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How do I bind long documents?
Bookbinding is a very popular document finishing method, but if you’re working with very long documents, it can be difficult to find ways to put your books together. Luckily, there are a number of options available if you just know what to look for. Here are six ways you can bind those long works including thermal and plastic comb binding. Check them out….
1.) Screw posts. One of the better ways to bind thick documents is by using screw posts, which are sometimes referred to as Chicago posts. Screw posts are available in a variety of lengths and the longest ones are typically 5” long. If your work is really lengthy, you can get extenders for the posts. These are definitely supplies you should look at if your books contain a lot of pages, especially if you don’t want to use a binding machine.
2.) Plastic combs. When one thinks of document finishing methods, plastic combs are usually the first supplies to come to mind. Using plastic combs is inexpensive, fast, and easy, and the combs can be used for documents of varying lengths. The largest combs available are 2” thick and can be used for documents that contain as many as 425 pages.
3.) Unibind covers and spines. If you really want your documents to look great you should consider using Unibind supplies. Unibind covers and spines are designed for use with Unibind thermal binding machines, and they can make your documents look like they were bound by a professional. These supplies can accommodate works that contain up to 340 pages.
4.) VeloBind/SureBind strips. If you have access to a GBC VeloBind machine, you may want to consider using it for your project. VeloBind and SureBind strips can be used for the thinnest books as well as some of the thickest because they can bind works that are up to 3” wide. Best of all, these supplies come in a variety of different colors so you can give your work that finishing touch.
5.) Twin-loop wire spines. Another bookbinding method that looks professional is wire binding. This document finishing method is perfect for items that need to convey a technological or high-class image such as marketing proposals, architectural plans, and more. Wire spines can be up to 1.5” thick so they’re great for long books that need to look fantastic.
6.) Color coils. Finally, you may want to consider using color coils. These supplies come in more than 50 colors (including neon hues, pastels, and more) and they can bind books that are up to 440 pages long. Just keep in mind that it’s easier to insert color coils into your books manually rather than using a machine. That may not be ideal if you have a lot of books to assemble.
< 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)