How To Bind Documents With Color Coil Binding

Mar 12 11:32 2008 Jeff McRitchie Print This Article

Color coil binding (also known as Spiral, CoilBind, plastic coil binding) is one of the most popular and fastest growing of all binding styles.Coil binding is fast and easy, and offers a wide variety of colors to choose from.

Color coil binding (also known as Spiral,Guest Posting CoilBind, plastic coil binding) is one of the most popular and fastest growing of all binding styles. Documents bound in this manner lay flat and the pages can turn 360 degrees around the flexible pvc spine. Coil binding is fast and easy, and offers a wide variety of colors to choose from.

  1. Select the proper size of color coil element
    • As with other spiral coil styles, your provider should be able to give you suggestions for the appropriate size of coil to match your document.
    • It is important to not use a coil binding that is too small for your document as production time, appearance, and the functionality of the document will be greatly affected.
    • Appearance is always a good indicator of the fit.
    • Coil is available in a variety of pitches; make sure to match your pitch to your punch.
    • The most common pitch is 4:1 (or 4 holes per inch)
    • Also available is 5:1 and 6mm, 3:1 is a much less common pitch
  2. Starting the Color Coil Binding
    • Many spiral binding machines have a spine forming channel, this is a useful feature to help create the contours to aid in the initial insertion of the spiral coil.
    • Begin to spin the coil onto the punched document by hand. It is a good idea to spin the binding on at least an inch.
    • After the binding is started, hold it near the rubber rollers. Apply gentle pressure to the coil binding against the roller.
  3. Crimping the spiral element
    • When the coil is spun onto the document, the excess element needs to be cut and crimped using cut and crimp pliers.
    • When using the cut/crimp pliers, always use them in your right hand with your thumb next to the red dot.
    • Make sure that the prongs on the cut/crimp pliers are in contact with the coil and squeeze. This will cut of the excess and fold the coil binding over to keep it from uncoiling.
Trouble shooting:

The Spiral coil is not inserting into the document

  • Make sure that the pitch of the binding supplies matches the pitch of the holes.
  • The Coil is too small for document.
  • Large diameter coil bindings (such as 1" and above) are difficult to insert in the best of conditions. Try an oval hole punch.

Coil binding not folding over when cut

  • Make sure that the cut/crimp pliers are in your right hand with the dot facing up. If not the pliers will cut and crimp the section of coil binding that you want to cut off!
  • Make sure that both of the prongs of the cut/crimp pliers make contact with the coil binding. This can be somewhat difficult on 6mm and 7mm coil bindings due to the small diameter.
Notes and suggestions:
  • Auto cutter/crimpers are available in single or double configurations. They can be tedious to set up, but save a lot of time for longer production runs.
  • If possible, do not use coil bindings for documents over 1" thick. The document does not function the way that coil binding is intended to. The increased thickness of the binding and the weight of the book cause the pages not turn as freely.
  • Another common configuration of a coil binding inserter is a wheel. The wheel can be faster for experienced users, but it is more difficult to learn.Smaller volume users typically have more success with the roller style of inserter.
  • Coil binding is sold by the inch, so it is possible to get coil binding in 9" lengths for top spines and eliminate waste, or 18" lengths for 11 x 17 documents. Coil binding is the best method of binding when you have non-standard spine size needs.
  • Coil binding is available in over 60 colors, by far the most of any binding style

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Jeff McRitchie
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Jeff McRitchie is the designer and Director of Marketing for He has written over 100 articles on binding machines, binding covers,binding supplies,laminators,laminating supplies,paper handling equipments,binders,index tabs, and shredders.

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