Perfect binding for your next print project

McAra Printing is committed to being Calgary’s leading full-service offset and digital printer... and that means having comprehensive bindery services in house! In addition to saddle stitching and wire-o/coil binding, McAra is one of the few printers in western Canada able to perfect bind your next book internally within a secure 45,000 sq ft production facility.

What is Perfect Binding?

Perfect Binding (also called adhesive binding) is an efficient method of book binding in which the pages are held together and fixed to the cover by means of flexible adhesive. Perfect binding is widely used for paperbacks, manuals, catalogues and magazines.

Up to ten folded multi-page signatures are collated on the binder and the spine is then ground-off in order to expose the fibers in the paper. A hot melt adhesive is applied to the spine within a few seconds, and then a cover is applied.

Perfect Binding is generally considered a good binding option when the page count of a book exceeds the thickness capability of saddle stitching. Perfect binding is also preferred for books that stack vertically on a shelf. The minimum and maximum page count for perfect binding can vary depending on the weight of the paper used in the print project. McAra’s Muller Martini Perfect Binding System can produce books in a wide range of spine widths ranging from 1/8” up to 1 ½”.

For more information about how perfect binding can work for your next print project contact your McAra sales representative for more information or click here.