Posts Tagged ‘VeloBind Binding Machines’

Best GBC VeloBind Machine for You

Monday, November 28th, 2011

GBC VeloBind System One Binding MachineGBC VeloBind machines provide a professional and nice looking bind. Having used VeloBind myself to bind several reports and presentations for college, I can vouch for the fact that they make a great impression. Few binding formats beat a VeloBound document with a nice clear cover front and a card stock back cover. So which machine should you purchase for your business or copy center? There are 4 viable options available and these are my recommendations.

Four Different VeloBind Machines:

Before you purchase a GBC VeloBind machine, there are 2 primary questions you need to ask yourself:

How thick are your documents? VeloBind machines are modeled and designed to handle a maximum thickness. The System One can handle 1″ of paper, the System Two can handle 2″ and the System Three can handle 3″ of paper. It is a pretty straightforward system. The larger machines, such as the GBC System Three Pro, can also handle 2″ and 1″ strips. The larger machines are all backwards compatible.

If you don’t think you will ever need to bind a book thicker than 1″, and you don’t need an electric punch, the VeloBind System One is going to be more than enough for you. If you need to bind up to1 ½” of paper, you’ll need a VeloBind System Two (etc…).

GBC VeloBind System Three Pro Book Binding MachineHow many books do you need to bind per day? Hot Knife VeloBind machines are partially automated. The cutting and heat sealing of the VeloBind strips is all automatic. The punch, however, is not electric on all the VeloBind machines. The Tamerica V200-Pro (SecureBind) and the GBC VeloBind System One both feature a manual punch. The GBC System Two and System Three Pro both have electric punches.

If you expect to bind more than a few dozen books a day, you may want to consider using an electric punch. This will be faster and will cut down on operator fatigue.

Customer Favorite – Having used all of the GBC VeloBind machines and the Tamerica V2000-Pro Secure Bind (SecureBind is Tamerica’s version of VeloBind), I have to say that the System One is my favorite simply because it is affordable and does a great job. That’s not to say that the System 2 or System 3 Pro are bad, they just aren’t as popular with our customers.

The Tamerica V2000Pro is a good alternative to the GBC System Two, however, I would personally go with the GBC System One over the Tamerica V2000-Pro for 1″ binding.  I personally think the GBC VeloBind machine is a slightly better built machine.

You can find our entire selection of VeloBind book binding machine here and our 11-prong hot knife VeloBind strips here.

Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any of your VeloBind questions. Have a great day!

Types of GBC VeloBind Strips / Number of Prongs

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

GBC VeloBind MachineIf you own a GBC VeloBind machine, you probably need to buy VeloBind strips from time to time. One thing you may have discovered, while shopping around, is that GBC (over the years) has released over 4 different VeloBind formats, with each format offering different sizes and capacities. With all this confusion, it’s no wonder customers often have no idea which supply they need for their machine. This guide should help you out.

I would like to start off by covering the most up-to-date and modern machines and supplies used today and ending with supplies / machines that are now discontinued.

11 Prong GBC Hot Knife VeloBind StripsHot Knife VeloBind:

The most common type of VeloBind machine is the 11-prong hot knife VeloBind machine. These machines use 11-prongs along the 11″ side of a sheet of paper, or 9 prongs (aka posts) along the 8 ½” side of a sheet of paper.

These are referred to as hot knife because a heated blade actually cuts off excess prongs and seals them to the back strip using heat. Once finished, the end result is an extremely permanent and very secure bind.

To date, GBC makes a 1″, a 2″ and a 3″ long prong. The following supplies can be used with the accompanying listed machines:

1 x 11 and 1 x 8.5 hot knife VeloBind strips (11 or 9 prong): GBC VeloBind System One, GBC V800pro, VeloBind System Two, GBC VeloBind System Three Pro, GBC VeloBind System Four, Tamerica SecureBind V2000-Pro

2 x 11 and 2 x 8.5 hot knife VeloBind strips (11 or 9 prong): VeloBind System Two, GBC VeloBind System Three Pro, GBC VeloBind System Four, Tamerica SecureBind V2000-Pro

3 x 11 and 3 x 8.5 hot knife VeloBind strips (11 or 9 prong): GBC VeloBind System Three Pro, GBC VeloBind System Four,

The 1 in 1 x 11 stands for 1″, the 2 in 2 x 11 stands for 2″ and the 3 in 3 x 11 stands for 3″ thick capacity. Larger machines, such as the VeloBind System Three Pro, can use 1″ 2″ and 3″ strips, making it completely backwards compatible. Smaller machines, such as the VeloBind System One can only use 1″ strips and not the longer 2″ or 3″ strips.

This is a video demo of the GBC VeloBind System 3 Pro in use:

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4 Prong GBC Personal VeloBind Strips

Personal VeloBind 4 Prong:

This style of VeloBind machine is designed for temporary and light volume use. The machine, available in a manual and an electric punch, use a 4 prong strip. This equals 4 total holes along the 11″ side of a sheet of paper. As you might imagine, the 4 prongs, as compared to the 11 prongs used in a hot knife system, are not nearly as stable.

Once all holes have been punched, the 4 prong VeloBind strip can be inserted through the holes. The excess prongs are then bend over and snapped into the back strip. This format still looks nice, but is not ideal for thicker books.  These are all examples of 4 prong Personal VeloBind machines: GBC V50, GBC V100, GBC V110e

6 Prong GBC Personal VeloBind StripsPersonal VeloBind 6 Prong:

This binding format is no longer used, although supplies are still available. This binding format is very similar to the 4 prong format. Because 6 holes are used, it is a little more stable than the 4 prong systems. Once the 6 holes have been punched along the 11″ side of a sheet of paper, the 6 prong VeloBind strip is inserted through the holes. The excess prongs are then bend over and snapped into the back strip.

11 Prong GBC Cold Knife VeloBind StripsCold Knife VeloBind Machines:

These binding machines provided a very secure bind without the use of heat. While 11 prongs were used with Cold Knife VeloBind machines, no heat was involved. The top strip, which featured 11 prongs, snapped into the back strip much like a zip tie. The excess prongs were broken off, making them flush with the back strip. Cold knife strips were available in ½ x 11 (1/2″ thick) and 1 x 11 (1″ thick) sizes.

While not quite as secure as a hot knife machine, the snapping zip-tie style of the cold-knife machines were very stable. Unfortunately neither the machines nor the supplies are available any more.

You can find our entire selection of GBC VeloBind machines here and our entire selection of GBC hot knife VeloBind strips here. Feel free to call one of our binding experts at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions about VeloBind machines.

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!

Debinding Capabilities of Book Binding Machines

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Binding Machines with Debind CapabilitiesI have spoken with many people who were looking for a binding machine, but had one small (yet very important) requirement. They wanted to be able to add or remove pages from their bound document later down the road. While this can be done, the binding style you use will be the ultimate determining factor on your post-binding modification capabilities.

So which book binding styles and formats are easiest and hardest for debinding? I am going to cover comb, wire, coil, Velobind and thermal binding and their debinding properties. Hopefully this will help you in your decision to buy a book binding machine.

Binding Machine Debind Capabilities

Comb Binding MachinesComb Binding – Comb binding may be one of the best debind binding formats. This is because the plastic combs used in comb binding can easily be re-opened and closed over and over again. The spines themselves can easily be removed from old documents and be re-applied to new documents.

Wire Binding MachinesWire Binding – Wire binding is probably one of the least friendly debind binding formats. Wire that has been closed can be removed, but it will be completely ruined in the process. Wire can then be re-applied to the document, but it will require a new binding element.

Coil Binding MachinesCoil Binding – Coil binding elements (aka spirals) are very easy to remove from documents, but cannot be re-used. Simply snip off the end of the coil and spin it back out of the holes. A new coil can then be re-inserted through the holes. I have personally had to do this myself after discovering that my bound document needed a few additional pages.

Velobind Binding MachinesVelobinding – The Velobind process produces a very permanent bind. While there are some Velobind debind tools available, the process can potentially destroy the document. I’ll explain.

I’ll use the GBC VeloBind System Three as an example. This machine has a built-in debind feature. You essentially place your bound document in the machine and it will re-warm the 11 sealed posts and make them soft, allowing the back strip to be pulled off. The only problem is that the ends of the posts, after the back strip is removed, end up in a “mushroom” positing that can tear up the Velobind punched holes as the posts are removed. I have seen it work and fail. I don’t recommend Velobind if you intend to remove or re-add pages later down the road.

Thermal Binding MachinesThermal Binding – Thermal binding uses hot glue that literally soaks into paper to keep it attached to the spine. As a result, the pages cannot be removed without tearing them out. You’re best result for re-binding thermally bound documents is to cut off the spine by using a stack cutter. Those pages can later be re-bound, although they’ll be about 1/8″ to ¼” shorter in width. My verdict on thermal binding and debinding: Possible? Yes. Practical? No.

In conclusion, comb binding is probably going to be your best bet for adding and removing pages. Hopefully these tips will help you find the right binding machine. As you can see, some binding machines have better debind capabilities than other machines. You can find our entire selection of book binding machines here.

If you still have some questions that are not addressed in this article, please feel free to call 1-800-658-8788 for more advice and information. Our Customer Service Associates are extremely knowledgeable and courteous.

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.

Best Report & Presentation Binding Machines

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Wire Binding MachinesAre you a business, or perhaps a college student, that need to bind a highly professional presentation or report? There are several different ways to bind a presentation or report, with some considered more professional than others. I will explain the benefits of the various binding formats we offer.

Life, and business in general, is often all about making a good first impression. A nice looking presentation or report is a great place to start. There are four main styles of binding that I would personally recommend for your reports. I will list them starting with what I consider to be the best presentation format:

Best Report & Presentation Binding Machines

  1. Wire Binding – Wire binding looks great. A wire bound presentation offers the illusion of twin loops of wire floating effortlessly through a series of 21+ holes (depending on the hole pattern). It looks great and the real metal used in wire binding is the perfect final touch.
  2. VeloBind – The GBC VeloBind format looks clean, fresh and modern. The ¼” wide colored plastic strip has a nice texture to it and looks extremely clean. Combined with a clear cover and a card stock backing, it is hard to not make a great impression.
  3. Coil Binding – Coil binding still has a great look to it and is available in several colors. The biggest benefit to coil binding is the ease at which the pages turn. Not only do pages turn easily, but they can also wrap around a full 360 degrees.
  4. Comb Binding – Comb binding is one of the most affordable book binding formats. While comb binding ultimately produces a solid bind, many people feel it has a more functional appearance to it. While it can still be used to bind excellent reports and presentations, I consider the above three formats to be better looking.

So there you have it. These are my personal recommendations on binding formats to use for creating professional reports and presentations. You can find our entire selection of binding machines here. If you need help isolating a specific make, model or in finding supplies, please feel free to contact one of our binding specialists at 1-800-658-8788.

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.

Top 12 Best Electric Binding Machines

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Electric Coil Binding MachinesIf you are binding large amounts of books, reports and presentations, you probably need an electric binding machine. To date, there are literally hundreds of different machines out there. Having used many electric binding machines myself, and having spoken with many customers, I have come up with a list of the top 10 best electric binding machines.

What qualifies a machine as being best? I take into account the build quality, ease-of-use, track record of the machine and customer feedback. The list I have come up with includes GBC VeloBind machines, coil binding machines, comb binders and wire binding equipment. Be aware that this list doesn’t mean other binding machines are bad, but they simply did not make the list.

An electric binding machine is categorized as a machine with an electric paper punch. Electric binding machines may have other electric or some manual elements, depending on the machine. Without further wait, here is my list.

Top 12 Best Electric Binding Machines

  1. Akiles CoilMac Electric Coil Binding Machine
  2. Intelli-Bind IB850 Comb Binding Machine
  3. Akiles AlphaBind-CE Comb Binding Machine
  4. Akiles WireMac-E Wire Binding Machine
  5. GBC VeloBind System 3
  6. Renz Eco S 360 Comfort Wire Binding Machine
  7. Renz Eco E Heavy Duty Wire Binding Machine
  8. Intelli-Bind I23W Wire Binding Machine
  9. Akiles MegaBind-1E Comb Binding Machine
  10. GBC C800 Pro Electric Comb Binding Machine
  11. Renz Combi S Comfort Comb Binding Machine
  12. Tamerica 240 EPB Comb Binding Machine

These electric binding machines have proven themselves time and time again to be reliable machines. You can view our entire selection of book binding machines here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

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 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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