We recommend that you consult with us on the preparatory phase of your work, to prevent unforeseen problems and avoid unnecessary additional costs that can arise.
To help make sure we have a trouble-free process, we have compiled a list of guidelines:
Works orders / Purchase orders
Detailed orders should be provided in writing before or with your job stating all job requirements clearly.
Orders should include:
- Order number
- Customer contact
- Job quantity + number of overs if required
- Finished size
- Quantity of sections and covers supplied
- Breakdown of any text and / or cover changes
- Whether the finished books are to be boxed or bulk packed
- Packing list
- Delivery address(es)
- Completion date
The printer should provide a dummy / collated set of all the sheets in a job.
Presentation of job
Presentation of flat sheets:
Should be presented with their grip and lay edges clearly marked.
Clearly identify printed sheets on pallets using pallet cards, especially important where there are different versions of text and covers.
Presentation of pre-folded sections:
- Supply on SRA2 pallets
- No elastic bands
- All sections to be neat and flat
- Stack with the highest page number on top
- Do not turn any sections
- Fold sections with a strong spine perforation – 50% paper to 50% slit ratio
- When more than 1 section are stacked on the same pallet please stack consecutively & side by side
Presentation of pre-collated digitally printed book blocks:
The best way to supply your digitally printed work to enable us to PUR bind it, is pre-collated directly from your digital press, by creating a text book block, this eliminates the need and cost for folding. Please insert a coloured sheet between each collated set, so we can easily separate the book blocks prior to hand feeding them onto the binding machine, via the hand feed station.
Book covers should be supplied separate from the text, avoiding any print on the inside cover spine and hinge area where the glue will be applied to attach the cover to the text block creating the pre-trimmed book. The final trim to finished book size is carried out by our inline trimmer.
Further laydowns are available on request.
These should be clearly marked up and kept separate.
Suitability of materials
You should establish with us the suitability of the proposed materials and their compatibility with perfect and PUR binding adhesives to ensure a satisfactory product for your end user.
Paper and board grain direction. As a rule of thumb the grain direction of all text stock and covers should run parallel to the bound book’s spine.