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By Jeff McRitchie
If you are looking to give your companys image a boost one of the best ways is by improving your documents, reports, presentations and proposals. Here is a quick list of the top ten binding styles that companies use to prepare their documents. Check them out
* Comb Binding: This is the most popular binding style around and is also one of the least expensive. This style has 19 rings for a standard 11 letter sized document. You might have seen this style used on a cookbook or other presentations.
* Wire Binding: This style is also called twin loop wire, double loop wire or wire-o binding. The wire for this style comes in a C shape and you use a special wire closer to squeeze the spine until it is round. This style uses either 21 holes or 32 holes for a standard 11 document.
* Coil Binding: This one is also known as spiral coil binding, color coil binding or coilbind. The plastic performed spiral coil spins through the holes on the edge of the document and the ends of the coil are bent over using a special pair of pliers to keep the coil from spinning off the book.
* Velobind: Velobind is a strip binding system that uses two plastic strips along the front and the back of the document. The strips are riveted into place using a hot knife system that permanently binds the document together. This is a popular option for lawyers, government offices and other organizations where document security is a high priority.
* Thermal Binding: This style uses a preformed cover with glue down the spine. With thermal binding all you need to do is drop your pages into the cover, put the cover into the machine and let the document cool after it has been heated. The machine will heat the spine of the presentation, melt the glue and secure the pages into the cover.
* Unibind: Similar to thermal binding, Unibind also uses glue and heat. However, with Unibind the spines for the books are made from steel. This provides a longer lasting stronger bind for the documents. You can buy premade unibind covers, Unibind hard covers and even just the steel spines by themselves. Documents are very easy to bind with this style and it is a great option for creating photobooks.
* Proclick: Designed for use with the hole pattern used by twin loop wire, documents bound with Proclick are designed to be easily edited. Proclick spines snap shut and can be opened using a special zipper tool that comes with the supplies. This is a popular binding style for frequently accessed documents and for sales presentations that need to be updated in the field.
* Zipbind: Like Proclick, Zipbind spines are designed to be easily editable. However, Zipbind spines are designed for use with 19 hole combbind punched documents (Proclick spines are used with 32 hole wirebind punched paper). Documents bound with Zipbind can be opened and closed using a special zipper tool. Zipbind is a perfect companion product to a Comb binding system.
* Clear View Ring Binders: For many companies, clear view ring binders are still the option of choice for binding training manuals and internal corespondance. These binders usually have a clear vinyl overlay on the front, back and spine allowing users to customize the binder. These do not look as professional as some of the other binding options but are easy to use and are practical for documents that need to be frequently handled.
* Staples: As much as I hate to admit it. More documents are bound with staples and paperclips than with any of the above binding styles. However, I guarantee you that your documents will look better if you put the stapler away and professionally bind your reports, presentations and proposals. Especially if you are looking to take your companys image to the next level.
About the Author: Jeff McRitchie is the designer and Director of Marketing for
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