If you create loads of professional documents or presentations for your business, you are probably familiar with binding machines. Most of these machines available nowadays are quite advanced and simple to use. However, like any other machines, binding machines also require regular maintenance to deliver the desired performance. Also, it is important to remember that even the most well-maintained and user-friendly can encounter unexpected operational issues. This is why it is important for you to gain some basic ideas about binding machine maintenance.    

Adequate and timely maintenance on a regular basis can significantly enhance the lifespan of binding machines. However, before discussing how to maintain them, it is useful to understand the machine. Binding methods are primarily divided into the categories of wire binding, comb binding, and thermal binding. Plastic comb spines are used by comb binding machines to hold pages together. In wire binding, double-loop metal wires are used. Finally, binding of documents by thermal binding machines involves the application of heat.  

Please note that there are some common maintenance requirements for all binding machines. Additionally, specific maintenance practices are also essential for each machine type.  

General Maintenance Tips  

  • Removing paper scraps, debris, and dust regularly from the machine can help ensure smooth operations and prevent jams. Dust from internal components can be blown out using compressed air. The exterior can be cleaned using a soft cloth or brush.  
  • Regular lubrication of the moving parts of the machine keeps it functioning smoothly. Silicone-based lubricants are suitable for gears, punch pins, and other moving parts. Please remember that use of inappropriate lubricant can cause serious damage to the machine.  
  • Regular maintenance helps identify signs of wear or damage so that those parts can be replaced. Some parts that are prone to this type of damage include the wire or comb spines and the punch pins.  
  • Finally, proper storage is also a critical part of maintaining binding machines. When the machine is not in use, store in a clean, dry environment to protect it from moisture and dust. If possible, cover the machine using a dust cover.  

Maintenance of Comb Binding Machines  

  • Punch dies used by these machines to drill holes become dull or damaged over time and should be sharpened or replaced from time to time. 
  • Storage of comb spines in a cool and dry environment to prevent them from damage.  

Maintenance of Wire Binding Machines  

  • Regularly inspect the wire closer to ensure that it has been adjusted properly for the used wire size. Improper adjustment of the wire closer can cause damage to the document or even the machine.   
  • To prevent them from rust and corrosion, wire spools should only be stored in dry, cool environments. 
  • The wire cutting and crimping components should be inspected regularly for signs of wear and damage. When damaged, these parts must be replaced immediately to maintain desired performance.      

 Maintenance of Thermal Binding Machines  

  • The most critical component of a thermal binding machine is its heating element. To ensure proper heat transfer, it should be kept clean and free of debris. It should be inspected regularly for signs of damage or wear. 
  • Many thermal binding machines come equipped with cooling racks to ensure that the bound documents can properly cool down and set. To ensure proper transfer of heat, these cooling racks should always be clean and free of debris.  

If you need any other assistance related to your binding machine, please contact our expert technicians at RENZ Australia.