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Can Old Bindery Equipment Be More Efficient Than New?

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jul 22, 2016 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Bindery Business Tips

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Before you dismiss your “old” bindery equipment as inadequate, consider some of the ways in which it can outperform new automated equipment. Believe it or not, old equipment occasionally has surprising advantages over new with efficiency, capabilities, and cost.

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Test Your Print Finishing Potential with These Fascinating Problems

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Jul 13, 2016 / by Andre Palko posted in print finishing

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Print finishing and bindery work requires some ability in math, analysis, memory, imagination, and out-of-the-box thinking. A little competitive spirit helps as well! Summertime is also a fun time so in that spirit, here are some fun puzzles that will certainly test the abilities that form the foundation of your print finishing abilities. If you're good at solving them, give it to a co-worker and see how they do. (That's the competitive part.)

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18 Reasons Why Folding Machines Jam and How to Prevent It

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

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How many things can cause paper jams on your folding machine? We can probably come up with dozens of variables. Usually it’s caused by something minor and there are many parts on the folder that need to be in just the right position to keep the folder operating smoothly. Those little things become hugely important.

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Tips for Slitting on Tabletop Folding Machines

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jul 01, 2016 / by Andre Palko posted in Bindery How-To Tips, Folding Machines, rotary trimming

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Tabletop folding machines are typically used for simple folding jobs yet most of them have trimming tools available. You can use these to trim a job after it’s folded or to trim flat, unfolded sheets. If you don’t do a lot of trimming on your small folder, here are a few things to look out for to avoid problems and ensure good results.

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A Tip for Better Cover Gluing on Perfect Binding Machines

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jun 17, 2016 / by Andre Palko

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Today we’re going to show you a solution to a common problem that affects operators of perfect binding lines. The problem happens after the cover is glued and applied to the book block.

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Drupa 2016 – Print Finishing and Fun Stuff

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jun 10, 2016 / by Andre Palko posted in Printing Business, printing trade shows

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Since many of you couldn’t make it to Drupa this year, we thought you’d let us be your unofficial eyes and ears. We were fortunate to be able to spend three days working at Drupa with our Tech-ni-fold Ltd and CreaseStream colleagues from around the world. The stand was busy but we did find time to sneak a few peeks at some other interesting exhibitors. This week’s items are more on the fun side of the printing industry although the last one is practical too.

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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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