James Burn BB50H High Speed Semi-Automatic Wire-O Binding Machine
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James Burn BB50H High Speed Semi-Automatic Wire-O Binding Machine

Brand: James Burn
  • Wire-O Finishing up to 20" for calendars or other documents.
  • Skip binding capable both with or without hangers.
  • Compatible with Wire-O sizes from 1/4" to 1" diameters.
  • Speed: Between 600 to 1,200 Books / Hour

Starting at: $316.39

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James Burn BB50H High Speed Semi-Automatic Wire-O Binding Machine04JBBB50
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The James Burn BB50H is a high-speed, semi-automatic Wire-O binding/finishing machine that can help your shop increase productivity while allowing for binding of documents and calendars up to 20" wide. With a finishing output of up to 1,200 books per hour*, and with the ability to handle skip binding with calendar hangers, the BB50H is a great choice for print and copy shops of many kinds. Your operator simply places your pre-punched books against the back and side blocks to start the process. The BB50H works with Wire-O and SnakeSkin Wire-O from 1/4" to 1" sizes in both 3:1 and 2:1 pitches, and size changeovers can be completed in between 5-15 minutes*. The size, pitch, and format changes are easily accomplished electronically using the touch screen. All the operator has to do to use this semi-automatic wire binding machine is place their pre-punched document into the machine and press the foot pedal, which tells the machine to automatically cut, feed, and close the wire around your document.
For more detailed information and features, check out the full product description below, and be sure to check out the machine specs and even compare them to other machinery. You can also watch our FAQ video to have some of our most commonly received questions answered. If you have any questions, or are ready to speak to our James Burn experts for a quote or help selecting the best machine, call (866) 537-2244 or email info@buy101.com.


Item #04JBBB50
ManufacturerJames Burn
Manufacturer Part NumberBB50H
Suggested UserIndustrial
Binding StyleWire-O Binding
Operating MethodSemi-Automatic
Compatible Supplies & AccessoriesHanger Feeder (Item# 04JBBB50HF)**
Standard Closing Tool Sets [1/4" - 1"] (Item# 04JBBB50CT_)
Thumbcut Hanger Tool Sets [1/4" - 3/8"] (Item#04JBBB50CL_)
Power Voltage115v Single Phase 60 Hz
Dimensions58” W x 45” D x 52” H
Setup Time5-15 Minutes, Depending on Operator
Die Change Time5-10 Minutes
Paper SizeUp to 20" Wide
Accepted Paper TypeNo Stock Limitations
Compatible Binding Supply Sizes1/4" to 1" Wire-O Spools or SnakeSkin Wire-O
Maximum Book ThicknessUp to 7/8" Thick
Speed*Between 600 to 1,200 Books / Hour
Skip BindingYes (With or Without Calendar Hangers)
Air Compressor Requirements15 CFM Max at 80 PSI
Control PanelTouch Screen
Control Panel NotificationsWire Feed Jam, Cover Open, Emergency Stop
Hands-Free OperationNo
Special Training RequiredRequires Installation & Training
Shipping Weight (lbs)1437
Shipping InformationThis item ships via Truck (Common Carrier). It is the responsibility of the Consignee (receiver) to remove the product from the truck. If you do not have a loading dock or any other means to lift the freight off the truck and/or you need assistance bringing the product inside of your location please call (866) 537-2244. Click here for full details.


The BB50H high speed semi-automatic wire binding machine will help your print shop or bindery achieve output of up to 1,200 documents per hour* with minimal operator action needed. All your operator has to do is set up the machine for the wire size being used, install the wire spool (or SnakeSkin Wire with feeder), and then begin placing the pre-punched documents into the machine. One document at a time, it will automatically cut the wire, position it in the punched holes, and close the wire, finishing the bind. The BB50H will handle documents as long as 20", which allows for even large books. It will bind small 1/4" wires up to 1" wires in both 3:1 and 2:1 pitch ratios. This wire finishing machine will also work with skip binding and calendar hangers up to 16" long. It can even perform the skip binding function without calendars, for unique binding edges without that restriction.

On average, machine setup takes only about 15 minutes, which includes the size setup. All tool changes and settings are easily accomplished from the front of the machine, making them easily accessible without having to move the machine or leave it in a central location. The touch screen control panel guides the user through the process, and helps you achieve the large variety of adjustments for sizes, pitches, and formats. The BB50H is manufactured by James Burn, who is world-renowned for their high quality and innovative automatic binding equipment, and the BB50H fits in well with their product line.

Key Specifications & Features:

   • Wire-O Finishing up to 20" for calendars or other documents.
   • Skip binding capable both with or without hangers.
   • Compatible with Wire-O sizes from 1/4" to 1" diameters.
   • Works with standard Wire-O Spools, Jumbo Spools, or SnakeSkin Wire-O.
   • Speeds up to 1,200 documents per hour, with realistic continuous output starting at 600*.
   • Manually insert documents. The BB50H then automatically cuts wire to length, feeds and positions wire for inserting, and closes /finishes the wire.
   • Touchpad controls for easy electronic changeovers for size, pitch, and format changes.
   • Tool changes completed from front of machine for easy access.
   • Large worktable

Wire Hanger Features:

   • Central hanger feed system can be disengaged.
   • "Missing Hanger" detectors.
   • Uses #s 2, 3, & 4 Standard and Euro-slot style hangers from 4" to 16" long.


*May vary depending on sheet size, paper stock, finishing type, operator, and other factors.
**Note: Must be ordered with BB50H; cannot be added on later.

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