How do I bind a document with Fastback HalfBack covers?

posted this on May 24, 2016

Most owners of Powis Parker Fastback binding machines know that they can use their equipment to do tape binding. However, Fastback equipment is designed to do far more than just tape bind. In fact, fastback machines can be used to create perfect bound documents, to create note pads, to bind hardcover books, yearbooks, and can even be used to create photobooks. This article talks about a different type of Fastback binding. It involves using Fastback Halfback Covers, a special pre-formed cover that you can ink jet print and that wraps around the spine of your book. You don’t need a tape binding strip, the Halfback is both the strip and the cover.

Here are eight simple steps to binding a document with a Fastback Halfback binding cover with a Model 8, 8x or 9 binding machine…

1. Switch your Fastback machine into HALFBACK mode. This will tell the machine that you want to use a Fastback Halfback Covers. Once the machine is in the correct mode, the display will read: “READY TO BIND” … “HALFBACK.”

2. Select your Half-Back cover according to your document thickness. These covers are available in two different widths. Narrow covers can bind between 10 and 100 sheets. Medium covers can bind between 101-200 sheets. However, you will probably want to use your binding machine to measure the book so that you choose the right thickness of cover. All you need to do is place the document in the machine and press the bind button. The display will tell you what size of cover that you will need to use. This will help to account for different thicknesses of paper and cover stock that you might be using in your presentation or proposal.

3. Before you proceed in the binding process you may want to customize your Halfback cover. These special covers are designed to allow you to print them with an inkjet printer so that you can add a title to the front and the spine of the book. If you have questions about printing the cover check inside the box that the covers came in, they come with instructions on how to print them. Just remember that you CAN NOT print these covers with a laser printer. The heat will cause a big mess and probably ruin your printer.

4. Form your Halfback front cover into an “L” shape, by folding it along the score mark closest to the cover edge making sure the adhesive side faces inward. Place the document pages on the short flap so they are sitting on the un-melted adhesive and put the back cover in place. You can use almost any cover as the back cover provided that it is compatible with your fastback machine. For proper binding results, the Halfback spine flap must not be too curled prior to insertion in the binder. Flatten the spine by hand if necessary.

5. Tamp your document cover and pages on the front flat surface of the housing so that they are straight and place your assembled document into the binding recess. Then slide it all the way to the right. Tap the document on the top and the left to ensure all pages are even and make sure that the pages are all the way back in the binding slot. Finally, check and make sure that the document is aligned with the edge of the Halfback cover.

6. Press the BIND button to activate the machine and begin the binding process.

7. As soon as the display on your Fastback binding machine flashes “REMOVE BOOK,” you should pick up the document and carefully place it against a cooling fence. Leave the document to cool for at least five minutes before use.

Using these instructions you should be able to bind documents using your Fastback 9 binding machine and a HalfBack cover. Try it out for yourself and see just how easy the process can be.

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