Archive for November, 2009


What is a Coil Binding Machine?

Posted by: Morgan on November 18th, 2009

A coil binding machine is a device that punches and binds spring-like coils into the spine of a document. The coils are often referred to as spirals. They are very similar to the old spiral notebooks you may have used to used in school.

Coil, or spiral binding is rapidly growing in popularity. A big reason is coil binding looks good and is relatively easy to do. Once the holes are punched, the binding element is literally spun through the holes with the aid of an electric coil inserter, located on the front of the coil binding machine. And, another benefit of coil binding is the coil-bound pages can wrap around for easy access and reading. A coil-bound booklet can lie flat on a table or desk without closing.

This is the essential element that binds the sheets of paper and cover stock together. The end result looks like a professionally produced booklet. The biggest difference between plastic coil binding and old-style spiral notebooks is the binding element itself. Coil binding pieces are manufactured from PVC plastic rather than metal.

PVC plastic coils are highly durable, are almost impossible to crush, and do not bend or easily stretch with use. Plastic binding coils are also available in a wide array of colors, diameters and lengths. Coil binding supplies are made in two different patterns. These include 4:1 and 5:1 pitch. The hole pattern, or pitch for a 4:1 coil binding machine simply punched four holes per inch. The 5:1 pitch coil is used with machines that punch five holes per inch.

It’s a good thing to note that 4:1 and 5:1 pitch supplies are not interchangeable between machines. Once a coil binding machine has been purchased, the end-user must purchase the right pitch binding supplies for the machine. So, why are two hole patterns offered? A 4:1 pitch machine binds more paper than 5:1. That’s because the punched holes are spaced farther apart, making it easier to turn the pages of a larger document.


Applied Magnetics Lab: New Vendor Spotlight by Office Zone

Posted by: Morgan on November 17th, 2009

We recently added a fascinating new product line to our Web site. Office Zone completed an agreement with Applied Magnetics Lab., Inc. to distribute their line of shredders and data destroyers. Since 1973, the company has manufactured a wide variety of specialty equipment including devices that drive artificial hearts, refine plutonium, separate dirt from potatoes, and locate unexploded ordinance located deep underwater.

Today, the company fabricates some of the most incredibly durable shredders in the industry. Applied Magnetics’ specialty is making sure you have a way to destroy information in such a manner that even the most determined adversary cannot possibly recover it.

Shredders by Applied Magnetics are so durable, they have never had a unit returned due to damaged or worn parts. A good example is the Infostroyer 301. This model was recently identified by Research and Development Magazine as one of the 100 Most Significant Technology Products of the Year.

The Infostroyer 301 is a shredder that destroys large quantities of paper, ID badges, magnetic tape, credit cards, optical disks and more. This machine has a self-healing feature that actually repairs damage to itself if it is ever injured by foreign objects. It is the only shredder on the market capable of doing this.

Be sure to visit the Office Zone Web site to discover more interesting features about the new shredding and data destroying machines from Applied Magnetics.


What Shrink Wrap Model Would You Recommend?

Posted by: Morgan on November 13th, 2009


i was curious as to what model you would recommend for an office that
expects to package 7000 units over the course of the next 6 months.
the units will be standard letter size (8.5-11) with an enclosed dvd
and no more then an inch thick.

we were looking for something easy to use but that also didn’t take up
too much room, perhaps smaller then 6′-2.5’?

just wanted some thoughts and pricing if you could send that to me


According to my math, you need to shrink wrap about 1,167 units per month over the next six months. The shrink wrap system that immediately comes to mind that will handle the volume you require is the MiniPack Galileo. This is a high-output shrink wrappper able to wrap and seal up to 300 pieces an hour (within optimum conditions, of course).

The sealing chamber measures 21″ x 17″ x 8″ — that’s plenty of room to wrap your product. And the best thing about the Galileo is the price tag. It’s competitively priced at around $3,000. Some versions of the Galileo are less, depending on what options you require.

MiniPack shrink wrap systems have Teflon-coated wire grills inside the heat sealing chamber. This protects the operator from burning their fingers. The sealing chamber can get pretty toasty during consistent use. Most competing models in this price range do not have this safety feature.

The Galileo is built to endure high standards of daily operation. Yet, it’s versatile enough to accommodates the needs of small, local mom and pop businesses as well.


Looking for a Wire or Coil Binding Machine

Posted by: Morgan on November 12th, 2009


Hello, I am looking for a wire or coil binding machine for our office. All of our booklets will be no more than 75 pages (letter size) and average about 30 books per month. Do you offer an electric or manual binding machine that will accommodate our office needs? I appreciate your help.


We carry several binding machine models that will fit your needs. We have a large inventory of coil and wire binding machines that come in both electric and manual versions. If you desire a bound document that looks professional and has a durable, crush-proof binding element on the spine, then coil is the best choice. We have several models that can punch and bind your 75-page documents.

If you’re using standard 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper, then a 12″ 4:1 pitch coil in a 15/32″ diameter is a good option. This diameter will bind up to 80 sheets, and there is a wide rainbow of coil colors that you can choose from.

Or, if you prefer a wire binding machine over coil, we offer several models that will suit your needs. Some of our customers choose wire over coil simply because it offers a more refined, distinctive look to your bound document or book.

I recommend a machine that will punch and bind in a pitch ratio of 3:1. This pitch features double wire loops that are closer together than the 2:1 pitch variety. It simply looks a lot nicer in my opinion. You will also need at least a 1/2-inch diameter wire that holds up to 90 sheets. Your wire binding wire color choices here include: black, blue, red, silver and white.


Heat Gun vs. Hairdryer: What works best?

Posted by: Morgan on November 10th, 2009

We’re often asked if a common hairdryer can be used to melt down shrink wrap film instead of a heat gun. You can certainly try it, but you will most likely be frustrated with the results. You see, the maximum temperature for a hairdryer is 140 degrees Fahrenheit. If your hairdryer crept one degree higher than 140, the machine would burn your skin.

A heat gun will warm up to a toasty 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit. Definitely not something intended for hair styling! A heat gun is designed to warm up quickly and shrink down the film that is wrapped around the product in the shortest amount of time possible.

The HotShot Shrinkwrap Heat Gun by Traco is a proven, industrial-strength heat gun that will melt down almost anything including PVC and Polyolefin films. This compact, easy-to-use shrink wrap gun will quickly wrap gift baskets, fruit baskets, DVDs, CDs, boxes, a wide variety of food products, and more.

The HotShot Shrinkwrap Heat Gun features variable temperature controls to get the job done fast. Because heat guns are so compact, it is easy to reach difficult places such as corners and other hard-to-reach areas.


I need help selecting the appropriate coil binding machine

Posted by: Morgan on November 6th, 2009


I need help selecting the appropriate coil binding machine for our business needs. We currently take our projects to Kinkos; however, we would like to purchase a machine to handle our coil binding needs in-house. Our last few orders were 10 to 12 books of 45 page presentations. I only see machines on your site that accommodate 20 pgs. We don’t bind on a daily basis, but do need a machine with the ability to move fast and clean. We have a two comb binding machines, but we prefer the more professional look of coil.

If you could please provide information on a couple of machines that would fit our needs, we can move forward with making a selection and purchase. I would like information on both manual and motorized inserting machines.


We have several coil binding machines that can tackle your job. However, to keep things as brief as possible I will only highlight two recommended models here. If you need a binding machine that’s a good value and requires very little physical effort, then the Akiles CoilMac-ECI is a machine that you will be pleased with. The CoilMac-ECI has a large, easy-to-use punching handle. That means it will punch up to 20 sheets of 20 lb. bond paper at a time.

You said that you require a machine that can punch and bind up to 45 pages. The CoilMac-ECI can definitely help you accomplish this. All you need to do is punch three stacks of 15 sheets at a time, combine them into one stack, and then insert the coil. The CoilMac-ECI has an automatic coil inserter located at the front of the machine. Plastic binding coils come in various diameters and colors, with the largest diameter capable of binding up to 230 pages.

If you want a fully motorized machine, then the Akiles Coilmac EPI Plus Coil Punch with Electric Inserter is the model that I highly recommend. This coil binder will punch up to 25 sheets at a time, and it does it simply with the press of a foot pedal. It also has an electric coil inserter built into the machine. Both of these machines are simple to use and have excellent performance track records.


Office Equipment Resources and Information by Office Zone

Posted by: Morgan on November 5th, 2009

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We have harnessed this experience and bring it to you in the form of our product guides, FAQs, video demos, step-by-step instructions and other helpful information that quickly gets your office equipment up and running. Feel free to browse through our large archive of office equipment information. You’re undoubtedly bound to learn something new.