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June 2003
This Month's Tip:
Capacity Pockets

There are plenty of options available when you want to add complementary materials to printed products. Booklets and pamphlets can be tucked into pockets formed on the inside of books and portfolios. Items such as CD and DVD-ROM media are typically placed into slits or sleeves designed to hold them. But what if your clients want to add all of these items - or thick products such as perfect bound books - to a presentation folder or book cover?


Capacity pockets may be just the solution you need. They are designed to hold thicker materials without ripping or tearing. There are also a few different capacity pocket designs, allowing you to create a pocket that best fits the use of your product.


Standard capacity pockets

The “standard” capacity pocket design is a glued pocket that’s similar to that found on a pocket folder. These pockets are formed using double scores at each fold to form a box, and are ideal for heavy products such as perfect-bound books. There are a couple drawbacks to this style. A fully-formed capacity pocket is bulky and costly to ship since you are essentially packing air. Also, the pockets can be crushed any time they aren’t filled.


Alternative Styles

 One alternative design involves placing a third score in the center of each capacity panel. This allows the pocket to “break” along the score so it won’t be crushed. This third score can also be folded inwards to create an accordion capacity pocket. The resiliency of this pocket style allows it to resist crushing, and will pack better than a capacity pocket.


A third style is the expandable pocket capacity folder. This design allows the pocket to lie flat until materials are placed inside, thus its “non-capacity” appearance. A series of S-shaped slits and scores allow the pocket to be activated by the inserted product. These latter two designs are good alternatives for capacity pockets that will not hold a consistent amount of material


The Diecrafters Difference

At Diecrafters, our specialized gluing capabilities allow us to perform automatic gluing on expandable pocket capacity folders, making this a cost-effective alternative to the three designs outlined here. In addition, we can automatically stitch and trim products with “non-capacity” capacity pockets in one pass for efficient production.

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