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What are some tips for using synthetic paper?
If you’ve ever wanted to make your documents to last longer without needing to laminate them, you should consider printing them on synthetic paper. This is a special kind of paper that’s made out of plastic but it has the look and feel of regular paper. Using synthetic paper is pretty easy but there are a few things you should keep in mind to get the best results. Here are some tips for using synthetic paper:
- Leave the sheets in the original packaging until you’re ready to use them.
- Make sure to fan them before placing them in the feed tray of your copier or printer. Hold the paper by its edges so you don’t smudge it with fingerprints.
- If you need to trim the paper, make sure you do so after it’s been printed. Whatever your cutter’s trimming capacity is, cut only half of what’s recommended since this paper is pretty thick.
- You can’t use synthetic paper with an ink-jet printer. Thus, you’ll need to have access to a copier or printer that uses toner.
- Finally, return any unused sheets to the original packaging so they’ll be in good shape when you need them.
< Over the years, a number of customers have asked me whether they can use twin loop wire with their plastic comb binding machine. These customers often don’t want to have to buy a brand new machine but like the look and feel of twin loop wire binding. However, the answer to their question isn’t as simple as it seems. You see, they actually do make twin loop wire that is designed to work with the plastic comb binding hole pattern. With that said, if you want to use these wires you are going to need a way to close the wires. What is Spiral-O Wire?Let me explain a little bit more…There is a product that we carry called Spiral-O Wire. This wire has 19 loops and is designed to work with the hole pattern from a plastic comb binding machine. Spiral-O Wire is sometimes called Wire Combs or Ibico Wire and was originally designed for use with some of the older Ibico binding machines. A number of the older Ibico plastic comb binding machines also included a twin loop wire closer on the front of them to allow users to use both plastic combs and wire. This 19 loop wire was designed for this purpose.What Equipment is Needed? As the Ibico brand has been phased out by GBC and all of the older Ibico plastic binding machines have been replaced with new models, they no longer have the twin loop wire closer on the front of them. This presents a problem in trying to use these spiral-o wires since you can’t use the wires without a way to close them.One of the only options left is to purchase a Twin Loop wire closer. However, since twin loop wire closers are not incredibly cheap this option usually only appeals to users who have larger electric plastic comb binding machines. Otherwise, it is often advisable to simply buy a low end 3:1 pitch twin loop wire binding machine (the supplies are cheaper). This being said, if you have one of the older Ibico binding machines that has a wire closer included you are in luck. The Spiral-O binding supplies that we carry will work perfectly with your machine and you will be able to use both plastic combs and wire depending on your needs. These Spiral-O binding supplies are available in Black, Silver, White, Blue and Red and in sizes up to 1″ in diameter.If you aren’t sure what type of wire binding supplies that you need to work with your machine simply give us a call. Our trained sales representatives will be glad to help you find the correct supplies for use with your machine.(Read More)