For the first 22 years, coil binding was tough here. We could only punch about 20 pages at a time (not including covers), so any book that was more than a few pages thick would take several punches. And of course a 500 page book (with 250 sheets) took an eternity.
That all changed when we picked up a Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS c7000 late last year. Let me explain.
The most time consuming part of the coil binding process is punching each page. Sure, accurately running coil into the book after punching (especially with thicker books) plus trimming the ends of the coil does take time, but much more time has been spent by staff here punching book pages. We’ve written in the past about the coil binding process, and I’m not going to rehash that aspect of it here, but think about this: a large coil binding project could easily take one (1) of our staff a full two (2) days of labor.
So the more binding jobs we got, the less staff we actually had to do other work.
When it came time to upgrade our equipment (we do this all the time, but most of our leases are for more than 3 years) we decided we needed to automate the binding process a bit. And Konica’s c7000 ended up winning the battle for best machine to do it.
Our c7000 makes coil (and comb) binding much easier. The machine punches the pages, we just add the coil and trim the ends. This in turn frees up our team members for other work, and also enables us to reduce the binding cost to our clients.
Think about coil binding for your next set of presentation materials. They’ll look great and cost less than you might think.