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DOCUMENT FINISHING > Summary Guidelines
Review the following Summary Guidelines prior to designing your project.

Wire Loop Binding

  • Collate covers that are the exact same run-size as the book block. Oversized, rigid, laminated or acetate covers must not be collated, as they will be processed separately.

  • Coat your flood printed or digitally printed covers with some type of protective coating (aqueous or UV coating, varnish or film laminate) to prevent scratching or scuffing during the production process and while in transit.

  • Collate tabs when the two outermost tabs of the tab bank have a 1/4” minimum (3/8” or 1/2” is better) inset (measurement from the corner of the sheet to the base of the tab). This requirement applies to the first and last tab of the bank. Our automated punch can process these tabs as long as this minimum inset is available.

  • Avoid using slipsheets when you have already collated same-sized covers onto the document. If needed, slipsheets must be the exact same size as the book block of the document. If oversized Slipsheets are used, they must be removed at addional cost prior to punching.

  • Provide additional stock for setup.

Plastic Coil Binding

  • Collate covers that are the exact same run-size as the book block. Oversized, rigid, laminated or acetate covers must not be collated, as they will be processed separately.

  • Coat your flood printed or digitally printed covers with some type of protective coating (aqueous or UV coating, varnish or film laminate) to prevent scratching or scuffing during the production process and while in transit.

  • Collate tabs when the two outermost tabs of the tab bank have a 1/4” minimum (3/8” or 1/2” is better) inset (measurement from the corner of the sheet to the base of the tab). This requirement applies to the first and last tab of the bank. Our automated punch can process these tabs as long as this minimum inset is available.

  • Avoid using slipsheets when you have already collated same-sized covers onto the document. If needed, slipsheets must be the exact same size as the book block of the document. If oversized Slipsheets are used, they must be removed at addional cost prior to punching.

  • Provide additional stock for setup.

Plastic Comb Binding

  • Collate covers that are the exact same run-size as the book block. Oversized, rigid, laminated or acetate covers must not be collated, as they will be processed separately.

  • Coat your flood printed or digitally printed covers with some type of protective coating (aqueous or UV coating, varnish or film laminate) to prevent scratching or scuffing during the production process and while in transit.

  • Collate tabs when the two outermost tabs of the tab bank have a 1/4” minimum (3/8” or 1/2” is better) inset (measurement from the corner of the sheet to the base of the tab). This requirement applies to the first and last tab of the bank. Our automated punch can process these tabs as long as this minimum inset is available.

  • Avoid using slipsheets when you have already collated same-sized covers onto the document. If needed, slipsheets must be the exact same size as the book block of the document. If oversized Slipsheets are used, they must be removed at addional cost prior to punching.

  • Provide additional stock for setup.

VeloBind Binding

  • Collate covers that are the exact same run-size as the book block. Oversized, rigid, laminated or acetate covers must not be collated, as they will be processed separately.

  • Coat your flood printed or digitally printed covers with some type of protective coating (aqueous or UV coating, varnish or film laminate) to prevent scratching or scuffing during the production process and while in transit.

  • Collate tabs when the two outermost tabs of the tab bank have a 1/4” minimum (3/8” or 1/2” is better) inset (measurement from the corner of the sheet to the base of the tab). This requirement applies to the first and last tab of the bank. Our automated punch can process these tabs as long as this minimum inset is available.

  • Avoid using slipsheets when you have already collated same-sized covers onto the document. If needed, slipsheets must be the exact same size as the book block of the document. If oversized Slipsheets are used, they must be removed at addional cost prior to punching.

  • Provide additional stock for setup.

Perfect Binding

  • To minimize cracking, image the covers so the grain direction of the stock runs parallel to the book spine.

  • Avoid printing text or graphics on or near the spine of thin “1/2" or thinner” books. Flaws in improperly designed covers are magnified when text or graphics are printed on thin spines.

  • Send covers centered on press sheets and untrimmed. We will trim them to the correct run-size for our cover feeder.

  • Add an allowance of 1/8 to the book block finished trimmed-size to determine the signature run-size you should provide to us. This mandatory allowance is used during final trimming to square the head, face and foot of each book.

  • Provide additional stock for setup.

Thermal Tape Binding

  • Collate covers that are the exact same run-size as the book block. Oversized, rigid, laminated or acetate covers must not be collated, as they will be processed separately.

  • Coat your flood printed or digitally printed covers with some type of protective coating (aqueous or UV coating, varnish or film laminate) to prevent scratching or scuffing during the production process and while in transit.

  • Collate tabs when the two outermost tabs of the tab bank have a 1/4” minimum (3/8” or 1/2” is better) inset (measurement from the corner of the sheet to the base of the tab). This requirement applies to the first and last tab of the bank. Our automated punch can process these tabs as long as this minimum inset is available.

  • Avoid using slipsheets when you have already collated same-sized covers onto the document. If needed, slipsheets must be the exact same size as the book block of the document. If oversized Slipsheets are used, they must be removed at addional cost prior to punching.

  • Provide additional stock for setup.

Saddle Stitching

  • Make an imposed mock-up that includes allowances for pushout prior to imaging the book blocks.

  • Do not collate signatures, as these will be collated by our equipment.

  • Provide additional stock for setup.

Side/Corner Stitching

  • Make an imposed mock-up that indicates page sequence.

  • Do not collate signatures, as these will be collated by our equipment.

  • Provide additional stock for setup.

Packaging

  • Straight stack your material using the same orientation (head to head, foot to foot).

  • Mark each carton to identify the documents/signatures contained within. The better the identification and organization of the contents, the faster the job will be processed.

  • Provide additional stock for setup.