What is a thermal binding machine?
Thermal binders are the most professional method of binding as it looks similar to traditional book binding and is a more permanent form of binding as the pages are glued to the cover. Great for brochures and catalogues and relatively easy to use.
The process uses empty covers with pre-applied adhesive. You choose a cover which has the correct width, insert the loose pages, and then put the cover into the thermal binding machine. The spine of the cover is heated, and in a couple of minutes (the exact time depends on which heat binding machine you use) you have a bound book.
The advantages of thermal binding
- The finished product looks professional and clean
- Thermal binding is secure - so you can open the book and lay it flat for making notes
- This method is great for producing workbooks and business communications
- The production process is fast
- Many methods of binding involve punching holes – this is not necessary with thermal binding.
The main disadvantage of a thermally bound book is that it is more difficult to edit. If you think your documents are likely to require updating and editing, consider an alternative method of document binding like wire or comb. Thermal binding is generally more expensive than other binding methods, with both machines and thermal covers more costly. However, the pay-off is a more professional and permanent output.
For more information on different methods of document binding, click here.