Our office is looking for a new binding machine, and we were wondering if you have more information about the Fellowes TB-450 Thermal Binder. Basically how does it work exactly, what would we need to buy extra (e.g. glue) and what constitutes “high volume binding” as its not suitable for that?
The Fellowes TB-450 is a thermal binding machine. What this means is the machine uses heat and a special report cover with glue in the spine to bind your documents together. All you need to do is turn on the machine, wait a few minutes while it heats up and you’re ready to bind. You then insert your documents into the special report cover (a clear PVC front and solid colored back).
Next, you place the cover with the inserted sheets into the TB-450 Thermal Binder with the spine down. This is basically a hot plate that warms the glue. The machine will then let you know with an audible beep that the glue is sufficiently melted and stuck to the document pages. You then place your bound document in the cooling rack for a few minutes and you’re ready to bind again.
This is a fairly simple process, but please be aware that most thermal binding systems in this price range perform best with smaller documents. The machine is indeed rated to bind up to 700 sheets at a time, but from our experience it’s not recommended. There simply isn’t enough binding glue in the spine of the report cover to hold that many sheets together (a ream of paper alone has 500 sheets!).
However, if you plan to do some low-volume binding and you want to create a nice, professional presentation, then thermal binding with the Fellowes TB-450 Thermal Binder is definitely the way to go.
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