PERFECT BINDING

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To use the perfect binder you must obtain the key from security after being checked out on the binding equipment. The key you will need is B100 Binding. You must unlock the power cable in the red plastic box then plug into electrical outlet.

A. Warm Up (20 min)

  • Switch green power button on.
  • Light will turn on (OFF = O , ON = I )
  • Leave machine alone for 20 min.
  • During which you take the time to collate your book structure.
  • NO GLITTER OR SAND ALLOWED
  • Check glue level

B. How To Check Glue Level:

  1. Glue Pot / Roller: The square-ish object on the right hand side of the binder, on the rod with a grey plastic bulbous handle.
  2. To find the fill line: Next to the bulb’s handle find a small mushroom shaped cap that seals the glue pot. Lift the cap and Look inside you will see a metal triangle shaped object protruding from the wall.
    DO NOT ADD GLUE HIGHER THAN THIS OBJECT.

C. After Warm Up (20 min)

  • NOTE: After proper warm up you should be able to move the glue pot/roller mechanism along the rod above the book table easily.
  • NEVER force the roller it will not roll until the glue is hot enough.
  • Place book structure in flat bed (the bottom of the perfect binder) and use the metal cylinder to help collate the page evenly.
  • Metal Dowel Object: unscrews to be placed according to book size in the small holes in the clamp mechanism. This allows you to square up your pages properly.
  • Clamp mechanism: Grey handle is for clamp is located in the front of perfect binder
  • Release /Unlock the clamp: slightly pull on handle away from book structure and lower handle (so tiny pin fits through the slot), this unlocks clamp and allows clamp to slide and contact book structure.
  • Push handle lock up: You will feel slight resistance just before lock takes place, it’s ok. Handle should be straight up and parallel to book structure and backing plate (where your book is). You will probably feel a slight bump when it is in locked position. Check that the edges are square. Grip metal bar that the handle was locked into initially. Push the metal bar up and over the top so that spine of the book is facing up.
  • Roughen the spine with the roughener on your left: slide along metal rod, back and forth once.
  • Then the glue roller on your right: Slide along metal rod, back and forth once. After gluing, flip book back over in original position. Make sure wax paper is behind book structure and underneath spine (like a cover).
  • Lower Grey handle on long metal rod on far right of machine to engage nipping bar. Use nipping bar to compress wax paper into book( much like cover). Hold for 10 seconds. Return nipping bar to original position.
  • Unclamp book by pulling handle towards you. Sliding clamp back to original position and locking.
  • Finish by removing wax paper.
  • To Bind Book Cover: simply substitute cover stock for wax paper. Clean up glue or other residue in the binding bed.

When finished lock up and return the key immediately!

WIRE BINDING

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To use the wire binder you must obtain the key from security after being checked out on the binding equipment. The key you will need is B100 Binding. You must unlock the power cable in the red plastic box then plug into electrical outlet.

  1. Start by assembling your publication and cutting a couple of sheets of scrap paper the same size as your book. These will be used to gauge the placement of the punch.
  2. Use the paper stop scale to set the size of your paper in the punch. To move the stop simply turn the black knob counterclockwise to loosen the stop and tighten when in the intended size position.
    Note: that paper sizes are listed on the flat table area directly in front of the punch.
  3. You should test this stop position by using the scrap paper cut to book size inserting the paper into the puchslot and pressing the fort pedal.
    • Make sure the paper is snug against the stop.
    • Do this until the punched slots are even on both ends.
    • If satisfied with the alignment you may now punch the book pages by 1/8 “ section ( maximum punch slot width).
    • Because you are doing this in sections it important to pay attention to the position, order and clean collating.
    • All sections need to be identical in order to fit together priorly.
    • If the book will include a cover you will need to size and punch the cover accordingly as well.
  4. Once punched, assemble the entire book structure.
    • Add covers ( front & back) if desired.
  5. Insert wire coil and place entire book in closer.
    • Press closer until coil ends overlap.
    • Don’t use too much pressure, it’s better to do it lightly 2 or 3 times rather than heavily once.

When finished lock up and return the key immediately!

CREASER

Fastbind’s C400 manual creasing machine is optimized to work in conjunction with perfect binding machines. The C400 makes the crease using a precision creasing bar and works with almost any paper/card up to 400 gsm (or 220 lb index stock).

Special step-shape guides enable you to make up to 4 creases without re-adjusting the machine. The C400’s versatility and consistent pressure guarantee a sharp regular crease in card, paper, PVC coated cardboard, and numerous other materials. Fastbind’s C400 is developed specially to crease book covers and cards for Print On Demand environment. With two alignment guides, you can make two different set-ups for the dimensions you want to use. (For example to fold A4 size sheet into a three-sided pattern, or to make four creases for a book cover).

Single Stock Paper

1. Using the ruled stops as a guide (metal ruler )( unscrew black knobs to adjust size)

2. Loosen the knobs to adjust alignment bar along the ruled stops.

3. Place the alignment bars (grey bar that move that loosen the knob) in the length you need for your cover. slide paper underneath creasing bar

4. Line up paper flush against alignment bar. Then simply pull up on the handle to crease your stock.

How To Use The Fastbind C400™ - Manual Creaser
How To Use The Fastbind C400™ - Manual Creaser

PLASTIC COIL

To use the wire binder you must obtain the key from security after being checked out on the binding equipment. The key you will need is B100 Binding.

To use the plastic coil binder, first cut a sheet or two of paper exactly the same size as your publication.

Using the side margin control ( the silver paper lay with round knob to tighten ) try to make the page lay in the punch as evenly as possible. Pull out silver pins just above paper on areas that you don’t want to punch ( they individually engage and disengage the punch holes) You want to punch evenly so that you dont have 1/2 holes on the edges.

On the right side of the punch is a grey knob called the depth of margin control ( connected to an “pointer” w/ green & red pie chart graph graphics behind) to determine how far from the edge of the paper you want your punched holes to be. Larger has more strength, but wider allows for easier page turning for thicker books.

Punch the test paper, if good punch cover then the book in sections (nope - you can’t punch the whole book at once!). Thread the plastic coil by hand for a few holes, then use the auto roller on top of the punch w/ the little pedal to spin the coils through the rest of the book.

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ROBERT DANSBY

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