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Binding and Folding Services

Our in-house bindery department offers a full range of quality binding and finishing services. Our dedicated staff are very detailed oriented and will ensure your final products are professional looking. Our services are available to Arkansas state organizations.

We are happy to provide you with samples or offer solutions for all your bindery needs.



Collating is sometimes needed before a job can be finished. Collating is the process of arranging pages in sequence after printing, and it is done mostly by machine (with a few exceptions).



Cutting is a primary function of bindery. Our digital cutters are calibrated for accuracy and can cut most substrates except plastic or metal. There is a maximum sheet width of 40 inches.


Drilling or punching is a finishing procedure that uses a drill bit to cut holes. A standard 3-hole drill is the most common request, which is 3 holes on the side, but any pattern is possible. Drilled hole sizes range from 3/16" to 3/8" diameter.


Padding is a procedure used to hold books or sets together by an adhesive compound spread across the edge of the sheets. The standard number of sheets per pad is 25, 50, or 100, but a different number of sheets per pad may be selected. NCR, or carbonless forms, are an example of individual padded sets.


The stapling or stitching process can put a staple in the upper left corner or two on the side to hold a stack of papers together. It is also used to make saddle stitched booklets, mailers, or catalogs with multiple pages. Booklets must have a minimum of 8 pages and contain pages in multiples of four (8, 12, 16, 20, etc.). The maximum thickness that can be stapled is ¾ inch. The recommended maximum number of pages for a saddles stitch booklet is 54 pages plus cover.


Standard Bindery Options



Our bindery department also offers folding. Bindery deals with many folds, including the gate fold, the letter fold, the accordion fold, and the double parallel fold. The gate fold requires hand labor plus machine labor. Right angle folding is also available.

There are many different folds and formats to choose from. The following descriptions and images should be helpful in choosing the fold that would work best with your design. 

trifold brochure

Tri-folds are three parallel folds made in thirds from right to left. This fold is most commonly used on brochures.

accordion fold brochure

Accordion folds are parallel folds that resemble an accordion bellows, or a Z when looking down at the top.

 gate fold brochure

Gate folds are parallel folds that resemble a two door gate. The fold consists of two major folds. The inside and outside panels need to be sized differently with the outside panels (A and D) or panels that fold together, being 1/8" smaller than the inside panels (B and C). The last panel must be folded in by hand.

 double parallel brochure

Double parallels fold down the middle, then down the middle again.

 barrel fold brochure

Barrel folds are basically the same as the trifold with one extra panel



Book and Booklet Binding


perfect bind

Perfect binding works on publications with a minimum of 30 sheets (60 pages) and will accommodate bound books from 1/8" to 1-1/2" in thickness. The procedure involves adhesive, which is glued along the edges of the text sheets and binds the text to a wraparound cover. The cover can also have text on the spine if you so desire. This type of binding is economical, because it is an automated process, and is good for books that don't need to lay flat. Paper must be long grain for best results. One drawback of perfect binding is that tabs cannot be used due to trimming.

coil bind

Coil binding, or continuous loop, is similar to plastic binding but more permanent. Coil binding can fold back flat, unlike plastic binding. Pages can be added or changed later, but not easily. This type of binding is not recommended on books over 3/4" thick. As for book heights, Printing Services has 11" or less in stock, with custom lengths available. Coil binding is usually plastic, but metal is available by ordering from one of our vendors. Black is our standard color, but other colors can be ordered and exact PMS matches are available at an extra cost. Lengths (on the binding edge) must be in 1/4" increments.

saddle stitch

Another popular method of binding is the saddle stitch booklet. Saddle stitching consists of online collating, folding, stitching, and trimming. This method produces booklets that fold in half with the stitches on the fold. This binding is practical for total page counts of 60 or less. Larger sheet counts can be accommodated but perfect binding should be considered as an alternative.