Archive for October, 2008

What is a foil fuser and what does it do?

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Model 1200 Foil FuserWe get a lot of questions from customers curious about what a foil fuser is. It certainly has a catchy name. It may bring up images of a fancy weapon from a “B” sci-fi movie, or perhaps a time travel device found in an H.G. Wells novel. Although not quite as fancy as that, foil fusers are pretty fun to use and the end results look great!

Foil fusers, in a nutshell, make text and images look metallic and shiny. They help lay down a thin layer of colored foil onto documents, business cards, awards, certificates and more. This is all done with heat. The roll of foil used in a foil fuser is designed to bond with toner when heat is applied.

The special foil used in a foil fuser allows you to print an image or text on a toner-based printer for foil fusing. Once printed, the document is run through the machine where the foil is neatly applied to the toner. The end result looks great. Many of our customers like to use foil fusers for awards and certificates. They are also popular for use with business cards.

What if you don’t want the entire document foil fused? You have a couple of options. You can print and foil fuse everything you want foiled and then run the document through a printer a second time to print additional “non-foiled” text.

Another option is to print the document on a toner-based printer and then on an ink-based printer. When the document is run through the foil fuser, the toner will only stick to the toner. The ink-based print is left alone.

Many people ask what the difference is between a foil fuser and a foil stamper (aka hot stamper). A foil stamper does not use toner for foiling. With a foil stamper, the foil is applied directly to the object by use of aluminum letter dies that literally stamp the foil onto the surface. Foil stampers are more commonly used for applying text to photographs, leather, books, pencils, napkins and other “non-paper” objects.

You can see a detailed review and demonstration of the Model 1200 foil fuser by going here.

Should you choose PVC or Polyolefin shrink film?

Friday, October 10th, 2008

There are two types of shrink wrap film typically used with shrink wrap machines. These are PVC and Polyolefin shrink wrap. Both are very popular, but both have several differences that you will want to be aware of before purchasing shrink wrap supplies.Shrink Wrap Machines

You may be most familiar with PVC shrink wrap film. This is because most DVDs, CDs and software boxes are packaged with PVC film. PVC film is typically a little less expensive than Polyolefin.

PVC film is more brittle, making it easier to break open. This is nice for opening packaging, but is a disadvantage if you are shrink wrapping multiple products together. Why would that be? This is because the brittle properties of the PVC film could cause packaging of multiple items to rupture more easily than Polyolefin.

PVC film emits an odor that some people may not appreciate. It is recommended to use PVC film in a well-ventilated room. PVC film is not safe to use with food.

Polyolefin film is growing in popularity, especially because it is safe to use with food. The stretchy properties of Polyolefin film also make it ideal for group packaging of products. Polyolefin emits little to no odor.Shrink Wrap Film

Both types of film can be used with most shrink wrap machines, whether they be I-bar or L-bar systems. Both heat shrink guns and heat tunnels can shrink these types of film.

At ABC Office we sell both types of film in various lengths and thicknesses. Take a look at our selection of shrink wrap film here.

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