Finishing / Bindery

Finishing refers to the tasks performed after a job comes off the press. This requires appropriate planning. Through thoughtful consideration and planning in the beginning stages, we are able to ensure your desired outcome is achieved on every project.

While it is often taken for granted, cutting can have a tremendous impact on quality. Paper must be cut squarely and consistently to maintain a proper image registration on the press. We utilize three commercial-grade, programmable cutters for the correct combination of accuracy and speed. We can accommodate sheets of up to 50 inches.

There are two types of folds: parallel and right angle. An example of a parallel fold would be the folds made before placing a standard sheet of paper into a business envelope; two creases in the same direction, ideally along the paper grain. A right angle fold consists of two or more folds with each fold creating a right angle.

To make clean folds, many jobs require small variations in panel size. While they may look similar, the size of individual panels are adjusted slightly to accommodate paper thickness. It is also worth remembering that the more folds you have, the lighter the weight of paper required. Heavier stock may build up too much thickness to roll into itself a number of times, or wider scoring may be required to minimize the possibility of cracking.

If you’d like we can provide you with a paper dummy. A paper dummy is a preliminary layout made from blank sheets of paper. The dummy is folded and bound with the correct number of pages and folds to the desired weight, texture and color to provide an accurate representation of the end result.

Our folders accommodate sheets of up to 26 x 40 inches.

Binding is the ultimate step. Printing Partners offers several binding options. These options must be weighed early in the design process because it can effect the layout, printing, folding and trimming of the product as well as the overall budget.

Below is a list of some of the binding options we offer. For a better understanding of the following binding methods, please refer to our Binding Guide in our Knowledge Library.

Wire-o / Spiral / GBC

Perfect Binding

Case or Edition binding

Saddle wire stitch

Equipment options for saddle wire stitching:

With 10 bins, Duplo can quickly collate, stitch and face-trim books or booklets. This unit can be used in two configurations: one for collating, the other for stitching. The ease of set-up makes the Duplo Multibinder ideal for short runs.

Maximum sheet size: 12 x 18 inches
Minimum sheet size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Maximum sheets to collate: 10

Maximum sheet size: 12 x 18 inches
Minimum sheet size: 5 x 7.5 inches
Smallest Folded Size: 3.75 x 4.75 inches
Maximum sheets to stitch: 20

The Muller utilizes six units, each of which feeds a folded signature. A separate unit is used for covers. This configuration enables the Muller to produce a book of up to 48 pages plus the cover in a single pass, assuming a page size of 8.5 x 11 inches on a 19 x 25 inch press sheet. The Muller can assemble a 6 x 9 inch book of up to 96 pages with a cover, in a single pass. It also works with folded signatures by gathering, stitching and three-knife trimming in a single pass.

Maximum folded size: 13 x 10 inches
Minimum folded size: 6.5 x 3.5 inches

Finishing at a glance

Cutting — up to 50-inch sheets

Folding — up to 26 x 40 inches

Binding (View our binding guide)

Saddle Wire Stitch
Wire-O / Spiral / GBC
Perfect binding
Case or Edition binding

Our Stahl folder in action
Stahl folder

Answers to the following questions help us determine where a saddle wire stitched job should be finished, Duplo or Muller:
1. What is the page count and quantity?
The Duplo is favorable for lower page counts (8 to 20) at quantities of up to 2,500. The Muller favors page counts of 24 pages or more, and at quantities of 5,000 and above.

2. What is the size of your booklet?
Booklets that are smaller than 5.5 x 8.5 inches must be finished on the Duplo.

3. What type of registration is involved?
Any jobs with critical registration, crossovers, borders or color breaks will be finished on the Muller. These items also require special attention during cutting and folding.

4. What kind of paper stock is used?
Coated stock runs especially well on the Duplo, as does heavier offset and text weight.
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