Review of the Akiles CoilMac-EX series machines:

Pro-Binding likes the CoilMac-EX from Akiles! The Akiles CoilMac-EX and EX Plus makes coil binding fast, easy, convenient and professional. They are the ideal partner for customers that have medium volume workloads. The CoilMac-EX is a more cost effective solution for those customers that don’t have the production requirements needed for an Akiles CoilMac-EPI system. The CoilMac-EX was built on the same platform as the CoilMac-EPI but with a smaller motor to reduce cost. This is the perfect machine for customers that are looking for a high quality machine with a limited budget and mid volume workloads. There are two versions of this machine. The original round hole design and the Plus version with oval holes. Do yourself a big favor and get the Plus version. It is way easier to insert coils and is simply a better design. Here are the features for each model and the common features.

Features of the CoilMac-EX Version with the round hole pattern. This is the original version of this machine.

  1. It punches Round Holes. These are the standard 4mm round holes. Round holes are probably more common, but the Oval hole pattern is better
  2. It has Disengageable Pins. These Specially designed disengageable positions guarantee a clean punch with most standard paper sizes, making the CoilMac-EX very simple to use.
  3. This model uses Standard 4:1 Pitch coil. Standard pitch for coil binding. Punches 43 holes in a 11″ sheet.

Features of the CoilMac-EX Plus Version with the oval hole pattern. This is the updated version of this machine, so it is preferred.

  1. It punches Oval holes. These Re Special 4 x 5mm oval holes. As a result, coil insertion is much faster as compared to standard round holes
  2. This unit has Fully Disengageable Pins. For a completely clean & professional punching of any paper size, all 54 pins can be independently pulled & disengaged.
  3. Letter 4:1 pitch. The coil pitch is specifically designed to give you 44 evenly-centered holes in an 11″ sheet, so it provides the most ideal hole to edge-of-sheet margins and easier coil insertion. Hole pattern is 100% compatible with 4:1 pitch coils.

Features common to both models.

  1. All Electric Operation. Powerful punching & inserting capability with a simple press of foot pedal
  2. Punch Capacity. Up to 25-sheet for 20 lbs paper, in 13″ length (53 holes)
  3. Full Length Heavy-Duty Electric Coil Inserter. Roller provides high friction and durability, as a result, this inserter one of the easiest-to-use & most durable. Front-mounted roller position gives operator greater control & improves efficiency.
  4. Foot-pedal operation, hence easy to use.
  5. U-shaped Alignment Channel. Assists the operator to properly shape the document’s spine, therefore faster & easier coil insertion
  6. Side Margin Control. Provides an evenly centered punch for all document sizes
  7. Punching Margin Control. Provides the correct punch-margin-depth for each coil size so it maximizes the document’s tear resistance
  8. Open Throat and Continuous Punch Guide. Hence an easy alignment and punching of longer documents up to 26″
  9. Rugged All Metal Construction. Therefore it the most reliable & durable coil binding system in its class
  10. Extra-High-Capacity Waste Drawer, so you don’t need to empty as often

Remember to always use high quality Coil Binding Supplies from Pro-Binding. This will make sure you get a perfect bind every time!