What should I know about Modular binding Punches?

posted this on Jul 7, 2015

If you run a high-volume operation such as a bindery or copy shop, one device that’s worthinvesting in is a modular binding punch. This is a type of machine that makes it possible to punch dozens of documents in a short amount of time. Modular punches use interchangeable die sets so you can produce the right hole patterns for different bookbinding methods such as plastic comb, twin-loop wire, and so on. These machines are really quite handy. Here are the things to think about when choosing one for your business or organization…. 

  • Punching capacity. Choosing a device with a fairly high punching capacity is always a good idea because it will allow you to process a lot of documents in minimal time. These machines can typically punch between 15 and 55 sheets at a time, so look for one that will enable you to finish the job quickly.
  • Punching length. Before you buy a modular punch, be sure to think about the size of your documents. Are you going to be using letter-sized sheets that measure 8.5” x 11”? How about legal-sized ones (8.5” x 14”)? This is important because you need to make sure the device can handle the length of the paper you’re going to be using. Most of them can handle letter-sized paper but not all can handle larger sheets. If you’re going to be working with the bigger sheets, look for a machine with an open throat you so can punch them appropriately.
  • Horizontal or vertical? Another thing to consider is whether the device has a horizontal or vertical punching mechanism. Vertical mechanisms are very popular because they produce great results although their horizontal counter parts can be easier to work with. The choice is up to you.
  • Ease of use. Changing the die sets can either be really easy or fairly difficult depending on the machine you choose. With some devices, you can literally just pop the die set out and replace it with a different one. However, there are also punches that are designed in such a way that you need special tools to change the dies. That would be really inconvenient if you switch between binding styles regularly, so make sure you give this matter some thought.
  • Speed. If you regularly bind a lot of documents, you’ll want a fast machine. Therefore, make sure the one you choose one that has a continuous cycle motor so you’ll be able to punch non-stop.
  • Warranty. Finally, it’s important to choose a modular punch with a decent warranty so you’re covered if you encounter any problems. A good machine will have a warranty that lasts for at least one year.
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