The printing sector is adopting mechanisms to improvethe quality of printed work while at the same time saving on the use of printing papers by minimizing paper wastage. This has led to the invention of print-on-demand finishing touches as a technique of enhancing overall quality.
Benefits of print-on-demand
Print-on-demand has some of the following benefits:
- Environmental friendly
Print-on-demand is characterized by the exclusive production of required prints to the market. This helps tominimize the menace of paper wastage as a result of unsold prints which in turn reduces the quantity of waste papers disposed into the environment.
- Order as required
Print-on-demand will help you supply the exact quantity of prints required by the consumers. In the event of an addendum, you can manage the transition with ease as there is a room for customization for other prints yet to be produced.
- Cost Effective
Adopting the print-on-demand technique will help you save on cost in the long run. You don’t have to worry about the prints that won’t get purchased in the market anymore as you will only have to produce when there is a ready market.
Print-on-demand is characterized by ease of storage for prints. There is no hassle of piling up books in a warehouse or other storage facilities which may be a subject to external factors such as theft and burglary because of the reduced rate of producing prints.
Automated finishing solutions
Some of the automated finishing solutions for print-on-demand include booklet makers, slitters, scorers, and an assortment of collators.Determining the right finishing solution can be a strenuous ordeal for a newbie. Therefore, it is advisable to consult your experts having a vast experience on print-on-demand. Below are some of the guidelines you should consider when determining the suitable finishing solution.
This involves the printing of individual book pages on signatures which are then wedged together and bonded to a flexible cover by use of glue.
In this case, sheets are punched individually with holes and edged together after which an offline mechanical binding supersedes. Some of the methods applied in binding include plastic comb, wire, 3,5, 7 ring binders, plastic, and wire coil.
This process involves the grouping of grouping individual sheets together and binding to the front and back cover with a protruding overlap along the spines.
This is where book pages are individually printed on signatures and edged to a rigid cover by glue and eventually trimmed along the edges.
This method involves the imposing of images on printed sheets to ensure the correct arrangement of pages for ease of reading.
Staples or stitches are used to crunch collated documents together in this process. It involves the joining of papers by attaching the edge of the sheets to be joined together.
Flats constitute singles printed sheets either laminated, foil-imprinted, UV coated, trimmed or folded.
For a finishing touch of a print-on-demand to be effective, you should pay more attention to the guidelines and look out for the best and cost-effective solution not forgetting to consider the external factors such as brand and the specifications of your printing machine.