Binding with the Fastback 9: An Intelligent and Intuitive Thermal Binding Machine

Powis Parker’s Fastback binding systems are known for creating durable and professional thermally-bound documents using their patented Fastback binding strips. The Fastback 9 binding system (which is one of their newest models) is the most compact and affordable of all of their thermal binding systems. Specifically designed to work with Lx binding strips, this user-friendly thermal binding machine is capable of binding documents ranging from 10 to 250 pages in length in as little as 35 seconds. In this post, we share a basic overview of the Fastback 9 binding process.

Powis Parker Fastback 9
  1. To bind a document with Lx-Strips, begin by turning on your Fastback Model 9 binding machine and setting it to Lx mode.
  2. Select the appropriate strip size for your document, and gently crease it into an “L” shape using your fingers (ensuring that the adhesive faces inward). If you are unsure as to what size spine to use, inserting your document into the binding recess and pushing the “Bind” button will display the correct spine size on the LCD screen.
  3. Place the Lx-Strip into the binding recess with the adhesive facing up and the short side of the “L” pressed against the back of the channel, and slide it all the way to the right.
  4. Jog the pages of your document as well as the covers so that they are aligned along the edge (where they will be bound) and place them into the binding recess. Align them with the Fastback Lx Strip so that the top and bottom edges of the document are flush with the top and bottom edges of the strip. To create a uniform strip width on the front of your document regardless of size, place the front cover against the back of the binding channel.
  5. After you have ensured that your document is flush against the back of the binding recess, press the “Bind” button to start the binding process.
  6. When the binding process is complete, the LCD screen will read “Remove Book.” Gently pull the finished book out of the binding recess and place it into the cooling rack. After the book has cooled for approximately five minutes, it is ready for distribution.

An Overview of Velobind Binding: Secure, Tamper-Resistant & Low Profile

Velobind binding is a thermal binding method that uses two-piece plastic binding spines to create a durable bind. Unlike adhesive-based thermal binding methods which can often be edited fairly easily, documents bound with Velobind strips cannot be edited unless the spine is completely removed and replaced with a new spine. In this post, we learn more about the Velobind binding method and take a closer look at some of the unique benefits it offers.

The Basics

There are two types of thermal binding – binding with an adhesive spine and binding with sets of pronged plastic bars (commonly referred to as “Velobind spines”). The most popular thermal binding style involves the application of an adhesive-lined spine to a set of documents using a specialized machine that heats the spine and melts the glue, allowing adhesive to permeate the documents and create a bind. These spines are available in a few styles, including varieties that have pre-attached covers in both soft- and hard-cover formats.

Velobind-style binding is preferred by people looking to create tamper-proof binds, as it is impossible to edit without having to rebind the document. To bind with these spines, the user punches the documents with the proper hole pattern (generally 9, 11, or 14 holes, depending on the document size), inserts the pronged side through the holes and then slides the flat side onto the prongs. The document is then placed into the binding machine, which trims the prongs to size and melts the ends to secure the bind. Because the individual prongs act as reinforcements for the spine, Velobind strips can be used to bind documents up to 3″ thick, which is considerably thicker than most other conventional binding styles can accommodate.

Velobind Spines

Velobind spines (also called “hot knife strips”) are available in 9-, 11-, and 14-pin varieties, which accommodate binding on 8 1/2″, 11″ and 14″ paper. They are able to secure up to 750 pages in a single book, making them the preferred choice for large documents. Hot knife strips come in a broad range of attractive colors like other binding spines, but they are only offered in three sizes (1″, 2″, and 3″)  which makes stocking them much easier. Since the excess length of the prongs is cut off during the binding process, the same 1″ spine can be used to bind a document that is 20 sheets or 250 sheets.

Velobind Binding Machines

Binding with Velobind spines requires punching with a specialized hole pattern before performing the thermal bind, which generally means that the machines cost more than other thermal binding systems. Because of the additional punching step, Velobinding is commonly regarded as being one of the most secure and tamper-resistant binding styles, which is why it is often used in binding legal documents.

The process for binding with Velobind strips is fairly similar to binding with other styles. To begin, the sheets of the document are punched in sets (based on the punch capacity of the specific model being used) until all pages as well as the covers have been punched. Next, the flat half of the binding strip is placed into the binding channel so that the alignment pin is inserted into the corresponding hole on the strip. Then, the pronged ends of the spine are inserted through the holes in the document. Finally, the prongs are inserted into the holes on the flat strip so that the document is sandwiched between them. The binding process is then activated (see the manual for your machine for specific instructions), and after about 30 seconds, your document is ready to remove from the machine.

In Review

Creating professional-looking bound documents is easy with thermal binding. Velobind binding is a secure and durable binding method that uses a thermal binding machine to melt and fuse a two-piece plastic binding spine. With its versatility and strength, Velobind binding is a great way to create bound documents that look and feel professionally-made at a reasonable cost.

Fastback LX Binding Strips: Another Thermal Binding Innovation from Powis Parker

Powis Parker’s Fastback binding systems are known for creating durable and professional thermally-bound documents using their patented Fastback binding strips. The Fastback 9 (which is one of their newest models) is the most compact and affordable of all of their thermal binding systems. In this post, we learn more about Lx-Strips, which are specifically designed to work with the Fastback 9 thermal binder.


The Basics

Like standard Super StripsFastback Lx-Strips are paper-based spines that are lined with thermally-activated adhesive. Lx-Strips are made with the same thermoplastic adhesives as Powis Parker’s other binding strips, which are made with three separate formulations used in distinct areas of the strips to improve overall adhesion. They are 11″ in length, available in two widths – narrow (3-125 pages; up to 1/2″) and medium (126-250 pages; 1/2″-1″) – and come in an attractive array of standard colors. Lx-Strips are lightly scored, which allows them to be creased into an “L” shape by hand before they are inserted into the Fastback 9 binding machine.

Binding with Lx-Strips

To bind a document with Lx-Strips, begin by turning on your Fastback 9 binding machine and setting it to Lx mode. Select the appropriate strip size for your document, and gently crease it into an “L” shape using your fingers (ensuring that the adhesive faces inward). If you are unsure as to what size spine to use, inserting your document into the binding recess and pushing the “Bind” button will display the correct spine size on the LCD screen. Place the Lx-Strip into the binding recess with the adhesive facing up and the short side of the “L” pressed against the back of the channel, and slide it all the way to the right. Jog the pages of your document as well as the covers so that they are aligned along the edge (where they will be bound) and place them into the binding recess. Align them with the Lx-Strip so that the top and bottom edges of the document are flush with the top and bottom edges of the strip. To create a uniform strip width on the front of your document regardless of size, place the front cover against the back of the binding channel. After you have ensured that your document is flush against the back of the binding recess, press the “Bind” button to start the binding process. When the binding process is complete, the LCD screen will read “Remove Book.” Gently pull the finished book out of the binding recess and place it into the cooling rack. After the book has cooled for approximately five minutes, it is ready for distribution.

In Review

The Fastback binding machine series from Powis Parker uses specially-engineered binding strips to create thermally-bound documents that are attractive and surprisingly strong. The Fastback 9 binding machine, which is the smallest and most affordable model in the series, uses a distinct variety of binding strip called an Lx-Strip. This paper-based strip is made with three types of adhesive to help ensure a durable bind. If you are looking for a thermal binding machine that is compact enough to fit on a desktop but robust enough to handle your binding needs, then take a closer look at the Fastback 9 binding system. Binding with Lx-Strips is very easy and effective, and their intelligent design makes the process practically error-proof.

An Overview of Wire Binding: A Tamper-Resistant & Durable Binding Method

There are many wonderful binding options offered to today’s consumer, ranging from traditional methods that have been around for decades to innovative, new styles that are just emerging. As a result, selecting the right machine and supplies to fit your unique needs can be a daunting task. In this post, we will cover the basics of wire binding, which is one of the most durable and secure of the traditional binding styles.

The Basics

Wire binding uses twin loop wires (also called “duo-wires,” “double loop wires,” “wire-o,” and “wirebinds”) to create strong and secure bound booklets. There are two distinct punch patterns used in wire binding – 2:1 pitch (two holes per inch) and 3:1 pitch (three holes per inch). The 3:1 pitch patter uses square holes, and is designed for small documents with fewer than 120 pages. The 2:1 pitch pattern, which is made up of rectangular holes, is reserved for larger documents with page counts of 110 pages or more. Depending on your binding volume, the holes can be punched using either a manual or electric punch. After the pages have been punched with the appropriate hole pattern, the holes in the document are aligned with the prongs of the wire and inserted. A specialized device called a wire closer is then used to gently bend the prongs of the wire into the closed position to secure the documents in place.

Twin Loop Binding Wires

Twin loop wires are available in both 2:1 and 3:1 pitches, and are sold in pre-cut, 11″ lengths as well as bulk spools for production environments. They are offered in a variety of colors, though not quite as many as plastic binding coils or 19-ring binding combs. Unlike plastic binding combs, duo-wires do not need to be opened before a document can be inserted as they are already in an “open” state. The looped design of binding wires enables wire-bound documents to lay flat when opened, making them an excellent choice for reports or presentations.

For information on which wire size to use for your project, refer to this wire binding chart. To see the selection of wire sizes and colors offered by Lamination Depot, visit our wire binding supplies section.

Wire Binding Machines

Wire binding utilizes two individual processes – punching the document and closing the binding wire to secure the document in place. Both punching and closing can be accomplished using either manual or electric machines, however electric wire closers are far less common than manual versions (and are generally only used in high volume production environments). Most wire binding machines offer both punching and closing capabilities, there are some stand-alone units that only punch or close (in addition to modular punches, which usually do not include a built-in wire closer).

When researching machines that perform punching (either with or without an inserter), there are a number of factors to consider. Most wire binding machines only punch a single pitch, which means that you will have to determine how many pages your average document will be and select the pitch that corresponds to that size. The 3:1 pitch pattern will bind documents ranging between 20 and 120 pages, and the 2:1 pitch pattern will bind documents between 110 and 260 pages. If you expect to bind a range of document sizes, then you may want to invest in a multi-function binding machine that is capable of punching with both patterns or a modular binding machine that uses interchangeable dies.

One of the biggest differences between available models is whether they are manual or electric, which has a major impact on the speed at which the operator is able to complete a job (with electric punches being much faster). Some punches only punch letter-sized paper, while others can accommodate larger sizes. The punch capacity (the number of sheets that can be punched at one time) ranges from 6-25 sheets, and some machines offer the ability to selectively disengage some or all of the punching pins (which allows the user to punch non-standard paper sizes or specialty paper, such as three-hole paper). Many machines include an adjustable depth margin, enabling the operator to move the placement of the holes relative to the edge of the paper.

Wire closers apply steady, uniform pressure to gently push the prongs of the wire closed. Since the wires are made of metal, documents bound with them are extremely tamper-resistant. Unlike combs, which can be opened and reused, or coils, which are easily removed and replaced, wire spines have to be bent or cut in order the edit the document, and specialized equipment is required to close a replacement wire.

To learn more about any of the wire binding machines available at Lamination Depot, visit our wire binding equipment section.

In Review

Wire binding is a popular method of document binding that creates books that are both attractive and functional. Because the wires are made of metal instead of plastic, they are more resistant to tampering and more durable than spiral binding coils or 19-ring combs. There are two distinct punch patterns used in wire binding – 2:1 pitch and 3:1 pitch – which accommodate specific document thicknesses. The punch patterns and supplies are not interchangeable, so it is important to purchase a binding machine that uses the appropriate pitch for your document size as well as the corresponding binding wires. If you plan on binding documents with a wide range of page counts, then you should consider a multi-function or modular binding machine that will enable you to punch using both 2:1 and 3:1 pitches. With both manual and electric punching and wire closing options available, it is possible to achieve a professional-looking and secure bound document within practically any budget. Electric punching can greatly increase binding speed and reduce operator fatigue, so it is recommended for high-volume production environments.

Plastic Screw Posts: A Small But Mighty Binding Solution

With their compact size, ease of use, and extremely affordable price point, screw posts are quickly becoming one of the most popular alternative binding methods. Though the majority of binding posts are metal (usually aluminum or stainless steel), plastic screw posts are a unique post style that offers special features that aren’t available with their metal counterparts. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at plastic binding posts and discover what sets them apart from the rest.

The Basics

A plastic screw post is made up of two separate pieces – a threaded post attached to a head and a cylinder attached to a matching head. To create a bound item, a hole is first punched through the documents to be bound. The post is inserted into the hole, and then the threaded screw is inserted into the post and tightened. Because the heads are of a larger diameter than the hole, the documents remain securely bound between them. To make changes within the bound document, simply unscrew the threaded post from the cylinder, insert your revised documents, and reassemble the screw post.

What makes plastic Chicago screws unique is that they can be snapped together for a more permanent bind in addition to the editable bind that is created when the posts are screwed together. Because of this feature, plastic screw posts are also frequently referred to as “snap posts.” This permanent binding process takes advantage of the malleable properties of plastic, using small barbs on the inside of the post to gouge the threads on the screw portion and make it very difficult to remove.


Like aluminum screw postsplastic snap posts can be used for a wide variety of binding projects. From booklets to menus to swatch books to oversized blueprints, they can secure and organize documents of practically any shape and size without the use of a specialized binding machine. Since they offer the user the option to choose between a bind that can be edited or a more permanent closure, they can even be used for documents that require a more tamper-resistant binding style.

In Review

Screw posts are a small-scale binding solution packed with big benefits. Like metal screw postsplastic binding posts can be screwed together for a non-permanent bind, but they can also be snapped together for a bind that is tamper-resistant and permanent. If you have a need for a basic binding method with practically limitless applications, then be sure to take a closer look at plastic Chicago screws.

Spiral-O, PaperLock, and Comb Binding: One Punch Pattern, Three Binding Options

When it comes to binding styles, the most common punch patterns only work with a single binding method. In this post we’ll explore Spiral-O, PaperLock, and comb binding – three distinct binding options that can be used in conjunction with the 19-hole comb binding punch pattern.

Comb Binding: The Basics

Comb binding utilizes plastic combs in order to create custom booklets. The punch pattern for comb binding has 19 holes per letter-sized sheet, and can be created using either a manual or electric punch. A comb opener holds the comb open while punched pages are inserted onto the prongs.

Plastic binding combs are available in a broad range of sizes, accommodating as few as 12 pages and as many as 425 pages. They come in standard 11″ lengths, which are made up of 19 rings and are sized to bind 8 1/2″ x 11″ (letter size) paper. Comb sizing is based upon the diameter of the comb in inches (or fractions thereof). Binding combs come in a wide variety of colors, allowing organizations to create custom-looking bound documents without having to pay for custom combs. The comb design allows for easy editing of documents, since it can be opened after binding to add, remove or reorder pages without damage. It is the only binding style that offers that capability, making it ideal for organizations that require frequent updates to their materials, such as churches or schools.

Spiral-O: The Basics

Spiral-O wires look similar to traditional twin loop binding wires, but they are specially designed to fit the same 19-hole punch pattern as comb binding. Spiral-O wires have 19 loops (similar to binding combs).

Like duo-wire, Spiral-O wire offers tamper-proof binding that is durable and lays flat when opened. The biggest advantage of binding with Spiral-O wire is that it uses the same pattern as comb binding, which means that users who already own comb binding punches do not need to purchase an additional punch, however it does require the use of a wire closer to secure the bind.

Spiral-O wire is available in sizes ranging from 1/4″ (20-30 sheets of standard 20 lb bond paper) to 1″ (190-220 sheets of 20 lb bond paper), and in seven standard colors. The per-wire cost for Spiral-O is significantly higher than that of twin loop wire, so if you plan on binding frequently, you may want to consider twin loop binding instead.

PaperLock: The Basics

The PaperLock binding system uses adhesive-backed paper strips to create secure, eco-friendly bound documents. Though the machine itself does not perform any punching, it utilizes the same 19-hole punch pattern as traditional comb binding. To bind with the PaperLock system, begin by inserting your pre-punched document into the binding slot and clamping it in place. Insert the appropriate size of PaperComb into the holes and remove the adhesive backing, then use the Overturning Panel to flip the comb onto the document. Once the comb has been turned onto the spine, simply pull the binding handle down to complete the bind. After you have loosened the clamp, retrieve your finished document from the binding slot.

Like presentations bound with plastic combs, documents bound with the PaperLock system lay completely flat when opened, making them ideal for reports and proposals. Because the spine is flush against the surface of the paper, the resulting documents are easy to stack, file, and mail. PaperComb spines are secure and tamper-proof by nature, however you can add an extra layer of protection by signing or applying a company stamp across the seam of the bind – a feature that is unique to this binding style. Since the binding spines are made of paper, they are Earth-friendly and biodegradable, which is why a growing number of environmentally-conscious organizations have begun to use them in place of traditional comb binding spines made of plastic. Unlike plastic combs which require users to stock a broad range of sizes to accommodate different documents, PaperCombs can bind as few as four pages or as many as 200 with only three sizes. They are available in many attractive colors that will compliment any corporate brand identity.

In Review

If you already own a comb binding machine and are interested in alternate binding styles, then be sure to take a closer look at Spiral-O wire and PaperLock PaperCombs. Using the punch that you already use for comb binding in conjunction with a wire closer or the PaperLock binding system, you can create three distinct binds without having to purchase additional, full-function binding machines.

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Fastback Strips: Fast & Innovative Thermal Binding from Powis Parker

As we’ve outlined in previous posts, thermal binding is quickly becoming one of the most popular binding styles, both because of the ease of production and the attractiveness of the finish. The Fastback binding system, created by Powis Parker, is among the most user-friendly and unique thermal binding methods. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the Powis Parker Fastback system, and learn what separates it from the competition.

Fastback Binding Strips

The Basics

Fastback Super Strips are vibrant, paper-based strips that have thermal adhesive pre-applied to the underside. Though there are other similar thermal binding tapes on the market, Powis Parker Super Strips have a few distinct features that make them special. They are manufactured to be extremely ecologically friendly, with at least 50% recycled content in the paper component (including up to 25% post-consumer pulp) and an environmentally neutral adhesive that does not release any harmful fumes. The adhesive side of each strip utilizes a patented “intelligent” coding that identifies the size and style of the strip being used, and the binding machine automatically adjusts to the optimum settings, which eliminates the need for manual configuration.

Powis Parker’s Fastback Super Strips are designed to work exclusively with the Fastback 20, Fastback 11, and Fastback 15xs binding machines, as well as the Powis Printer (a foil printing machine that allows users to create custom spines for their books). They are available in 15 attractive colors and three convenient widths. The narrow strip accommodates books 3-125 pages in length (up to 1/2”), the medium strip binds documents 126-250 pages long (1/2”-1”), and the wide strip is capable of binding 251-350 pages (1”-1 1/2”). They are rated with a pull strength of 50 lbs., and take as little as 15 seconds to create a secure bind.

Binding with Fastback Strips

Binding with Fastback strips is very easy. If you are using the Fastback 11 binding machine, documents are bound in a simple four-step process. Once the machine has warmed up, the first light on the three-light indicator panel will light up. Insert your documents, and align them to the right. When the second light begins flashing, press the green button on the machine. The third light will then begin to flash, indicating that it is time to insert the binding strip. Remove the book once all three lights flash, and allow it to cool briefly on the cooling rack.

Binding books with the Fastback 20 is a simple, three-step process. Jog and align the pages of your book before placing them into the binding machine, then press the green button. The Fastback 20 will automatically measure the thickness of your book and the display screen will show the required Super Strip width (either narrow, medium, or wide). Insert the requested binding strip and the machine will do the rest. Once the binding process has finished, remove the book from the binding channel and place it onto the cooling rack to allow the glue to set. 

If you are using the Fastback 15xs binding machine, the binding process is even easier. After the machine has reached the proper temperature, the display will read “Ready to Bind.” The book clamps will automatically open to a narrow width, but they can be opened to accommodate thicker documents by pressing the “OPEN” button. Align your documents and insert them into the binder, sliding them all the way to the right side of the opening. Next, press the green “BIND” button, which closes the book clamps. The machine will automatically determine which spine width you need to use based on the thickness of your document and will list the appropriate spine size on the display. Feed the correct strip into the machine, and the binding process will begin. Once binding is complete (approximately 15 seconds), the display will read “Remove Book.” Remove your document from the machine and allow it to cool on the cooling rack for a few minutes.

In Review

Thermal binding is one of the easiest ways to achieve a professional-looking, book-like finish on any document. There are a number of great thermal binding machines on the market, but the Powis Parker Fastback systems are the most innovative. The machines themselves are carefully designed for ease of use and are packed with unique features. Fastback Super Strips not only have the widest color selection on the market, but they are also ecologically friendly and surprisingly intelligent. Though the systems may not fall within the budgets of smaller organizations, mid-sized and large businesses that bind frequently will find them to be a worthwhile investment.

Making Your Own Custom Calendars with Wire Calendar Hangers

With the beginning of a new year just around the corner, there’s no better time to create your own custom calendars! Whether you’re using them for promotional giveaways for business associates or as unique gifts for friends and family, custom calendars are a great way to share your message with others all year long. Even if you don’t have the budget for large runs of professionally-made calendars, it is still possible to achieve professional-looking results in your own home or office when you use wire calendar hangers – and it’s surprisingly easy! In this post, we’ll take a closer look at wire calendar hangers and discover how they can transform ordinary color copies into a extraordinary wall calendars.

The Basics

Wire calendar hangers are small, sturdy pieces of wire that have a shallow curve located in the center. This curve is aligned with a notch on the edge of the document (which is created using a half-moon punch), and the resulting opening allows the calendar to be hung using a nail or push pin while still providing clearance for the pages to be turned. They are available in two sizes – 6” wires that accommodate calendars that are 6”-9” on the bound side and 10” wires that are designed for calendars that are 10” or larger on the bound edge. The calendar hanger is secured in place by a standard wire binding spine (recommended size: 5/16”).

The Process

Creating a custom calendar with wire calendar hangers is easy! All that is required is a 3:1 pitch wire binding machine, a half-moon punch, 5/16” twin loop binding wires (3:1 pitch)wire calendar hangers, and color copies of your photographs or promotional images that have been prepared with your favorite calendar software. Begin by using the half-moon punch to create a semi-circle notch in the center of the edge to be bound (the edge that will be used to hang the calendar). Next, align your document in the punching portion of your wire binding machine so that it has an even number of holes on both sides (note: this may require you to disengage a few pins to avoid punching partial holes in either the notched section or the outside edges of your calendar). After punching your document, cut your wire binding spine down to the appropriate length for each side of the top edge. Insert your pages as well as the wire calendar hanger into the two spine sections, and use your wire closer to complete the bind. Now your custom calendar is ready to share with a friend or colleague.

In Review

Almost everyone has a calendar hanging in their home or office, so creating a custom calendar is an excellent way to share your photographs or promotional messages with others throughout the entire year. Though professionally-produced calendars can be expensive (and often require large production runs), making your own calendars is a cost-effective and surprisingly simple process. By using a wire binding machinehalf-moon punchtwin loop wireswire calendar hangers, and your artwork, creating small or large batches of calendars is as easy as binding a document. If you’re looking for an original gift idea for friends or family, or a useful promotional piece for business associates, custom calendars may be an ideal choice for you.

Thermal Soft Covers: A One-Step Binding Solution!

With more and more organizations creating their own bound documents, making your own presentations stand apart from the rest is more important than ever. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at thermal soft covers to see how they work and to learn about how they can be used to add a professional touch to any document.

The Basics

Thermal soft covers are used for perfect binding, a popular binding style that uses heat-activated adhesives to create an attractive, uncluttered bind. Perfect binding is commonly used on both soft cover and hardcover books, as well as magazines, because it allows for easy stacking and storage (unlike other binding styles which tend to have a bulkier finish). Since the documents are secured with glue, no punching is required to achieve a secure bind.

Thermal Soft Covers

Like traditional binding covers, thermal soft covers are made from paper or clear plastic (or a combination thereof) and are available in a variety of finishes. Instead of having separate front and back covers, thermal soft covers come as a pre-scored, solid piece (similar to a file folder) that has a strip of thermally-activated adhesive down the center. To create a bind, simply place your document within the cover and insert the cover into your thermal binding machine (following the manufacturer’s instructions). Because the covers are made as single pieces, they are available in different spine sizes that are specifically designed to accommodate the thickness of your report. They are offered with spines as small as 1/16” (capable of holding 1-10 pages of standard 20 lb. paper) and 1-3/4” (capable of holding 280-350 pages of standard 20 lb. paper).


There are three standard styles of soft thermal covers – solid, window-cut, and transparent front. Solid covers are made from a single sheet of paper, and are available in a wide variety of textures and colors. Window-cut covers are identical to solid covers in style and design, however they have a small window cut out of the front cover that allows for a portion of the text or artwork from your title page to be visible. Transparent front covers have a paper back and a clear plastic front, which enables the entire title page to show through without requiring the reader to open the book.

One of the best features of this style of cover is that it can be customized in a number of ways, which makes it great for promotional documents, catalogs, pricelists, tax reports, or even yearbooks and photo books. They can be screenprinted, foil stamped, embossed, and offset printed, which gives you (or your organization) complete control over the look and feel of the finished book. When you combine the available customizations with the wide selection of cover stocks and styles, the possibilities are practically limitless!

In Review

Perfect binding is a great way to achieve a book-like finish on almost any document. It creates a slim spine that is stackable and easy to store (unlike other conventional binding methods). Thermal soft covers are used in conjunction with a perfect binding machine, and come with thermally-activated glue pre-applied. Since they already have the adhesive in place, you simply have to insert your document into the cover and place it within the thermal binding machine to create your bind. Thermal soft covers are available in many attractive colors and textures, and can even be customized with screenprinting, foil, embossing, or offset printing to create your ideal book.

If you are looking for a way to make your presentations, reports, and even photo books look stand out, then you’ll definitely want to consider binding with thermal soft covers. Not only are they among the most professional-looking binding covers, but they also require very little effort to use. With almost endless options for customization, you can design custom thermal soft covers to fit all of your binding needs.