Binding Comparisons

Comb Binding
Plastic comb binding is one of the most popular methods of binding. The pages of comb-bound books lie flat for easy reading. The flexible plastic binding can be reopened and closed for easy updating of pages. After updating you can reuse the same binding comb. Pages can be bound up to 2 inches in thickness. Plastic comb bindings come in a variety of colors and are extremely cost effective. The standard length of a comb bind is 19 rings for binding 11” in length. Custom lengths are available. Comb binding machines are available with manual or electric punching.
Coil Binding
The Coil Binding method is gaining in popularity. Sometimes referred to as Spiral Binding it offers flexible coil that withstands tough handling. If compressed, the coil bounces back to regain its shape. Coil is offered in a wide variety of colors. Books lie flat and open cover to cover 360°. Coil-bound documents may be bound up to 50mm or 2” in thickness. Coil is inserted through the holes manually or electrically with a coil inserter. Coil crimpers allow you to cut and crimp the ends of the coil holding the pages and covers in place. Coil binding is excellent for odd size reports. Coil bindings are available in 12” lengths for binding 11” lengths or shorter documents, and 36” lengths for larger size documents. Coil is available in 4:1 (4 holes per inch) or 5:1 (5 holes per inch), the 4:1 & 5:1 coils are not interchangeable. Coil binding machines are available with manual or electric punching and some feature electric coil inserting.
Tape Binding
Tape Binding Systems bind by wrapping a heat-activated binding strip around the pages of the document and securing the pages together. The tape-bound documents are produced quickly and easily. No hole punching is necessary. We offer linen textured tape binding strips that are available in 11'' lengths and in 6 standard widths. The Tape Binding Strips allow you to bind from 5 pages up to 325 sheets of 20# bond paper. We offer a wide selection of tape binding colors. The finished documents lie flat and are easy to file and mail.
Thermal Binding
There are no holes to punch. This heat-activated system uses a unique one-piece cover with a strip of hot-melt glue placed in the spine area. Your pages are inserted into the cover and placed into the thermal binding machine. The binding process is automatically controlled, and allows you to bind single or multiple books. Pages may be added or removed by re-heating the cover in the thermal binding machine. Custom covers are also available.
VeloBind/ Strip Binding reports provide a sophisticated professional look. Excellent for legal briefs, transcripts, financial reports, and more. This secure sleek document is easy to mail and easy to file. VeloBind/Strip bound documents can be bound up to 3” in thickness and up to 14” in length. VeloBind/Strip bindings are offered in a variety of colors. Hot-knife VeloBind/Strip Bindings are 11-prong strips that provide a tamper-resistant bind, which is difficult to edit, and the strip cannot be reused. The desktop 4-prong strips allow you to open and close the same strip for easy editing of pages. Hot-knife strips and Desktop strips are not compatible. A Desktop VeloBind/Strip Binding Machine punches a 4-hole pattern, and uses the 4-prong strip. A hot-knife VeloBind Machine or Strip Binding Machine punches 11 holes, and uses the 11-prong hot-knife strips.
Wire Binding
Wire binding allows you to create hi-tech looking reports. The pages in wire bound books open 360 degrees; and lie flat. The wire loops encircle the pages. Wire bound reports, once bound, cannot be edited easily and the binding wire cannot be reused.

2 types of wire binding exist: Wire Binding (Double Loop Wire Binding) and Wire Comb Binding .

Double Loop Wire Binding, the premier choice in wire binding. This professional look allows books to lay flat and be turned 360°. Double loop wire is offered in a variety of colors. There are 2 different hole patterns with Double Loop Wire. The standard and most popular Wire Binding Machines punch 32 holes (3:1) that allows you to bind from 1/4” to 9/16”. Traditionally 2:1 wire bindings have come in sizes from 5/8'' to 1 1/4''. Now there are a few manufacturer's making 1/4'' through 9/16'' wire bindings in the 2:1 pattern. Wire Binding Machines that punch 21 holes (2:1) now allow you to bind 1/4” to 1 1/4” in thickness. Standard double loop wire is 32 (3:1) or 21 (2:1) loops for binding 11” in length. Custom lengths are available. Wire binding machines are available with manual or electric punching
Wire Comb Binding
Wire Comb Binding Hole Uses the same hole pattern as plastic comb binding. If you already have Plastic Comb Binding Equipment, all you need is a wire closer. All this makes wire comb binding more economical as far as equipment purchases. However, the wire comb binding supplies tend to be more expensive than double loop supplies. The wire comb binding loops are spaced farther apart than double loop. Wire comb-binding documents can be bound up to 1" in thickness. Wire comb binding standard length is 19 loops for binding 11” in length.
Unibind Supplies
The Unibind SteelBinding Systems are fast and easy to operate. They use a thermal heat binding process that produces great looking reports. Unibind offers a wide variety of spines and covers to choose from. Easy to use, simply place the pages into the Steelbacked Spine or Steelbacked Covers, then place the document onto the Unibind Binding Machine and in approximately 90 seconds your document is bound and ready. It's that easy. There is no need for punching paper. The Unibind Binding Machines allow you to bind from one to fifty documents at a time. The system will bind books up to 340 pages. The unibind system allows you to edit pages quickly and easily.

Binding Machines and Binding Supplies