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Standard Punching Patterns



Each binding machine type has its own punching ability and punch pattern that gives the binded material a unique look. The chart below shows the common die patterns of book binding machines to help you make the right selection for your needs.

Double Loop Wire Binding Guide

Find the thickness of your pre-bound presentation in the left column to see what diameter of binding supply will be needed when using your preferred binding method. In the right column you can see what the end result will be. Material measuring 3/16" when using 1/4" Double Loop Wire with a 3:1 pitch will bind 45 pages as shown below.

Thickness of materials
to be bound
(including covers)

Use Double Loop Wire

Thickness of materials
to be bound
(including covers)

3:1 Pitch

3/16"
1/4"
5/16"
3/8"
7/16"
1/2"

1/4"
5/16 "
3/8 "
7/16"
1/2"
9/16"

45
60
75
90
105
120

2:1 Pitch

9/16"
5/8"
3/4"
7/8"

5/8"
3/4"
7/8"
1"

135
160
190
220

Spiral-O® Binding Guide

Thickness of materials
to be bound
(including covers)

Use Spiral-O® Wire

Approximate number
of sheets (based on
20 lb. bond)

9:16 Pitch (19-Ring plastic comb pattern)

1/8"
3/16"
1/4"
5/16"
3/8"
7/16"
1/2"
5/8"
3/4"
7/8"

1/4"
5/16 "
3/8 "
7/16"
1/2"
9/16"
5/8"
3/4"
7/8"
1"

40
55
70
85
100
115
130
150
180
210

Coil Diameter Guide

Thickness of material
to be bound
(including covers)

Use this diameter of coil

Number of sheets
80 lbs. offset or
20 lb. bond

5:1

4:1

1/8"
5/32"
3/16"
7/32"
9/32"
5/16"
11/32"
3/8"
7/16"
1/2"
9/16"
5/8"
11/16"
13/16"
15/16"
1"
1-1/16"

6mm
7mm
8mm
9mm
10mm
11mm
12mm
13mm
14mm
16mm
18mm
20mm

6mm
7mm
8mm
9mm
10mm
11mm
12mm
13mm
14mm
16mm
18mm
20mm
22mm
25mm
28mm
30mm
32mm

30
40
50
60
70
80
90
100
110
125
140
160
180
210
230
250
265

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