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How do I use Image Strips with the Fastback 9?
Powis Parker Fastback recently released a brand new type of binding strip called the Image Strip and has invented a new type of binding called “Imagebinding”. This new type of binding represents a radically new approach to document presentation. More than a simple binding solution, Imagebinding is a completely new approach to corporate identity. It allows you to make a strong impression with every book you bind. The key element of Imagebinding is the Image Strip, which features a front panel that is large enough to add graphics, logos and photo images. In fact, you can even design your own strips to reflect your corporate branding needs. This article will describe in detail the process of binding a document with this new style of binding strip using the Fastback Model 9 Binding Machine. There are nine steps to follow. . .1. Set the Fastback 9 to IMAGE mode. Once the machine is in IMAGE mode, the display will read “READY TO BIND” . . . “IMAGE. “2. Select your Image Strip according to your document thickness. Narrow Image Strips can bind documents with between 10 and 125 sheets of paper. However, the capacity of the image strip will vary depending on the weight of paper and thickness of covers that you choose.3. Fold the strip to a 90° angle making sure that the adhesive side faces inward.
< 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)