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How to use a Wire Binding Machine

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

“How do I use my new wire binding machine?”

The Akiles WireMac Wire Binding Machine Comes Highly Recommended

Akiles WireMac

That was the question I was asked earlier today from one of our customers. He recently purchased a popular wire binding machine model from ABC Office and he had a lot of questions about how to use his new wire binder. His binding machine was perfectly fine, he was simply new to the whole binding process.

Thankfully, ABC Office has produced over the years in-depth video demos that have  helped hundreds of customers with the set up and operation process of their binding machines and other office equipment. I pointed him in the direction of this Akiles WireMac wire binding machine video demo we produced in-house several years ago. The picture and sound may not be the optimum quality that you expect today, but this was considered cutting-edge back in 2003 (when we made the video)!

The demonstrator was David Stuart, our marketing supervisor. David had about 15 years experience with most of our office equipment, so he definitely knew what he was talking about. The video, although about 11 years old, still holds up just fine today. David offers several helpful hints on how to initially set up your machine for optimum punching and binding. He also demonstrates how you can produce a professionally looking bound document, thanks to placing the back cover on the top of your document before crimping the wire shut.

If you have any questions about using your wire binding machine, the video demo I mentioned covers just about everything you will need to know. However, if you still have questions we would love to talk to you. You may still have concerns about the best report covers to use, what’s the best wire pitch for your needs (2:1 or 3:1) or what brand/models we recommend. Call 1-800-658-8788 with your questions today. We look forward to helping you with your new wire binding machine!

Which Is The Best Book Binding Format?

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Tamerica VersaBind Book Binding MachineAre you looking for a book binding machine, but have absolutely no idea where to start? Welcome to the club. I’d say at least half of the customers I talk to, who need a binding machine, have no idea where to start. With so many great choices out there, I can’t say I blame you. Here are a few tips on how you can get the best binding machine.

To begin with, there are three main types of binding. These binding formats are comb, wire and coil. Sure there are a few specialized binding formats out there such as Velobind and Proclick, but they don’t even come close to touching the 90% plus market share comb, wire and coil have.

I am going to cover the pros and the cons of all three binding formats. Hopefully, after reading this guide, you will have a better idea as to which binding machine you should get.

Comb, Wire & Coil Pros & Cons

Comb Binding MachinesComb Comb binding is still probably one of the most popular binding formats used today.

  • Pros – Comb binding is the most affordable binding format today. The supplies are very inexpensive. They are available in a wide variety of color, are very durable, allow the operator to add or remove pages and they can be re-used over and over.
  • Cons – Some people think comb binding has a “cheap” look that isn’t adequate for professional repots and presentations. This is a matter of opinion, but something you should take into consideration.

Wire Binding MachinesWireWire binding is one of the most popular binding formats used today for creating presentations and reports. It isn’t uncommon to even find storybooks bound in double-loop wire (aka twin-loop wire).

  • Pros – Wire looks great, plain and simple. When done right, there aren’t any other “element” binding formats that look as professional. Wire comes in a variety of different colors and is available in a 2:1 (two holes per inch) and 3:1 (three holes per inch) hole pattern.
  • Cons – The biggest con with wire is the durability factor. Because the double-loop wire binding elements are made from metal, they can bend. Pages cannot be added or removed with wire.

Coil Binding Machines CoilCoil binding (aka spiral binding) is one of the most popular binding formats used today for creating books, cookbooks, manuals, albums and textbooks.

  • Pros – Coil is probably the most durable binding element around. Made from PVC plastic, coils come in a variety of different colors. One of the biggest benefits of coil is the ability for coil-bound books to open a full 360 degrees. Coil comes in 4:1 (four holes per inch) and 5:1 (five holes per inch) hole patterns.
  • Cons – Coil binding does not allow pages to be added or removed. Coil binding has a slightly longer learning curve due to the use of coil crimping pliers.

So there you have it, the biggest pros and cons with comb, wire and coil binding. You can find our entire selection of book binding machines here. If you’re having trouble settling on any one binding format, we do offer multi-format binding machines found here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any book binding questions you may have. Happy binding!

SircleBind WB-110 Comb & Wire Binding Machine Review

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

SircleBind WB-110 Comb and Wire Binding MachineAre you on a budget and need an affordable book binding machine? Perhaps you can’t settle on one single binding format. If either of these situations apply to you, you may want to take a look at the SircleBind WB-110 comb and wire binding machine (found here). This is my review.

SircleBind (from Sircle) has only been around for a few years, but their machines have sent ripples through the binding industry. SircleBind machines are some of the most affordable today and are compared to the quality of GBC. Most of SircleBind’s machines are feature rich when compared to similarly priced machines.

The SircleBind WB-110 is both a comb and a wire-binding machine. It includes both a 3:1 pitch (three holes per inch) punch and a 19-ring comb punch. It also includes a wire closer and a comb opener. Essentially it has everything you need, start to finish, to bind a book in wire or comb. The only thing it doesn’t include is the supplies and the paper.

This machine is capable of punching through 12 sheets of standard 20# paper. This amount will decrease with card stock, but the WB-110 can still be used to punch card stock and clear covers. Multiple punches will be required to bind a book, but the process is pretty quick.

One thing I really like about the punches on the Wb-110 is the vertical punch. Most binding machines punch paper horizontally. The vertical punch makes it easier to punch paper evenly and keep the edges properly aligned. This is all done thanks to gravity.

One of the most unusual features in the WB-110 is the wire debinding feature. While comb is easy to open up, wire isn’t. The WB-110 has a wire opener that allows you to remove the wire binding element. While the re-opened wire can’t be re-used, this is a nice feature to have if you need to re-bind a book.

The WB-110 only weighs in at 18 pounds, so it is easy to move around and can easily be placed on just about any desk or table. This machine doesn’t look half-bad either. I think it looks pretty nice sitting on a desk.

Overall I consider the SircleBind WB-110 to be a great budget binding machine. Keep in mind that the SircleBind WB-110 is designed for low and entry-level binding. This means the WB-110 is perfect for home and small business use, but should not be used for large book binding production.

You can find the SircleBind WB-110 comb and wire binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of binding machines here.

Spiral-O, Wire-O & Wire Comb. What Is The Difference?

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Wire Binding SuppliesTerms like Spiral-O, Wire-O and wire comb are all used to describe what is more commonly known as wire binding. With all these terms floating around, it’s no wonder so many people get confused. I will try and break down exactly why these terms exist and what they mean.

First off, there are three different types of wire binding supplies. These are 3:1, 2:1 and 19-ring pitches. Basically these three formats are different hole patterns. The hole spacing on 3:1 is three holes per inch, 2:1 is two holes per inch and 19-ring is 19 holes along an 11-inch sheet of paper.

Both 3:1 and 2:1 pitch holes can be round or square, although round is far more common. Nineteen-ring holes are always rectangular in shape.  The format you use depends on the look you prefer and the amount of sheets you need to bind.

These are some of the terms used to describe the different wire binding hole formats:

  • Spiral-O – This is another term used for 19-ring wire binding. Nineteen-ring wire hole patters are the same as comb binding.
  • Wire-O – This is a trademarked term commonly used to describe 3:1 pitch wire, although many retailers will use it for 2:1 pitch wire as well.
  • Wire Comb – This is a term used to describe wire (19-ring) that has the same hole pattern as comb binding.
  • Double Loop Binding – A generic term used for all wire binding.
  • Twin Loop binding – Another generic term used for all wire binding.

Wire binding looks great. It holds up well and is available in a variety of colors. You may find our entire selection of wire binding supplies here.

ABC Office has added several new "How To" binding equipment guides to its Web Site.

Friday, October 5th, 2007

How To BindWe are always looking at new ways to help educate our customers and help them learn more about the office equipment they are purchasing. Over the past few years we added several product category guides to our Web site loaded with information. You can find those guides by going here:
https://www.abcoffice.com/product_guide.htm.

We have just added three new “How To” guides to our Web site. The “How To” guides are different than the older guides because the offer more detailed information on specific products. The three new guides just added to ABC Office are the How To Comb Bind, How To Wire Bind and How To VeloBind.

Each guide includes detailed information on how to use the binding machines including step-by-step details and also includes links to video demonstrations of the products. You can find the three current “How To” guides here:

How To Comb Bind

How To Wire Bind

How To VeloBind

We plan on adding many more “How To” guides to our Web site over the coming weeks and months. Be sure to come back and check out our new guides!

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