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Did you know? - Plastic Coil Edition

Did you know? - Plastic Coil Edition
July 24, 2017 10 view(s)
Did you know? - Plastic Coil Edition
Plastic Coil has been around for over 50 years and the popularity of this binding method keeps increasing every year. What’s not to love, it comes in 21 different sizes ranging from 6mm to 50mm, 45 colours, is flexible and has environmentally friendly options made from 95% post-commercial waste. But there might be something that you don’t know about this product… it comes in 4 different pitch options. I see some eyes glazing over with the mention of ‘pitch’. If you already know what that means, feel free to skip the next paragraph; if you don’t, continue reading. Pitch refers to the number of holes per inch that you need to punch into your document to fit your binding. For example 4:1 (said as four to one) punches four holes per inch of space on your document. If you were to try to fit a 4:1 pitch Plastic Coil Binding in a 5:1 hole punch, it wouldn’t work because, although Plastic Coil is flexible, it has to be molded into a specific shape in order to create the coils. So although it will bend and move with your document, trying to stretch or shrink it to fit an incorrect pitch will make your document difficult to open. Now that that has been cleared up, most of the coil used on the market is 4:1 pitch, and many people who have been in the Industry long enough know about 5:1 coil (popular in the 80s and 90s, but eventually lost popularity, although some people still use it). But did you know that there are 3:1 and 2:1 pitches for Plastic Coil? I know what you’re thinking, “You must be getting Plastic Coil and Wire-O mixed up.” But I am not. You see, 4:1 started becoming the popular pitch to use as documents became bigger and 5:1 pitch turned out to be difficult to insert on larger books. However, some people still find the 4:1 hard to insert once you get over the 25mm mark. That’s where 3:1 and 2:1 come in. The less holes per inch, the less work you have to put into inserting the coil. And the best part is, you can use your existing Power Punches for these special pitches! Simply get a Wire-O die in 3:1 or 2:1 pitch with round holes (instead of the square ones) and you can start binding. 3:1 and 2:1 Plastic Coils are not currently listed on our website, but are available in any size, colour and length. Call us for pricing.  24
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