How do I adjust the end position and wrap on the Fastback model 15xs?

posted this on May 24, 2016

For most users, using the Fastback 15xs is as simple as inserting your book and pressing the Bind button. However, occasionally you may want or need to adjust some of the more advanced features on your machine. This article will provide instructions for changing two such features. It will tell you how to adjust the end position of your strip so that it lines up with the edge of your book. It will also provide instructions for adjusting the wrap of your strip so that more or less of the strip wraps around onto the front cover of your document.

Setting the Strip End Position:

When you bind a book, the inserted end of the strip aligns with the edge of your book that is on your left. We’ll call this end of the book the “top” of the book. Occasionally you’ll get a strip that doesn’t quite reach the top of your book, or a strip that goes a little past the top. You can correct this by adjusting the strip’s end position.

You can find this feature in the Special Functions menu on your fastback and it is called “STRIP-END”. Here is how to adjust the strip end setting…

1. After selecting the STRIP END feature, the default message is:

2. You can now adjust the strip end in increments of .008 of an inch. Pressing the OPEN button shifts the strip to the left; pressing the EDIT button shifts the strip to the right. In other words, if you press OPEN, the strip will move towards the top of the book. If you press EDIT, the strip will move towards the bottom of the book.

3. When you have finished changing this setting, press BIND.

4. Insert the correct width strip and begin binding. During binding, the screen briefly displays the changed strip-end position.

Setting the Wrap for Superstrips and Perfectback strips

This feature allows you to adjust how the strip wraps around your book. Usually the Superstrip is centered on the book’s spine, and it wraps around the book equally on the front and on the back. The Fastback is designed to wrap the Perfectback strip higher around the back than the front. But you can change this with the “SET WRAP” feature. You can shift the strip so it wraps around more on the front or on the back. Also, if it isn’t wrapping evenly, then you can adjust it so that it does.

1. Press BIND to select “SET WRAP.” From here, you have three choices: SUPERSTRIP-WRAP, PERFECTBACK-WRAP, and EXIT?. Make your selection according to the binding style that you are currently using.

2. After selecting the current binding style the default display is “EVEN WRAP” for Superstrip, or “DEFAULT WRAP” for Perfectback. To change this, use the OPEN and EDIT buttons. Pressing OPEN subtracts from the setting, shifting the strip towards the back. Pressing EDIT adds to the setting, shifting the strip towards the front.

3. When you finish adjusting this setting, press BIND. During binding, the binder briefly flashes a message to show the wrap change.

4. In the Superstrip SET WRAP mode, one of the options is “Minimum Front Wrap.” To select this feature, use the OPEN button to decrease the wrap past minus 7 units until the screen displays “MIN. FRONT WRAP.” This feature wraps the strip around your document so that the smallest possible amount of strip wraps onto the front cover. Press BIND to select this feature.

5. In the Perfectback SET-WRAP mode, one of the options is EVEN. To select this feature, use the EDIT button to increase the wrap past plus 7 units until the screen displays “EVEN-WRAP.” This feature wraps the front and the back of the Perfectback strip evenly on each side. Press BIND to select this feature.

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