Archive for January, 2012

5 Ways to Bind a Presentation

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Whether for personal reasons or business reasons, presentations that look professional always have a head above the rest, and give an edge to the material being showcased. Different kinds of binding bring a presentation together in a special way, and depending on which type used, it can give the presentation a different look and feel. Doing this can really bring attention to the piece and generally makes a good impression, and there are methods that range from being easy, to a presentation that may need a printing company’s assistance. Here are 5 ways that presentations can be bound by printing companies.

One way a presentation can be bound is comb binding (also known as cerlox binding). This method has been in use for a long time, and is one of the most cost efficient ways of binding documents and presentations. To comb bind, holes are punched in the documents with a specialised hole punch, and a spine is inserted through the holes to create the binding. It can be done personally and kits can be purchased, however if the document in question is needed to be printed in large quantities, this service can be offered by printing companies and can save a lot of time. While one of the cheapest alternatives, it still offers a professional look.

Another way to bind a presentation is through coil binding. This is similar to comb binding, except offers a more rigid way of binding and can bind more paper together – up to 440 pages in some instances. The coiling is often stronger than that of plastic comb binding and many colours can be offered to bind the work also, to give documents a vibrant look. It also comes in a variety of lengths so if the presentation is of a large size, it can be altered for this purpose.

A third way of binding is wire binding. Again, this is considered strong and also can look sophisticated. While it cannot potentially bind as many pages as coil binding (around 250 pages) it is a popular binding method for notebooks and sketchbooks and allows the pages to be moved around 360 degrees for maximum flexibility.

A fourth way of binding, and perhaps one that requires the most assistance from printing companies is thermal binding. It is used primarily for those that require a hardcover presentation or document and can create a neat looking, professional book that can be used repeatedly and can withstand damage compared to paperback presentations. There are many ways to thermal bind, and the main way is to heat the glue down the spine and place the paper on the spine – as the glue cools, the paper adhering to the spine.

Lastly, VeloBind binding is becoming very popular and is considered a very secure binding method. It involves punching small holes along the edge of an unbound book and a strip of plastic with rigid tines is inserted into the holes from the top of the book. A strip with corresponding holes is then placed on the back with the tines protruding through, and then a machine holds the book, as the tines are cut and tips melted, completing the process. This is primarily performed at print shops and can provide a safe way to bind documents that are meant to last a long time.

Overall, there are many ways books can be bound, and it is at the business’ choice to ask for the service that suits them best.

The Importance of Local Commercial Printing

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Many businesses find that effective advertising in other ways than virtual means can be essential to the business – for example, through flyers and banners, they can gain extra interest through those that are not interested in technology. Many local commercial printing services are around the country in their hundreds to help out with this need, and many businesses looking for this service can either choose to go for this type of service or a more nationalised, bigger printing company. Whilst choosing a bigger printing company may come at cheaper prices, there is much they cannot offer compared to a smaller localised company. Whether starting up a small business or maintaining a bigger company, local commercial printing can be advantageous to all shapes and sizes of businesses, and can develop printing and advertising needed for the business.

One of the main advantages of being in business with a local commercial printer is the bond between both businesses. As a bond grows between business and printing company, the service can learn to know what services the businesses require and what edge the company has. Due to the company being local also, this bond allows the business and printer to talk through ideas and express constructive criticism or ideas to the project at hand. This is advantageous above a large nationalised service, which potentially cannot get to know the company as well, thus the advertising produced may not be as the business wanted – as ideas cannot be potentially be discussed face to face and the business in question may feel like part of a production line – the printing company wanting to just “get the job done”.

Leading on from the last advantage, the bond of the business and local printer allows the work of the project to be highly personalised. It offers the business an identity that perhaps could not be found in a huge printing company who potentially have many other clients to look after. Through the bond, the local commercial printing service can get to know the company and what their aims are; fully understanding the company, they can understand their distinctiveness from others and produce a product unique to them. Local commercial printing can also offer higher quality-printing materials compared to a larger printing business, so the professionalism and the quality of the finished product is potentially improved. They also have more flexibility offering deals, compared to the rigid prices of a larger company.

Lastly, the environmental factor is also apparent when using local printing services. With a larger printing business there may be a longer way to travel to either the location of the printer, or the delivery being sent to your business – so automatically, using a local printing business can cut down CO2 emissions and be on the way to making the business an eco-friendly one.

Overall, a smaller, local printing business can offer the edge a local business needs to make their advertising unique and interesting. This can give them the advantage of many other competitors and help along the business, defining their place in the market.

The Wide Format Printer and Its Uses

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Any printer that prints around 17 inches to 100 inches is known as a “wide format printer”. These are printers that are not found in households but in printing businesses; they are incredibly useful in the printing market and open up many printing possibilities for small and big businesses alike. Any print jobs larger than this width is known as a super-wide format printer. The fact that makes wide format printers so advantageous is that even on huge print jobs, the quality of the print can still be maintained as well as it could be on a piece of paper; but what specific uses does a wide-format or super-wide format printer have?

Firstly, a wide format printer’s most common usage is through making banners. Banners are obviously sizable pieces of advertising, and businesses often want professional-looking banners to promote their product or idea.

Wide format printers can produce banners very economically as they are a quick piece of technology, and the finished product also comes out colour rich and well detailed. These types of banners can be used at business events and/or more personal occasions, and often last a long time to the versatile nature of the printers being able to print on many surfaces such as fabric and plastic. Publishers may also put a wide format printer to good use, by printing off specific visual aids to either promote certain products, use in educational situations such as lectures and in many other educational programs.

Engineers and architects may also use the wide format printing technology for their work specifically – as well as building and architecture companies. Wide format printers can reproduce blueprints, building plans and other types of detailed work in this area; and due to the nature of the wide format printer being able to print very detailed versions on a bigger scale, this is necessary for architects to reproduce the same level of detail that was included on their original copy. Graphics firms and graphic designers also have similar needs, to recreate their work samples on a larger basis and to also be displayed in different ways, for example at exhibitions.

On a more personal level, small businesses and even in the household can benefit from the uses of a wide format printer. Businesses may use the technology to produce visual aids for when presenting ideas at conferences. Wide format printers can also be used for interior decorating, for example a wall piece in a house or if a real professional art print cannot be afforded, a printed replica of that piece of art.

Overall, the wide format printer is very versatile and can offer many services to a whole range of businesses and professions. It offers quality on a larger scale and a useful piece of technology when requiring a professional and polished image.