Office Binding Systems
The term "office binding systems", refers to any means of combining
printed documents into a book, a booklet or brochure. Probably the
simplest and most common version of an office binding system is the
Over the years, systems have been developed so that even a small one-man
professional office, can produce reports on a simple and inexpensive
binding system, which are as functional and elegant as those produced by
our richest corporations. The choice of which system to use or purchase,
usually depends on the answers to these questions
How important is cost ? - equipment cost and unit cost of materials.
How much time can I spend to produce each book? Is productivity an
How important is the visual presentation of my document?
Should the material open up flat, or fold out like a normal book?
Of course, different people will answer these questions in different
ways - which means that they will prefer different binding systems. In
the following section, we list the main characteristics of each of the
Cerlox (comb) binding:
This is still the most versatile and cost effective binding system for
most users. Both the equipment and the binding elements are inexpensive.
Production time is fast and easy. Books lie flat. Cerlox allows the use
of almost any cover material. You may use any color combinations of
covers and binding elements to match corporate colors or color-code a
series of books or manuals. Cerlox is still, by far, the preferred
choice of professional offices, however it is suffering from familiarity
and wear-out. We find customers are often looking for an alternative.
Coil (spiral) binding:
Koil binding is rapidly gaining acceptance as a viable alternative to
cerlox. Recently new machinery has arrived on the market which brings
makes koil binding a good alternative to cerlox. In particular, many
customers find that comb binding worn out its appeal and have turned to
koil or wire binding as exciting alternatives. Koil books lie flat, and
like cerlox, they can be color coordinated with over 36 colors of
elements to choose from and almost any cover material. Production time
is usually about double that of cerlox. One unique advantage that koil
shares with wire binding, is that books may be folded back on
themselves. For this reason, they are often used where space is at a
premium - computer books for example.
WIRE BINDING (Wire, Cerlox
Originally from Europe, wire binding is often used for its uniqueness.
Books lie flat. Like cerlox and koil, almost any cover material can be
used. Production time is quick, but the cost of elements is a little
higher than for cerlox. Like koil binding, wire permits the pages to
rotate a full 360 degrees allowing a book to take up half as much space
on a crowded desk. Advertising agencies, promotional films and graphic
artists like it for its uniqueness.
Two common standards for wire binding exist. One is based on cerlox
standard. Any cerlox punch can cut the holes, but one does need the
addition of a closing machine. From the point of view of purchasing the
equipment, this is a more economical approach.
However, the final product, (in our opinion), is less pleasing to the
aesthetic eye than the double-loop version.
The second wire binding system, known as double-loop, comes in a neat
package. It is available in many colors including the normal silver wire
color. Recently, new equipment has arrived in the market place which is
much improved and less expensive than the original machinery. Machine
cost is now close to cerlox machinery and the wire elements are
reasonably priced. Wire too has become a strong contender for the
attention of customers who are looking for an alternative to cerlox comb
binding. We generally advise wire binding customers to choose this
product because of the neater product that results. We do, however,
stock equipment and supplies for both versions.
Wire binding is sometimes used for security in documents which should
not be tampered with. The elements cannot be removed without destroying
them. Since Wire equipment and supplies are not common, it is not easy
to add or replace pages without being noticed.
This is a unique product usually used for binding swatches of paper or
carpet. Legal and accounting offices often use them to bind together
individual files. Occasionally they are used for catalogs and other
documents. No machinery is required other than a simple hole punch.
Chicago screws come in lengths of up to 6 inches (good for 1200 sheets)
and can be further extended indefinitely. Because they are a simple
screw with a slotted head, they may be added to in the field without the
need for a special machine. Documents bound with Chicago screws are like
normal books, i.e. they do not lie flat when opened.
Chicago screws are also available in nylon-like material, which has the
advantage of faster, easier assembly. They simply press together, but
may still be unscrewed.
We also subject some of our stock to the anodizing process which colors
them. They are stocked in brass, black, metalic magenta, and metalic
cyan (blue) and many other colors.
Plastic Snap Binders:
A neat new choice in binding supplies, snap binders are designed to fit
a standard 3 hole punch format. Because they may be opened at will by
hand, they are simple to use and require no machinery other than a
simple 3 hole punch.
School teachers like these, because students may add handouts and note
pages to course material as the classes progress. For similar reasons,
snap binders are used for price lists where, when prices change, it is
convenient for a customer to simply replace the obsolete pages.
Snap binders make a neat package similar to a normal book. They are
available in seven standard colors plus a wide range of specials. Like
Cerlox, Koil, and Wire, almost any cover material may be used.
A very simple and inexpensive binding system which requires no machinery
of any kind. Usually used for reports of up to 30 pages such as school
essays, resumes and simple price lists. Documents do not lie flat, but
imitate a book. Most commonly, tension bars are sold with a folded vinyl
(see-thru) cover, although most cover materials can be used. They are
available in seven standard colors.
Thermal Binding Systems:
Now that covers have been developed with a strip of hot-melt glue
inside, glue binding has moved from the smelly factory operation to one
which can be accommodated in the modern office. The machinery is compact
and inexpensive. Standard cover sets are also reasonable in price.
Practically any cover material can be made up, but these are special
orders and therefore carry a higher price. Pages may be added or
replaced by reheating the glue in a thermal binding machine and simply
inserting or removing pages. Many customers like this product because it
is easier to mail and pages are more secure and difficult to tamper
Many interesting things are being printed on thermal covers that can
enhance the professional image of any office or corporation. Design and
production systems are in place which can do this quickly and
New on the market, this is a product for any organization that would
like its binding system to be unique, practical, and something of a
conversation piece. Documents are held together with disks which hold
pages that have been specially punched in a manner much the way Rolladex
cards are done. These disks are available in many colors and can be
mixed to show different colors on the spine. Books done with the
Rollabind system fold back on themselves as do koil and wire bound
books. Pages may be easily removed and replaced at any time and at any
position in the book without disturbing other pages. No other system can
do this so easily. It makes the Rollabind system a natural for
situations like restaurant menus or price lists where frequent page
changes are required.
Portfolios are just a card stock cover, folded to form a cover with
pockets on the inside of each cover. They are very popular at seminars,
conventions, and other gathering where users need a convenient storage
point for a wide variety of documents. They are inexpensive, require no
special machinery of any kind. Various quality levels exist, but the
most popular consists of gold stamped with a corporate name or logo to
add a touch of elegance.
Other Binding Systems:
Of course, other binding systems exist, but these are the ones in common
use. If you are looking for something unusual please contact us. We are
always pleased to hear of our customers needs.
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