Archive for September, 2012

Pages Keep Falling out of Comb Bound Books

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Comb Binding SuppliesI recently had a customer call and speak to me who was concerned that their comb binding supplies simply weren’t working. While she didn’t buy the supplies from us, I thought I would ask a few questions to see if I could determine if the combs were faulty or if there were perhaps other issues at hand. After a few minutes I think we discovered the problem.

You can find our high-quality comb supplies here.

You would be surprised how many people I have spoken with who complain about pages falling out of their comb-bound books. Comb binding itself is actually a really solid bind, but there are a few things that can lead to poor results later down the road. After speaking with the above-mentioned customer, we discovered that she was using comb supplies that were too small for the books she was binding.

Over capacity isn’t always the reason for pages falling out of a comb bound document. There are several possible issues. Here are a few of the most common issues I have found:

  • Overuse – Remember, comb binding supplies are made out of plastic. While they can be re-used and pages can be added and removed, the process of opening and closing combs will eventually where the comb fingers out. As is the case with anything made of plastic, bending it back and forth will weaken it. After you have used a comb several times, the plastic fingers will be more prone to slipping back open. If you are having problems with your re-used combs losing pages, you may want to consider disposing of the old comb and using a new one.
  • Over Capacity – Binding combs are rated to hold specific amounts of paper. Many people try to buy just one size and use it for everything. The only problem is that if you bind a book to “bulging” over capacity, the comb’s fingers simply can’t keep that amount of paper secure for long. If you are binding a book to capacity, try using a slightly larger diameter comb. I suspect you will be much happier as a result.
  • Poor Quality – Believe it or not, there are varying degrees of quality with comb supplies. At ABC Office we try to stock only the good stuff. We have, in the past, brought in supplies from different sources and found some of them to be sub par and chose to get rid of them. Poor quality combs are usually made from cheap plastics or from thing gauge plastic. If you’re combs are having problems from the get go, you may want to try a different brand (preferably ours).
  • Improper Use – While comb binding is a great binding method, it does have its limitations. Comb bound books do not wrap a full 360 degrees like a coil bound book. If you try opening a comb bound book to far, or try wrapping the page, it will cause the comb to open and pages will fall out. Most people can see theses limitations simply by handling a comb bound book or by knowing the limitations ahead of time.
  • Comb Binding Alternatives – If durability is what you are looking for, and comb simply does not seem to be working for you, I would recommend you consider coil binding (found here) or VeloBinding (found here). Both of these methods are extremely tough and ultimately hold up a little better than comb.

Please fee free to contact us at 1-800-658-8788 for answers to more comb binding questions. We have over 25 years of experience and are more than capable of help you find the correct machine for your application. I hope you have found this article helpful.

Remotely Access Your Time Clock with the David-link W-1288PB

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

David-Link W-1288PB Biometric Time ClockBiometric time clocks are amazing devices. They are able to use your fingerprint to log in and out of work. We use one here at ABC Office. I never have to worry about losing a proximity card or an ID badge. I always have my finger with me. David-Link is by far our most popular manufacturer of biometric time clocks. These clocks are feature rich, very affordable and can be used for small or large businesses. So what do you do if you need to access time clock data and reports remotely? What you need is the David-Link W-1288PB (found here).

The W-1288PB is a biometric time clock that also offers the option of allowing employees to log in through the keypad or use a proximity card. The biometrics on the W-1288PB require that the employee only touch the scanner, not swipe their finger. This ensures better accuracy and means you won’t have to attempt multiple times before the machine recognizes your finger. It is a very smooth system. The W-1288PB also includes a battery backup in the event of a power outage.

I should also mention the W-1288PB includes David-Links time management software suite. This allows you to create reports, export data for use with payroll software and much more.

David Link Wiring & Setup Diagram

The W-1288PB can store up to 3,000 employee fingerprints and can hold up to 50,000 log records on the device itself. Data can be pulled off using an included USB flash drive, using an included USB cable or it can be connected to a computer or network via an Ethernet cable. The W-1288PB even allows for remote access. Here is how remote access works:

  1. Plug the David-Link time clock directly into network’s router or into the building’s hardwired network.
  2. Set up port forwarding in your router. This allows the router to connect the remote computer to the time clock. This involves setting up a port and the time clocks IP address in the router so that when the remote computer accesses your building’s IP address it will be forwarded to the appropriate device (in this case the time clock). Most router manufacturers will include instructions on how to set up port forwarding. The included David-Link software also includes some instructions.
  3. Install the David-Link software on the computer you want to remotely access the time clock.
  4. The software will ask you for your company’s Internet IP address.
  5. Once the IP address is entered, and assuming port forwarding has been set up correctly, you will be able to access the time clock remotely as if you were in your office building with the time clock.

Hopefully this helps. Once completed, the remotely connected computer is able to access the time clock and run reports as if you were in the building. It is a really nice system and gives the remotely connected computer a lot of power. Ultimately the David-Link W-1288PB is an amazing time clock. We sell these devices all the time and we rarely have any issues. The only issues that do pop up are technical setup questions and are usually easily resolved.

If you are looking for a biometric time clock with remote access capabilities, you should defiantly consider using the David-Link W-1288PB. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions or if you need to place an order or receive a quote. You can find our entire selection of time clocks here.

ABC Office September 2012 Coupon Code

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

I would like to start of by saying “Thank You” for following our official ABC Office company blog. It has been a great year and we at ABC Office appreciate your input, feedback and support. We would like to extend a coupon code discount to our loyal blog readers. You can use this coupon code to save 5% off your order during the month of September. This exclusive coupon code can be used for equipment or supply purchases.

The coupon code you will want to use during the month of September is SEP0512. This coupon can be applied directly to your shopping cart or it can be mentioned over the phone for savings. This coupon code will take 5% off of your order, not including shipping. If you are having trouble applying this code to your, please feel free to speak with one of our Customer Service Representatives at 1-800-658-8788.

ABC Office September 2012 Coupon Code

September is the end of many government and business fiscal year. If you are in need of some last minute office equipment, supply or accessory purchases, here are some popular items you may want to consider.

  • Paper Shredders (found here) – We offer a great selection of strip cut, cross cut, micro cut and high-security paper shredders. Our excellent selection includes brands such as Destroyit, Dahle, Intimus, HSM, Formax and many others. These shredders are designed to keep up with the daily rigors of office life.
  • Binding Machines (found here) – What better way to create a presentation or a proposal than to bind it using comb, wire or coil .At ABC Office we offer a huge selection of binding machines from Akiles, Intelli-Bind, Renz, Fellowes, Tamerican, GBC and more.
  • Roll Laminators (found here) – If you need to laminate maps, signs, banners and other material, a roll laminator is a great tool to have on hand. We offer standard poster laminators (25″ – 27″) and larger wide format roll laminators (45″+). Our great selection includes high-end laminators from GBC, Ledco, Tamerica, Pro-Lam, Laminators Specialties and others.
  • Roll Lamination Film (found here) – If you already own a roll laminator and need some affordable lamination film, stop by and check out our great selection of lamination rolls. We offer a wide range of film, including some very affordable 25″ and 27″ wide rolls. This includes 1.5, 3, 5, 7 and 10-mil thick film.
  • Paper Cutters (found here) – We offer a huge seletion of paper cutters and trimmers. This includes rotary paper trimmers, guillotine cutters, stack cutters and more. Brands include Rotatrim, Carl, Triumph, Kutrimmer, Dahle, Neolt, Keencut and more.

Please feel free to stop by ABCOffice.com and save using the above mentioned coupon code. Our prices are very competitive and our customer service is some of the best you’ll find online. You can read about our coupon code terms & conditions by visiting us here.

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