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What is Book Binding?



What is book binding?

Get your ideas noticed! Professional, distinctively bound documents command attention and make great first impressions. Bind important papers, financial reports and client presentations without leaving the office. Make books, booklets, journals and calendars right at your desk. Even making short-runs of hardback books is possible with today's tabletop perfect binders. Tabletop binding machines are easy to use and binding documents in-house is much more affordable than the "quick copy shop" that sometimes isn't so quick.

Which binding machine is right for me?
Only you can determine the right binding machine for you. Here are a few tips to help make the best decision. Consider what you will be binding and what the overall look of the documents should be for your most common usage. What do you want your documents to look like; Each method of binding will change the overall look of your presentation.


There are different kinds of binding styles to choose from. You can select something less expensive, more durable, more professional, something flat, or something that can copy easily. These are all important considerations when purchasing your binding machine.


Before making your choice, consider how often and where you will use your binding equipment. Choose a machine that can keep up with your expected volume of binding. For a lower volume, a less expensive model will work for you. But if you are binding a high volume of books each day, you will want something with a large punching capacity. You may want to use a machine with an electric punch that can handle several sheets of paper at a time.


Use this Guide to Book Binding to learn how to find the best binding method for your needs. Factory Express has a large selection of binding machines and supplies that will help you get your book binding project done right the first time. Our friendly, knowledgeable sales staff can help you find the best binding solution for your needs. View our complete selection of Binding Machines and order on-line or call us today at (800) 399-2564.


19-Ring Plastic Comb Binding - Plastic Comb Binding offers a popular, traditional finish. It is a quick, affordable method that can accommodate up to 500 pages. It opens fully for chart-style presentations and easy photocopying. Plastic comb binding provides flexibility for easy page removals or additions. It is probably one of the most widely used and economical options available! The equipment punches 19 rectangular holes on the binding edge, allowing for the manual insertion of flexible plastic combs. For more information about this popular book binding option, see the Factory Express Guide to Plastic Comb Binding.


VeloBinding - Velobind is the most secure binding style available. It creates stylish books that lay flat for a variety of uses. It can securely bind books up to 3" thick. Velobind uses a hard plastic strip to lock each page of the document in place. It is a strip binding system that uses a manual or electric punch and a hard plastic strip to permanently lock every page of your document in place. This binding method is economical and popular among government entities and the legal community.


Wire Binding - Wire Binding offers a stylish metal finish, secure permanent pages that cannot be modified and fully opens for flip chart-style presentations and photocopying. It is a traditional bookbinding choice that creates permanent lie-flat documents. Available in two styles: Double Loop Wire and Spiral-O. Double Loop Wire, also known as Double O, double loop binding, or Twin Loop, is used with equipment that punches a square or round hole pattern and has a wire closer. Spiral-O is used with equipment that punches a rectangular plastic comb pattern and has a wire closer.


Plastic Coil Binding - Plastic Coil Binding has a contemporary finish, opens fully for flip chart-style presentations and easy photocopying. It is a durable binding method, even with excessive use. Elastic plastic coils are long wearing and keep their shape over years of use. This binding method uses punching and inserting equipment that is specifically made to accommodate the plastic coils.


Thermal Binding - Thermal binding gives a book-style finish to your documents. It is fast and easy to use, and allows several documents to be bound simultaneously. Thermal binding gives a flat profile for easy distribution or mailing. Make your presentation into a stylish perfect bound book by using special made covers and a Thermal Binder. The covers are manufactured with an adhesive applied onto the spine of a soft or hardcover, the Thermal Binder uses heat to melt the adhesive and bind the pages to the spine of the book.


Thermal Tape Binding - Create professional, attractive documents that don't require the punching of each document set. High quality linen cloth binding strips are thermally applied to the spine of the document using a tape-binding machine. You can create professional documents without punching by using hot or cold tape binding. High quality cloth strips are applied to the spine of the document with a tape binding machine. Tape binding offers a quality appearance without the time and labor of punching each document set. Thermal tape binders produce a strong bond and can be done quickly and easily. Cold tape binding also offers a simple bind for small projects. By applying a band of tape which holds adhesive, the documents bind and quality results in seconds.


Bookletmaking/stitching - A quick, relatively easy process that uses staples to bind small booklets (usually 15 pages or less). Bookletmakers typically score, staple, fold and trim the booklet.


Perfect Binding - For low volume book binding, perfect binding is a good solution. The perfect binders work with hot glue to bind paper together. A machine slides the paper across a roller where the end is coated with hot glue, spread evenly, and then cooled by fans.


Padding - A padding press creates pads of paper effectively and easily. A stack of paper is placed under clamps and then tightened. Once secured, a liquid glue is applied with a brush. After it has dried, the pad of paper is removed and a new pad can be inserted. This is a common method for offices to recycle paper scraps into notepads.