What are the most common methods for binding documents?
Jeff McRitchie posted this on Jul 2, 2015
Binding your documents is a great way to make them look professional so you can impress your clients and colleagues. Here are the top ten ways to bind your documents:
- Comb Binding: Using plastic combs to bind your documents is very cost-effective and easy. This binding method is extremely popular and can be used with documents of different sizes. Comb binding machines are made by manufacturers such as GBC.
- Wire Binding: Your documents will look professional and sophisticated if you bind them with wire spines. These supplies come in a “C” shape and are closed with the help of a wire closer. Wire spines are available in both 3:1 and 2:1 pitch varieties.
- Color Coil Binding: If you need to add a bit of color to your work, go with color coils. These supplies are available in more than 50 colors and can bind documents containing up to 440 pages.
- VeloBind: If you need a permanent binding solution, VeloBind is the way to go. This method entails using plastic binding strips that are locked into place with a hot knife. VeloBind document finishing is a good choice for anyone needing securely bound books.
- Thermal Binding: This is one of the easiest binding methods. It involves placing your document in a cover that has adhesive in the spine and then placing it into a thermal binding machine. The machine will melt the adhesive, securing the pages and giving your work a professional look.
- Unibind: Unibind binding is very similar to thermal binding. However, the supplies used have steel in the spines which gives your work a very secure binding that will last for a long time. Unibind supplies are ideal for photobooks and they’re easy to use.
- ProClick: ProClick spines are made by GBC and allow you to bind your documents anywhere. The supplies use the same hole pattern needed for wire binding so you can choose to use either ProClick or wire spines if you have a wire binding machine.
- Zipbind: ZipBind spines are also manufactured by GBC and they can be re-opened so you can edit your work at a later date. These supplies use the hole pattern used for comb binding, so they’re nice to have on-hand if you usually bind with combs.
- Three-Ring Binders: If you’d rather not deal with specialized binding equipment and supplies, you can always use three-ring binders. They’re great for both short and long documents, and can be customized thanks to clear overlays.
- Staples: Finally, you can always use the humble staple if you have no other options or want to finish the job in a flash. Just keep in mind that your documents won’t exactly convey a professional image.