Printing Lingo: What does Drilling mean?
In printing, the term "Drilling" refers to the process of creating round holes in paper using a rotating bit.
Manual Punching vs Automated Drilling
Unlike a manual punch, which presses holes through one or a few sheets of paper, the drilling operation uses a specialized machine with sharp hollow bits to bore through thick stacks of paper.
A paper drill produces very clean and precisely-placed holes. Also, drilling saves valuable time because it can penetrate through hundreds of sheets at once. It can also be set up to create multiple holes in one pass.
Paper Drilling Applications
There are many print projects which require the addition of round holes. The most common application is the holes drilled through the sheets, dividers and other inserts that get placed into a ringed binder, such as the popular 3-ring binder.
Another example is the hole (or holes) drilled through a wall calendar or tag so it can be hung. Also, laminated operating instructions are commonly hole-drilled so they can be suspended from machinery or equipment via a ring, hook or chain.
If you have any additional questions about paper drilling, or would like to discuss an upcoming print project, give Formax a call. We'll be happy to explain all your options and provide you with a cost-effective solution.
Take care! Keith