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Intelli-Bind IC21E Electric Coil Binding Machine Review

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Intelli-Bind IC21E Electric Coil Binding Machine Most coil binding machines look the same. This isn’t a bad thing, although quality does vary from one model to another. What most people want in a coil binding machine is simplicity, durability and quality. You get all three of these features in the new Intelli-Bind IC21E electric coil binding machine (found here) from Intelli-Zone. This is my review.

Intelli-Bind is a well-known brand of book binding machines, comparable to Tamerica and Akiles in functionality and quality. They currently make coil, comb and wire binding machines. Intelli-Bind is most known for its value. You can get a lot of machine for very little money.

The Intelli-Bind IC21E is a very unique coil binding machine, much different in appearance and use than comparable machines. To begin with, it doesn’t look like a binding machine. Having used this machine myself, I have to say that it almost looks closer in appearance to a printer. Simply put, it blends in well with existing office equipment.

The IC21E is an extremely compact and unobtrusive machine. Most binding machines feature a horizontal punch accompanied by a handle. If equipped, disengageable dies are usually exposed and in the open. The IC21E has a paper punch that literally folds up when not in use. When folded up, the disengageable dies are also covered. When ready, the punch opening can be pulled down and binding can begin. Not only is this design sleek, it helps keep dust out of critical machine components.

This binding machine features an electric punch that can handle up to 20 sheets of paper at a time. Because it is electric, punching capacity doesn’t depend on the strength of the operator. Simply insert your paper and press the punch button. In a few seconds, the paper will be punched and you can move along to the next stack of paper.

The electric punch punches paper in a 4:1 pitch hole pattern. This hole pattern is the most common used today, with supplies readily available. This equals out to 4 holes per inch of paper. Each of the 46 punching pins can be individually disabled, allowing for precise and professional custom book sizes. This also helps cut down on half-punched holes.  The finished results look great.

The punch on the Intelli-Bind IC21E can be easily adjusted to accommodate various book thicknesses. This is due in large part to the adjustable margin depth. A dial, located on the right side of the machine, makes margin depth adjustments extremely easy. Directly below the margin depth dial is the waste paper tray.

Once paper has been punched, coils can quickly be inserted through the holes by means of a built-in electric coil inserter. Simply manually feed the coil through the first 3-4 holes and let the inserter do the rest. The inserter spins coils through the holes in just seconds. Once inserted, excess coil can quickly be cut and crimped.

From start to finish, books can be bound on the IC21E in just minutes. It can bind books ranging in thickness from about ¼” up to 1 ¼”. It is versatile, practical and bet of all it’s affordable. I highly recommend this machine for medium-volume coil binding operations.

You can find the Intelli-Bind IC21E electric coil binding machine here and our entire selection of coil binding machines here.

Akiles CoilMac-EPI 4:1 Coil Binding Machine Video Demo

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Akiles CoilMac-EPI 4:1 Pitch Electric Coil Binding MachineAre you coil binding books on a daily basis, perhaps hundreds of books a day? For this many books, reports or presentations, I recommend using a robust machine like the Akiles CoilMac-EPI coil binder. This coil binding machine is popular, well built and a huge hit with our customers. I have had the opportunity to use this machine on several occasions and had the chance to shoot a video demo of my experience.

While not fully automatic, several electric components make this machine fast. This includes a fully electric paper punch (4:1 pitch hole pattern) and an electric coil inserter. Combined, book binding takes just minutes. The 4:1 pitch hole pattern can be used to bind books as thick as 1 ¼”, which is about 230 sheets of paper. An included foot pedal allows for two-handed operation.

The build quality on the Akiles CoilMac-EPI is extremely high. The thing feels like it weighs a ton. While it really only weighs 80 pounds shipped, the all-metal construction makes it feel like one of the most solid pieces of equipment I have ever used. Here is a video demo of me using it.

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While not featured in this video, the CoilMac-EPI is also available in a variation called the CoilMac-EPI Plus. The only difference between the standard model and the Plus model is the hole design and the disengageable dies. The Plus uses oval holes, rather than round, and has fully disengageable dies where the standard model only has 5 disengageable dies. Other than that, they are pretty much the same machine and this video demo can really be used for both machines.

I highly recommend the Akiles CoilMac-EPI for medium to higher-volume binding. It is a solid machine, and simply put, it will last for years. You can find the Akiles CoilMac-EPI here and our entire selection of coil binding machines here.

What is My Favorite Binding Machine Format?

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Intelli-Bind Coil Binding MachineI’ve been asked a few times what my favorite book binding format is. While this isn’t the opinion of ABC Office as a company, I do have a preferred binding format that I really like to use for my own booklets. That format is coil binding. Here are a few reasons why I like coil bound books.

I have to say that my top reason for my coil binding preference is the durability of the format. Modern coil binding machines use PVC coils. These coils are almost indestructible. When you’ve tucked bound reports in backpacks, shoved them in piles of books or thrown them in the back of a car, you truly begin to respect coil binding.

The second reason I really like coil bound books is the color selection. You can get PVC coils in just about any color you want. Common coil colors include red, blue, black, white, brown and much more. This great color selection allows coils to easily blend and match with binding covers.

The third reason I like coil is accessibility. Coil bound books are probably the easiest when it comes to page turns. The pages slide along the smooth coil spines without any issues. I think pages are easier to turn that comb or wire and are much easier to turn than VeloBind. Coil bound pages can also wrap around an entire 360 degrees, which is awesome for manuals, instructional booklets, cookbooks and more.

The fourth reason I like coil is speed. Binding books with coil is extremely fast, especially when done on a machine that includes an electric coil inserter. Simply punch your paper, insert the coil and crimp off the ends. I can personally bind a ¼” thick booklet in less than a minute with coil.

Manufacturers, like Akiles and Intelli-Zone, make some solid coil binding machines. A reliable machine is a huge plus, and with coil binding, quality machines are plentiful. You can find our entire selection of coil binding machines here.

Do you have questions about coil binding? Feel free to speak with one of our coil binding specialists by calling 1-800-658-8788.

Intelli-Bind IM1000 Electric Binding Punch Video Demo

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Intelli-Bind IM1000 Electric Binding PunchWhile manually punching paper isn’t that bad, it can become tiresome when done on a large scale. If you are punching hundreds of sheets of paper per day, you may want to consider using a machine like the Intelli-Bind IM1000 electric binding punch. I recently had a chance to play around with this machine and shoot a video demo.

A question I often get is, “Why would I want a binding punch?” That’s a good question. The best answer I can provide is “volume.” Using an independent binding punch, along side an existing binding machine, can dramatically increase your punching capacity and output book binding volume.

The Intelli-Bind IM1000 is available upon purchase with your choice of punching die. This may be comb, wire, coil or coil in your choice of pitch. Other dies can be purchased. Because the dies are interchangeable, the Intelli-Bind IM1000 can easily be used along side just about any comb, wire or coil binding machine.

I was surprised how easy the IM1000 was to use. An included foot pedal makes hands free punching easy. If you don’t like using a foot pedal, you can also activate the electric punch by pushing a button found on the front of the machine.

The IM1000 is rated for punching up to 25 sheets of paper. I decided to put that to the test and it worked great. You can see a video demo of me using the Intelli-Bind IM1000 electric binding punch here.

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So there you have it! The Intelli-Bind IM1000. This binding machine is affordable, powerful and excellent to have on hand for high-volume binding projects. You can find the Intelli-Bind IM1000 here and our entire selection of binding punches here.

Intelli-Bind 910 Comb, Coil & Wire Binding Station Video Demo

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Intelli-Bind 910 Wire, Comb & Coil Binding StationThere are several tips and tricks out there for speeding up binding operations, but one tool that seems to speed up the process the most is using an independent binding station. These stations may be a comb opener, a wire closer, an electric coil inserter or a combination of all three. The Intelli-Bind 910 binding station, from Intelli-Zone, features all three.

I have personally used this machine and have to say that I’m impressed with just how easy it is to use. I especially like the fact that it can be used alongside a comb, wire or coil binding machine. The build quality is great!

The wire closer is located on the back of the machine, the comb opener is in the middle and the electric coil inserter is located on the front. Using this binding station, along side a binding machine, can easily double your binding output.

Here is a great video demonstration of the Intelli-Bin 910 binding station.

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Pretty slick….right? This triple format binding station costs less than most single-purpose binding stations. You can find the Intelli-Bind 910 binding station here and our entire selection of binding machines here.

Akiles WireMac 2:1 / 3:1 Wire Binding Machine Video Demo

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Akiles WireMac 2:1 / 3:1 Wire Binding MachineWhen people ask me which manual wire binding machine I prefer to use above all others, I have to answer back with the Akiles WireMac. This machine, although several years old now, continues to be one of the most solid and reliable wire binding machines around. It is solid, easy to use and the end results are highly professional. Here are a few other reasons why I like this machine.

To begin with, the machine has truly been built from the ground up for the sole purpose of durability. It is heavy, weighing in at a solid 45 pounds. The handles are metal, the dies are metal, the gears are metal and the housing is die cast metal.

Because the Akiles WireMac is so incredibly solid, punching and binding on it is a piece of cake. It is available in either a 2:1 pitch or a 3:1 pitch hole pattern. The hole pattern you use really depends purely on your preference. The reports it produces look just as good as anything a professional copy center could make.

While I could continue to go on about this machine, this video demonstration will probably do a better job of helping you familiarize yourself with the Akiles WireMac. Enjoy!

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I hope that video demonstration helped you understand why I like this wire binding machine. You can find the Akiles WireMac wire binding machine here and our entire selection of wire binding machines here.

GBC VeloBind System 3 Pro Video Demo

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

GBC VeloBind System 3 Pro Binding MachineVeloBind by GBC is a solid method of binding a book. Something as simple as an 11-prong strip can provide one of the most durable and solid book binding formats around. VeloBind is durable, can bind a whole lot of paper and is tamper proof. Best of all, VeloBind is extremely professional, being frequently used for binding reports, presentations and more.

I have found, over the last 10 years, that VeloBind machines are extremely popular for use with very thin presentations or extremely thick binding of records. You will often see lawyers’ offices and construction companies using VeloBind machines. The VeloBind System 3 Pro can bind a massive 3” of paper at a time. I can’t think of any other “element” style binding machines with that thick a binding capacity.

The build quality of the VeloBind System 3 is excellent. We have a model on our showroom floor that we used for years without any issues. In fact, I did a video demonstration of that machine several years ago. You will probably notice that the machine featured in the demo uses the older “cream” color scheme with the modern version featuring black elements. The machine itself is still the same.

GBC VeloBind System 3 Pro Video Demo

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I hope that video helps you out. It is a little long, but it really gets right down to the intricate details that make the System 3 such a popular machine. You can find the GBC VeloBind System 3 Pro here and our entire selection of GBC VeloBind machines here.

Akiles VersaMac Modular Binding Punch Video Demo

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Akiles VersaMac Modular Book Binding PunchThe Akiles VersaMac book binding punch is arguably one of the best electric binding punches available today. It feature a wide array of interchangeable dies, a durable build construction and is perfect for high-volume and commercial book binding. Punching can be done by manually pushing a button or by using the included foot pedal.

One of my personal favorite features of the VersaMac is the vertical punch. Unlike a horizontal punch, the vertical punch uses gravity to naturally keep sheet edges aligned, allowing for a professional punch every time. This is especially nice for high-volume book binding.

The interchangeable dies are extremely easy to slide in and out. Available dies include comb, wire, coil, velo and much more in a wide variety of pitches and hole patterns.

I could go on and on about the metal build construction and the hardened punching dies, but this video will probably do a better job explaining all this visually. Enjoy!

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I hope you enjoyed that video presentation. You can find the Akiles VersaMac modular binding punch here and our entire selection of book binding machines here.

What Can Your Binding Machine Punch?

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Book Binding MachinesYou’re looking for a binding machine and need something that can punch a wide variety of material, so which machine should you get? Most machines claim that they can cut a specified amount of sheets, but where do you go from there? Here are a few answers that should help answer the question, “Exactly what can I punch with my binding machine?”

To begin with, all binding machines can punch paper. I know that sounds a little silly, but let’s get that one out of the way. I have found that most manual binding machines punch between 10-15 sheets of paper and electric punch machines around 15-25 sheets of paper. Remember, these specifications are based on 20# thick paper, which is essentially what you use in your copy machine.

I personally recommend scaling back your punching capacity by as much as 15-20%. This is because most manufacturers state the absolute maximum amount of sheets you can punch before your machine breaks. Scaling back the punching capacity will probably have minimal impact on your binding volume, but will really help prolong the life of your machine.

Most book binding machines can punch other material than simply 20# copy paper. This may include card stock, laminated paper, plastic poly covers, clear covers and more. There is just one catch. You need to adjust your machine’s punching capacity to accommodate the different thicknesses of material you are punching.

So how do you determine the maximum number of sheets you can punch when not punching standard 20# paper? It all boils down to trial and error. Try punching one or two items at a time and go up from there. If your machine begins to struggle or if you are exhorting a lot of force on the handle (or the motor is straining), you are probably punching too much material.

So there you go! Your book binding machine can handle a lot more than just paper. I have used comb, wire, coil and VeloBind machines to punch poly covers, card stock, clear covers ad much more.

You can find our entire selection of book binding machines here. Do you still have questions? Feel free to call one of our binding machine specialists by calling 1-800-658-8788.

Akiles iWire 21 Wire Binding Machine Review

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Akiles iWire 21 Wire  Binding MachineAre you shopping around for a reliable wire binding machine that includes a punch, wire closer and easy-to-use features at an affordable low price? There are a lot of wire binding machines floating around out there and one model that seems to be attracting a lot of attention is the Akiles iWire 21 wire binding machine (found here). So is this machine worth the price? This is my review.

Akiles is probably about as well known in the binding industry as Toyota is known in the car industry. Akiles makes dozens of different models of binding machines, including coil, wire and comb binding variations. Over the pas 10 years, Akiles has established a stalwartly reputation, making some of our customers’ favorite machines.

The iWire 21 is one of Akiles’ budget wire binding machines. This doesn’t mean it is “cheap” by any means, but it is targeted towards a low to mid-volume binding range. This particular machine comes in a 2:1 pitch (iWire 21) and a 3:1 pitch (iWire 31) design. The pitch you buy will depend on your preferred hole pattern.

The Akiles iWire21 is a no-nonsense wire binding machine. From the moment you open the box, you are pretty much ready to use it. This machine includes a manual punch, a wire closer and a simple set of binding instructions. There are only about 3 steps required to bind with this machine.

My personal favorite feature is the compact nature of the machine and how portable it is. The paper support on the iWire21 folds down to become a dust cover when the machine is not in use. It only weighs in at 20 pounds, so it is easy to move from desk to desk or room to room.

The manual punch on the iWire 21 is very easy to use. The handle is ergonomic, making it easy to 15 sheets of paper at a time. This wire binding machine has a vertical punch, versus the horizontal punches found in most binding machines. I personally like the vertical punch as it makes it much easier to keep the sheets and holes lined up correctly.

As previously mentioned, this machine is very easy to use. It includes operating instructions on the inside of the dust cover and even has a wire diameter guide.

While I don’t have any long-term data on reliability, because it is so new, I can tell you that upon first inspection the build quality seems exceptional. Akiles has a great track record on their other machines and I can’t see why this machine would be an exception.

I highly recommend this wire binder for your light to medium-volume binding. It should do a great job for binding reports, presentations and booklets.

You can find the Akiles iWire 21 wire binding machine here and our entire selection of wire binding machines here.

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