Fellowes Helios 60 Thermal Binding Machine
- Ideal for large offices - features 1-step, worry-free thermal binding!
- Binds up to 600 sheets in one step
- 1-3 minute thermal binding cycle with 4-minute heat-up time
- Auto document thickness detector selects thermal binding settings for the user
- HeatShield safety barrier prevents accidental contact with the heating plate
- LED control panel ensures advanced thermal binding machine is user-friendly
- Audio/visual indicators signal when machine is ready or job is complete
- Auto shut-off safety feature prevents overheating.
- Folds flat for storage; for use with thermal binding covers only
- Binding Capacity: 600 sheets
- Heat-up Time: 4 minutes
- Binding Cycle: Fixed 30 second intervals
- Binding Element Selector: Yes
- Auto Shutoff: Yes
- Colors: Platinum and Graphite
- Dimensions (H x W x D): 3.94" x 20.88" x 9.44"
- Part Number: 5219501
- List Price: $249.95
- UPC Code: 043859566464
- Warranty: 2 Year Manufacturer Warranty
Welcome to MyBinding video. Today we look at the Fellowes Helios 60, a thermal binding machine. Let's watch just how simple it is to bind a book using the Helios 60. After plugging in the machine, simply slide the cooling rack out from the back. Unlock the cover by depressing the two silver buttons and lift the lid. Turn the machine on by pressing the power button. About four minutes later the green ready light will show. Meanwhile, gather your materials together and be ready to bind.
Jog your papers inline and slide them inside the thermal binding cover. You'll note that the adhesive is inside the spine of the cover. To make sure you have the right size cover, use the measuring tools on the face of the Helios 60. By sliding your entire project into the groove on the left hand side, you can see which size binding cover you need. The chart on the right can tell you what to expect in terms of time of thermal binding as well as quantity of paper in your cover. The Helios 60 will automatically determine how much heat time you need. However, you can make the selection yourself by using the buttons on the machine and selecting "OK".
The picture graph on the face of the machine will guide you through the entire binding process. When all is set, slide the heat shield forward and place your book into the slot. Close the heat shield and press the OK button. When the cycle is complete, "beep beep beep" is what you will hear. Remove your project from the heating unit and place it inside the cooling rack. When your project has cooled, you'll be pleased at the results. It will look good and will be strong and steady and will hold together. Thermal binding is really that simple with the Helios 60 by Fellowes. For more demos and reviews of this product and many more, check out MyBinding.com.
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Welcome to MyBinding video. This is a product review video of the Fellowes Helios 60, a thermal binding machine.
The Helios 60 is ideal for large offices. And it is a simple step, worry free, thermal binding system. The first noted feature is the machine folds flat, making storage a cinch. The cooling rack is easily accessed by the back of the machine. It takes only four minutes for the Helios 60 to warm up. Audio and visual indicators signal when the machine is ready to bind.
There are numerous helpful features built into the face of the machine. There are pictures that will guide you through the whole binding process. To assist you in proper binding cover selection, there's a grooved table built in that you can just simply slide your whole project in to see what size thermal binding cover you need. And there's a corresponding chart that helps you in determining the size of your project and the length of time for heating.
The Helios 60 will automatically determine how much heat time you need. However, you can make the selection yourself by using the button on the machine and selecting "OK". Ranging from one to three minutes per cycle, the Helios 60 can bind a 600 page book in a single cycle. The Fellowes binding covers have the adhesive built directly into the spine, so there's no mess and there's no fuss. A plastic shield covers the heating element, protecting the user. Sliding that shield open, the document fits easily inside. Just one button begins the cycle. When the cycle is complete, "beep beep beep". And that's the tone signaling this cycle is finished, and the book is ready for the cooling rack. When your project is cooled, you'll be pleased at the durability of every book that you bind. We tested it pretty hard to make sure.
Although the foldaway feature is clever and convenient, it does pose a limitation on document size. The Helios 60 can really only handle documents that are 11 inches or shorter. And even though it can bind a 600 page document in one cycle, it can only do one at a time. So if you have a lot of projects to do, this will be a limit.
All in all, we like the Helios 60 by Fellowes. And for a price point under $200 and if you don't need longer than 11 inches, this is a great product. For more demos and reviews of this product and many more, check out MyBinding.com.
Fellowes Helios 60 Thermal Binding Machine Review
To start 2010 on a great note, Fellowes has put out a new line of thermal binding machines: the Helios series. The star of this new group is the Helios 60, a truly remarkable device that's easy to use and offers a lot of wonderful features. Lets take an in-depth look at this product's strengths (and weaknesses).
- The Helios 60 has a super fast warm-up time of just 4 minutes. It is able to bind a book in 30-second intervals, depending on the thickness of the document. The thickest document will take about 3 minutes to be fully processed.
- The maximum length of a book bound with this device is 600 pages. The Helios 60 can bind a single document of this length in a single cycle. It can also bind several smaller documents at the same time.
- This is a rather sleek and thin device with dimensions of 3.94" (height) x 20.88" (width) x 9.44" (depth). The top part also folds down so the machine is easy to store.
- Since determining which supplies you should use can be challenging, Fellowes has put a binding element selector on the front of the machine. There is also a chart that tells you how long your document will need to sit in the machine to be fully bound.
- Each unit has a thickness detector that will automatically select the machine's binding settings for your document depending on its length.
- If you haven't used it in a while, the device will shut itself off. This will help keep your energy costs under control, as well as prevent the machine from overheating.
- Since thermal binding can lead to burns, Fellowes equipped the Helios 60 with a HeatGuard to help keep hands and fingers away from the heating element. There is also a pull-out cooling rack for your finished documents.
- All of the controls you need to operate the machine are right up front, including an LED control panel. The machine will also flash lights and make noise to let you know when it's warmed up and when the binding cycle is complete.
- This machine comes with a 2-year warranty for added protection.
- Due to the design of the machine, it will not be possible to bind documents that are longer than the 11-inch side of a piece of letter-sized paper.
- You can only use thermal binding covers when putting your books together.
- Some of the Helios 60's components are made out of plastic, so this machine might break down at some point and either need to be repaired or replaced.
- If you need to bind a lot of booklets containing 600 pages, it will take you a while because you can only bind one document of this thickness at a time.
Overall, the Fellowes Helios 60 is a revolutionary thermal binding machine that's safe and easy to use. Although it does have a couple of limitations, they pale in comparison to the wonderful features this product has to offer. If you need a thermal binder, check out the Helios 60.