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How do I bind my documents using Komtrak Inspiral Binding?
There are precious few real innovations in the binding world these days, so it’s always nice to see one come along. Combining the convenience of plastic comb binding with the functionality and feel of spiral coil binding – but with an elegant look that is all its own – Komtrak Inspiral binding produces one of the most rugged, editable, versatile and easy to use documents available today. The fact that this style of binding uses the standard 19-hole punch pattern of GBC comb binding means that you or your copy shop can use equipment that is already on hand (and will not have to purchase a new kind of hole punch), and the thick and sturdy plastic spirals are inherently easier to insert than standard spiral coil wire. Here, then, are the steps involved with binding your Komtrak Inspiral book.
Step 1: Using a standard 9/16″ c to c rectangular hole plastic comb punch die (such as that available on your existing plastic comb binding punch or that of your local print or copy shop), punch holes into the edge of the pages of your book. Straighten the pages in order to align the holes. If you are going to insert by hand, place the book that you are binding on a table or desk, making sure that the edges that contain the holes extends past the edge.
Step 2: Insert the spine’s first ring through the top of the books first hole, and use both hands to turn the Inspiral spine through the remaining holes. It is very important that you use both hands, as it will make the process much easier. It is important to note as well that if you happen to have an electric spiral coil inserter on hand, you can usually use it to gain higher productivity and speed if you have a large amount of books to bind. This is just one of the reasons that binding with Komtrak Inspiral is so great – no new equipment to buy, and even if you do decide to purchase a spiral coil inserter, you will be able to use it on spiral coil books as well, increasing your creativity and versatility.
Step 3: This step is slightly different for Inspiral and Inspiral II books. For Inspiral spines, once you have the coil in place and completely wound through the holes, simply insert the special pin on the clasp through the hole at the end of the Inspiral spine, then firmly snap the bottom end of the clasp down so that it is hooked onto the next ring down. The clasp will rotate with the spine, giving you full 360 opening functionality, while ensuring that the coil will stay in place and not spin off the book.
For Inspiral II spines, with a pair of small needle nose pliers, make a sharp (roughly 90 degree) bend on each end of the coil. Bend the ends to a degree that is appropriate for the diameter of the coil you are using. In order to prevent snags (and for safety’s sake) make sure that the bent tips face inward, toward the edge of the book.
< 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)