Spiral binding is one of the most preferred book binding techniques for a wide range of practical applications. In this method, holes are drilled on one side of the pages and plastic coils are used bind them together. The coils are twisted through the holes, and secured by crimping them at the ends. In the finished product, all the pages remain attached to the spiral coin. However, they are not attached to each other. In order to ensure a professional appearance and durability, soft vinyl covers or cover sheets can also be added.  

The coils used in spiral bound books are available in a wide range of sizes and vibrant colours to suit all our requirements. Depending on the page count, weight of the paper and cover sheets, and the size of the book, the coils can be thicker or thinner, longer or shorter.  

Spiral and Wire-O Binding 

Spiral binding is similar to another binding technique called wire-o-binding in many ways. Though these two methods have many things in common, it is important to remember that they are not the same.  

  • Wire-o-bound books have metal coils, but spiral bound books use plastic coils. 
  • Compared to wire-o-bound, spiral bound books are capable of carrying a lower number of pages. 
  • Double wires are used in wire-o-binding, but spiral binding uses single wires.  
  • Unlike wire-o-binding, the holes in spiral binding are circle or oval.  
  • Spiral bound books are more robust and durable compared to wire-o-bound books. 

Advantages of Spiral Binding 

  • The biggest advantage of spiral binding is that it allows the pages to be opened at 360 degrees. Therefore, spiral-bound books remain flat even when they are folded all the way back. This makes it more convenient for users to read the book. Taking up minimal space, it also provides easy reference. This is why spiral binding is a great binding choice for reports, proposals, directories, cookbooks, instruction and maintenance manuals, sales presentations, travel guides, etc.   
  • In a spiral bound book, it is effortless to rotate the pages around the coil as the resistance is minimal. Unlike most other techniques of binding, pages in these books have zero spinal tension.  As a result, the pages stay put even without the user continually holding it open to view its content. Spiral binding is common for calendars because it allows the pages to remain flat against the wall without any spinal tension.  
  • Spiral binding has the ability to accommodate both high as well as low page counts. Spiral coils are available in various diameters, and can be used for books of various thicknesses. A larger coil will be required for books with more pages.  
  • Another advantage of spiral binding is its ability to work well with index tabs. If tabbed page dividers are required, spiral binding is a great choice because it allows the pages to turn freely and remain in place without any manual intervention. 
  • In spite of its utilities, spiral binding requires no folder signatures, glue, or extensive preparation. This relatively straightforward process makes it an efficient as well as convenient way to bind our print content.  

If you are looking for a cost-efficient spiral binding machine or consumables for your office, please get in touch with us at RENZ Australia.