Learn About Common Binding Methods
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A spring-like coil is spun or wound through several small round holes in a book. When binding an 8½" x 11" book, a 12" long coil is inserted and the excess plastic on each end is cut and bent or "crimped" and the book is finished. This final step prevents the coil from spinning back out of the book and is done using an automatic crimper or manually using coil crimping pliers. This binding method is similar to the common term "spiral binding," but opens and closes much smoother without catching on any wire loop ends and is fairly lightweight in comparison. It has excellent lay-flat ability and will not pull apart like Comb or Twin Loop Wire binding. Also known as plastic spiral binding.
A plastic tube with comb-like fingers is held open using a comb spreader in a position that allows pages with rectangular holes, created by a comb binding punch, to fit over the plastic comb. When released, the comb fingers retract keeping the pages together. This is a very cost-effective method for short runs with little setup. A clear advantage to plastic comb binding is that the books can be re-opened and pages can be removed / added. Sometimes called Cerlox or GBC binding.
Unlike the single spiral wound wire of commonly known "spiral binding," Twin Loop Wire is a unique, double loop wire binding system that provides a simple, versatile and durable binding solution for various books. These binding wires come "pre-opened" and the pages of the book are hooked onto its double-looped "teeth." A wire closer is used to force or squeeze the wire closed to its round configuration. This is a one-time use method that cannot be re-opened to add / remove pages. Sometimes referred to as Wire-O® or Spiral Wire Binding.
The VeloBind® and QuickBind methods consist of two plastic strips secured along the binding edge using heat to provide a professional, book-like finish. The excess prong length protruding from the back of the Velo Strips is removed and thermal fused using a specialized Velo binding machine that also performs the preliminary punching of the pages. This method is commonly used for legal transcripts and is great for filing, stacking or mailing. And, with Hot Knife binding technology, spines permanently lock pages into place to keep reports and proposals secure (they can only be removed using a Velo Debionder tool). These spines come in a variety of sizes and colors for all of your binding projects.
Tape binding, sometimes referred to as Thermabind or thermal tape binding, is a process that uses a fabric tape strip that is pre-coated with a durable, heat–activated glue. The tape strip is placed in a tape binding machine that centers your book’s binding edge on the tape. It also wraps a portion of the tape around the front and back covers and completes the process by melting the glue. Thermal tape binding strips come in a variety of colors and size ranges to accommodate a variety of book thicknesses.