Archive for September, 2004

Binding Machines are a New Convenience, With Respect to the History of Binding.

Friday, September 24th, 2004

Book Binding MachineAlthough many would have thought we would now be living in a paperless age, paper is still very widely used. People like to have something tangible when reading a story, the news or a report. Many people don’t like reading from a computer, although you are probably doing so now. It is very easy to circle something with your pen or highlighting parts of an article with your marker.

Because paper is so widely used, binding machines are growing in popularity. Because binding machines have come down in price, in-house binding is no longer a novelty. There are now several methods of binding that you can use, depending on your preference and taste. Creating a report, a booklet or a news article is now easier than ever. But it didn’t always used to be so easy.

Binding machines are a new convenience, with respect to the history of binding. In the days of the pyramids, the Egyptians wrote on papyrus rolls and chiseled words into stone. Animal skins were widely used in western Asia, due to their durability and abundance. Sumerians and Hittites used clay tablets to do their writing. The Romans used wax tablets for quick and easy note taking.

During the middle ages, books were uniquely bound with wooden boards as covers. Wooden boards made these books very heavy and awkward to use. These covers were often decorated with silk, leather and velvet. Bookbinding’s primary purpose was to preserve historical records and documents. Most people were not able to read what was written.

Even during the 20th century, binding machines were large and not available to everybody. It cost a lot to bind things, and you needed access to a publisher. The closest most people got to binding their own reports and documents was by use of a hole punch or a stapler.

Present day, there are now a wide variety of binding machines available to the public. Comb, wire and coil binding machines have become the most popular methods of in-house binding. You can learn more about different styles of binding machines here.

Copy Centers Must Make a Good Profit Binding Documents for Their Customers.

Friday, September 17th, 2004

Binding MachinesCopy centers must make a good profit binding documents for their customers. I remember when I was in college, not long ago, and had to get my reports bound for class. The end result looked good, but it cost me several dollars to have the report finished. I wasn’t very particular as to the method of binding either. I just wanted to make sure the pages stayed in place and didn’t fall apart when the professor got it.

Now that I work in the office automation equipment industry, I realize what goes into binding a document or report. I had no idea back then how many different methods of binding exist today. I didn’t realize how easy binding really is and that I could do it myself. Many businesses, and students for that matter, do not realize that binding can be done in-house at a fraction of the cost at a copy center.

There are a wide variety of binding machines to choose from. The most popular binding machines are comb, wire and coil. These machines are small, compact and can be used just about anywhere. Many schools use comb-binding machines, because the combs are re-usable and inexpensive. Businesses and professional organizations will use all three. You can see all the binding machines available for in-house binding here.

Another important part of making a bound document look professional is the front and back cover. These covers are usually made of card stock. Several card stocks are available, with different colors and textures. It is usually a good idea to get a binding cover that matches the binding element that you will be using to bind the document. Clear covers are another popular report cover. The clear cover protects your document and allows the reader to see the cover sheet underneath. You can see all our binding covers here.

For more information on binding machines and how they work, take a look at our binding guide.

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