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How To Bind Documents With A Thermal Binding System - Articles Surfing

Whether you are considering purchasing a Thermal Binding Machine or already have one, if you don*t know how to use the machine it won*t do you a lot of good. Fortunately, binding documents using a Thermal binding machine is one of the easiest methods of binding. In fact, binding documents with this type of equipment is much like using a toaster (just with a couple of twists). This article is designed to provide you with a simple step by step guide to binding documents with Thermal binding. Here it is*

1. The first step to binding your documents with a thermal binding machine is to prepare your document. It is important that you print and assemble your complete document before you start the binding process. You will want to make sure that all of your pages are properly collated and jogged together so that they are completely flush. If your pages are not flush at this step then they will not be flush when you complete the binding process.

2. The second step is to select your thermal binding cover. Since Thermal Binding uses a one piece presentation cover with glue down the spine, it is essential that you choose the correct spine size for your thermal binding cover. When choosing the spine thickness for your cover it is important that you don*t choose a spine that it too small or too large. If the spine is too small the pages won*t fit and will fall out. If the spine is too large the extra space in the spine will look odd leaving you with a less desirable bind. However, if you can*t match the exact size of your document, then you will need to make sure that you round up and not down. It is always better to have too much space than not enough.

3. The third step in binding your documents with thermal binding is to insert the pages of your document into your cover. This step is very simple. However, it is very important that you ensure the pages of your cover remain tight, flush and settle firmly into the spine. Every page in the document needs to come into contact with the glue in the spine of the book otherwise they might eventually fall out. Normally the pages in the middle of your document are not a problem but at times the pages from the front or back of the document can stick to the cover because of static electricity. This is something to remember and to check before proceeding to the next step.

4. The fourth step is to start the binding process. Some thermal binding machines do not require any warm up time while others require you to wait until the machine has heated up. Either way, after your machine is ready the next step is to place your document into the machine. After a minute or so, the machine will indicate that the heating process is complete and your document will be ready to remove.

5. The final step in binding your document is to remove it from the binding machine and to allow it to cool. However, after you remove the document from the machine and before you place it in the cooling rack you should tap the spine of the book on a table or a hard surface. It is important that you do this while the spine is still hot so that the pages will settle further into the spine glue. After you have tapped the spine on a hard surface you will want to leave your document for fifteen minutes before using it. This will ensure that the glue is fully cured and that your pages will not fall out.

These five steps provide a simple step by step guide to binding a document using a thermal binding system. However, one of the great things about Thermal Binding is that it allows you to bind multiple documents at one time. All you have to do is prepare your documents and then insert multiple documents into your machine at one time. Really, it is very simple and very fast. Try it for yourself.

Submitted by:

Jeff McRitchie

Jeff McRitchie is the designer and Director of Marketing for MyBinding.com. He has written over 100 articles on binding machines, binding supplies laminating supplies,laminator and more.



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