Archive for January, 2010

How Can I Make My Reports Look More Professional?

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

How can you make your report or book look more professional? Here are a few tips that will take your bound report from OK to classy.

When binding a report, many people will create a title page or decorative cover on their computer, print it out and bind it to the front page of their booklet. This isn’t always the most professional look. I highly recommend using a report cover to improve the overall look and appearance.

The most common report cover combination is to use a clear cover for the front and a solid card stock cover for the back. This combination looks clean and professional. Clear covers come in different thicknesses, depending on your preference. Card stock covers are available in a variety of textures, colors and styles. You can find our report covers and clear covers here.

The style of binding can also dramatically change the look of your document. Changing from a plastic comb to double-loop wire look can add an extra degree of professionalism to a document. The style of binding you use will depend on the situation, but double-loop wire and coil binding are very popular for professional reports. You can find our book binding machines here.

Using one or more of these tips will really add an extra dimension to your bound report or book. Good luck!

Minipack Galaxy & Galileo Shrink Wrap Machines Reviewed

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

It’s amazing how many people are now reigning in once outsourced packaging operations to in-house. Why is this? A huge part of it is because it isn’t difficult for a business to package their own products. It is also a great way to save money during a recession.

Shrink wrap machines have become smaller, easier to use and far more affordable. Minipack has been on the forefront of this revolution. Two of their most popular machines are the Minipack Galaxy and Galileo machines. You can find them here.

The Galaxy and the Galileo shrink wrap machines replaced the Mini-Plus and the Mini-Mini shrink wrap machines. The Galaxy and Galileo are essentially the same machine, but with different chamber dimensions. Both the Galaxy and Galileo are available in different setups. These have been broken down into systems. The system you use depends entirely on what you need.

Both of these machines have an integrated heat tunnel. This means that when the hood is brought down, it will cut the film around the package and shrink it in one single pass. This is very quick and very convenient. Packaging a DVD, software box, pizza or soap bar can be done in just a few seconds. You can use these to package food by using polyolefin film.

The Galaxy and Galileo are very easy to use and set up. There is no special training required. Maintenance is also easy.

Both of these machines are very efficient and emit very little odor. This is especially nice when being used in poorly ventilated rooms. These machines can use both PVC and Polyolefin film. You can learn more about the two different types of film by going here.

We have had customers ask if the heat will damage products. While there may be some heat-sensitive products you will not want to package, we have had customers send in chocolate samples for testing and haven’t had a problem with the heat melting anything.

If you are interested in the Minipack Galaxy or Galileo, send a sample into us and we will test it out on these machines. We can then send the sample back to you for your approval.

We are also able to offer live video demonstrations of these machines through the Internet. If you are interested in having one of these machines demonstrated for you, simply one of these forms:

For answers to additional shrink wrap questions, feel free to call one of our shrink wrap experts at 1-800-658-8788.

Rotatrim Professional Series – Best Rotary Cutter Ever?

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Rotatrim has made a significant name for themselves over the years with their line of rotary paper cutters. Photographers, copy shops, scrap bookers and more consider Rotatrim cutters the Holy Grail of rotary paper cutters. Why is it that these British-Made cutters are so popular? Are they really as good as everyone says they are?

There are a couple of reasons the Rotatrim line is popular. Most of this boils down to quality and build. Rotatrim cutters are heavy and made from solid components. If you ever have the chance to handle a Rotatrim next to another cutter, you will be amazed at the difference in quality. In many instances, the difference is as stark as comparing a bicycle to a Porsche.

The Rotatrim Professional Series of cutters are considered to be some of the best cutters made by Rotatrim. The cutting wheel is large, making cutting effortless, and the cutting head itself rests on two support bars. These two bars keep the cutting head solidly in place, preventing movement. This means cuts are very accurate and very straight every time.

While Rotatrim rotary cutters cost more up front, chances are pretty good that they will last for years. Many have reported their Rotatrim cutters lasting up to 10+ years. Now compare that to a Fiskars cutter, which you may be replacing every few months. The costs makes itself up quickly.

You can find our line of Rotatrim Professional Cutters here. If you need a rotary cutter, but the Rotatrim is a little much for you, here are five great high-quality alternatives.

Great Rotatrim Alternatives:

Clear, Acrylic, Plastic or PETG Display Racks?

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

We get asked by many of our customers what the difference is between clear, acrylic, plastic and PETG display racks. These are a lot of the common “sales” terms floating around on the Internet. Many retailers use all these terms interchangeably and it can seem a little confusing a times. The simple answer is that they are all very similar if not the same thing.

Acrylic (Plexiglas) and PETG (glycol modified polyethylene terephthalate) display racks are both clear and are made from a type of plastic. Most display racks are now made from PETG. This is because PETG plastic is more durable, resists cracking / scratching and is safer.

All of our clear plastic display racks are made from PETG. Acrylic, although not used as much now, is still a perfectly acceptable term and we will certainly understand it if you call or e-mail us. PETG plastic is designed to be shatter proof and eliminate the jagged cracked edges that used to be commonplace in older plastic displays.

There are three major types of clear display racks. These are wall mounted, corner mounted and countertop designs. The wall-mounted models, as the name states, are mounted on the wall. These are probably the most common style of clear display rack. Corner mounted are used in tight spaces because they make use of the often forgotten corner. Countertop racks are usually free standing and sit on a table or counter.

You can find our entire selection of clear display, literature, pamphlet and magazine racks here.

New Roll Laminator – SircleLam EM-40

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

We have just added the new SircleLam EM-40 roll laminator to our site. This laminator is a 40-inch wide machine capable of mounting pictures, posters and other material up to ¼-inch thick. It can handle lamination film up to 10 mil thick. Because it is so wide, it can be used to laminate signs, posters and other wide material.

We have had Sircle brand pouch laminators and binding machines online for some time. Most Sircle machines are designed for low to medium-volume use. One big advantage of Sircle machines is the price. They are usually priced much lower than comparable models.

Time permitting, you should stop by our site and take a look at the new SircleLam EM-40 by going here!

Top 7 Rated Poster / Roll Laminators

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Whether you’re a sci-fi geek and want to preserve your Wrath of Kahn poster or you’ve just gotten back from a memorable Depeche Mode concert and want to laminate your poster souvenir, roll laminators (aka poster laminators) are just what you need. They’re inexpensive to use, are very quick, and can also be used to laminate maps, menus and so much more.

As the rabid fan, or a concert junkie, you will more than likely seek out a business or copy shop that can laminate these posters. If you’re a copy shop, these are the people you want visiting your establishment.

If your roll laminator is going to be used frequently, you definitely want to make sure you get the right roll laminator. A broken laminator not only costs money to fix, but also costs you in lost customers / revenue.

We have compiled a list of the top 5 poster laminators in the 25-27-inch range. These laminators have proven themselves over time and have an excellent track record.

Top 7 Rated Poster Laminators (Listed in alphabetical order):

  1. ARL2700 27″ Roll Laminator
  2. Banner American EasyLam II 27″ Roll Laminator
  3. Banner American MightyLam 2700 Roll Laminator
  4. GBC Pinnacle 27″ & 27″ EZLoad Roll Laminators
  5. Ledco HD 25 Workhorse Heavy Duty 25″ Roll Laminator
  6. Ledco Premier 4 25″ Roll Laminator
  7. Tahsin TCC2700 Roll Laminator

NSA/CSS 9-12A-D Degaussing Paddle – Not Your Typical Magnet!

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

We have just added some degaussing magnets to our Web site. These aren’t your typical fridge magnets. These magnets are powerful. They are so powerful that they will never loose their power within your lifetime.

Degaussing paddles are used to wipe data from magnetically encoded devices. This includes floppy disks, hard drives, bubble memory chips, magnetic media ribbons and much more. These magnets are NSA/CSS 9-12A-D approved, which means they can be used to remove some of the most sensitive data.

Time permitting, stop by our site and check out these new degaussing magnets by going here. Enjoy!

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