Eco-Friendly Custom Box Inserts

Eco-Friendly Custom Box Inserts

Box Inserts

Does your client want a stellar product presentation (with the added bonus of protection for fragile items) in their custom box? Custom Box Inserts are a crucial component to custom packaging design because they display, organize and protect the box contents.

Box Inserts

The image above shows how the paperboard box liner can be lifted out to reveal the lower tray.

The image above shows how all the pieces can be disassembled for easy recycling.

The most common type of tray insert is polyurethane foam, which is costly and not at all recyclable. While we can source custom foam inserts, I recommend paperboard and corrugated board tray inserts.

The image above shows commonly used foam inserts.

The Top 4 benefits of die cut paperboard or corrugated board inserts are:

  1. Paper board and Corrugated board liners are unbelievably cheaper than foam liners!
  2. Paperboard and Corrugated Board take just days to arrive, whereas foam orders take weeks.
  3. Paperboard can be printed to colour match and bring branding to the interior of the box. Foam inserts come in a small range of colours.
  4. Paperboard and Corrugated Board is vastly more environmentally friendly. Liners made with these materials are completely recyclable!

Does your client want an eco-friendly alternative to foam box inserts? Give us a call!

Die Cut Book Sleeve

Die Cut Book Sleeve

Die Cut Book Sleeve

The printer client chose our company for this book and sleeve job because we could produce all the components in house.

This project included five components:

  • Perfect binding the book
  • Die cutting the sleeve
  • Box gluing the sleeve
  • Book insertion
  • Single shrink wrapping

Die Cut Book Sleeve

At Specialties, we love jobs that have multiple operations – it’s our sweet spot! There is increasing demand from printers and designers for multi-component projects. Our team seamlessly manages all phases of projects, from mockups to the final delivered piece.

In addition to rigid boxes, we offer value added services like:

  • Laser cut and die cut components
  • Custom stamped or etched metal components
  • Decorative trimmings
  • Magnetic and other box closures
  • Foil stamping
  • Debossing & embossing

Specialties Graphic Finishers crafts premium rigid boxes and excels in taking on projects with many operations, all of which require careful planning. Is your client asking for a job with printing and many other components? Give us a call!

 

 

Cross Rigid Setup Box

Cross Rigid Setup Box

Cross Rigid Setup Box

Cross Rigid Setup Box

As a premier full service bindery, we produce custom Rigid Boxes. Customers want innovation in binding and finishing and we deliver award winning products. This week, I’m featuring a Cross Base and Lid Box (also known as a Clamshell Rigid Box).

Cross Rigid Setup Box

We produced this clamshell box, which has a base, a lid and an interior box tray (shown above). This project took a lot of planning, designing and prototypes to determine the best materials to use, including the proper stays for the box corners. The customer supplied sheet wrap was a much smaller size than we would normally require, but our team figured out the best way to make it work!  Everyone who sees this product is impressed by the design and quality. It’s functional and beautiful.

Cross Rigid Setup Box

Specialties Graphic Finishers does rigid box manufacturing, including die cutting, tray making, box making, decorating and final packing. If your customer is sending a rigid box job your way, give us a call!

No Spine Smyth Binding

No Spine Smyth Binding

No Spine Smyth Binding

This Smyth-sewn book has no outside cover or spine! Notice how the printed signatures were planned so they would align to spell the company’s name.

No Spine Smyth Binding

The majority of books in the past were Smyth sewn, but less costly methods of binding have become dominant. Only the finest books now are Smyth sewn. Customers want a book’s binding method and cover to be unique and communicate a message.

No Spine Smyth Binding

No Spine Smyth Binding

So many variations can be added to books to get the most “wow” out of your project. We first introduced the exposed Smyth-sewn book about a decade ago, and we keep adding more customizable options! Soft covers? Exposed spine with a hard cover? No cover and no spine? Give us a call!

 

 

No Eyelet Spinners

No Eyelet Spinners

I admit I was really impressed when I came across the idea of making a spinner without any metal eyelets. I wasn’t surprised, though, when our team figured out how to do large volumes of spinners without eyelets!  The process requires die cutting and very sophisticated construction on our box gluing machines. The resulting Eyelet-free Spinner is functional and easily recycled!

As material costs continue to rise and supply chains face delays, reducing the number of parts going into a piece is very beneficial. There are some major advantages eyelet-free spinners offer:

  1. Because metal and paper aren’t combined, the spinner is easily recyclable.
  2. Using just glue and paper is much cheaper than adding metal eyelets.
  3. Eyelet-free Spinners (unlike Eyelet Spinners) can be produced in a single pass on high speed machines!

The per-unit cost of Eyelet Spinners is unbelievably higher than the per-unit cost of a large run of Eyelet-free Spinners.

Specialties Graphic Finishers

If your customer needs 50,000+ Spinners and you want the cheapest price in a short period of time, give us a call! We can offer more environmentally friendly options than traditional Eyelet Spinners.

If you would like to learn more about Eyelet-free Spinners please contact us!

Specialties Graphic Finishers Making Finishing Happen Since 1939!

Braille

The focus this week is on making packaging, pharmaceutical inserts and marketing materials more accessible. Improving accessibility does not mean increased costs! In fact, adding Braille for people who are visually impaired, can be done inline without additional machine passes or increased cost.

Braille is easily incorporated into diecut packaging and folded inserts. For die cut packaging, Braille can be added when cartons are being die creased. For folded inserts, Braille cells are easily applied inline using an embossing wheel attached to the folding machine.

If your customer is looking to make their folding, die cutting or packaging job more accessible to a wider audience, we have some ideas!

BrailleBraille

Box Carrying Handles

The world of Box Carrying Handles is huge, with handles ranging from light to heavy duty, plastic to leather, top and side mounted, etc. Whether you have a die cut box or case wrapped rigid box job, we can recommend the best carrying handles for the application and weight. The range of Box Carrying Handles is extensive:

Bracelet Handle

Braided Handle

Top Mount Elliptical Handle

Side Mount Elliptical Handle

Flat Handles

Post Handles

Soft Grip Box Handle

Box Carrying Handles

The image above shows the range of vinyl and leather wrapped handles, which can be customized for your needs.

Box Carrying Handles

The image above shows a selection of plastic box carrying handles.

Box Carrying Handles - Specialties Graphic Finishers

The image above shows a fabric sample sales tool with a foil stamped leather handle.

Book Binding Specialties Graphic Finishers

The image above shows a presentation box with a riveted plastic handle.

riveted black rope handle.

The slipcase shown above has a riveted black rope handle.

top mounted plastic elliptical handle.

The sales presentation box above is a perfect application for a top mounted plastic elliptical handle.

OVERSIZED WIRE-O BINDING

Wire-O binding

Most binderies offer Wire-O binding, but we push the limit with unusual sizing and materials! We can Wire-O bind books up to 1” thick. For small runs, we can punch Wire-O books as large as 3’ high x 4’ wide.

If you’re hearing, “Your book is too large”, “Your book is too thick”, etc. we’re the answer. Give us a call at (416) 701-0111 ext. 311 . . . we can help!

 

Lenticular Printing

Lenticular Printing is one of those printing innovations that still gets a buzz. A finishing feature like Lenticular Printing adds value to a product and lets end users anticipate that the contents are at least as special as the box lid or book cover.

We’re seeing increasing demand for Lenticular Printing as a finishing element for book covers and rigid box lids. Designers and marketers are discovering that Lenticular Printing is a great means of communication. The animation and 3D effect of Lenticular Printing is eye catching.

Lenticular Printing

Both lenticular and holographic images show a “moving” printed image. Lenticular Printing is a digital print process that doesn’t need special light, whereas Holograms need special light in order to be seen.

Lenticular Printing on book covers or rigid box lids compels consumers to interact and engage with the product.

In all my decades of experience in bindery, nothing intrigues and fascinates people like a quality printed lenticular image. Want to take your rigid box lid or book cover to the next level … give us a call at (416) 701-0111 ext. 311! You do the Lenticular Printing, and leave the rest of the project to us!

INNOVATIVE BINDING & FINISHING SOLUTIONS

INNOVATIVE BINDING & FINISHING SOLUTIONS

This week’s video is a blast from the past … all the way from 1982! This younger version of me believed in getting the job done right the first time, and we are still firm to that commitment today. Whether it’s Smyth sewing 20” wide books or accordion folding 44” x 80” sheets, we’re always finding new ways to push the limits in finishing.

Since 1939, Specialties Graphic Finishers has been known for our innovation, customized machinery and creative solutions. Recognized on both sides of the American-Canadian border for our quality and innovation, we have consistently been the leading recipient of many industry awards for outstanding achievements.

As one of North America’s premier graphic finishing houses, we offer a full range of services including:

  • Case Binding
  • 20” x 20” Perfect Binding
  • 20” x 20” Smyth Binding
  • 5/8” Miniature Folding
  • 44” x 80” Large Sheet Folding
  • Z-Fold Cards
  • Tag Stringing (Hang Tags)