What Is An Electric Binding Machine?

Electric Binding Machines from ABC OfficeThere are a lot of binding machines being sold online and in stores. Some machines claim to be manually operated, while others claim to be fully electric. Some machines are even branded as being semi-automatic. With so many different labels floating around, it can be difficult to determine what is an “electric binding machine.” Here are a few tips that should help you sort through the confusion.

To begin with, the main feature that will determine whether a machine is electric or not is the paper punch. If the paper punch is operated by an electric motor, it is an electric binding machine. While there may be other “manual” or “electric” features on the machine, the punch is still the determining factor.

Electric paper punches on binding machines dramatically cut down on fatigue when binding dozens to hundreds of books a day. Not only are electric binding machines typically faster than manual, but they often also punch more paper.

Some people may ask for a binding machine to have everything electric. In this case, they are probably looking for what’s considered a fully automatic binding machine. Fully automatic binding machines require little human interaction.

The three most common electric binding machines used today are comb, wire and coil. Here are a few “automated” features you may find in them:

  • Electric Comb Binding Machines – Electric comb binding machines use an electric motor to punch 19 holes along the 11″ side of a sheet of paper. While uncommon, some machines feature an electric comb opener. Over 90% of the comb binding machines available today, however, use a manual comb opener. There is very little speed benefit to having an electric comb opener.
  • Electric Wire Binding Machines – Electric wire binding machines use an electric motor to punch paper in a 2:1, 3:1 or 19-ring hole pattern (depending on the machine). While there are machines available with an electric wire closer, I’m not aware of any specific brands or models at this time. There is no speed benefit to using an electric wire closer as the manual wire closer is fast and requires little effort to use.
  • Electric Coil Binding Machines – Electric coil binding machines use an electric motor to punch paper in a 4:1 or 5:1 pitch hole pattern. Many coil binding machines feature an electric coil inserter. Unlike the comb and wire electric accessories, the electric coil inserter is a huge time saver versus manually inserting coils. If you are coil binding more than 5-10 books a day, I highly recommend getting a machine with an electric coil inserter.

So there you have it. Electric binding machines are perfect for long runs and continuous binding use. Most electric binding machines feature thermally protected motors that can be used throughout the day.

You can find our entire selection of book binding machines here. Feel free to call one of our binding experts at 1-800-658-8788 for answers to your electric binding machine questions. Have a great day!

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