Debinding Capabilities of Book Binding Machines

May 18th, 2011

Binding Machines with Debind CapabilitiesI have spoken with many people who were looking for a binding machine, but had one small (yet very important) requirement. They wanted to be able to add or remove pages from their bound document later down the road. While this can be done, the binding style you use will be the ultimate determining factor on your post-binding modification capabilities.

So which book binding styles and formats are easiest and hardest for debinding? I am going to cover comb, wire, coil, Velobind and thermal binding and their debinding properties. Hopefully this will help you in your decision to buy a book binding machine.

Binding Machine Debind Capabilities

Comb Binding MachinesComb Binding – Comb binding may be one of the best debind binding formats. This is because the plastic combs used in comb binding can easily be re-opened and closed over and over again. The spines themselves can easily be removed from old documents and be re-applied to new documents.

Wire Binding MachinesWire Binding – Wire binding is probably one of the least friendly debind binding formats. Wire that has been closed can be removed, but it will be completely ruined in the process. Wire can then be re-applied to the document, but it will require a new binding element.

Coil Binding MachinesCoil Binding – Coil binding elements (aka spirals) are very easy to remove from documents, but cannot be re-used. Simply snip off the end of the coil and spin it back out of the holes. A new coil can then be re-inserted through the holes. I have personally had to do this myself after discovering that my bound document needed a few additional pages.

Velobind Binding MachinesVelobinding – The Velobind process produces a very permanent bind. While there are some Velobind debind tools available, the process can potentially destroy the document. I’ll explain.

I’ll use the GBC VeloBind System Three as an example. This machine has a built-in debind feature. You essentially place your bound document in the machine and it will re-warm the 11 sealed posts and make them soft, allowing the back strip to be pulled off. The only problem is that the ends of the posts, after the back strip is removed, end up in a “mushroom” positing that can tear up the Velobind punched holes as the posts are removed. I have seen it work and fail. I don’t recommend Velobind if you intend to remove or re-add pages later down the road.

Thermal Binding MachinesThermal Binding – Thermal binding uses hot glue that literally soaks into paper to keep it attached to the spine. As a result, the pages cannot be removed without tearing them out. You’re best result for re-binding thermally bound documents is to cut off the spine by using a stack cutter. Those pages can later be re-bound, although they’ll be about 1/8″ to ¼” shorter in width. My verdict on thermal binding and debinding: Possible? Yes. Practical? No.

In conclusion, comb binding is probably going to be your best bet for adding and removing pages. Hopefully these tips will help you find the right binding machine. As you can see, some binding machines have better debind capabilities than other machines. You can find our entire selection of book binding machines here.

If you still have some questions that are not addressed in this article, please feel free to call 1-800-658-8788 for more advice and information. Our Customer Service Associates are extremely knowledgeable and courteous.

MBM Triumph 4305 Stack Paper Cutter Review

May 17th, 2011

MBM Triumph 4305 Stack Paper CutterAre you in the market for a stack paper cutter, or do you use a cheap stack cutter that is inaccurate or seems to fall apart at the most inopportune times? One great stack cutter you should look at is the MBM Triumph 4305 stack paper cutter (found here). This is a great new or upgrade cutter for your business. This is my review.

MBM manufactures Destroyit paper shredders, Kutrimmer guillotine paper trimmers and Triumph stack cutters. One thing all these machines have in common is German engineering and build. From the ground up, these machines are designed to hold up and last.

The Triumph 4305 is a manual stack cutter. Don’t be fooled by thinking manual means this cutter is basic or entry level. It is geared and designed to cut up to 1 ½” of paper in a single pass. I can tell you from personal experience that the cutting handle is extremely easy to use. I have even used my own pinky finger to pull the handle and cut a stack of paper. It really is that easy.

For those of you who do not know, the Triumph 4305 is the successor to the VERY popular Triumph 4205, which was the successor to the Triumph 3905. Basically this cutter is the next in a long line of very popular stack cutters.

You can use this stack cutter to trim or cut paper, card stock, laminated material, chipboard and much more. I have personally used stack cutters to create my own business cards (on a large scale) and cut down card stock for use as report covers. You will find the Triumph 4305 in copy centers, print shops and more.

You can view a few additional details on the Triumph 4305 in this video:

The blade in this machine is razor sharp, made from Soligen steel. Unlike many comparable stack cutters, the blade can be re-sharpened up to 3 times before needing to be replaced. This is a huge money saver as new cutting blades can cost hundreds of dollars. The cuts are extremely accurate and the blade easily cuts through the entire stack.

Removing the blade from the cutter is extremely easy. A blade removal tool is included so that you don’t have to personally touch the blade with your hands, which is excellent for safety reasons. Once the blade removal handle is attached, the bolts holding the blade in place can be removed. Unlike some of the older versions of this cutter, the 4305 doesn’t require the cover to be removed.

Setting up the 4305 for cuts is very easy. It uses a spindle-driven back gauge. A specially calibrated crank, located on the front of the machine, can be turned clockwise or counter clockwise to brink the backstop forward or back. A measuring device is located next to the backstop, letting you know where it is in inches or cm.

While I still recommend taking safety precaution around stack cutters, MBM has implemented several safety features into this machine. This includes a couple of transparent safety guards (front guard is hinged), a safety catch and much more.

The build quality on this paper cutter is solid. The tolerances are tight and the accuracy is excellent. The only weakness you may find is cutting glossy or slick paper. This is because the clamping mechanism is dependent on the operator and how tight the clamp it down. If the paper is too glossy or slick, some shift could occur in the stack. I have never personally experienced this issue, but thought you may want to know.

Overall I rate this cutter a solid 5 out of 5. It is tough, durable and made out of metal components. It is excellent for daily use and can be used for light to medium-volume cutting. Very little effort is needed to operate the machine, cutting down on operator strain.

You can find the MBM Triumph 4305 stack paper cutter and our entire selection of stack paper cutters here.

Max-Bantam High-Speed Paper Counter Video Demo

May 12th, 2011

Max Bantam High-Speed Paper CounterDo you need to count thousands of sheets of paper, invoices, stickers, coupons and other material? What you need is a commercial paper counter. One great model you should take a look at is the Max-Bantam from U.S. Paper Counters. This paper counter is perfect for industrial use and can be used in print shops and many other businesses. I have had the chance on many occasions to use this machine and have even shot a video demo of it in use.

The first thing I was most impressed about while using the Max-Bantam was the accuracy of the machine.  It literally counted the sheets of paper I inserted right down to the last sheet. I had well over 1,000 sheets of paper in the machine and tried re-counting the stack every time. The accuracy is amazing.

Not only does the Max-Bantam count paper, but it can also insert tabs into the sheets for batch counting purposes. Setting the machine up for batch counting is extremely easy. Simply let the machine know where you need the tabs and it will pop a tab in every select amount of sheets

Another item of note is the build quality. The build quality on the Max-Bantam is exceptional. This may have something to do with the fact that it is made in the USA. I have opened up all the various compartments on this machine and have accessed the internal workings of the machine. Everything in it is solid.

You can view a video of me using the Max-Bantam here:

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In conclusion, I have to say that the Max-Bantam is a solid piece of equipment, worthy of high-volume and high-speed projects. Tabbing at speeds of 2,000 sheets per minute, you’ll have your counting jobs done in no time.

You can find the Max-Bantam high-speed paper counter here. You can find our entire selection of paper counters here.

Best Paper Shredders Under $100

May 12th, 2011

Intelli-Shred Paper ShredderSo you need a home paper shredder and are looking for something under $100? You are entering the danger zone. That is, the sub $100 paper shredder range can be one of the scariest price ranges for shredders. There are a lot of garbage paper shredders out there and many of them float under the $100 price level. Here are a few tips that should help you stay in the clear.

Capacity, durability and reliability are all features you need in your shredder. Don’t settle for less. Be aware, however, that sub $100 shredders aren’t designed for office use. This range of paper shredders is specifically for home use….and occasional use at that. If you need something for the office, that can be used throughout the day, you’re going to need a shredder that costs more than $100. That said, here are a few sub $100 shredders that you should be happy with for home use.

Best Paper Shredders Under $100

  1. Intelli-Shred IS100 Paper Shredder – This is probably the best $100 shredder around. It is an excellent value for the dollar. I know, it is technically $109, but I had to fit it in this list. It is just too good a deal not to mention.
  2. Martin Yale 1000 Paper Shredder – These guys make Intimus, which is a highly reputable brand of shredders. Considering this shredder is a cross cut, it is a great value for the dollar.
  3. Fellowes P-35C Cross Cut Shredder – This is one of the least expensive home paper shredders available today. It isn’t designed for continuous use, but is excellent for shredding mail, receipts, invoices and other material.
  4. GBC SC032 Strip Cut Shredder – This is a great shredder to have at home and can even be used next to a home office desk. It is safe to use and features quality components that make paper shredding both easy and convenient.
  5. Fellowes DS-2 Paper Shredder – This shredder was designed from the ground up for home use. It has a nice Security Level 3 cross cut pattern and includes a nice bin opening for the discarding of other material.

This 5 paper shredders are all a great value and a great option for home paper shredding. If you need something a little more robust, or perhaps for the office, you can find our entire selection of paper shredders here.

If you still have questions, feel free to speak with one of our paper shredder specialists by calling 1-800-658-8788.

Tape Binding or Thermal Binding? Which is Better?

May 11th, 2011

Thermal Binding MachinesIf you’re in the market for a binding machine, you may have come across thermal and tape binding. I find that many customers that are torn between the two formats, with both typically producing similar end results. If presented with both formats, I would personally go with a thermal binding machine. I’ll explain why.

To begin with, let me explain what thermal and tap binding involves:

Tape Binding
– Tape binding typically involves a strip of tape lined with some sort of pressure sensitive adhesive or heat-activated adhesive. This tape is typically applied to the spine of a stack of paper. Most tape-bound documents utilize some sort of clear cover and card stock back cover. While some tape binding machines can bind thicker books, this format is usually used for thinner reports and presentations.

Thermal Binding – Thermal binding machines use special covers, typically a clear cover front and a card stock back, that includes some sort of heat-activated clue in the spine. Paper is placed in the pre-made cover, after which the cover is placed in a machine that heats the glue. Once the hot glue has absorbed into the paper, the cover is removed and the glue solidifies. This type of binding is especially popular for reports and presentations.

Having used both binding formats myself, I can attest to the fact that the end results are almost identical. So why do I like thermal binding machines more? It all has to do with the longevity of the bind.

Tape binding, after a duration of time, will begin to lose pages. This is because, in most cases, the tape adhesive begins to dry out and crack. Because the tape is only sticking to the back spine of the paper, pages begin to loosen and fall out. Continuous use helps prolong this problem.

I remember years ago we offered a tape binding machine called the Report Master. I remember customers calling up complaining that literally after a few weeks to a few months pages would start falling out. I now tell customers that tape binding is intended for temporary use.

Thermal binding, on the other hand, uses glue that absorbs much farther into the paper than tape. As a result, thermal bound documents last much longer. Fellowes makes a line of thermal binding machines called “Helios” that use pre-made covers with glue in the spine, much like I described earlier.

In conclusion, I have to say that both binding formats look great, but ultimately I would go with a thermal binding machine. You can find our thermal binding machines here.

If you don’t mind the involvement of a thermal binding strip, comb, wire, coil and Velobind will all last longer than either thermal or tape. You can find our comb, wire, coil and VeloBind machines here.

Akiles CoilMac-ECI 4:1 Coil Binding Machine Video Demo

May 11th, 2011

Akiles CoilMac-ECI 4:1 Coil Binding MachineWhen shopping around for a coil binding machine, you more than likely want to get the best machine for your money. While we would all like a fully automated machine, budgets often do not allow for such luxuries. One great compromise is a semi-automated coil binding machine with an electric coil inserter. One such machine is the Akiles CoilMac-ECI 4:1 coil binding machine. I recently had a chance to play around with one.

If I were to come up with a top 5 best coil binding machines list, the CoilMac-ECI would easily be one of the top two models. To begin with, the CoilMac-ECI is a solid coil binding machine. It is made from durable metal construction. While the punching is manually done, coil insertion is done via an electric coil inserter that spins coils through punched holes.

The coil inserter on the CoilMac-ECI isn’t a puny or scaled back. It runs almost the entire width of the machine, powered by a powerful motor. Many cheaper machines with inserters use low-quality motors. Everything used to build the CoilMac-ECI appears to be of the highest grade quality.

The CoilMac-ECI is now also available in a “Plus” version. The CoilMac-ECI Plus is pretty much the same machine as the standard CoilMac-ECI with the only differences being that the “Plus” punches oval holes instead of round holes and features disengaging punching pins on all the punching dies. Both machines are of equal quality.

As mentioned earlier, I had a chance to use the CoilMac-ECI. We ended up shooting a video of it, which you can find here:

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As you can see, the end results look extremely professional. You can use the Akiles CoilMac-ECI to bind booklets, cookbooks, reports, presentations and much more. It is an extremely versatile machine. It literally only takes a few minutes, from start to finish, to complete a booklet.

I recommend this machine for use in schools, churches and businesses. Having sold these machines for years, I can vouch for the fact that the CoilMac-ECI has an excellent track record. You won’t be disappointed.

You can find the Akiles CoilMac-ECI coil binding machine here and our entire selection of coil binding machines here.

Magner 35-3 Currency Counter Review

May 10th, 2011

Magner 35-3 Automatic Bill CounterWhen you think about bill counters, brands like Semacon, Cassida and Klopp are probably a few that come to mind. One of the most popular brands, however, is Magner. One of our most popular Magner bill counters is the Magner 35-3 high-speed bill counter (found here). It has been around for years and has developed quite a reputation. This is my review.

Magner is a very popular manufacturer of bill counters, coin counters, coin wrappers and counterfeit detectors. They are well known for their Model 20, Model 75 and Model 75V. While these are all great machines, their most popular machine, according to our customers, is the Model 35-3.

If you have ever used a bill counter, you may know that one of the most frustrating things about using one is the issue of misfeeds. While this doesn’t occur with all counters, many require adjustments and finicky settings to work correctly. The Magner 35-3 works as advertised right out of the box. While there are some adjustments that can be made, few are required.

Magner claims that the 35 series is the longest-ever produced bill counter and the #1 best selling bill counter in the world. While I can’t confirm all these claims, I can tell you that it is a solid bill counter. Here are a few reasons why.

To begin with, it is accurate. You can take a stack of bills, place them in the hopper, and it will count them with extreme precision every time. When operating a business, accuracy can mean a big difference. When operating a bank, accuracy can mean someone’s job.

Speed shouldn’t be an issue with the 35-3. It has a variable speed motor, capable of counting bills at 600, 1200 or 1500 banknotes per minute. Simply select the desired speed from the control panel. As someone who has used several bill counters, I can vouch for the fact that 1500 bills per minute is screaming fast.

The Magner 35-3 is great at detecting flaws in bills and feed issues. It has a double, chain and half-note detection. It will also alert you in the rare event that a jam occurs. It also has 5 adjustable density settings, making this bill counter idea for use with not just US currencies, but foreign currencies as well.

The control panel is very easy to navigate. A digital display lets you know what’s going on at all times. The display also provides you with a total number of bills counted.

The Magner 35-3 can handle be set up for standard counting, batch counting or accumulative counting. Standard counting resets the machine every time a new stack of bills are placed in the hopper. Batch counting lets you tell the machine how many bills to count before stopping. Accumulative counting remembers previous counts and keeps them all tallied until reset.

You will want to be aware that the Magner 35-3 does not sort bills, it only counts them. It will give you a total number of bills counted, not a total value of bills counted. If you need the actual dollar value, and to have the bills sorted, you will need what’s known as a bill discriminator. Most people are fine with the total number of bills and bills are typically pre-sorted prior to counting.

From start to finish, the Magner 35-3 bill counter is a high quality and accurate machine. Considering how long it has been around, the fact that it has been time tested with customers and is made from high-quality materials, you will more than likely be highly satisfied with this machine.

You can find the Magner 35-3 automatic currency counter here and our entire selection of bill counters here.

If you still have questions about bill / currency counters, feel free to call and speak with one of our money counting specialists by calling 1-800-658-8788. Have a great day!

Intelli-Bind IC21E Electric Coil Binding Machine Review

May 10th, 2011

Intelli-Bind IC21E Electric Coil Binding Machine Most coil binding machines look the same. This isn’t a bad thing, although quality does vary from one model to another. What most people want in a coil binding machine is simplicity, durability and quality. You get all three of these features in the new Intelli-Bind IC21E electric coil binding machine (found here) from Intelli-Zone. This is my review.

Intelli-Bind is a well-known brand of book binding machines, comparable to Tamerica and Akiles in functionality and quality. They currently make coil, comb and wire binding machines. Intelli-Bind is most known for its value. You can get a lot of machine for very little money.

The Intelli-Bind IC21E is a very unique coil binding machine, much different in appearance and use than comparable machines. To begin with, it doesn’t look like a binding machine. Having used this machine myself, I have to say that it almost looks closer in appearance to a printer. Simply put, it blends in well with existing office equipment.

The IC21E is an extremely compact and unobtrusive machine. Most binding machines feature a horizontal punch accompanied by a handle. If equipped, disengageable dies are usually exposed and in the open. The IC21E has a paper punch that literally folds up when not in use. When folded up, the disengageable dies are also covered. When ready, the punch opening can be pulled down and binding can begin. Not only is this design sleek, it helps keep dust out of critical machine components.

This binding machine features an electric punch that can handle up to 20 sheets of paper at a time. Because it is electric, punching capacity doesn’t depend on the strength of the operator. Simply insert your paper and press the punch button. In a few seconds, the paper will be punched and you can move along to the next stack of paper.

The electric punch punches paper in a 4:1 pitch hole pattern. This hole pattern is the most common used today, with supplies readily available. This equals out to 4 holes per inch of paper. Each of the 46 punching pins can be individually disabled, allowing for precise and professional custom book sizes. This also helps cut down on half-punched holes.  The finished results look great.

The punch on the Intelli-Bind IC21E can be easily adjusted to accommodate various book thicknesses. This is due in large part to the adjustable margin depth. A dial, located on the right side of the machine, makes margin depth adjustments extremely easy. Directly below the margin depth dial is the waste paper tray.

Once paper has been punched, coils can quickly be inserted through the holes by means of a built-in electric coil inserter. Simply manually feed the coil through the first 3-4 holes and let the inserter do the rest. The inserter spins coils through the holes in just seconds. Once inserted, excess coil can quickly be cut and crimped.

From start to finish, books can be bound on the IC21E in just minutes. It can bind books ranging in thickness from about ¼” up to 1 ¼”. It is versatile, practical and bet of all it’s affordable. I highly recommend this machine for medium-volume coil binding operations.

You can find the Intelli-Bind IC21E electric coil binding machine here and our entire selection of coil binding machines here.

Introducing the Intelli-Fold DE-122AF and DE-172AF Paper Folding Machines

May 10th, 2011

Intelli-Fold DE-172AF Paper Folding MachineWe are proud to announce the addition of the Intelli-Fold DE-112AF and DE-172AF paper folding machines (from Intelli-Zone) to our site. Both of these machines are perfect for office use and are available to you at an extremely affordable price. Featuring durable metal construction, multiple fold types and easy-to-use controls, we expect these new machines to be a hit with our customers.

For years Intelli-Fold paper folding machines have been popular with our customers. Formerly known as Dynafold, the Intelli-Fold DE-102AF and DE-202AF have been extremely popular for their durability and accuracy. The Intelli-Fold DE-112AF and DE-172AF are slightly updated versions of the popular DE-102AF and DE-202AF.

The DE-112AF is the successor to the DE-102AF. They are both essentially the same machine except the DE-112AF has the addition of a powered output conveyor. The same goes for the DE-172AF (with conveyor) and DE-202AF (no conveyor). A powered conveyor allows both of these machines to fold paper, while keeping organized and in order. This is ideal for businesses that do a lot of mailing or need to keep documents in alphabetical or numerical order.

We are very excited about these two new machines. Both are made from solid metal construction and are designed from the ground up to be used continuously throughout the day. You can find both of these machines here:

These machines are in stock and ready to ship today. If you have any questions, or would like to see one demonstrated online via your Web browser, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Akiles CoilMac-EPI 4:1 Coil Binding Machine Video Demo

May 10th, 2011

Akiles CoilMac-EPI 4:1 Pitch Electric Coil Binding MachineAre you coil binding books on a daily basis, perhaps hundreds of books a day? For this many books, reports or presentations, I recommend using a robust machine like the Akiles CoilMac-EPI coil binder. This coil binding machine is popular, well built and a huge hit with our customers. I have had the opportunity to use this machine on several occasions and had the chance to shoot a video demo of my experience.

While not fully automatic, several electric components make this machine fast. This includes a fully electric paper punch (4:1 pitch hole pattern) and an electric coil inserter. Combined, book binding takes just minutes. The 4:1 pitch hole pattern can be used to bind books as thick as 1 ¼”, which is about 230 sheets of paper. An included foot pedal allows for two-handed operation.

The build quality on the Akiles CoilMac-EPI is extremely high. The thing feels like it weighs a ton. While it really only weighs 80 pounds shipped, the all-metal construction makes it feel like one of the most solid pieces of equipment I have ever used. Here is a video demo of me using it.

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While not featured in this video, the CoilMac-EPI is also available in a variation called the CoilMac-EPI Plus. The only difference between the standard model and the Plus model is the hole design and the disengageable dies. The Plus uses oval holes, rather than round, and has fully disengageable dies where the standard model only has 5 disengageable dies. Other than that, they are pretty much the same machine and this video demo can really be used for both machines.

I highly recommend the Akiles CoilMac-EPI for medium to higher-volume binding. It is a solid machine, and simply put, it will last for years. You can find the Akiles CoilMac-EPI here and our entire selection of coil binding machines here.

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