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How do I choose the right strip for my Velobind Machine?
If you’re interested in GBC’s VeloBind binding system perhaps you need some guidance about what types of strips you should buy. Determining which ones are the right ones to get can be a bit confusing, especially if you’re new to binding. How do you know if you need the hot knife strips? Or the 4-pin recloseable ones? And what about the 6-pin strips? Do you need those, as well? Just relax, because this article will talk about several different types of VeloBind strips so you can be sure to pick the right materials for your next binding project. So read on and prepare to find out just what VeloBind strips are right for you and your binding project.
The most common type of VeloBind strips are the hot knife (11-pin) strips. These strips come in a variety of colors and they’re available in three sizes: 8.5″ (for landscape documents), 11″ (for letter-size documents) and 14″ (for legal-sized ones). These strips are made to be used with the following machines: the V800pro, System Two and System Three Pro, as well as Tamerica V2000pro SecureBind binding machine. These spines can give your work a professional look and are an excellent choice if you need your documents to impress people such as your clients or your boss.
Another common style of VeloBind strips are the 4-pin recloseable strips. These binding strips can be used with the GBC VeloBind V110e punch. (They were also previously used with the discontinued V50 machine.) These are good strips to use if you want to give your documents the look of a traditional hot knife bound document and you don’t want to purchase an expensive hot knife binding machine. These strips are extremely easy to use because the leftover part of the binding comb snaps easily into the back of the spine. This enables you to edit your documents at a later time, if need be. These strips can also be used along with a hot knife system for applications where editing is important.
Next, there’s the 6-pin recloseable spines. These spines are durable and offer a high-class look, plus you can edit your document after binding, if necessary. These strips were designed to be used the the GBC Personal Velobind System and they have six pins that snap into the spine. These strips have been discontinued and are becoming extremely difficult to find.
There’s also the 111 strips, which you can use with the 111 VeloBinder. These are manual compression strips that contain serrated binding pins that ensure a lost-lasting bind. These are some of the most durable strips you can buy, but they’re only available in black and two different sizes. GBC/Acco discontinued these strips in 2008 and they are virtually impossible to find now leaving most people who have a 111 Velobinder to use four pin reclosable strips instead.
Finally, GBC makes SureBind strips. These work very similarly to the 11-pin hot knife strips, but the SureBind strips have ten pins that line up with the pattern used in traditional comb binding and they can be used with GBC SureBind machines.
< 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)