Pads

We produce pads in quantities from 1000’s to 10’s of thousands.  As usual most of our pad jobs are unusual.  Some we “shape” with one of our three PMC high die cutting machines.  We have one of the few PMC machines that can shape cut sizes up to 9” x 11”!  We also do folds and fold-out pads where each sheet in the pad might be folded with 2 or 3 or 4 panels.  These pads are challenging because the open edge of the pad is much thicker than the padded edge, stacking the pads in high piles and applying glue simply does not work.  We produce giant pads sure as measurements maybe 8.5” x 14” x 1” thick (padding on the short side), using hot melt glue on our “Kansas” padding machine.  Using regular cold glue for a pad this big, would mean with the weight of the pad it would tear apart.  We can also add special colouring to the glue and produce pads with a range of over 50 different colours.  This process is very cost effective…strongly differentiating the product, and adding (at least) a perception of “value added.”

Pads

Pads

Pads

Pads

Pop-ups

As pictured “pop-ups” can be made in an infinite range of contours, shapes, sizes, stock weights and styles.  Pop-ups ALWAYS draw attention, generate interest, intrigue and emotional involvement.  Pop-ups are supported in a book context or a 4-page folder.  They always (to my knowledge) require die-cutting, gluing and some degree of hand assembly.

Are pop-ups expensive?  Yes!

Are they effective? Extremely effective!

They engage the user.  They involve the user/customer.  I can think of very few paper products that get such “a big bang for the buck” as do pop-ups!

Pen Holders

I guess that you’ve got the idea that I “really” like this bindery stuff!  The subject for this eblast is “pen holders”!   I am fascinated by the number of “pen holders” I have collected or manufactured over the years.  I sorted through the pile and came up with 8, very unusual pen holders.

Picture #1 could be made of cloth, vinyl or leather.  The unit is permanently attached to the inside back cover, and then flipped over the head of the book.

Picture #2 is simply a coloured cloth covered elastic strip which has been eyelet/washer riveted to the book cover.  When the book is closed the pen protrudes at the face.

Pen Holders

Pen Holders

Picture #3 is a flat metal spring that is riveted (at least in these 2 pictures to a metal clip board) to any surface such as chipboard or a case wrapped cover.

Pen Holders

Pen Holders

Picture #4 show a very simple, cheap and durable holder which consists a sample of a “loop” of elasticized cloth, looped and glued through a simple hole.

Pen Holders

Pen Holders

Pictures #5 is the most common style with the exception that the pen is held tighter by the closer flap.

Pen Holders

Picture #6 is a double eyelet style which could be applied to almost any book cover surface.

Pen Holders

Pen Holders

Picture #7 really caught my attention.  This style can be put onto almost any style of book…….very simple and easily.

Pen Holders

Pen Holders

Picture #8 is simple and very easy to insert and remove pens, but very expensive to manufacture and is limited to only a very few binding styles.

Soft cover case bound book

Soft covered case bound books almost sound like a contradiction of terms.  Soft covered case bound books are exactly the same as hard back case bound books except for the fact that hard covered case bound books have a paper based “board” inside the cover and the soft cover style has no board.  Both styles have the cover material “wrapped around” all four sides and the front and back end paper is mounted (or glued) to the inside front and back cover.  These soft cover (limp) covered books are slightly cheaper than similar books with “boards” in the cover.  When I have asked different people as to why they like and specify this style, the response is that these books are “different” and “they feel better when handled” (their words not mine).

Soft cover case bound book

Soft cover case bound book

Soft cover case bound book

Soft cover case bound book

Soft cover case bound book

Soft cover case bound book

Soft cover case bound book

Soft cover case bound book

Soft cover case bound book

Fan Binding

Fan binding as you can see in the video, the single sheets are fanned two ways and run over the surface of a glue roller.  The glue “creeps” up both sides of the paper, about 1/8 inch on each side of the sheets.  This process is MUCH more durable than regular perfect bound books.  The “fan-glued” pages can then have a cover applied or the “fan-glued” pages can be glued into a hard cover, resulting in a hardback/case bound book.

Fan Binding

Fan Binding

Fan Binding

Fan Binding

Fan Binding

Fan Binding

Fan Binding

Fan Binding

O Rings

O rings are something you probably played with in public school!  We use them to bind books.  Silver and gold are standard colours.  Many other colours are available but the minimum order requirements are substantial.  The main benefit of an O ring style binding is that sheets can be added or removed, O ring binding is different.  Customers often want something different.

Picture #1 shows a “wrapped cover” with an eyelet.  Picture #2 has a very thick die cut cover.  As with all styles of mechanical binding, a wide range of cover materials and thickness can be used. Some O rings are made from plastic and some with a special order that can be “locked permanently!”

O Rings

O Rings

O Rings

O Rings

Lenticular

As you can see from my video and these pictures a “Lenticular” product is one of the most distinctive, customer engaging and memorable products that I ever seen in my bindery.  We do not manufacture lenticular products, but we can give advice and suggestions on how and who can produce them.  Depending on what product that “lenticular” is to be mounted onto such as a book or box, we might suggest different thicknesses of plastic.  Lenticular products have different “levels” or pictures.  Some lenticulars when lifted or moved show only two different pictures, whereas others might show three or four or five, up to seven different picture movements or shapes.  Nothing in the bindery in my decades of experience intrigues, fascinates, or captures the attention of a client  like viewing a lenticular product!!!!

 Lenticular

 Lenticular

 Lenticular

 Lenticular

 Lenticular

 Lenticular

 Lenticular

 Lenticular

 Lenticular

 Lenticular

Decal Edges

The product for this week is “decal edges.”  Decal edges are “roughed” edged on special paper.  Pictures #1 to #4 show four different kinds of paper that have produced a slightly different “edge.”  Picture #2 has a “looser” edge than picture #1.  Picture #3 has a “tighter edge” than picture #4 because the paper is different.  Picture #5 and #6 show the edges of an envelope flap.  Picture #7 is the decal edge on the cover of a perfect bound book!  Decal edging requires special, cotton based paper and special machinery to produce.  Simply, the product is very expensive.  However, the process sometime sells the job.  In the case of the perfect bound book, the decal edge on the cover really distinguished the book!

Decal Edges

Decal Edges

Decal Edges

Decal Edges

Decal Edges

Decal Edges

Decal Edges

 

Imprinted Ribbons

We have installed a machine to imprint ribbons!  We can imprint ribbons in widths from ¼ inch to 2 inches; ribbons with dozens of different textures and surfaces.  We can imprint personal names, pattens, logos and in dozens of different types of styles, colours and sizes.  If you need ribbons imprinted…call us…we can help!

Imprinted Ribbons

Imprinted Ribbons

Imprinted Ribbons

Imprinted Ribbons

Imprinted Ribbons

Imprinted Ribbons

Imprinted Ribbons

Round Books

Yes we can make round books.  Pretty much any sizes you want up to 14” across.  Cases can be padded, to have a foam feel to them.  We can sew around the edges as shown in the “baseball book” example.  Book thickness up to 2.”  You can use any stock weights that are used for regular books…give your customer something different…round books.

Round Books

Round Books

Round Books

Round Books

Round Books

Round Books

Round Books

Round Books