You just ordered custom 3-ring binders and you are ready to do your marketing – so why are they falling apart when you use them?
Traditionally, 3-ring binders are made sort of like books.
This is where the book comparison ends. In a poorly made 3-ring binder front board, back board and spine board are held together by either a small piece of vinyl, paper or cloth. Other options we are going to discuss involve using one piece of board and wither routing a spine into the board or flexing the spine directly into the whole board.
Vinyl Binders. The Weakest Hinge.
The reason vinyl binders break is simple. Even in the heavy duty vinyl binders (shown here) the hinge, the part of the binder that gets the most stress, is a very small thin piece of vinyl.
With perfect weather conditions, this is a recipe for disaster; when it is cold, left it in the sun or left in fluorescent light vinyl gets brittle. Since most of you are not using your binders in a cave, that means the hinge of the cover is going to fail.
If you get the regular vinyl binders it is good to know that to save money, that vinyl has been getting thinner and thinner for a long time, and so weaker and weaker.
Any binder made this way is going to have problems. Whether the hinge is made of paper, vinyl or some sort of spine tape these will fall apart at the seams.
Routed 3-ring binders. A bit better.
A slightly better construction uses a single board construction, taking your board and routing out half or more of the board so that the hinge flexes more easily.
While stronger than a vinyl hinge, you are still counting on 1/16th of an inch of recycled paper to hold your cover on. This hinge is still going to fail, but is not so dependent on the weather.
Flexed Single Board Construction. The Strongest 3-ring Binder.
The best and strongest 3-ring binder is made from one piece of board and the hinge is flexed directly into the board – nothing is shaved off or cut, so there are no weaker parts of the binder.
Corporate Image and Naked Binder only construct our 3-ring binders this way to insure sustainability – a binder that breaks before its useful life is over is a waste of resources, money and the time it takes to get another.
We have lab tested our bare board binder to 250,000 flexes without failure. That is 20 uses a day for 34 years. Not bad.
A well made 3 ring binder will not fall apart at the hinges. When you are specing 3-ring binders for your marketing or in-house use keep in mind how they are made. A well made 3-ring binder can save you money since you don’t have to replace them as often and, really, how does it reflect on your company if your marketing materials are held together by duct tape?
Go Natural with your Presentation Binders and Boxes
From Brooklyn to San Francisco, marketing materials are taking a turn toward kraft and natural materials. With a huge range of options from rough and DIY to elegant, refined and comfortable, Naturals can match your image and brand no matter who you are.
Corporate Image offers a huge range of printable natural and kraft papers, but not everyone knows about the natural cloth options we offer for your custom binders and boxes.
A cloth binder or box can be foil stamped or paired with a printed wrap for a wide range of customizing options. The options we are showing below are just a few of the natural options we have available, but hopefully give you some ideas for the next client presentation project.
Fabric: Casomo Color: Lamb Fabric: Cotton Linen Color: Oatmeal
Fabric: Linen Buckram Color: Tan Fabric: Lino Color: Alabaster
Fabric: Cotton Lino Color: Beach Fabric: Lino Color: Berber
Fabric: Lino Color: Oyster Fabric: Record Color: Wood
Fabric: Verona Color: Bisque Fabric: Verona Color: Parchment
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