Time flies when you are having fun. I have been writing this blog now for over a year and I would like to thank all my readers. If I can help you produce more work using our software, then my mission with this blog is accomplished.

We are going to circle back to Prinect Signa Station in this blog, specifically Nested Forms, which is a very powerful feature that is sometimes overlooked.

Nested Forms are usually used with Perfect Binding. With typical Perfect Binding, each form is stacked on top of the other, then they are stitched together. With a very large book, for example, Form 1 could have Forms 2 and 3 folded inside it, similar to a saddle stitch, but the ultimate binding is Perfect. Form 5 and 6 are inside Form 4, and so on. This reduces the number of forms that are put through the perfect binder.

Many web presses can do this with multi-webs at the feed and usually have some sort of finishing at their delivery. Some web presses can print on more than one web simultaneously. Prinect Signa Station can impose not just for sheet fed and packaging but for multi-web presses as well. It can impose for up to 8 webs.

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How do we achieve this? We build a job like we normally would. First, choose how many pages. For this example, lets choose 256 pages and we will use Imposition Mode.

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In Binding we choose Mixed Binding.

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Here, we can also set our Routing Margin for the spine grind and creep if we need it. We can even do Bottling. However, this is only needed when there are so many folds that not only are the pages being pushed out at the spine, but it is causing the pages to twist at the head. This is due to how many folds are occurring. If you are ever in a used bookstore, take a look at some of the old paperbacks. The blocks of text are sometimes crooked and will vary throughout the book. Whoever produced that book could not bottle the pages to compensate for this.

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For my blog on Creep please see:
“Did You Know?” – Tips and Tricks for Prinect Users. Topic 3: Creep

Creating a job like this are just like standard Prinect Signa Station jobs. I am simply adding and sharing with you one small, but very powerful, feature. In Schemes, load your page layout as usual. Initially, you will get a Saddle Stitched book with each form inside of the other for binding in the All Folding Sheets tab. Please note the numbering.

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First, we click on Form 1 and then Shift + Click the number of forms we want nested in it. In this case, I have chosen 3 extra forms. By right clicking my mouse, we can choose Create Group.

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Now we can see Forms 2 to 4 are nested inside 1 and so forth throughout the book. The change in page numbering reflects this.

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The operators can also see this in the 3D Visualization of Binding. Before grouping:

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Now you can see the forms nesting into each other in the order I requested ready for Perfect Binding.

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You can even mix the number of forms nested inside the same job if it is different throughout the book.

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I know this blog only covers one small feature, but feel as though it is an important, and often useful function, that users should know about. Our software is full of all kinds of nice little touches, helping you increase your productivity and efficiency!


 
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    Joe Banich
    Prinect Product Specialist
    Heidelberg Canada