GBC - Binding Tips for Success

You’ve bought a binder and you know it’s a handy tool, but you’re not sure where to start.

Like any investment, the best results are achieved by learning about the features available in machines and how to apply them effectively in real life.

1.    Reference instructions

On first glance, binders can seem confusing. Ideally you'll learn from someone else with experience, or keep a manual close at hand to your machine for quick reference. If these arent available however, models such as our Multifuncional Multibind 230 help, with handy step-by-step guides on the machine itself, so you don’t have to refer back and forth to your manual.

2. Organise Elements

One of the most common issues with binding is the ability to find the right binding element for the job. When spines and combs come in unlabelled boxes, or are incorrectly organised or labelled, how do you know which is needed? 

Combat this by creating a clean, structured storage system for binding combs and spines, and, if comb binding, use ProCombs which work in conjunction with our binders to simplify the process.

For more information on ProCombs read the ‘Measurement Charts’ section below or browse our selection today.

 

3.    Make use of binder features

  • Document separators

Separators define how many sheets can be handled at once, ensuring succinct results and eliminating paper jams - great if you are working with a larger number of documents.

A variety of different methods are used to separate or measure sheet count, ours vary from letter-box sized slots to colour-coding to simplify the bind. 

  • Paper sizing tools

No matter which machine you are using, always check to ensure you are punching holes at the right measurements for the paper format before you start. GBC comb binders allow users to dictate the paper size before it is punched to deliver a perfect set of binding holes every time.

  • Measurement charts

Sizing tools are available on most models. Take for example our ProComb colour-coded system for comb binders which removes the hassle of choosing the right tool by matching spine size to a specific colour, ensuring you have the right comb to prevent overstretching on application.

 

4.     Use the right binding for the job

For an overview of binding styles and applications for your binder, head over to the How to Choose the Right Binder article in our Solution Centre.

5.    Align correctly

Poor alignment can lead to uneven punches and repeated work if not considered first time around. This could be something as simple as shifting paper to the left before binding. A small but vital tip to remember!

6.    Dies

Depending on the style or model of binder you are using you may need to adjust dies. 

Dies are the punchers in the machine that make the holes for the binding process. These can be varied as required to stop the problem of a final unwanted half punch at either end of a page. If reading about them online they are usually referencing older or more specialist binding machines and may not be relevant to your model.

7.    Regularly empty punch trays

While an obvious point, make it habit to check your binder’s punch tray. Overflowing trays have the potential of causing malfunctions, stalls or jams.

 

8.    Overlooked binding ideas: What can I bind in the office?

While the everyday uses of a binder are clear, there is a wealth of additional uses for binders in business. Why not consider these?

  • Tax return compilations
  • Proposals
  • Business reviews
  • Project completion overviews
  • Trade show documentation
  • Manuals and instructionals
  • Business plans

9.    Debinding and rebinding

If you like the look of stripbind and the security it offers your work - but also want to add pages - consider VeloBind.

VeloBind gives the look and feel of a strip-bound document, but allows the user to add or remove pages with a debinding tool. The content remains secure, with you holding the key.

 

Top tip:

If you want to remove a bind, and you don’t have a GBC binder with a tool to simplify the process, place something heavy on your document. The additional weight prevents shifts in page alignment allowing you to slip the binding off easily.

 

10. Order your work

Remember to keep the back cover on the top of the pile, this way when you turn over the document the seam will not be at the front of your book!

 

For more information about binders, binding, and the solutions we offer, head over to our product pages for an overview of features on models which can assist per specific task or assignment.

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