Step Cutting

We are able to “step-cut”, as shown in pictures #1 and #2.  We step cut books that are already bound such as perfect bound books, saddle stitched or hard back books!  Pictures #1 and #2 illustrates “step-cut” books.  The “steps” can be of various widths and lengths.  Different from step-cutting is “face-cutting” illustrated in pictures #2 and #3.  Pages get progressively shorter towards the spine of the book resulting in “steps”.  For instance the first step might be 20 pages, the next step 42 pages, the next step 16 pages etc.  Pictures #5 and #6 illustrate “corner cutting”.  The “steps”, progress from the corner of the book.  In this instance the steps were on the lower corner of the English side and when you flipped the book over the “steps” were on the opposite corner of a different language!

 

Tipping

Tipping is the automated process of attaching (or gluing) something such as a card, pouch, folder, etc. to a larger printed piece called a carrier.  We only do difficult or unusual tipping jobs!  We have the machinery to do:

  1. Tipping 2 or 3 pieces onto one side of a carrier
  2. Tipping a piece onto both sides of the carrier
  3. Tip-ons (as pictured) that are filled with liquid or granular material
  4. We can tip-on a piece onto the pages of a saddle-stitched book.  For example, on a 12page saddles stitched book, we can tip a piece onto each of eight out of the 12 pages!
  5. We can tip-on products that have jagged or irregular edges
  6. Tip-on to a specialty folded carrier like accordion folders, gatefolds, etc.
  7. Tip-ons that are thicker than 40pt
  8. We can tip-on to a carrier sheet as large as 40” x 72” and fold and glue the sheet (carrier)

Companies that produce consumer products are going to ever-increasing lengths to get samples into the hands of consumers.  This is good news to the graphic arts industry because most of the product samples are tipped onto or inserted into a printed piece.  To facilitate this tip-on market, we use high speed, high-quality machinery to tip-on a variety of products, from gift cards and shampoo packs to envelopes and coupons.

  • Our machinery glues on and registers many pieces with ⅛” accuracy
  • The glues we use greatly reduces paper tear when the product is removed
  • We can fold carriers once or twice in-line after tipping
  • We can in-line glue carriers closed or add a clip/wafer seal

For tipping that is unusual please call us…we can help!

Tipping

Tipping

Tipping

Tipping

Tipping

Tipping

Tipping

Tipping

Tag Stringing

We do tag stringing…lots of it!  As you can see from the pictures, we string round tags, undersized tags, booklet tags, oversized tags, extra long string loops.  Aside from the average sized tags, we can also automatically string tags that have been “riveted” with metal eyelets.  You can see from these pictures that we can supply a very wide range of string colours.  We can also supply string in two or three colours such as blue and red or white and black.  We also do “tag looping”.  This is an automatic process, it is similar to regular tag stringing in that the machine automatically inline punches that hole, but is different in that the string is “tied” at the hole leaving strands of equal length at either side of the hole.  This process allows someone to “tie” the string around a pipe, or handle etc.  In addition to tag stringing and tag looping we can also automatically “wire” tags.  As in the two previous processes a machine automatically punches a hole inline, then inserts, cuts and twists the wire into a “loop”.

TAG STRINGING

TAG STRINGING

TAG STRINGING

TAG STRINGING

Glueless Tipping

This product is unusual.  I am not sure what to call it.  To call it “glueless tipping”, would be a contradiction of meaning, because “tipping” by definitions has glue in it!  Whatever it should be called, it is an unusual product.  This process is almost impossible to produce because machines that do tipping requires gluing a card or something similar to a “carrier”.  At high speeds, if the card is not glued, it will fly in all directions!  In this situation, the card which is “shot” out of a high speed “feeder”, hits an air blast that adequately registers the card before the carrier enters the double plough fold folding station.

The benefit of this type of job is that upon opening the piece, the card falls into the hand of the customer.  No peeling the card off…no sticky glue…more environmentally friendly etc.…

For ideas that help sell products … if you need something different … please call us … we can help!

Glueless Tipping

Glueless Tipping

Miniature Saddle Stitch Books

We run miniature saddle stitched books on one of our Muller saddle stitchers.  We can go down to as small as 2.25” x 2.5”, multiple up, all automatically, with volumes from thousands to millions, with child proof stitches or with loop stitches etc…  We can, in one pass place stitches one quarter of an inch apart!  We have had occasions when the miniature saddle stitched book were bound on the short side and subsequently PMC (or high die-cut) shaped at the bottom.  If you need miniature saddle stitching, please call.

Miniature Saddle Stitch Books

Miniature Saddle Stitch Books

Miniature Saddle Stitch Books

Miniature Saddle Stitch Books

 

Boxes

We die-cut boxes…singly ply as shown with the two pictures of blue boxes.  We have three folder gluer machines that can produce a wide range of quantities.  The blue box picture was a run of 320,000 pieces.  We can also die-cut sheets as large as 36” x 50” on our Bobst die-cutter; corrugated materials such as shown in the green and brown box picture.

We produce a myriad of different style boxes.  Lids can be hinged, metal corners, handles, multiple panels, sewn, die-cut card, vacuum formed plastic of form liner inserts and round boxes.  Quantities from dozens to thousands.  If you would like a 16-page catalog of our “box style” please email and ask.  For your unusual die-cutting jobs…any quantity…maybe hard to finish…call us…we can help!

Boxes

Boxes by Specialties Graphic Finishers

Boxes by Specialties Graphic Finishers

Boxes by Specialties Graphic Finishers

Boxes by Specialties Graphic Finishers

Glueless Boxes

Die-cut, retail boxes, as pictured can be remarkable, creative, functional, eye catching and very distinctive.  The downside for these boxes with no glue, is high cost of assembling them.  You could argue that the high cost of assembling these distinctively shaped boxes is borne by the client and is therefore irrelevant, but this reality should encourage all of us to search for ways to produce irregularly shaped boxes that can be glued automatically!  In the future I will be presenting ideas of odd shaped boxes that can glue automatically!

Glueless Boxes

Glueless Boxes

Glueless Boxes

Accordion Books

I did one of these eblasts over two years ago about today’s product…accordion case bound books. I have said before that a genius is someone who can differentiate between a fad or a trend. Fads disappear quickly…trends are longer lasting. Are accordion case bound books a fad or a trend…don’t know, but there’s a demand for them.

We can produce accordion books in sizes from 2” x 2” up to almost any size your customer might want. The number of accordion folds can be very extensive. Depending on the stock weight, we can automatically fold up to 16 accordion folder. If your project requires more, we can glue multiple units together. The “case” front and back cover can be litho wrapped paper which has been film laminated that we can glue or cloth etc.
Quantities are usually small, although we have produced up to 5000 for one job. If your client wants something really different, suggest “accordion case bound books”.

Accordion Books

Accordion Books

Accordion Books

Accordion Books

Accordion Books

40” Die-Cutters

We do die-cutting.  We have four, 40” die-cutters…Bobst and Brause.  Actually, one will die-cut sheets sizes up to 36” x 50”!  We can die-cut sheets as light as 60lb up to thicknesses of 60 point.  We also have four, 40” clamshell die-cutters.  In the future, I will send emails showing we do such things as box folding/gluing, “hymes” bottom style, plastic windowing etc.  Thank you for watching this presentation.

40” Die-Cutters

40” Die-Cutters

40” Die-Cutters

40” Die-Cutters

Hard Cover Books / Case Wrapped Books

We bind hard cover/ case wrapped books…the whole range; litho wrapped or cloth wrapped cases; square back or round-backed; super thin to four inches thick.  We can smyth sew books up to 20” x 20”!!!  Also, if your job is perfect bound and then cased in, we can perfect bind books up to again 20” x 20” on a Mueller perfect binder (we have 3).  We can bind with leather, add metal corners, supply our printed ribbons, die-cut or deboss/emboss covers, individual personalize names in quantities from dozens to thousands, apply spine “hub”, foil stamp covers, foil/gild or stain the edges of the pages…whatever you want, we most likely can do.

Please remember our quotes includes two-way shipping.  Production time includes two-way shipping.  We handle all border paperwork.  During the weeks ahead as I present different products, please feel free to ask for samples.  There is an old adage that says, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” I add to that my thought that “a sample is better than a thousand pictures!”

We have done work for American printers for over 25 years…from 17 states…from as far west as Seattle…as far south as Dallas and Florida and east to Maine!

Hard Cover Books

Hard Cover Books

Hard Cover Books

Hard Cover Books

Hard Cover Books

For a quote or more information, please select an email address listed below:

Quotes at quotes@sgfteam.ca
Email us at norm@sgfteam.ca
Visit our website at www.sgfteam.ca
Phone me, Norm (416) 701-0111 extension 307 or cell (416)-895-9355

Need a sample? Just e-mail us at norm@sgfteam.ca!

USA CUSTOMERS

When you receive an estimate from us, our price includes two-way shipping (dock-to-dock). Our shipping team handles all:

  • Trucking & Expediting
  • Carrier communication & Border paperwork
  • Customs charges & Brokerage fees

For more information on Case Bound Books please click here. 

Case binding is a traditional method of bookbinding. The covers of casebound or hard cover books are made by wrapping board with printed paper or other materials like book cloth, linen or leather. Our process includes making the cases, adding head & tail bands, Smyth sewing or perfect binding and then casing-in. We can also add features likes foil stamping on the cover and spine and bookmarks.