Four Types of Scoring

Whether you are a beginner or an expert, it’s always a good idea to stay up to date on the basics of bindery production. From learning about the equipment to how the machines run, it's important to have a general understanding of the industry. Below, we have provided a list of the four basic types of scoring in the bindery and finishing industry.

This style of scoring is used when trying to fold multiple sheets. For example, the final folds on the 8 and 16-page signature. There are a few ways to accomplish this type of score. It can be set up with the score blade riding on a rubber tire or the blade can be positioned between two lower collars. This style of scoring will work on both coated and uncoated stocks.

Wet Score

The Wet Score applies a fine line of water to the stock. The water softens the paper fibers creating a crisp fold. Pieces folded using the Wet Score will lay flatter than pieces using the standard scoring method. This type of score works best on uncoated stocks of any weight. When used on coated stocks, it typically causes it to become clumpy and, at times, will not penetrate the coating to soften paper fibers.

Cover Scoring

Cover scoring is best done with a male/female collar set. The score blade will ride in a groove on the lower collar. When scoring cover stock, “cracking” of the ink on the spine can occur. To stop the cracking, position the scoring blade on the outside of the fold.

Slit Scoring

Also known as kiss cutting, this style of scoring is most commonly seen on greeting cards. A blade is used to slit halfway through the thickness of the paper. This allows thicker products to fold precisely and lay flat.