MyBinding Knowledge Base
What should I know about Proclick Binding?
If you are looking for a new and innovative binding style that is simple to use and easily editable, you might want to consider GBC Proclick. Approximately three years ago, General Binding Corporation (GBC) introduced its new Proclick binding elements. These innovative elements easily snap closed and can be opened and closed in seconds using a small editing tool. The ability to easily edit documents bound with GBC Proclick and the fashionable design of the GBC Proclick binding spines make them a logical choice for many sales and marketing organizations. However, if you are considering using GBC Proclick here are some things you might like to know:
- GBC Proclick binding spines are currently available in four different colors and in three different sizes. Proclick spines are currently available in black, white, frost and navy blue. The three sizes currently available for GBC proclick are 5/16″, 1/2″ and 5/8″. These sizes and colors are designed to meet the needs of most organizations and users in the marketplace. However, if you need a color or a size that is not listed here you should probably consider a different binding style.
- Proclick spines offer a 360 degree rotation allowing you to completely flip pages that are not needed to the back of the presentation. This feature is convenient for photo copying and easy reading. This also makes GBC ProClick a natural choice for user manuals and training manuals.
- GBC Proclick binding spines are available in 25 packs, 100 packs and in special cassettes which are designed for use with the GBC Proclick Pronto binding machines. Most retailers do not have all three sizes of Proclick Spines in all Four colors available in 25 packs or 100 packs (this is especially true of Frost and Navy Blue Spines). However, you can find all three sizes, all four colors in 25 packs, 100 packs and cartridges at Mybinding.com.
- GBC Proclick binding spines have 32 rings and are designed for binding 11″ long books. Some users have discovered that GBC Proclick spines can be cut using a pair of sharp scissors for use in binding smaller documents. Currently, Proclick binding spines are not available in lengths longer than 11″.
- Although many individuals apply Proclick binding spines by hand, in 2006 GBC released the Proclick Pronto binding system which is designed to automatically insert and close Proclick spines onto the edge of your presentations. These systems are incredibly easy to use and utilize special cartridges of supplies that are easy to change.
- The hole pattern used by GBC Proclick binding spines is a 3:1 pitch (3 holes per inch) and is the same hole pattern used with 3:1 pitch twin loop wire binding. In fact, Proclick spines are designed for use with twin loop wire binding machines. However, the Proclick Pronto uses a special oversized 3:1 pitch oversize hole pattern that makes inserting the Proclick spines easier. If you are looking for a Proclick binding machine, GBC currently makes two desktop punches and two versions of the ProClick pronto. However, there are also plenty of wire binding machines available on the market that can also be used with Proclick.
- Documents that are bound with Proclick are incredibly easy to edit. A small zipper tool that costs less than a dollar can be used to open the binding spine in less than a second. Using the Proclick P50 binding punch which costs about $60 additional pages can be quickly punched in the field and added to a presentation. This solution is perfect for individuals in sales who need to make quick changes to reports or proposals. The report can then be zipped back up and is ready to present.
< 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)