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SPB 360 Plastic Coil Binding machinePlastic Comb and Coil Binding Machines

To get set up with a plastic comb or coil binding document service (or to upgrade from existing tools) you will need to choose from a selection of hand and benchtop punches and binding machines. We list them all out here and have lots of experience in working with these machines and giving advice on which one might be right for your environment so please do get in contact with any questions.

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What kind of machines will I need for comb and coil binding?

To bind documents using plastic comb and plastic coil binding, you typically need specific machines designed for each binding method. Here are the types of machines commonly used for plastic comb and plastic coil binding:

1. Plastic Comb Binding Machines:

These machines are designed for binding documents with plastic comb spines. The process involves punching holes along the edge of the document and then threading the plastic comb through the holes. The machine typically consists of the following components:

  • Punching Mechanism:
    • A system for punching holes in the pages of the document. Some machines offer manual punching, while others may have an electric or hydraulic punching feature for higher volumes.
  • Comb Opener:
    • A mechanism to open the plastic comb rings, making it easy to insert the punched pages.
  • Adjustable Margin Depth:
    • Many machines allow users to adjust the margin depth, determining where the holes are punched along the edge of the paper.
  • Comb Selector:
    • For selecting the appropriate size of plastic comb according to the thickness of the document.

2. Plastic Coil Binding Machines:

These machines are specifically designed for binding documents using plastic coil spines. The process involves similarly punching holes along the edge of the document, but instead of threading a comb, a plastic coil is inserted through the holes. The machine usually includes:

  • Punching Mechanism:
    • Similar to plastic comb binding machines, a system for punching holes in the pages.
  • Coil Inserter:
    • A mechanism for inserting the plastic coil into the punched holes. This can be a manual or electric coil inserter, depending on the machine.
  • Adjustable Margin Depth:
    • Similar to plastic comb binding machines, the ability to adjust the margin depth for precise hole punching.
  • Coil Crimper:
    • After the coil is inserted, a coil crimper may be used to cut and crimp the ends of the coil to prevent it from unraveling.
  • Coil Sizing Guide:
    • A guide to help select the appropriate size of plastic coil for the thickness of the document.

Additional Considerations:

  • Comb Opener and Closer (for Comb Binding):
    • Some machines offer integrated comb openers and closers, streamlining the entire binding process.
  • Electric vs. Manual Operation:
    • Both plastic comb and plastic coil binding machines are available in manual and electric models. Electric machines are generally faster and more suitable for higher volumes.
  • Binding Accessories:
    • Both binding methods may require additional accessories such as cover binding, clear covers, or back covers.

When choosing a binding machine, consider the volume of binding you anticipate, the size of the documents, and the features that would enhance your workflow. Additionally, ensure that the selected machine is compatible with the size and type of binding elements you plan to use