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How do I choose a Modular Punch Machine?
If you bind a lot of documents, one machine you should consider getting is a modular binding punch. These things make it easier to punch a lot of paper for different binding methods. If you’re wondering how to pick the right one for your needs, it’s pretty easy. You just need to keep the following things in mind as you shop….
1.) Punching capacity. A machine’s punching capacity is definitely important, especially if you need a device that can punch a lot of paper at once. Most modular punches can process at least 15 sheets of paper at a time with some machines being able to handle 50 pages or more. You’ll want to carefully consider how much – and how often – you’ll be needing to process to find a device with the right capacity for your needs.
2.) Vertical or horizontal punching. Each punch on the market has its own punching orientation whether it’s vertical or horizontal. Both orientations have their advantages. For example, vertical punching is ideal if you want to ensure your paper is properly aligned. However, horizontal punching can be faster. So choose whichever orientation suits you the most.
3.) Dies. The whole point of having a modular punch is so that you can use one machine for a number of different binding styles. These devices can produce the hole patterns needed for styles as diverse as plastic comb and VeloBind, twin-loop wire and color coil. Be sure to look for a device that’s compatible with the punching dies you need. Also, check out how easy it is to change the dies. With some machines, you can slide the dies in and out, while others require the use of tools. Choose a machine that makes it easy to swap the dies. It will make the entire process much smoother.
4.) Brand name. Another important consideration is brand name. As with any other product, a number of different companies make modular binding punches and some of them are better than others. Go with a brand that’s familiar to you and is well-respected. Avoid the no-name brands. You’ll save yourself money in the long run because the product will be better constructed and will be less likely to require repairs or even replacement.
5.) Price and warranty. Finally, be sure to keep your budget in mind while also choosing the best punch you can afford. Also, be sure to see what kind of warranty your new device has. A long warranty is a sign that the compact believes in its product so you’re more likely to wind up with a better device.
< 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)