What does a Print Binding and Finishing Worker do?
Bind books and other publications or finish printed products by hand or machine. May set up binding and finishing machines.
- Apply color to edges of signatures using brushes, pads, or atomizers.
- Bind new books, using hand tools such as bone folders, knives, hammers, or brass binding tools.
- Compress sewed or glued signatures, using hand presses or smashing machines.
- Cut binder boards to specified dimensions, using board shears, hand cutters, or cutting machines.
- Cut cover material to specified dimensions, fitting and gluing material to binder boards by hand or machine.
- Design original or special bindings for limited editions or other custom binding projects.
- Form book bodies by folding and sewing printed sheets to form signatures and assembling signatures in numerical order.
- Imprint or emboss lettering, designs, or numbers on book covers, using gold, silver, or colored foil, and stamping machines.
- Insert book bodies in devices that form back edges of books into convex shapes and produce grooves that facilitate cover attachment.
- Maintain records, such as daily production records, using specified forms.
- Meet with clients, printers, or designers to discuss job requirements or binding plans.
- Monitor machine operations to detect malfunctions or to determine whether adjustments are needed.
- Perform highly skilled hand finishing binding operations, such as grooving or lettering.
- Punch holes in and fasten paper sheets, signatures, or other material, using hand or machine punches and staplers.
- Read work orders to determine instructions and specifications for machine set-up.
- Repair, restore, or rebind old, rare, or damaged books, using hand tools.
- Set up or operate bindery machines, such as coil binders, thermal or tape binders, plastic comb binders, or specialty binders.
- Set up or operate glue machines by filling glue reservoirs, turning switches to activate heating elements, or adjusting glue flow or conveyor speed.
- Set up or operate machines that perform binding operations, such as pressing, folding, or trimming.
- Stitch or glue endpapers, bindings, backings, or signatures, using sewing machines, glue machines, or glue and brushes.
- Trim edges of books to size, using cutting machines, book trimming machines, or hand cutters.
- Examine stitched, collated, bound, or unbound product samples for defects, such as imperfect bindings, ink spots, torn pages, loose pages, or loose or uncut threads.
- Install or adjust bindery machine devices, such as knives, guides, rollers, rounding forms, creasing rams, or clamps, to accommodate sheets, signatures, or books of specified sizes.
- Lubricate, clean, or make minor repairs to machine parts to keep machines in working condition.
- Prepare finished books for shipping by wrapping or packing books and stacking boxes on pallets.
- Train workers to set up, operate, and use automatic bindery machines.