Saddle stitching is the process of inserting staples into the spine of a printed and folded piece to bind the pages together. At Searles Graphics we can saddle-stitch anywhere from 8 - 140 pages, depending on stock.
Think paperback books and (most) magazines. Perfect binding involves applying an adhesive to one side of the pages in your piece and then wrapping the entire book with the a cover, creating the front and back covers and the spine at the same time. Small books are difficult to perfect bind so page counts range anywhere from about 40 - 400+ pages.
Also known as spiral binding, coil binding is used in a number of applications. For items that see a lot of use (catalogues and directories, for example), spiral binding is often preferred over perfect binding because it holds up better to wear and tear over a longer period of time. There are no minimums to coil binding, and we've handled jobs well over 400 pages.
An interesting and eye-catching binding technique, rivet binding is generally used for portfolio-type applications. If you've ever seen a color swatch book, chances are that it was rivet-bound; a single rivet is usually inserted into one of the top corners so that the individual swatches can be fanned out and viewed simultaneously.
Our large format cutters allow us to print your jobs in the most economic way possible, or to take on jobs from the trade where you may not have the equipment on hand to handle certain work.
While folding paper sounds simple, it is far from it. There is an art to it. Different paper weights, sizes, and formats can cause any number of different issues. We work with different types of folding jobs all day long and have the expertise needed to get your job done right. We also consult with all of our clients to make sure your project will look the way you want it to when it leaves our bindery.
Our folders can usually be seen running large magazines, catalogs, journals, and newsletters to prepare them for binding. We also utilize them heavily folding items such as brochures, mailers, and annual reports.
There are a number of jobs that require collating services. Perfect bound books, coil-bound books, Z-fold mailers, and stapled packets are just a few examples of jobs that traditionally need to be collated. We offer both hand- and machine-collating options and have yet to meet a collating job we can't handle!
Scoring is a mechanical process that impresses a notch or indentation along a sheet of paper to assist in folding the piece. Items are scored to make them easier to fold both on our folders and by hand. Some stock / ink combinations will crack if put directly into a folder without being scored first, particularly heavier stocks, folds that go against the grain of the sheet, or digitally printed jobs with a lot of toner coverage. Additionally, we have a number of clients who order a large quantity of an item that is folded but they're only used sporadically throughout the year (restaurant menus, thank you cards, etc.). In this case, the items often store better flat and can be easily hand-folded when they're needed.
Perforating involves punching a number of small holes in a piece to make it easier to tear apart cleanly by hand. Many of the bills you receive on a monthly basis are perforated along the bottom so that you can tear off a portion to include in your response envelope along with your payment. Perforating is also a useful tool if you intend to send a coupon out to current or potential customers. The coupon can then be torn easily from the rest of the printed piece to make it more manageable for a customer to bring to you when making their purchase, and it also leaves your marketing piece largely intact.
See Stapling below for an example of the use of perforating by one of our clients
Holes can be used for a number of applications. The two most common are for easy inclusion in 3-ring binders and holes used to make it easy for someone to hang an item (e.g. the single hole drilled through a calendar so you can hang it up with a pushpin or thumbtack). Whatever your application, our drills can be configured to achieve the end result you need.
Many of the products you buy come shrink wrapped. Shrink wrapping is generally used to protect the final product until it is in the hands of the end-user. A thin plastic film is wrapped around your item and then heated up until it shrinks to fit tightly around the item. This can be useful if you want to package multiple items together (e.g. you want to include a CD with your catalog so your client can use whichever version they prefer) or you just want to ensure your items arrive to your customers in the same manner in which they were delivered to you.
Tabbing can be both optional and necessary. Postal regulations now require almost any multi-page or folded piece to be tabbed before they're mailed to ensure they can be processed by their automated sorting machinery without damaging the piece and jamming up their machines. Some clients choose to utilize loose inserts (as opposed to binding or stapling them) in their pieces and a wafer seal or two helps to ensure the insert doesn't fall out of the piece before it gets to the recipient.
We offer large-format stapling for a number of applications. Simple corner staples are common, but you can be as creative as you like! For example, one of our clients sells tickets for their service in packs of 10. Each ticket is printed and individually numbered (on our digital press), perforated so that it can easily be ripped from the book while leaving the rest of the book intact, cut into stacks of ten , collated together with some additional information material and a front and back cover, and then stapled together through the top to create booklets that can be sold to their clients.