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The Differences Between Coil, Wire and Comb Binding Elements

Written by John Lugviel, Rhin-O-Tuff

February 22, 2013

To get the best results for all your binding projects, you need two critical pieces of information. First, know how you want your finished document to look and perform; second, understand what each binding element has to offer in creating your desired outcome.

Here is a quick comparison of coil, wire and comb bindings.

Coil (Spiral) Binding

For flexible binding that offers many options and can handle rough treatment, choose coil binding and a professional coil punching machine. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Wide choice of colors
  • Metal and plastic coil options
  • Plastic coils are less easily distorted
  • Ends of metal coil can be crimped to prevent page slippage
  • Finished documents lay flat and fold back 360 degrees
  • Works for documents of up to 300 pages
  • Three different coil lengths: 36 inches, 12 inches, and 11 inches
  • A good solution for odd-sized materials
  • Can work with 5:1 hole-punch patterns (5 holes per inch) and 4:1 patterns (4 holes per inch) but these sizes are not interchangeable
  • A coil punching machine easily creates different punch patterns

Coil binding is a good choice for documents that will be mailed and allows for many types of custom covers on finished documents. Because you must determine the punch pattern before starting, coil binding can take a little extra time so consider using a precise, high-quality coil punching machine.

Comb Binding

Comb binding uses a plastic comb to bind documents and is very popular for many reasons. One is the development of the electric comb binding machine which saves time. The other is that plastic binding can be opened to insert or remove document pages and then put back onto the document, which lowers the cost of materials. Here’s more:

  • Finished document lays flat but cannot open back on itself (360 degrees)
  • Binds documents from 5 pages to 300 pages
  • Lots of color choices and custom lengths
  • Plastic spine can be customized with company name and/or document name through silk screening
  • Can be placed on documents manually or with an electric comb binding machine

Wire Binding

As with coil binding, completed documents can lay flat, open 360 degrees, and will mail easily. Wire binding is permanent so document pages stay in place, but this eliminates the option for editing after binding.

There are two types of wire binding: Double Loop Wire Binding and Wire Comb Binding, and each produce professional results.

Double Loop Wire/Double-O-Wire Binding:

  • Many color varieties
  • Binds documents from ¼ inch to 1¼ inches thick
  • Custom wire lengths are available
  • Allows for custom document covers

Wire Comb Binding:

  • Uses same hole pattern as plastic comb binding so one punching machine and electric comb binding machine can handle both kinds of materials
  • Binds documents up to 1 inch thick
  • Can be more expensive than double loop binding wires

The drawback of wire binding is that thinner documents use a 3 hole-per-inch pattern (3:1) while thicker materials need a 2:1 punch pattern, requiring two punch die assemblies.

Once you know your specific document needs and match them with the right binding elements, you can consistently produce professional documents that keep your company a step above the rest.



Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
www.midstatelitho.net

Baumfolder at PRINT 2017

Baumfolder at PRINT 2017

Baumfolder Show PictureCome visit Baumfolder at Print 2017 booth #1568. Baumfolder’s booth will provide a customer meeting place to speak with equipment specialist, to help answer any questions you may have.

Get all the information and help needed to select the best Baumfolder Solution for your application. While you are at the show be sure to check out Baum’s folding, feeding and stacking equipment:

  • Baum 714XLT Table Top Paper Folder
  • Baum 20 Floor Model Paper Folder
  • Baum 20 IPF Independent Deep Pile Feeder
  • Baum 20 RCS Receding Delivery Stacker

Baumfolder continues to provide the best post press equipment in the world. Baumfolder will also be providing information on their latest solutions in the order fulfillment and E-commerce industry.

About Baumfolder

Baumfolder Corporation is a leading producer of equipment for post-press bindery, finishing equipment, mailing equipment products and contract assembly. Almost a century of experience keeps us at the forefront of our industry. Our many years in business and having shipped over 100,000 systems give Baumfolder unprecedented insight into achieving customer satisfaction.

Product portfolio includes tabletop folders, floor model folders, perf/score/slitting equipment, deliveries/stackers/transports, independent feeders, loaders, stitchers, presses, cutters, and drills. Click here for additional finishing solutions from Baumfolder >>>


Mid-State Litho
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
midstatelitho.net

Not every print project requires heavy-duty equipment.

Office & Entry Level EquipmentNot every print project requires heavy-duty equipment. For this reason, MSL offers a variety of tabletop printing equipment along with other office and tabletop equipment. If you are looking for quality tabletop and office equipment including printers, copiers and shredders, MSL gives you the best options. Contact us today at 1-800-343-4231 or visit us online at www.midstatelitho.net


MBM Simplimatic Tabletop Folder

Simplimatic manual tabletop folder is compact in size with a feed table that folds in for storage. Dial selector for easy setting of standard or custom folds. Automatic feed of single sheets or manual feed of up to 3 stapled sheets (up to 20 lb. bond). No separator to set for variations in paper thickness. Fully enclosed fold plates for quiet operation. Low-maintenance snap-out roller cartridge and anti-static strip for high static environments and carbonless paper. Speed 8,400 sheets/hr*. Paper size of 5 3/4″ x 6″ to 8 1/2″ x 14″. Paper weight 16-60 lbs, sheet capacity of 150*.


MBM Bookletmaker Jr

The Bookletmaker Jr. is semi-automatic and entry-level bookletmaker. The space-saving, compact design that is easy to set up and operate. Makes booklets up to 40 pages*. Featuring automatic paper centering, dual staple heads, and fold rollers. All-metal construction is durable for long-lasting use. UL and C UL approved. Speed – 250 sets/hr.**, sheet capacity – 10*, paper size – 8 1/2″ x 11″ to 11″ x 17″, power supply – 115 V, 60 Hz.


VersaMac Modular Punch

With more power and more versatility than any other binding punch in its class, the Akiles® VersaMac is one of the most productive punches on the market today. With a maximum punching capacity of up to 55 sheets at a time, easy-to-use interchangeable die feature, and efficient modular design, Akiles® VersaMac is compatible with commercial volume workloads in all binding styles. Count on VersaMac’s rugged construction to get your job done on-time, especially in critical moments when you can’t afford downtime. VersaMac’s modular design and interchangeable die feature means you can expand on your VersaMac’s functionality any time by purchasing more accessories and binding modules.


For additional information or to schedule a demo, please visit us online at www.midstatelitho.net

Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
Toll Free: 1-800-343-4231

Table-Top Perfect Binder BQ-P60

machine-overview2Superior binding strength and compact desktop design make this the ultimate office binder! The BQ-P60 gives you high quality binding and professional looking documents.

Features of the BQ-P60

  • Easy Operation: The display Indicator lambs on the operating panel guide you through the simple operating steps
  • High Productivity: 180 books/hour
  • Professional Binding Quality: A cover is glued to the book spine then clamped to create an attractive finished appearance
  • Flexible Binding Styles: Choose from three different binding styles
  • Comfortable Operation: An integrated smoke extractor and filter system is a standard feature to clean the air and remove any glue odors from office environments
  • Eco-Friendly: Low temperature glue and eco-mode, reduces power consumptions

Simple and easy to use, the BQ-P60 allows you to finish fast with push-button operation. (1) Choose the binding style and insert the book block. (2) Press the start button. (3) Insert a cover, then press the start button. (4) The book is finished!

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Three different binding styles are supported:

  • Binding with cover: a cover and a book block are bound with hot-melt glue
  • Binding with tape: simple book bound with cloth tape
  • Pad binding: simple binding used for making memo-pads

For additional product information, please visit us online at www.midstatelitho.net or contact us at 1-800-343-4231

Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
www.midstatelitho.net

Bookletmakers and Document Finishing Systems


Speed and Versatility are the Hallmarks of MBM Bookletmakers and Document Finishing Systems.

Sprint 3000 Bookletmaker

Sprint 3000

Sprint bookletmakers have long been regarded as tops in the industry. Paired with an optional trimmer, either model may be combined with a variety of collators for a complete document finishing system. Both feature easy set-up and adjustment, variable speed, and powered exit conveyors.

The StitchFold bookletmaker utilizes a patented, wire-fed stitching system that eliminates the need for pre-formed staples. This low maintenance machine jogs, stitches, and folds up to 65,000 booklets before the spools need replacing. An optional trimmer can be combined with the StitchFold for the ultimate finishing system. The Bookletmaker Jr. and Autobook are excellent choices for organizations looking for a dependable, cost-effective model.


Entry Level Bookletmakers – Bookletmaker Jr.

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Bookletmaker Jr.

The MBM Bookletmaker Jr. is an entry-level bookletmaker featuring a space-saving compact design. This booklet making machine is easy to set up and operate and makes booklets up to 40 pages*. The Bookletmaker Jr. also features automatic paper centering, dual staple heads and fold rollers, and all-metal construction.


Entry Level Bookletmakers – Autobook

autobook

Autobook

Turn normal printed material into personalized booklets for any organization, school, and office with the Autobook. Easy-to-use with push button controls and a 4-digit counter and automatic timer makes booklet-making a breeze.

Choose automatic or manual operation modes and make booklets up to 60 pages*. Also, features automatic paper centering, dual staple heads with 5 positions, interlocking cover for safe operation, 100 staple capacity, and all metal construction.


Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
www.midstatelitho.net

Bookletmakers and Document Finishing Systems

Bookletmakers and Document Finishing SystemsSpeed and Versatility are the Hallmarks of MBM Bookletmakers and Document Finishing Systems.

Sprint 3000 Bookletmaker

Sprint 3000

Sprint bookletmakers have long been regarded as tops in the industry. Paired with an optional trimmer, either model may be combined with a variety of collators for a complete document finishing system. Both feature easy set-up and adjustment, variable speed, and powered exit conveyors.

The StitchFold bookletmaker utilizes a patented, wire-fed stitching system that eliminates the need for pre-formed staples. This low maintenance machine jogs, stitches, and folds up to 65,000 booklets before the spools need replacing. An optional trimmer can be combined with the StitchFold for the ultimate finishing system. The Bookletmaker Jr. and Autobook are excellent choices for organizations looking for a dependable, cost-effective model.


Entry Level Bookletmakers – Bookletmaker Jr.

bookletmakerjr

Bookletmaker Jr.

The MBM Bookletmaker Jr.  is an entry-level bookletmaker featuring a space-saving compact design. This booklet making machine is easy to set up and operate and makes booklets up to 40 pages*. The Bookletmaker Jr. also features automatic paper centering, dual staple heads and fold rollers, and all-metal construction.


Entry Level Bookletmakers – Autobook

autobook

Autobook

Turn normal printed material into personalized booklets for any organization, school, and office with the Autobook. Easy-to-use with push button controls and a 4-digit counter and automatic timer makes booklet-making a breeze.

Choose automatic or manual operation modes and make booklets  up to 60 pages*. Also, features automatic paper centering, dual staple heads with 5 positions, interlocking cover for safe operation, 100 staple capacity, and all metal construction.


Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
www.midstatelitho.net

The NEW Alpha Coil-E by Akiles

The NEW AlphaCoil-E by Akiles

The Akiles AlphaCoil-E is an all-in-one electric binding machine which allows you to produce professionally bound books with speed and ease. It has all the features you need for coil binding, in one convenient package.

Looking for more than just 1 type of binding? Can’t decide? Contact MSL today at 1-800-343-4231 or visit us online at www.midstatelitho.net 

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Featuring: 

All Electric Operation: Powerful punch motor and full size coil inserting roller will greatly improve your binding efficiency, while saving time and money.

Includes Foot Pedal Switch: Allows the free use of both hands, granting the operator complete control of punching and inserting, greatly reducing errors and mis-alignments. A manual push button for punching is also available.

Fully Disengageable Pins: Each punching pin can be individually pulled and disengaged, for a clean and professional punch for multiple paper sizes.

Free Crimper and Crimper Holder: Each machine includes a premium coil crimper and built-in crimper holder for easy access and storage.

For additional product information, contact MSL at 1-800-343-4231 or visit us online at www.midstatelitho.net

Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
Toll Free: 1-800-343-4231

 

 

 

Office & Entry Level Equipment

Office & Entry Level EquipmentNot every print project requires heavy-duty equipment. For this reason, MSL offers a variety of tabletop printing equipment along with other office and tabletop equipment. If you are looking for quality tabletop and office equipment including printers, copiers and shredders, MSL gives you the best options. Contact us today at 1-800-343-4231 or visit us online at www.midstatelitho.net


MBM Simplimatic Tabletop Folder

Simplimatic manual tabletop folder is compact in size with a feed table that folds in for storage. Dial selector for easy setting of standard or custom folds. Automatic feed of single sheets or manual feed of up to 3 stapled sheets (up to 20 lb. bond). No separator to set for variations in paper thickness. Fully enclosed fold plates for quiet operation. Low-maintenance snap-out roller cartridge and anti-static strip for high static environments and carbonless paper. Speed 8,400 sheets/hr*. Paper size of 5 3/4″ x 6″ to 8 1/2″ x 14″. Paper weight 16-60 lbs, sheet capacity of 150*.


MBM Bookletmaker Jr

The Bookletmaker Jr. is semi-automatic and  entry-level bookletmaker. The space-saving, compact design that is easy to set up and operate. Makes booklets up to 40 pages*. Featuring automatic paper centering, dual staple heads, and fold rollers. All-metal construction is durable for long-lasting use. UL and C UL approved. Speed – 250 sets/hr.**, sheet capacity – 10*, paper size – 8 1/2″ x 11″ to 11″ x 17″, power supply – 115 V, 60 Hz.


VersaMac Modular Punch

With more power and more versatility than any other binding punch in its class, the Akiles® VersaMac is one of the most productive punches on the market today. With a maximum punching capacity of up to 55 sheets at a time, easy-to-use interchangeable die feature, and efficient modular design, Akiles® VersaMac is compatible with commercial volume workloads in all binding styles. Count on VersaMac’s rugged construction to get your job done on-time, especially in critical moments when you can’t afford downtime. VersaMac’s modular design and interchangeable die feature means you can expand on your VersaMac’s functionality any time by purchasing more accessories and binding modules.


For additional information or to schedule a demo, please visit us online at www.midstatelitho.net

Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
Toll Free: 1-800-343-4231

Akiles Versatile Modular Punch

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Akiles Versatile Modular Punch

FlexiPunch – E

FlexiPunch_EFlexiPunch-E is a versatile modular punching machine with an affordable price that gives you the binding options you need in everyday work. You can do a coil binding job, and minutes later squeeze in a wire or comb binding project using the same primary punch. The high-quality precision die sets available with this machine will last for years of production. One die of your choice is provided with the unit.


Suggested Supplemental Modules

flexicoil_comboWe offer a variety of supplemental modules to the FlexiPunch-E, that will help you complete your binding jobs faster and easier.

Shown at right on top of the FlexiPunch-E is our Finish@Coil E1 Coil Inserter/Crimper Module. This combination is the world’s first to allow an operator to punch the sheets, insert & crimp coils (sizes 6mm-50mm) all by electrical power! The Finish@Coil E1 footprint fits right on top of the FlexiPunch-E to save space. It can also be placed next to the FlexiPunch-E so 2 operators can work the job simultaneously.

Similar modules are available for wire binding (WBM532) and comb binding (CBM650) as well. If you are looking for more than just 1-type of binding and can’t decide, contact MSL at 1-800-343-4231 or at sales@midstatelitho.net. Visit us online – www.midstatelitho.net 

Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
Toll Free: 1-800-343-4231
www.midstatelitho.net

The NEW AlphaCoil-E by Akiles

The NEW AlphaCoil-E by Akiles

The NEW AlphaCoil-E by Akiles

The NEW AlphaCoil-E by Akiles is an all-in-one electric binding machine which allows you to produce professionally bound books with speed and ease. It has all the features you need for coil binding, in one convenient package. Click here to view product page.

Featuring: 

All Electric Operation: Powerful punch motor and full size coil inserting roller will greatly improve your binding efficiency, while saving time and money.

Includes Foot Pedal Switch: Allows the free use of both hands, granting the operator complete control of punching and inserting, greatly reducing errors and misalignments. A manual push button for punching is also available.

Fully Disengageable Pins: Each punching pin can be individually pulled and disengaged, for a clean and professional punch for multiple paper sizes.

Free Crimper and Crimper Holder: Each machine includes a premium coil crimper and built-in crimper holder for easy access and storage.

Depth Margin Control: Adjusts to the correct punch margin depth for each coil size.

Side Margin Control: Adjusts for an evenly centered punch for multiple document sizes.

Anti-Dust Cover: Keeps the inside of the machine dust free when not in use.

For additional product information, contact MSL at 1-800-343-4231 or visit us online at www.midstatelitho.net

Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
Toll Free: 1-800-343-4231
www.midstatelitho.net