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Can you Manually Close Wire or Reuse Wire for Book Binding?

Friday, December 9th, 2011

If you have a wire binding punch, lack a wire closer on your binding machine or simply want to speed up binding operations, you may wonder if you can manually close twin loop wire by hand. It is a question I get from customers from time to time. I have also had customers ask if they can reuse the wire. I will answer these questions and more in this article.

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Having personally tried to close wire using my hand. Can it be done? Yes. Does it look good? No…absolutely not. The problem is that a wire closer, used with most wire binding machines, closes all the rings of wire at the same time, providing a nice and even look. Closing each individual loop (32 loops with 3:1 pitch and 21 loops with 2:1 pitch) results in each loop being closed a little more or a little less than the next or previous loop. To put it simple, it looks horrible.

Twin Loop Wire BindingSo can you open wire and reuse it? Unfortunately this is not a possibility either. Having tried this myself, I can vouch for the fact that it is impossible. While I have seen some wire binding machines that include a wire opener, that actually does an OK job, it still never looks as good as a new wire binding element. The problem is that opening the wire causes kinks, crimps and gets fatigue spots in the wire that never look right, even when the wire is re-closed. It is also extremely hard to remove wire from a wire bound book by hand. It can easily rip and damage the document in the process.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but twin loop wire binding is not forgiving. If you need to be able to reuse or reopen a binding element, I recommend you consider using a comb binding machine. Coil binding, while it can be re-used, is easy to remove if you need to add or remove a page.

You can find our entire selection of wire binding machines here, wire binding supplies here and book binding machines here.

Why Use a Separate Double Loop Wire Closer?

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Double Loop Wire CloserWire binding is commonly used to bind books, reports and presentations. The end results look very professional, hold up with time and supplies are available in a wide variety of colors. If you already own a wire binding machine, there are a few reasons why you may want to consider using a separate double loop wire closer. Why? I’ll explain.

Wire closers, whether manual or electric, can help broaden your binding options and speed things up. There are two primary reasons why you may want to use a wire closer.

To begin with, the amount of documents you can bind per minute, hour and day is limited to the capacity of the machine and the capabilities of the person using it. One great way to increase wire binding speeds is to use a separate wire closer. This will allow one person to punch paper and a separate person to simultaneously close the wire.

The second reason you may want to use a wire closer is if you already own a comb binding machine. While comb binding is a completely different format that wire, comb still uses the same hole punching pattern as Spiral-O wire. That’s right. Comb and Spiral-O wire both use a 19-ring hole pattern. If you have a wire closer, you can bind books in wire using your comb binding machine.

So there you have it! A couple of great reasons why you may want to consider buying a wire closer. You can find our entire selection of double loop wire closers here.

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