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New Thermal Binding Machines

Manufactured by Swedish firm Bindomatic, the Accel Ultra processes documents faster than previous generations of binders.  This binding machine was designed for the high end user as it boasts double the loading capacity of other models, which cuts down the processing time greatly.  The Accel Ultra is by far more advanced and more efficient than traditional punch and bind tape methods. The Ultra utilizes Bindomatic’s Drop and Go technology, which gives its efficiency and it also sets it apart from other versions in the market.

Why should you buy it?

Bindomatic is a Swedish owned corporation and is a technology leading manufacturer of high-end document binding solutions. Bindomatic has been conducting business for more than 40 years through a vast network across the globe. The Accel Ultra has proven its unmatched quality owing to its revolutionary off line high performance.  Some of the benefits and vital features of the Accel Ultra include:

  1. It has a high processing speed that can handle up to 50 documents at a go. The Ultra binds one document every second, which is exceptional speed for a machine of its size.
  2. The Ultra is jogging from the sides and from the upper top area all through the machine. This ensures that the paper is knocked into the glue strip, which delivers a strong bond that is second to none.
  3. The Ultra’s A4 portrait orientation has the capacity to handle one to 360 sheets of 80gsm paper. It can also bind documents that have a spine widths spanning from 1.5mm to 36mm, which is very versatile.
  4. This high capacity thermal binder practically operates itself; it delivers print shop quality finishing that allows you to concentrate on other vital components of your business.
  5. The innovative technology used in the AccelUltra achieves quality seams and uniform adhesions that delivers the results that you expect.
  6. TheAccel Ultra is one of the most efficient thermal binders out there as it delivers results in a matter of minutes. Additionally, it is convenient and easy to operate.

How does Drop and Go work?

The Ultra batch feed can accommodate up to 50 unbound documents and covers. The Ultra automatically moves the necessary documents to the thermal binding belt. All you have to do is:

  • Place a set of papers in the automatic cover size selector. The convenient display guides you on the right cover spine width to utilize.
  • Align the pages in a Bindomatic Cover.
  • Drop the ready to bind and correctlyaligned documents.
  • Finally, Go, and the machine will do the rest for you. The Accel Ultra automatically signals when the thermal binding is complete.



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The New CreaseStream Mini Standard

The CreaseStream Mini series offers individuals a quick, seamless and inexpensive way to attain the perfect crease.  The CreaseStream mini range is accessible in three variations namely,the Mini Standard, Mini Auto and Mini Quickfeed, all of which are created with the same platform. Each offers a quick and immediate solution that has been packaged neatly; however, the CreaseStream Mini Standard is specifically designed for micro perforating and low capacity short run creasing. The Mini Standard is ideal for individuals that regularly engage in digital printing as well as copy shops, offset printers, photobook producers and book finishers and binders.

The Mini Standard was created to help printers handle two huge challenges, namely slow production and cracking. The Mini Standard eliminates fiber cracking and unlike other similar products in the market, the MiniStandard eliminates cracking regardless of the direction of the grain, which delivers a flawless and accurate crease each time. Like the other two models in the CreaseStream miniseries, the Mini Standard is also embedded with the patented Tri-Creaser® and Technifold Micro Perforator, which gives the machine its impressive functionality.

How to use it

The Mini Standard uses a low tech design, which means that it can be operated and used by anyone, even those without technical expertise. The low tech design also means that the machine is cost effective because it is not fitted with any complicated software, electronics or motors. To start using the Mini Standard, all you need to get started is a sample of your paper stock.

The papercaliper does all the work for you, ensuring that the right pressure has been set and that the machine maintains 100% accuracy throughout.  Once you set the paper guides, you can then proceed to hand feed or input without any complications. If you need to advance sheets, turn the rotary handle via the tooling shaft for the perfect crease or perforation; without any cracking whatsoever.

Benefits of CreaseStream Mini Standard

  • Can process approximately 1000 sheets per hour
  • Has a rotary handle that is simple to use
  • Cost effective because no input is required
  • It is three times faster than most other low-end handle or pedal creasers available in the market, which ensures efficiency.
  • It is extremely easy to set up and even easier to operate
  • It is eco-friendly as it has low environmental impact.
  • The machine comes packaged with 2 tools which enable you to conduct multiple creases. Additionally, you can also crease and perforate simultaneously.




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The New CreaseStream Quick-Feed

The CreaseStream Quick-Feed is one of the variants included in the CreaseStreamMini Series alongside the Mini Auto feed and the Mini Standard versions.

This particular version was designed for businesses that do not have as much production to handle but have tight timescales.

The Quick Feed was largely inspired by the Mini Standard, however, unlike its predecessor; the Quick Feed is embedded with a one of a kind feeder system, which gives it the power to process sheets up to three times faster.

View the CreaseStream Quick-Feed

Like the other two machines, the Quick Feed also utilizes the company’s patented Tech-ni-Fold rotary creasing device known as the Tri-Creaser to get rid of any fiber cracking on all types of digital and offset stocks, despite the grain direction. Not only does the Quick Feed deliver the desired effects, it does so in record time, which is invaluable for a business that experiences tight timescales.  The Quick Feed is ideal for creating menus, flyers, perforated tickets, leaflets, greeting cards and any other digital media.

How does it work?

The mini Quick Feed used a feeder system that enables businesses to process sheets at an alarming speed. The Quick Feed has an easy loading top and a sheet separator that allows you to continue feeding sheets quickly. The Quick Feed also has a unique flow feeder instead of the traditional vacuum pump that handles the sheets gently, ensuring that there is only minimal contact between the feeder and the sheets. This capability ensures that your digital stocks are not prone to scuffing. Since the fibers on the sheets are never exposed to damage, you get flawless results with each use.

The Quick Feed is hand cracked, just like the Mini Standard, which means that it also does not require any electrical input.  Thanks to the sheet separator in its mechanism, the machine does not need any electricity as it can handle continuous feeding during the hand winding process.

Benefits of the Quick Feed

  • It eradicates fiber cracking on all mediums even digital sticks.
  • It is excellent for small and medium digital production businesses.
  • There are optional micro perforating tools available for purchase if more efficiency is required.
  • It has the capacity to process close t 3,000 sheets every hour.
  • The machine is very easy to set up and operate. It is also easy to switch from one stock weight to another.
  • The machine accepts an average stack of sheets.
  • Since there is no electrical input necessary, the Quick Feed has no negative effects on the environment.
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The New CreaseStream Auto-Feed

The CreaseStream Auto-Feed is a beast and the best of all the machines included in the CreaseStream Miniseries.

Unlike the other two, the Auto Feed works exactly as the name suggests- it is automated, which means that the handle has been replaced with an automated motor, which makes it possible for businesses to handle output speeds of up to whopping 4,000 sheets every hour. If your business produces longer print runs than most, this is definitely the machine for you.

View the CreaseStream Auto-Feed

How does it work?

The Auto Feed is just about the simplest machine to use. To get started using it, all you have to do is set your tools correctly and press the button and the Auto Feed will do the rest for you. The Auto Feed can deliver approximately 4,000 perfectly creased stocks in an hour.

The benefits of the Auto Feed

• The machine is perfect for photo book creasing
• It is perfect for a business that deals with both small and medium digital productions
• It is extremely accurate, reliable, and is fully automated.
• It offers you value for the money owing to the unparalleled turnaround time for large and medium sized operations.
• It can handle about 52 cm sheets in width and includes the Tech-ni-Fold technology.
• The Auto Feed is ideal for creasing greeting cards, leaflets, menus and many other digital offsets.
• The Auto Feed does not use a vacuum pump, which means that produces very little noise when used.
• It is the easiest creaser to set up and operate. It uses a single phase electrical plug in system.
• It comes with an optional micro perforation tool that allows you to perforate and crease at the same time if you need to.
• The intentional low tech design is also low cost enabling businesses to compete with more expensive machines in the market without compromising the quality or the integrity of the crease.
• Versatile and capable of dealing with various production volumes.

The CreaseStream has consolidated its reputation as a provider of reliable and high-quality affordable creasing solutions. The Auto Feed is unique in that it has unmatched accuracy and precision that produces a minimum of 2 crease impressions simultaneously. This capability ensures that productivity is continuous as multiple crease impressions can be applied at the same time. Despite its output capacity, the Auto Feed has a compact design that makes it easy to store or transport if need be.

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The CreaseStream Miniseries

If your business produces small to moderate volumes of short run digital printing, the CreaseStream miniseries was designed to provide businesses like yours an uncomplicated, patented, and affordable system to get rid of fiber cracking. CreaseStream utilizes a ground breaking approach to handle all creasing and perforating needs. The CreaseStream miniseries is made up of three variations mainly the CreaseStream Standard, CreaseStream Quick-Feed, and the CreaseStream Auto-Feed.

The Standard- this version replaces traditional knife creasers with a faster and more consistent rotary creasing mechanism. This version is hand operated and produces three to four more sheets each hour, which is more efficient than older versions of the machine.

The Quick Feed- this version has a feeder that boosts output. You have to turn the handle to operate this version.

The Auto Feed- has a constant speed motor that ensures continued feed operation of up to 4000 sheets per hour.

Why do you need a creasing machine?

Creasing machines are important tools that are used for creating projections and depressions or creases on the surface of sheet stock.  Most creasing machines out there in the market are operated by hand or are automatic. In this case, the CreaseStream miniseries consists of machines that are both operated by a mechanical drive and by hand.

Creasing machines such as the ones from CreaseStream have become increasingly important as digital printing continues to grow. Ask any print manufacturer and they will tell you that cracking along the fold is a source of many headaches; there is nothing worse than developing a beautifully printed piece only to have the final finish affected by unattractive cracking.   High-quality machines such as the CreaseStream Miniseries eradicate cracking to protect the final effect.

The technology used in CreaseStream Miniseries machines

All the three machines in the series are fitted with the world’s first and only rotary creasing technology, which was created for printers. The machines use a soft creasing rib that softly stretches the material in use to create deep and defined creases without impacting the integrity of the fibers in the stock.  CreaseStream machines are also embedded with innovative feeding technology that maintains fast production, regardless of the number of creases required.

Why you should rely on CreaseStream mini series

  1. All the three machines included in the series are simple to use, are fast and extremely versatile.
  2. You can begin using the machine as soon as configuration occurs. All the machines come with an instant play video card that takes you through the setup process from unpacking to configuring it for the first project.
  3. The simple installation process means that you can start attaining multiple creases and additional perforations in one pass.
  4. The machines work for digital stocks as well as on different plastic materials.


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The NEW GBC Catena 35 Laminator

GBC Introduces better print finishing solutions with the Catena 35 laminator

GBC has continued to improve the quality of lamination and make the whole process much easier. Catena 35 laminators are made to handle some of the most demanding activities with much ease. Moreover, it combines efficiency and versatility.

new gc catena 35 laminatorOne of the areas that usually cause problems during the process of lamination is the mounting of the foam core as the size of the mounting top is equal to the size of the foam. With the new Catena 35 laminator, there is a quarter an inch allowance for ease in mounting. The laminator also has easy to use features such as the pivoting table, open design, programmable presets, and Auto speed. People working on bulk lamination tasks will find the laminator easy to operate and manipulate settings as desired.

The new Catena 35 model laminates and mounts documents and graphics of up to 12 inches wide. Its compact body takes little office space in the office, school or the print business. It is a cost-effective solution for print businesses as well as an institution with moderate to heavy printing tasks such as universities, print shops, and other agencies.

Catena 35 runs both the PSA film and thermal roll film. There is also an optional rewind kit installed in the units for added functionality.

GBC, which offers quality print finishing solutions, has come up with yet other innovative solution with the introduction of Catena 35 laminators.

Ease of Use

  • The programmable preset keys store the commonly used temperature settings
  • The control panel is re-designed for ease of finding buttons when operating the unit
  • There are lightweight shafts and AutoGrip aluminum that eases the addition and removal of the film
  • With AutoSpeed you can be sure that you will get the best output since guesswork is eliminated from the process
  • There is an additional button at the back of the laminator to enable users to stop the unit as they view the output.

Quality Output, efficiency, and increased versatility

  • The laminator’s optional rewind kit enables you to use PSA films in cold applications. It also separates the release liner
  • You can adjust the temperature up to 302F degrees.
  • You can mount boards that are up to the size of a quarter of an inch
  • You can vary the speed of the roller from 1 inch to about 8.5 inches a minute
  • Its open design, as well as improved rollers,makes Catena 35 easy to use while giving a better quality of output.
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The NEW GBC Catena 65 Laminator

You can now laminate more and larger graphics with Catena 65 laminator.

GBC has brought into its helm the Catena 65 roll laminators designed for moderate lamination, encapsulation, and mounting tasks in instructions or businesses with moderate to a heavy workload.

The Catena 65 boasts of several features that make it flexible and a versatile solution and practical for today’s print finishing needs. It uses both the pressure sensitive and the heat sensitive lamination films. It can laminate up to A1 size. Therefore, it is ideal for large graphics.

The laminator is of a superior quality than most of the similar models in the market. Rather than the conventional coil, it has an infrared heating coil that distributes the heat evenly and helps improve the quality of the lamination. It is also fitted with the 8-bit microprocessor for temperature control, which enables faster response when you turn it on. This model overcomes the problem of hot spots in the system by use of a cooling fan. You are guaranteed smooth output that is also flat.

To enhance its ease of use, it comes with an LCD that indicates the speed, temperature and when it is ready for lamination. The control panel is user-friendly. Keys are well arranged and spaced for ease of making adjustments as required. When used with the LCD screen, you do not have to worry about putting the wrong setting for you can see the information on the screen. It also has silicone rubber rollers that enable easy and fast cleanup. The feed tray interlocks and has a magnetic safety shield to eliminate the risk of scalding or pressure when the laminator is operating.

new gbc catena 65 laminatorYou can adjust the roller gap to enable it to take mounting boards of up to 5mmm thick. It takes film gauges of up to 250 microns. It takes in some of the leading film brands such as Octiva® Lo-Melt, Octiva® Thermal, GBC® Hi-Tac Polyester and Arctic® Pressure Sensitive. There is a rewind roller feature that peels away the pressure-sensitive release liner from your graphics. Moreover, it has a compact shape that takes little space in the office.

Industry professionals have lauded The Catena 65 as a perfect combination of versatility, ease of use and the quality of production. The availability several adjustment features give more flexibility to business, which offers lamination and mounting services thereby increasing their customer reach.

GBC has been a leader in lamination and mounting industry with a number of cutting-edge laminators under its name. Catena 65 only promises to take lamination and mounting to the next level.

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How to Choose a Good Paper Punch

Professional document finishing is one task that many businesses fail to prioritise. With so many offers landing in clients’ mail boxes, your documents must stand out to make a good impression. Professional finishing implies that the business has taken time to add value to what the client is seeing. Paper punching is one document finishing task many businesses ignore but which could make a good impression. It is surprising how many businesses fail to put together their papers in a professional manner.

With a good paper punching machine like the higher capacity GBC® Magnapunch 2.0, it is possible to make professional punching holes in a very short time. The Magnapunch 2.0 has evolutionary edge detection and LCD interface for real time error reporting which takes out the headache of manual paper punching. What features should look for in a paper punching machine?

Paper punch reach

The reach of the paper punch is how far from the edge it can punch holes. Some are short range meaning they can only punch close to the edge. Some are extended range that can punch up to 4 inches from the edge, and some are adjustable, meaning they can punch at whatever range is needed. The Magnapunch 2.0 is one of these adjustable types. Its intelligent edge detection system will adjust the reach needed automatically.


The strength of a paper punch determines how well it can punch through varying thicknesses of paper. Paper punches can be decorative meaning they are used to make holes for decorative purposes. Most are of a more practical purpose used in punching office papers for binding. The three-hole punch is the most common. Others are for making patterns for edging purposes, while others are good for nesting and layering making proportional circles or squares on the paper.


The functionality of a paper punch determines the ease with which it can be used. Handheld paper punches are the most common and can handle thin bundles of paper with minimum squeezing force. Flat design paper punches are meant to be laid on flat surfaces for better compression meaning they can make holes in thicker bundles.
High capacity paper punches like the Magnapunch 2.0 are designed to be laid on flat surfaces and make holes automatically with a simple push of a button. Unlike the traditional paper punch which needed a hand squeeze to make holes, more modern paper punches can work through high volumes of paper in a short time with minimal demands on the operator.

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The Magnapunch Pro

Coming Soon from GBC…

magnapunch pro from gbc

The MagnapunchPro

Here are some of its features:

  • It has an incredible punching cycle of one second which means it can punch over 49,000 sheets in a period of one hour. Consequently, In case you are running a printing business then this machine will ensure there is a smooth flow in work delivery.
  • It has a redesigned new metallic cover with an open view to allow die setting of the ruler
  • Just like the other Magnapuch models, it incorporates flywheel technology which is not common to other punching machines.
  • Compared to the previous models, it has an improved edge guide with an adjustable sliding knob/screw system making it efficient.
  • Has a large chip tray which collects chips from other 40,000 sheets, hence relieving the user of the burden of constant emptying the machine.

Die set punch

It has 14 available die set punch patterns, which includes a 3:1 Calendar die with thumb cut. These are unique features you will rarely find in any other type of punching machine. Additionally, the dies are:

  • Backward compatible with those of Magnapuch 2.0.
  • The easy die set changes with the locking system that holds the die in its place.
  • The punching pins are easily accessible and can be interchanged to accommodate all paper sizes.
  • The dies consist of pin location and ruler decal and they are viewable during setup and operation.


It’s set to be released with the Item Number: 3300730 and is operated using the foot pedal or a trigger switch. It accommodates papers with a size of up to356mm; however, the open throat machine can accommodate larger size when arranged in a two step process. It weighs 50.3kg and measure 45cm by 27cmby 51cm, weight*height*length respectively. Lastly, its CE, GS approved and its power requirement is 220-240V AND 50/60 Hz.

For all your binding, punching and lamination machine solutions, FD Solutions Ltd is the best distributor across the U.K hands down.


Item Number: 3300730
Method of Operation: Foot pedal or trigger switch
Sheet Sizes: upto 356mm for most die patterns; Open throat accommodates larger sizes in two step process
Productivity: Up to 49 sheets at a time or up to 49,000 sheets / hour
Machine Weight: 50.3kg
Machine Dimensions (W x H x D): 45cm x 27cm x 51cm
Power Requirements: 220V-240V, 50/60 Hz
Safety: CE, GS approved

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The Criteria For Choosing A Good Laminator

Here’s a criteria for choosing a laminator. We recommend the Ultima 65 Laminator for all your laminating needs.

The lamination output volume
Based on the frequency and number of documents to be laminated, then you can choose the laminator that meets your demand.

The size and thickness of the items to be laminated
Laminators come in different sizes, and you should first assess your workload so that you know which size you need. For instance, the Ultima 65 Roll Laminator is 27” wide and is ideal for school settings since it laminates banners and posters. You can either use 1.5 mil or 3 mil thick films when laminating your documents. In addition, the touchpad control ensures the lamination is perfect.

Ultima 65 designed for Ezload filmThe period you want your documents to last
The quality of laminating films also vary, and some tend to preserve your documents longer than others. Acid-free films and UV films tend to last longer since they are thick.

The type of items that you will be laminating
All laminators are not designed to handle the same types of media; some work better with documents while others work better with photographs.

The space available
Buying a big laminator can stress you due to the limited space you have. Your choice of laminator should be one that fits in well in the space available in your premises.