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  • Binding Machines - What’s the difference?

    13 November 2014

    by David Smith

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    If you’re looking to add a professional touch to your business reports, a handy way to keep your favourite recipes at home, or a quality finish to a dissertation for college, then you can do no wrong by using a binder.

    There are many different kinds of Binding Machines available, from entry-level plastic comb binders, to state-of-the-art professional binding systems.

    Vivid’s Magnum range of Binding Systems offer not only affordability, but also a high level of quality in every machine we build. Here, we’ll take a look at the different types available, how they work and what they are used for.


    Comb Binding Machines

    Comb Binders are the most economical kind of system. A plastic comb is placed onto the machine and the metal ‘teeth’ are used to open the comb outwards. A second lever is then pulled down to punch a series of holes along the edge of your document. The punched papers are then placed onto the open comb, and the comb is then closed together using the open/close lever, creating a handy document.

    Comb Binders are useful, as pages can easily be removed and replaced with updated information. These are used by many schools, sports clubs and offices for internal documents.

    Plastic combs are relatively cheap and are available in many different colours and diameters (depending on the thickness of your document). Many people also prefer to finish the document with a cover, which can be made from plastic (polypropylene), card, clear coloured PVC or shiny gloss.

    The Magnum range of Comb Binders include our entry-level iBind systems and the heavy duty electronic MEC21 for higher capacity use.


    Wire Binding Machines

    Wire Binders can give more of a professional look to important documents, such as client proposals or business presentations. The desktop systems can be purchased with two different types of finish. Either 2:1 ‘Pitch’ or 3:1 ‘Pitch’. This simply means that holes are punched through the document at either 2 holes per inch (2:1) or 3 holes per inch (3:1).

    Wire binding is used on a lot of notebooks, calendars and training packs.

    Differing from a comb binder, the wire comes ‘pre-opened’ and is placed onto special hooks on the machine, ready for paper. Similar to a comb binder though, holes are then punched through your document and placed onto the wire. The complete document wire is then inserted into a special channel on the machine, with a lever to operate the wire closer, squeezing the wire together to close and finish it.

    Our Magnum Wire Binding Systems include both entry-level manual machines, as well as more professional electric systems, able to punch 143 sheets and 318 sheets of paper.


    Spiral Binding Machines

    Spiral binders are sometimes called coil binders. This offers the flexibility of comb binding, with the professional finish of a wire bound document.

    As with comb and wire binding, holes are punched through your document. A coil is then inserted into the first couple of holes and the document is ready to be completed. The document and it’s spiral is then placed onto the machine, and the rollers spin the coil to weave it through the punched document.

    Coils are available in our Imagemaker range in many different diameters and colours.

    The Magnum MEC46 is a professional electrically operated system for spiral and coil binding.


    All-for-one, one-for-all

    For the ultimate combination of mutlifunctional systems, the Magnum range also offers multi-use machines. This can be useful when creating documents where different finishes are often required, as this saves valuable desk space, as well as money. The Magnum Duo Binding Machines are available in Comb & 3:1 Wire Options and 2:1 & 3:1 Pitch Wire. For the ultimate binding choice, the Magnum ME-4&1 offers a combination of comb, spiral and wire at both 2:1 and 3:1 pitch.

    Take a look at our complete range of Imagemaker binding supplies, including combs, coils, binding wires and document covers.

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