Common Bindery Services
Below we have outlined the most common bindery services.
If you have any questions about our bindery services that are not addressed by the information on this page please contact us or call 813-443-5275.
Bindery Services We Offer
- Folding (Right Angle + Gate)
- Booklet Making
- Sequential Numbering
- Rounded Corners
- Die-Cutting (Die creation is not performed in-house)
Typically, there are only two basic types of folds: parallel and right-angle. Products containing parallel folds consist of folds that
run parallel to each other. Right-angle folds are folds that run perpendicular
to each of the preceding folds. We specialize in parallel folding products but can facilitate right-angle jobs if requested.
Common Parallel Folds
- 4-Page Standard / Single / Half
- 6-Page Standard / C-Fold / Business Letter
- 6-Page Standard / Gate
- 6-Page Accordion / Z-Fold
- 8-Page Parallel Map
- 8-Page Reverse Map
- 8-Page Parallel / Roll
- 8-Page Accordion
- 8-Page Double / Double Parallel
- 10-Page Accordion
- 16-Page Parallel Booklet
Scoring is the term applied to the process that places a crease in paper stocks
and other substrates allowing the material to be folded. A score may be used
to crease the cover of a publication, provide areas for folding a document allowing
insertion into an envelope, create heavy creases in shipping cartons to allow
easy assembly of the carton, and numerous other applications.
The scoring wheels apply full scores either parallel
or perpendicular to the grain of the paper, depending on the direction the
paper is sent through the equipment. To apply both parallel and perpendicular
scores, the paper is sent through the equipment twice. To help save time,
some products can be manufactured with several printed copies on one large
sheet so that when the sheet is sent through the scoring equipment, the scores
are applied to all of the copies on the large sheet at the same time. The
large sheets are then cut into individual finished pieces. Scores can also
be applied with flatbed equipment in much the same way that perforations are
applied. Special score rules are used which can apply a score without cutting
through the paper.
The paper grain direction has much to do with the quality of the score.
Paper that is scored parallel with the grain of the paper will score much
more cleanly. The score is cleaner because the paper fibers (grain) are running
in the same basic direction as the score. Only a few of the fibers provide
any resistance to the scoring action which results in a high quality score.
When a score is applied perpendicular to the grain of the paper, the resulting
score may have a ragged appearance. The ragged score is the results of all
of the fibers being scored at one time creating resistance to the scoring
action. The ragged appearance is especially noticeable when scoring heavy
The main method or standard means of die cutting involves the
use of metal dies to give paper or substrate products specific shapes or designs
that cannot be accomplished by a guillotine
cutter. By using knife-edge cutting blades formed into a pattern or die, a machine
presses the die into the material to produce the desired shape. Almost any shape
can be created and applied to a diverse array of raw materials. Labels, envelopes,
folders, cartons, and documents are only a few of the many printed products
that can be die cut for added functionality.
Web presses often have a rotary die unit that
is utilized for die cutting paper and label stocks. Although there are limitations
on the types of dies and the paper selections that can be provided, rotary die
cutting serves as an effective method for longer run quantities of printed materials
requiring some type of die cut area.
Single sheet products require the use of a flat
bed die and a flat bed cutting press to die cut the shape into the paper stock.
Typical samples of various die cuts from
Cut Sheets or Integrated Products