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GBC HeatSeal Pinnacle 27 Roll Laminator Video Demo

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

GBC HeatSeal Pinnacle 27 Roll LaminatorThe 27” wide roll laminator (found here) continues to be the most popular size used today. It is commonly found in schools, copy centers, print shops and businesses around the world. The 27” size is ideal for laminating posters, signs, banners, multiple letter-size documents and more. It is just a very affordable and versatile size and is an excellent upgrade over the slower pouch laminator. One laminator I recommend time and time again is the GBC HeatSeal Pinnacle 27 (found here).

Now that the popular EasyLam roll laminators are no longer available, many people ask me, “Which roll laminator do you recommend?” There are still a lot of great laminators out there, but I have always considered the Pinnacle 27 to be an excellent machine and have felt this way for years. This laminator produces excellent results, is very nicely priced and is very easy to set up.

The GBC Pinnacle is available in two different versions. You can buy it as the standard HeatSeal Pinnacle 27 or as the Pinnacle 27 EZLoad. The EZLoad version uses special roll cartridges, which is nice for people who don’t like to hassle with loading and feeding individual rolls of film. The EZLoad film packs are actually pretty affordable, considering they are a proprietary product only available from GBC.

Personally I prefer the standard Pinnacle 27 as it allows you to use standard thermal roll lamination film (the most common thermal film out there). This means if you are in a pinch and need film fast, it won’t be hard to come by. This is a huge advantage for me. Standard rolls of film are also 25%-50% less money.

Both versions of the Pinnacle 27 can be used with 1.5, 1.7 and 3 mil rolls of film. A mil is a thousandth of an inch. The higher the number the thicker the film. Most schools and businesses won’t need anything thicker than a 3 mil roll of film. Both are compatible with NAP I or NAP II film. Here is more information on the differences between the different types of NAP lam film.

Here is a video on exactly how the standard Pinnacle 27 laminator is set up and used:

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There are a lot of reasons why this laminator may be a good option for you. To begin with, it is extremely fast. Many laminators out there require you to wait a good 10-20 minutes before it is ready to use. This laminator takes just 6 minutes to warm up, which is excellent for organizations that are pressed on time. It is also nice to have someone that is easy to set up and simply “works” in a short period of time.

Controls are located on the right-side of the machine. The control panel allows you to select the type of film, adjust the temperature and adjust the speed. It also makes it very easy to shut off and start. It cans also be switches to reverse if needed. A digital readout lets you know the exact temperature of the machine.

Once you are done laminating, the machine can be turned off and a built-in slitter can be used to cut off the item you have just laminated from the continuous roll of film. This laminator is extremely easy to clean and maintain.

We have sold a lot of these laminators and they have a great track record. I would easily put this laminator up there with Ledco laminators and the now discontinued EasyLam roll laminators. If you have any questions about this laminator and its features, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We would love to help you out. You can find our entire selection of roll laminators here.

Which GBC VeloBind Machine is Right for You?

Monday, June 13th, 2011

GBC VeloBind Book Binding MachinesVeloBind, made by GBC, is one of the most popular book binding formats used today. It is right up their with coil, comb and wire binding. There are currently 3 main VeloBind machines people use today. These are the System One, System Two and System Three Pro. I will explain the differences between the three and why you may want to consider one over another.

First off, modern-day VeloBind machines use a hot-knife process for binding books, presentations and reports. All three of the GBC VeloBind models I listed use 11-prong binding strips. Once holes have been punched in paper, a top strip is inserted through the holes and a back strip is placed on the back of the book. The machine then cuts off the excess prongs and seals the front strip to the back using heat. The process is extremely solid.

Most people like VeloBind because it is sturdy, tamper proof and ideal for binding large volumes of paper. I have seen lawyer firms, construction companies, universities and many others use VeloBind to bind just about anything you can imagine. These machines are generally considered to be reliable and usually hold up for years.

Here are the biggest differences between the VeloBind System One, System Two and System Three.

GBC VeloBind System One – This machine is designed to bind up to 1″ of paper. It features a manual punch with an electric “hot knife” system that finishes the job. This particular system is ideal for low to medium-volume book binding. If you need to bind more than 1 book every 3-5 minutes, you may want to consider upgrading to a faster machine like the VeloBind System Two.

GBC VeloBind System Two – The System Two is a VeloBind system capable of binding books, reports and other material up to 2″ thick. This particular machine features an electric punch, which is nice for higher-volume binding and for use by people that don’t like the idea of manually punching paper. This system doesn’t have to bind huge books. It can also be used to bind thinner material (only 2 pages) and can use the System One’s 1″ strips. Backwards compatibility is always nice.

GBC VeloBind System Three Pro – The System Three Pro is the monster of the VeloBind line. This bad boy can bind up to 3″ of paper at a time! I am not aware of any other “element” style book binding machine with this large a capacity. It is also backwards compatible and can use 1 x 11 and 2 x 11 strips from the System One and System Two. Basically you can bind as few pages as 2 or hundreds, it all depends on the project. This machine is great for medium to high-volume binding. It even includes a debinding feature.

Regardless of the machine you need, you should consider ABC Office for your purchase. We offer some of the best prices available online, stock our own products (faster shipping) and have a Service Department that can help you keep your VeloBind machine up and running for years.

You can find our entire selection of GBC VeloBind machines here and our VeloBind supplies here. Good luck and happy binding!

Best Book Binding Machine Brands

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Best Binding Machine BrandsIf you’re looking for a book binding machine, you probably want to get one from a manufacturer that has a good reputation. While there is a lot of information out there on the best cars, Blu-ray players and laptops, there is little information regarding the best book binding machines. I have been using, selling and working with binding machines for over a decade. I have compiled a list of the best binding machine brands.

As previously mentioned, I have a lot of experience with book binding machines. This includes comb, wire, coil and many other formats. I have to admit that while I have used some absolute amazing binding machines, I have used a lot of lemons as well. I will explain why these binding machines brands are the best and why you may want to consider using them.

Best Book Binding Machine Brands

  1. Akiles Binding Machines – Akiles is probably one of the best and most reputable manufacturers of binding machines. They manufacture the WireMac, CoilMac and MegaBind book binding machines along with several other models. Akiles machines are known for their durable “metal” construction and ability to hold up after years of rigorous use.
  2. Intelli-Bind Binding Machines – Intelli-Bind, from Intelli-Zone, has been around for about a year and has developed a reputation for offering extremely affordable machines with many high-end features. Most of Intelli-Bind’s coil binding machines feature electric coil inserters. Other binding formats (coil, comb & wire) often feature disengageable punching pins and much more. These machines have a great track record with customers.
  3. Renz Binding Machines – Renz book binding machines feature elegant designs and the ability to handle higher-volume binding operations. They are probably best known for their high quality wire binding machines. Many publishers, copy centers and organizations like to use their machines for commercial wire binding operations.
  4. Tamerica Binding Machines – Tamerica (sometimes called Tahsin) offers a great line of comb, wire and coil binding machines. These machines are affordable and generally fall in the range of low to medium-volume book binding.
  5. SircleBind Binding Machines – SircleBind offers a great selection of comb, wire and coil binding machines. Having used these machines myself, I have to say that make a good low to medium-volume machine. The only thing I don’t like about their machines is there is a lot of plastic involved in the manufacturing process. That said, they have a good reputation with our customers.
  6. GBC Binding Machines – GBC offers a wide range of book binding machines, from coil to VeloBind. I have to say that it is hit and miss with GBC. I really like their VeloBind line of machines and really like their GBC C800 Pro comb binding machine, which is a modification of a very popular Ibico binding machine.

I hope this list helps you find a good machine. You can find our entire line of book binding machines here.

If you have questions, or simply need more information, feel free to speak with one of our binding machine specialists by calling 1-800-658-8788.

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.

GBC System Two VeloBind Binding Machine Review

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

GBC System 2 VeloBind Binding MachineDo you bind a lot of reports, documents and other printed material? Do you need to be able to bind a book up to 2″ thick? If your answer is yes to either of these questions, you may want to consider using a binding machine like the GBC System Two 2″ VeloBind machine (found here). I have a lot of experience with this book binder and this is my review.

The GBC VeloBind system is one of the most popular book binding systems out there. It looks great, provides a solid bind and is tamper proof. GBC sometimes markets their VeloBind systems under the SureBind name. They are both the same machine. GBC currently makes a 1″, 2″ and 3″ VeloBind machine.

The GBC System Two is a 2″ VeloBind machine. That means it can bind anywhere from 2 sheets of paper up to a maximum of 2″ of paper. Few machines are capable of binding this much paper. It can be used to bind books as small as 8 ½” long or as large as 14″ long. The most common size is 11″.

The System Two most commonly uses an 11-prong (1 x 11 or 2 x 11) VeloBind strip. This strip is very proprietary to the GBC VeloBind sytstem. It measures in at about ¼” wide and 11″ long and is available in several different colors. I will go into a little more detail on exactly how the System Two works.

To begin with, you will need to punch the paper. The GBC System Two can manually punch up to 22 sheets of paper at a time. This is a lot of paper for a binding machine. Punching 1-2″ of paper takes just a few minutes. Once the paper has been punched, the 11-prong VeloBind strip can be placed through the holes.

Once through the holes, a back strip can be applied to the VeloBind strip. The stack of paper can then be placed in the System Two for the final step. The System Two then cuts off the excess prongs and thermally seals the prongs to the back strip. The end result is an extremely tight and secure bind.

Many construction companies and lawyer’s offices like to use VeloBind because they can bind a lot of paper at once. VeloBound documents are extremely easy to file away and place on a bookshelf.

The GBC System Two VeloBind is a solid binding machine. Having used it myself, I can tell you that the quality needed for an office binding machine is all there. It has been around for years, is time tested and the end results look great.

You can find the GBC System Two 2″ VeloBind machine here and our entire selection of VeloBind machines here.

GBC CombBind C800pro Comb Binding Machine Review

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

GBC CombBind C800pro Comb Binding MachineWere you a big fan of the classic Ibico EPK-21 comb binding machine? It was a customer favorite, and when it was discontinued, we had a lot of sad customers. The good news is that the EPK-21 now lives on as the GBC CombBind C800pro electric comb binding machine (found here). With a few exceptions, it is the same old reliable machine the EPK-21 used to be.

GBC is one of the largest manufacturers of book binding machine in the USA. They manufacture comb binding machines (CombBind), ProClick binding machines and VeloBind machines. Their line of binding machines are primarily targeted towards businesses.

The C800pro is an electric comb binding machine. It features a durable electric paper punch that can punch up to 25 sheets of paper at a time. The electric punch is operated by pressing on a foot pedal. The foot pedal allows for convenient hands-free operation. This is especially nice for high-volume book binding operations.

While the GBC CombBind C800pro features an electric punch, the opener itself is manual. This shouldn’t come across as too much of a letdown though. Very (emphasis on very) few electric comb binding machines have an electric comb opener. This is because manually opening combs takes just seconds. The comb opener handle is located on the left side of the machine (a minor annoyance for a righty like me).

The C800pro has a maximum punching width of 12″ and a maximum binding thickness of about 2″ (425 sheets of 20# paper). The added width and binding thickness allow you to bind just about any book, report or presentation.

The addition of disengageable punching pins makes the C800pro perfect for custom book binding. Any of the 21 punching pins can be disengaged. This completely eliminates half-punched holes and allows you to bind books ranging from a few inches to 12″ wide without any issues.

The all-metal build quality on the C800pro is very obvious when being handled. The housing, handles, punching pins and gears are all made out of metal. The build quality is exceptional, which is probably why it is rated for commercial-volume book binding.

Overall I really like this comb binding machine. If you are a business or copy center that needs a reliable comb binding machine, this will certainly fit the bill.

You can find the GBC CombBind C800pro electric comb binding machine here and our entire selection of comb binding machines here.

How To Use A GBC VeloBind Machine

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

GBC VeloBind System One Binding MachineGBC Velobind provides one of the most stable and secure binding formats available today. This style of book binding is especially popular with law offices, construction companies and other businesses that require large volumes of paper to be securely bound. Not only is in an effective binding method, it looks great too.

I have had a chance over the years to use several different VeloBind machines. This ranges from the VeloBind System One up to the VeloBind System Three. They are very easy to use. I will demonstrate, in a step-by-step guide, exactly how to use a VeloBind machine.

This guide will be helpful in the case that you have lost your manual or if you are in the beginning steps of looking for a machine. Once you know how to use one GBC VeloBind machine, it is pretty easy to use them all. For this guide, I will be using the GBC VeloBind System Three.

Bind Using GBC VeloBind In 10 Easy Steps

Step 1. To begin with, adjust the margin adjustments to accommodate the paper size you are using. If you are using a VeloBind System Three, familiarize yourself with the electronic punch control panel.

GBC Velobind Step 1

Step 2.
Assemble the book you are bout to bind. This includes the paper content, front cover and a back cover.

GBC VeloBind Step 2

Step 3. Grab the first few sheets you are going to punch. Be sure you don’t exceed your machine’s maximum punching capacity. I personally like to scale the amount back by about 20% to be easier on the machine.

GBC VeloBind Step 3

Step 4. Insert the paper into the machine and either push the button or pull the handle to punch the paper. Repeat this process until all the paper has been punched.

GBC VeloBind Step 4

Step 5. Take your paper and job it together until all the holes line up.

GBC VeloBind Step 5

Step 6. Take your VeloBind strip and place the top portion (with the 11 prongs) through the punched holes.

GBC VeloBind Step 6

Step 7. Now take the back strip and put it on the back of your document, inserting the 11 prongs from the front strip through the back strip.

GBC VeloBind Step 7

Step 8. Take your book, along with the VeloBind strip, and place it on the machine. There is a tiny pin on the machine that will line up with a tiny pinhole on the VeloBind strip. This helps you align the book in the machine.

GBC VeloBind Step 8

Step 9.
Start up the VeloBind machine. This us usually done by bringing down a bar onto the VeloBind strip. Once started, the machine will cut off the excess prongs and seal the front strip to the back strip by using heat. This heat is why VeloBind machines are sometimes called hot knife machines.

GBC VeloBind Step 9

Step 10. Remove the book from the machine. Everything should now be completed. If needed, you can now repeat the process.

GBC VeloBind Step 10

The end results look great. I love the look of VeloBound documents. They are professional, secure and solid.

You can find our entire selection of GBC VeloBind machines here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

GBC HeatSeal Ultima 65 Roll Laminator Review

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

GBC HeatSeal Ultima 65 Roll LaminatorDo you laminate posters, maps and signs that are up to 27-inches wide and need a new or replacement roll laminator? One machine you may be looking at is the GBC HeatSeal Ultima 65 roll laminator (found here). Is this the right laminator for you? This is my review.

To begin with, GBC is a well-known manufacturer of laminators. This includes both pouch and roll laminators. Not only has GBC been making laminators for years, they continue to be one of the most popular brands of laminators to date. GBC products are considered by many to be on par with Fellowes as far as quality is concerned.

The GBC HeatSeal Ultima 65 is a 27″ wide roll laminator designed to be used with Nap-Lam I roll lamination film. This is the most common type of roll laminating film used, which is a big plus for the Ultima 65. You can find our Nap-Lam I film here. It is not uncommon for the Ultima 65 to last for years without any special maintenance.

This laminator is commonly used in schools, copy centers and other organizations that need to laminate posters, maps and signs. It is also commonly used to laminate several smaller items at once. This laminator is sometimes called a school laminator because of its popularity with schools.

While the Ultima 65 can only be used with 1.5 and 3 mil roll film, it is extremely easy to set up and use. It includes several preset temperature settings and speed controls, which results in a nice finished product.

The rollers in the Ultima 65 are also heated, which helps cut down on cold spots and eliminates annoying cloudy spots in film. It takes about 20 minutes for the Ultima 65 to be fully warmed up and ready to be used.

The GBC Ultima 65 has a motor that runs at a speed of 10 feet per minute. This is a decent speed for a laminator of this size and should get most jobs done quickly. A built-in reverse switch is especially nice for preventing or clearing out jams. An auto shutoff feature turns the laminator off automatically when not in use.

Overall I consider the GBC Ultima 65 to be a good laminator. It isn’t ideal for high-volume jobs, but should hold out and work well for use in schools. I would rate this as a medium-volume laminator.

I think the biggest downside is that it cannot be used with laminating film thicker than 3 mils (three thousandths of an inch). This isn’t an issue for most schools.

You can find the GBC HeatSeal Ultima 65 roll laminator here. You can find our entire selection of roll laminating machines here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with laminator questions.

GBC VeloBind System One Binding Machine Review

Monday, September 20th, 2010

GBC VeloBind System One Binding MachineWhether you are looking for an attractive binding format or needs something that will hold up well over time, you may want to look at the GBC VeloBind System One binding machine (found here). This machine has been around for some time and I have had many opportunities to use it. This is my review.

To begin with, GBC (General Binding Company) created the technology that is now known as VeloBind. Binding machines that handle this type of binding come in one, two and three-inch designs. VeloBind has also been marketed as QuickBind and SureBind.

Unlike many other binding formats out there, VeloBind only punches 11 holes along the 11-inch side of a sheet of paper. While only using 11 holes, VeloBind is still considered to be one of the most solid and long lasting binds available today.

The VeloBind System One is designed to punch and bind books up to 1″ thick. The punch itself is manually operated and the binding process is done by the machine using a “hot knife” system. This means it cuts off the excess prongs (total of 11) and seals them off with heat. This is what actually attaches the back binding strip to the front. The entire process takes about 10 seconds.

The System One can punch about 1/8-inch of material at a time. This can be paper, card stock, clear covers and other report cover. The punch isn’t hard to use. Due to the “U” shape of the handle, it is easy to grab and use from just about any angle.

The System One is especially popular for use with law firms, construction companies and others that need a solid bind. As previously mentioned, the System One can bind 1″ of material. This equals out to be about 250 sheets of standard copy paper. The bind is not just solid, but it is also tamper proof.

The biggest disadvantage of VeloBind is that books bound with this format cannot lay flat. This is because the spine of the book does not pivot on a binding element, as is the case with wire, comb and coil. The end of the book is literally clamped together with the binding strip. I don’t have any problem reading VeloBound books, they just can’t be laid flat on a table.

While I’m not the biggest fan of GBC binding machines (comb / wire), I do really like their VeloBind line of binding machines. I think the end result is classy and the VeloBind System One is a well-built machine.

You can find the GBC VeloBind System One binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of VeloBind machines here. While I don’t have a video demo available of the System One at this time, I do have one of the VeloBind System Three that you can find here. While the machines are a little different, the process is very similar.

Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions regarding VeloBind machines.

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