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Print Finishing Services

Our print finishing equipment and experienced professional team are experts in offset and digital binding applications to help you add the extra pizzazz to finish your project.

Capabilities

For more than four decades, Classic Laminations has been listening to our customers. This led us to continually expand our print finishing capabilities. Our growth was built on providing the new products and services that our valued customers requested. Allow us to show you how our print finishing and bindery capabilities can be your secret weapon. By partnering with Classic Laminations, located in Cleveland, OH, you can provide all the print finishing needs your customer demand without having to spend valuable resources to buy any print finishing equipment. When a customer asks if you can do this or that, just say yes, and leave the rest to us.

Our experts can take the hassle out of completing your next project with our extensive line-up of print finishing services. Besides laminating, mounting, and binding, we can cut, crease, score, perforate, fold, collate, pad, punch holes, eyelet, grommet, round corner, and assemble your pieces. We also do fulfillment and blind shipping.

Classic Laminations has grown to be Ohio’s premier print finishing company. We always welcome new opportunities and challenges and can handle any size job, both small or large. Our dedicated staff of experienced print finishing professionals promise to continue to work hard to meet your deadlines, provide a quality finished product, and keep you competitive.
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Print Finishing, Binding & Other Graphic Finishing Services

Folding / Gluing / Taping

Classic Laminations has two B&R Moll 30” Regal Versa-Fold Automated Folder/Gluer/Taper systems. These versatile machines have a long in-feed and belt section that allows our print finishing professionals to do projects that require forming, folding, gluing, taping and inserting, or any combination of these services, all at high speeds. Our two Versa-Folds enable us to:

  • Make pocket folders with either glue or tape and gusset folds up to 1” thick
  • Convert boxes with “auto bottom box” feature (as in light bulb boxes, when the box is folded the bottom pops down)
  • Tip-on Cards are automatically fed and fugitive glue is applied
  • Handles printed paper stocks from 70# Cover to 28 PT
  • Can run product sizes from 5.5” x 5.5” up to 30” x 30”

High Speed Collating / Gathering

Our Horizon 2 Tower VAC 100 Collator and Booklet Maker can collate, saddle stitch, fold and trim; assuring you a world class finished product that you will be proud to show your clients. Our 14 pocket collator can do up to 2,500 cycles per hour and runs a wide range of sheet sizes, from business card to poster size, so we can collate your printing bindery project quickly and accurately.

Tabbing

Classic Laminations has a 16 bank Scott 10000 tabbing machine that can cut sheets in all the popular sizes and reinforce the tabs with Mylar (a durable polyester film that won’t yellow, get brittle, or crack), in your choice of 17 colors. The Scott tabbing machine can also Mylar reinforce the binding edge and 3 hole punch your printed documents.

Creasing (recommended for Digitally Printed Projects)

We are experts in digital print finishing, so we know which methods provide the most professional finish for your job. For example, instead of scoring, we use creasing to fold your digitally printed pieces. This helps prevent toner cracking. Creasing assures that all the effort and hard work you’ve put into your project isn’t sacrificed in the print finishing process. Our Morgana Electro Creaser employs a genuine blade and matrix action. Unlike scoring, it will not damage the substrate and produces a superb crease on all paper stocks up to 120 lb.

Scoring

Our Rossback Scoring / Perforating Machine handles stocks up to 20 inches. We can also score on our Thompson Clamshell for larger size jobs, including those up to 28 inches by 40 inches. Scores facilitate folding of your offset printed piece by compressing and strengthening the paper fibers. Note that scoring is not recommended for digitally printed materials; instead we use creasing to protect the toner from cracking.

Perforating

We can perforate stocks up to 20 inches wide with our Rossback scoring and perforating machine.

Folding

We’ll precision fold your printed piece to your specifications on our Haskins folder. Our MBO Standing Folder can do right angle folds and also perforate.

Foil Stamping / Embossing

Our Kluge can foil stamp and emboss letter head, business cards, converted boxes and point of purchase displays.

Cutting

Our guillotine cutting services can handle cutting jobs up to 54 inches. We have three guillotine cutters in-house for quick turnaround.

Thermal Adhesive Padding

Scratch pads remain one of the most popular promotional products and can link you with your customers on a daily basis. Whether it’s a focused marketing effort or just utilizing your scrap paper, we guarantee your customers will appreciate the gesture. Our heat activated adhesive padding machine produces premium pads that are durable. So if you need to make scratch pads, note pads, order pads, and any other type of pads, let Classic Laminations help you with yours. Our experts are able to make these promotional items up to 16” wide on the padding edge and up to 3 ½” thick.

In-line Gluing

Choose from either hot melt or pressure sensitive adhesive and our machine will automatically apply the adhesive in registration to the object.

Paper Punching

We produce precision pre-punched papers on our Alpha-Doc®, so you can digitally print, collate and bind in-house, making the print finish turnaround times faster. This is an ideal solution for rush presentations when there isn’t time to send the job out for binding.

You’ll also have the option of using premium color copy, text and cover papers at much lower minimums than available from a paper mill. Why hassle with punching after imaging when our pre-punched paper, with smooth, clean holes, runs through digital printing equipment the same as un-punched?

Additionally, we can pre-punch clear and leatherette covers and tab dividers to add a professional touch to your next wire or plastic coil bound project. Custom stocking programs are also available. We have dies to run:

  • Spiral 5:1 and 4:1
  • Double Wire-O® / Twin Loop 3:1 and 2:1
  • 5 hole on top (for medical forms)
  • GBC® rectangular hole (plastic comb)

Paper Drilling

Let Classic Laminations handle your custom drilling projects with our 5-Hole Drill.

Table Tents

Our print finishers can make table tents for many different end use applications including menus, trade shows, retail, and events such as weddings and reunions. We can overlaminate your printed piece to protect it for a more durable, longer lasting product. We can also mount it prior to folding for a more rigid table tent.

Eyeletting

Let us punch eyelet holes in your laminated piece or sign to allow you to suspend it from the ceiling. We can also gather eyeleted sheets and corner-bind with a metal ring.

Grommetting

Our team can add grommets to protect the eyelet holes that we punch in your printed piece giving you a long-lasting hanging display or ring bound item.

Round Cornering

We recommend allowing our team to round the corners of your printed item for a quality finished look.

Assembly

Take the headache out of planning for a labor-intensive assembly on your project by outsourcing it to our print finishing professionals. We can help you keep production costs low and complete the project on time to meet even the tightest of deadlines. Let Classis Laminations be your secret weapon. We have the experienced print finishing staff to ensure your customers’ expectations are met and keep the business where it belongs (with you!)

Fulfillment and Blind Shipping

Let us manage your inventory and blind drop ship them to your customers under your business’ name.


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Terminology

Accordion Fold

This is a type of fold in which two or more parallel folds result in the printed piece opening up like the bellows of an accordion or a fan. Another term for this is “Z-Fold.” It is often used for graphic finishing projects such as maps and brochures. Examples are:

  • six-page (two folds – if printed on both sides results in six printed panels or pages)
  • eight-page (three folds – when printed on both sides results in eight printed panels or pages)
  • ten-page (four folds – when printed on both sides results in ten printed panels or pages)

Bank

Term referring to one successive row of staggered tabs from first to last position commonly known as a bank of tabs.

Creasing

This is a method of preparing paper for subsequent folding operation in which the paper fibers are gently stretched when pushed down into a channel, resulting in a crease in the paper. Creasing is preferred over scoring as the best way to prepare sensitive materials such as digitally printed sheets for folding.

Print Finishing

Reference term to any of a variety of processes performed to a document or publication after printing. Print Finishing can include binding, cutting, folding, and trimming, as well as decorative operations such as embossing, foil stamping, laminating and more.

Dummy

This is a sample mock-up that shows page sequence, signature arrangement, orientation, binding edge, and side edges.

Folder

This is a piece of printing and bindery equipment used to fold printed flat sheets into folded products. It is also a device at the end of the press or collator that is used to fanfold continuous forms.

Fold Marks

Markings indicating where a fold is to occur on printed sheets, usually located at the top edges.

Foldout

Term for when a gatefold sheet is bound into a publication, often used for a map or chart. It is also known in the print finishing industry as “Gatefold” and “Pullout.”

French Fold

This is a sheet which has been printed on one side only and then folded with two right angle folds, with the print side facing out, to form a four-page uncut section.

Horizontal Perforation

This is a perforation on the sheet that runs left to right and is parallel to the lines of text.

Letter Fold

Three panels are created by two parallel folds, with both the top and bottom panels folded inward, one on top of the other, allowing a sheet of letterhead to fit into a #10 business envelope. It is widely known by these alternate terms: “Tri-Fold,” “C-Fold,” “Barrel Fold” and “Wrap-Around Fold.”

Miniature Folding

This term is for any folding job with a panel size smaller than 2 inches.

Nested

Term that refers to when one piece is placed inside part of another piece, such as when an insert is placed in the fold of a letter or brochure.

Pad

Reference term meaning to bind by applying glue along one edge of a stack of sheets.

Padding Glue

This is a flexible adhesive used in padding.

Padding

A finishing operation in which a flexible adhesive – called padding glue – is applied to one edge of a stack of sheets. When the adhesive is dry, sheets can be torn off individually. This technique is used to make notepads.

Panel

Term referring to one page or printed section of a folded brochure or mailer, such as one panel of a rack brochure. Because each folded section has a front and back panel (one panel is on one side of the paper), a letter-folded sheet has six panels, not three.

Parallel Fold

This is a method of folding where folds run parallel to each other. Two parallel folds to a sheet will produce six panels (if printed on both sides).

Perforating Rule

This is a cutting rule that produces perforations.

Perforating

Reference term to any operation that punches tiny slits or holes in a sheet of paper or other substrate. Perforating is performed using perforating dies. Materials are perforated either to allow a portion to be easily removed (such as an order form or coupon) or to allow air to escape from folded signatures, a method used to help prevent wrinkling.

Perforations

Term referring to a series of intermittent cuts in a sheet used to facilitate folding or to detach a portion of the sheet. Perforations may run either horizontally, vertically or both directions on a sheet. The cuts are called “teeth,” and the areas between cuts are called “ties.”

Punching

This is a reference term meaning to punch or shear.

Punching Die

This is a piece of print finishing equipment using a die to punch holes in paper or printed material, usually for binding.

Punching Press

This refers to print finishing equipment that is used to punch holes in paper.

Quarter-Fold

Reference term for a type of fold where the piece is folded in half and then folded in half again, with the folds parallel to each other. Another term with the same meaning is ”Double Parallel Fold.”

Roll Fold

A term referring to a type of fold where the piece is folded parallel inward at one end and then folded inward again one or more times, as if you are rolling the piece up.

Right Angle Fold

This is a folding sequence in which each fold is at a right angle to the fold before it.

Schoppers Tester

This is an instrument that tests a paper’s endurance to folding.

Score

This term means a sharp channel pressed (or embossed) along a straight line in a paper or paper board creating a hinge, allowing it to fold more easily and accurately. The strength of the fold is increased because the paper fibers are compressed and less stretched. Scores are used to crease book covers, provide areas for folding a document to enable insertion into an envelope, create heavy creases in shipping cartons to allow easy assembly and numerous other applications.

Table Tent

A term that refers to a standing placard created by folding paper or card stock into the shape of a triangle. Often laminated and/or mounted and may have different graphics and information on each side. Typical use is at restaurants and bars to display special menu items.

Ties

Reference term for the tab areas between the cuts in a perforation that hold the paper together.

Ties Per Inch

This number refers to the number of ties that can be counted in one-inch length of perforations.

Tooth

This refers to the part of the perforating rule that creates the cuts or perforations in the paper.

Tri-Fold

This is a folding technique in which a three-panel piece has both side sections folded inward, one on top of the other. Each section is approximately one third the length of the piece. It is also known in the industry as “C-Fold”, “Letter-Fold,” “Barrel Fold” and “Wrap-Around Fold.”

Z Fold

Reference term regarding a series of parallel folds where each fold opens in the opposite direction from the previous fold like the bellows of an accordion. It is also aptly called “Accordion Fold.”

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