Spiral Bound Books (Booklets / Catalogs)
Spiral Binding for Manual, Reports, Planners, Notepads and more
What is a SPIRAL BOUND book, or report, or planner?
When a multipage-page document needs to be kept together, with integrity but still make it easy to go through it, spiral binding (which is also known as coil binding because of the shape of the binding element) is a great option. It is a way in which multiple pages and covers can be kept together.
The way in which the document is held together is through a durable plastic spiral or coil that is inserted through holes that are drilled into the document. The spiraled plastic looks pretty much like a coil and keeps the pages together as an assembled group.
The most asked question: How to count pages in a coil-bound booklet? See this infographic for details.
FAQ: This is what we get asked all the time
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Why is a coil-bound piece a great option?
Because you receive your manual, presentation, book or notepad assembled and shipped to your exact instructions.
- It's inexpensive and rich
- Can be rushed for same day production if necessary.
- Landscape and Portrait formats are possible.
- Landscape books can have a large display area of 8.5" x 22" which is very useful when large images and copy are necessary on the same spread
- The largest sheet size that we can put a coil to on the 11" side is 11"x17", that produces an open viewing area of 11"x34"
Which paper is suggested for spiral bound books?
Each of the options has certain merits.
Paper on which you can easily write with a pencil or pen
- 20# copy paper. Economy option
- 24# paper (recommended) - Less see-through
- 28# paper - Feels good
Paper that is optimal to print nice pictures but where writing is less friendly
- 80# gloss text (lighter alternative)
- #100 gloss text (suggested)
If I order a clear plastic for the front and a black plastic cover for the back, do you recommend using a hard printed cover under the clear plastic?
- The plastic front and back covers protect the book itself
- Nothing will replace the feeling of a nice and thick cover for the front of the book, which your clients will see and feel over and over when browsing the document.
- Hardcovers make the publication much stiffer, eliminating some flimsiness
- People interpret a thick cover as a more trustworthy document
What are the steps needed to produce spiral coil binding? At which stage of the production process are the paper and covers punched?
- First Step: Printing and collating. All the elements of the book have to be assembled, starting with the document, followed by the printed covers and the plastic protections.
- Second Step. Using the punching-binding machine. The next step is to punch the document and its covers keeping the order. A heavy-duty punching machine is used. After the punching has taken place, the binding machine will insert the coil and roll it so that it "knits" all of the pages through all of the punched holes.
- Third Step: Securing the plastic coil to prevent it from coming out: A special plyer will cut and bend the coil to reduce the chances of it coming out.
Can I make a spiral-bound book at home?
- In order to make a book, you need a printer, a punching machine, a coil binding machine, a coil inserter, a plier, coil binding supplies such as coil and plastic covers. and plastic.
- Replacing pages at your office could be hard if you don't have the tools. Even if you order the pre-punched sheets from your print provider, there might be some misalignment on the punch.
Sheets Guide: How many sheets can you assemble with each size of coil?
The estimate reflects 20# copy paper for a reference. Other types of paper are thicker, which will reduce the number of sheets indicated in this guide
Note that the diameter of the coil is indicated in milimiters.
Table with coil size and number of sheets
|Coil Diameter (mm)||6||8||10||12||14||16||18||20||23||25||28||30||32||38||45||50|
Picture of white sheets assembled through the use of coil to create a spiral bound document. Notice the drilled holes that allow us to thread the coil to create one single assembly unit
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