What and How

What does collates mean in printing?


The literal meaning of the word collate refers to the arrangement, collecting and assembling something into a particular desired order. In printing the word compare means to arrange and combine multiple sheets to get them organized into the form a single set. Collating is the technique used in printing industry for the making of books, catalogs or colored copies. For instance, books are required to be arranged according to the numbers, so collating is done by printing the pages according to the numbers in sequences and then arranging them into a single big set according to the course of the number mentioned on each page.

Collate printing

Collate printing is the step to take different printed pages and putting them together into the form of a set and binding them to make a booklet. The collating distribution is now mostly being used at almost all the printing shops because instead of buying books, students get the books printed an then get the printed pages collated. A particular type of binding is used to combine the collated copies; you cannot use any of the binding types for your collated printed sheets. The most commonly used type of binding for collated sheets used by the printing experts are spiral binding, saddle stitch binding, and perfect bound. They give perfect bound to the collated pages, so they do not fall off from the bind.

Benefits of collating in printing

Assembling the documents after they are printed can be a lot of time-consuming and especially when the page numbers are not even mentioned on the pointed sheets, it can get a lot worse. Collating in printing is beneficial in many ways as it helps to save the assembling time, it reduces the problems, and it enhances the potency. In short, collating in printing is best for any business. No matter what kind of work you are printing, either huge books, quick magazines or lengthy PFDs, if the printouts are collated, the total time of printing and assembling the job can get affected at a massive speed.

Another advantage of getting the collating printout is that if you are getting some sheets printed to say at a seminar, then collated printout will never let you down in front of a huge crowd. All your documents will be assembled, and all you have to do is stand and speak by reading the essential notes from your assembled collated sheets.

Collated and uncollated printouts

The documents that are not much in numbers and could be differentiated easily are not collated by the printer. When pages are not numbered and arranged into a set, those printouts are known as uncollated printouts. The uncollated printouts are useful when you are printing some flyers or 2 to 3 paged document. Most of you did not know about collated and uncollated printout; both the type of printout has their importance, and they go best with their applications. For instance you cannot get the flyers printed with the page numbers mentioned on them and with the books you cannot set the pages without any page number symmetry.