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Planning Your Binding Job/ Prebindery

"Bound to Last" - This column, then, is a primer for less experienced sales reps as well as juniors in estimating and production planning.  [Column #1, 1/95]


"Fine Lines of Communication" - Importance of marks made on film during prepress, i.e. center marks, tic marks, register marks, etc. [Column #10, 10/95]

"How To Get the Best from Your Trade Finisher" - Plan ahead, include finisher in planning process, communicate, provide finisher with details in advance, provide accurate accounts, etc. [Column #17, 5/96]

"More Helpful Hints about what to Include When Submitting Jobs" - Follow-up to article "With Planning, you can turn your Finisher into a Dream Partner" [Column #18, 6/96]

"Halloween Horrors Throughout the Year" - Common problems at the bindery, Otabind books that are done by unlicensed companies, printing against paper grain direction, planning for creep. [Column #24, 12/96]

"Yuletide Yardsticks" - Reflecting on the previous year, tips for planning jobs (ink problems, envelope embossing, moisture content of paper, packing jobs for the bindery). [Column #25, 1/97]

"Preflight for Binding and Finishing--How Did We Live Without It?" - The benefits of practicing preflight at the bindery.  [Column #28, 4/97]

"Planning Imposition" - Explanation of imposition, tips on how to plan efficiently, cost saving measures. [Column #31, 7/97]

"Tightening the Gap Between Designers and Finishers" - Discussion about designers today and the lack of knowledge they have for traditional finishing techniques. [Column #33, 9/97]

"Planning Efficiently for Annual Report Season" - Tips on how to plan effectively for annual report season, problems and opportunities, Eurobinding. [Column #36, 12/97]

"Proper Planning Includes Spoilage Allowances" - Discussion of spoilage, problems, suggested guidelines for normal spoilage as published by PIM. [Column #45, 9/98]

"Proper Planning Includes a Detailed Purchase Order" - Discussion on the importance of purchase orders, what to include, why. [Column #47, 11/98]

"Determining an Accurate Estimate Is Critical for Both the Printer and the Post-Press House" - Overview of the estimating process, the importance of accurate estimating, etc. [Column #54, 6/99]

"Why Do Estimate Variations Occur Among Binders and Finishers? - Part I" - Discussion of the ongoing problem regarding estimate variations in the industry, possible causes, variables, how to interpret the differences. [Column #58, 10/99] 

"Why Do Estimate Variations Occur Among Binders and Finishers? - Part II" - Continued discussion. [Column #59, 11/99]

"Tips for a Smooth Annual Report Season" - Tips for preparing for the busy Annual Report season, how to plan and implement the jobs for the least stressful experience. [Column #60, 12/99]

"Understanding the Language Can Make a World of Difference" - Discussion about miscommunicated technical terminology and the problems that often occur as a result. Some basic binding and finishing language that will put everyone on the same page. [Column #67, 7/00]

"The Benefits of Outsourcing" - A discussion of outsourcing, why it's not widely used in the graphic arts industry, the potential benefits, common misconceptions, why it may become more popular. [Column #75, 3/01]

"Speeding up the Outsourcing Process" - A continued discussion of outsourcing and advice for implementing and speeding up the process. [Column #76, 4/01]

"Paper Considerations at the Bindery: Grain Direction and Other Issues" - Overview of paper choice in the bindery process, what to consider, discussion of grain direction in both adhesive and case binding, testing grain direction, and grain direction for scoring and folding. [Column #77, 5/01]

"Paper Considerations at the Bindery: Part II" - A continued look at paper choice for the binding process as it pertains to coatings and perfect binding, film laminating, UV coating, foil stamping, embossing and debossing, and die cutting. [Column #78, 6/01]

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