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Can I use my a thermal binding machine to rebind trade paperback books?
Library books take a lot of abuse and will eventually come apart. A common practice by many school and public libraries is to apply a clear self-adhesive covering to their paperback books. While this can slow down the rate of wear and tear, the cover will still eventually separate from the pages of the book. Fortunately, a thermal binding machine can easily repair worn out books.
Using a thermal binding machine to repair a soft cover book is a fairly simple process. In the beginning stages of wear, there may be a good amount of glue still in the spine. If so, you can repair it with only your binding machine. Turn on the device and let it warm up. Place the spine of the book into the machine, allowing the glue to warm up. Once the glue is properly heated, it will be soft and easily re-attach the cover to the book block. After the binding cycle completes, firmly tap the spine on a flat surface to ensure all pages are securely lodged in the glue and allow the book to cool.
In a perfect world, that process would work for every book. However, many times there isn’t enough glue left over to securely adhere to cover to the book block. In this case, you will need to use a thermal binding glue strip. These strips come 1 inch wide and 12 inches long and can easily be cut down to size with a pair of scissors, allowing them to fit any book. Once you’ve created the right size, insert the glue strip into your cover, followed by the book block and place the entire book into your thermal binding machine. Just as in the first process, the binding machine will soften the glue, allowing it to attach to the pages. Don’t forget to tap it on the counter and let it cool in the cooling rack so the glue can properly set.
The ProBind 2000 is constructed of all metal parts, which means it will last for many years to come. It costs under $700 and at only 10lbs, it can store easily when not in use. You can use the ProBind 2000 to repair books as well as bind both soft and hard cover books. The simple act of prolonging the life of your books will cause the ProBind 2000 to pay for itself in no time. It even includes a one year manufacturer’s warranty. We would highly recommend this machine to any library looking to repair their softcover books.
< 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)