1. How is Coverbind different than basic thermal binding?
Coverbind binding is a thermal binding brand-name that is known for its incredibly strong and professional finished bind. They are the only manufacturer of automated thermal binding machines, fitting into a unique space where older systems could not handle the volume requirements. Some of Coverbind's most notable features include:
- They are the only manufacturer of automated thermal binding machines.
- They incorporate a unique mesh embedded into thermal binding cover glue, for incredible strength.
- They offer a huge variety of thermal binding covers to choose from, making them versatile for any number of document binding needs.
- They offer the only thermal bind covers with a true, flush-cut for a perfectly square spine.
2. What kind of Coverbind machines are there?
Over the years Coverbind has modified and improved its machinery to meet the changing needs of its clientele. Their current line of machinery is called the "Accel" line and features 4 impressive thermal binding machines: Accel Flex, Accel Cube, Accel Ultra, and Accel Ultra Plus. Each of these machines is tailored to a different volume of binding and, therefore, a different market and customer base.
The Flex is their smallest machine, built perfectly for small to mid-sized businesses that need to bind for their clients, internal documents, and more. It is a manual thermal binding machine where the user would put their thermal binding cover of choice (with filler pages) onto the heat plate, and then move it to the cooling rack manually when the bind is complete. It is designed to handle up to about 2,000 documents per year.
The Accel Cube is a mid-level thermal binding machine that automates the process with a continuously moving binding station, so you can stand by the machine and keep loading in documents. This speeds up the number of documents per hour immensely and makes it even simpler that thermal binding has ever been (who knew it could get easier?!). The Accel Cube thermal binder is great for users who need to bind between 2,000 and 5,000 documents per year.
The Accel Ultra is the crème de la crème of thermal binding machines, with the automatic rotating binding station that holds more than it's little brother, the Cube. Continuously loading your documents produces binding speeds up to 120 documents per minute...yes, seriously...per MINUTE! It works great for large offices and binderies who need to make up to 10,000 documents per year, or more. The Ultra Plus is just like the Ultra, but has document dividers that are spaced further apart to allow for thicker document bindings.
3. What about the Coverbind 5000, 7000, 9000, and 9000EX? Are those gone?
The Coverbind machines got a facelift and component update, but they function the same as the older models. If you have a Coverbind 5000, 7000, 9000, or 9000EX, don't worry; all of the new and improved Coverbind covers are still compatible.
- Coverbind 5000 = Accel Flex
- Coverbind 7000 = Accel Cube
- Coverbind 9000 = Accel Ultra
- Coverbind 9000EX = Accel Ultra Plus
4. What kind of Coverbind covers are available?
There are several different kinds of Coverbind thermal binding covers available, including a huge range of both soft covers and hard covers. Unique to Coverbind only, these covers are true flush-cut, meaning the spines are perfectly squared off, which means that the first and last pages of your book will line up with all of the center sheets. Other alternatives with U-shaped spines make the first and last pages stick out further than the center sheets. This allows the cover sizes to be exact, not oversized to compensate for the offset.
5. How long does it take for the covers to dry?
Because there is a glue involved, the glue needs adequate time to properly "cure". Depending on the book thickness, the average recommended curing time is 2 minutes. Thicker books may need to cure a bit longer, while thinner books may be faster. This "drying time" or cooling time will ensure that the bind is strong and secure. Handling your books before the glue is cured can affect the strength of bind. Click here for more info on Coverbind cooling time.
6. Why are my pages falling out?
Coverbind thermal binding covers are 4 to 5 times stronger than other comparable binding methods, on average. Follow these guidelines to ensure your book is always bound to its full strength potential. Click here for more info on these tips.
- Use the cover size selector
- Jog your pages first
- Allow the glue to cure completely before handling
7. Why is the glue strip short?
Because Coverbind glue strips are placed, not poured, they do not need to extend all the way to the end of the covers. This in no way affects the integrity or strength of the bind. In fact, this feature combined with the mesh strip makes Coverbind the strongest thermal binding option with zero chance of glue dripping out of the edges.
8. Do Coverbind machines require regular maintenance?
No, Coverbind thermal binding machines do not require any regular maintenance to keep them running at peak performance.
9. Are Coverbind spine measurements accurate?
Yes! Coverbind spine sizes are exact measurements, making it easier to choose the perfect size for your book.
10. Do I have to crimp the hardcovers?
No! All of our Coverbind hardcovers come pre-crimped so, unlike other brands, you do not need to crimp the cover spine after you bind. That means you don't have to buy a separate crimping machine, or spend the time performing that action.
11. Are Coverbind spines square?
Yes! Coverbind makes their covers precisely 8.5" W x 11" H flush-cut. The creases in the spine are achieved with a patented 90° turn-across crease that creates a perfectly square spine and finished document. Other covers have a U-spine, meaning that the first and last pages in your book end up uneven from the rest of the contents. That is actually why other brand thermal covers are 9" W or so, which helps to hide the uneven book block.
12. Are Coverbind machines easy to use?
Yes! Arguably the easiest way to bind, bar-none, Coverbind machines pair a simple binding mechanism with a sophisticated binding cover, requiring no punching, no inserting, and no crimping.
13. Are Coverbind covers editable?
Yes! Depending on how stuffed the covers are and the cover spine size, most documents can be re-heated and edited between 1-3 times, on average.
14. How do I edit a Coverbind cover?
Open your bound document and mark the page you need to remove with a post-it sticking out. Place the cover onto your Flex machine to re-heat the glue. Once done, slide that page out through the bottom or top of the cover. Do not pull the page up, as this affects the integrity of the glue and may affect the re-bindability. Slide your new page in the same way you removed the other. Move to the cooling rack and allow it to completely cool/cure before handling (2 minutes, recommended).
15. What is Bindomatic?
Bindomatic is the brand name for Coverbind in countries outside of the USA, such as Europe. Your machines may say either Coverbind or Bindomatic; both are the same quality machines.
16. Who owns Coverbind?
Coverbind has been a leader in the thermal binding industry for over 30 years. They are a subsidiary of Bindomatic AB of Sweden. In 2017 a United States company, Spiral, partnered with Bindomatic to become the US provider of Coverbind products. Coverbind USA is now a Spiral Company.