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What can synthetic paper be used for?
Paper has been around for thousands of years and dates back to the days of the Ancient Egyptians who wrote on papyrus. It’s hard to imagine a world without this material given that it’s used for everything from note-taking to publishing, packaging to even some types of food. There are numerous different kinds of paper as well including tissue, copier/printer, newsprint, and more. And there’s a new type available: synthetic. Let’s take a quick look at what it is and how it can be used.
Synthetic paper is very similar to the type used in copiers, fax machines, and printers. However, it differs because it’s made out of polyester. Thus, it’s essentially plastic and you can use it for a variety of applications. It’s available in 8.5” x 11” sheets that are 5 mil thick. These sheets are waterproof and extremely durable so they’re perfect for documents that will be regularly handled. One advantage to this material is that you don’t need to laminate it, which will help you save time and money. (For one thing, you won’t need to buy laminating pouches or film.)
Sheets of synthetic paper can be run through most photocopiers (both black-and-white and color units), digital presses, and laser printers. (They can’t be used in ink-jet printers, unfortunately.) They can be used for important documents, ID cards, menus, photo printouts, and more. The sheets are nice and bright so all of your text and photos will look great. Synthetic paper can be punched so you can use it in binders, with various types of binding machines (comb, wire, etc.), and it can be trimmed with a guillotine trimmer once it’s been printed on. It offers all of the versatility of regular paper with the added benefit of durability.
If you choose to use synthetic paper, there are a few things you can do to ensure you get the results you need. First, always handle the sheets by their edges. This prevents them from getting scratched or becoming married by fingerprints. Second, before you ran the sheets through your machine, make sure they’ve been in the room for about 24 hours. This will help them get acclimated to the environment. Third, make sure to fan the sheets a bit before placing them in your machine’s feed tray. This ensure they’ll run through the machine more smoothly and reduce the risk of a jam. And finally, go easy if you trim them with a guillotine cutter. Since these sheets are plastic they can do a number on the blade if you try to cut too many of 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)