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Bindery Options

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Standard Bindery Options

cutting Cutting - Cutting is a primary function of bindery. Our digital cutters are calibrated for accuracy and can cut most substrates except plastic or metal. There is a maximum sheet width of 40 inches.
scoring Scoring - Scoring is a process used to make a crease in heavier weight substrates before folding.  The crease helps in folding and leaves a nice crisp professional looking edge. This procedure is commonly used in making booklets with heavy covers, table tents, folded invitations, and pocket folders.
perforating Perforating - Perforating is used to make tear-offs like registration forms or coupons. We have a standard perforation for heavy weight stocks and a micro perforation that is a little stronger and less noticeable than the standard for text weights.
drilling Drilling - Drilling is a finishing procedure that uses a drill bit to cut holes. A standard 3-hole drill is the most common request, which is 3 holes on the side, but any pattern is possible. Drilled hole sizes range from 3/16" to 3/8" diameter.
padding Padding - Padding is a procedure used to hold books or sets together by an adhesive compound spread across the edge of the sheets. The standard number of sheets per pad is 25, 50, or 100, but a different number of sheets per pad may be selected. NCR, or carbonless forms, are an example of individual padded sets, such as our Form 3.
stitching Stitching - The stitching process can put a staple in the upper left corner or two on the side to hold a stack of papers together. It is also used to make saddle stitched booklets, mailers, or catalogs with multiple pages. Booklets must have a minimum of 8 pages and contain pages in multiples of four (8, 12, 16, 20, etc.). The maximum thickness that can be stapled is ¾ inch. The recommended maximum number of pages for a saddles stitch booklet is 54 pages plus cover.
collating Collating - Collating is sometimes needed before a job can be finished. Collating is the process of arranging pages in sequence after printing, and it is done mostly by machine (with a few exceptions).


Laminating - Laminating is a protective finishing procedure used quite often and is appropriate for pieces that are handled frequently or exposed to moisture. Laminating comes in two weights- 3 ml and 10 ml. Laminating up to 25" width can be done in 1 day. Larger sizes may take a day or two longer.

  • The lamination can be trimmed flush with the paper edge or extended beyond to allow a clear border. The flush trim takes less time to produce than the border trim. Border trims are recommended for pieces exposed to moisture.
  • Rounded corners on borders are possible at an extra charge. Rounded corners are used a lot with badges and membership cards.
  • Furnished pieces can be laminated but the paper should be neat and in one piece. If two or more sheets are taped together, make sure the tape runs the entire length of the sheet. If preferred, Printing Services can tape the pieces together for you.
  • Not all color prints can be laminated. If you are furnishing color copies to be laminated be sure to provide an extra sheet so we can test it first.
  • For large laminating jobs, extra copies are helpful, in case a wrinkle occurs. We cannot laminate anything thicker than cover stock nor can we successfully laminate sheets with multiple layers of paper attached together.



Our bindery department also offers folding. Bindery deals with many folds, including the gate fold, the letter fold, the accordion fold, and the double parallel fold. The gate fold requires hand labor plus machine labor. Right angle folding is also available. We can also refold thin saddle stitch publications for mailing discounts.

There are many different folds and formats to choose from. The following descriptions and images should be helpful in choosing the fold that would work best with your design.

tri-fold Tri-fold (Six panels)
Tri-folds are three parallel folds made in thirds from right to left. This fold is most commonly used on brochures.
according fold Accordion Fold
Accordion folds are parallel folds that resemble an accordion bellows, or a Z when looking down at the top.
gate fold Gate Fold
Gate folds are parallel folds that resemble a two door gate. The fold consists of two major folds. The inside and outside panels need to be sized differently with the outside panels (A and D) or panels that fold together, being 1/8” smaller than the inside panels (B and C). The last panel must be folded in by hand.
map fold Double Parallel (Map)
Double parallels fold down the middle, then down the middle again.
right angle fold Right Angle Fold
Right angle folds are folded horizontally and then vertically.
barrell fold Half Page Letter Fold
Half page letter folds like the right angle fold, but with a shortened inside horizontal panel.
barrell fold Barrel Fold
Barrel folds are basically the same as the trifold with one extra panel.


Book and Booklet Binding Options

perfect binding Perfect binding- (also known as paperback) Perfect binding works on publications with a minimum of 30 sheets (60 pages) and will accommodate bound books from 1/8" to 1-1/2" in thickness. The procedure involves adhesive, which is glued along the edges of the text sheets and binds the text to a wraparound cover. The cover can also have text on the spine if you so desire. This type of binding is economical, because it is an automated process, and is good for books that don't need to lay flat. Paper must be long grain for best results. One drawback of perfect binding is that tabs cannot be used due to trimming.
plastic binding Plastic binding- Also commonly called comb bind, plastic binding is also an economical and fast way to bind. For customers who need their books to lay flat, this type of binding is ideal. Pages can easily be added or changed to these books at a later date. Black plastic is the only color in stock, but other colors are available to order. Standard colors can be delivered in two to three days. Exact PMS color matches are available at an extra cost and may take additional delivery time. The maximum thickness for a plastic bound book is 1-3/4". There is no minimum sheet count requirement. The book length or height should be 11" or less, which is in stock. Custom lengths are available.
coil binding Coil binding- Coil binding, or continuous loop, is similar to plastic binding but more permanent. Coil binding can fold back flat, unlike plastic binding. Pages can be added or changed later, but not easily. This type of binding is not recommended on books over 3/4" thick. As for book heights, Printing Services has 11" or less in stock, with custom lengths available. Coil binding is usually plastic, but metal is available by ordering from one of our vendors. Black is our standard color, but other colors can be ordered and exact PMS matches are available at an extra cost. Lengths (on the binding edge) must be in 1/4" increments.
saddle stitching Saddle Stitching - Another popular method of binding is the saddle stitch booklet. Saddle stitching consists of online collating, folding, stitching, and trimming. This method produces booklets that fold in half with the stitches on the fold. This binding is practical for total page counts of 60 or less. Larger sheet counts can be accommodated but perfect binding should be considered as an alternative.
velo binding Velo binding- Velo binding is flat, and about 1/4" wide on the edge, with no exposed holes. This is a good method for binding finished reports; however, black is the only color available. Velo binding creates a nice looking finished piece but will not lay flat. Velo binding can only be done in 11" and 8.5" lengths. No odd lengths!
thesis binding Thesis binding- Thesis binding, similar to a hard cover book, consists of 3 metal screw posts holding the cover, contents, and spine together which is accepted by the Purdue Thesis Office. These are done in our BoilerCopyMaker operation located in the Purdue Memorial Union.
tape binding Tape binding- Tape binding is performed in our bindery department. The tape comes in threes widths for books 1/2" up to 1-3/8" in a variety of colors.
hard cover binding Hard Cover Binding - Hard cover binding, or case binding, is available at Printing Services. This service is sent out to be completed by an outside vendor. This vendor process requires 4-6 weeks. Copy may be foil stamped on the covers and spines. A variety of fabric colors are available and foil lettering can be added.