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Production FAQs

  • What is a casemade binder?
  • Sometimes called a turned-edge or casebound binder, casemade binders are constructed from a non-vinyl cover material that is then wrapped around and glued to a board.
  • How is a vinyl binder made?
  • Vinyl binders are made using vinyl material surrounding a board placed in between the cover and liner materials. The vinyl is then heat-sealed with special dies in a dielectric machine, which uses heat and radio frequency waves to form a seal. This process requires no gluing.
  • What is the main difference between casemade and vinyl binders?
  • Casemade binders are generally made with a paper, cloth, leather, or canvas outer material that is glued to an unfinished board. The outer material wraps around the board edges, which is then covered by a liner glued to inside of the board. Vinyl binders have boards that are completely surrounded by vinyl, which is heat-sealed by a process that does not require glue.
  • What is a poly binder?
  • Poly binders are made with a hard plastic type material called polyethylene. The binders are made by die-cutting the shape of the binder and then scoring the spine hinges to create a backbone. Poly binders are extremely durable and can withstand high temperatures.
  • What binder decoration options are available?
  • Many decorative options are available, including screen-print, foil stamp, stamp/deboss, blind deboss, appliqué, offset/litho printing, and digital printing. Not all of these processes are suitable for every project, so check with the creative team at Binders.com to see which techniques best fit your needs.
  • What casemade binder decoration options are available?
  • Casemade binders have the following decoration options: screen print, foil stamp, stamp/deboss, blind deboss, offset/litho, digital printing.
  • What vinyl binder decoration options are available?
  • Vinyl binders have the following decoration options: screen print, foil stamp, stamp/deboss, blind deboss, offset/litho, digital printing (clear overlays), appliqué, appliqué entrapments.
  • What poly binder decoration options are available?
  • Poly binders have the following decoration options: screen print, foil stamp, offset/litho (on thinner gauges).
  • What is the function of the assembly department?
  • The main function of our assembly department is to insert metals into binders. The team also assembles latches, handles, and other production involving hardware onto binders.
  • What is the most common tab extension size?
  • ½ ” tab extension on an 11 x 8 ½ ” sheet size.
  • What is a rivet?
  • Rivets, used to fasten the ring mechanism to the binder, appear as 2 small round pieces of metal on the outside of the spine or back cover of binders. Standard rivets are 5/16” in diameter. Rivets are normally mounted on the spine or back cover and can be hidden or exposed on the outside, depending on the type of binder. If rivets are exposed, printed artwork must be at least ¼” away from the rivets to avoid interference or overlap.
  • Which type of ring metals do not require rivets?
  • Prong bushing metal does not require rivets. This metal is designed to fasten to boards without the use of rivets, allowing the binder design to stretch uninterrupted across the cover.
  • What is the difference between a clear overlay binder and a pictorial binder?
  • Both clear overlay and pictorial binders have a clear piece of vinyl on the outside of the binder. Clear overlay binders have an opening at the top, allowing easy insertion and removal of cover sheets. Pictorial binders are permanently sealed at the top, providing more protection to the cover sheet.
  • What is the term used when measuring the thickness of vinyl and other materials?
  • Gauge.
  • What is the term used in measuring board thickness?
  • Point.
  • What is a “color smear”?
  • This is also sometimes referred to a “draw-down.” It is a printed sample of customer-selected ink color and material options for customer review prior to production.
  • Is there a charge for “color smears?”
  • No, there is not a charge. Color smears can usually be completed within 24 to 48 hours.
  • What is the name of the automated equipment that constructs casemade binders?
  • Crathern.
  • What is a “handcrafted” casemade binder?
  • Casemade binders are considered handcrafted when they are constructed without automated equipment. Handcrafted casemade binders are created by hand using front, spine, and back boards.
  • What type of corners do vinyl binders have?
  • Round corners.
  • What type of corners do casemade binders produced on the automated Crathern equipment have?
  • Square corners.
  • What are the three types of European hinge options?
  • Flat, semi (euro-4), and round.
  • What is the name of the automated, high-speed machine used to manufacture vinyl binders?
  • FIAB (made in Sweden).
  • Is there someone at your production plant to check on my job?
  • Yes. Every field sales representative has a coordinator (CSR) at our plant in Vincent, Alabama, to guide and follow your order through production.