During the process of preparing a finished printed product, some finishing is required. We can assemble, collate, stitch, bind, pad, and insert your materials into an envelope for mailing.

Collating

Manual collation

Manual collating is charged at $30.00 per hour.

Automated collation

If the printing machines we use can collate and assemble the stack, there is no additional charge. If the format of the document set exceeds the capacity for the machine to collate the items, they will need to be manually collated.

Inserting and Sealing

Automated Insertion

Inserting on the automated mail inserter will be charged a $0.05 per completed envelope, which includes one sheet folded inserted and sealed. For additional items, add $0.01 per additional inserted piece. For example, a completed envelope with three pieces inserted would cost $0.07.

Manual Insertion

Items inserted by hand will be charged at $0.03 per piece, with the completed set charged as a piece.

Binding

Offline Tape

Loose or preprinted sheets can be thermal tape bound. The strips come in various colors. The small can bind 125 sheets of 20-lb. maximum. The medium can bind 200 sheets of 20-lb. maximum, and the large can bind 250 sheets 20-lb. maximum.

Small $0.75, Medium $1.00, and Large $1.25 Offline-specific clear covers can be added for $1.00 each.

Comb Binding (GBC)

We offer 19-hole comb (also known as GBC) binding in various size categories. All prices are per book.

GBC Binding prices by size
¼″ to ½″ $1.00
½″ to 1″ $1.25
1″ to 1½″ $1.75
1½″ to 2″ $2.00

Stitching

In many cases the printed material can be stitched during the printing process. If the work requires manual stitching, it will be charged at a rate of $30.00 per hour.

Folding

Baum

The Baum folder can fold single sheets sizes up to 11″ x 17″ in a  half-fold, tri-fold, or z-fold at a flat rate of $5.00 per 1,000 sheets, with a $5.00 minimum charge.

ASF135

The ASF folds or stitches multiple sheets in  8.5″ by 11″ or 11″ x 17″ in half only. It can also apply a dual center stitch at the fold to make a booklet in either size. Each booklet is $0.10 to fold, with or without a stitch.

Padding

Printed materials can be padded by gluing the edges. Pads are usually printed in 50-page sets (custom counts are available). They can be printed several to a sheet to create multiple pads from one stack of paper. The cost is $0.10 per finished pad, which includes a cardboard backing.

Tabbing

Tabs must be applied to self-mailers. Tabs are applied at a rate of $0.02 each.