Pages Keep Falling out of Comb Bound Books

Comb Binding SuppliesI recently had a customer call and speak to me who was concerned that their comb binding supplies simply weren’t working. While she didn’t buy the supplies from us, I thought I would ask a few questions to see if I could determine if the combs were faulty or if there were perhaps other issues at hand. After a few minutes I think we discovered the problem.

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You would be surprised how many people I have spoken with who complain about pages falling out of their comb-bound books. Comb binding itself is actually a really solid bind, but there are a few things that can lead to poor results later down the road. After speaking with the above-mentioned customer, we discovered that she was using comb supplies that were too small for the books she was binding.

Over capacity isn’t always the reason for pages falling out of a comb bound document. There are several possible issues. Here are a few of the most common issues I have found:

  • Overuse – Remember, comb binding supplies are made out of plastic. While they can be re-used and pages can be added and removed, the process of opening and closing combs will eventually where the comb fingers out. As is the case with anything made of plastic, bending it back and forth will weaken it. After you have used a comb several times, the plastic fingers will be more prone to slipping back open. If you are having problems with your re-used combs losing pages, you may want to consider disposing of the old comb and using a new one.
  • Over Capacity – Binding combs are rated to hold specific amounts of paper. Many people try to buy just one size and use it for everything. The only problem is that if you bind a book to “bulging” over capacity, the comb’s fingers simply can’t keep that amount of paper secure for long. If you are binding a book to capacity, try using a slightly larger diameter comb. I suspect you will be much happier as a result.
  • Poor Quality – Believe it or not, there are varying degrees of quality with comb supplies. At ABC Office we try to stock only the good stuff. We have, in the past, brought in supplies from different sources and found some of them to be sub par and chose to get rid of them. Poor quality combs are usually made from cheap plastics or from thing gauge plastic. If you’re combs are having problems from the get go, you may want to try a different brand (preferably ours).
  • Improper Use – While comb binding is a great binding method, it does have its limitations. Comb bound books do not wrap a full 360 degrees like a coil bound book. If you try opening a comb bound book to far, or try wrapping the page, it will cause the comb to open and pages will fall out. Most people can see theses limitations simply by handling a comb bound book or by knowing the limitations ahead of time.
  • Comb Binding Alternatives – If durability is what you are looking for, and comb simply does not seem to be working for you, I would recommend you consider coil binding (found here) or VeloBinding (found here). Both of these methods are extremely tough and ultimately hold up a little better than comb.

Please fee free to contact us at 1-800-658-8788 for answers to more comb binding questions. We have over 25 years of experience and are more than capable of help you find the correct machine for your application. I hope you have found this article helpful.

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