March 17


HPG is wired and ready!

HardingPoorman Group has been blogging about the many types of binding we provide. The way a printing job is bound says a lot to its end-user about functionality, versatility, trendiness of the project, expense of the product, and more.

Wire-o binding is one binding type that is truly multi-purpose. It is an elegant, durable and versatile binding style that has been popular for decades, yet never looks dated. It is ideal for producing pieces that will be used again and again, such as calendars, annual reports, owner’s manuals, and software manuals. The wire is available in a wide variety of standard colors and can even be specially ordered to match any PMS color.

Wire-o binding involves the use of a “C” shaped wire spine that is squeezed into a round shape. Wire bound books are made of individual sheets, each punched with a line of round or square holes on the binding edge. Once punched, the back cover is placed onto the front cover before the wire binding elements are inserted. The wire is then placed through the holes. Finally, the back page is turned to its correct position, thus hiding the spine of the book.

Advantages of Wire-o:

  • Exceptionally durable
  • Different color wires may be used
  • Lots of creative ways to use it (i.e; You can bind a 1” inch section of the book instead of the whole spine, or bind several pieces together length- wise into 4 panels)
  • Great for small runs
  • Lays flat and looks professional


  • More expensive than other bindings, especially for larger print runs
  • Takes longer to produce
  • Maximum number of pages is approx. 350
  • Wire may bend if enough pressure is applied


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