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Split Run Binding

For some projects, the choice between perfect binding or mechanical binding can be a fine line. While the economy and appearance of perfect binding is attractive for a portion of a project's end users, others may need the versatility of mechanical binding. Rather than compromise your project by going with one or the other, consider a split run that utilizes both styles. With a little advance planning, the design and production of split run projects can be a breeze.

Popular Applications

Cookbooks, athletic media guides, reference manuals and even annual reports are some of the products that benefit from a split production run of perfect and mechanical binding. These applications often have a diverse range of end users and a need for economical and fast production.

Advantages of Each Binding Style

Next to saddle stitching, perfect binding is typically the least expensive of binding styles. For split run applications, perfect binding is suitable for users that require spine printing, or who will not be using their books extensively.

More demanding users will appreciate the layflat capabilities of mechanical binding styles such as Wire-O, plastic spiral or spiral wire. Incorporating a mix of stocks, index tabs and foldouts make mechanical-binding pieces even more versatile and useful.

Planning and Layout Tips

One advantage to split run binding projects is that a single layout, if set up properly, can be used for both binding styles. Trim margins of 1/8" at the head, foot and face are fine for both binding styles. As for the spine, copy should be positioned to accommodate the appropriate mechanical binding style. For example, Wire-O books using 3:1 wire will require a punching margin of 3/8". Since the grind-off on perfect-bound signatures is typically 1/8", that 3/8" margin will be fine for both binding styles.

There are some additional planning details to keep in mind. While two-page forms are fine for mechanical binding, they can pose problems for binding strength and book quality when placed at either the front or back of a perfect-bound book. Also, undersized sheets and synthetic stocks can be difficult to incorporate into an adhesive-bound book. For that reason.

The Eckhart Advantage

A split production run of mechanical and perfect-bound books is a breeze to plan when you work with Eckhart & Company. We have high-speed, automated equipment capable of fast turnarounds on both short-run and long-run perfect binding, Wire-O, plastic spiral and spiral wire applications. Call Eckhart & Company today to plan your next successful post press project!