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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.

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.

Advice: Speeding Up Book Binding Operations

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Book Binding MachinesWhile manually binding your own books doesn’t take a long time, I have had many people ask me how they can speed things up. I would say the average amount of time it takes to bind a book is about 1-5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the book and the machine being used. Here are a few tools you can use to potentially cut that time in half.

The following tips should help you speed up binding operations for comb, wire and coil binding. While each of these binding formats look different, they all implement very similar techniques.

Speeding Up Book Binding Operations

Binding Attachments / Modular Accessories – If you have a fairly basic book binding machine, you can easily upgrade the speed by purchasing separate attachments.

All of these attachments will allow one person to handle paper punching while a separate person can use the modular attachment to finish the job. This can almost double your book binding speed.

Stand-Alone Punch – Stand-along paper punches are designed to punch large volumes of paper. The can be used in conjunction with a modular binding accessory or along side a book binding machine. Many of our stand-alone punches can punch 20+ sheets of paper at a time. Higher punching capacities really speeds up the book binding process. You can find our stand-alone paper punches here.

Electric Upgrade – While manual punch book binding machines are nice, they aren’t recommended for medium to high-volume binding. An electric punch binding machine can be a huge upgrade and is well worth the investment. Electric punch binding machines typically have a higher punching capacity and are much faster.

Akiles Oval Coil Binding HolesCoil Hole Upgrade – If you are coil binding, an oval hole upgrade may be well worth the investment for speed. I’ll explain.

Coil binding, at least for me, can be a little difficult when binding thicker books. This is because the holes are small and navigating the coils through the holes can be a little difficult. I don’t have this problem with thinner books.

About a year ago Akiles unveiled a new line of coil binding machines that utilize an oval hole rather than a round hole. The oval hole design really speeds up coil insertion. Akiles machines that feature the oval holes typically have a “PLUS” after the model name. You can find our Akiles coil binding machines here. You can find our Akiles coil binding machines here.

Separate Machine – This suggestion may seem like obvious advice, but it is often cheaper to buy a second machine than to purchase a separate punch or attachment. This way you can have 2 people simultaneously punching and binding books.

I have found that most of the tips mentioned above will help significantly increase your book binding speed.

We have a great team of highly trained binding specialists here at ABC Office that can help offer binding advice and suggestions. Feel free to speak with one of them by calling 1-800-658-8788.

You can find our entire selection of book binding machines here. Have a great day!

Features To Look For In A Wire Binding Machine

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Wire Binding MachinesWire binding is one of the classiest and best-looking book binding formats available today. When done correctly, twin loop wire almost appears to defy the laws of nature. Wire binding is commonly used for binding reports, presentations, books and more. So what should you look for when buying a wire binding machine? Here are a few tips that should help you out.

Features To Look For In A Wire Binding Machine

  1. Binding Pitch – Wire binding machines come in 3 different hole patterns. These hole patterns are 3:1 pitch (3 holes per inch), 2:1 pitch (2 holes per inch) and Spiral-O (19-ring wire). The 3:1 and 2:1 pitch are the most popular hole patterns. Some wire binding machines come with multiple punching dies, making it possible to bind in 2:1 or 3:1 pitches.
  2. Paper Size – The majority of wire binding machines can easily handle letter size 8 ½” x 11″ paper. If you are wire binding legal size documents (14″) or larger, you will want to get a machine that either has a wider punching width a machine is open ended.
  3. Punching Capacity – Each wire binding machine has a maximum punching capacity. This amount is the absolute maximum amount of sheets you can punch before breaking or jamming the machine. Most wire binding machines punch anywhere from 8-20 sheets of paper, depending on the make and model.
  4. Book Thickness – Be sure and determine the maximum thickness you need for your books prior to purchasing a machine. Be aware that 3:1 wire can only bind up to 9/16″ of paper and 2:1 pitch up to 1 ¼” of paper. Spiral-O 19-ring wire handles about 1″ of paper.
  5. Margin Depth – Different diameters of wire require holes to be punched at different depths in the paper. This capability is known as an adjustable margin depth. Not all wire binding machines have this capability. I, for one, really like this feature.
  6. Disengageable Dies – If you plan on binding non-standard paper sizes, or smaller lengths of paper, you may want a wire binding machine with disengageable punching dies. This will allow you to disable specific punching pins, which will allow you to eliminate half-punched holes that often show up on the edges of non-standard paper sizes.
  7. Machine Durability – How durable do you need your machine to be? Wire binding machines come in plastic, aluminum and heavy-duty steel designs. Many machines implement a combination of the three. Most heavy-duty steel machines hold up better when used continuously throughout the day. If you are only binding a few books a day, machine composition may not be as big a deal as plastic and aluminum machines typically cost less.
  8. Wire Closer – If you find a wire binding machine that doesn’t come with a wire closer, don’t buy it. A wire closer is 100% needed to complete the wire binding process. Wire closers, however, can be purchased separately if needed. Machines that have wire closers (which is most models) come in different configurations. Some require you to eyeball how far the wire has closed where other machines allow you to dial in the wire radius you are using for an even “close” every time. I personally like it when the wire binding machine allows you to set the wire diameter. Wire that has been closed too much or too little can cause some serious problems.
  9. Electric or Manual – Wire binding machines are often available with manual or electric punches. While the end results look the same either way, electric wire punches are better for higher-volume binding. If you are only binding a few books a day, a manual wire punch is probably more than enough.
  10. Foot Pedal – If you are buying a wire binding machine with an electric punch, you may want to consider a machine with a foot pedal. Foot pedals allow for hands-free punching, which is really nice when binding a lot of books.

You can find our entire selection of wire binding machines here and our entire selection of wire binding supplies here. Good luck with your wire binding! If you still have questions, give us a call at 1-800-658-8788.

Wire Binding Machines – Square or Round Holes?

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Wire Binding MachinesSo you’re looking for a wire binding machine and have noticed that some come with round holes and others come with square holes. Is there much of a difference between the two styles and should you choose one over another? I will try to answer a few of these questions here.

To begin with, wire binding machines are available with square, rectangle and round punching dies. Square and rectangular-shaped hole patterns make up well over 90% of the hole patterns found in modern-day wire binding machines. Round wire hole patterns are very rare to find in machines.

3:1 Pitch Wire Binding Hole PatternWire comes in 2:1, 3:1 and Spiral-O hole patterns. The binding supplies used depend on the pitch of the wire binding machine. The pitch is the distance between the holes.

2:1 Pitch Wire Binding Hole PatternA 3:1 pitch square hole typically measures in at 4mm x 4mm. A 2:1 pitch hole pattern looks square, but it is actually slightly rectangular in shape, measuring in at 4mm x 5.5mm.

19-Ring Spiral-O Wire Binding PatternSpiral-O wire binding machines only punch paper using a rectangular hole pattern like what’s used with comb binding. The Spiral-O hole measures in at 3.12 x 7.94mm.

Many multi-format binding machines with interchangeable punching dies give you the option of purchasing a square or a round hole pattern.

Are there any advantages of using square vs. a round hole for wire binding? There are no advantages or disadvantages. Both hole patterns work with twin loop wire. The only difference is the appearance, which is a matter of personal preference.

One thing you should be aware of is that round holes are typically associated with coil binding. Coil binding, however, uses a completely different hole pattern than wire binding. Supplies from wire binding cannot be used with coil punched hole patterns.

Most wire binding machines will specify on their product pages whether they punch square or round holes. Most wire binding machines also show, on the machine itself, which hole pattern they punch.

You can find our entire selection of twin-loop wire binding machines here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our wire binding specialists.

Wire Binding Troubleshooting Tips

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Wire Binding Machine TroubleshootingIs your wire book binding project not turning out exactly the way you had hoped? It happens to the best of us. Even with 10+ years of wire binding experience under my belt, I have come across book binding issues. The good news is that most wire binding troubles are easy to solve. Here are a few tips to help you out.

Common Wire Binding Issues

  1. Half-Punched Holes – If you are experiencing half-punched holes, you are either punching paper that is shorter or longer than the machine is designed to handle or you don’t have the side margin adjusted correctly.The side margin is the easiest fix. Loosen it and slide it left or right until you have eliminated the half-punched holes.If you are still experiencing half-punched holes, you will probably need to get a machine equipped with a disengageable (selectable) punching die. This will allow you to disable punching pins on the machine and eliminate half-punched holes.
  2. Pages Fall Out – If pages are falling out of your bound book, you probably haven’t closed the wire enough. Insert the wire spine back into your machine’s wire closer and close the wire a little more.
  3. Pages Won’t Turn – If pages won’t turn, you are either using a wire binding spine that is too small or you have closed the wire too much. Either get the correct size diameter of wire or fine-tune the wire closer on your machine.
  4. Annoying Seam Along Spine – If you are experiencing a seam along your wire binding spine, you have probably bound the book incorrectly. When wire binding, you want to have the last page on the top of the book. Once the binding process is complete, the back page (currently on top) can be turned back around to the last page. This will hide the wire seam.
  5. Won’t Punch Paper – If you’re machine won’t punch paper, you are either punching too much paper at a time or your punching pins are dull. Try scaling back the paper you are punching.
  6. Punching Crooked – If your machine is punching crooked, you may have some punched paper stuck in the punch. Take a look, using a flashlight, and make sure the punching pins are cleared and that there is no paper in the way of the punch. If there is excess paper in the punch, empty the tray and try to clear out the punch by using a piece of card stock (sliding back and forth).

These are just a few of the most common wire binding issues our customers and I have experienced. Hopefully these troubleshooting tips will keep your wire binding machines up and running.

You can find our entire selection of wire binding machines here.

Tamerica VersaBind-E 4-in-1 Electric Binding Machine Review

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Tamerica VersaBind-E 4-in-1 Electric Binding MachineHow many times have you wanted to bind a book in a different format than what you already have? We always want what we can’t have, right? Well now maybe you can. With the Tamerica VersaBind-E 4 in 1 electric binding machine (found here), you can bind books in up to 4 different popular formats. This is my review.

Tamerica is one of the leading book binding machine manufacturers around. They manufacture a wide selection of popular binding machines, laminators and paper cutters. Their machines feature a good build quality at a decent price.

The VersaBind-E is one of the most versatile book binding machines around. That is because it can bind books in 19-ring plastic comb, 3:1 Wire-O wire, 2:1 wire and 4:1 coil. This is pretty impressive for any binding machine.

The machine itself utilizes what’s known as interchangeable punching dies, which Tamerica calls the EZ slide system. This means that the punching die can be removed and a new one can be added. You literally slide out the die and insert another. This is not only nice because you can punch holes for multiple binding formats, but it also makes it extremely easy to replace punching dies when the become dull.

The Tamerica VersaBind-E includes a comb opener, a wire closer and a coil insertion channel. It is basically like having 4 different binding machines in one single model. This is pretty neat if you ask me.

The punching die on the VersaBind-E is completely electric. It is operated by use of a foot pedal. This allows you to hold the paper you are punching with both hands. This allows for accurate and aligned punching. A foot pedal also helps speed the entire book binding process. The electric punch is capable of punching through up to 20 sheets of paper at a time.

The build quality on the Tamerica VersaBind-E is actually pretty nice. The punching dies are metal and the machine itself appears to be made from durable metal components. The price is certainly right, especially considering everything you get.

I have to say that I personally really like the VersaBind-E, especially considering all the different binding formats it can perform. This is a great binding machine to have in an office, school, church or copy center. Not only does it have interchangeable dies, but it is electric.

You can find the Tamerica VersaBind-E 4 in 1 electric binding machine here and our entire selection of book binding machines here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

Black Wire Binding Supplies (2:1, 3:1 & 19-Ring Spiral-O)

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Wire Binding Supplies from ABC OfficeWire binding, sometimes called twin loop or double loop wire, is one of the most attractive book binding formats used today. If you already own a wire binding machine, you probably know what I mean. The end results look professional and are perfect for reports, presentations and booklets.

I often get asked which color of wire binding supply is most popular. The title of my post has probably already given away the answer to this question, but black is by far the most popular color. There are several reasons for this.

Black wire binding supplies match with just about any binding cover. They can be used with clear covers, plastic report covers and even card stock. Another reason black is so popular is because it doesn’t draw too much attention. Most people want the cover of their report to be the focal point, not the binding spine.

Black Wire Binding Supplies

We offer black wire binding supplies in three different hole formats. These are 2:1 pitch, 3:1 pitch and 19-ring Spiral-O. You need to make sure you use the correct hole pattern for your machine. Unfortunately supply hole patterns and machine hole patterns are not interchangeable.

You can find our black wire binding supplies here:

We also offer a wide range of other colors. Other popular colors include white and silver. We currently over about 5 common colors. You can find our entire selection of wire binding supplies here.

If needed, you can find our entire selection of wire binding machines here. Good luck with all your book binding projects!

Intelli-Bind I23W Electric Wire Binding Machine Review

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Intelli-Bind I23W Electric Wire Binding MachineDo you or your business wire bind dozens, perhaps even hundreds of books per day? If so, you probably require the use of a heavy-duty binding machine. If you need to upgrade, or are simply in the market for a new binding machine, you may want to consider the Intelli-Bind I23W electric wire binding machine (found here) from Intelli-Zone. This is my review.

Wire binding is available in several different hole patterns, each with their own unique look. The hole pattern you use will depend on how your machine is built. The two most common hole patterns are 2:1 pitch (2 holes per inch) and 3:1 pitch (3 holes per inch).

The Intelli-Bind I23W has two different punching dies, allowing the operator to punch and bind in 2:1 or 3:1 wire. This is a huge benefit and is like having two machines in one. The format you use will depend on the look you prefer and the thickness of the book. A 2:1 pitch can bind a thicker book.

Each of these punching dies is electric, capable of punching up to 20 sheets of paper at a time. If you have ever manually punched paper for wire binding, over a dozen or more books a day, you can probably appreciate the convenience an electric punch provides. Simply place your paper in the machine and press the button located on the top of the machine. The I23W punches though paper without a problem.

The front of the I23W features a wire holder. This holder keeps a wire binding element in place while you add paper to it. Once all your paper is on the spine, it can be removed from the wire holder for placement in the wire closer.

Closing the wire is one of the most important parts of wire binding. If you don’t close the wire enough, pages will fall out. If you over-close the wire, pages won’t turn well and the book looks unprofessional.

The Intelli-Bind I23W has a special scale that makes wire closer adjustment easy. Simply locate the diameter of the wire you are using on the scale and adjust the dial accordingly. Once set, closing the wire is a piece of cake. While the wire closing is done manually, it literally takes seconds and requires very little manual effort.

Now let’s get to the build quality. Having handled this machine myself, I can vouch for the fact that it is made out of all-metal construction. It weighs in at 85 pounds shipped, so you may need up to 2 people to safely move it. While it is a heavy piece of machinery, most desks and tables will be able to support it.

For a heavy-duty wire binding machine, I have to say that the I23W is probably one of the most affordable machines out there. It is easy to use, extremely durable and should be able to easily keep up with your daily book binding needs.

You can find the Intelli-Bind I23W electric wire binding machine here and our entire selection of electric wire binding machines here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our book binding machine experts. Have a great day!

Best Binding Machines For College Reports

Friday, February 4th, 2011

College Report Binding MachinesCollege is all about studying, essays, reports, tests and presentations.  Perhaps it was just my degree, but I recall handing in at least one or more reports a week. While ultimately the content of your presentation should be what’s most important, looks often mean everything. First impressions mean a lot and this applies to college as well.

I remember heading over to the local copy shop and binding my college presentations and reports. They looked good, however, I had no idea what I was doing. Little did I know back then that I would end working in the binding industry.

There are about six different styles of book binding that I can think of that were commonly used for binding reports back in the day. These same six binding styles are still commonly used today. They are not only used for binding college reports, but also for binding business presentations.

The six binding styles I am referring to are comb, wire, coil, VeloBind, tape and thermal. Each of these binding formats has their benefits. I’ll cover the benefits (and the weaknesses) of each. I’ll rate these starting with my favorites.

  1. Wire Binding – This is probably my favorite binding format for college reports. Double loop wire binding looks classy, professional and keeps things together. I personally like to use a clear cover for the front, cardstock for the back and wire as the binding element. The only downside to wire is that it can bend.
  2. Coil Binding – Coil binding is durable, long lasting and colorful. This binding style allows pages to turn a full 3six0 degrees and pages can lay flat. Coil binding is great for cookbooks, albums and presentations. The only downside is that the coil ends can be a little difficult (initially) to crimp off. Once you know what you’re doing, however, it’s pretty easy.
  3. VeloBind – VeloBind looks great. The thin ¼” wide binding strip makes presentations look like they were bound in a professional bindery. This binding format is tamper proof and long lasting. The only downside is that pages in thicker reports may be difficult to keep open. These books won’t lie flat.
  4. Comb Binding – Comb binding is probably the most affordable binding format around. The spines are cheap. While I consider comb binding to be the best format for grade school level education, many people think it doesn’t look professional enough for a college-level report.
  5. Thermal Binding – Thermal binding usually involves some sort of glue in a pre-made binding cover. I really like the look of this style of binding. Thermal covers usually involve a clear cover with a cardstock backing. The only downside to this style of binding, for college report purposes, is the machines are harder to come by and the covers usually cost a bit more.
  6. Tape Binding – Tape binding ultimately looks good (as long as it’s done right), but most tape binding formats are temporary. The ultimate weakness is that pages will eventually start falling out. Simply put, tape binding is a temporary binding format.

I hope this helps you with your college reports. Binding documents is easy to do, looks great and provides for a great first impression.

You can find our entire selection of book binding machines here. I personally like using binding covers for my report found here. Good luck with your college reports!

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