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Coil Binding Machines With Coil Crimping Pliers

Posted by: James on January 21st, 2013

Coil Binding Machines w/ Coil Crimping PliersCoil binding, in my opinion, is one of the best looking book binding formats around. Supplies are affordable, colors are diverse and the format is extremely durable. One critical part of the coil binding process is the coil-crimping pliers (found here). The only problem is that many models don’t include these pliers, meaning you have to purchase the pliers separately. So which coil binding machines include the coil-crimping pliers? I would like to provide you with a list.

So what are coil-crimping pliers? These are used to cut off excess coil and crimp the ends off to prevent the coil from spinning back out of the holes. These pliers look a lot like needle nose pliers. The benefit of coil crimping pliers, versus needle nose pliers, is that they cut and crimp the coil in a single pass. Once you figure out how they work, the pliers are actually very fast and effective.

So which brands and models include the pliers? I have found that pretty much all Akiles and all Intelli-Bind coil binding machines include the pliers. Here is a list of the models that do:

Manual Coil Binding Machines

  • Intelli-Bind IC210A (found here) – This is one of the least expensive coil binding machines on the market. It is basically a coil binding paper punch. Coils are manually inserted.
  • Intelli-Bind IC110 (found here) – This is one of the least expensive coil binding machines that includes an electric coil inserter. It is excellent for a home or small office.
  • Akiles Rubicoil Spiral Binder (found here) – This is a coil binding punch, which means it will punch the holes for your coil bound book but the supplies need to be manually spun through by hand.
  • Intelli-Bind IC210 (found here) – This is essentially the same machine as the IC210A, but includes an electric coil inserter. This helps speed up the binding process by quickly spinning coils through the punched holes. This is one of our most popular models.
  • Akiles iCoil 41 (found here) – This compact coil binding station is one of the newest models released by Akiles. It folds up and is very easy to store in a cabinet. It includes the punch, pliers, a small inserter and a foot pedal.
  • Akiles CoilMac-M (found here) – This coil binding punch features the quality Akiles is known for along with 5 disengageable punching pins. This model does not include an electric inserter.
  • Akiles iCoil 41+ (found here) – This machine is the same as the regular Akiles iCoil, but includes the Plus hole pattern. This is essentially an oval-size hole versus a circular hole. According to Akiles this makes the coils easier to insert and pages easier to turn.
  • Akiles Coilmac-M Plus (found here) – This is a coil punch that features the Plus oval-shaped hole pattern as well as 54 disengagable punching pins. It is a solid machine, but does not include an electric inserter.
  • Intelli-Bind IC310 (found here) – This is one of our best selling coil binding machines. It is popular because it includes a full width inserter, selectable punching pins, includes pliers and features a metal body design.
  • Intelli-Bind IC410 (found here) – This tough machine includes a nice leveraged punching handle, six selectable punching pins and a nice wide electric inserter. This machine features a durable metal body and is extremely sturdy.
  • Akiles CoilMac ER (found here) – This is the first of several Akiles machines that feature the metal body and an electric inserter. It features 5 disengaging dies as well as a compact coil inserter found on the top left of the machine.
  • Akiles CoilMac-ER Plus (found here) – This is the same machine as the standard ER, but includes the Plus oval punching dies and includes 54 selectable punching pins.
  • Akiles CoilMac-ECI (found here) – This is one of the most robust Akiles machines we offer that features a manual punch. It is made out of durable metal components and features a full width electric inserter.
  • Akiles CoilMac-ECI Plus (found here) – As is the case with the other “Plus” machines, this is an upgraded version of the standard ECI, which includes the oval-shaped punching pins and features 54 selectable punching pins.

Electric Coil Binding Machines

  • Intelli-Bind IC21E (found here) – This is by far the most cost effective coil binding machine that features an electric punch. On top of that, it also includes coil crimping pliers, an electric inserter and  46 disengageable punching pins.
  • Akiles CoilMac-EPI (found here) – Having used this machine myself, I can say that this is a beast of a binding machine. It is tough, easy to use and the electric motor really packs a punch. It also includes five selectable punching pins and a full width electric inserter. This is made to last for years.
  • Akiles CoilMac-EPI Plus (found here) – This is the Cadilac of coil binding machines. It is well built, looks nice and is excellent for high-volume coil binding. It features the oval-shaped Plus hole pattern and includes 54 fully disengageable punching pins.

When you take into account that coil crimping pliers can cost anywhere between $30 and $70, having them included with the machine is actually a huge value. If you have questions about any of these machines, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-543-5454. Do you own one of these machines? Please post your feedback and experiences here as a comment. Thank you for reading!

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Coil Binding Hole Pitches Explained

Posted by: James on December 6th, 2012

Coil Binding MachinesIf you are shopping for coil binding supplies (found here), or if you need a machine (found here), you have probably run across the term “pitch” being used on several sits. The pitch is the hole pattern the binding machine uses. This is usually labeled as holes per inch. So which pitch is the best and which should you use with your machine? Here are a few tips that may help you out.

First off, coil binding comes primarily in two different hole patterns. These are 4:1 pitch and 5:1 pitch (known as 5mm outside the US).  While there are other coil pitches (such as 3:1 and 2.5:1 aka 0.400 pitch), the 4:1 pitch and 5:1 pitch are most common.  In the United States, the 4:1 pitch is by far the most popular. Coil binding is by far one of the most customizable binding formats, making binding of small and large books extremely easy. At Office Zone, we offer binding coils in 12″ and 36″ lengths. These coils (found here) are made of PVC plastic and come in a wide assortment of colors.

  • 4:1 Pitch Coil Binding Hole Pattern4:1 Pitch (aka 0.250″ pitch) – This hole pattern consists of 4 holes punched per inch of paper. This ends up being roughly 43 to 44 holes along the 11″ side of a letter size 8 ½” x 11″ sheet of paper. Standard size 4:1 pitch coils come in 6mm up to 32mm diameters. The 32mm diameter coil can be used to bind up to 230 sheets of standard 20# bond paper.
  • 5:1 Pitch Coil Binding Hole Pattern5:1 Pitch (aka 5mm pitch) – This hole pattern is more common outside the US in Canada and Europe. It has a tighter hole pattern with 5 holes per inch of paper, resulting in about 54 to 55 holes along the 11″ edge of a sheet of paper. Because the holes are tighter together, this pattern cannot be used to bind books thicker than 152 sheets. Anything thicker would cause the pages to bind up and not turn easily.
  • Akiles Plus Coil Binding Hole PatternThe Plus Factor – A few years ago Akiles introduced their line of PLUS spiral coil binding machines.  Akiles deals primarily in 4:1 pitch coil, being that it accounts for 90% of the coil binding machines sold in the US. The PLUS line is a variation of a 4:1 pitch (0.248″ pitch). The biggest difference is that the holes are oval in shape instead of circular. Akiles says this helps make coil insertion and page turns easier. The verdict is still out on whether or not this really makes much difference.

At Office Zone we offer a wide range of coil binding machines. This includes models with a manual paper punch, an electric coil inserter and an electric punch. Major brands include Intelli-Bind, Akiles, Renz and Tamerica. If you have questions about binding machines, or the various hole pitches and patterns available, please feel free to call us at 1-800-543-5454. You can find our entire selection of coil binding machines here.

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Plastic Coil Binding Machines – Best for You?

Posted by: James on September 16th, 2011

Coil Binding MachinesIf you’re shopping around for a coil binding machine, you may want to take a look at a coil binding machine. Why? There are a lot of reasons why I consider coil binding to be one of the most superior book binding formats out there. Before I explain why I personally like coil binding, let me go over exactly what makes up a coil binding machine.

Coil binding machines, frequently called spiral binding machines, use a special plastic PVC coil to bind and hold sheets of paper together. This binding format is very similar in appearance to the lined spiral notebooks you can buy at the store for school purposes. The only difference is that PVC coil binding is available in multiple colors and doesn’t easily bend or break.

Coil binding comes in two different hole patterns, commonly referred to as the pitch. These are 4:1 pitch and 5:1 pitch. A 4:1 pitch is 4 holes per inch, which ends up being about 44 holes along an 11″ side of paper. A 5:1 pitch is 5 holes per inch and ends up being about 55 holes along the 11″ side of a sheet of paper. Between these two hole patterns, I find 4:1 pitch to be more popular. This is because it can be used to bind more sheets of paper.

Coil Binding Pitches4:1 Pitch Capacity: 2 to 230 sheets of paper (1/4″ to 1 1/4″ of paper)

5:1 Pitch Capacity: 2 to 152 sheets of paper (1/4″ to 13/16″ of paper)

The binding format you use ultimately depends on your own personal preference. I personally like both. A 4:1 pitch has a more spaced look where 5:1 pitch has a tighter look. Both can be used to bind reports, presentations and books. You will find, however, that 4:1 pitch coil supplies are more readily available online and locally.

A few binding machines I personally like include:

  1. Akiles iCoil 41 Coil Binding Machine
  2. Intelli-Bind IC310 Coil Binding Machine
  3. Intelli-Bind IC410 Coil Binding Machine
  4. Akiles CoilMac ER Coil Binding Machine
  5. Akiles CoilMac-ECI Coil Binding Machine

These machines are all manual punch machines with an electric coil inserter. I personally think an electric coil inserter is a must-have accessory on a coil binding machine. Some entry-level machines don’t include an inserter, which means you will have to manually spin coils through the punched holes.

I really like coil binding because the spines look nice, the pages turn easily and pages can even be wrapped a full 360 degrees. I have used cookbooks bound in coil and I love the face that the pages wrap around and the books even lay flat for easy reading.

Coil binding is available in a wide variety of colors and diameters. If you need to bind books smaller than 11″, you simply cut off a little more coil when crimping the ends of the coil closed. It is simply a very versatile binding format. Here is a vide demo of a coil binding machine in use:

As you can see from this video, coil binding a book takes just a minute or so. It is easy to do, the machines typically hold up well and they can be used at home, in the office, at a school or in a church. Coil binding is both function and professional.

Did I mention that coil binding is extremely durable? You can drop coil bound books, step on them, stack other books on them and the coil will retain its look. The same can’t be said for comb binding or wire binding.

You can find Office Zone’s entire selection of coil binding machines here, coil binding supplies here and binding covers here.

Happy binding!

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Reviewed: Akiles CoilMac ECI PLUS Plus Binding Machine

Posted by: James on September 15th, 2011

Akiles CoilMac-ECI Plus Coil Binding MachineThe Akiles CoilMac ECI PLUS is a top-quality coil binding machine that will give all your manuscripts, reports, notebooks, proposals and other documents a sharp, professional look. The Akiles Coilmac ECI PLUS coil binding machine is a popular book binding machine choice among large corporations, colleges, churches, print shops, schools, law firms, court houses, government agencies, accounting offices, publishers and other organizations due to its reliability, functionality and output capacity.

By using the Akiles CoilMac ECI PLUS to bind the pages of a document into a spiral bound book all the individual pages are secure, easy to turn through, and show your target audience that you take your business seriously.

The Akiles Coilmac ECI PLUS coil binding machine is very simple to operate and can produce as many books in an hour as the operator can run through it. The Akiles Coilmac ECI PLUS  has two sections that are used to prepare and bind the documents. The first part that is used is the paper punch, and the second part of the binding machine is the coil feeder.

To bind the documents into a spiral bound book, the user first sets the stack of document pages in order on to the hole punch section of the book binding machine. The operator then simply pulls down on the lever, piercing the pages. The hole punch leaves a series of oval-shaped holes in a 4:1 pitch along the margin of the pages. Once the holes have been punched through the document the binding machine operator runs the complete document through the coil feeder. The coil feeder briskly applies the metal or plastic coil through the holes in the pages, binding the pages together into a sturdy, professional looking spiral-bound book.

This is a video demo of the Akiles CoilMac ECI Plus coil binding machine:

The Akiles Coilmac ECI PLUS book binding machine has a rugged metal frame and an industrial grade roller motor. This solid construction ensures that it will provide years of reliable use, giving you more bang for your binding machine buck. The hole punch features a super strength punch mechanism with exclusive “Precision Guiding System” Blade Set that has a 20 sheet stack capacity to handle thicker books. The insertion roller on the Akiles Coilmac ECI PLUS is a full length heavy-duty electric coil inserter with a double roller mechanism to make coil inserting faster and easier.

The CoilMac-ECI PLUS book binding machine is the product of Akiles Products, Inc. Akiles is a leading manufacturer of quality book binding, book making, and accessory equipment in the Binding and Laminating Industry.

The Akiles Coilmac ECI PLUS book binding machine has a heavy duty, high volume design that is able to bind books more rapidly than similar coil binding machines. The oval shaped holes in the paper, combined with the double roller system, will speed up insertion time by 50%. The two sections of the machine can be separated so you can use the punch and inserter side by side with two people operating it, one punching the other inserting. This enables you to get through more books faster if you’re up against a deadline, or have a larger order to bind.

You can purchase the Akiles Coilmac ECI PLUS coil binding machine at Office Zone. You can find Office Zone’s entire selection of coil binding machines here.

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Akiles Coilmac ECI Manual Coil Binder w/ Electric Inserter Review

Posted by: James on August 29th, 2011

Akile CoilMac-ECI Coil Binding MachineProposals, manuscripts and reports all have one primary function-they are supposed to impress stakeholders, decision makers and prospects. The condition in which you present these documents speaks just as loudly as the information and data contained on the pages. So unless you think your target audience is going to be impressed with your awesome stapling or paper clipping skills, you need a book binding machine. More specifically, you need the Akiles Coilmac ECI binding machine.

The Akiles Coilmac ECI is a coil binding machine that will give all your important documents a professional, “we actually care about our business,” appearance. It binds the individual pages together to create an organized book.

The Akiles Coilmac ECI coil binding machine is commonly used by large corporations, churches, print shops, schools, accounting offices, publishers and other organizations to organize and bind their documents into sturdy books. The binding equipment contains all the pages in order, so there is no fear of losing important information due to page fall out. The coil binding also makes pages easy to turn so it reduces tearing or damage to the book.

The Akiles Coilmac ECI coil binding machine functions using two parts that are very easy to operate. The first part is the paper hole punch, the second part is the coil feeder. To bind books the user first places an ordered stack of documents from the book into the hole punch section. The user then pulls the lever down on, piercing the pages leaving a series of oval-shaped holes in a 4:1 pitch along the margin of the pages. After all the pages have had holes punched, the binding machine operator runs the complete stack of pages through the coil inserter which rapidly feeds a metal or plastic coil through the holes, binding the pages together.  And just like that, the user has a sturdy, professional grade book instead of a bunch of pages that look like a high school research paper.

This is a video demo of the Coilmac ECI:

The Akiles Coilmac ECI book binding machine is ruggedly built to provide years of solid use. It can punch a stack of 20 sheets at a time, and has an industrial grade roller motor. The insertion roller on the Akiles Coilmac ECI is designed to be high friction and have long durability to make coil inserting more fast and easy.  This solid construction means you’ll get years of use out of this machine, making it a good purchase decision.

The CoilMac-ECI book binding machine is the product of Akiles Products, Inc. Akiles is a leading manufacturer of quality book binding, book making, and accessory equipment in the Binding and Laminating Industry.

The Akiles Coilmac ECI book binding machine is designed to bind books together more quickly than other binding machines. The oval shapped holes in the paper, combined with the double roller system, will speed up insertion time by 50%. You also have the option of use the punch and inserter side by side, so two people can operate the machine at a time.  This is a handy time saving feature when you’re up against a deadline.

You can purchase the Akiles Coilmac ECI coil binding machine at Office Zone. You can find Office Zone’s entire selection of coil binding machines here.

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Need to Cut Sheets of Paper Accurately

Posted by: Morgan on February 24th, 2011

Rotatrim Professional Rotary Paper CutterQuestion

Hello

I’ve purchased a paper folder from you guys and I’m really happy with it – Thank you!

I also need a new binding machine ( something I can recreate spiral notebooks with) and a good paper cutter.  I would use the cutter for accurate sizing down of printing I do.  In other words, I would need to be able to cut a few sheets of paper at a time very accurately.

Please help me find out some options!

Reza

Answer

Glad to hear the good news about your paper folding machine! We highly recommend the Akiles CoilMac-ECI Manual Spiral Binding Machine With Coil Inserter. This particular model is a big favorite with our customers. They prefer the CoilMac-ECI because it’s a durable binding machine that simply gets the job done. You can easily punch through a relatively thick stack of paper with it, and then quickly insert the binding coil with the unit’s electric coil inserter.

We also recommend any Rotatrim Professional Rotary Paper Cutter model. What else can be said about the quality of Rotatrim cutters? Their construction and cutting quality are unsurpassed. We actually did a tolerance test a couple of days ago with a Rotatrim paper trimmer. It easily sliced through a wide variety of materials from tissue paper, cork board and then plastic magnetic pads. The most impressive thing about a Rotatrim cutter is that no matter the weight of the material, the blade stays sharp and you still get an accurate cut with every pass.