Binding options for your printed manual

November 15, 2016 · Print This Article

Manuals are a key form of print communication for any product in your business. A well designed instruction manual enables hassle-free use of your product and can make a huge difference in turning customer complaints into compliments. With that being said, once you have designed your ideal manual, you would want to make sure it stays bound in one piece so that it can be used again. The type of binding is selected based on the function of the manual. Here are some useful methods of binding to consider before printing your manual:

  1. Saddle Stitching
    This is the cheapest and most common binding method. It involves punching a wire through the spine of the manual, similar to stapling but more secure.
  2. Plastic Comb Bound or Wire Bound
    This method uses a special punch that creates small rectangular holes along the left margin. After that, a round plastic or metal spine is inserted to secure the manual together.
  3. Tape Bound
    An adhesive tale is used to secure the pages together. This method is usually used in conjunction with some form of stitching for additional strength
  4. Plastic Grip / Slide Bound
    A 3-sided plastic spine is used to hold the manual in place.
  5. Perfect Bound
    This is the classic (and more expensive) method of binding. Pages are bonded together with hot glue and then usually secured with a wrap-around cover.

For a professional solution from one of the top companies in Midrand and greater Johannesburg, contact Minuteman Press in Midrand today for all your manual printing and binding needs as well as graphic design services.

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