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How to Coil Bind:

What is coil binding?

Coil binding is a style of binding that uses a spring-like spiral or coil to bind a book. Coil binding is often referred to as spiral binding. You may remember back in school using a spiral-bound notebook that used a spring-like wire to bind the book. Our coil binding machines are very similar in purpose and design, but the binding elements themselves are made from PVC plastic rather than metal. This is because PVC plastic coils are easier to use, don?t bend and last longer. You can find coil-binding machines here:

Coil binding is growing in popularity. People like the look and convenience of a coil-bound book. Coil bound books allow pages to be easily turned and even be wrapped around. Books lie flat and coil binding can be used to create reports, books and other documents.

Coil binding machines are available in two different punching formats. The two formats are 4:1 and 5:1 pitch. Four-to-one pitch punches four holes per inch of paper. Five-to-one pitch punches five holes per inch of paper. You will want to make sure your coil supplies and machine is the same pitch. You cannot use both pitches on one machine.

The pitch you choose depends on your preference. Some people prefer the tighter look of the 5:1 pitch to the 4:1 pitch and vice versa. The tighter the pitch (5:1), the fewer pages you can bind. Five-to-one pitch machines can typically bind up to 152 sheets of standard paper and 4:1 pitch machines up to 230 sheets (

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Types of coil binding machines.

Coil binding machines come in a variety of shapes and sizes, often depending on the volume being bound. Coil binding machines are typically categorized as low-volume, medium-volume and high-volume machines. They are also categorized as manual or electric. Low-volume binding machines are typically used in the home or for occasional binding. Mid-volume binding is used for binding a few books a day. High-volume binding machines can be used to bind dozens to hundreds of books a day.

One big determining factor in choosing a coil-binding machine is the amount of paper a machine can punch at once. Some machines can only punch a few sheets of paper at once, where others can punch dozens of sheets at a time. Many people, who are on a budget, choose to purchase a lesser-expensive machine and simply punch fewer sheets of paper at a time when binding a thick book. If time is an issue, and several books need to be created in a day, it is recommended to go with a machine capable of punching several sheets of paper at once.

Coil binding machines are available with either a manual punch or an electric punch. Which format is better is really up to the person using the machine. Many people don?t mind pulling a handle to punch paper, but others like to have both hands freed for binding and prefer to use an electric punch. Most high-volume binding machines use a motor for punching paper.

Some coil binding machines also include an electric coil inserter. This is a good time saver, but not a necessity if you are only binding a few books per day. Most low to mid-volume coil binding machines require that you manually insert coils through the punched holes. Machines equipped with a coil inserter will quickly spin the coils through the holes for you.

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How to bind a book.

Coil binding a document is very easy and usually involves only a few simple steps.


1. Set up the coil-binding machine. If equipped, adjust the margin depth, guides and punching dies as needed.

Coil Binding Machine

2. Assemble the book to be bound. This includes both the cover sheet and back cover.

3. Select the first pieces of the book to be punched. This is determined by the maximum amount of sheets your binding machine can punch at once. Please be aware that punching the maximum amount of documents your machine can handle every time can potentially wear out your machine faster than if you punch 80% of the maximum amount.

4. Now punch the paper. As each stack of paper is punched, set it to the side. Make sure that the punched documents are in proper order. Punching may be done by pulling a handle or pressing a button, depending on the coil-binding machine being used.

5. Take the punched paper and jog it together, making sure the holes are properly aligned.

6. Now spin the coil-binding element through the first three to four holes. Now let the coil inserter spin the coil through the remaining holes. This will be done manually on some machines. Make sure there is at least ΒΌ-inch of coil extending beyond the edges on both ends of the book.

7. Use a set of coil crimping pliers to pinch off the excess coil on both ends of the machine. This not only removes excess coil, but also keeps the coil from spinning back out the holes.

8. You are now done coil binding a book and are ready to move to the next book to be bound.

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Types of supplies.

REPORT COVERS: Be aware that ABC Office sells a wide variety of report covers and clear covers specifically designed to be used with book binding. You can find our entire selection of book binding covers here: Binding Report Covers.

BINDING COILS: You may also need coil-binding supplies for your machine. Coil binding elements are typically available in different sizes, colors and pitches. You can find ABC Office's coil binding supplies here:

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Video demos of coil binding.

Sometimes watching a book being bound is easier than reading about it. We have a lot of video demos available showing our coil binding machines in use. You can find video demonstrations of the following machines here:

VIDEO 1: Akiles CoilMac ECI Coil Binder
VIDEO 2: PC-2000 Coil Binder
VIDEO 3: Akiles CoilMac EPI Coil Binder

We also offer several Live Video Demonstrations of our coil binding machines as well. You can call us (1-800-658-8788) or fill out an online form to see one of these machines demonstrated over the Internet with a customer service representative in real-time.

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