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What should I know about Twin Loop Wire Binding?
Choosing the right binding system to represent the image of your organization can be difficult. There are many different binding styles available to choose from. You may have seen plastic comb binding, spiral coil binding, thermal binding or even Velobind. All of these binding styles have a unique look and feel that may be right for your company. However, twin loop wire binding (also called wire-o or double loop wire binding) boasts several unique features that help to set it apart as a superior choice for binding your documents.
- Professional Appearance: Wire-O binding offers a neat and tidy appearance that is more elegant than any other binding style on the market. The thin coated steel wire offers the
ultimate professional look and feel for your reports, presentations and proposals. This professional appearance makes twin loop wire binding a favorite for financial services companies, real estate professionals, architects and engineers.
- Two punching patterns. Twin-loop devices are classified by which pitch (punching pattern) they produce. The two that are available for this method are 3:1 and 2:1. The numbers refer to how many holes there are per inch of paper. Pitch will also somewhat designate how long your documents can be. For example, 2:1 pitch is ideal for longer books because 2:1 wires are available in thicknesses up to 1.25″, and they can secure anywhere from 125 to 250 pages. Meanwhile, 3:1 wires are the best for shorter documents because they can bind between 20 and 110 pages.
- 360 Degree Wrap: One of the great things about twin loop wire binding is that it offers a full 360 degree rotation for pages bound into your documents. This means that pages from the front of the document can be wrapped around to the back of the document. This feature makes twin loop wire binding a popular option for binding calendars and notebooks. Calendars are often bound with twin loop wire binding and a special calendar hanger to allow you to comfortably hang the calendar on the wall.
- Variety: Twin loop wire binding spines are available in a number of different sizes and colors to match the color of your company logo or report covers. Wire-O spines are available in thirteen different colors including: black, white, silver, blue, bronze, gray, green, red, navy blue, yellow, dark green, cream and gold. Elements are also available in a number of sizes starting at 3/16” for documents that are as thin as just a few pages and up to 1-1/2” for extremely thick documents. Although wire is available in all of these sizes, in order to bind documents with all of the sizes of wire, you have to have a dual format wire binding machine or use special 2:1 pitch small size wire binding spines.
- Temperature Resistant: With plastic comb binding, spiral coil binding and thermal binding, temperature extremes can damage the binding spine of documents. Temperature has very little effect on wire-o bound documents. The steel spines used in double loop wire binding do not become brittle when exposed to extremely cold temperatures and do not become deformed or soft when exposed to extremely hot temperatures.
- First-rate machines. Some of the biggest names in the office machine world make twin-loop binders including Fellowes, James Burns, Akiles, Renz, and Rhin-O-Tuff. For small offices that need a machine for occasional use, a device such as the Fellowes Quasar 130 or the Akiles OffiWire are great options. For organizations that need a machine capable of operating on a heavy-duty basis, something like the Renz Eco C is ideal. Also, both manual and electric machines are available, so you can find one that fits your budget as well as your bookbinding needs.
- A wide variety of uses. Twin-loop wire binding is a pretty versatile document finishing method that can be used for a lot of different items. You can make your own calendars with this type of device, as well as journals and yearbooks. Professional documents really benefit from this type of binding and it can be used for brochures, reports, marketing materials, legal briefs, and more.
< 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)