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Businesses use binding machines to produce documents in house. Comb-style and spiral machines punch holes along the margins of documents, and the holes line up with teeth on spines to secure the pages. Thermal binding machines attach an adhesive strip along the edges of documents and heat the adhesive to glue the strip in place. Both types of machines operate manually or electrically. Read More

Binding machines have different features

Choose between comb-style, thermal, and wire spiral binding machines. Each type offers unique features and attributes.

Comb-style machines

Comb-style machines use plastic spines with flexible teeth that you place against splines and open and close by lever or push-button to insert hole-punched pages and bind the document. Most comb machines have vertical loading bins with adjustable edge guides for inserting the presentation binding covers and pages to be hole-punched. This arrangement makes it easy to align the inserts properly for a uniform look. Most machines offer onboard guides that let you know what size spine you’ll need for different length documents, and many contain trays for storing the plastic spines. Some plastic spiral bindings have clip mechanisms that you can open and close by hand. These snap spines make it easy to insert or take out document sheets after binding. Most binders can hole-punch a specific number of sheets at a time, normally between 6 and 30. Comb-style plastic binders have a higher binding capacity than other binders, with up to 2-inch spines that can hold as many as 500 sheets of paper.

Wire spiral binding machines

Binders that use wire coils as spines offer the same features as comb binders. The wire spines are half-open coils that, after the paper is inserted onto the teeth, you close by putting the wire in a slot and activating a lever or push button to crimp the wire closed. Wire spines are especially attractive with glossy protective covers that you can prepare with laminating machines. Like many plastic-comb binding machines, wire binders offer several hole-punching and binding conveniences, including see-through windows for hole-punched waste, so you know when the waste bin should be emptied.

Thermal binding machines

Thermal binders are essentially book binding machines that give bound documents a more professional look. They provide a permanent binding that fits snugly and squarely around the edges of the binding cover and document sheets, so documents can be stacked neatly on shelves without protruding spines. These thermal book binding machines have built-in safety features to prevent overheating document spines, as well as audio and visual prompts to indicate when documents are ready for thermal gluing and when the glue has set.

Choose from top manufacturers

Well-known binding machine manufacturers include the following:

  • Fellowes®
  • Swingline®
  • GBC®
Each makes binders ideal for business uses, as well as for smaller settings like the classroom, where they can be part of teaching and school supplies for student writing projects.