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Can A Binding Machine Handle Clear Covers, Card Stock and Chipboard?

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Intelli-Bind IB850 Electric Comb Binding MachineI recently had a conversation with a customer who was buying a comb binding machine (found here). They asked me if the comb binding machine they were looking at could be used to punch non-standard paper items such as clear covers, card stock and chipboard. While capacities can vary from machine to machine, my answer to them was yes. I did have a few bits of advice, however, that you should take into account when punching thicker materials with your binding machine.

  • Binding Clear Covers (found here) – Most wire, coil and comb binding machines can handle clear covers. All binding machines have a maximum sheet capacity that they can handle. This sheet capacity is based on standard 20# bond paper. Because clear covers are made of a different material and are sometimes thicker, you may not be able to punch as many at a time. I recommend you start by punching just one clear cover to start with. See how that goes and increase the amount until it starts to become difficult. The most important thing is to not strain the binding machine.
  • Book Binding CoversBinding Card Stock (found here) – Card stock, often called binding covers or report covers, are often used on the back and sometimes the front of a bound document. As is the case with clear covers, I recommend that you scale the punching back to just one sheet until you can get a feel for how your machine handles it. Most binding machines can handle card stock. I have punched everything from paper-based card stock up to synthetic polypropylene covers without issue. I have even punched laminated paper without a problem. If you are concerned your card stock cover may be too thick, send in a sample and we can test it out.
  • Binding Chipboard (found here) – Punching chipboard with your binding machine can be iffy depending on the machine and how thick the chipboard is. The chipboard we offer is about 20 mils thick (0.021″), which is thin enough that most binding machines can handle it. The only downside is that some people out there offer some very thick chipboard that will not work with all machines. As far as chipboard is concerned (unless you are buying ours), I recommend sending in a sample to have tested prior to making a binding machine purchase.

The best thing about using clear covers, card stock and chipboard for binding books is you can add your own touch and personality to the finished product.  Most book binding machines are very versatile and you shouldn’t have any problem. We stock much of what we sell, so please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to have your samples tested or to ask a question. You can find our entire selection of binding machines here.

Best Binding Covers for Your Reports and Presentations

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Book Binding CoversIf you’re binding a report or presentation, regardless of style, you more than likely want it to look professional. There are several ways you can go about doing this. I personally recommend using a binding cover. Our binding covers will work with comb, wire, coil or Velobind and they look great! Here are the binding covers I personally recommend.

To start with, you’re probably going to need a front cover and a back cover. I personally recommend using some sort of a clear cover for the front and a card stock cover for the back. We offer clear covers in various thicknesses and back covers in a variety of colors and styles. Another great option for a front cover is a card stock cover with a window. I will briefly describe the differences between binding covers.

Best Binding Covers for Your Reports and Presentations

Clear Binding Covers – Clear covers come in a variety of thicknesses, these being 5, 7 and 10 mils. A mil is a thousandth of an inch. The smaller the number, the thinner the cover. We offer clear covers in clear and matte finishes. Clear covers are by far the most common front binding cover used by our customers.

Polypropylene Binding Covers (Poly Covers) – Polypropylene covers, often-called poly covers, are synthetic binding covers. Some, such as sand and leather finish, are designed to look like card stock. We also offer poly covers with a crystal, strip and hologram finish. Each of these styles come in a variety of colors. These types of covers are quickly growing in popularity due to their durability.

Sturdy Grain Binding Covers – These types of covers have a non-glossy leatherette finish to them. Available in a variety of colors, these covers have always been a hit. These covers are made from a paper-based card stock.

Linen Binding Covers – Linen binding covers, which are a type of thicker card stock, have a cross-hatch pattern on them that almost have the appearance of fabric. This style of binding cover is one of my personal favorites.

Composition Binding Covers – Composition covers, after clear covers, are one of our most popular book binding covers. These covers have a leatherette texture to them. One side has a glossy shine to it and the other side is dull. These covers look excellent on the back of a report or presentation.

Window or no Window? So should you go with a window or without a window? It really depends on where you will be using the cover. Solid covers are best used on the back of a report and covers with windows are best for the front. The small window allows contents from the page, located underneath, to show through. Many people like to buy binding covers in pairs, with and without windows.

Standard or Oversize? We offer binding covers in a standard 8 ½” x 11″ (square corners) and an oversize 8 ¾” x 11 ½” format (round corners). The size you use really depends on your preference and the type (and size) of paper you will be binding. Standard 8 ½” x 11″ covers are by far the most popular purchased.

I hope this mini guide helps you find the right cover for your presentation. It’s amazing how much book binding covers spruce up a presentation or report. You can find our entire selection of binding covers here. You can find our entire selection of book binding machines and supplies here.

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