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Five Tips For Choosing An Interchangeable Die Modular Binding Punch - Articles Surfing
If you are binding a lot of documents, reports, presentations or proposals in your organization and need the ability to do at least two types of binding then you might want to consider an Interchangeable Die Modular Binding Punch. An interchangeable die binding punch is simply a heavy duty electric binding punch that allows you to switch punching patterns by switching dies (the the thing that punches the holes). Dies are available for punching a number of different hole patterns including holes for: plastic comb binding, wire binding, coil binding, 3-hole punching, Velobind, and Proclick. However, there are a lot of options available for interchangeable die punches and it can be difficult to decipher the choices. This article is designed to give you five critera that can help you decide what Interchangeable Die Punch is best for you. Here they are*
1. Punching Capacity: Although not the most important feature, this is definitely something to consider. These punches can boast punching capacities ranging from 15 sheets per lift up to 60 sheets per lift. Realistically anything above 35 sheets is probably about equal since the quality of the punching will deteriorate at this level. However, the punching capacity of the unit can tell you how strong the punch is which is a good indicator of volume. The higher your daily or weekly punching volume the larger the punch that you should obviously be looking for.
2. Punching Orientation: Modular punches are generally available in two different types of configurations. Some have a vertical punching slot where you drop your pages in from the top and then activate the punch. Others have a horizontal punching slot where you insert the pages from the front of the machine. Everyone has their preference as to which works best for them. I prefer the horizontal punching orientation. I feel that it yields a greater level of punching efficiency.
3. Manufacturer: The manufacturer of your binding punch is something to carefully consider since it will be important that you can get quality service if you ever need it. The three largest manufacturers of interchangeable die punches are GBC (General Binding Corporation), Rhin-O-Tuff (PDI) and Renz. All three of these are excellent companies and their products are very high quality. That being said, I would be very careful buying a modular punch that is not made by one of these companies as other manufacturers modular equipment tends to be plagued with problems.
4. Die Change Mechanism: The whole point of buying an interchangeable die punch is to be able to switch between punching patterns. However, some punches make that task a lot easier than others. It is always important to consider how difficult it will be to change the punching die set when you need to switch. Some dies simply slide in and out like the dies for the Magnapunch or the HD7700 while others require you to undo bolts and screws.
5. Cost: Ultimately one of the most important factors that will drive your decision when considering a modular binding punch is your budget. Modular binding punches can range anywhere between $1500 and $7000. Obviously the more that you are willing to spend the more features and capacity that you will get. Therefore, you will need to balance your need for features with your budget. Something important to note is that almost all modular punches are advertised on the internet at list price but are sold at a discount if you call for a quote.
Hopefully these five points will help you to decide what modular interchangeable die binding punch might be best for you. In the end, you will find that you will most likely need to balance these five factors as you decide how big of a punch that you need for your production needs and how much time you and your employees have to spend punching.
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