Posts Tagged ‘Wire Binding Machines’

What Is An Electric Binding Machine?

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Electric Binding Machines from ABC OfficeThere are a lot of binding machines being sold online and in stores. Some machines claim to be manually operated, while others claim to be fully electric. Some machines are even branded as being semi-automatic. With so many different labels floating around, it can be difficult to determine what is an “electric binding machine.” Here are a few tips that should help you sort through the confusion.

To begin with, the main feature that will determine whether a machine is electric or not is the paper punch. If the paper punch is operated by an electric motor, it is an electric binding machine. While there may be other “manual” or “electric” features on the machine, the punch is still the determining factor.

Electric paper punches on binding machines dramatically cut down on fatigue when binding dozens to hundreds of books a day. Not only are electric binding machines typically faster than manual, but they often also punch more paper.

Some people may ask for a binding machine to have everything electric. In this case, they are probably looking for what’s considered a fully automatic binding machine. Fully automatic binding machines require little human interaction.

The three most common electric binding machines used today are comb, wire and coil. Here are a few “automated” features you may find in them:

  • Electric Comb Binding Machines – Electric comb binding machines use an electric motor to punch 19 holes along the 11″ side of a sheet of paper. While uncommon, some machines feature an electric comb opener. Over 90% of the comb binding machines available today, however, use a manual comb opener. There is very little speed benefit to having an electric comb opener.
  • Electric Wire Binding Machines – Electric wire binding machines use an electric motor to punch paper in a 2:1, 3:1 or 19-ring hole pattern (depending on the machine). While there are machines available with an electric wire closer, I’m not aware of any specific brands or models at this time. There is no speed benefit to using an electric wire closer as the manual wire closer is fast and requires little effort to use.
  • Electric Coil Binding Machines – Electric coil binding machines use an electric motor to punch paper in a 4:1 or 5:1 pitch hole pattern. Many coil binding machines feature an electric coil inserter. Unlike the comb and wire electric accessories, the electric coil inserter is a huge time saver versus manually inserting coils. If you are coil binding more than 5-10 books a day, I highly recommend getting a machine with an electric coil inserter.

So there you have it. Electric binding machines are perfect for long runs and continuous binding use. Most electric binding machines feature thermally protected motors that can be used throughout the day.

You can find our entire selection of book binding machines here. Feel free to call one of our binding experts at 1-800-658-8788 for answers to your electric binding machine questions. Have a great day!

2:1 Or 3:1 Pitch Wire Binding Machine & Supplies?

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Twin Loop Wire Binding MachinesAre you shopping around for a wire binding machine and can’t seem to settle on a specific hole pattern? The two most common hole patterns found in twin-loop wire binding is 2:1 and 3:1 pitch. So which format is best for you and which is most popular? Here are a few answers that may help you out.

To begin with, 2:1 pitch wire has a two-holes-per-inch pattern, where 3:1 pitch wire has a three-holes-per-inch pattern. Both styles of wire look great and both have some great benefits. Here is a brief breakdown on the two hole patterns.

2:1 Pitch Wire

2:1 Pitch Wire Binding Supplies

  • Hole Pattern – 2 Holes Per Inch
  • Loop Wire Spaced Farther Apart
  • Binds Up To 1 ¼” Of Paper

3:1 Pitch Wire

3:1 Pitch Wire Binding Supplies

  • Hole Pattern – 3 Holes Per Inch
  • Loop Wire Spaced Tightly Together
  • Binds Up To 9/16″ Of Paper

Looking at these stats, you can see that 2:1 pitch wire can bind more sheets of paper together. This is the reason I believe 2:1 pitch wire is the most popular hole pattern used today. On the flip side, many people tell me they prefer the tighter look of the 3:1 wire. A lot of it depends on your personal preference.

Many people still have a tough time settling on any one hole pattern. For this reason many binding machine manufacturers have created multi-format / combination binding machines. These types of wire binding machines typically have two different punching dies. This allows you to bind in 2:1 and 3:1 wire. While these machines typically cost a little more, they do open the door to more binding options.

You can find our entire selection of wire binding machines here and wire binding supplies here. If you still have questions, feel free to speak with one of our wire binding machine specialists at 1-800-658-8788.

Double-Loop Wire Binding Capacity & Diameter Guide

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Do you have a wire binding machine, but aren’t sure what diameter of wire you should use for the paper you are binding? While many binding manuals will offer some assistance, many machines leave users in the dark. There are many reasons why it is important that you use the correct size of double-loop wire when binding books.

Double Loop Wire Binding Supplies

To begin with, a book bound using a wire that is too large will look funny. It will still be functional, but it will not look proportional or professional. Binding a book using a wire that is too small will cause pages to bind, tear and fall out.

I am including in this post a guide that should help you determine the amount of sheets you can use for a specific diameter of wire. This should help smooth out the binding process and will hopefully save you a headache later down the road. This applies to 2:1 pitch, 3:1 pitch and Spiral-O 19-ring wire. Be aware that 2:1 pitch diameters go up to 1 1/4″, 3:1 pitch diameters go up to 9/16″ and Spiral-O 19-Ring diameters go up to 1″.

Double-Loop Wire Binding Sheet Capacity & Diameter Guide
(Based On 20# Paper)

3/16″ (4.76mm) – 10 Sheets
1/4″ (6.35mm) – 20 Sheets
5/16″ (7.94mm) – 40 Sheets
3/8″ (9.53mm) – 55 Sheets
7/16″ (11.11mm) – 70 Sheets
1/2″ (12.7mm) – 90 Sheets
9/16″ (14.29mm) – 100 Sheets
5/8″ (15.88mm) – 120 Sheets
3/4″ (19.05mm) – 50 Sheets
7/8″ (22.23mm) – 170 Sheets
1″ (25.4mm) – 200 Sheets
1 1/8″ (28.58mm) – 220 Sheets
1 1/4″ (31.75mm) – 230 Sheets

At ABC Office we offer our wire supplies in all the diameters listed above. Our double-loop wire is made out of durable heavy-gauge wire and comes in a variety of different colors. You can find our entire selection of double-loop wire here and our entire selection of wire binding machines here.

Can You Re-Use Wire Binding Supplies?

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

The question was recently asked as to whether or not wire binding supplies can be re-used. The customer in question needed to know the answer to this up front prior to making a purchase. This is a great question, especially if you need to add pages, remove pages or recycle bound books. This is the answer I gave.

Unfortunately wire binding is about as unfriendly to being re-used as coil binding. Wire binding elements are literally bent into place during the binding process. While wire can be re-opened (methodically), it ends up in pretty bad shape and cannot be reused.

Wire Binding Supplies

It is possible to remove the wire, making necessary changes to the document, and then re-insert a new wire binding element. While this isn’t re-using a wire binding element, it does allow you a little freedom when it comes to modifying an already bound book.

If you need to use a re-usable binding method, perhaps for temporary binding, the best choice to use is comb. Comb binding elements can be re-used over and over and are very forgiving to when it comes to adding or removing pages.

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

Spiral-O Wire and Comb Binding Machines

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Akiles MegaBind II Comb & Spiral-O Wire Binding MachineI had someone ask me today if Spiral-O wire could be used with any comb binding machine. Both Spiral-O and comb use the same hole pattern, so it would seem to make sense that they would be compatible. The quick answer to this question is no, but maybe. I’ll explain.

Spiral-O wire is a very unique type of double-loop wire. It is neither 2:1 nor 3:1 pitch (the most common wire hole patterns). It instead follows a 19-ring comb pattern. Ten-plus years ago, including two different punching dies in one machine was unheard of, so using the same punching die (comb) to punch holes for two different binding styles made sense.

While less common now than it used to be, binding machines are still made to handle both comb and Spiral-O wire. The nice thing about a combination machine that handles these two types of binding is that the machines are relatively compact (again, only one punch).

The only problem with using a standard comb binding machine that was not originally made to handle Spiral-O wire is that there is no wire closer. Sure you can punch the holes using a comb binding machine, but you can’t close the wire.

The only way you will be able to use Spiral-O wire with a standard comb binding machine is if you purchase or use a separate wire closer. Separate wire closers are nice to have on hand because one person can punch paper while another closes the wire. You can find our wire closers here.

At this point you will have to determine if it is in your best interest to buy a separate wire closer or just get a newer machine that has one built in. A big part of your decision will also depend on how much you spent on your original comb binding machine and how good a quality it is.

A good example of a combination binding machine that handles both 19-ring comb and Spiral-O wire is the Akiles MegaBind II.

You can find our entire selection of combination binding machines here. You can find our comb binding supplies here and our Spiral-O wire here.  Good luck and happy binding!

How To Use A Wire Binding Machine

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Intelli-Bind Wire Binding MachineWire binding is popular and hot right now. The binding format looks great, is extremely professional and very easy to do. So what should you do if you have lost your manual or don’t know how to use a wire binding machine? No worries. This wire binding guide will have you wire binding in no time. In 9 easy steps I will show you how to take that paper and turn it into a professional book.

While we offer several wire binding video demos, sometimes it’s easier to simply see the process in some basic step-by-step instructions. Once you know how to use one machine, you should be able to use another. Most wire binding machines operate in a very similar way. So you here you go! My official “how to” use a wire binding machine guide.

Bind A Book With Double-Loop Wire In 9 Easy Steps

Step 1. The first thing you’ll want to do is make the fine-tune adjustments to your machine prior to punching the paper. This includes adjustments to the edge guide, margin depth and wire closer. You can see where these are located (on most machines) by viewing this picture.

Wire Binding Machine

Step 2. Grab the paper you want to bind, along with a back and front cover.

Wire Binding Step 2

Step 3. From your assembled stack, take a few sheets for punching. The amount of sheets you can punch at a time will depend entirely on what your binding machine can handle.

Wire Binding Step 3

Step 4. Take your paper, insert it into the binding machine and punch it. Punching is typically done either by pulling a lever or pushing a button, depending on whether or not you have a manual or electric punch. Repeat this process until all the paper has been punched.

Wire Binding Step 4

Step 5. Take your punched paper and jog it until the holes are all lined up. Place the last page of the book (typically the end cover) and place it on top of the stack to be bound. This will help hide the wire binding seam later on.

Wire Binding Step 5

Step 6. Insert the wire binding element through the punched holes. Some wire binding machines have wire holders that make this process easier.

Wire Binding Step 6

Step 7. Take the punched paper, along with the inserted wire binding element, and place the wire into the wire closer. Close the wire shut.

Wire Binding Step 7

Step 8. Remove the book from the machine and inspect the wire. Make sure that it has closed all the way.

Wire Binding Step 8

Step 9.
Take the front page and wrap it around to the back (hiding the seam). You are now ready to bind your next book!

Wire Binding Step 9

So there you have it. It really isn’t that tough. I wire bound a book just a few days ago and it takes just a few seconds to a few minutes, depending on the size of the book. Definitely don’t feel intimidated.

If you are in need of a new or replacement machine, you can find our entire selection of wire binding machines here and wire binding supplies here. Happy binding!

Intelli-Bind IW400 Wire Binding Machine Review (2:1 & 3:1 Pitch)

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Intelli-Bind IW400 Wire Binding Machine (Double Loop Wire)Are you looking for a wire binding machine that is made to last for years? If so, you probably want a machine that is built from the ground up from metal components. If this is your goal, you may want to consider looking at the Intelli-Bind IW400 wire binding machine (found here) from Intelli-Zone. I have had a chance to use this machine and this is my review.

I’ve got the Intelli-Bind IW400 sitting next to me and the first thing I am noticing is the build quality. Just moving this thing over to my desk took a little effort. The case of the IW400 is made out of cast iron and the handle, punching pins and gears are all metal as well. It weighs in at 37 pounds shipped.

It has a total of two handles, located on the right side. The longer of the two handles is used to punch paper (up to 20 sheets) and the shorter handle is used for closing the wire. The handles are both long enough that the punching and closing takes very little effort. The way this machine is designed, you will need to use your right hand to operate it.

The IW400 is designed to punch and bind paper up to 13″ long, but has an open end. This means you can punch and bind longer sheets by sliding the longer paper and punching it again. I’ve always liked having an open-ended binding machine. I wish all wire binding machines were made like this.

The 2:1 pitch version of this machine has 27 punching pins and the 3:1 pitch has 40 punching pins. The term pitch is used to describe the hole pattern used. Each of the punching pins can be disengaged, which is pretty nice. This is especially ideal for punching and binding custom-sizes of paper. The punched holes are rectangular in shape.

The Intelli-Bind IW400 has a dial on the side of the machine where you can adjust how far into the paper the holes are punched. There is another dial on the top of the machine where you can adjust the wire closer. The wire closer is found in the back of the machine.

One thing unique to the IW400, versus many other wire machines, is the wire holder. There is a convenient clamp located on the front of the machine that is used to hold wire in place while paper is added. This is especially nice, making the holes easier to line up.

Did I mention the build quality? Wow. This thing is tough.

A wide catch tray drawer is found on the front of this machine. It spans the width of the machine and almost the entire length. This means it holds a lot of paper, requiring you to empty it less often.

Overall I have to say that the IW400 is more than adequate for medium-volume, continuous binding. It is probably one of the heaviest-duty manual wire binding machines I have used to date. You won’t be disappointed.

You can find the 3:1 pitch Intelli-Bind IW400 wire binding machine here and the 2:1 pitch Intelli-Bind IW400 wire binding machine here.  You can find our entire selection of manual-punch wire binding machines here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our binding machine specialists.

SircleBind CW-150e Comb & Wire Binding Machine Review

Friday, September 10th, 2010

SircleBind CW-150e Comb and Wire Binding MachineAre you in the market for an affordable electric binding machine that can handle both comb and wire? The SircleBind CW-150e comb and wire binding machine (found here) may be the machine you need. We have one of these on our showroom and I have had a chance to use it. This is my review.

To begin with, Sircle is a well-known and reputable manufacturer. They make a wide variety of comb, wire and coil binding machines. They also have a line of laminators.

The Sircle CW-150e is an electric punch binding machine. It is able to punch hole patterns for 19-ring comb and 3:1 pitch wire. The electric punch is able to handle up to 15 sheets of 20# paper at a time. For the price, this isn’t half bad. Both the comb opener and the wire closer are manually operated.

I personally really like the multi-format capabilities of this machine. Comb binding is great for durability and the supplies are inexpensive. Wire looks very professional and is idea for proposals. This versatility is pretty nice.

The machine itself doesn’t weigh too much. It’s about 32 pounds. While still hefty, it is light enough to be used on most table sand desks. I haven’t personally cracked it open to see what’s inside, but it feels durable and the build quality seems to be right in line with the price and capabilities.

Punching on the CW-150 is done vertically, instead of horizontally. I personally like this feature because gravity naturally keeps the paper in line. It also has an adjustable margin depth for comb binding.

You can bind a book of about 100 sheets in about 1-2 minutes. The operating speed ultimately depends on the operator, but the electric motor really makes things move along smoothly. You can use the CW-150e to punch card stock and clear covers as well.

This type of a comb binding machine is great for schools, churches, copy centers and business that require the versatility of a multi-format binding machine.

Overall I enjoyed using this binding machine. It isn’t going to win any awards on looks, but for the price it is a steal for an electric comb and wire binding machine. It is great for low to medium-volume use.

You can find the SircleBind CW-150e comb and wire binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of binding machines here.

Electric vs Manual Wire Binding Machines

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Electric and Manual Twin Loop Wire Binding MachinesSo you’ve decided you like the wire binding look. I can’t say that I blame you. Wire binding is probably one of the classiest and nicest looking binding formats available today. Now that you’ve settled on a binding style, it’s possible that you’re not quite sure which machine to get. Should you go with a manual or an electric wire binding machine? Here is some advice that may help you with your decision.

Wire binding, sometimes called double-loop or twin-loop wire binding, is extremely popular for binding books, reports and presentations. You can find wire in three different hole patterns. These patterns are 2:1 (2 holes per inch), 3:1 (3 holes per inch) and 19-ring. Machines that punch paper for wire binding come in manual and electric designs.

So should you go with the manual or the electric punch? The type of punch you get will depend on three key questions: How many books would you like to bind? What is your budget? How much effort do you want to put into book binding?

Electric Wire Binding MachinesTo answer the first question, if you will only be binding a few books per day, a manual punch will easily be able to handle and keep up with the job at hand. If you will be binding more than a few dozen books every day, you may want to look at an electric punch. Electric wire binding machines are faster when it comes to binding.

It should come as no surprise that electric punch wire binding machines are more of an investment. Budget is often a determining factor when it comes to binding equipment purchases.  If you simply cannot afford an electric punch, try to get a manual punch machine with a higher punching capacity. That will at least help increate binding output.

Electric punch wire binding machines are often a matter of convenience. Let’s be honest. Manually punching paper takes effort. If you like the idea of simply pushing a button to punch paper, an electric wire binder may be exactly what you need (especially if you’re not tide to a budget).

We offer both electric and manual wire binding machines. You can find our manual wire binding machines here. You can find our electric wire binding machines here. You can find our wire binding supplies here.  If you still have questions about wire binding machines and which model is best for you, speak with one of our binding specialists at 1-800-658-8788.

SircleBind CW-4500 Electric Comb and Wire Binding Machine Review

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

SircleBind CW-4500 Electric Comb and Wire Binding MachineAre you looking for a combination comb and wire binding machine, but aren’t sure which model to go with? One model you may want to consider is the SircleBind CW-4500 electric comb and wire binding machine (found here). This is my review.

The SircleBind line of binding machines, made by Sircle, has only been around for a few years, but they have sent ripples through the binding industry. This is because Sircle binding machines are some of the most affordable today. Not only that, they aren’t half bad looking machines either.

The SircleBind CW-4500 features an electric punch and a manual comb opener and wire closer. The fact that the CW-4500 can bind both comb and wire is pretty cool. I love both formats. This way you don’t have to buy two separate machines.

The machine itself weighs in at 45 pounds, which is pretty hefty. It is, however, still light enough to be used on most desks, work benches and counters. Overall the build quality seems to be pretty nice. It does have a plastic case, but the internal components are metal.

The electric punch on the CW-4500 can punch up to 25 sheets of paper using a 19-ring comb punch and up to 20 sheets of wire in a 3:1 pitch (three holes per inch). Because the CW-4500 has a wire closer and a comb punch, it can also be used to bind books using 19-ring wire, sometimes called wire comb or Spiral-O. The electric punch is very useful and really speeds up the punching process.

Paper punching on the CW-4500 is done vertically, where most binding machines punch paper horizontally. I really like the vertical style punch. This means the edges are almost always squared up and properly aligned, thanks to gravity.

The SircleBind CW-4500 is primarily designed to punch and bind books that are letter size. The CW-4500 includes an adjustable margin depth, which is ideal for binding books of varying thicknesses.

While the CW-4500 isn’t designed for high-volume use, it can be used for low to medium-volume use without any issues. It is great for use in an office or copy shop and the design is easy on the eyes.

I highly recommend the SircleBind CW-4500. The price is right and it is a well-rounded machine.

You can find the SircleBInd CW-4500 electric comb and wire binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of comb, wire and combination binding machines here.

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