What Binding Machine Method Is Best For You?
There are several kinds of binding machine systems out there. We are taking a look at the different binding systems available to give you an idea what would work best for you.
There are 4 primary binding machine methods available to you. With all of the various binding methods available to you, how do you know which one works best for you? Let's take a look at comb binding, coil binding, wire binding and the Unibind system. We are also going to look at what items will be needed.
Comb Binding is the more traditional, economical binding method often seen on cookbooks and manuals. You would use PVC plastic comb spines. You would place the plastic comb in a comb opener to spread the round rings apart, and then close the comb around a stack of paper, which binds the book. Standard 8.5" x 11" sheets use 19-ring combs. Page removals or additions are easy to add to your book.
Coil Binding is where you see a continuous plastic coil spun through a series of closely spaced holes along the binding edge. This enables the pages to turn 360 degrees, so the books can lay flat. For fast turnaround, an electric spiral binding coil inserter is ideal.. It also allows you to crimp off the excess coil by simply pressing a foot pedal.
Wire Binding is what you typically see on calendars and notebooks. Wire binding uses a continuous hinge of paired loops to bind books together. A wire pincher is used to cut off the excess wire binding. Like coil, wire allows the document to open wide with little problem on a flat surface, while offering a classy look to the document.
Unibind is a brand of thermal binding process you see on wrap-around book covers. The spine has a pre-applied, heat-activated adhesive. You place your loose pages into the thermal binding cover--which can be a hard cover or a soft cover--and place it into the binding machine. The weight of the document will activate the heating element. It has a preset time for operation. After the glue has been heated and the book has been bound, you simply take your bound document to the cooling rack.
Which system to use will depend on the purpose for document binding. For marketing, coil, wire and the Unibind system provide the flexibility to conform to your brand marketing. If you are printing training manuals, a coil system would be best as it is rugged and flexible for readers. Comb systems make it easy to switch pages.
However you use it, document binding makes your organization look professional. If not being used for marketing, it still represents your brand in a positive way. What works best for you depends on the purpose of the bound document.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Garry Jones is President of LLoyds of Indiana in Indianapolis, IN. Gary is local leader in printing, binding, signs and banners. He helps companies use visual media to further their marketing. He is also a national distributor of Binding Machines and Binding Supplies.