Author: Randy Shannon

Today’s Digital Hardcover Mandate: Modern methods. Old-world quality.

For many years, the gold standard for high-quality hardcover production was a hand-crafted smythe sewn book where groups of folded pages, or signatures, are stitched together to create a book block. The use of colored threads in the headband was both a decorative feature and a signal of high quality and…

For many years, the gold standard for high-quality hardcover production was a hand-crafted smythe sewn book where groups of folded pages, or signatures, are stitched together to create a book block. The use of colored threads in the headband was both a decorative feature and a signal of high quality and…

The benefits of communicating service solutions. In any language.

Printing has its own language describing procedures, processes and equipment. Most non-industry people are unfamiliar with what “makeready,” “imposition,” or “saddle stitching” mean in the printing world. Yet, when something goes wrong at a plant, sometimes even printing professionals would rather rely on a different language altogether.   According to…

Printing has its own language describing procedures, processes and equipment. Most non-industry people are unfamiliar with what “makeready,” “imposition,” or “saddle stitching” mean in the printing world. Yet, when something goes wrong at a plant, sometimes even printing professionals would rather rely on a different language altogether.   According to…

How your bindery can keep pace in the new digital book production environment.

Traditional print manufacturing processes are structured to balance the tradeoff between run counts and the number of jobs/makereadies. In the bindery, higher net book production has been realized using faster machines being fed longer print runs with fewer makereadies. However, today’s trend towards high output, shorter print runs has completely…

Traditional print manufacturing processes are structured to balance the tradeoff between run counts and the number of jobs/makereadies. In the bindery, higher net book production has been realized using faster machines being fed longer print runs with fewer makereadies. However, today’s trend towards high output, shorter print runs has completely…

Stop counting. Start competing.

Bean counters may disagree, but the economics of our business rarely bend. Printing and print finishing operations must purchase raw materials, process them in specific finishing lines, and add labor to produce a finished product. And, there’s little wiggle-room when it comes to these costs.  In general, raw material pricing…

Bean counters may disagree, but the economics of our business rarely bend. Printing and print finishing operations must purchase raw materials, process them in specific finishing lines, and add labor to produce a finished product. And, there’s little wiggle-room when it comes to these costs.  In general, raw material pricing…

What comprises a quality saddle-stitched product? Today’s automated quality control systems ensure customer-saving results.

When I was a young bindery manager, a customer service representative handed me a stack of books, all with signatures in the wrong order. Naturally, the rep was upset. The order was for an important customer—and the books had been delivered to their office. I then surveyed the skids of…

When I was a young bindery manager, a customer service representative handed me a stack of books, all with signatures in the wrong order. Naturally, the rep was upset. The order was for an important customer—and the books had been delivered to their office. I then surveyed the skids of…

When It Comes to Muller Martini’s Certified Rebuilt Gluepots, Sometimes a Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words.

Polyurethane (PUR) glues for book binding applications have increased in popularity over the past twenty years. They provide superior page pull strengths and desirable layflat opening characteristics.   Applicator nozzles and specially designed pots are used to apply the glue to the book.  Both have advantages and disadvantages. Nozzles are closed…

Polyurethane (PUR) glues for book binding applications have increased in popularity over the past twenty years. They provide superior page pull strengths and desirable layflat opening characteristics.   Applicator nozzles and specially designed pots are used to apply the glue to the book.  Both have advantages and disadvantages. Nozzles are closed…

Community Newspaper Profits from Addition of Presto Saddle Stitcher

Tucked away in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley is The Free Press, a local community newspaper located in Edinburg, Virginia.  Since 1985, Keith Stickley has published The Free Press, which is dedicated to keeping readers informed about local events and government.   In the face of declining revenues in the newspaper industry,…

Tucked away in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley is The Free Press, a local community newspaper located in Edinburg, Virginia.  Since 1985, Keith Stickley has published The Free Press, which is dedicated to keeping readers informed about local events and government.   In the face of declining revenues in the newspaper industry,…