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What should I know about Modular binding Punches?
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.
< 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)