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Best Reusable Binding Machines Formats

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Why waste when you can reuse, right? So, can you live up to this statement when it comes to bookbinding? Believe it or not, some binding machine formats can be reused, where others cannot. If you are interested in reusing your binding supplies, whether it be for financial or environmental reasons, I would like to introduce you to some of the most reusable binding formats amiable. Binding formats I will cover include comb, wire, coil, VeloBind, ProClick and thermal. You can find all of our binding machines here.

There are many reasons why people want a reusable binding format. For one, it is nice to be able to reuse binding supplies rather than simply throw old bound documents away. It is more affordable to do this and ultimately it means less waste, which in turn is more environmentally sound. Reusable binding supplies often also mean you can add or remove pages from an already bound document.

I am going to start by listing the most reusable binding formats to the least reusable.

  • Comb Binding MachinesComb Binding (found here) – Comb binding has literally been around for decades. I remember handling and using comb bound books when I was going to elementary school back in the 80s. This binding format uses a spring-loaded spine that can be opened and closed using a comb opener, typically found on the top of the machine. Comb binding continues to this day to be THE least expensive binding format around, which includes the machines and the supplies. These machines are affordable enough that they can be used for business, school or even home use. The supplies are available in a variety of sizes and colors and can be used to bind small reports or thick books.
  • ProClick Binding MachinesProClick (found here) – ProClick, from GBC, uses a proprietary binding element that uses a similar hole pattern to twin loop wire. The binding element opens and closes using a special tool. The end results look class. The supplies “zip” open and closed and can be reused multiple times over. This binding format has a loop like format. The only downside is that the machines and supplies are proprietary to GBC, which means they aren’t very common or easy to come by. Other binding formats also have better color selection.
  • Coil Binding MachinesCoil Binding (found here) – This is by far the most popular binding format used today. The supplies are extremely durable, the colors are vast and the size range is broad. Coil allows pages to turn 360 degrees, lie flat and can be used for binding small presentations or large manuals. This binding format is semi-reusable. You can clip the ends off of the coil and spin it back out, allowing it to be re-used. The only catch is that the element (now clipped shorter) cannot be used with the same size sheet of paper. It will have to be used with a smaller book. That is a pretty huge catch, which is why most people don’t reuse their coil supplies, but it can be done. The PVC coils can be recycled.
  • Wire Binding MachinesWire Binding (found here) – I have had many many people ask me lately if twin loop wire can be re-used. Simply put, it cannot. Wire binding is literally bent into place. The wire element itself is made from a single piece of wire. Removing the wire element results in the destruction of the wire. The good news is that the wire isn’t hard to remove and a new wire can be easily inserted and closed. Wire binding is a classy format, and it looks great, but the supplies cannot be reused.
  • Hot Knife VeloBind MachinesHot Knife VeloBind (found here) – Velobind is a fairly permanent bind. It uses heat to literally melt the prongs to the back strip. The VeloBind System 3, however, does have a debind feature that will use heat to soften the plastic prongs and strip, allowing it to be removed. The removed strip, however, cannot be reused. Having used this machine and the debind feature myself, I can safety say that the debind feature is quirky at best and the debound book often does not come out of the process looking good.
  • Thermal Binding MachinesThermal Binding (found here) – Thermal binding machines use glue to bind paper. The glue is thermally warmed up, causing the glue to liquefy. When the glue is soft, it sticks to the paper. As the glue cools it hardens and the binding process is complete. You cannot remove the glue…period. It is a permanent bind. The only way you could possible salvage a document and rebind it would be to cut the glue bound spine off of the book using a stack paper cutter (found here).

As you can see, comb binding (which happens to be one of the most affordable) is still the king of binding formats when it comes to reusability. ProClick and coil follow soon after. At ABC Office, we offer a huge selection of book binding machines that can be found here. If you still have a question about one of the above-mentioned binding styles, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788.

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How to Create Your Own Binders Full of Women

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Binders full of WomenIf you have been watching the presidential debates lately, following Twitter or if you’re up on the news, you may have heard about Mitt Romney’s “Binders full of Women” comment. Regardless of whether you are a Republican or Democrat, and regardless of where you fall on the topic, you can easily create your own binder or book by using a book binding machine (found here). While you probably won’t actually use it to bind lists of women for hiring purposes, at ABC Office we offer a great selection of binding machines that can be used for creating presentations, reports, presentations, manuals and more.

There are three major types of book binding machines that are most commonly used in businesses, schools, government and other organizations. These are comb, wire and coil. They can all be used to create presentations, books, manuals and reports. While there are obvious aesthetic differences between them all, they are also small functional different as well. I would like to briefly cover the differences between all of these binding styles.

These are the three formats I recommend:

  • Comb BindingComb Binding (found here) – Comb binding is one of the oldest and most recognizable book binding formats. It has literally been around for decades. Supplies are cheap and extremely easy to find. Comb binding machines use a 19-ring plastic binding comb. It is called a 19-ring comb because a total of 19 comb fingers are inserted into rectangular-punched holes along the 11″ side of a sheet of paper. Comb binding elements are available in diameters up to 2″ and can be re-opened for adding or removing pages. Mitt Romney would probably love a comb binding machine because he could easily remove or insert pages much like a three-ring binder.
  • Wire Binding Wire Binding (found here) – Wire binding is often considered the “Professional” binding format. This is because the metal look and feel of a wire bound document looks high quality. The wire is inserted through round or square punched holes (depending on the machine) after which the wire is closed, sealing the bind shut. Wire binding comes in two primary formats. These are 2:1 pitch and 3:1 pitch (two holes per inch and three holes per inch). If you own a 3:1 pitch machine, you have to use 3:1 pitch coils. Unfortunately they are not interchangeable. This is a more permanent bind and pages cannot be removed or added without destroying the bind and adding a new binding element.
  • Coil Binding Coil Binding (found here) – Coil binding, frequently called spiral binding, is one of the most durable and easy-to-use binding formats. Modern coil binding uses PVC coils, which come in a wide variety of colors and diameters. They don’t bend, don’t easily break and allow pages to lay flat or completely wrap around. Coil binding is one of my personal favorites and many people use this for binding manuals, reports, cookbooks, scrapbooks and a lot more. The supplies are reasonably priced and the machines are easy to use.

These are the three most common binding formats we offer, but we also have a great selection of VeloBind machines, ProClick machines, thermal binding machines and more. You can find our entire selection of book binding machines here. We have over 30 years of experience with binding machines, so if you have a question, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-658-8788. We are more than happy to help answer your questions. There is no such thing as a bad question when it comes to office equipment. Have a great day!

Why You May Want to Use Coil Binding

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Coil BindingAre you binding a cookbook, an instruction manual or perhaps even a photo album? One book binding format you should consider using is coil binding. Coil binding, often referred to as spiral binding, is the fastest growing binding format today. There are many reasons for this and I would like to cover all the pros and cons. I would also like to show you, with a video, how a coil binding machine works.

Coil binding is a format that uses tiny coils that look a lot like springs (found here). Other than the fact that coil binding coils are made from PVC plastic, they look almost identical to the spirals used in traditional spiral notebooks. PVC coils are available in different diameters, based on the thickness of the book you are binding, and come in a wide range of colors.

I personally think that coil binding looks very professional. I have personally used coil binding to bind instructional booklets and I have in my possession several cookbooks (family and neighborhood) that are bound in coil. Coil binding machines are affordable and can even be used at home. Popular brands include Akiles, Intelli-Bind and Tamerica.

Coil Binding MachinesI would like to now go over the pros:

  • Durability – Because coil-binding elements are made from PVC plastic, they are extremely durable. The hold up well with continued use, easily survive being dropped and can even be stepped on without suffering any damage. Durability alone is a huge reason to consider using coil binding.
  • Color – I have already mentioned this earlier, but coil binding comes in a variety of different colors. Popular colors include red, white, brown, green, blue, black and clear.  Custom colors are also available.
  • Page Turns – A book bound in coil is extremely easy to use. The round holds, combined with round-shaped elements, make page turns extremely easy. Pages can be wrapped around a full 360 degrees and pages lay extremely flat.
  • Speed – Binding a book with coil is extremely easy, especially if you have a machine that has an electric coil inserter. Simply punch the holes, insert the coils and crimp off the excess coil.

These are what I would consider to be the cons:

  • Modifications – You cannot add or remove pages to a coil bound document without cutting off the end of the coil and spinning the coil back out. The coil cannot be re-used. If you are removing or adding pages, a new coil would have to be used. On the bright side, this makes coil binding semi tamper proof.
  • Stability – Because coils are floppy and unstable, they don’t provide a lot of added stability to a book like comb or Velobind does. Your books stability is dependent entirely on the pages being bound. This isn’t a huge deal for most people.

Here is a video demo of a coil binding machine in use:

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In conclusion, coil binding is one of my favorite formats. It looks good, is functional and can be used for binding books as simple as a cookbook or as professional as a business proposal. You will find coil binding machines in schools, churches, homes and businesses.

You can find our entire selection of coil binding machines here. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

Most Popular Book Binding Supplies by Diameter

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Book Binding Machines & SuppliesIf you are binding a book, whether it is coil, comb or wire, you have to select a specific supply diameter to finish the process. Many customers get a little frustrated not knowing what size of supply they should get. Comb, wire and coil binding supplies are typically sold in quantities of 100. So which diameter of comb, coil or wire should you use?

If you don’t do a lot of book binding, yet need to order supplies for your machine, you have a few options. We offer a capacity guide on our supplies that will give you an approximate amount of sheets that can be bound for any given diameter.

Is there a well-rounded diameter that you can use for a lot of stuff? I have found that most customers purchase a ¼” diameter element for typical report, presentation and booklet binding. The ¼” size can handle up to 20 sheets, yet doesn’t look funny when binding 10.

Here is a good list of binding supply diameters and their binding capacities:

  • Binding Machine Diameter Capacities3/16″ — Binds up to 12 sheets
  • ¼” — Binds up 20 sheets.
  • 5/16″ — binds up to 40 sheets.
  • 3/8″ — Binds up to 55 sheets
  • 7/16″ — binds up to 70 sheets
  • ½” — binds up to 90 sheets
  • 9/16″ — binds up to 100 sheets
  • 5/8″ — binds up to 120 sheets
  • ¾” — binds up to 150 sheets
  • 7/8″ — binds up to 170 sheets
  • 1″ — Binds up to 200 sheets
  • 1 1/8″ — Binds up to 220 sheets
  • 1 ¼” — Binds up to 230 sheets
  • 1 ½” — Binds up to 290 sheets
  • 1 ¾” — Binds up to 360 sheets
  • 2″ — binds up to 425 sheets

These diameters and capacities apply to comb, wire and coil. These capacities are based on 20# paper, so if you are using card stock or clear covers you may need to scale that amount back a little.

Be aware that while you can use a larger-than-required diameter to bind fewer sheets, you don’t too few sheets as the end results may look odd. An example would be binding only 5 sheets using a 5/16″ binding element.

You can find our book binding supplies here:


Not only do we offer a great selection of book binding supplies, but we also offer an excellent selection of machines. If you need a machine, you can find our entire selection of book binding machines here.

Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our book binding specialists. They are more than happy to help answer your questions.

Top 10 Best Portable Book Binding Machines

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Portable Book Binding MachinesIf you like to bind books, or need to quickly bind presentations and reports on the go, you probably need a portable book binding machine. While there are a lot of binding machines available, few of them can be easily picked up and moved from one location to another. This article will cover some of the most portable book binding machines available.

One important thing to be aware of, when shopping for a probable binding machine, is to realize that most portable machines are designed for light use or occasional use. I would put that at about 10-20 books a day. This is more than adequate if you are binding reports and presentations on the go. Portable binding machines are also almost always manually operated, with electric machines being too heavy to easily carry in a bag or move around.

I am going to list the top 10 best portable book binding machines. This list will include the three most common bookbinding formats; these being comb, wire and coil.

Top 10 Best Portable Book Binding Machines (Listed Alphabetically)

  1. Akiles iCoil 41 Coil Binding Machine
  2. Akiles iCoil 41 Plus Coil Binding Machine
  3. Akiles iWire 21 Wire Binding Machine
  4. Akiles iWire 31 Wire Binding Machine
  5. Fellowes Star Comb Binding Machine
  6. Fellowes Starlet Comb Binding Machine
  7. Intelli-Bind IC110 Coil Binding Machine
  8. Intelli-Bind IB150 Comb Binding Machine
  9. SircleBind CB-60 Comb Binding Machine
  10. SircleBind WR-60 Wire Binding Machine

These book binding machines are all lightweight and very portable. Many of them even include handles that fold up for added portability and convenience. The Akiles line of iWire and iCoil machines are especially nice as they fold completely up and include everything you need (minus supplies) to get up and going.

You can find our entire selection of book 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.

Binding Machine Doppelgangers (Great Alternatives)

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Binding Machine AlternativesAre you looking for a book binding machine, but the machine you want is either out of stock or out of your budget? What you need is a binding machine doppelganger. By doppelganger, I don’t mean an evil twin or double. What I am referring to is an equal alternative that is both similar in appearance and operation. I have come up with a list of high-quality binding machines and their equivalents.

I have come up with a list of comb, wire and comb binding machine alternatives. These machines, originals and alternatives, are all high-quality machines. It is amazing how similar many of these machines look and operate, almost as if they came out of the same factory. These alternatives should help you get the machine you need in a timely manner and may even save you a little cash in the long run.

Comb Binding Machine Alternatives

Wire Binding Machine Alternatives

Coil Binding Machine Alternatives

All the machines listed here are good quality machines that can be used to bind reports, booklets, presentations and more. Hopefully some of these suggestions will provide you with affordable alternatives. You can find our entire selection of book binding machines here.

Restaurant Menu Insert Binding Machines

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Wire Binding Machines for Restaurant Menu InsertsI had a customer ask me recently if a wire binding machine could be used to bind restaurant menu inserts. While you can use wire, there are some definite advantages and disadvantages you should be aware of. There are also several other great options for restaurant menu inserts. Here is my advice.

To begin with, wire looks great! Wire bound menu inserts also look great, but there is one downside. Wire bends and after several days or weeks of constant handling, it may get bent out of shape.

For long-term menu insert binding, you may want to consider using a coil binding machine. Coil (aka Spiral) looks great and allows pages to turn a full 360 degrees. This will make menu browsing easy. The only downside of using coil is that the spine will poke out a little, and as an insert, may not allow the main menu to close flat. You can find our coil binding machines here.

Restaurant Menu Insert Booklet MakerAnother great option for menu insert binding is a booklet maker. These machines can take several sheets of paper, fold them and staple them along the spine. This is inexpensive, inconspicuous and allows the insert to lay completely flat. You can find our booklet makers here.

Hopefully this helps you out. If you need to laminate the menu, you can find our laminators and film here. Have a great day!

Announcing 5 New Akiles Laminators & Binding Machines

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Akiles iCoil 41+ Coil Binding MachineAt ABC Office we make it our goal to continually add new products to our site that we feel offer you a great value. This includes products that are durable, affordable and easy to use. We are proud to announce the addition of 5 new Akiles office products to our site.

Akiles is one of the most reputable and well-known manufacturers that we offer on our site. This includes binding machines, laminators, paper joggers and many other products. One thing I personally like about Akiles is that their products feature a great build quality and I rarely (if ever) hear complaints about Akiles products.

We have added 3 new binding machines and 2 new laminators. Here is a brief description of each.

  • Akiles iCoil 41+ – This coil binding machine is compact, includes just about everything you need to bind a book and features oval-shaped holes that make coil insertion and page turns easier.
  • Akiles iWire 31 – This compact wire binding machine features a great build quality, a 3:1 pitch punching pattern and folds up into a compact shape that is easy for storage.
  • Akiles iWire 21 – The iWire 21 features the more popular 2:1 pitch hole pattern. It is easy to use, compact and can be used to bind a book in just a few minutes.
  • Akiles iLam 240 – This 9.4″ pouch laminator can be used to laminate most letter-size and smaller documents. Four rollers, an adjustable temperature control and a reverse motor switch make this machine ideal for most laminating jobs.
  • Akiles iLam 340 – This wider format 13″ pouch laminating machine is ideal for laminating signs, menus and other larger material. It can also be used to laminate smaller documents. It also features 4 rollers, an adjustable temperature and a reverse motor switch.

So there you have it! A total of 5 new Akiles products. You can find our entire selection of Akiles office equipment by visiting us here. Have a great day!

How To Bind Books With A Comb Binding Machine

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Comb Binding MachinesComb binding continues to be one of the most popular and widely used binding formats today. This is because the machines are affordable, the supplies are extremely cheap and comb binding can be used to bind books, reports, presentations and more. The combs themselves are very durable and can be re-opened and re-used.

So how exactly do you use a comb binding machine? Whether you’re looking for a machine, or simply lost your manual, I am going to provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to use a comb binding machine. While machines vary from model to model, the overall procedure is usually very similar.

This guide will show you how to completely comb bind a book in 7 easy steps.

Step 1. Familiarize yourself with the machine. This may involve adjusting the margin punching depth, disengaging punching pins and other components.

Comb Binding Step 1

Step 2. Gather the paper you intend to bind. This usually involves the paper, a back cover and a front cover. Grab a comb that will fit the thickness of the book you intend to bind.

Comb Binding Step 2

Step 3. Grab the first few sheets to be punched. The amount that can be punched depends on the machine being used.

Comb Binding Step 3

Step 4. Take your pre-sorted stack of paper, place it in the machine and punch the paper. Repeat this process until all the paper has been punched.

Comb Binding Step 4

Step 5. Take the binding comb and place it on the comb opener. Open the comb up. This is usually done by pulling or pushing a handle, depending on whether you have a single or double handle machine.

Comb Binding Step 5

Step 6. Take your stack of punched paper and feed the opened comb’s teeth through the punched holes.

Comb Binding Step 6

Step 7. Release the comb opener and close the comb. Remove the book from the machine. Your done!

Comb Binding Step 7

Step 8. Repeat the process if you are binding more than one book.

Hopefully this guide helps you out. I have used many different designs, brands and styles of comb binding machines. Once you know how to use one, other models are pretty simple to use.

You can find our entire selection of comb binding machines here and our entire selection of comb binding supplies here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with your comb binding questions. Have a great day!

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