Bindery

Finish work for your piece

Your documents speak volumes about you even before people read it. Our bindery department works to efficiently balance form with function, creating neat, professional materials that endure the demands of everyday use. From collating to cutting, using a variety of hand operated and automated machines the bindery department is designed for precision and accuracy.

Folding

Types of foldsUniversity Printing has two large capacity folding machines that can quickly and accurately fold your piece to final size. From one sheet of paper to large multiple page newsletters your piece can be folded to a final size suitable for mailing.

Saddle stitching

Binding of printed documentsWhen your multi-page piece, magazine or newsletter, needs to be bound with two staples on the spine it is called saddle stitching. Your piece is laid onto our machine like a saddle on a horse, hence - ‘saddle’ stitching. (Note: booklets that bleed or have page numbers near the outer edge are at risk during final trim. Try to accomodate for this in your design.)

Comb Binding

Book binding that has a solid plastic edge. Pages can easily be added to these books at a later date. Will allow for documents to lie flat when open. Accommodates thicknesses up to 2”. (Note: holes for the ‘fingers’ are punches about ⅜” from the paper edge.)

Spiral/Coil Binding

Book binding that is a continuous spring-shaped spiral. Will allow for documents to lie flat when open. Accommodates thicknesses up to 2+”. (Note: holes for the coils are punches about ⅜” from the paper edge.)

Side Stitching

If you have a small booklet, around ¼”, an economical way to bind it would be side stitching. Two staple are placed parallel to the spine near the left edge. (Note: keep images and type well away from the binding edge so they don’t get covered up.)

Perfect Binding

Perfect binding works on publications with at least 60 pages (see how to count originals) and will accomodate bound books from ⅛” to 1½” in thickness. This involves adhesive, which is glued along the edges of the text sheets and binds the text to a wraparound cover. This type of binding is good for books that do not need to lay flat. Perfect binding is more complex and expensive than other binding methods, and may not be cost effective for small quantities.

Padding

We can pad plain paper into notepads or NCR (no carbon required) paper into multi-page forms. The standard number of sheets per pad is 25, 50, or 100, but a different number of sheets per pad may be selected.

Numbering

From forms to tickets we can consecutively number your items in any increment needed with barcodes or numbers.

Scoring, Perforating

Scoring is used before folding if the job is printed on cover weight stock, to create an accurate and neat fold line. Certain jobs require scoring and not folding, for a professional look when the customer is to finish the fold. Perforating is for jobs with tear-offs. Slot perforations, for cards, are also available.

Drilling

We can drill multiple pieces of paper at a time for binder insertion. Save yourself some time! 3-hole is standard, which is 3 holes on the side, but any pattern is possible.

Diecutting

Do you want to stand out with your design? Diecutting is a way to enhance any design. It is the process of trimming paper into a shape. It can be used in projects as simple as creating a custom folder, or the design of a dynamic invitation. Stop by the Customer Service office at the Union and see how our deicutting service can bring your piece to life.

Embossing

Give your piece that extra punch with embossed artwork. We can emboss or deboss on your piece to give it that special something. It is the process of pressing paper into a relief shape. It can be used in projects as simple as creating a custom folder, or the design of a dynamic invitation. Stop by the Customer Service office at the Union to see how our embossing service can make your piece pop.

Shrinkwrapping

Keeping your pieces together has never been this easy. Ask for your order to be bundled in easy to manage packages for distribution.

A wide variety of equipment is on hand to provide these services.
If University Printing cannot provide a certain service in-house, such as foil stamping, or tractor feed forms, arrangements will be made with an outside vendor to bring your project to completion. University Printing staff can explain the options available and make suggestions to fit each customer's unique printing project.