How Do I Bind with the RENZ SRW 360 Comfort Wire Binding Machine?
The RENZ SRW 360 Comfort wire binding machine is a 3:1 pitch wire binder that features a heavy-duty electric punch to provide increased productivity for high-volume binding environments. The SRW 360 features a high-capacity, 22-page punch and fully-disengageable punching dies, allowing it to accommodate a variety of document sizes with ease. Below is a step-by-step guide to binding books with the SRW 360 Comfort wire binder:
- If you will be using your SRW 360 Comfort for the first time, start by punching a sheet of scrap paper to remove any residue on the dies. Insert the paper into the punching throat and engage the punch using the foot pedal. Remove the paper from the punch and discard.
- Use the measuring scale located to the rear of the machine to determine the appropriate wire diameter. Stack the pages of your unbound book, and place them next to the scale. The line that corresponds to the top edge of your book will indicate the recommended binding wire size based on the total thickness of your document.
- Adjust the closing diameter of the wire closer so that it matches the size of the wire that will be used. The closing diameter is set by the sliding knob on top of the closer – simply loosen the knob, move it to the desired position, and re-tighten the knob to lock in the adjustment.
- Set the punching depth using the four-position knob. The greater the depth margin, the larger the amount of space between the edge of the paper and the punched holes.
- Use the side margin guide to center your document within the punching throat. The side margin guide is adjusted by loosening the attachment screw, sliding it into position, and tightening the screw to prevent it from shifting.
- Disengage any punching dies as necessary in order to eliminate partially-punched holes along the ends of your sheet. Dies can be disengaged by pulling upward on the corresponding arm until it stops. To re-engage a die that had been previously deactivated, push it back into the machine until it stops.
- Position the closing rail based on the diameter of the wire that will be used. The closing rail has two positions – one accommodates wires from 3/16″ – 1″ and the other is used with binding wires from 1-1/8″ to 1-1/2″. To adjust the closing rail, press the buttons located on each side of the rail and then flip the rail 180 degrees.
- Place the wire binding spine into the wire holder, which is located on the front of the machine. The wire holder will keep the wire steady so that you can insert the pages of your book as they are punched.
- Arrange the pages of your document in order from front to back, then place the back cover on top of the front cover so that they are facing one another. Turn the stack upside down so that the covers are at the bottom.
- Insert up to 22 pages (based on 20 lb. paper) into the punching throat, aligning them against the side margin guide. Note: If you are punching thicker paper or cover stock, you will need to reduce the number of pages that you insert into the punch to prevent jamming the machine.
- Press the foot pedal to activate the punching motor and punch through the inserted sheets.
- Remove the punched pages from the throat and place them onto the twin-loop binding wire.
- Repeat steps 10 – 12 until all pages have been punched and inserted onto the wire. The covers should the punched last and inserted onto the top of the stack, as this will help to hide the seam of the wire after binding.
- Lift the wire off of the wire holder and set it into the wire closer. The open side of the wire should be flush against the back of the closer.
- Pull the wire closer handle forward to clamp the wire shut. The closer will automatically stop based on the closing diameter that was set during step 3, which helps prevent over- or under-closing your wires. Return the handle to its upright position to open the closer, then pull your book out.
- Flip the back cover from the front of the book to the rear to complete your binding project.