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Wire Binding Troubleshooting Tips

Wire Binding Machine TroubleshootingIs your wire book binding project not turning out exactly the way you had hoped? It happens to the best of us. Even with 10+ years of wire binding experience under my belt, I have come across book binding issues. The good news is that most wire binding troubles are easy to solve. Here are a few tips to help you out.

Common Wire Binding Issues

  1. Half-Punched Holes – If you are experiencing half-punched holes, you are either punching paper that is shorter or longer than the machine is designed to handle or you don’t have the side margin adjusted correctly.The side margin is the easiest fix. Loosen it and slide it left or right until you have eliminated the half-punched holes.If you are still experiencing half-punched holes, you will probably need to get a machine equipped with a disengageable (selectable) punching die. This will allow you to disable punching pins on the machine and eliminate half-punched holes.
  2. Pages Fall Out – If pages are falling out of your bound book, you probably haven’t closed the wire enough. Insert the wire spine back into your machine’s wire closer and close the wire a little more.
  3. Pages Won’t Turn – If pages won’t turn, you are either using a wire binding spine that is too small or you have closed the wire too much. Either get the correct size diameter of wire or fine-tune the wire closer on your machine.
  4. Annoying Seam Along Spine – If you are experiencing a seam along your wire binding spine, you have probably bound the book incorrectly. When wire binding, you want to have the last page on the top of the book. Once the binding process is complete, the back page (currently on top) can be turned back around to the last page. This will hide the wire seam.
  5. Won’t Punch Paper – If you’re machine won’t punch paper, you are either punching too much paper at a time or your punching pins are dull. Try scaling back the paper you are punching.
  6. Punching Crooked – If your machine is punching crooked, you may have some punched paper stuck in the punch. Take a look, using a flashlight, and make sure the punching pins are cleared and that there is no paper in the way of the punch. If there is excess paper in the punch, empty the tray and try to clear out the punch by using a piece of card stock (sliding back and forth).

These are just a few of the most common wire binding issues our customers and I have experienced. Hopefully these troubleshooting tips will keep your wire binding machines up and running.

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Keith Barlow

Keith is a third generation office equipment expert. ABC Office was started by his grandfather back in 1980 and he is proud to be caring on the values that made ABC Office what it is today… unsurpassed selection, detailed information, low prices, and courteous support.

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