Although this machine includes a huge number of great features


Although this machine includes a huge number of great features

.

The Akiles DuoMac 431 is a combination binding system that is designed for binding documents

with more than one style of binding.In fact, this machine

allows users to produce high quality professional reports and

presentations using one of two different hole patterns.This

makes the DuoMac431 ideal for companies that want to customize the look

of different types of documents or who want to distinguish their

internal and external presentations.

Overview: The Akiles DuoMac 431 is

a combination binding system that is designed for binding documents

with more than one style of binding. In fact, this machine

allows users to produce high quality professional reports and

presentations using one of two different hole patterns.These

two hole patterns allow users to choose one of four different binding

styles to finish their documents, presentations and proposals.This

makes the DuoMac431 ideal for companies that want to customize the look

of different types of documents or who want to distinguish their

internal and external presentations.

Strengths / Features:

The

Akiles DuoMac 431 is capable of producing two completely different

hole-patterns. One punching throat is designed for producing a 4:1

pitch round hole pattern. This pattern is used with 4:1 pitch spiral

coil binding supplies. The other punching throat on this machine

produces a 3:1 pitch square hole pattern. This hole pattern can be used

with 3:1 pitch twin loop wire, GBC Proclick binding spines and 3:1

Spiral Coil. All together, the two hole patterns produced by this

machine can be used to bind documents with four different binding

styles.The 4:1 pitch round hole punch included on this

machine is thirteen inches in length and has five strategically placed

disengageable punching pins. These punching pins allow users to punch

all of the most common sizes of paper using the four to one hole

pattern. Specifically, the DuoMac 431 can punch letter size, A4, legal

size, A5 and half letter sheets for binding with 4:1 pitch spiral coil.The

3:1 pitch punch on the DuoMac-431 has fully disengageable punching pins

and a fourteen inch punching throat. This allows for punching virtually

any length of paper up to 14".Both the 4:1 and 3:1 punches

on this machine have open punching throats. This allows for punching

documents that are longer than thirteen or fourteen inches using a two

step punching process. You simply punch one end of the document and

then flip the document over and punch the other side. There is even a

continuous punching guide to help you get the holes aligned correctly.The

DuoMac 431 also includes a pair of spiral coil crimping pliers. These

coil crimping pliers will help you to cut and crimp the ends of your

4:1 and 3:1 pitch coil so that the coils don't spin off your bound

books.On the right hand side of the DuoMac-431 there are two

small knobs. These knobs allow you to adjust the distance of the holes

from the edge of your paper. When binding small sized documents it is a

good idea to set the holes so that they are close to the edge of the

paper. This helps the pages to move smoothly inside the bind. For

larger documents, you can add strength to the binding by setting the

holes further away from the edge of your sheets.The

Duomac431 has a high quality wire closer and wire hanger on the front

of the machine. This wire closer is made from high quality steel and

should have not problem maintaining its accuracy over time. The wire

hanger is extremely helpful for assembling your wire bound

presentations and proposals during the binding process.

Weaknesses / Limitations:

Although this machine includes a huge

The Akiles DuoMac 431 is

a combination binding system that is designed for binding documents

with more than one style of binding.In fact, this machine

allows users to produce high quality professional reports and

presentations using one of two different hole patterns.This

makes the DuoMac431 ideal for companies that want to customize the look

of different types of documents or who want to distinguish their

internal and external presentations.

Overview: The Akiles DuoMac 431 is

a combination binding system that is designed for binding documents

with more than one style of binding. In fact, this machine

allows users to produce high quality professional reports and

presentations using one of two different hole patterns.These

two hole patterns allow users to choose one of four different binding

styles to finish their documents, presentations and proposals.This

makes the DuoMac431 ideal for companies that want to customize the look

of different types of documents or who want to distinguish their

internal and external presentations.

Strengths / Features:

The

Akiles DuoMac 431 is capable of producing two completely different

hole-patterns. One punching throat is designed for producing a 4:1

pitch round hole pattern. This pattern is used with 4:1 pitch spiral

coil binding supplies. The other punching throat on this machine

produces a 3:1 pitch square hole pattern. This hole pattern can be used

with 3:1 pitch twin loop wire, GBC Proclick binding spines and 3:1

Spiral Coil. All together, the two hole patterns produced by this

machine can be used to bind documents with four different binding

styles.The 4:1 pitch round hole punch included on this

machine is thirteen inches in length and has five strategically placed

disengageable punching pins. These punching pins allow users to punch

all of the most common sizes of paper using the four to one hole

pattern. Specifically, the DuoMac 431 can punch letter size, A4, legal

size, A5 and half letter sheets for binding with 4:1 pitch spiral coil.The

3:1 pitch punch on the DuoMac-431 has fully disengageable punching pins

and a fourteen inch punching throat. This allows for punching virtually

any length of paper up to 14".Both the 4:1 and 3:1 punches

on this machine have open punching throats. This allows for punching

documents that are longer than thirteen or fourteen inches using a two

step punching process. You simply punch one end of the document and

then flip the document over and punch the other side. There is even a

continuous punching guide to help you get the holes aligned correctly.The

DuoMac 431 also includes a pair of spiral coil crimping pliers. These

coil crimping pliers will help you to cut and crimp the ends of your

4:1 and 3:1 pitch coil so that the coils don't spin off your bound

books.On the right hand side of the DuoMac-431 there are two

small knobs. These knobs allow you to adjust the distance of the holes

from the edge of your paper. When binding small sized documents it is a

good idea to set the holes so that they are close to the edge of the

paper. This helps the pages to move smoothly inside the bind. For

larger documents, you can add strength to the binding by setting the

holes further away from the edge of your sheets.The

Duomac431 has a high quality wire closer and wire hanger on the front

of the machine. This wire closer is made from high quality steel and

should have not problem maintaining its accuracy over time. The wire

hanger is extremely helpful for assembling your wire bound

presentations and proposals during the binding process.

Weaknesses / Limitations:

Although this machine includes a huge number of great features, it does not

include a coil inserter. Akiles suggests that this machine be paired

with the Roll @ Coil modular inserter. The Roll @ Coil is reasonably

priced and would certainly help to increase the coil binding

productivity offered by this machine.Each of the binding

styles that can be used with the DuoMac 431 have their limitations. In

fact none of these binding styles is a good choice for organizations

that bind a lot of documents larger than 1" thick. GBC Proclick is only

available in three sizes ranging from 5/16" up to 5/8". Three to one

pitch wire binding is available in sizes from 3/16" up to 9/16" and

cannot be used for larger documents. Four to one pitch coil is

available in sizes from 6mm up to 50mm. However, sizes above 25mm are

very difficult to insert onto the edge of RG59 Cable Manufacturers your books (imagine trying to

spin a slinky onto the edge of your book). Three to one pitch spiral

coil is available in the same sizes as 4:1 coil but has the same

problems when you try to insert larger sized spines onto your

documents. The Duomac-431 includes a lot of great features.

However, with so many features and options on one machine, this piece

of equipment begins to look a little bit intimidating to many users.

Inexperienced users may not know where to begin with a machine such as

this. It isn't that hard to figure out, as long as you are brave enough

to try.

Recommendation:

Of all the

machines in the Akiles DuoMac line of equipment the 431 is one of the

most useful. It combines the ability to bind documents with 4:1 pitch

coil and 3:1 pitch wire which are two of the most popular and elegant

binding styles used by organizations around the world.This

is a great machine for small copy shop or professional organization

that is looking to bind documents with several different binding styles

without having to buy multiple binding machines.However,

this is still a manual binding machine and is not designed for high

volume production environments. If you need to bind more than fifty

documents per week you may benefit from a modular electric binding

system.Additionally, users who want to use the Duomac 431

for coil binding should really consider purchasing a coil inserter to

help spin the coils onto their documents. An inserter will help to save

time and can quickly pay for itself in most professional settings.

number of great features, it does not

include a coil inserter. Akiles suggests that this machine be paired

with the Roll @ Coil modular inserter. The Roll @ Coil is reasonably

priced and would certainly help to increase the coil binding

productivity offered by this machine.Each of the binding

styles that can be used with the DuoMac 431 have their limitations. In

fact none of these binding styles is a good choice for organizations

that bind a lot of documents larger than 1" thick. GBC Proclick is only

available in three sizes ranging from 5/16" up to 5/8". Three to one

pitch wire binding is available in sizes from 3/16" up to 9/16" and

cannot be used for larger documents. Four to one pitch coil is

available in sizes from 6mm up to 50mm. However, sizes above 25mm are

very difficult to insert onto the edge of your books (imagine trying to

spin a slinky onto the edge of your book). Three to one pitch spiral

coil is available in the same sizes as 4:1 coil but has the same

problems when you try to insert larger sized spines onto your

documents. The Duomac-431 includes a lot of great features.

However, with so many features and options on one machine, this piece

of equipment begins to look a little bit intimidating to many users.

Inexperienced users may not know where to begin with a machine such as

this. It isn't that hard to figure out, as long as you are brave enough

to try.

Recommendation:

Of all the

machines in the Akiles DuoMac line of equipment the 431 is one of the

most useful. It combines the ability to bind documents with 4:1 pitch

coil and 3:1 pitch wire which are two of the most popular and elegant

binding styles used by organizations around the world.This

is a great machine for small copy shop or professional organization

that is looking to bind documents with several different binding styles

without having to buy multiple binding machines.However,

this is still a manual binding machine and is not designed for high

volume production environments. If you need to bind more than fifty

documents per week you may benefit from a modular electric binding

system.Additionally, users who want to use the Duomac 431

for coil binding should really consider purchasing a coil inserter to

help spin the coils onto their documents. An inserter will help to save

time and can quickly pay for itself in most professional settings.