• Binding and finishing can take place off- line, i.e.,
in an area physically distant from the press (the bindery); or as
in-line operations that are mechanically linked to the press run.
• Sheetfed work is B&F'd off-line, either in the
printing plant's in-house bindery or at an outside location known as a
• Many web presses are equipped for in- line finishing ,
so that part of the work can be done at the press before the job goes
to the bindery for final assembly.
• In-line web finishing could include:
--cutting the web into sheets
--cutting and folding the web into signatures by means
of "former," "chopper," and "jaw" folders
--stacking or bundling the signatures for delivery to
--diecutting; embossing; scoring; perforation;
application of scent strips and scratch-offs; spot gluing
• The downsides of in-line finishing include greater
makeready time and running waste; slower press speeds.