All About Plastic Coil Binding

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Plastic Coil Binding is modern and durable, and one of the most popular binding methods on the market today. Spiral Coil Binding is where a continuous plastic coil spins through a series of closely spaced holes along the binding edge. Pages bound with spiral coil can turn 360° so books lay flat & stay flat. This is a durable method of binding that retains it's original shape, even with excessive use. There are several Coil colors available, (including custom color matches) and they are available in diameters from 6mm (1/4" - about 35 sheets of 20# paper) up to 32mm (1-1/4" - about 290 sheets of 20# paper).

Plastic Coil Finishing Advantages

  • Modern

  • Durable

  • Maintains original shape

  • Clean

  • Wide variety of color options

  • Economical

Plastic Coil Finishing Limitations:

  • Subject to extreme temperatures

  • Not optimal for projects requiring tight registration across spreads. Pages do not align perfectly from side to side because of angled rotation of the coils.

Plastic Coil Applications:

  • Brochures

  • Reports

  • Manuals

  • Calendars

  • Cookbooks

  • Children's books

  • Marketing material

  • and more…

What You Need to Bind with Plastic Coil

  • Plastic Coil Binding Machine

  • Coil Inserting Machine (Optional)

  • Plastic Coil Supplies

  • Cutter & Crimper Pliers

  • Presentation Covers

  • Custom Printed Sheets for Book

How to Bind with Plastic Coil

  • Position the paper guide on your binding machine based on your desired paper size. Gather your printed sheets and insert the allotted amount of paper into the opening. When the paper is fully inserted, slide the stack to the left until it makes contact with the paper guide. To make sure all of the edges of the sheets are flush, tap the sides of the stack. Press the foot pedal, button, or pull the handle to punch the sheets.

  • Manually insert and spin the plastic coil into the first 3 or 4 holes of your stack. If you are using the optional electric coil inserter, hold the binding edge of the book with the coil against the activated spinning rollers. If you are not using the electric coil inserter, continue to spin the coil manually all the way through the binding edge.

  • Place your book flat on the table. Using your right hand, make sure that the red-dot on the cutter & crimper pliers is facing up. Place the cutting head to the center of the coil & squeeze the handles. It is important to center that cutting head, otherwise the coil will not crimp. Flip the book over and repeat the steps to cut & crimp the other side. Having problems crimping? We offer a how-to video available for online viewing!

If you have any questions or are interested in purchasing Coil Binding Equipment and Coil Binding Supplies, visit Tim the Tutor at They have great pricing on a full line of Coil Binding and they charge only $9 for shipping UPS Ground. Shop online now!

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This article was published on 2010/09/18