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Binding Machine Purchasing Guide

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Why Bind?

Binding machines offer a convenient and professional way to organize and combine sheets of paper into a book. There are several different ways to go about this. Some of the most popular binding formats include comb binding, wire binding and coil binding. This guide will go through the major binding formats and explain the various benefits of each.

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Before purchasing a binding machine...

Is the look of your bound document important?
If so, consider that each binding type will give your document a different finished look. For information on the different binding types see the next section.

How much do you plan to bind on a daily basis?
The amount of sheets you bind will play a large part in determining which binding machine you will need. Typically, the more sheets of paper you punch and bind, the more taxing it is on the binding machine itself. We carry both manual and electric versions of our binding machines. Electric binding machines are typically used for higher-volume binding.

What will the application of your bound document be?
Think about who will be reading your document and exactly what its purpose will be. Some binding formats can turn pages 360 degress, where others have re-usable binding spines. Make sure you know exactly what your goal is for your bound document before purchasing a binding machine.

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The different binding types explained.

Coil Binding
BindingBinding "Pages turn very easily and the book will lay completely flat."

Coil binding is a continuous PVC filament formed into the shape of a spring. You may recognize this type of binding. It is very similar to the spiral notebooks you may have used in school.

Properties of this binding are:
  • Pages turn very easily and the book will lay completely flat.
  • Pages may also be opened back to back, while remaining flat.
  • Very durable. Excellent crush resistance.
  • Variety of colors available.
Binding books with this system involves 3 simple steps:
  1. Gather the paper together and punch it.
  2. Insert the spiral.
  3. Cut and crimp the ends of the spiral.
As with plastic binding and double loop wire binding, you can purchase the coil binding machine with a manual or electric punch. You will have to make the decision as to what your workload will be. A manual punch will be fine for a small to medium workload. You will probably want an electric punch if you will be involved in larger volume binding.

Some machines include a motor run coil inserter which will quickly turn the coils through the holes. An example of this would be the model PC-2000. Most coil binding machines require that you insert the coils yourself like the CoilMac or Rubicoil.

Coil binding is available with 4:1 pitch binding and 5:1 pitch binding. 4:1 machines punch 4 holes per inch and the 5:1 machines punch 5 holes per inch. You need to make sure you get the correct coils for your machine.

4:1 coils can bind from 1/4 inch (20 sheets of 20 pound paper) up to 1 1/4 inch (230 sheets of 20 pound paper).

The 5:1 coils can bind from 1/4 inch (20 sheets of 20 pound paper) up to 13/16 inch (152 sheets of 20 pound paper).

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Wire Binding
BinderBinder "Wire binding creates a professional and clean-looking document."

Wire binding machines are very popular with businesses. This is because the wire look of the bound document looks very professional. Many people don't even realize that this format of binding can be done by one individual using a machine. Wire binding is great for reports, booklets, presentations and much more.

Wire binding is available in three different hole formats or pitches. These three formats include Spiral-O, 2:1 pitch and 3:1 pitch (Wire-O).

Three-to-one pitch wire binding elements are used with machines that punch three holes per inch along an 11-inch side of paper. This type of wire is sometimes referred to as Wire-O binding.

Two-to-one pitch wire binding elements are used with machines that punch three holes per inch. The spacing is farther apart than 3:1 pitch and accomodates a few more pages.

Ninteen-ring wire uses the same hole pattern as comb binding. For this reason, this type of wire is sometimes referred to as wire comb binding. It is also called Spiral-O wire binding. This hole pattern has a total of 19 holes along the 11-inch side of a sheet of paper. This hole pattern is commonly found in dual format binding machines, which are machines capable of binding comb and wire.

Wire binding machines are very easy to use. You can see an example of a book being bound with wire by going here.

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Binding Padding presses are an effective way to create pads of paper. The idea is simple. After creating a stack of paper, you place the paper underneath the clamps on the padding machine. After the paper is under the clamps, tighten them.

After everything is in place, you apply liquid glue to the paper using a brush. After the glue has dried you can remove the pad of paper and continue with the next stack of paper you would like to pad.

By using a padding press, you can pad scrap pieces of paper together and create your own note pads.

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Perfect Binding
Binding Perfect binding machines are used to create pads of paper and for soft-bound book binding. These machines use hot or cold glue to create the binding process. The end result looks very professional.

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Plastic Comb Binding
BinderBinder Plastic comb binding is one of the most popular forms of binding. Plastic combs are not only durable, but they can be re-used.

Plastic comb binding equipment is widely used by schools, businesses and are easy for home use.

You have the option to purchase a machine with an electric or manual punch. Manual punches are usually used for small to medium volume jobs and the electric punches are usually used for medium to high volume jobs. It all depends on how much work you want to do.

Plastic comb binders first punch the holes for the paper. After punching the holes, you place a binding comb on the machine. You then pull a handle which opens the combs up for you. While the comb is open, you place the comb through the holes and close the plastic comb.

Plastic comb binding machines punch 19 holes along the 11 inch side of a paper. Plastic combs can bind anything from 3/16 inches (12 sheets of standard 20 pound paper) to 2 inches (425 sheets of standard 20 pound paper).

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Thermal Binding
Binding Thermal binding machines are very similar to perfect binding machines in that they both use glue. Thermal binding machines typically use pre-made covers, with glue in the spine, to bind paper. Typically a cover is placed in a machine, with paper insert. Once the glue warms up, the cover can be removed and then cooled. Once the glue has solified, the pages will not fall back out. These are great for presentations and reports.

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Velobind System Binding
BindingBinding "For sleek, slim styling, books lay flat for easy filing and mailing."

No binding style is more secure, because VeloBind literally locks pages in place. For sleek, slim styling, books lay flat for easy filing and mailing. VeloBind comes in a variety of colors using only 3 sizes of elements, and can securely bind books up to 3" thick.

Velobind uses a 1/4" wide binding element. There are several different types of VeloBind Binding.

Desktop and Electric Desktop VeloBind models are for the entry level user. These binders are for low volume and use a 4 prong VeloBind strip.

The Desktop/Electric model punches 4 holes. After the holes are punched you put the binding element through the hole and snap it shut on the other side.

The next step up in VeloBind binding is the System I, II and III. All three of these models are what is known as "hot knife" VeloBind Binder. The System I, II, and III models use an 11 prong binding element.

After punching the holes, you put the binding strips through the holes. The machine will then cut the excess prongs off and seal everything off with heat. This provides a very secure bind.

The System I binds up to 1 inch, the System II binds up to 2 inches and the System III binds up to 3 inches.

We also carry supplies for the Cold Knife VeloBind system and the Personal VeloBind System. The Cold Knife system uses an 11 prong binding element, but has gripping teeth that hold the binding elements together rather than heat. The Personal VeloBind System uses a binding element with 6 prongs.

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Now..Which Machine Should You Get?

You are the one who will ultimately decide which machine is best for your application. Please feel free to browse through our wide selection of book binding machines. Please call us at 1-800-543-5454 to speak with one of our Binding Machine Specialists.

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