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Comparison of glued and wire-sewn binding. Comparison of glued and wire-sewn binding.

Printing of catalogs ✔ corporate ✔ advertising.

How to prepare a project for catalog printing?

For printing company catalogs, a project in PDF / X-3 format, made in a size compatible with the model of the ordered product, must be provided.
The mockup for the project and its description are available on the product configurator page. When designing the catalog, a 3 mm background bleed and a minimum 5 mm safety margin for the text should be kept. The catalog should be prepared in the format of the product ordered , eg A4 without linking individual pages into sections. The printing house, using automatic imposition software, assembles the printing sheet in a manner appropriate for a given catalog, taking into account the spine compensation in the case of sewn binding.

How to prepare a catalog spine?

When designing, an important issue when choosing a glued binding is the width of the spine of the catalog cover. Due to manufacturing tolerances, it is best to design the spine in the same color as the cover. In the case of a catalog spine with a significant width,> 1 cm, an additional description, e.g. of the title of the issue, can be designed on it.

For popular papers
For the middle of a catalog printed on paper with a weight of 130g in gloss, the thickness of 1 sheet should be counted as 0.08 mm, in the case of matte paper this value is 0.09 mm.
For the middle of a catalog printed on 170g paper, these values are 0.09 and 0.10 mm, respectively.

The catalog configurator on the printing house's website automatically calculates the spine thickness of the printed catalog. After selecting the paper for the center of the catalog and entering the number of pages, the system will automatically calculate and display the spine thickness in the cover section.

How do we print catalogs?

We provide printing of company catalogs in two different technologies, which makes our offer flexible and tailored to the client's needs. Digital printing technology is used for print runs from 1 to several hundred pieces, while for print runs counted in thousands, we use offset printing technology. We print catalogs in black and color on a wide range of papers. Popular combinations of papers in catalog printing are 250-300g for the cover + 130-170g for the center of the catalog. You can decide for yourself what combination of papers for the inside and the interior the printing house will use or use our advice.

What refinements are available for printed catalogs?

The catalog printout can be refined with varnish or foil laminate mat / gloss as well as with selective UV varnish. Refinements have a significant impact on the aesthetic value and durability of printed company catalogs.

What types of luminaires are used for catalogs?

Binding sewn with wire

In this type of binding, a wire is used to connect sheets, popularly found in notebooks, hence the commonly used name "notebook binding". Saddle-stitch binding is applicable for catalogs with a volume of 8 to several dozen pages (it depends directly on the thickness of the paper used). The spine in this binding has a gentle shape, unlike the catalog in glued binding. In a wire-stitched binding, the number of pages of the catalog must be divisible by 4. The sewn-type binding is less durable than the glued binding because the pages are attached only at two points, not along the entire length. The wire-sewn binding is the cheapest available in the offer.

Perfect binding

The most popular type of catalog binding. Covers in catalogs in glued binding are usually papers and cardboard with a grammage of 250-350g - the stiffness is similar to a business card. Perfect binding is used for catalogs with a volume of at least 60 pages. The spine of the catalog cover should be in the width range from 4 to 50 mm. Company catalogs with a small number of pages are not feasible in this technology and require the use of a wire-sewn binding.

In glued binding, depending on the needs, two gluing technologies are used: Hot-melt and PUR.

Hot-melt has been the most popular method commonly found in catalogs for decades. There are many varieties of glue in this technology which is constantly being improved. The latest varieties of hot glue achieve flexibility and durability parameters similar to those of polyurethane glue, which significantly increases its use.
Hot-melt is characterized by high durability, glue joint and favorable production price. It is most suitable for paperback catalogs printed on uncoated paper. Its significant advantage is the speed of setting which occurs immediately after the glue cools down, allowing for further bookbinding and quick delivery of the finished product to the recipient.

PUR (polyurethane adhesive) - The adhesive hardened during a chemical reaction, obtains high flexibility and adhesion to all printing bases. It gives measurable benefits when gluing catalogs in which stiff coated paper is used inside. Thanks to the flexible glue joint, the catalog can be easily unfolded without the risk of cracking the spine

Spiral binding

The luminaire is popularly used in various documentation, menus and catalogs that will be intensively used. Thanks to the perforation of the pages and the use of a metal spiral, pages of any stiffness can be easily turned over, maintaining the flat character of the catalog. The absence of a ridge allows you to break the directory any way you like. It is a binding very convenient to use. The possibility of choosing a spiral in different colors can be an additional decoration.

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