Rolabind binding

Have a problem that seems to be insolvable?

Too many constraints and not enough options?

My name is Norm Beange. I have been in bindery industry for decades as was my father.  I own Anstey Book Binding. We have geared our entire company to manufacturing creative, unusual and often hard to produce bindery jobs.

My purpose in writing this blog is to generate new ideas, expose you to Bindery processes you might not be familiar with. Sometimes I will compare approximate costs of various products and describe common problems in manufacturing. Hopefully over the weeks ahead, questions will be asked and my comments will generate ideas for future blogs.

I will be blogging weekly for designers and printers of graphic products on ways out of these Bindery dilemmas.

Challenge #1:
A presentation or portfolio that needs:

  • Professional, not chintzy look
  • Flexibility of adding or deleting sheets
  • Once assembled, no machine needed for changes
  • Flexibility of different stock weights, sizes, mix of materials such as cloth, paper and board
  • Book or presentation opens flat with exact registration of left and right sides

Wait for it—here it is—Rolabind.

Rolabind was developed a few decades ago. Patents ended in 2013 and cannot be renewed. So, that means no royalty, no potential lawsuits if you design and use Rolabind buttons.

What it looks like:



How we do it:
We specially punch sheets, collate and insert Rolabind ‘buttons’ to hold the presentation or book together.

Options for your project:

  • Several colours: black and white available at all times; some wait time for up to 15 colours
  • Maximum thickness: 1 inch
  • Minimum/maximum dimensions: 2”x 2”; 14” maximum binding length
  • Bind the long or the short side
  • Multiple cover options: 1-piece or 2-piece with exposed Rolabind buttons; case-wrapped; 1-piece with concealed Rolabind buttons