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Fellowes Helios 60 Thermal Binding Machine Review

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Fellowes Helios 60 Thermal Binding MachineThermal binding is one of the least known but one of the best looking binding formats around. It is easy to do and machines typically cost very little money. Fellowes recently unveiled a new line of thermal binding machines under the Helios name. I will be reviewing the new Fellowes Helios 60 thermal binder (found here).

To begin with, the Helios 60 is one of the highest-capacity thermal binding machine we offer. It is capable of thermally binding up to 600 sheets of paper at a time. Impressive. The only other binding machine that even compares is the VeloBind System III from GBC.

This doesn’t mean the Helios 60 can only bind large amounts of paper. It can also be used to bind small reports as well. The binding capacity is determined by the thermal binding cover being used. The Fellowes Helios 60 uses special thermal binding covers, available in different thicknesses.

The thermal binding covers typically consist of a clear cover and a card stock backing. The spine is filled with thermally activated glue. Much like a hot glue gun, when the glue gets hot it turns into a liquid that then sticks to the paper. You essentially put your documents in the cover, place that cover in the machine, remove the cover and wait for it to cool. The process is fast, simple and only takes 1-3 minutes (depending on the size).

The new Helios 60 has an attractive design. The glossy sheen and the rounded corners look almost like an art piece. This machine can be used on a desk and folds up into a compact design for easy storage.

The panel is easy to read and access and the machine will automatically shut off if left unattended. It is also designed to be cool to the touch.

The Helios 60 best used for creating reports and is not typically used for long-term binding. For long-term binding, it is best to use a machine that utilizes a binding element such as comb, wire, coil or VeloBind. If you don’t believe you will need the full 600 page binding capacity, the Helios is available as the Helios 30, which has a 300-sheet capacity.

You can find the Fellowes Helios 60 thermal binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of binding machines here.

Fellowes Helios 30 Thermal Binding Machine Review

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Fellowes Helios 30 Thermal Binding MachineThermal binding is one of the least known binding formats used today. This isn’t because it is bad, but because more common methods such as comb, wire and coil have taken precedence. Fellowes recently unveiled one of their newest thermal binding machines called the Helios 30 (found here). This new machine is both attractive and very affordable. Is it a machine you consider using?

The new Fellowes Helios 30 replaces their older TB 250 thermal binding machine. I personally find the new Helios 30 much more pleasing on the eyes. Fellowes has some very talented design engineers on staff as they continue to make some of the most attractive office machines used today.

To start with, the Fellowes Helios 30 uses a binding format called thermal binding. As the title would suggest, heat is involved. The Helios 30 uses special thermal binding covers that have glue in the spine. The glue is very similar to what is found in a hot glue gun.

Once plugged in, the Helios 30 warms up a heating element. This entire process takes about one to three minutes. While the machine is warming up, you can take your report or paperwork and place it in a thermal binding cover.

Once warmed up, the cover is placed in the machine. The machine then heats up the cover, melting the glue. As might be expected, the glue soaks into the spine of the paper. This process takes about a minute. After a minute, the cover can be removed where the glue later cools down. Once solidified, the booklet is bound.

Thermally bound reports and books look very nice. The Helios 30 can be used with a thermal binding cover up to an amazing 300 sheets of paper.

One thing I really like about the Helios 30 is the HeatShield technology built into the machine. This allows the Helios 30 to get blazing hot on the inside, for melting the glue, but remain cool on the outside. This is ideal for safety, not to mention you don’t want to be using a heat-radiating machine throughout the day.

While thermal binding is attractive, it generally isn’t used for long-term binding. On top of that, you need to be aware that the Fellowes Helios 30 must use special thermal binding covers. You cannot use any cover you want.

The Helios 30 is attractive and compact. It is very user friendly and features an easy-to-use control panel. Once done, the machine can be folded flat for easy storage.

You will find the Fellowes Helios 30 thermal binding machine here. The Helios thermal binding is available in a larger size called the Helios 60 found here. You will find our entire selection of thermal binding machines here.

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