Finishing Techniques

The work floor of HPG's bindery

Not sure what a bindery is? Small wonder, as it’s a fairly old-fashioned term. A bindery is where printed work is manufactured after it has been printed.

A bindery can be independently owned or operated “in-house,” as it is at HardingPoorman Group.  In-house binderies have become increasingly popular and their work is referred to as "in-line finishing." In-house binderies are a great addition to printing houses as they offer a quick and cost-effective turnaround after print production.

There are many different ways that printed work can be finished. While some binderies are devoted exclusively to a few types of binding, HPG is a full-service bindery, processing an infinite variety of printed work. For instance, HPG’s bindery can:

  • Cut, trim or fold pages to precisely format printed work to fit special size or mailing requirements
  • Paginate and/or collate to correctly sequence pages
  • Finish in a multitude of bindings, from stitching (classic binding style typically found in books) to wire-o binding (single coil of wire binding), spiral binding, punching (using one or several metal or plastic posts), or even hand assembly for more intricate or multi-step projects.

Sometimes our clients require hand-finishing, as shown here.

Sometimes bindery work can be simple, such collating two or three items together, or if it involves direct mail, processing the pieces into an envelope to be direct mailed. The number of pieces can vary from a single piece to as many as several million, depending on the size and capacity of the bindery machinery.

With so many binding choices at hand, HPG is “bound” to be successful at helping you bind your next printing project!