Margin Control

Category : Binding Machines

What is the Importance of Margin Control?

Essentially margin control means that you can adjust the distance the holes are punched in from the edge of the page. This feature is important particularly when your documents are relatively thick as having the extra paper “edge” ensures that the document is more securely bound and the pages turn more freely.

Models which do not offer margin control have their punch. Margin Control margin set at the default of 2mm in from the edge Entry Level spiral coil binders such as the iCoil and the eCoil do not have this function. The CoilMac M PLUSECI PLUS and EPI PLUS models all have margin control  and punch cancellation.Margin control allows you to punch the holes further away from the edge of the pages for a more secure bind

There are usually 4 margin settings to choose from

Pictures of Various Binding Styles

Category : Binding Machines

Comb Binding

plastic comb binding

Comb binding is often confused with coil binding

Often confused with coil binding, plastic comb binding is generally used for internal document binding where there is a frequent need to add or extract pages. This form of binding is also used when there is a need to bind very thick documents exceeding 400 sheets. Five out of five stars goes to the CombMac 240M in the manual model or the CombMac 240E in the electric punch model. Reason? They are brilliantly manufactured machines, their manufacturer has been building quality equipment since the early 1960 such as for Singer and never compromises on quality.


Plastic Combs

Plastic combs are opened and closed to insert pages



Plastic comb teeth fit the a rectangular hole profile

Plastic comb “teeth” are a rectangular shape hence rectangular holes








Wire Binding


A wire bound document uses a length of double loop binding wire

Double loop wire bound documents look professional and are a very secure way to bind

Wire binding is also often referred to as wire coil binding. Not to be confused with spiral binding, wire binding consists of a length of double loop binding wire which is manufactured as a C shape (open) then crimped close with the wire binding machine. A very popular style of binding as it looks very professional, is very secure and the pages turn a full rotation. The only hitch is that you need to decide whether to bind in a 2 to 1 or 3 to 1 pitch. Please refer to our blog on pitch for further information.

Depending on the feature of your wire binding machine it is possible to bind A3 documents down the long length in double loop wire.






Spiral Coil Binding

Spiral coil binding is robust, looks great and comes in a variety of colours

Spiral Coil Binding

Coil binding is a continuous spiral coil which winds through a series of very closely punched holes. This style of binding is extremely durable as the PVC coils bounce back if squashed. The perfect choice for training manuals, teaching aids, service manuals, menus or any documents which get the rough treatment. Spiral coil binding, like wire binding enables the pages to be turned a full rotation and will lay flat. There are many models to choose from so please refer to our web page regarding spiral coil binding.







Thermal Binding

Thermal Binding

Your document is inserted inside the thermal binding covers then the glue in the spine is melted by the machine and adheres to the pages

Thermal binding is often confused with tape binding or perfect binding. This style of binding is not the most secure form of binding as the glue can easily crack in the spine losing pages. This style of binding looks sleek and is perfect for  documents that do not need to lay flat or are not read often. The cost is not so much in the initial purchase of the machine but in the prefabricated covers which have glue in the spine. The machine simply melts the glue to adhere to the inserted pages.

Wire Size

Category : Wire Binding

If you have not already read our blog on the differences in wire pitch this might be a good time to do so. It is not rocket science but the blog shows you pictures to better illustrate this confusing concept.

As you may know Australia has been using the metric system since the 1970’s. Many younger Australians are therefore unaware of the old imperial system of inches, feet, yards, miles etc. Younger people wishing to purchase binding wire ask for ‘9 slash 16’ wires (meaning 9/16″) or 5 over 8 dot dot (meaning 5/8″). So we all become confused!

Centimetres and Inches (and fractions of an inch)

Since our friends in America still use the old imperial system they therefore influence the manufacturing world of binding machines due to the USA’s large population. Hence why binding wire is generally advised in inches! Below we have converted the old imperial system into metric so it is less confusing when recognising the right wire diameter for specific document thickness.

2:1 or 23 loop wires available from 6.4mm diameter up to 31.8mm diameter

3:1 or 34 loop wires available from 4.8mm up to 14.3mm diameter.

Metric Imperial Sheets
4.8 3/16″ 15
6.4 1/4″ 35
7.9 5/16″ 50
9.5 3/8″ 65
11.1 7/16″ 80
12.7 1/2″ 95
14.3 9/16″ 110
15.9 5/8″ 120
19.0 3/4″ 150
22.2 7/8″ 180
25.4 1″ 210
28.6 1 1/8″ 240
31.8 1 1/4″ 270

2 Different Wire Hole Spacings

Category : Wire Binding

Double loop wire binding uses 2 different hole spacings relative to document thickness. These hole spacings use a ratio of how many holes there are to one inch. For example if the ratio (known as pitch) is 3 to 1 (3:1) then there will be three holes in every inch. If the ratio is 2 to 1 (2:1) there will be two holes in every inch.

Generally 3 to 1 wire (which has 34 double loops)  is used to bind documents up to 1.2cm in thickness. Holes spaced at 3 holes in one inch produce 34 holes down an A4 page.

If your documents are thicker than 1.2cm you will need to bind them in a 2 to 1 wire (which has 23 double loops).  The reason the holes need to be spaced further apart is for two reasons. Firstly the holes need to be larger to fit a thicker gauged wire which secures a heavier document. Also as the document becomes thicker there needs to be more slack so that the pages can turn freely.

If you bind both thin and thicker documents you can buy a dual pitch wire binding machine such as the WireMac DUO. This binder has both punching dies on board.


A3 Wire Binding

Category : Wire Binding

Many companies such as architects and engineering companies need to bind documents down the long edge of A3 (420mm length). Binding documents in this way requires a binding machine which has two essential features, a continuous punch guide and punch cancellation pins.

Two punches of each paper stack is required to complete this process. The first punch is performed then the document turned over. One of the holes is then hooked onto the continuous punch guide so that when the next series of holes are punched, they are in prefect alignment.

Once the punching  of the document is complete, 2 lengths of A4 binding wire is used to bind the document. The pages are inserted over the first wire then closed. The second A4 wire is then used to continue the desired extra length. Once the second wire is closed it is simply trimmed off in the spine of the document. The end product is a seamless long wire bound document.

Recommended machine to bind A3 wire documents is the WireMac E31 electric wire binding machine. It has every feature which allows you to create documents which  have that “wow” factor!

Creative Binding Pictures

Category : Binding Machines, Wire Binding

In all the years we have been dealing with office equipment, it still astounds us just how creative people can be with wire binding machines! Check out some of these pictures!


document bound in double loop wire with tabs or dividers

The divided sections in this wire bound document were created using a half moon die using our round corner machine. See "Round Corner Cutter" section












professional wire binding for easy to produce books

The sky's the limit with wire binding. Very sleek, very professional use of double loop wire using a WireMac machine

wireo or double loop wire is often called wire or steel coils or spirals

Create all kinds of interesting documents. This was done with a WireMac which produces perfect crisp holes for the professional edge. Again this needs to created on a binder with full punch cancellation. See our blog of the same name.








wire binding photo album bound in two to one pitch

Create special photo albums using two to one pitch wire binding machine. This album was created with the WireMac E21 wire binding machine.

punch cancellation effect using wiremac binding machine

Do you want your document to really stand out from the rest? Disengaging selected punch pins can achieve a "Wow!" factor. You will need a machine with full punch cancellation pins to achieve this effect! For more information, see our blog on "Punch Cancellation"

wire binding can transform old books into new fun books

This old "Little Golden" book was transformed into the cutest little scrap book using the WireMac 31

Punch Cancellation

Category : Binding Machines

Punch Cancellation

Some models of binding machines have the capability to disengage individual punches or holes. This feature is important when Continue Reading

Spiral Coil Binding A3 Documents

Category : Binding Machines

a3 binding machine

To bind A3 documents the binding machine needs to have a continuous punch guide to keep the holes perfectly spaced. Most MAC wire binding and coil binding machines have this feature

A3 Binding requires a Continuous Punch Guide

Continuous punch guide for A3 binding

You will need a binding machine such as the WireMac which has a continuous punch guide to bind A3 documents

Binders which have a depth margin feature

Depth margin control is important to secure a document and for free turning of pages. It allows you to punch holes closer or further away from the edge relative to the thickness of your document. WireMac binding machines have this necessary feature.

Essentially the functionality of a continuous punch guide is to enable the binding of wide documents such as A3 bound down the long length.

The guide is Continue Reading

Differing Hole Profiles

Category : Binding Machines

Hole Profiles

Each style of binding have different hole profiles and spacing. As you can see from the picture below, each binding style relates to completely different hole patterns and spacing. Continue Reading


Category : Wire Binding

Wire Pitch

Wire pitch is such a difficult concept to get your head around. Although we have briefly touched on wire pitch in other blogs, people seem to still get a little confused when deciding to buy a single pitch machine or the dual pitch wire binder. Continue Reading