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Tech Note 004: Supplied Inserts PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ingoldsby   
Friday, 01 October 2010 14:02

1. Bind-in Inserts

Saddle Stitch Publications

• At least 3.5" binding flap
• At least .375" high folio lip
• Jogs to the head of the publication unless specified
• .125" head, foot & face trim

Perfect Bound Publications

• Jogs to the head of the publication unless specified
• .125" head, foot & face trim
• .125" grind off along spine


2) Blow-Ins

Saddle Stitch Publications

• Maximum size: 6" x 6"
• Minimum size: 3.5" x 5.5"

Perfect Bound Publications

• Maximum size: 5" (W) x 6.5" (H)
• Minimum size: 5” (W) x 3.5” (H)

Saddle or Perfect Bound Publications

• Must be flat, nothing folded
• Minimum stock weight: 70lb text
• Maximum stock weight: 8pt cover
• Will be placed between forms
• If more than one blow-in is required, please contact your CSR to discuss.


3) Tip-Ons

• Minimum size (side to side): 5.5"
• Minimum size (up and down): 3.5"
• Maximum size: This will depend on a number of factors, including the binding method of the host publication and paper weight. Please discuss the specifications with your CSR.
• Tip-ons need to be at least .25" from the spine.
• Cover tip-ons should be .125" smaller on all 4 sides than the trim size of the host publication.
• Minimum or maximum thickness of tip-on will depend on the binding method and on the paper stock of both the tip-on and the host publication. Please contact your CSR to discuss specific situations.
• Tip-ons will be placed on the front or back of a signature (except cover tip-ons).


4) Polybagged Onserts

(Mechanically Inserted into the Polybag)
• Minimum size: 4" x 6"
• Maximum size: Size of host publication
• Minimum thickness: 60lb text
• Maximum thickness: .25"
• Onserts must have a closed end. Open ended pieces such as maps and accordion folded brochures cannot be onserted mechanically.
• Please be aware of the postal implications if the onsert mails with the publication. Contact your CSR with any questions.

Packaging Specifications:
• When supplying inserts, please pack in cartons. Each carton should weigh not more than 40lbs. Please attach a sample on the outside of each carton. Please clearly write the quantity on the outside of each carton.

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