Post-print and Finishing

There are a number of options available to process printed materials or create end products:

Perfect binding
Pages are glue-bound at their inner edges, forming the spine. This can accommodate a higher page count and allows thicker paper to be used for the cover. Magazines, for example, are typically perfect-bound.

Saddle stitching
This is an economic binding solution suitable for lighter paper weights and lower page counts. Pages are stacked on top of each other, folded in half, and stapled at the spine. Only usable if total page count is a multiple of four (including covers).

Wire binding
Also known as wire-o or spiral binding, this process is accomplished by punching holes into a stack of pages, then running a continuous plastic or metal wire spiral through theses holes, binding the pages together.

Folding
Paper can be folded to produce distinct panels on a single sheet or to fit the paper into a smaller space. There are a number of options, from double-folding (for brochures) to pharmaceutical folding (for medicine, in conjunction with a clean room).

Laminating
The application of a clear film or liquid on top of paper, giving it a thicker feel and more durability. Laminated sheets are typically not bound, or are bound with a single ring passed through a hole near the top-left corner.

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A Yamagata sales representative will help advise you on what’s the best and most economical way to make your next project stand out. From aqueous coating to foil stamping, we have the right solution for you.

Custom finishing and post-press options are available upon request.

Hard cover book binding
Pages are fastened to a thick, typically cardboard cover, protecting the inside pages and giving a look and feel of quality and permanence. This can be done by gluing perfect-bound material to the cover or by attaching pages to the cover directly (“case binding“).

Die cutting
Impressions printed on a continuous roll (or “web”) of material are passed through a die, which cuts them into pre-set shapes (like a cookie cutter). Typically only used for low-strength materials such as light-weight paper, cloth, or plastics.

Foil Stamping
A foil is applied to the surface of a material using a heated die, giving it a metallic finish or impressing shapes onto it. An example would be a business card with a logo seemingly printed in gold.

AQ/UV coating
An aqueous/ultraviolet coating is a usually high-gloss finish applied to paper, bringing out its inherent colors and protecting it from damage, smudges, and fingerprints.