Entries by Norm Beange

Set-up Boxes

Set-up Boxes are an industry term to describe what people would describe as a chocolate box.  In the world of print (other than corrugated boxes), there are two kinds of boxes…set-up boxes and folding cartons (boxes).  The latter for example is the “box” that holds a tube of toothpaste.  This style of “folding carton” or […]


This binding style has different copyrighted names such as Rollabind, Rolobind, Button bind…and others.  The process is not patented! With the exception of a metal ring binder, there is no other binding system in the world that allows the user to add and subtract sheets! The “buttons” come in sizes up to 1” and in […]

Swiss/Euro Binding

This product is called Swiss/Euro binding.  As shown, the book bound in this style can be bound with tape, exposed glue, flat wire stitching, side thread sewing or Smyth sewing.  The distinguishing feature of these books is that the spine of the cover is not glued or attached to the spine. When the book is […]

Pre-printed Perfect Bound Book

The books I pictured here and shown in the video, is a process that is printed on the press sheets during the normal printing process. The printing could be either offset or digital. If you want a book that is case bound or perfect bound, that is “printed”, on the head, face and tail; talk […]

Box Liners

As shown in this video there are three different styles of box liners.  I can’t say which is the most common but the following is something you should be aware of.  Of the three kinds of liners 1. Die-cut paper 2. Foam 3. Vacuumed formed plastics, die-cut paper is the fastest, by far the cheapest, […]


This week’s focus is pop-ups.  As our video, shows pop-ups almost universally elicit a positive response from a user.  Our present day, jaded consumers, think they’ve seen it all, so graphic designers and printers need to work a little smarter to build an emotional connection through the printed image.  When your client’s message must be […]

Canadian Binding

Years ago I heard the expression “Canadian Binding”, but I took no notice.  I’ve had since come across requests to bind books with the “Canadian Binding” style, so I investigated further and found that “Canadian Binding” style is something we have been producing for decades!  As pictured, a “Canadian Binding” style consist of wire-o binding […]

Giant Casebound books

I did an Eblast some months ago about “Giant Casebound books.”  I don’t repeat topics unless use of a video displays a product more effectively or we’ve changed some of the parameters, enlarged sizes, etc…  Since our last Eblast about giant casebound books we can now smyth sew signatures 20 inches wide! As shown in […]


This week’s product is called a Z-card.  I did this over two years ago before I was doing videos.  The only way to reasonable show what a Z-card is – is to open and close the product on a video. Z-cards came off patent eight years ago.  We’ve done hundreds of these jobs ranging in […]

Twirl Folder

What is a twirl folder?  A twirl folder is a die-creased, folded piece that “twirls” open when the opposite corners are pulled.  As are all the pieces I’m presenting this “twirl” is not patented.  Copyrighted names include Twirl Spinner Petal  Size can be from 3” x 3” up to 14” x 14”, stock weight […]