Akiles CoilMac EPI Plus Electric Punch & Electric Coil Inserter
An upgraded and improved version of the CoilMac-EPI, the EPI Plus by Akiles offers several additional features, expanding the versatility and functionality of the machine even further. Electric punching is activated with a foot pedal for convenience, allowing both of your hands to be free to handle the document. With oval shaped holes, inserting the coils using the electric inserter has never been easier. When you use the spine shaper on the machine to create the ideal spine-curve and couple that with the oval holes, the coil will go through smoothly and quickly, with less catching than traditional round holes. The CoilMac-EPI Plus also has 100% disengageable punching pins, so you can force the machine to not punch specific holes; this allows for complete customization of the binding edge for all paper sizes, and lets you create unique punching patterns. These additional features, combined with a 25 sheet punching capacity (20 lb bond paper), and a heavy duty motor make this machine the perfect choice for print shops, offices, law firms and anyone else who needs to bind presentations, books, manuals, etc. in larger quantities daily, or frequently throughout the week. Buy the Akiles CoilMac-EPI Plus electric punch with electric coil inserter online today.
|Manufacturer||Akiles Products, Inc.|
|Manufacturer Part Number||ACM-EPI41|
|Suggested User||Large Office|
|Binding Style||Spiral Binding / Plastic Coil|
|Capacity: Punching||25 Sheets|
|Included Supplies & Accessories||Hand Cutter Crimper Pliers|
|Compatible Supplies & Accessories||4:1 Pitch Spiral Binding Coils|
|Dimensions||21" x 23 ½" x 15 ¾"|
|Manufacturer's Warranty||1 Year Limited|
|Punch & Bind Capability||Yes|
|Maximum Binding Edge||13" [with Open-Ended Punch]|
|Open Ended Punch||Yes [Allows for Up to 26" Binding Edge]|
|Disengageable Pins||Yes [All 53]|
|Pitch / Hole Pattern||Spiral Binding 4:1 (.248) Oval Holes|
|Actual Machine Dimensions ( L x H x W)||18" x 16-1/4" x 11"|
|Shipping (Web) Weight||75.1 Lbs.|
Expert Product Review: CoilMac-EPI by Mallory Morsa
Hi everyone! My name is Mallory Morsa, and I am the product expert at Binding101. I have been a part of the Binding101 team since 2008, where I started out in service and sales, learning our customers' needs and how to offer truly exceptional service. After a of couple years, I moved into a role of product management that required in-depth product research, as well as training of our staff. And in my honest expert reviews, I am proud to share that extensive knowledge with you. Take a look at the product review below, which will highlight both the pros and the cons, as well as identify the ideal customer. If you have any questions or need more information, please call our customer care team at (866)537-2244. Thank you for stopping by, and please check out our Binding101 social media channels by clicking the icons above.
I RECOMMEND THIS FOR:
The CoilMac-EPI PLUS offers more versatility than its sister machine, the EPI standard, which makes it an ideal choice for users with the same volume (small print shops with large daily binding needs, but not to a production-level), but who need the added flexibility for multiple sheet sizes or extra thick books. This is the top-tier spiral coil binding machine, so if you need something for higher volumes, then you would move into the “interchangeable die” heavy duty category of binding punch machines by Rhin-O-Tuff®, such as the ONYX OD4012.
WHAT I LIKE:
A favorite feature of mine when it comes to binding machines is always the punching pin versatility; because this is a “plus” model of an Akiles machine, all of the punch pins have the ability to be pulled out, essentially stopping the machine from punching a specific hole. I love this because it lets you make custom hole patterns, as well as doesn’t limit you to any sheet sizes. I am also a fan of the reliability and durability of the Akiles CoilMac-EPI machines that can handle creating hundreds of books per day, without much operator effort (because of the electric punching and electric binding features). I also like the fact that this machine is only a tiny bit more expensive than the standard version; those additional features are so valuable, the slight price increase is definitely worth it.
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
There is no electric crimper on this machine, so the finishing of your coils still has to be done either manually with the included pliers, or electrically on a separate machine, such as the Crimp-@-Coil two-sided electric coil crimper. For the kind of volume this machine is built for, the missing component of an integrated electric crimper is a little odd to me. When researching what customer’s liked and disliked about this machine, I found that there were a few people who indicated that the inner components of the machine broke easily, and that fixing them was a hassle… using this machine in our office for our own binding needs for many years, however, has shown me that as long as you don’t push the machine to the limit, it will work fine and will last for years to come. Just as you shouldn’t drive your car at full speed 100% of the time just because it can go that fast, you don’t want to punch the full sheet capacity 100% of the time.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
Akiles has proven themselves to me with their large line of quality binding equipment. I am happy to recommend the CoilMac-EPI Plus to anyone that meets volume recommendations and needs a versatile electric spiral binding punch. The array of features, and the durable punching mechanism make for an office binding machine that will last for years. Great for people who need to make coil books on-demand for clients, or to use within their own office for internal documents (like we do!)