28 February 2020

AfterPrint’s Guide to Thermal Binding Machines

Thermal binding machines use heat to bind documents to the cover and are one of the most efficient ways of binding your documents giving you a professional finish with relatively little effort.
AfterPrint offer a unique range of thermal binding machines which can be used on books but also anything you desire.

Thermal Binding Covers Explained

Thermal binding covers bind your documents and the first decision you need to make is the thickness of your documents. If you only have a few pages then you will only need a thin cover and if you have more pages, you will obviously need a thicker cover.
We would recommend you accurately measure your documents so you get the right size, as once it is bound you will not be able to change it.
Thermal binding covers are available in hard and softback styles, with it being crucial they have glue already in the spine of the cover.

How Does it Work?

Once the glue is already in the spine of the cover, insert your documents and then pop the whole thing in the thermal binding machine.
The machine works similar to a toaster, heating the glue within the cover so that it binds to the paper you have inserted. In roughly 60 seconds, the machine will beep letting you know it is all done.
It sounds like you are baking a cake, but once it is done, you will need to leave your binding to cool for a couple of minutes for the glue to set and keep the paper secure.
Thermal binding is a more permanent form of binding which looks very professional, but it is not easy to add and remove pages. This can possibly be achieved by reheating the spine.

The Advantages of Thermal Binding

Here are four advantages of using a thermal binding machine –

• It looks very professional
• It’s quick, usually taking around a minute or less
• The paper doesn’t have to be punched
• More than one book can be bound at once

Deciding if Thermal Binding is Right for You

Using a thermal binding machine is the best option to produce excellent results in a short time with minimal effort. If you are looking to bind books, then you will need thermal binding with many print shops using it to bind documents. University dissertations look superb when thermally bound, whilst solicitors can use them to send documents to clients and to court as it is difficult to remove pages and it will be obvious if someone has done so.
Thermal binding is also a great choice for offices that produce high-quality brochures and catalogues.

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If you have any questions about thermal binding machines, please get in touch today.