Bookletmaking can be completed in-line with a variety of different print engines. This process is different from the offline ones see below pro’s and con’s of in-line bookletmaking

 

PRO’s

  1. No manual labour for the process as it happens in-line with the printing
  2. Seamless process - no manual intervention between the printing and the finishing
  3. Works well for environments producing the same product repeatedly, less so for production environments where we are changing from job to job based on customer demand.
  4. Formats like 11 x 17 converted to 8 ½ x 11 books can be completed start to finish as long as they are not full bleed

CON’s

  1. When your print engine is broken so is your bookletmaking function. You cannot print on another device and finish it on the bookletmaker, nor can you send the printing out and finish it yourself.
  2. You are not able to produce full bleed books on the majority of in-line systems. Only systems in-line with the largest of commercial print engines has a three side trimmer to cut the bleeds.
  3. To produce a 8 ½” x 5 ½” finished book you will need to print on a 8 ½” x 11” sheet versus printing two images up on a 11” x 17” or 12” x 18” sheet, this will double your click charges and significantly slow down your production
  4. Fixed service contracts and the need to trade your in-line bookletmaker out with your print engine at the end of the lease.

 

Recommendation

It all comes down to applications. Certainly not handling the product from print to the finished books is a bonus however if your applications do not suit this than the versatility of offline finishing equipment is a bonus. Also the finishing equipment can be a longer term investment not one that revolves around the print engine upgrades.