A Step By Step Guide To Thermal Binding

A Step By Step Guide To Thermal Binding



A Step By Step Guide To Thermal Binding
The purpose of​ this article is​ to​ guide you on how to​ properly bind a​ document using a​ thermal binding machine .​
If you have access to​ 5 or​ 6 thermal binding covers, follow through these binding instructions .​
If not, read through the material and try binding some documents later.
After ensuring that your machine is​ plugged in​ and turned on select a​ smaller thermal binding cover i.e .​
1/16, 1/8 or​ 1/4 and the approximate amount of​ paper needed to​ fit into the cover .​
In normal use, the operator will have a​ document of​ x number of​ sheets, which will then determine the proper size of​ thermal cover to​ use .​
The easiest way to​ do this is​ to​ place the paper, indexes, etc .​
to​ be bound flat on a​ table and measure the thickness of​ the stack with a​ ruler .​
Choose a​ cover that meets that measurement .​
i.e .​
if​ you have a​ 1/4 stack of​ paper, you would use a​ 1/4 thermal binding cover .​
If you are in​ between sizes, go to​ the next largest size.
1 .​
To reduce static electricity that builds up between sheets run off a​ copier, the paper to​ be bound needs to​ be fanned .​
Take a​ stack of​ paper, and practice fanning using the following technique:
- Grasp the sheets on both sides, holding them fairly loose.
- Bend the sheets as​ in​ the following diagram .​
While bent, exert pressure on the paper with your thumbs and fingers to​ gain a​ firm grip where the sheets cannot move.
- While maintaining pressure on the sheets, straighten out the stack of​ paper .​
This will bow the sheets so that there is​ air space between sheets .​
After air has been allowed into the sheets, release your grasp on the sheets as​ you jog them onto a​ flat, level surface .​
This is​ called fanning the paper .​
It is​ usually not necessary unless the paper has just come off a​ copier, where the pages contain a​ large amount of​ static electricity.
- Remember, it​ is​ the binding edge of​ the sheets which must be evenly jogged for a​ secure bind.
2 .​
Place the thermal binding cover in​ your left hand (if you are right handed), and allow it​ to​ slightly fall open to​ create what looks like a​ wide V .​
Insert the fanned sheets into your scored thermal binding cover (make sure that you grasp the sheets tightly to​ maintain the uniform jogged edge) .​
The sheets should be centered within the cover and placed on the adhesive backbone .​
Close the cover around the sheets .​
The first and last sheets should not stick up higher than the other pages .​
If you have uneven pages, take all the sheets out of​ the cover, rejog them and insert them back into the cover.
3 .​
Next, place the document (spine side down) so the edge of​ the thermal cover is​ at​ the right hand side of​ the binding slot .​
The binding machine should automatically start and depending on the size of​ your document should determine the length of​ the bind time.
4 .​
When you remove the bound document, tap the backbone on the table to​ help set the adhesive, and set the document(s) on the cooling stand to​ maintain the square backbone during curing .​
Make sure the document(s) are placed squarely on the cooling stand so that the backbone remains square during the curing process .​
This will provide the most professional looking finished product.
5 .​
The document must cool before it​ can be used .​
It should remain on the stand for 3 to​ 5 minues .​
This time period varies depending on the thickness of​ the thermal binding cover .​
Obviously, a​ 1/16 thick document will cool faster than a​ 2 document .​
Ultimately, any thermal cover, regardless of​ size, will have reached full binding strength once the backbone is​ cool to​ the touch (approximately 15 minutes).




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