Canadian Printing Awards Winner – November 2015

Winner of 2 out of 3 Finishing Awards – Canadian Printing Awards

Pacific Bindery Services Ltd. (PBS) is proud to announce that we have won two of three Finishing Awards at the Canadian Printing Awards.  The awards were announced at the 10th Annual Gala in Toronto on November 13th, 2015.

PBS won gold for the St. Michelle String of Pearls catalogue and bronze for the PBS Holiday Card collection (a series of Christmas cards that were designed and produced in-house with laser cutting, foil stamping and embossing techniques).

An independent panel, judging with a blind scoring system, determined the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in 21 Quality Printing categories.

BIA Award of Recognition 2015

Award Winning Work is Recognized

PBS is pleased to announce that our finishing work was recognized with two Product of Excellence Awards of Recognition by the Binding Industries Association (BIA).  This award of recognition program is an annual industry event that is ‘blind’ judged by industry leaders and peers.

One award was for our own in-house designed and produced Season’s Greetings card series (four unique laser cut and foil stamped cards, envelopes and foil stamped bands) and the other award was for the foil stamping and embossing of the cover of a book that we also stitched for Redcraft Greetings for their Holiday Card Collection 2015.


PBS named Graphic Finisher of the Year, 2014

PBS Honoured as Graphic Finisher of the Year by the Binding Industry Association for the Second Time

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Pacific Bindery Services Ltd. (PBS) was named Graphic Finisher of the Year, 2014 and winner of the Best of Show, 2014 by the International Binding Industries Association for the exceptional work done in PBS’ ‘Big Book’ self-promotion.

This recognition by the Association is for the outstanding promotional piece designed by Mia Lupton, Millennia Graphics. The  copywriting of the content was by Kris Bovay, printing by Hemlock Printers, soft touch lamination by R & M Laminating, and outstanding bindery and finishing techniques by the outstanding production team at Pacific Bindery Services.

The book demonstrates a wide range of PBS’ services including: mechanical binding, cover wrap prototype design and production, foil stamping, embossing, debossing, die making, die cutting, laser cutting, laser etching, laser rasterizing, fold-outs, glued pocket folders, kitting and assembly.

In addition to demonstrating a variety of services, PBS also provides valuable content and advice throughout the book in terms of best practices and techniques for binding and finishing.

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Binding Industry Association Awards PBS with Another Product of Excellence Award

POE-PerfectBind3.jpg~originalCut, gather, polyurethane reactive glue (PUR), perfect bind and trim 32pp + 5 flush foldouts + cover 3000 books.

This is a beautiful pre-development piece for an upscale Madison Avenue Condo located on 66th St. in New York. Each floor of the building only has three suites, therefore, five flush foldouts were made as a part of the design to show the three floor plans and to showcase the key shopping area in Madison Avenue.

The difficult part of this booklet is in the binding of the five flush foldouts. Since the foldouts were full sized and flush at face, they were supplied to us pre-folded to final size for our binder.

When gathering the signatures, we had a team of handwork specialists pre-gather all the pages and then hand-feed the signatures into the binder. This ensures the highest quality binding because we control the pages and sheets that go into the book and minimize wastage. The design of the book includes images and text that crossover from one page to another. As you can see from the samples we’ve provided, the crossovers from one page to the next are perfectly lined up. This gives the book a seamless look throughout. Because the crossovers were folded and bound so beautifully, if there weren’t the small triangular corners cut out, you would not have known there was a foldout flap.

Pacific Bindery Services Named Canada’s Top Graphic Finisher 2009

Top Graphic Finisher of the Year

Pacific Bindery Services is delighted to announce that it has been named Canada’s Top Graphic Finisher for 2009! The award is presented by the Binding Industries of America (BIA) in association with the annual Product of Excellence Awards. This is the first year that this recognition has been awarded and we are extremely happy to be the inaugural recipient. Read more Pacific Bindery Services Named Canada’s Top Graphic Finisher 2009

Award Winning Specialty Binding – Pacific Bindery Services

Award of Recognition – Award Winning Pacific Bindery Services

Category Name: Stitching: Six & Eight Page Covers

Title of Entry: North Growth A/R

750 books. 36 pp + Z Cover perfect bound book attached to a 12 pp self-covered saddle stitched book.

The Z Cover is a 6 pp accordion folded to size cover with preapplied D-tape inside the spine along where the side glue would be on a perfect bound book. The 12 pp self-covered saddle stitched book was then stitched with one hold stitch in the middle.

After this process, the 12 pp self-covered saddle stitched book is then manually stitched into the Z cover with two regular stitches. Our perfect binder, at the same time, is putting together the 36 pp + cover perfect bound book where the cover is the same stock as the text pages to form a book block.

For the perfect bound book, all the text and cover were wrong grain. Both the saddle stitched book and the perfect bound book had to be trimmed to fit into the Z cover. Upon closer inspection of this book, you would notice that the Z cover is a “false cover” for the perfect bound book. The D-tape along the spine in the inside acts as the “side glue” to this perfect bound book.

With some creative thinking, this process was able to simulate two processes sharing a common cover, something that we had never done before.

Award of Recognition – Award Winning Stitching Pacific Bindery Services

Category Name: Undersized Stitching

Title of Entry: Bell Quick Start

36,750 books. 64 pp self covered 3” x 4 ½”. This book was gathered, stitched, and trimmed.

This book was run 2 up and 5-knife trimmed as the book is a small sized book. The minimum book size for our saddle stitcher is 3” x 3 ¾”. The width was achievable with a high-folio lip to a minimum of 4 5/16” wide. This book also had bleeds throughout. When a cover is flood printed black the way this one was, it is easy to scuff the front or back, therefore, extreme caution and careful handling was needed.

Certificate of Merit for PBS

BIA Awards Certificate of Merit to Pacific Bindery Services

Category Name: Miscellaneous Specialties – Other

Title of Entry: Degrees of Separation

800 books. Cut, collate, PUR perfect bound and trimmed 72 pp + cover, 8” x 4”, then insert into sleeves and individually shrinkwrapped.

This book is a postcard publication made from designers with a connection to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. It’s a beautifully made book on 11pt gloss cover with a cover on 20 pt cover and laminated on one side. Because this book consisted of all cover stock, it was necessary to use polyurethane reaction (PUR) glue.

The inside pages were all pre-perforated along where the postcard can be ripped off. The sleeves were preformed with an open end and fits snugly around the book. The difficulty in this job is that it is a landscape book with heavy cover stock.

The entire book had to be pre-collated, then handfed onto the perfect binder. Another difficultly encountered was that there was type extremely close to the spine, therefore resulting in less of a grind in order to ensure text was still readable.

If too much or too little grind was taken off of the book, the book would not fit squarely into the sleeve. As you can see from the final product, the book fit perfectly into the sleeve and this work was recognized by BIA’s Certificate of Merit award for PBS at the annual product of excellence awards.

Adhesive Binding Awards for PBS

Award of Recognition – Binding Industries Association

Category Name: Adhesive Binding Awards: Six and Eight Page Covers

Title of Entry: YVR A/R

1500 books. Cut, fold, gather, PUR perfect bound and trimmed 7 5/8” x 10”, 98 pp + cover. Then cut, and fold dust jacket and wrap flaps to inside front cover and inside back cover.

Just like the theme of the YVR annual report this year, this book is definitely “beyond, every day”. The inside of the dust jacket tells you to “judge this book by its cover”.

The dust jacket is something that we’ve not seen before, with a beautifully sturdy design that could not have been done without collaboration with a bindery.

Throughout the book, the lineups and crossovers are accurate to the pixel. As annual reports are often used to show the success of a company, the design must flow through not only the printer, but the binder for the final result to show through. There are two foldouts throughout the book, one being a 6-page foldout, both are inset 1/8” at the face.

The YVR report has definitely gone above and beyond, every day.

Award of Recognition

Category Name: Adhesive Binding Awards: Undersized
Title of Entry: AIGA Mission

310 books. Cut, collate, PUR perfect bind and trim 32 pp + cover. The final trimmed size of the book is 3 ½” x 4 ½”, while our specifications states that the minimum trimmed size on our perfect binder is 3 7/8” x 5 7/16”.

This was achieved through perfect binding the book at the size of 4” x 5 ¾” then trimming the final book offline to 3 ½” x 4 ½”.

In addition to a small size, the book was extremely thin, about 3 mm in thickness. Our minimum thickness is 2 mm. The combination of a thin book with a small size was not the greatest challenge of all.

If you look inside, the book has beautifully aligned crossovers throughout the entire book, not only from left folios to right folios but also from the right folios to the next page. To achieve such a high quality turnout could only be done through a very strict quality control process found at our plant.

This is a piece of work we are all proud of.

Two More Award Winning Binding Projects

More Award Winning Binding Projects from PBS

2007 Award of Recognition

Category Name: Special, Unusual or Difficult Folds

Title of Entry: Coca-Cola Coins

200,000 pieces. Cut and fold 5up on 28 7/8” x 18 1/2”; 9 accordion folds to 2 5/8” x 18 ½” then cut apart to 1up 2 5/8”x 3 ½”. Reading the description alone describes how complicated this job was, the result more than met the customer’s needs and expectations. The paper was supplied to us flat, wrong grain and not prescored. This piece is unique in that it contains nine accordion folds, the most we have ever done on our folders. The only way possible to achieve nine accordion folds was to go through two-six plate units on our folders using six plates in one and four in the second. Cracking along the spine was minimal and also unavoidable unless pre-scored. The final product laid flat and lined up beautifully.


2007 Certificate of Merit

Category Name: Creative Use of Folding in Conjunction with Die-Cut Pieces

Title of Entry: Bodog Wallets

101,000 pieces. Insert “bill” into pre-diecut wallets, then fold and cold glue to form wallet. This was a very interesting piece because all of this was done in one pass through the folder. It was done in the most efficient way possible through some creative problem solving once again. The normal way of doing this would be to tip the bill onto the flat wallets with fugitive glue and then fold the wallets and cold glue in-line. However, this was not efficient as it required two operations. Our operators used our Longford tipping machine and attached it to the folder. Instead of tipping the bill into the wallet, they inserted it using the Longford and then applied two strips of glue before folding it into the final piece. This method was something new for us because it had numerous factors that could have caused it to fail. For example, if the bill was inserted too far down, it would have dog-eared when the wallet was folded. The timing had to be perfect. The bill was almost completely centered; for an uncontrolled process, we achieved excellent results.

Glue Folding Award

2007 Printing Industries Association Award of Recognition – Glue Folding Award

Category Name: Creative Use of Glue in Folding

Title of Entry: Travel Alberta

260,600 pieces. Two accordion folds with three lines of glue on one panel to adhere to second panel. This piece was cut, perf’d, scored, glued and folded.

This was a promotional piece done for Travel Alberta in which there were four pop up windows with a different picture underneath it. The folding of this piece had to be on the dot as there was little room for movement beneath the panels. There were slight bleed allowances, however, the three panels must match up accurately for the piece to look complete, and any white space would have ruined the effect.

There were six versions to this piece and in one version the coating was not “knocked out”, therefore it required hot fugitive glue. If our operators had not noticed this, the final piece would not have stayed together with standard cold glue.

Fugitive glue is normally used for removable pieces, while using it in this instance was a creative solution to a tricky problem.