How to Bind a Hard Cover Book with Pro-Bind Tools?

posted this on Mar 22, 2016

This video shows a demonstration on how to use the Pro-Bind tools for the Hard Cover Thermal Binding.

Here is a transcript of this video:

Welcome to Pro-Bind. Today, we’re going to show you how to use Pro-Bind tools to bind a hard cover book. There are three crucial steps to remember while you bind – squaring the book, having the right cover size and building a proper hinge. Let’s look at those step by step. Built directly into the spine of the hard bound cover is an adhesive glue that will hold the book together. Your first step is to create a square and flat spine. You do this by creasing the spine all the way down one side and then the other. You’re looking to crease that nice and flat so the end result is a nice square finish. The next step is to load your book block into the cover. You want to be sure you have the proper cover size for your book. You want to be able to jog the pages into place so they fit perfectly within the margins and they have a nice parallel look, filling the cover but not overfilling it. This will get you a great bind. It’s now time to bind. Place the book down all the way into the throat of the Pro-Bind 2000. Slide the cover close and select hard cover. As soon as the short binding cycle is through, immediately put it inside the hard cover crimper. Press the lever all the way down to open the throat. Place the book inside and release the handle. The crimper will give both shape to the spine and serve as a cooling rack for the adhesive to bind to the paper. The final and important step is creating a strong hinge. On a flat surface, open your book to about a 90-degree angle and, with downward pressure on the front cover, run your finger or thumb along the inside edge to get a nice tight hinge. Turn the book over and do the same thing for the back cover. This will give you a great looking spine with a natural fold and a secure bind. So keep in mind these three steps of the square and flat bind, proper sized cover and a strong hinge, you’ll have a great book. You have only one opportunity to make a great first impression, and with a Pro-Bind system, that’s easy.

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