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Binding systems - What types of bonds are there?

Variable binding systems

One frequently used type of binding system is plastic binding, which has a small but decisive advantage over many other types of binding. Documents that are bound using plastic binding devices can be reloaded with new documents as required after production and are therefore extremely flexible in use. Just like metal spirals, the plastic spirals used here are also very robust and designed for frequent use.

The binding system is usually used for all types of documents that are constantly being added to, such as scientific papers and scripts, collections of recipes or photo albums that require an appealing look. There are no limits to the colours you can use when designing these. Another particularly practical feature is that the binding system's high degree of flexibility allows you to add pockets if there is not enough time to organise a large number of new, loose documents straight away. The accessories are rounded off by filing strips, which enable uncomplicated archiving in a folder. A fundamental decision that needs to be made when purchasing binder clips is the shape variant, whereby the oval variant enables a larger number of sheets to be held.

On the other hand, the clamp binding has an almost minimalist effect, as it does not require any other aids apart from clamping rails. This also eliminates the need for punching holes and other steps that are necessary with other types of binding. The binding system is therefore particularly advantageous for quick and changeable bindings where content is only current for a limited time, such as menus or seasonal advertising material. For maximum convenience during use, the self-adhesive clamping bars from SPRINTIS are a real insider tip.

Unchangeable binding systems

One of the most popular binding systems is certainly thermal binding, which offers professional binding for a variety of purposes with little effort by using our Optibind thermal binding device, a thermal binding folder and special adhesive. In addition to the fast and uncomplicated operation of the system, the binding impresses with a clean and stylish end product that can be customised as required by selecting the appropriate folder. All folders have a transparent cover sheet and are supplied with a freely selectable spine board that provides stability. Whether for theses, information brochures, catalogues and much more, this binding system is the perfect choice.

Another tried and tested method is the production of wire bindings(wire-o-binding). Durable and inexpensive at the same time, this binding is often used for calendars, notepads, presentations or reports. A major advantage for the reader is the ability to turn the bound documents 360 degrees, either for better handling or to save space on the desk. The robust metal spirals are a reliable and stylish component that remains intact even with frequent use.

At SPRINTIS you will find a large selection of matching wire binding spines in many different colours and sizes, giving you complete freedom to customise your binding. It is important to note that the choice of pitch and therefore the number of rings used determines the thickness of the sheets and also influences the stability of the binding. In terms of format, you also have a free choice between prefabricated binding spines for standard formats and the spool version for special lengths and large orders. There are therefore no limits to your creativity when designing your binding.

One binding system that is characterised by its inexpensive process is staple binding. This uses metal staples to hold the pages of the document together and can be carried out both manually and automatically. It is used for a small number of pages and is characterised by its simplicity of implementation. Whether staples, applied with a suitable hand stapler or a stapling machine, or stapling wire on a spool, fully automatically processed into staples in saddle stitchers, SPRINTIS offers unbeatable value for money. The process is frequently used for workbooks, instruction manuals, but also for magazines and catalogues.

Binding systems with counterfeit protection

Comb binding, on the other hand, differs significantly from the aforementioned binding systems, even during production. After the paper has been perforated, a plastic comb is pushed through the perforation and then sealed. High-quality SureBind combs are available from SPRINTIS to optimise the binding process. The result is a firm, unalterable binding that is used as standard in all areas that work with sensitive data, such as accounting for balance sheets and annual financial statements, or in contracts in general. Visually very appealing, this type of binding is also popular in other areas, such as for brochures. As with all types of binding systems, you can also obtain practical filing strips from the SPRINTIS shop.

Eyelet binding is also unchangeable once the process has been completed. This binding system also fulfils an important criterion for documents such as annual financial statements, annual reports, archive files and more. Metal rings are punched into the document after the paper has been punched and their shape prevents individual pages from being removed without damaging the document. This requires the use of a punching device, which is available as a combi punch in the SPRINTIS online shop and covers both steps, punching and punching, in one. To ensure that nothing slips during binding, the combi punch is equipped with a centring system as standard. For a better appearance and protection against dirt and moisture, a matching folder is recommended, as for all documents. You will therefore find special eyelet folders in various colours in our range.

Choosing the right binding system

One crucial question that needs to be answered at the outset is how changeable the documents will be after the binding process has been completed. If you want to be on the safe side here, the last two binding systems mentioned are the best choice. However, unless you are working with sensitive data, another important factor is the price-performance ratio. Among other things, it is important to weigh up the quantity of documents that need to be bound regularly, as each type of binding is designed for different sheet thicknesses.

Depending on the type of binding system, it may also be necessary to purchase a suitable binding device and other accessories. However, the considerable time saved and the significant reduction in workload undoubtedly outweigh this investment. A clear recommendation ultimately depends on the intended use or framework of the event in question. To find the best solution for you, SPRINTIS customer service is always on hand to answer your questions and make recommendations!

(This text has been machine translated.)