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Embossing and Debossing

We can only start the embossing and debossing process once the inks, varnishes, and/or coatings are completely dry on the paper.  If not dry, there may be offsetting or rub-off of the inks, varnishes or coatings.

We need a purchase order, job sample and press sheet before we can start your project – we need to make sure that the embossing or debossing die is an exact fit to your printed sheet before we start the process.

Fine detailed or intricate work needs to be reviewed by our production office – we will provide an assessment and recommendations to ensure that you get the result that you want.

Areas that are to be glued (for perfect binding, folding and/or assembling) must be free of inks, coatings and/or varnishes.

Foil Stamping

You need to make sure that your inks, varnishes and/or coatings are compatible with the processing (for example, wax-free) to ensure that the foil releases well on your project.

The inks, varnishes and/or coatings must be completely dry on the paper before we can begin processing your job.

A purchase order, job sample and press sheet must be provided with each job before the project can be started; it is necessary for the foil die to be an exact match to the press sheet.

If your project includes fine detail or intricate work, please discuss with our production office early in the process; we can provide opportunities to test foils for the best match in terms of release and lay-down.

Provide enough ‘overs’ to make count, and to also test (if required).  This is particularly important when a number of finishing and bindery processes are involved as overs are required at each stage of these various processes for make ready and running.

Avoid reversing out areas that are to be foil stamped.

 

General Questions

Our shipper will give you a call upon completion of the job to inform you when to pick up your job.

To properly process jobs, we require a sample (digi proof, dummy, shingle, etc.), and a detailed purchase order containing the trim size, page count, how the job is supplied to PBS, special instructions, etc. Plastic spiral and Wire-O bound books require stock dummies at time of scheduling to order the correct materials.

Standard hours for shipping and receiving are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. however the plant is open earlier and later and appointments can be made to come in after hours.

Our standards are 3/16” to ½”, although 1/8” and 9/16” are also available.

Turnaround times depend on the amount of work we have booked into our schedule. To ensure that your job is completed on time, please schedule in advance and ensure that all press sheets sent to PBS are dry. Plastic spiral and Wire-O bound books need to be scheduled one week in advance, especially for large quantities.

Glue

PUR glue is recommended when you have printed pages within a book that have heavy ink coverage (especially blacks & blues) and/or varnish bleeding into the spine of the book. It is also recommended on types of books that require more durability due to repetitive opening and closing. You may also want to consider using PUR glue on books that have the inside pages printed on wrong grain paper. Books that are printed on 100lb. coated or heavier and are wrong grain MUST be bound with PUR glue. Also see the PUR Service Description page- wrong grain, heavy text pages, heavy ink coverage, long term use, high usage book, coatings not knocked out etc…

Cold, remoistenable or fugitive glue.

No, it is not (the heat in the laser printer reactivates the glue). Also see our Remoist specs in our brochure.

Perfect Binding

PUR glue is recommended when you have printed pages within a book that have heavy ink coverage (especially blacks & blues) and/or varnish bleeding into the spine of the book. It is also recommended on types of books that require more durability due to repetitive opening and closing. You may also want to consider using PUR glue on books that have the inside pages printed on wrong grain paper. Books that are printed on 100lb. coated or heavier and are wrong grain MUST be bound with PUR glue. Also see the PUR Service Description page- wrong grain, heavy text pages, heavy ink coverage, long term use, high usage book, coatings not knocked out etc…

The inside pages must caliper to a minimum of .055” – some limitations apply to cover stock (contact us for more information).

Minimum 0.07 cover to cover for Hot Melt glue
Minimum 0.079 cover to cover and minimum 0.055 w/o cover for PUR glue
Also see our Perfect Binding Specifications page.

  • All areas that will have glue applied to it MUST be knocked out to allow proper chemistry between the glue and the paper. Glue is applied to the spine as well as the side of the book block.
  • All inside signatures must have the same head, foot and face trims to register to each other in the book.
  • The sheet size of the cover must be larger than the inside signatures. This creates a “glue trap” which enables us to glue the entire length of the spine.

Waste Allowance and Leftovers

Our standard procedure is to recycle leftover material two days after the job has been completed, as long as we have made count. If we do not make count, leftovers are to be picked up by customer. Any other arrangements MUST be made through your Production Coordinator.

We have a detailed spreadsheet indicating the required number of spoils we can expect to need on our web site at www.pacificbindery.com. If the job is more complex (ie: requiring multiple passes on our equipment) you will have to contact your Production Coordinator, as it will require a higher percentage than what is listed on our web site. Also see our Waste Guidelines page.