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Akiles iCoil 41+ Spiral Binding Machine Review

Thursday, May 21st, 2015
The Akiles iCoil 41+ spiral binder comes loaded with several features

The Akiles iCoil 41+ Spiral Binding Machine

 

 

Coil Binding’s Full Meal Deal

 

You know how you might enjoy a $5 Buck Lunch at Dairy Queen with a bacon cheeseburger, fries, drink, plus a sundae. Well, the Akiles iCoil 41+ Spiral binding machine draws several similarities. Just like the $5 Buck Lunch is a hearty deal that will keep your belly satisfied for several hours, the iCoil 41+ comes loaded with features not commonly found in a coil binding machine in its class.

 

The iCoil 41+ has a 4:1 pitch hole pattern that produces oval-shaped punched holes. This feature makes it easier to insert/spin the PVC binding coils through the punched pages. Oval-shaped holes also make it easier to turn the pages in a document. They improve the document binding process by as much as 50 percent.

 

The iCoil includes coil crimping pliers, an accessory you typically purchase separately from the coil binding machine. There’s a clever little electric coil inserter that’s concealed under the machine’s lid. This design makes the unit more compact for storage. The anti-dust cover also helps keep the machine interior clean when not in use. The iCoil 41+ has built-in coil measuring guides that enable you to select the correct coil size for the number of pages you are using. The machine’s vertical punching design improves document sheet alignment and reduces punching slip-ups and errors.

 

This coil binder by Akiles has an ergonomically designed punch handle that provides almost effortless punching. There’s also an electric foot pedal to activate the electric coil inserter. This makes coil binding fast and easy.

 

You will simplify your coil binding work with the Akiles iCoil Plus. This convenient and compact coil binding system gets the job done quickly and efficiently. Be sure to contact ABC Office today for more details about the Akiles iCoil 41+ Spiral Binding Machine.

 

Coil Binding Machine Review: Akiles CoilMac-EPI Plus 4:1

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Akiles CoilMac-EPI Plus Review

Akiles CoilMac-EPI Plus 4:1


Akiles CoilMac-EPI Plus 4:1 Coil Binding Machine w/ Inserter (Oval Holes)

I recently had a customer ask me to explain the differences between two electric coil binding machines: The Akiles CoilMac-EPI Plus 4:1 and Renz SPB 360 Comfort Electric Coil Binding Machine. These are both high-volume, quality coil binding machines engineered to withstand heavy use throughout the workday. We rarely receive complaints from customers about either brand.

The Renz SPB 360 is a tried and tested model that offers several features needed for high-volume document binding. It has a unique built-in coil-crimping device that cuts and bends excess binding coil, eliminating the need for crimping pliers.

Over the years, however, I have been very impressed with how Akiles has been able to design a binding machine that has so many features to offer for such a modest price. When I entered the document finishing industry over 12 years ago, Renz was pretty much the dominant force in high-end binding machines. That prominence has changed since then, thanks to the determination of the product engineers from Akiles. They have not only successfully competed in the document binding machine market, but have surpassed their competition in several key areas.

Most coil binding machines punch round holes. The Akiles CoilMac-EPI Plus 4:1 does not. This unique electric coil-binding machine actually punches out oval-shaped holes with its built-in electric punch. This slight modification in hole design dramatically speeds up the coil insertion process. This allows for slightly more space for the coil to move within and reduces the frustration often encountered when coil and punched paper don’t always exactly match up. The machine’s 54 punch pins may be disengaged so that you can create custom-sized documents and books.

The Akiles CoilMac-EPI Plus, with rugged all-metal construction, boasts a high volume punch capacity of 25 sheets. This rating applies to 20 lb. standard copy paper. The punch motor has reverse anti-jam feature that helps you dislodge stacks of paper or covers that were too thick.

The machine also provides a full-length, heavy-duty electric coil inserter on the front of the unit for convenient coil insertion. The CoilMac-EPI Plus comes with a built-in coil diameter selector and premium oval coil crimping pliers.

When you are ready to order your electric coil binding machine, be sure to mention this article to save an additional seven percent!

How to use Coil Crimping Pliers

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Coil Crimping Pliers for Coil BindingIf you own a coil binding machine, you have either mastered or have gotten very frustrated with the final step of the binding process; the coil crimping pliers (found here). If you have coil crimping pliers, or you are considering buying a coil binder, you will want to read this article. I am going to go through the coil crimping process step by step. This guide should help you to master the art of coil crimping.

Coil binding supplies come in 12″ lengths for use in binding 11″ documents. The added length is done on purpose. Once a coil is spun through paper that has been punched for coil, the coil supply is spun through. The result is about ½” of excess coil on each end of the book. This allows the operator of the machine to cut off and crimp the excess coil. The crimping prevents the coil from spinning back out. The process is actually quite ingenuous and it works well.

Coil crimping pliers look a lot like needle nose pliers. They are relatively small and fit in the palm of your hand. Some binding machines include the pliers, where others require you to purchase them separately. The are spring loaded and all you really need to do is position them correctly and squeeze them shut. Here is a step-by-step guide on exactly how to use them:

  1. Pick up the book you are binding with your left hand.
  2. Grab the coil crimping pliers with your right.
  3. Point the red dot on the coil crimping pliers towards the document you are binding.
  4. Insert the coil into the mouth of the pliers. The closer you can get to the edge of the book the better.
  5. Squeeze the crimping pliers.
  6. If done correctly, it will cut of excess coil and will crimp the coil 40 to 90 degrees, preventing the coils from slipping back out.
  7. Repeat this process for the other side of the book. You can switch hands if you are left handed.

Sometimes seeing this done is even more helpful. Here is a video demo of coil crimping pliers in use.

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Once you have the technique down, it really isn’t that hard. I can crimp both sizes of a document in under 10 seconds easily and often faster. It definitely looks far more complicated than it really is. If you don’t want to bother with coil crimping pliers, or you simply want to speed up the process, there are machines out there that cut and crimp both sides off simultaneously. An example of a coil crimping machine is the Akiles Finish-A-Coil E1 (found here)

I have had many people ask me if they can simply use needle nose pliers. You can, but you have to be more careful and the process is slower. Most people take the needle nose pliers, cut off the excess coil and then using the sample pliers to bend the coil over.

I hope this guide helps you out! If you still have questions, or need help, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We would love to help you out. We also have a great selection of coil binding machines (found here) and coil binding supplies (found here).

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