Mechanical binding is a type of book binding that uses physical means to hold the pages together. Our mechanical binding services are in contrast to adhesive binding, which uses different kinds of glue or another adhesive to hold the pages in place.
Allied Bindery offers all three forms of mechanical binding services: plastic spiral binding, twin-loop wire binding and plastic comb binding. Our plastic spiral binding is called plastic coil binding and it involves inserting a continuous plastic coil through evenly spaced holes that have been punched along the edge of the pages. Our twin-loop wire binding is also called Wire-O binding and involves a metal wire that is looped through holes punched along the edge of the pages and then crimped to hold the pages in place.
We also offer plastic comb binding which uses a plastic comb with teeth that fit into rectangular holes punched along the edge of the pages.
Our customers come to us for mechanical binding services because they have books that need to lay flat when opened such as manuals, directories, workbooks, teacher’s guides, notebooks, calendars and cookbooks.
Read more about the history of bookbinding and binding techniques here.