Binding Machines

Written by Liza Hartung
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When you find yourself having to bind books and projects quite often, you may want to invest in binding machines. You can find these at any local office supply center. However, before you go, I suggest doing a preliminary search online. There, you will find out about all the different kinds of binding available to you. You don't want to get a coil binding machine when all of your binding is done Velo style.

By looking online, you may be able to save some money if you choose to purchase via the Internet. Stores on the Internet do not have to pay the high costs of a floor room, visual design and employees. Therefore, they are usually able to save you money. However, don't forget about the shipping costs. Get out your calculator and see which choice is the better one for you.

You will need to consider a few things when you look into binding machines. Investigate your specific binding needs. Do you need something that binds very quickly? Or, do you have more time to produce a slightly higher quality binding? Do you need different binding machines for different products? Don't invest your money until you know exactly what you need. If you aren't sure, call customer service and they will be glad to help you figure out your binding needs.

Kinds of Binding Machines

You want to purchase a binding machine so that your books and important documents look professional and stay together. There are many different kinds of machines the produce different binding, and all will give you what you are looking for. Some people don't realize that there are so many other options out there to binding than just what we see when we go to the bookstore. Other choices are more economical and practical. I personally got familiar with these when I was a college student. Most of my course readers were bound in such ways.

Comb binding is one of the most popular forms of binding available. It is extremely durable. Many people like the fact that it is also reusable. Comb binding machines allow for fast, efficient and inexpensive binding. You will love the way your documents lay flat when open or closed. Oh, what's that? You made a mistake on some pages? Well, do not fret. Comb binding allows for easy maneuvering of pages without having to bind a whole other book.

Maybe, however, you would prefer thermal binding for one of your binding machines. Thermal binding is great for projects that don't have a lot of volume such a pads and books. With this kind of binding, you don't have to worry about cutting, punching or crimping because it is glue-based. The spine of your material is basically fused to the cover of your choosing. Thermal binding is fast, easy and long-lasting.

If glue does not sound particularly appealing to you, try VeloBinding. This is an easy two-step process that achieves professional looking results. Your document is punched and placed between two thin plastic strips. You are left with bound documents that are perfect for stacking, filing and mailing. They lay flay no matter how many times you have opened them. Also, they are suitable for library-quality hardcover books.

More on Binding Machines

When you are in the market for binding machines, make sure you do a good bit of research before purchasing. Check around for prices and quality. If you only need your machine to do one document at a time and that isn't very often, then you don't need a $2,000 machine. Get what is appropriate for your needs. Don't go overboard, but do get good quality. It's no fun if your new product breaks right away. Be patient, and you will find what you need.


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