April 2006 Edition
…the first trade bindery in the United States to earn ISO 9001:2000 registrations
Bindery Services
Perfect Binding
Layflat Adhesive Binding
PUR Binding
Saddle Stitching
Loop Stitching
Wire-O® Binding
Plastic Coil Binding
Spiral Wire Binding
Plastic Comb Binding
Remoistenable Gluing
-Miniature to Map

Finishing Services
UV Coating
Film Laminating
2-Sided Film
Die Cutting
Foil Stamping
Shrink Wrapping
Jumbo Shrink Wrapping
Hi-Die Cutting
Window Patching

Specialty Services
Magna Stripping
Tin Edging
Step Indexing
Label Aire
Wafer Sealing
Hang Tags
Custom Tabs & Indexes
Blank Index Tabs
Mylar® Reinforcing
Backbone Stripping
Micro-Flute Packaging

Ink Jet Imaging & Electronic Binding
Fixed / Variable Imaging
Selective Pocket
--Cheshire Labels
--Blow-ins & Onserts
-Saddle Stitching
--Inside / Outside
--Target Messaging
USPS Certification
List Sortation

Quality Information Packaging (QIP)
Looseleaf binders
-Turned Edge
Custom Packaging
-CAD/CAM Prototyping
Multimedia Packaging
Game Boards/Pieces
Silk Screen Printing
Pad Holders

What’s new at Bindagraphics?

We’re happy to announce we have added yet another piece of equipment to our inventory. The Gladiator Window Patch machine allows us to apply cellophane windows to a variety of products. Window patching sets your product apart whether it’s used in a box, a pocket for literature, or for transforming a brochure into a shelf mailer. Window patches can be used in countless ways to display, promote, or enhance your products. Among other things, they are often found in pharmaceutical packaging, perfume and cosmetic boxes, and candy and donut boxes. For more information about the Gladiator and how you can use it, contact your sales service representative.

Sign up for Binda University!

Get out of the office, learn the basics of binding and finishing, and watch a variety of processes in motion. For more information, call Crystal Arnold at 800-326-0300.

Advertising on Stamps?

The U.S. postal service has been authorized to begin testing advertising images on stamps. The USPS must first complete its testing of personalized postage that is printed digitally by a variety of print vendors.

The USPS has also announced that repositionable notes, or RPNs (e.g. 3M Post-it Notes) can now be added to Standard and First Class mail without added cost. Sticky notes on direct mail pieces have been shown to increase response rates on direct mail and boost ad revenues for magazines.

Rather receive this electronically than via fax? We’d love to e-mail it to you…just let us know.

Need technical information on just about anything you can think of in the binding and finishing industry? Visit our web site at www.bindagraphics.com!

Please let us know if you wish to be removed from our distribution by calling 800-326-0300 or email remove@bindagraphics.com

How much do you know about laminating films?

What types of laminating films are available and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each?  

There are three basic types of film:

Polyproprolene (OPP)…is the glossiest available but is also easily scratched or scuffed. It is the least expensive and is easy to use in the laminating process. Polypropolene is often used on book covers and jackets.

Polyester (PET)…is the most popular film because it is both durable and reasonably priced. It provides scuff resistance and decent gloss levels. Polyester is a great choice for products that require a longer shelf life.

Nylon…is best used when curling is a concern (such as in a paper back) because its porous texture allows it to absorb moisture. It also does not stretch, expand, or shrink. Although nylon is the most expensive choice, it has many benefits.

Other important tips on laminating films…

  • There are films available in special finishes. Some can be spot UV coated and foil stamped.
  • Standard films generally range in thickness from 1.2 mil to 1.8 mil. Specialty films can be 3 mil, 5 mil, or 10 mil.
  • Films should be stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight, and in a box.
  • Certain inks and coatings prevent sufficient adhesion. Have your post press finisher test the piece prior to running the job.
  • Be sure your schedule allows your laminated sheets to set and adhere before any other applications take place. Adhesion can strengthen for up to 3 days after laminating.

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High Point, North Carolina 27260
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