Sometimes, from a visual perspective, nothing catches the eye like an oblong book or brochure design. Because an oblong trim size can be more difficult to fold, stitch and bind, there are a number of planning tips that must be considered to make the production of your project flow smoothly.
Consider the benefits of printing and binding your oblong project in a multiple-up format. Oblong projects usually combine wide pages with narrow (short) spine heights, presenting feeding and travel difficulties
on stitchers and binders. Planning your oblong project to be printed and bound in a two-up, three-up or more format, provides the bindery with a much more stable product to feed through collators and along saddle or gathering chains. A multiple-up format often reduces production costs, both in the printing and binding process, while insuring a higher level of cosmetic quality.
Make sure that you understand the minimum and maximum size limitations of the bindery equipment when selling, planning and printing oblong projects. Projects may look great right through the printing process, but finding out that one of the dimensions is either too small or too large to feed through bindery equipment can result in a very expensive and embarrassing mistake.
Consider a two-up, oblong format or perfect binding, Allied Bindery can assist you with creating Come & Go layout formats on many jobs, saving considerable cost through the printing, as well as the bindery production process. Having book saws on both of our binding lines allows for a high level of productivity, while providing significant cost and price advantages to our customers.
Oblong projects often require folding layouts that include accordion and double parallel folding in consecutive folding gates. Allied Bindery can help you plan the accordion fold layout to minimize the potential for dog-ears that may occur during the subsequent double parallel folds required to finish a signature.
Involving the Sales and Planning professionals at Allied Bindery can help you avoid problems such as recognizing or avoiding potential production challenges with oblong projects.