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How do I bind documents using Thermal Binding?
After purchasing a thermal binding machine, you might be wondering the best way to use it. While there are articles written specifically for each machine, here we will provide general tips and tricks for binding with a thermal binding machine. Even if you are simply experimenting, there are a few things you can do to simplify the process and improve your results.
- First, make sure that you have the right size thermal binding cover for your documents. Too many pages in a cover will result in the first and last pages not binding securely. As such, it is better to choose a cover that is slightly larger rather than smaller.
- Next, jog your papers thoroughly. They need to be as straight as you can possibly make them when you place the pages into the cover. Just before you place the entire project into the binding machine, fan them with your finger to break up any pages that might be stuck together. Square up the pages neatly in the thermal binding cover, ensuring that the first and last pages are in contact with the adhesive. Double check the front page especially, as static electricity can make it stick to the cover instead of the glue. If you spend a few extra minutes on this step, you can increase the quality of your finished product.
- Once the binding cycle has finished, remove your finished product and firmly tap the spine on a hard surface. This helps to ensure that the pages are securely lodged into the hot binding adhesive and that your binding will stay in place for years to come.
- Wait until your book has cooled completely and the adhesive has set before you open it; about three to five minutes should be enough time. Allowing the glue to harden is vital to ensure a solid, secure bind.
- The last two steps may give the impression that binding multiple books will take a large amount of time; this is not the case. With most thermal binding machines, you can bind multiple documents at once. And of course, as soon as one is removed to cool, another one can begin the binding process. If you’re looking to bind higher quantities of books, a machine that can handle multiple projects at once will help you to increase your productivity and time efficiency.
- Finally, here is a tip for binding documents that include photo or high gloss paper. Before you start the binding process, you may want to staple the entire book block together. Glossy stocks such as these are prone to working themselves out of the adhesive. Stapling provides a virtual guarantee that those wayward pages won’t ever come out of your document. Another option, if you don’t have a stapler that large, is to sand down the edges slightly so that the inner paper will adhere to the glue and get a more secure the bind.
< 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)