Archive for May, 2009

Employee Time Clocks – Which One To Buy?

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Finding a good employee time clock can seem difficult. There are so many models to choose from. You’re in luck. I have used several models and will point out some pros and cons on various employee time clock models.

The first type of time clock, and perhaps one of the most common, is the punch card time clock. This model utilizes paper time cards. People can slip the card into the machine and punch in and out. Punch clocks are available in vertical load and horizontal load, depending on your preference.

The pros of the punch clock are that they are very simple to use and set up. The cards can be easily accessed and the data is clearly visible. Punch-style time clocks are also usually cheap and inexpensive. The cons are that the data cannot be exported to a computer and buddy punching can be an issue.

The card swipe is fast becoming the employee time clock of choice. Cards, similar in appearance to credit cards, have employee data encoded on them. This card can then be stored in a wallet or hung on a lanyard. The card is swiped to log in and out of work. Most card swipe clocks can be easily interfaced with a computer and data can be exported for use with QuickBooks, ADP, PAYCHEX and other payroll software.

The pros of the card swipe employee time clock are that the data is accurate and they are easy to use. Exported data is especially of benefit for use with other programs and for generating reports. Cons are that the cards can be lost, however, they can be easily replaced. Card Swipe time clocks are probably the best all-round solution for a business’s time attendance needs.

Newest to the industry are the biometric time clocks. These time clocks do not use a punch card or a PVC card, rather they use a hand or fingerprint. Technology has finally caught up with the industry to make this a possibility. As with the card swipe clocks, most biometric employee time clocks can be interfaced with a computer and data can be exported for use with other payroll software.

Biometric digital time clocks have many pros. They are easy to set up, there are no lost cards to replace and buddy punching is completely eliminated. The cons are that some of the older models out there may require a finger or hand to be scanned multiple times before working correctly. This is not an issue with newer models.

You can find ABC Office’s entire selection of employee time clocks here.

Top Seven Best Shrink Wrap Machines

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Finding the best shrink wrap machine may seem complex and time consuming. Not to worry. We have compiled a list of the best shrink-wrap machines available online. This list has been compiled, in part, thanks to our customers. Our list contains I-bar machines, L-bar machines and complete systems with heat tunnels and heat guns.

This list doesn’t just take into account popularity, but durability and long-term performance. Don’t forget your shrink film!

Top 7 Best Shrink Wrap Machines:


1.   Compack 5800 Shrink Wrap Machine

2.    Minipack Galaxy Shrink Wrap Machine

3.   Deluxe Super Sealer with Heat Gun

4.   Minipack Galileo Shrink Wrapper

5.   AIE I-Bar Sealer with Heat Gun

6.   Minipack FM77 Digit Shrink Wrap System

7.   Standard Super Sealer with Heat Gun

Best Scrapbooking Paper Cutter

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Scrapbooking is certainly nothing new, but it continues to grow in popularity. We often get questions from customers asking which of our paper cutters are best for scrapbooking. I can understand why this may be difficult, especially since we literally have hundreds of models available.

To help narrow your search, the two most popular scrapbook paper cutter categories are rotary paper cutters and arm paper trimmers. Both types of cutters are compact, portable and easy to use.

Rotary paper trimmers use a round blade to cut through paper and are very precise. Arm paper trimmers use a single blade that is pulled down with a hand. The cutting action is similar to that of scissors. Arm cutters are also accurate. Between the two types, rotary paper cutters are more popular.

Rotary paper cutters are the most popular types of paper cutters because they are so versatile. They can be used to cut decorative paper, photographs, borders and more. Some models of rotary cutters, such as the Carl RT-200, have interchangeable cutting blades with different patters. Patterns include a wavy cut, a zig-zag cut and much more.

Here is a list of some popular rotary paper cutters used by scrapbookers:

Carl RT-200 Trimmer
Rotatrim Professional Series Trimmer
Carl CC-10 Trimmer
Carl DC-210 Trimmer
Dahle 550 Trimmer

Happy scrapping!

Top Ten Best Paper Folders

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Paper folders are an important part of any business, copy shop, church or school that folds paper on a regular basis. Even an entry-level paper folder can fold faster than a human by a factor of five. Finding the right paper folder can be a difficult task, and choosing the wrong paper folder can be a nightmare.

We have come up with a list of the top 10 best paper folders in existence. This list focuses on paper folders that use friction to pull paper into the machine and paper folders that use folding plates. This list is based on customer popularity and customers satisfaction. Be aware that the paper folder you choose should be tailored around the volume of paper you will be folding, which means the number one paper folder may not work for you.

Top Ten Best Paper Folders (Friction Feed Edition):

  1. MBM 207M Paper Folder
  2. Intelli-Fold 102AF Paper Folder
  3. Intelli-Fold 202AF Paper Folder
  4. Duplo DF-755 Paper Folder
  5. MBM 307A Paper Folder
  6. Intimus 2051 SmartFold Paper Folder
  7. Techko LF283B Paper Folder
  8. Formax FD 320 Paper Folder
  9. Duplo DF-915 Paper Folder
  10. Martin Yale 1217A Paper Folder

Top Ten Best Small Office Paper Shredders

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Choosing the right paper shredder for your business or company can be a difficult choice. There are certainly many things to consider before making a purchase, such as the particle size need and sheet capacity needed. While it is difficult to label any one shredder as the best paper shredder, there are certainly some customer favorites. Here is a list of our customers’ top 10 best small office paper shredders.

Top 10 Best Small Office Paper Shredders

  1. Destroyit Model 2603
  2. HSM Model 152.2
  3. Dahle Model 20612EC
  4. Destroyit Model 3803
  5. Formax Model FD 8300
  6. Kobra Model 300 CC4
  7. HSM Model 390.3
  8. Destroyit Model 3103
  9. Fellowes Powershred Model C-320C
  10. Fellowes Powershred Model C-380

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