Layflat Adhesive Binding Planning

Layflat adhesive binding "floats" above the spine, enabling the product to open evenly on a flat surface.

Interested in the traditional look of perfect binding but require layflat capability for hands-free applications? Industrial manuals, cookbooks and a variety of other products can benefit from layflat adhesive binding, a bookbinding method that comes close to the layflat functionality of mechanical binding in a perfect bound format. Let's take a look at how it's done:

Building Your Books

Layflat perfect binding begins with a traditional PUR-bound book block ready for cover attachment. Instead of application at the spine, however, these products are attached to the front and back cover using strong hot-melt adhesives. This allows the cover to "float" over the spine and does not restrict it from opening flat on any page.

Materials Tip: In order for books to lay flat, the grain direction of all stock used for your project must run parallel to the spine. This is because the paper fibers naturally expand following binding. Cross-grain expansion can restrict movement along spine scores and in some cases, crack, chip or wrinkle your covers and pages.

Layout Tip: For maximum glue adhesion, knock out all copy on the inside covers at least 1/2" from either side of the spine, where the cover will be attached to the book block. Some glues may not bond well to certain inks and coatings, and exposing as much paper fiber as possible can create a stronger, more durable hold.

The Finish Line Binderies Advantage

Looking for more layflat binding options? Finish Line Binderies also provides a wide range of layflat mechanical binding solutions, including Wire-O™, spiral wire, plastic spiral and plastic comb binding styles. With a host of ancillary services to maximize production efficiency, you can rely on Finish Line Binderies as your post press partner for layflat solutions and much more.

Call us today to begin planning your next successful project.

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