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How To Bind a Book with Fastback 9 Tape Binding Machine?
Tired of the traditional punch-and-bind machines? Try out the Fastback 9 Tape Binding Machine by Powis Parker that is so ideal for small work spaces, either at home or at the office. Check out this video demo and see how fast can Fastback 9 finish a binding job using the LX binding strip, which is specifically used for this machine. With the thermal adhesive technology of the LX strip and the efficiency of the Fastback 9, you will get through your binding job with no trouble at all. Have questions on the Fastback 9? Feel free to leave your questions or comments below. Or you can call or email us for more information.
Here is the audio transcript for this video:
This is Fastback 9 helps by MyBinding.com. We're going to show you the basics of how to bind a book. In this demo, we're going to bind with a narrow LX strip. There are three buttons on the right hand side of the machine. The top orange one is the menu button. Press it and scroll through the selections on the LCD panel until you find LX strip and then press the green button to save your selection. Always keep in mind that attached to the base of the machine is a cheat sheet, six easy steps to binding a book.
First, you'll need to select a binding strip. Narrow strips can bind a book of up to 125 sheets and medium up to 250. If you're not sure what size your book is, simply place it into the throat of the machine, push the green button, and the LCD panel will let you know use a medium or use a narrow. And the color is up to you.
Once you've selected the color and size LX strip you'll be using, it's time to crease it and place it into the machine, adhesive side up. Let's watch that again, a little slower this time. Pinch your fingers right on the crease, a very natural fold, and run your fingers down both sides to complete it. Some people prefer to lay their strip flat on the table and use both hands to fold. However, snapping and pulling is faster. With the adhesive side facing up, place the strip down inside the throat of the machine, with the shorter of the two edges facing the back. Jog your book together and with the front of the book facing back, place it on top of the tape. Give it a good shake and a jog and make sure it's all the way over to the right hand side. Then press the green button for go. The whole binding cycle will take about 30 to 45 seconds and the LCD panel on the front will walk you through and let you know what's happening. When the panel reads "Remove Book" you're all done. Take it out and place it in the rack in the back to cool for a good one to three minutes.
And that is how to bind a book with the Fastback 9.
< 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)