Perhaps you’ve been there – you have the task of punching & binding a large run of booklets. Maybe it’s stacks and stacks of pages, mountains of thousands of sheets that you need to punch with a manual punching machine. Then there’s the vinyl covers or clear covers needed for each booklet and on most punches, you can only effectively punch 1 or 2 of these covers at a time as opposed to the 12-20 inside sheets. While this may seem like an enormously large job to tackle, for one binding method, there is some relief for your handle-pulling arm.
Pre-punched covers can save significant time (and fatigue) for the bindery operator in your reprographics department. If you are using plastic combs to bind your booklets (GBC binding), you can get pre-punched covers that will reduce your time to complete the binding job. This familiar punch pattern is available on composition vinyl covers and on clear, glossy covers – already punched for you.
Imagine not having to punch your booklet pages at all – sound impossible? Well you can also get pre-punched paper in a variety of punch patterns to print your pages on your copier or printer. These patterns include 3-hole (for 3-ring binders), the 19-hole GBC comb binding pattern and the 11-hole pattern for Velo/Ultrabind/thermal binding.
A common question that we get is, “Why do you not offer covers or paper pre-punched for coil binding?” There are so many variables that come into play with coil binding such as hole size and hole spacing can vary widely among machines from different manufacturers. However, if you can provide a sample of your coil-punched pattern, we may be able to get a custom punched run quoted for you if you need a sizable amount of covers.
What are some of the tips that you have for reducing your time spent punching or binding books? Please share in the comments below.