Terminology

Binding

comb Comb plastic comb binding used mainly for reports that need to lay flat. DPS have the capacity to handle large volumes of comb bound books. Turnaround from loose sheets to bound books can be very fast. An advantage that comb binding has over Wiro binding is that pages can be added after the initial binding by opening up the plastic comb. DPS offer white or black combs (which you specify) and a variety of diameters to match your document.
perfect Perfect bound adhesive binding where individual sections are collected together and the spine is ground off (typically 3mm). Glue is then applied to the spine and a cover is drawn on before the product is trimmed to size. DPS perfect binding includes side gluing under the cover's hinges.
saddle Saddle stitch to fasten a booklet by wiring it (stapling) through the middle fold of the sheets.
square-back Square back an additional process after saddle stitching to help otherwise springy booklets to lie flat.
stabstich Stab stitch stapling straight through the text block from the top. Can be single top-left or double left hand side.
wiro Wiro double wire loops used mainly for reports that need to lay flat. We offer white or black combs (which you specify) and a variety of diameters to match your document. We offer standard wiro, but can also produce half Canadian which partially conceals the wire behind a square spine and tent card calendars with tent cards bound into the wire.

Finishing

Any process that follows the actual printing. Includes: folding, perforating, creasing, stitching, binding.

Folds

Any process that follows the actual printing. Includes: folding, perforating, creasing, stitching, binding. Below are some common folds.

foldsdiagram

GSM

Abbreviation for 'grams per square metre'. This indicates the weight of the stock. For example a DPS recycled photocopier paper is 75gsm, University letterhead is 120gsm, University postcards are 300gsm, text weight in University marketing brochures is 150gsm.

Perforate

Broken slotted cuts to enable the paper to be torn in the correct place. We can add this for mailer reply mechanisms.

Score

A machined crease in stock, so that folding will not damage it. We do this with all brochure covers before binding.

Standard paper sizes

Size Height x Width (mm) Typical use
A0 1189 x 841 mm Large posters
A1 841 x 594 mm
A2 594 x 420 mm
A3 420 x 297 mm Posters, wall calendars
A4 297 x 210 mm Brochures, stationery, reports
DL 210 x 99 mm (also known as 1/3 A4) Leaflets, comp slips, flyers
A5 210 x 148 mm Leaflets, flyers, booklets
A6 148 x 105 mm Postcards

Stock

Paper, card or other material to be printed. The University uses two main stocks for printing: Core Silk for University of Reading and Perfect Image Uncoated for Henley Business School.

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