MyBinding Knowledge Base
What should I know about Clear View Binders?
Although binding styles such as Unibind and twin-loop wire binding are often some of the more popular ways of showing off your documents, good old-fashioned three-ring binders can also be a totally legitimate way of presenting your work. This is especially true if you use the right kind of binder. Some of the best ones available are premium-grade clear view presentation binders. These supplies have clear overlays that allow you to customize the front and back covers of the book, as well as the spine. Each book has interior vinyl pockets in which you can store extra papers, and the front and back boards are made of high-quality, rigid chipboard for durability. This article will tell you all you need to know about these supplies so you can determine if they would be the right way to store your work, as well as present it to your boss, colleagues, and/or clients.
1.) Round-ring style binders. One thing to consider when buying clear view binders is the type of ring you want. The size and shape of the ring can dictate how many pages the binder can store, so it’s a pretty important consideration. There are two ring styles available, the first being round-ring, which is a very common style. Round-ring units have a lower sheet capacity than their D-ring counterparts. Here are the sizes they come in, along with the corresponding sheet capacity:
1/2″ = Approximately 100 Sheets
1″ = Approximately 175 Sheets
1-1/2″ = Approximately 280 Sheets
2″ = Approximately 375 Sheets
3″ = Approximately 480 Sheets
Also, these rings come in both black and white to make your presentation a bit more visually interesting. Round-ring books are great for everyday use and they’ll look terrific thanks to your own customized covers and the book’s suede-like exterior.
2.) D-ring style binders. These products tend to be higher quality than the round-ring models because the chipboard is sturdier and the vinyl used on the covers and spine is non-stick and heavy-duty. These supplies all include interior storage pockets, as well as sheet lifters which will keep your document centered when the book is closed, preventing any rips or tears from happening. Also, D-ring units can hold up to 37% more paper than a round-ring one. Here are the available sizes and sheet capacities:
1″ = Approximately 200 Sheets
1-1/2″ = Approximately 300 Sheets
2″ = Approximately 400 Sheets
3″ = Approximately 500 Sheets
4″ = Approximately 600 Sheets
5″ = Approximately 700 Sheets
Due to the large capacity of these books, they are ideal for company reports, financial documents, and any other work that needs to be read and looked back on often. These items are also strong enough to be re-used again and again.
< 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)