What’s wire binding?

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Wire binding is a popular and inexpensive way of binding books, using a machine to punch holes in the pages before inserting a C-shaped metal spine. This allows the publication to lay flat and is commonly used for brochures, notebooks, and calendars. Wire binding machines can be purchased for personal or commercial use.

Wire binding is a simple and relatively new method of binding documents. Even before Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press in the late 1400s, cultures around the world bound handwritten texts and created books for posterity. The process of binding the material has been a cultural mainstay since it was introduced in India before the first century, when religious documents were engraved on palm leaves and tied together with string.

Today, there are many different ways of binding books, from very intricate to very simple. Wire binding is a way of binding books together. A popular method for brochures, some spiral notebooks, calendars, and other small readers, wire binding is a binding technique used primarily in North America and is generally inexpensive.

To bind a book, the pages must first be punched with a machine similar to a three-hole punch, but with many more holes per inch. Some binding machines drill three holes per inch and some two holes per inch. These are called pitch ratios and are referred to as a 2:1 pitch or a 3:1 pitch and the holes can be square, round or rectangular.

A less common punching method used today is called 19-ring wire, which was designed to be used with a comb binding machine rather than a wire binding machine. Since the company that distributed these 19 loop cables has been bought out, this product has been discontinued and has fallen out of normal use. This type of binding was typically called a spiral binding.

After the pages to be bound have been punched out, a C-shaped metal spine is inserted into the wire binder and the pages are slid onto one end of the C-shaped spine. By manual effort, usually by pulling a lever, the The spine is then closed, forming an O-shaped spine, and the finished product can be removed from the machine. The wire binding allows you to lay a publication completely flat on a table or desk.

There are several other names by which wire binding is currently known. They include wirebind, double loop wire, ringwire, wire-o, double-o and double loop wire. Machines for personal use can be purchased through online companies or at office supply stores. These machines tend to be manual. Wire binding machines can also be purchased and are used in larger companies and therefore put to work in greater capacity and quantity, but they are generally electric and run much faster than a typical manual wire binding machine.

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