The Most Popular Methods of Document Binding
The most appropriate method of document binding depends upon 3 main factors :-
- Your budget
- Your deadline
- The number of pages you wish to bind together.
At Direct2Print we tend to keep the choices as simple as necessary.
For most customers we recommend just stapling, plastic comb, wire or fastback binding for their finished documents.
But we also have a few other methods of document binding.
Slide binding is a very basic alternative. You simply slide the tensioned plastic holder to grip the pages together.
Channel binding is popular with certain customers – including those in the legal profession.
However, the range of document binding methods is expanding all the time.
But the traditional methods remain the most popular.
If you need larger quantities, or a particular finish and where there is less of a deadline – we can help and advise.
We offer virtually any form of document binding to suit your budget.
Document Binding with staples
Also known as “stitching” by some in the print trade.
Stapling is the lowest cost method of document binding and is usually the perfect choice if you have a small number of pages.
Our digital printers can also staple your documents “online” – therefore automating what would otherwise be a time-consuming task.
Customers are still amazed a machine can staple – even though we have had automatic online stapling for more than two decades here!
Stapling is ideal if you have fewer than 50 sheets of standard 80gsm paper.
If you specify thicker the paper the number of sheets that can be stapled “online” is reduced proportionately.
With offline stapling we have high capacity staplers but they are not commonly used for document binding.
The position of the stapling for document binding can be varied according to most requirements.
Comb Binding your documents
Despite all the many new forms of document binding – using a plastic comb remains the most popular and well-known method.
Plastic comb or spiral binding has been popular for some forty years or more.
The bound documents usually come with a protective acetate added to the front and/or the back.
We offer a range of different colour combs, card covers and acetate colours.
Our clear acetates are usually the thickest available and come with a clear or frosted transparency finish.
With comb binding the document can be opened flat on the surface and pages can be relatively easily to replace.
The only problem is to punch the paper on the same or a similar machine – as some combs are 20 ring and others are 21 ring.
The combs can be trimmed and the machine easily adjusted for A5 sized document binding.
Wire Binding your documents
Wire binding employs the same principles as comb binding.
This method is regarded as a superior form of document binding and is popular for professional presentations.
Wire bound PowerPoint presentations still constitute a large proportion of our online document printing service.
The maximum number of pages is usually around 250 sheets of 80gsm paper (so about 500 sides of printing).
If the document is much thicker we would recommend opting for the 2 hole or 4 hole drilling.
The pages can then be inserted into a presentation folder or lever arch file.
Fastback Binding your documents
Fastback binding is known as the “quick print” option to perfect binding.
It can usually be completed quickly.
The machine can bind the first book within a couple of minutes.
It is based on gluing an adhesive strip to the spine of the document.
When the glue cools it helps seal the pages together.
The finished document is then easier to send through the post – although it is not as suitable for opening out flat.
Our page capacity for Fastback binding is 120 sheets of 80gsm paper – so it is not ideal for the thicker documents.
Perfect Binding your documents
Perfect binding costs and deadlines have come down in the last couple of years as new equipment has reached the print market.
Also the minimum quantity has fallen as set up times have been reduced.
We need to advise on the layout for the printing of the covers but otherwise creating your own “paperback” has never been easier.
The quality of the binding is similar to the document binding you find on paperback books on the stationery stands or library shelves.
What does document binding cost?
The cost would depend on the thickness of the document, quantity and number of documents.
Typically they are between £1 and £3 per document.
Binding, stapling and drilling prices are available online for our document printing service.
If you need any assistance or help in selecting the best method of document binding call our Customer Services free during normal office hours on 0800 0346 007.