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What binding options are available for editing documents at a later time?
Have you ever had this happen to you? You finally finished that important document that took you weeks to prepare. Then you bound it for your big presentation…only to find out that there’s an error. Maybe some pages are missing or are in the wrong order. Maybe you noticed a glaring typo. Whatever it is, there’s no doubt about it: you need to edit your document. If so, hopefully you picked a binding method that will allow you to make the necessary changes. There are a few methods that allow you to edit your documents. Here they are…
- Plastic comb binding. This is a very popular method because it’s easy, inexpensive, and looks great. You can also re-open the combs after binding in case you need to make any changes. It’s easy to do and won’t take very long, so this is a great method to choose if you want professional-looking documents that can be edited quickly if the need arises.
- ZipBind. GBC ZipBind spines look similar to twin-loop wire spines and they’ll give your documents an upscale look. But while they may look like wire spines, you can actually re-open them, something you definitely cannot do with wire binding supplies. Each box of ZipBind spines has a special tool that you can use to pop the spine open so you can add and/or remove pages.
- ProClick. These spines are another great innovation from GBC. They’re similar to the ZipBind spines in that they can be re-opened, but they resemble plastic combs more than anything else. The really great thing about ProClick spines is that you don’t need a machine to open them up. Like their ZipBind counterparts, they can be re-opened with a certain tool. This can be a much more convenient method than plastic comb binding because of the lack of need for a big, heavy machine.
- Thermal binding. If you use a thermal machine, such as a Unibind device, it’s possible to make changes to your work so long as you’re not totally overhauling the entire book. If you place the document back on the machine, the glue will heat up enough so that you can remove several pages and replace them without damaging the book. This can be a bit tricky, so be careful. You should only edit a thermally bound document once or maybe twice. If you do it any more than that, the glue in the spine won’t be able to hold on to any more pages, leaving you with a ruined document.
- Fastback. If you have a Powis Parker Fastback machine, such the #11 model, it’s also possible to edit your work after the fact. The trick is you can only add and/or remove 2 sheets at a time. So this isn’t the method to use if you think you’ll need to do more edits than that.
< 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)