Archive for December, 2009

New Paper Counter & Batch Tabber Guide

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Why use a paper counter? Is it really that hard to count paper? These are a few of the questions that come up with the topic of paper counters is brought up to those unfamiliar with the printing industry. I can understand why these questions are asked.

What many people don’t realize is that the printing industry deals with thousands of sheets of paper on a daily basis. The slightest inconsistency or inaccuracy, even being off just a few percentage points, can cost a business a lot of money. Paper counters not only save time, but are extremely accurate too.

We have a created a paper counter guide designed not just to help the general public, but printers as well. This guide covers common questions such as “Why should I consider investing money in a paper counter?” and “Can your paper counters batch tab, and if so, how fast?” Answers to these questions, and more, will help you determine if you can benefit from using a paper counter.

You can find our new paper counter and batch tabber guide here. You can also find our entire selection of paper counters here.

Nice Looking Garbage Cans. Is It Possible?

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Why would anyone need a nice looking garbage can? After all, they are used to hold garbage. Yuk! Whether you like them or not, they are necessary.

Can you imagine working in an office without a waste receptacle? It wouldn’t be pretty…..literally. A lot of design and engineering has gone into making garbage cans pretty, and we have some prime examples of this.

Although you may not think of a garbage can as a piece of office décor, it really does add to the look of the room. Nobody wants a cardboard box or a plastic bag as a garbage can. We have chrome plated, mesh, square and round waste bins. These are designed to handle frequent day-to-day use.

We also have a great selection of outdoor garbage cans. As is the case with indoor garbage cans, outdoor cans should look nice as well. Our outdoor receptacles include ash urn style cans, stone, and aluminum designs. We also have a great selection of steel recycling bins for paper, glass and plastic.

You can see our entire selection of garbage cans and bins here.

Stop Counterfeit Money Dead In Its Tracks!

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Counterfeit money costs businesses millions of dollars a year. Once you have a counterfeit bill in your possession, you’re pretty much stuck with it. You can’t legally use it and banks won’t take it.

There are a couple of ways you can help prevent yourself from falling victim to counterfeit money. ABC Office has created a very detailed and comprehensive guide to help you cut down the loosing merchandise to counterfeit money.

Once you know what to look out for, counterfeit money can be easy to track down. Several common methods of counterfeiting can be caught without the use of a machine, simply by being better educated. Other methods of counterfeiting aren’t as easy to catch by the naked eye, but are still easy to catch with the use of a counterfeit detector.

If you are in a retail location, visually inspecting money may not be practical. For the sake of speed, and increased accuracy, we recommend using a counterfeit detector. They aren’t expensive, with some models ringing in at only $10.

You can find our new counterfeit detection guide here. We hope you will be able to take something from this and help save yourself or your business save money later down the road. Enjoy!

Shinwoo SB1000 Replaced By The PLUS Banking Systems P-624

Friday, December 11th, 2009

The popular Shinwoo SB1000 bill discriminator has been discontinued and replaced by the PLUS Banking Systems P-624 from Klopp. This is pretty important news if you are in the market for a bill discriminator.

Bill discriminators are far less common than a standard bill counter. This is because they not only count bills, but they can distinguish the difference between different denominations. Most bill counters cannot do this. The new PLUS Banking Systems P-624 can count bills and give you the quantity and monetary value of everything counted.

Not only does the PLUS Banking Systems P-624 count bills, but it also has counterfeit detection built in. If the P-624 detects a counterfeit bill, it will quickly let you know. This is a great feature to have as counterfeit money is a problem plaguing many cities throughout the United States. The software on the P-624 can be updated to accommodate future currency changes.

Both the Shinwoo SB1000 and the P-624 are very similar in the way they operate. Time permitting, you should stop by our site and take a look at this new machine. You can find the PLUS Banking Systems P-624 here.

Create Your Own Notepads With A Padding Press

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Did you know you can create your own notepads from the comfort of your own office, school or home? It really isn’t that hard. All you need is a padding press, some glue, a brush, some paper and about 15-20 minutes of your time. The end result is a notepad or scratch pad that you can use for note taking, drawings and more.

Padding presses are designed to pad a large volume of paper at once. This can often involve (but does not require) 1,000 plus pages. Once the pages have been placed in the padding press, the paper is clamped and the glue can be applied. Once the glue dries, the clamp is released and the large stack can be cut down into smaller, more usable note pads.

Padding presses are considered “green” in that used paper can be recycled into notepads. All you need is one clean side, even if the other side has been printed on.

Padding glue is available in white or red, depending on your preference of color. Accessories such as quick-as-a-wink paper counters and padding knives are optional, but not required. You can find step-by-step instructions on exactly how to create a pad of paper here.

You can view our entire selection of padding presses here.

Best Types Of Corner Rounders

Friday, December 11th, 2009

You would be amazed just how much round corners can affect the look of a document. Why is this? In part, it is because square corners are so common. Almost any sheet of paper, including magazine and newspapers, has square corners.

A round corner adds just enough of an aesthetic change to improve the appearance of a document. Sometimes it is so subtle that people feel the document they are handling is of higher quality, but the don’t know why.

What are some common documents to have their corners rounded? What I have seen, from our customers, is that many people like to round the corners of their business cards. A 1/8-inch corner is the most popular corner diameter. Photographs are also popular for corner rounding. So what should you look for in a corner rounder?

Be sure your corner rounder has interchangeable blades. For one, this allows you to swap out different diameter cuts. With this ability, you can use a 1/8-inch diameter on a business card and a ¼-inch diameter on a photograph. Most importantly, this allows you to replace a dull blade.

The handle length will determine how easy it is to cut through paper and material. The longer the handle, the more leverage you have and the easier it will be to cut through paper. Most of the corner rounders we sell at ABC Office can cut through at least a half-inch of paper.

Most corner rounders can cut through laminated material as well, however, laminated paper will dull the blade more quickly. Some of our higher end corner rounders can even cut up to .080 aluminum.

You will find our entire selection of corner rounders here.

How Safe Is Your Paper Shredder?

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Questions have been asked and urban legends have been created regarding the safety of paper shredders. There are literally millions of paper shredders in circulation today. It is a good idea to learn how to protect your children, pets and others from being hurt. That being said, how true are the urban legends and stories about people being hurt by shredders?

Chain e-mails have been passed around, and stories have been told about children whose fingers have been cut off or dogs that have had their tongues stuck in shredders. Many of these stories, at first, seem almost impossible. Sadly, many of them are true. There are documented cases of animals and children being injured. You can find a few of them here.

There are several reasons why older shredders can injure children and pets. This because many shredders have an auto sensor that can detect paper being inserted, automatically activating the motor. These types of shredders will also think an ear, tongue or finger is a sheet of paper as well, activating the motor.

Children and animals aren’t the only ones that can be injured by a shredder. Loose hanging clothing can get caught, jewelry can accidentally be pulled in and long hair can get caught up in the blades. Thankfully, lessons have been learned and most manufacturers now build shredders with safety precautions implemented.

A few of these modern changes involve setting the blades back farther into the shredder head. This makes it far more difficult for fingers to even reach the blades. Also, the throat on many shredders has been curved, making it next to impossible for a finger to reach the blades.

On of the most successful changes made to a shredder is SafeSenseTM, developed by Fellowes. SafeSenseTM Technology automatically disables the shredder when hands touch the paper entry. Whether it’s your child’s hands or your dog’s tail, SafeSenseTM Technology instantly stops the shredder from shredding when hands are too close.

What can you do if you own an older shredder? Here are a few recommendations:

  • Upgrade to a newer shredder.
  • Unplug the shredder when it is not being used.
  • Keep shredders out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Keep long hair pulled back.
  • Remove jewelry prior to use.
  • Be sure loose hanging clothing, such as neckties, are not in the way.

With this in mind, do not be scared away by paper shredders. Paper shredders are a great way to destroy sensitive information, old receipts, credit card applications and more. When used correctly, paper shredders are very safe and useful.

If you are in the market for a new safer shredder, or simply need a replacement, you can find ABC Office’s entire line of paper shredders here.

Xyron Laminators, Sticker Makers and Other Scrapbooking Tools

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Xyron laminators are pretty interesting little machines. They don’t fit under any of the more common laminator categories. They are, in a way, a type of roll laminator. Yet Xyron laminators do not use heat and use specially designed cartridges. Xyron laminators have grown in popularity among the scrapbooking crowd over the last 10 years.

Why are they so popular with scrapbookers (scrappers)? For one, they are very easy to use and are very portable. They are fairly inexpensive, for what they do. Because they are compact, they can easily be taken from one place to another. The biggest reason they are popular is because of what they can do.

Not only do Xyron laminators laminate photographs, paper and other material, but they can also be used to create stickers. Some cartridges apply adhesive to the back of the document for permanent applications and others are designed for temporary applications. This means that people can create a sticker from pictures of their kids, pets, family and more.

Most of Xyron’s lamination cartridges are acid-free. This means that paper will not yellow over time and photographs will not degrade. If you’re a scrapper, you know how important acid-free paper and lamination film can be. Xyron laminators range dramatically in size, from something as small as 9-inches up to a laminator that is 25-inches wide.

Xyron laminators are known as “green” laminators. This is because they require no power to be operated. They feature a manually operated hand crank. This means that a die-hard scrapbooker can add to their scrapbook by candlelight during a power outage or they can continue their scrapbooking efforts while camping.

You can find ABC Office’s selection of Xyron laminators here.

Here is a video demo of a Xyron laminator in use:

How Does A Check Signer Work?

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Check signers are used to sign checks, documents and other papers. Why are they so nice to have? Speed. They are fast. They get the job done quickly and for a business, time is money. They are commonly used for payroll, mailers and more. Set a stack of paper in the machine and let it do the rest.

Check signers use signature plates. A signature plate is a metal plate that contains the signature. The plate itself is usually curved and it is attached to a round bar that spins a full 360 degrees. As paper runs through the machine, the signature plate is inked and rolls over the paper, thus signing it.

There are two main types of check signers. The first type is a continuous forms check signer and the other is a cut sheet check signer. The model you use will depend on the type of paper you use.

Definitions:

Cut Sheet – A cut sheet check signer uses standard individual sheets of paper. These sheets can still contain perforations, but must be individual sheets in a stack. The cut sheet check signer will peel off one sheet at a time and sign it. Xerox copy machines use a cut sheet design.

Continuous Forms – Continuous forms check signers use continuous forms paper (surprise). This is the type of paper that used to be found in the old dot matrix printers. This type of paper is usually all connected and packaged in an accordion-like fashion. There are usually perforated sides with tiny holes used for feeding the paper through the check signer.

Check signers are usually built with security measures in place. This is to prevent a rogue employee or criminal from using it to print their own checks. Security measures usually include a key lock to access the signature plate and a pass code that has to be entered before the machine can be used.

Once checks are printed, they usually have to be torn apart. Since most pre-printed check paper is pre-perforated, a forms burster is perfect to do this job. Many check signers can be interfaced directly with a burster. The burster quickly tears the paper apart. Bursters are also usually available in continuous forms and cut sheet designs.

You can view our entire selection of check signers here.

Biometric Time Clocks for Employees

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Biometric time clocks are the latest in keeping track of employee time. They are easy to set up and have many advantages over traditional clocks. They utilize technology often only seen in James Bond movies. So what is a biometric time clock and what do they do?

Traditional time clocks allow employees to punch in and out of work by using a stamp card, a swipe card or a keypad. While these types of time clocks are still valid and useful, they don’t cut down on one of the most common types of time clock fraud…buddy punching.

Buddy punching occurs when a friend or colleague punches in on behalf of another employee, who may not even be there. This costs businesses money. Unfortunately it happens more often than you might think.

Biometric time clocks utilize either a hand or finger to punch in and out of work. This eliminates buddy punching as the individual has to be present to punch into work. Employers don’t have to worry about lost or misplaced cards either, which can be a huge security risk.

Early biometric time clocks developed a bad reputation due to the technology being in its infancy. This resulted in frustration because some employees experienced difficulty punching in. The technology is now much more reliable and accurate.

Most biometric time clocks are capable of exporting data for use with payroll software such as ADP, Paychex, QuickBooks, Excel, and more. This saves a lot of time over traditional punch-style time clocks, especially in a larger business.

You can browse our entire selection of biometric time clocks here.

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