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How do I bind a document using ProClick Binding?
If you use GBC ProClick binding spines, you know that they’re easy to use and can help you quickly produce high-quality work. But if you want to make the process easier, use the following five tips:
- Although the zipper tool looks easy to use, you might have some trouble with it. Sometimes it’s easier to close a ProClick spine by hand than use the tool. However, don’t throw the zipper tool away – you’ll need it to open the spines when creating a new document or editing an existing one. And keep in mind that the more you use this tool, the better you’ll get at it.
- If you don’t have a binding machine, avoid buying a low-end ProClick device. Instead, purchase an inexpensive 3:1 pitch wire binding machine. A wire binding machine produces that hole pattern you’ll need to use ProClick spines and you’ll also be able to use wire binding supplies. That way, you’ll have two great binding methods at your disposal.
- ProClick spines are designed for smaller documents and are available in three different sizes: 5/16”, 1/2”, and 5/8”. The largest spines can bind work that’s up to 125 pages long. Thus, this method is great for short documents but not so good for longer ones. However, if you need to bind thicker books, you can do so with wire spines if you bought a wire binding machine.
- If you ever need to bind or edit documents when you’re out the office, make sure you take some ProClick spines and pre-punched paper with you. If you don’t have the zipper tool with you, you can use a pen to open the spines. You might also want to consider getting the ProClick P50: it’s an inexpensive punch that can fit in your briefcase. That way, you won’t need to carry around pre-punched paper.
- Finally, if you’re a ProClick enthusiast, you should think about getting the ProClick Pronto P3000. This is an automated machine that can bind up to 450 books per hour. It’s an excellent device to get if you regularly use ProClick spines to bind a lot of 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)