MyBinding Knowledge Base
Why should I use Plastic Covers?
There are certain things you need to bind your documents properly. For one thing, you’ll need a binding machine and the right supplies for your chosen bookbinding method (plastic combs, color coils, etc.). You’ll also need good paper to print your document on. And you’ll need covers. When it comes to covers, you really can’t go wrong with the plastic ones, especially if you need to protect the pages of your document. Here are a few reasons why you should use these covers:
1.) They protect against moisture. Chances are good that you spent a lot of time preparing your document. Writing and editing can take up a lot of time and then you have to punch the pages, etc. The last thing you want is for your work to be ruined by spilled coffee or another type of liquid. Plastic covers are waterproof so they will prevent your work from getting soaked and ruined.
2.) There are different varieties available. Plastic covers are available in a variety of colors and they can either be transparent, translucent, or opaque. The clear and translucent ones are good to use when you want to see the title page of your work without having to open it. As far as colors go, you can choose from traditional hues (black, blue, etc.) or more whimsical ones (aqua, purple, etc). You can even get covers that are striped or have a holographic finish to them. The choices are just about endless.
3.) They can’t be torn. Paper covers have one major disadvantage: they can be easily ripped. This can make your documents look bad and it definitely won’t impress your readers. However, their plastic counterparts are extremely durable and can’t be torn at all. They’re perfect for those documents you want to last a long time, especially if they’re going to be used a lot.
4.) They’re thicker than paper ones. Plastic covers are known for being on the thick side – more so than paper ones. The most durable ones are 16 and 19 mil thick so they’re ideal for documents that will be used over a long period of time. They’re very rigid and can’t really be folded so they’ll keep your work looking great.
5.) They probably won’t melt. Finally, plastic binding covers are more or less heat-resistant so if doesn’t matter if you accidentally leave your documents in the car on a hot summer day. You don’t need to worry about the covers becoming warped so your work will look great. This also makes them ideal for thermal binding which is one of the most popular bookbinding methods around.
< 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)