Most printing jobs require bindery and / or finishing. This final stage in production adds one or more days after printing is completed.
In-house bindery capabilities include: binding (comb and spiral), booklet making, collating, cutting, envelope inserting, folding, hole drilling, hole punching, laminating, padding, perforating, scoring, shrink wrapping, stapling and trimming.
It is important to consider the bindery procedures when designing the printed piece.
Folds can be specific as: single, parallel, and right angle. A single fold makes one fold line. In parallel folding, each fold is parallel to the others such as in a business letter also called a tri-fold.
Booklets can be produced by collating, folding in half, saddle stitching, and trimming the front edge.
Padding is the process of applying glue to the edge of individuals sheets to form a pad (e.g., memo pads or multiple page business forms). Carbonless form are padded using a special glue.
Trimming is necessary because most printing materials are not printed at the finished size. Smaller pieces will be printed in multiples and cut apart for efficiency and cost savings. Printed pieces with bleed (printing extending to the edge of the sheet) need to be trimmed to produce a clean edge. Booklets will also be trimmed to produce smooth edges.
Scoring is the indentation made on heavier paper so that it will fold easily and accurately. Scoring can reduce cracking along the fold but it will not eliminate it entirely if there is solid ink coverage or if the score is not running with the grain of the paper. Some paper stock will not fold without cracking.
Book binding, priced per book
|Comb binding (less than 1") In-Line||1.50|
|Comb binding (less than 1") Off-Line||2.00|
|Comb binding (greater than 1") In-Line||1.85|
|Comb binding (greater than 1") Off-Line||2.35|
|Coverbind, Clear front, Black linen back||1.75|
|Coverbind, Custom front cover||2.00|
|Coverbind, Hard cover||4.00|
|Spiral binding (less than 1") In-Line||1.50|
|Spiral binding (less than 1") Off-Line||2.00|
|Spiral binding (greater than 1") In-Line||1.85|
|Spiral binding (greater than 1") Off-Line||2.35|
Booklet fold and staple
|Booklet fold and Staple In-Line, priced per book||0.15|
|Book fold and Staple Off-Line, priced per book||0.25|
Cut / trim
|Cut / trim (per 100 sheets)||0.50|
|Cut / trim - Preprinted materials (per 100 sheets)||1.00|
Machine folding - average set-up, priced per sheet
|Folding - Legal Double||0.03|
|Folding - Letter Half Fold||0.02|
|Folding - Letter Label Fold||0.02|
|Folding - Letter Tri-Fold||0.02|
|Folding - Letter Z-Fold||0.02|
|Folding - Tabloid Double Fold||0.04|
|Folding - Tabloid Half Fold||0.02|
Machine folding - special set-up and pre-printed materials, priced per sheet
|Folding - Legal Double, Special set-up||0.06|
|Folding - Letter Half Fold, Special set-up||0.04|
|Folding - Letter Label Fold, Special set-up||0.04|
|Folding - Letter Tri-Fold, Special set-up||0.04|
|Folding - Letter Z-Fold, Special set-up||0.04|
|Folding - Tabloid Double Fold, Special set-up||0.08|
|Folding - Tabloid Half Fold, Special set-up||0.04|
Hand work, priced per minute
Inserting, priced per sheet
|Inserter - 1 piece||0.0275|
|Inserter - 2 piece||0.0325|
|Inserter - 3 piece||0.0375|
Laminating pouches, priced per pouch
|Laminating - Business card, 5 Mil, 2.25 x 3.75||0.75|