Diecutting Some applications require that a card be slit or cut to a special shape. This work is done on special presses by pressing sharp steel cutters into the paper surface. Using this method, we can cut holes in cards or make special shape advertising novelties.
Drilling – To fit 3 ring binders, sheets must have 3 holes punched, the right size, in the right place. Other applications might require different holes of different size or position. Large or small, we do them all.
Folding – Many printing jobs are not finished until they have been folded. Folding might be required for a variety of reason, but usually to fit an envelope, a rack or a regulation. Sometimes a fold can be anticipated in the design of the piece that might make the idea more attractive and improve response. If its going to be folded, the information should be positioned to take advantage of the fold.
Padding – Many forms are padded to make them easier to handle. One edge of a pile of sheets is coated with glue to help hold the sheets together in a neat bundle. Sheets can be pulled off the pile one at a time or as sets. When a carbon copy is required, the pad is a convenient method to hold the sheets in position while information is entered.
Perforating – Perforating is a process of cutting paper fibres in a regular pattern that allows for easy separation of part of the sheet. This is accomplished similarly to diecutting and although usually done in a straight line, it can be done in an irregular pattern also.
Numbering – Usually for control purposes, different numbers are printed on each sheet so that each is unique from all others. When forms have 2 or more parts, then the same number is printed on all sheets in the set.
Bookbinding – There are many way to bind sheets together to form a book. Some of the common methods are glued-on cover, staples, plastic coils, plastic rings. The choice often depends on the number of sheets, the use of the book or the desired appearance. Some descriptions to look for are hard back, lay flat, open flat or saddlestitch.
Scoring – Similar to perforating, except the paper fibres are not cut but only slightly compressed to leave an indent in the sheet which will help to make an easy, accurate fold.
Stitching – Stitching is done with a machine that makes it’s own staples from a coil of wire. It is flexible in that the machine can be adjusted to allow for books of different thickness. Stitching is one of the lowest cost methods to hold sheets together.
Collating is the gathering of sheets into some predetermined order. Examples range from a 2 part business form to a text book. We operate collating equipment that helps to assure that our collating is both accurate and speedy.