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How to VeloBind:

What is VeloBinding?

VeloBind, also known as QuickBind, is a binding format that uses a thin ΒΌ-inch wide strip with posts to bind a book. VeloBind machines are typically made by the General Binding Corporation (GBC).

VeloBinding is very common with law offices and businesses that need to bind a lot of paper at once. The System III VeloBinder can bind up to three-inches of paper at once! The finished VeloBound product looks nice, is very professional and is one of the easiest binding formats available in the market. VeloBind machines don?t require any special binding covers and allow you to customize your book.

Typically a VeloBound document has a top and bottom plastic strip. The top strip has anywhere from four to 11 prongs, depending on the machine. The prongs are then placed through punched paper and the back strip is then applied to the back of the document. The way the back strip is applied to the top strip depends entirely on the type of VeloBind machine being used.

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Types of VeloBinding machines.

VeloBind machines are typically broken down into two main categories. There are hot knife and cold knife machines. You can find all VeloBind machines here:

Hot knife VeloBind machines cut off excess prongs that pass through the back VeloBind strip and seals them off with heat. Hot knife VeloBinders use 11-prong VeloBind strips. There are several models of hot knife VeloBind machines. There are one-inch, two-inch and three-inch hot knife VeloBind machines. Each model handles a different volume of paper. The larger machines are backwards compatible with smaller strips. This means a System III VeloBind machine not only uses three-inch strips, but can also use two-inch and one-inch strips.

Cold knife VeloBind strips, again depending on the machine, either snap into the back strip using serrated teeth, much like a zip tie, or the excess is folded over and snapped into place. The desktop/electric VeloBind machines use four prong VeloBind supplies. The Personal VeloBinder uses six-prong strips. There is also an 11-prong cold knife VeloBinder. Cold knife VeloBind systems are much less common than the hot knife machines.

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How to bind a book.

VeloBinding a document is very easy and usually involves only a few simple steps. This document will cover the more common hot knife process.


1. Set up the VeloBind machine. Adjust the margins to accomodate the paper you will be punching. Make sure the control panel is properly set up.

VeloBind Setup

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

Assembling VeloBind Book

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 rated for your machine will wear out your machine faster that if you punch 80% of the maximum amount.

Stack of Papers Ready To Be Bound

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 VeloBinding machine being used.

VeloBind Punching Paper

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

Jog Punched Paper

6. Place the top VeloBinding element through the punched holes of the paper.

Insert Top VeloBind Strip

7. Place back VeloBind strip on the bottom-side of the book.

Insert Bottom VeloBind Strip

8. Place the book, with strips, into the VeloBind machine. Make sure the small pinhole on the back strip lines up with the guide pin on the machine.

Hot Knife VeloBind Machine

9. Start up the VeloBind machine and wait for the excess prongs to be cut and sealed with heat. This typically only takes a few seconds and is usually automated by the VeloBind machine.

VeloBind Machine Binding Book

10. Remove the book from the machine.

Final VeloBound Document

11. You are now done VeloBinding 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.

VELOBINDING SUPPLIES: You may also need VeloBinding supplies for your machine. VeloBinding elements are typically available in different sizes, colors and pitches. You can find ABC Office's VeloBinding supplies here: VeloBinding Supplies.

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Video demos of VeloBinding.

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

VIDEO 1: GBC VeloBind System III

We also offer several Live Video Demonstrations of our VeloBinding 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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