Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Need help? Be sure to read through our FAQs or fill out the form for more information!

What is the lowest quantity of binder (or other product) you can make?

Because we are a custom manufacturer, we can produce from 1 – 1,000,000. Note that in many situations, the higher the quantity ordered, the lower the price per item will be. There may be situations when the material needed for a project has a minimum amount needed at the time of purchase. When that happens, our team will discuss with you all the options.

Do all binders come with pockets?
We custom-manufacture every product, which gives us the flexibility to produce your binders with a variety of different accessories – including pockets, business card holders, pen loops, and more.
What’s the best binder you make?
Best all depends on your company’s needs and how the binder will be used. Best could mean – best executive looking, best durability, best economically. If you’re looking for the utmost in durability, we offer a patented, expanded supported vinyl binder called the Peterson Case (R – trademark)) binder. Our representatives would love to talk with you about the best binder for you.
How quickly can you make binders for me?
The turn-around sometimes depends on the complexity of the binder, but in general we ship most orders within two to four weeks after final proof approval. We are also happy to discuss “rush” orders.
What if I need a prototype before I can approve the binder for production?
We can do that. Our representatives will be happy to discuss the variety of options for proofing any of our products. We can provide PDF proofs, decorated material swatches, similar material sample binders, or a complete finished prototype for any of our products.
Is it possible to get samples of binders that I might want to order?
Yes, we can provide you with samples. Our representatives will be happy to discuss this with you.
I’m confused by binder terminology. Can you help?

Yes. If you’re confused, you’re not alone. Our representatives will be happy to help you figure it out. But to start off, we've created a short list of definitions below this menu.

Do you offer white clearview binders that are more durable than the ones the big office stores sell?
Yes. Our in-stock clearview binders are made with heavy solid fiber chipboard and they have temperature resistant cover materials, making your binder more sturdy and durable. The ring metals have a higher tension to ensure your documents are secure. We sell them in carton quantities, and our pricing is excellent.
What is the most popular binder style with your customers?
It’s about an even split between turned-edge binders and vinyl entrapment binders. Both of these binder styles offer the capability to display full color printed images on the covers and spine. Our representatives would be very happy to discuss all binder styles with you to help you choose the one that best meets your needs.
What is the classiest binder style I can order?
Any binder made by Heinn Chapman will be in a class by itself. Call us now 414.906.3060.
If I give you a binder sample made by another company, what is the likelihood you can match it?
Just about 100%. We make all types of binders and we have access to all ring and material distributors throughout the U.S. We’d love to get the chance to match your sample. We may even suggest ways to improve the binder and/or save you money in the process. Give us a try! 414.906.3060.
How do I know what size my slipcase needs to be?
In order to quote a slipcase accurately, the inside dimensions (I.D.) are needed, OR if you have the product that is going inside the slipcase, we can determine the overall dimensions. At the time of order, the materials going inside will be required to ensure accuracy. We can also make the binder or cover for your slipcase.
What is Turned Edge?
Turned Edge is a manufacturing process that involves gluing a cover material. The cover material is turned over the outer edges of the boards (and spine strip) from the outside to the inside. Also called a turn-over or overlap to the inside. The turned edge process allows you to use a variety of materials giving you the freedom to do wild and crazy designs and/or create luxurious looking products.
Who is Heinn Chapman?
An awesome company that can do anything, just ask.414.906.3060.
Can you do commercial printing, tabs and other marketing collateral to go along with our project?
Yes. There are certain pieces of information that are vital in order to quote you accurately. Our representatives will be happy to help you.
How do I know what material to ask for?
Heinn Chapman has great relationships with many supplier and access to thousands of different materials. As long as you have a general idea as to what you are looking for, we can provide you with the options or suggest the best fit for your project. Call us today 414.906.3060.

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Hinge is the flexible part of the binder cover between the front cover and spine on which the boards swing open. There is usually .25” space between the front cover and spine boards creating the hinge.
Case Binding
Case Binding is gluing the binder cover material to the board (front, spine, and back cover boards) making the binder cover.
Board is a general term used for chip, graphic, Davey, etc., all of which are used to form the foundation for book covers. They are made of various pulped or laminated fibrous materials pressed into large, flat sheets, which are then cut to size and covered with cloth, leather, paper, or other materials, to form the binder/book covers. Also called cover boards, or book boards.
Turn-in is the part of the covering material which is turned over the outer edges of the boards (and spine strip) from the outside to the inside. Also called a turn-over or overlap.
Heat Seal
Heat Seal Vinyl binders and other types of vinyl products require a process called Heat Sealing to weld two pieces of vinyl together. This is done on a RF (radio frequency) welding machine and a specially made tooling die. Standard size dies are on hand, we can also make custom tooling in house for you.
Corners; Square, Library, Pleated Binder

Corners; Square, Library, Pleated Binder corners can be made 3 different ways. Square corners are just that “Square” the front and back cover boards are cut and left with square corners and wrapped with a 2 fold method.

Library corners are made when the outside 2 corners of front and back cover board corners are rounded (3/8” radius) and a 3-fold method is used to turn-in the corners.

Pleated corners are made with round corner boards too but when turning in the corners 6-8 pleated fold tightly follow the radius of the corners. This is the most attractive corner turning process and is done by hand and is a classic binding look. It’s SAHHH-WEET!

Side Sewing
When 2 or more pages are stacked, folded, and sewn on the side .25” from the folded edge.
Center Sewing
When 2 or more pages are stacked and sewn in the center. This creates the point where the pages fold.
Index Allowance
Index allowance is the index tab width extending beyond the sheet size. Example; On a 11”x8.5” standard sheet size the standard index sheet size would be 11”x 9” and the binder size should have an index allowance of .5” built into the binder cover size.
Sheet Lifter
Sheet lifter is a semi rigid plastic/poly piece that is 3 hole punched to match your paper and ring metal hole spacing. A sheet lifter is place above and below the papers on the ring metal and when the binder is closed the sheet lifters help to support and protect the paper while closing the binder. Round ring metals require 2 sheet lifters, one on top and one under the pages, and “D” ring style metals require one sheet lifter on top of the pages.