To properly bind a document, you really can’t hurry. There are certain steps to be followed and everything must be aligned correctly. However, with the right equipment you can complete the binding more quickly without compromising the quality of your finished document.
Here are three types of binding equipment that can speed up the overall binding process.
Coil Binding Sleeves
Also known as book formers, coil binding sleeves are an invaluable tool for the binding process, particularly for documents larger than 5/8 inch, because they stack and align the document holes to create straight vertical tubes. This proper hole alignment helps the coil slip in more easily and can prevent tearing during insertion.
Larger books create longer tubes and require larger binding coils that can be more difficult to insert. The binding sleeve is very helpful for larger documents because it pre-shapes the spine of the book into the correct angle so the coil threads more easily.
While it isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of binding equipment, pre-punched paper can be a huge time saver in the right situation. The most obvious benefit is that you don’t have to take time to punch the paper. You can also get the pre-punched paper in different patterns, giving you more versatility in what you produce.
There are a few potential downsides to be aware of when using pre-punched paper. First, it might not work well in certain copiers or printers, so be sure to find out whether your equipment can handle it. If you have an optical device that can sense the edge of the page, it might sense the holes and cause a malfunction.
Next, be aware of what cover you’ll add to your document. Most likely you can’t get a cover that’s pre-punched in the same pattern or with the customer’s design on it, so you’ll have the extra step of properly punching the cover to match the paper.
Pre-punched paper is not for everyone, but it’s helpful binding equipment that works well for many projects.
Coil Crimping Pliers
No set of coil binding equipment would be complete without coil crimping pliers. Once your coil is in the document, you can’t just leave the ends sticking out as they can scratch the skin and rip your papers. You must “finish” the coil by cutting it and crimping or folding it down to prevent damage and to keep the plastic coil from working itself out of your document.
Crimping pliers speed up the process because they cut and crimp at the same time. However, if you don’t have this tool, you can get the same results in two steps with a wire cutter and needle nose pliers to bend the coil. Be aware that it takes practice to get the right crimp using needle nose pliers.
There are also automatic cutter/crimper machines but these can be costly compared to the little time it takes to do it manually. If you’re mass producing documents, however, the machine is probably the better choice.
With the right binding equipment, you don’t have to sacrifice speed for excellence in your documents.