickly to clear a paper jam and you’ve got a painful cut. Heck, we've had people at trade shows cut themselves while admiring our uniquely constructed durable blades! (Don't worry, we'll have gloves on hand at Graph Expo in Orlando, FL at Booth #2611.) 

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How to Automatically Do a Letter Fold with a Loose Insert

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, May 20, 2016 / by Andre Palko posted in Folding Machines, perforating

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In a previous article about using crimp lock perforators we show you how to use that tool to effectively run certain difficult saddle stitching jobs with a little less hassle. Today we’re going to show you how to automatically do a letter fold with a loose insert tucked inside, as shown in the photo at right. Technically speaking, we are producing a 4-panel roll fold in two sections. Then we do some trimming to produce the desired result. You can see the full layout of the folding machine operation in photo 4 below.

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Print Finishing Productivity and the Backwards Bicycle

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, May 13, 2016 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery Business Tips, Bindery Equipment Troubleshooting, print finishing

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Do you like to think you do your print finishing job with an open, objective mind? You won’t feel that way after you watch this fascinating video and read this article.

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A Simple Signature Perforating Tip for Better Saddle Stitching

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, May 06, 2016 / by Andre Palko

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Here’s a print finishing technique that saddle stitcher operators will love but folding machine operators might hate. This particular folding machine accessory is called a crimp perforator or crimp lock device. The purpose of the tool is to crimp two or more sheets of paper together so that certain panels or pages are held in place for subsequent operations. I have two examples for you.

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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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Fold Plate Installation – Is There a Better Way?

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Apr 08, 2016 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Folding Machines

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One of the most useful questions we get is when someone asks us to settle a dispute about the right way to do something on a folding machine. A Bindery Success™ Blog reader recently asked us to settle a discussion in their shop about the correct way to lock a fold plate. This sounds easy to answer, but let’s take a look.

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How to Clean a Perfect Binder Glue Pot Without the Mess

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Mar 24, 2016 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Perfect Binding, Muller

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One universal truth about producing perfect bound books is that hot glue should be handled with extreme caution. Reaching temperatures of 350-400 degrees, it will burn your skin on contact. It’s messy too, which makes it challenging to change a glue pot neatly and safely.

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