Have you heard that physical books are on a decline in favor of their digital versions? Printed books were actually 80% of the total percentage of books sold worldwide in 2015. The preferred method for books to be bound may surprise you: coil binding. This method is durable, lasts longer than the traditional method, and is actually more cost effective for some companies. Read below to find out what you should look for in an automatic coil binding machine.
Plastic coil binding machines have been in use for more than 50 years. An automatic coil binding machine is a big improvement over the way it used to be done by hand. A craftsman would use a paper punching machine to create the line of holes, and would then start the first three loops of the binding manually. The rest would be formed with the help of a rolling machine, then cutting and crimping the spiral with pliers.
When done manually, the best craftsman could under optimal conditions produce about 100 books an hour. If it was a thick book, they might only finish 20 books per hour. Automatic coil binding machines have improved the turnaround on getting printed materials out to readers.
An automatic coil binder is a machine that works best when the books being produced are meant for a marketing or customer presentation. The reason why has to do with the way the book can be presented. The convenience of rolling the front pages to the back allows a group to progress quickly through different talking points, or to allow readers to easily pass the book around without losing the correct spot.
The coil binding is not as effective with very thick books. Think of a college textbook in math or science. The breadth of information covered results in a width that makes folding the read pages to the back inconvenient.
The right automatic coil binding machine can actually save an office money over time. When the book binding is done in-house, you don’t need to worry about placing an order with a minimum amount or turnaround time.