If you are business owner or manager who frequently distributes booklets, handbooks, workbooks, or presentations to employees or clients, an effective binding system can be a lifesaver for you. Depending on your exact requirement, the ideal solution for you could be a coil, wire, or comb binding machine.  

A binder equipment comprises of a hole punch and is equipped with a mechanism that inserts a metal or plastic element through the holes for document binding. The holes are punched in a pattern that corresponds to the loops of the binding element. This ensures that the finished product looks professional and opens easily.  

The booklet created by binding doesn’t take more space compared to a stapled document, but offers more durability. If you are looking to bind a workbook, manual, or annual report, you will be able to fold back the facing page or open it to the desired page for easy reading.   

Binding Equipment Types 

Choosing the most suitable binding equipment for your needs can be confusing because many different options are available. You may need something that is the quickest and easiest to use. Similarly, someone may need equipment that satisfies his or her requirements without going overboard.  Performance and durability are also key requirements for some users.  

Three basic types of binding media are used by the binding equipment.  

  • Comb: The most economic solution to your bindings requirements are plastic combs available in a variety of dimensions and lengths. The punching machine makes 21 holes for A4 sized paper. If you want to add materials later or reuse them, the combs can be reopened by machine or hand.  
  • Wire:  Wire binding provides a more professional look compared to comb binding, and makes use of spines made of loops of wire arranged in patterns of square or rectangular holes. Though this type of binding looks great, the wire is not as durable as Plastic Coil.  
  • Coil: This type makes use of spirals made of PVC plastic and is considered to be the top rated binding technique. The process uses four or five holes per inch. Often equipped with electric inserters, these machines can spin the spiral through the holes. Documents created by coil binding are the easiest to lay flat and are virtually indestructible.  

Choosing the Right Equipment  

Binding machines should be selected based on how the materials will be used. Though comb binding is the cheapest, it may not be suitable for workbooks or reports that must hold up to daily use. If you need the ultimate in terms of versatility, there are machines with interchangeable dies for accommodating various binding elements and hole patterns. 

Please remember that punching and binding of documents require a machine capable of withstanding the continual pounding while punching holes in a multipage document. This process puts tremendous stress on the frame, motor, and electrical components. Therefore, unless you anticipate occasional or limited use, you should opt for machines with a heavy steel frame and a large motor.   

If you still have questions related to the selection of binding machines that will serve you best, please contact our experts at RENZ Australia.