Filed under: Binding, Binding Machiines, Binding Supplies
The different methods depending on if you use comb, coil, wire or unibind, can be a manual or electric punch for heavier projects. Below is a brief explanation of binding machines’ price points and how they’re used in a business setting.
Coil Binding Machines – You have your choice of electric or coil binding machines at Lloyds of Indiana. Electric coil binding machines are obviously faster, but they offer you a professional look for variable binding volumes. Your office will realize a return on investment from having your binding machines in-house, available to meet your deadlines. The cost range for our coil binding machines ranges from $143 to $3779 and for details on our coil binding machines, here is a convenient link for you:
Comb Binding Systems and Machines – You will realize cost savings by completing your professional-looking books while shaving off 50% of the time required and thousands of dollars in outsourcing your projects, at a home office or in a larger organization. Our comb binding systems and machines enable you to make your trade paperbacks and hardcover books in-house easily and promptly. Lloyds of Indiana price points for comb binding systems and machines range from $140 to $1479. Here is a link for your convenience to our comb binding machines and systems:
Wire Binding Machines – Ideal for office environments where high-volume binding is the norm, wire binding machines use wire rather than coil and are mostly lightweight, manual machines, although you can get electric or automatic versions—Lloyds of Indiana offers you both versions–of the wire binding machine. Ideally, you’re using wire binding machines for calendars, recipe books, journals, notebooks and similar projects. These wire binding machines range in price from $239 to $1726. For your convenience, here is a link to Lloyds of Indiana wire binding machines:
Unibind Systems – Very easy to use. What makes the Unibind System so easy is it does not require any paper punching. You simply print out your presentation or document, place it into your binding cover, set on the heating element to bind. The heating element activates the binding glue which holds the document together. The covers come in multiple sizes and styles. There are plastic cover for smaller documents and hard cover for a very professional document. If you need to swap out a page, you simply reheat the bind and remove and replace the page or pages. Unibind prices out between $455 for small office to $4500 for a large production model.
If you have any questions deciding which works best for you, feel free to call the experts at Lloyds of Indiana. They can help you figure out the best solution based on how you will be using binding equipment. There is always a human to answer the phone.
Filed under: Binding, Binding Machiines, Binding Supplies, Rhin-O-Tuff, Versamac
Once you’ve made the decision to move your binding operations in-house, the next step is making the capital investment in a binding machine. How do you know which machine is the best fit for your unique situation? Here are some things to consider:
- How many sheets do you need to punch through per lift?
- How many cycles per minute do you need to achieve to be cost effective?
- Which type of binding system do you prefer to use? Coils? Wire? Combs?
- How many bound pieces will you be creating in a week?
Here at Lloyd’s of Indiana, we have more than 25 years’ experience in advising companies on the type of binding equipment they need to maximize their efficiency and keep their costs low.
If you need your commercial-grade binding machine to bind with four different methods, the VersaMac offers that feature with its interchangeable dies. This piece of equipment punches 55 sheets per lift and is robust enough to handle 500 books per week for 7 years at 30 cycles per minute. The learning curve on this particular binding machine is short, so your personnel will be up and running in no time, increasing your productivity and sales of binding projects.
If you require a machine that can bind thousands of books per week, the user-friendly Rhin-O-Tuff is our heaviest Table Top Punch commercial machine with no equal. It handles 90 cycles per minute. Again, it offers the capability of the patented Quick Change Die System, so you have the flexibility to bind your books as needed for each unique binding situation. The Rhin-O-Tuff comes with one standard die, but 20 interchangeable dies are available at a discount with the machine purchase. Also, you will have your choice of 12 standard hole patterns.
Again, the Rhin-O-Tuff can punch 55 sheets per lift, or 110 pages of 11”, 20 lb. or 80gsm bond paper. This machine can handle odd-sized paper, no problem. The patented Anti-Jam Feature detects punch overload. Combine that with the build-in Automatic and Manual Reverse, and you’re saved from costly downtime and service calls due to overload jams.
Call Lloyd’s of Indiana today–we’ll be happy to go over your options in binding equipment with you. We’re at 1-877-626-6848.
Filed under: Binding, Binding Supplies, Sales and Marketing
A binding machine plays an important part in your sales cycle. Successful sales organizations have a well-defined sales cycle from prospecting to close. Have you documented your sales process? Do you know each point of the process where decisions will be made to either go forward or walk away? Does your process get prospects to tell you the truth?
Believe it or not, a good binding machine plays an important part of your sales cycle. It’s the difference between a leaving a good first impression versus a disapproving look on your prospects face.
A good friend of mine who sells software recently told me a story about a sales situation where he was competing against another firm. The company he represents provided a competitive price and a sound recommendation for what his prospect needed. The competitor had a reputation of always over promising and under delivering. Yet, he ended up losing the business because the other firm’s presentation was far flashier. The presentation material was obviously done with a high-end binding machine.
I don’t know where this saying comes from, but it does ring true: “People are not rational, they rationalize what they do.” Despite given the facts, a pretty presentation can be the tipping point.
So, ask yourself, is your document presentation up to competitive standards? Is your proposal material second to none? Do you have the right binding machine system to make you look good?
Over the next couple of days, we are going to talk about the different binding machines that are out there and how to use them. So, keep an eye on this site to learn more.
Filed under: Binding, Corporations, Print Shop, Products, Small Biz Printing, Small Business
In this series of posts, “How do I choose?”, we will help you take a little of the guesswork out of selecting the best print finish product for your print shop or office. It’s sometimes difficult to find the right machine to fit your needs when there are so many models.
It all has to come together sometime. All those pages in the presentation, the employee manual, the book, the instructional guide, the schematics… They’ve all got to have some sort of binding to meet the customers budget, the readers needs and a style that looks good. But, what kind of binding machine do you need?
Well, the answer to this one is a little trickier. You may even want more than one machine. First you need to determine the type of binding that you think you’ll use most often.
- Comb binders – cheap, effective. Plus, combs can be opened to add/subtract sheets.
- Coil/Wire binders – Comes in a variety of colors and materials. Allows the reader to lay the book open flat and turn pages a full 360-degrees.
- Unibind binding machine – Quick, slick and permanent. A steel spine at the back of the cover allows the paper edges to sink into a heated resin.
- Perfect bound machines – Most paperback books at your local retailer are bound with this method. It’s glue-based and leaves a nice sturdy spine.
Once you’ve chosen a couple binding methods that you’d like to offer at your shop, consider flexibility, speed and cost.
You’ll certainly find flexibility with a combo system. A single purchase will allow you to do both comb, wire or coil (depending on the machine). However, keep size in mind. With comb or coil systems, you may not want to limit yourself to standard 8 1/2″ x 11″, so investigate the machines that can accommodate 14″ or 17″ sheets. Speed is affected by manual or automatic operation and the number of sheets that can be punched at one time.
The most crucial consideration however, is the question of cost. What you can sell and what your customers are willing to pay for may limit your choices. A perfect binding system is expensive initially, but costs little in upkeep. The Unibind thermal system itself is inexpensive considering the nice end product, but supplies are comparitatvily high, per piece. So, remember not to merely look at the machinery that makes the binding happen. Look at the plastics and metals that make up the binding.
Chances are, if you’re working on a job that requires drilling, you’ve got a pretty big stack to go through. The MBM 55 Single Spindle Tabletop Drill will help you speed through those jobs.
How is it Used?
The speed and power of the MBM 55 Single Spindle Tabletop Drill is born from its 1/2 horsepower motor. You’ll also move quickly because the easy-glide table moves on bearings, side guides are self-centering for quick changes, and a quick-release clamp holds your project in place. The MBM 55 Single Spindle accommodates 7/64 to 1/2 inch drill bits and drills to a depth of 2″. Two high quality bits (1/4 and 5/16 inch) included with your order along with sharpener and honing stone. This is a nice machine.
And How Much Does it Cost
The MBM 55 Single Spindle Tabletop Drill is $1,169 at Lloyd’s. Plus, we’ll throw in free shipping and a gift with your purchase.