FastBack Model FB15xs Binding Machine
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FastBack Model FB15xs Binding Machine

Part #: PPFB15XS
Brand: Powis Parker
  • Binding Capacity: 10 sheets to 1.5" max. thickness (3.8 cm)
  • Page Sizes: Max. 14.875" (37.8cm) and Min. 8.5" (21.59cm)
  • Optimal Paper Weight: 20 lb standard (80 gsm) to 32 lb (120 gsm)
  • Binding Time: 15-35 seconds
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The FastBack 15xs is the perfect binding machine for anyone who needs a fast, full-featured machine capable of binding in large quantities. The 15xs is the most versatile binder available.This multipurpose machine handles tape binding, perfect binding and hardcover book binding. It can create anything from a simple report, to a 350-sheet hardback book. Fast, and virtually maintenance free, the Fastback

Product Details

  • Machine Dimensions: 25"W x 9.5"H x 22"D
  • Maximum weight: 55 lbs (25 kg)
  • Spine Lengths: Max. 14.875" (37.8cm) (A4); Min. 6" ( 15.24cm).
  • Spine Thickness: Narrow, medium, wide
  • Binding Capacity: 10 sheets to 1.5" max. thickness (3.8 cm)
  • Page Sizes: Max. 14.875" (37.8cm) and Min. 8.5" (21.59cm)
  • Optimal Paper Weight: 20 lb standard (80 gsm) to 32 lb (120 gsm)
  • Edit Capability: Yes (<2 edit cycles)
  • Binding Time: 15-35 seconds
  • Warm-up Time: 9 minutes
  • 115VAC, 60 Hz, 7 amps
  • Regulatory Approvals: UL, CE, cUL, TUV, MITI
  • Warranty: 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty

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Demonstration Video

Transcript: Welcome to MyBinding video. This is a quick look at the Fastback 15xs, a tape binding system by Powis Parker. Once you've turned the machine on, it takes about nine minutes to warm up. The LCD panel just to the left of the green button reads out all your instructions. When it says "Ready to Bind", you're set to go. Place your entire book into the very first slot, good jog on the top and on the left-hand side, making sure all pages are exactly the way you want them. The Fastback spine length is 14.8 inches and can bind a book of up to one-and-a-half inches in thickness. With your book all in pl ... Read More
Welcome to MyBinding video. This is a quick look at the Fastback 15xs, a tape binding system by Powis Parker. Once you've turned the machine on, it takes about nine minutes to warm up. The LCD panel just to the left of the green button reads out all your instructions. When it says "Ready to Bind", you're set to go. Place your entire book into the very first slot, good jog on the top and on the left-hand side, making sure all pages are exactly the way you want them. The Fastback spine length is 14.8 inches and can bind a book of up to one-and-a-half inches in thickness. With your book all in place, press the button. The LCD panel will tell you what size strip you need, in this case, a narrow strip. With the adhesive side faced up, slide it into the slot on the right; the machine will automatically take it. At this point you can stand back and let the Fastback 15xs do the work for you. Somewhere between 15 and 35 seconds, the entire book will be done. When the panel reads "Remove Book", take it out and set it in the cooling rack in the back. Let it cool for a good five minutes before you use the book. Meanwhile, you can continue to create as many books as you need to for your project. Simply follow the instructions right on the panel. Tape binding is a very impressive and a great way to go about thermal binding. And Powis Parker's Fastback 15xs is a great machine. And any book that you create, you can edit in just a few minutes. Be sure to watch out our video on how to do that. There it is, you're on your way to a great-looking book. For more demos, reviews, and how-tos on this product and many more, check out MyBinding.com.
Transcript: Welcome to MyBinding video. This video shows you how to edit a book with the Fastback 15xs. So you've bound your books and then you realized you forgot a page, or a page needs to be revised or added. This is how. Let's mark one page in this book with an "X" so we know what we're looking for. Place the book into the slot and push the button, the purple button on the right hand side. As with binding the book, the LCD screen will walk you through the process. You'll notice it says to move the book into position and then says "Edit Prep". Edit Prep means to find your page and get ready. When the p ... Read More
Welcome to MyBinding video. This video shows you how to edit a book with the Fastback 15xs. So you've bound your books and then you realized you forgot a page, or a page needs to be revised or added. This is how. Let's mark one page in this book with an "X" so we know what we're looking for. Place the book into the slot and push the button, the purple button on the right hand side. As with binding the book, the LCD screen will walk you through the process. You'll notice it says to move the book into position and then says "Edit Prep". Edit Prep means to find your page and get ready. When the panel reads "Edit Now" the book will come back toward you automatically. Remove that page quickly and sharply and add a new one if you need to. With the new page, you want to make sure it gets all the way down into that spine, so tap it quite a few times. Even if you don't add to the book, it's wise to tap it to make sure all the pages are completely flat in the spine. Then put it in the cooling rack to cool. And after three to five minutes you have a fully edited book, ready to go. That's it, that's editing on the Fastback 15xs. For more demos, reviews, and how-tos, check out MyBinding.com.
Transcript: Hello. My name is Thomas Hernandez. Today we'll be going over the Fastback 15 Binder. In this video we will be going over specifications, operations, basic trouble shooting and common problems found in the field.
This is a reliable binder that can be operated by following the steps indicated in the display window. Fastback documents are strong and durable and they can endure up to 50 pounds of pull. Fastback is able to bind 3 to 50 sheets of 20 pound paper from a length of 5 inches to 14 and 7/8 inch. It is also possible to rearrange, add and remove pages by using the edit feature.
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Hello. My name is Thomas Hernandez. Today we'll be going over the Fastback 15 Binder. In this video we will be going over specifications, operations, basic trouble shooting and common problems found in the field. This is a reliable binder that can be operated by following the steps indicated in the display window. Fastback documents are strong and durable and they can endure up to 50 pounds of pull. Fastback is able to bind 3 to 50 sheets of 20 pound paper from a length of 5 inches to 14 and 7/8 inch. It is also possible to rearrange, add and remove pages by using the edit feature. The operation features on the Fastback 15 are as follows: the on switch, instruction display window, binder's start button, binder's thread guide, book fence, book clamp. edit button, open button. Power up the machine; the total heat cycle is 6-8 minutes. The book clamps will open as soon as the machine goes into ready. It will default for a narrow document, for a wider document press open. Insert the documents into the opening. Slide the documents all the way to the right. Cap the pages to make sure the edges are even. Press the bind button. The book clamps will close. Notice the display, it shows the correct binding strip needed for the document; narrow, medium or wide. Select the correct binding strip.

Staff Review

Powis Parker Fastback Model 15xs CP Tape Binding Machine Review

Designed for medium to high volume use, the Powis Parker Fastback Model 15xs CP is a binding system that uses thermal tape to create high-end quality books, reports and documents. One of the quicker binding methods out there, according to company literature, this machine can create documents in as little as fifteen seconds. Here is a brief overview of the machine’s strengths and weaknesses.

Strengths:

  1. The 15xs is very versatile, able to create documents anywhere from two to three hundred fifty pages thick. If your organization needs to bind multiple document sizes, the Fastback 15xs is a treat. Only three strip sizes are needed to bind any document up to 1.5 inches thick. That means you won’t have to keep huge inventory of supplies on hand.
  2. The 15xs comes equipped with what Parker calls a “smart sensor” that will let the user know what size of strip is needed for the document that is being produced, and will automatically adjust the binding time for each size.
  3. Traditionally, certain paper stocks cannot be bound by thermal binding, however with the Powis CP strips, hard to bind papers can now be securely bound.
  4. It is hard to imagine a system that is easier to use. Even a complete novice can handle binding job easily, and the 15xs also features a menu enabling users to make adjustments on the fly, such as bind time, strip end, and other applications.

Weaknesses:

  1. The warm up time of fifteen minutes seems a little long. While the binding time is very fast, the excessive warm up might cause users to leave the machine on all the time, increasing electricity use. However, the machine does have the capability to go into a sleep mode after long periods of non use.
  2. Though not any less durable than any other similar machine, due to the fact that it contains more electrical parts than a standard punch binding system, it might be a good idea to purchase a service contract when you but the 15xs, just like you might for, say, a copier. That being said, most repairs that will be needed are fast and simple.
  3. Fastback binding time is very fast, but when it is finished binding, there is a cooling time that is required. To be safe, the user should wait at least one minute before touching the book, and it should be completely cooled down before it is used.
  4. Although it is in the same range as some of the top punch production systems, the cost of the Fastback 15xs might be more than a small volume user wants to incur.
  5. Because the binding strips that this system uses are only available in certain lengths, potential buyer will want to know beforehand what size documents they want to produce.

The Verdict:Clearly one of the most advanced and higher end binding systems available, the 15xs would be a great choice for any business that needs to produce professional looking documents on a regular basis. The speed at which it binds (minus the warm up time) gives this machine a huge advantage over almost any other binding system.

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