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How do I bind a document using Fastback binding?
There are few, if any, more polished and professional looking documents than those created with Powis Parker’s Fastback System. Of all of Parker’s, machines, the most commonly used Fastback machine on the market is the FB15xs. This versatile machine is capable of binding documents from two to 350 pages, or an inch and a half thick, in as little as fifteen seconds time. This, along with the fact that there is no punching involved in the binding process, makes Powis Parker’s FB15xs one of the quickest and most easy to use binding systems available. Here is a short guide in the use of the FB15xs.
- Make all the book block’s pages square, and then square them with the front and back covers.
- To ensure that the heated glue will make contact with all of the books pages, you must fan the pages of the book block.
- Then, you will want to insert the book block into the opening that is on top of the machine. You must ensure that the book is positioned so that it is flush to the right of the machine, and as always, that the pages are perfectly square.
- Push the large green button, closing the clamp.
- The FB15xs will detect the size of the book you are binding and will display which size of binding strip you should use. You then insert the strip into the opening on the right side of the machine, and the FB15xs will take over the process from there.
- Once the book has been run through the machine, place it on the convenient cooling rack, and allow the heated adhesive to cool down for a bit.
- When the book is cool to the touch, you may remove it, and it is ready for use.
The Fastback system is, as we’ve stated, one of the easiest and most elegant binding systems available. There are, however, some limitations that you should be aware of.
- Though any cover stock can be used with the system, due to the high temperature used by the heating element, some types of clear poly and plastic covers can become warped during the process. There are, however, several types of clear covers that are designed to take the heat and can be used.
- Most thermal binding systems have problems with some of the glossier papers, and the Fastback is no exception. Though users have come up with a few solutions, such as sanding the edges of the paper so the glue sticks better, the best solution for this kind of paper appears to be to staple the biding edge before binding.
- Some printers use a certain kind of oil during the toner transfer process. This toner oil can cause similar problems as glossy pages. This especially true if you have pages that are printed with a full-bleed. Again, the best solution appears to be stapling the binding edges.
- Another problem is that large numbers of changes are not possible with thermal binding. The Fastback does have a system in place for the addition or deletion of a few pages here and there. However, larger edits won’t work well with the Fastback system.
< 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)