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How to Quickly Punch Holes in Large Quantities of Paper
Many of today’s binding methods require the use of punched paper. These are known as punch-and-bind methods and they include plastic comb, wire, coil, and VeloBind binding. If you use one of these methods and you frequently create large documents, you may be wondering how you can quickly punch holes in large quantities of paper. Luckily, there are a few options available to you and they’re all pretty easy and convenient. Check them out:
- Your best option for processing large quantities of paper is using a paper drill. Many of these devices can take care of an entire ream of paper in one go, so you can get the job done in a flash. If you need to produce a certain hole pattern (i.e. a three-hole pattern for binders), be sure to use a drill that has multiple spindles.
- Using a modular punch is another good way to quickly punch holes in large quantities of paper. Depending on your machine, you may be able to punch 20 or more pages at a time. Best of all, modular punches can produce different hole patterns so you can do different types of binding.
- Finally, you can use pre-punched paper if you’re really in a hurry. It’s not a bad idea to punch paper ahead of time so it will be there when you need it. You can also purchase pre-punched paper if that’s more convenient for you.
Punching is an essential part of many binding processes and it never hurts to know how you can process a lot of paper quickly. The right method for you will depend on your budget, what devices are at your disposal, and the type of binding you’re doing. Give one of the above methods a try today so you can quickly punch holes in your paper and prepare professional-looking documents.
< 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)