Thermal binding remains one of the most popular binding methods for a number of reasons. For one thing, it can make any document look professional. Also, thermal binding is pretty easy to do, so long as you have the right supplies and a decent binding machine. If you've been working with this method, you might be wondering if you can do anything to make the process easier and if you can make your work look even better. Here are three tips you can use:
You need to make sure the pages of your document are totally flush before binding it. Every page needs to come into contract with the adhesive in the spine. If a page doesn't touch the adhesive, there is a very good chance that it will fall out of your document when it's being used. So make sure you take a few seconds to ensure that all of the pages are flush and in touch with the adhesive.
Just about every thermal binding machine can bind more than one document at a time. How many documents you'll be able to bind at once depends on how big your machine is and how thick your books are. For example, if your machine's binding channel is 2" wide, you will be able to bind two 1" documents in one binding cycle. This can help you save time, especially when you're trying to meet a deadline.
If you bind a lot of hardcover documents, you should consider using a crimper. This is a device that helps secure the documents' binding and it indents the spine, making the work look like it was professionally bound. If you choose to use a crimper, just stick your document in it as soon as it comes out of the binding machine. Remove the document once the adhesive has completely cooled.
Thermal binding is one of the easiest ways to make your important documents look their best. Give these three tips a try to improve your efficiency and make your work look even better.