October 2011

Meet our Mechanical Binding Family

What do desk and wall calendars, cookbooks, instruction manuals, handbooks, and many other products have in common? They can all benefit from mechanical binding. Add-ons such as diecuts, foldout covers, different-sized sheets, and index tabs are easy to incorporate into your mechanical binding project as well. You get the picture: this versatile finishing solution can help meet many of your postpress needs.

Three types of mechanical binding available at E & M Bindery & Finishing.

Of course, mechanical binding refers to not one but a whole family of styles, each with distinct advantages. Ready to meet the whole bunch? Read on for an introduction to the four mechanical binding styles offered by E & M Bindery & Finishing.

Plastic Coil Binding
Flexible, crush-resistant, stylishly contemporary – this is the essence of plastic coil binding. That's why it's the second most popular mechanical binding style after Wire-O®. Other advantages: Plastic coil bound pages lie completely flat and can be turned 360°. An array of colors and spine sizes are available to meet your project's specific requirements.

Tip: Punching into type is the most common plastic coil binding problem we see. To avoid this problem, lay out your job with 1/2" spine margin to clear the punched holes. Do this for both 5:1 (five holes per inch) and 4:1 pitch products.

Spiral Wire Binding
Spiral wire binding is created from a continuous strand of coated metal wire formed into a spiral shape. A few advantages of spiral binding: it's economical, (usually the least expensive of the four) it looks good, it's available in a rainbow of colors. Like its cousin plastic coil, spiral wire creates books that lie flat.

Tip: Both spiral wire binding and plastic coil pages "step up" when opened. Books with crossover images or graphic elements need to be planned for accordingly. If you are concerned about crossovers, be safe and choose Wire-O®.

Wire-O® Binding
Like your favorite jacket, Wire-O® is elegant, yet durable and versatile. Like a classic car, it's endured for decades, yet never looks dated. Because Wire-O®'s pages open without a "step-up", it's an appropriate choice for books with crossover images. Wire-O® elements are available in a wide variety of standard colors and if necessary, can even be specially ordered to match any PMS color, as long as minimum quantities are satisfied. Since Wire-O® can be highly automated, it is an economical choice for long runs.

Tip: For your high volume mechanical binding jobs, you may want to consider efficient and cost-effective multiple-up Wire-O® binding. At E & M Bindery & Finishing, our automated "skip" binding capabilities allow us to bind books in either two- or three-up formats and chop cut them apart. If planned properly, this high volume production method can save substantial time and money.

Plastic Comb Binding
Plastic comb binding doesn't open 360° like other mechanical binding styles, but it holds two distinct advantages over its relatives. First, its spine can be imprinted by either foil stamping or screen printing. Second, pages can be added or removed as desired, making plastic comb binding suitable for extended-use applications. If either of these features are important to you, plastic comb binding should be your mechanical binding choice.

Tip: Unlike some other mechanical-binding styles, plastic comb binding can be centered easily along the binding edge of the book. This allows you to design books of any length without worrying about the location of punched binding holes.

The E & M Mechanical Binding Advantage
At E & M Bindery & Finishing, we offer Wire-O®, plastic coil, spiral wire, and plastic comb styles to meet all your mechanical binding needs. Our eight mechanical binding machines, 4,000/books-per-hour production speeds, and wide variety of wire colors and add-on options make us among the finest mechanical binding resources on the east coast. Give us a call today to learn more about our mechanical binding capabilities or get a quote.

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