NEW TAG STRINGING COLOURS

Tag Stringing

Tag Stringing

What’s new in the world of Tag Stringing and Hang Tags? What we’re noticing in the Tag Stringing market is a growing demand for a wider range of colours and styles of string. I’m showing two shiny metallic options here. While gold and silver are standard options now, more metallic string colours are being added to the market regularly.

Tag Stringing

Tag Stringing

Part of the increased demand for more string colours is because of the uptick in the Tag Stringing market. Retail purchases continue to increase and companies are continually having to find ways to make their products stand out on store shelves.

“A picture is worth a thousand words; and a sample is worth a thousand pictures!” Need a sample? Please ask us for one! E-mail us at norm@sgfteam.ca

PMC High Die Shaped Books

PMC High Die Shaped Books

This week, the focus is on books that are PMC / High Die Shaped into any shape—baby bottle, animal, fruit, etc. All the books shown in the video started out as typical perfect bound books. The Wire-O books shown above were bound, had the spine cut off and were Wire-O punched. Then, the books were PMC / High Die Shaped and then the wire was applied.

PMC High Die Shaped Books

PMC High Die Shaped Books

The ice cream book above started as a simple perfect bound book, which was shaped by our PMC machine.

The rivet book shown above also started as a perfect bound book. The spine was cut off, had a hole drilled, went into a PMC / High Die Shaping machine and then, finally, had the rivet inserted.

The board books below were bound in the normal way, then simple PMC /high die shaped as pictured.

HEXAGONAL BOX

HEXAGONAL BOX

I’ve featured Setup Boxes recently, a product I also call “chocolate boxes.” Well, this Hexagonal Setup box is unlike anything I’ve ever seen! Disclaimer: Our company did not produce this specific box, but we could easily make these using a combination of our machinery and hand assembly.

This Hexagonal Setup Box can be broken down into three components:

1. The Lid

2. The Four Interior Trays

3. Creased Multiple Panel Backer

HEXAGONAL BOX HEXAGONAL BOX

The Setup Box Lid has six sides and needs to be made by hand.

HEXAGONAL BOX

Producing the long creased wrapped Setup Box backer is done automatically on one of our casemakers (they produce more than book covers!). We can produce cases or covers up to 29 ½” long!

HEXAGONAL BOX

Next, hand work is required to produce each of the trays, so this step is the most time-intensive step. Once assembled, each tray is glued onto the long backer.

Do you have a box that needs case wrapping? Is it a small or large run? Give us a call!

 

Deckle Edges in Books

 

Deckle Edges

Deckle Edges

The product featured this week is the use of Deckle Edge paper in modern binding.

Deckle Edges

Deckle Edges

Deckle Edges

The image below shows a mold and deckle, which are used to handmake paper. As paper was pressed, it seeped below the edge of the deckle, resulting in a slightly uneven edge. This uneven edge is known as a “Deckle Edge”. Today, machine-made paper can have artificially made Deckle Edges, which gives it an older, handmade appearance. While more costly than trimmed paper, sometimes a job just doesn’t look as nice without a Deckle Edge!

For the perfect bound book shown below, the Deckle Edge paper used for the front cover really made this book look amazing.

Does your client have a job that needs that extra “wow” factor? Think about how adding the use of Deckle Edge paper for either the cover or interior pages can elevate your next book project!

 

Z-Fold Cards with Folded Covers

Over the years, as we’ve worked with printers across Canada and the USA, we’ve added a few variations and add-ons to make Z-Fold Cards even more useful for end users! The variation I’m showing this week is Z-Fold Cards with Folded Covers.Z-Fold Cards Z-Fold Cards

How does that work? Instead of having separate front and back cards, there is a single folded 4pg or 6pg cover. We simply accordion fold the inside sheet and then tip it onto the inside back cover. This allows the Z-Fold Card to be automatically inserted into envelopes or clip sealed / wafer sealed closed.

Z-Fold Cards

In addition to applying Folded Covers, these are other Z-Fold Card options we offer:

  • Cards a big as 6” x 9”
  • Cards as small as 1” x 1”
  • PMC die-shaped covers
  • Cards with pockets

We’ve been producing Z-Fold Cards now for over a decade on our own, in-house designed machinery. We deal with only graphic designers and printers and never approach your clients directly!

Giant High-Speed Tipping

This is an example of Giant High-Speed Tipping! Our specialty lies in doing Difficult and Unusual Tipping jobs! This particular job is a 44” wide sheet that we folded automatically and  then tipped on a card.

Giant High-Speed Tipping

We have the machinery and expertise to tackle a wide range of unusual High-Speed Tipping jobs like:

  1. Tipping 2 or 3 pieces side-by-side onto a single side of a carrier
  2. Tipping onto both sides of a carrier
  3. Tipping Product Samples that are filled with liquid
  4. Tipping products automatically on the inside pages of saddle stitched books
  5. Tipping jagged or irregularly shaped products automatically
  6. Tipping onto sheets as large as 44” x 80”, and then folding and gluing the sheet

Giant High-Speed Tipping

Tipping onto a sheet 28” x 40” up to 44” x 80” can be a great option for automatically tipping a card onto a page inside Perfect Bound or Case Bound books. For example, we would tip a card onto an inside page of a 16-page signature, which could then be fed into a perfect binder at normal speed. This is a tremendous cost savings!

For Giant High Speed Tipping jobs, please call us at (416) 701-0111 ext. 311 or email at quotes@sgfteam.ca. We can help!

Loose Hang Tags

Loose Hang Tags

Tag Stringing is a product we do regularly, producing millions each year. We do it automatically using machinery that punches a hole, feeds the string through the hole, and then ties a knot. Tag Stringing produces a tag that has a closed ended loop that can be hooked over or stretched around a product (e.g. bottles, toys, etc.).

Loose Hang Tags

The image above shows traditional Hang Tags with a tied knot.

Loose Hang Tags

Loose Hang Tags

The two images above show the same Hang Tag with traditional and loose ends.

The image above shows how we loop the string through the Hang Tag, so the string stays attached while leaving the ends loose.

Loose Hang Tags

The application for Hang Tags is growing, but for some items, like a carton handle or clothing label, how do you attach a closed loop? That’s when a client needs what we call Loose Hang Tags or Tag Looping. This process leaves the two ends untied, ready for the end user to tie the tag around an item. This is a new service we offer, and we can do it automatically!

If your client needs a traditional Hang Tag or a Loose Hang Tag, make us your first call!

Lock Bottom Beverage Holders

The product I’m showing in this email is die-cut Collapsible Beverage Carriers. This type of carrier ships flat but has a bottom that “locks” into place when erected. The end-user simply squeezes two sides together to erect the carrier, which is sturdy enough to carry between 2 and 6 beverage bottles or cans. The patent for this type of locking bottom lapsed years ago and is also referred to as a Hymes bottom, lock bottom or crash bottom.

Lock Bottom Beverage Holders

We easily produce Collapsible Beverage Carriers with all operations done in-house. In addition, to die-cutting, we can also add pressure-sensitive labels in line during the box gluing process (see below).

Lock Bottom Beverage Holders

 

Lock Bottom Beverage Holders

For standard lock bottom boxes, we can add reinforcing corner brackets and special handles. Collapsible Beverage Carriers can also have clear plastic windowing. Whether your client wants a collapsible carrier or die-cut box with a sturdy lock bottom, give us a call!

Lock Bottom Beverage Holders

CASEWRAPPED RING BINDERS 2.0

Many people think Ring Binders are a thing of the past. Ring Binders (with improvements), however, are sticking around because of just how useful they are! What we see more of are value added features like cloth or litho wrap covers, magnet closures, built-in stands, gromets for hanging, etc. When these components are combined, a Ring Binder can be a particularly useful sales tool. When you have a Ring Binder job or something you think could be made as a unique Ring Binder, just give us a call.

The Ring Binder Stand I’m showing here is a perfect example of a modern Ring Binder that is brilliantly designed. It is case wrapped with a pre-printed sheet supplied by the customer. We added 2 grommets for hanging and made a multi-use flap with hidden magnets that doubles as a closure and part of the stand. The designers even included visual instructions on how to erect the binder!

Whether you need a basic, custom Ring Binder or a multi-feature Ring Binder with a built-in stand, give us a call! We can provide you with options depending on client need and budget.

SWATCH BOOKS

SWATCH BOOKS

The featured product this week is Swatch Books. Swatch Books aren’t limited to just paper … if you can collate the swatches, we can make it into a book! The Swatch Book you see in the image above is part of a 50,000 run we do each year for an American printer.

SWATCH BOOKS

SWATCH BOOKS

SWATCH BOOKS

The images of other Swatch Books show how we hide the stitches by using the “stitch and flip” method that we’ve perfected over the years.

Producing Swatch Books requires an extensive amount of difficult collating. To hide the material edges and stitches that hold the swatches together, we “stitch and flip” the top portion of each pad. This piece requires die cutting and hand folding. In this instance, the client sent large sheets of the material, which we cut to various sizes to make the swatches.