Archive for December, 2012

FP-1XLS Heavy Duty Single Hole Punch Review

Friday, December 21st, 2012

FP-1XLS Single Hole Paper PunchIf you are looking for an affordable alternative to a single spindle paper drill, the FP-1XLS paper punch (found here) is an excellent alternative. This single-hole punch makes high-capacity paper punching easy. So is something like this a good fit for you and is it an adequate replacement for your paper drill? This article will provide a detailed overview of the FP-1XLS single-hole paper punch.

The FP-1XLS is very similar it setup and operation to a tabletop single spindle paper drill. Even the design of the worktable is similar. This paper punch features a tabletop design that allows it to be used on just about table, desk or surface. It weighs in at 18 pounds and is made from durable metal components. We have been selling the FP-1(B), a slightly scaled down version of the FP-1XLS, for years and it has had an excellent track record with our customers.

This paper punch is completely manual, however, it isn’t like other single hole punches. Rather than a crash bar or a small lever, the FP-1XLS has a handle. This handle has been leveraged and the mechanics of this punch have been geared to make paper punching easy and fast. It isn’t nearly as laborious as you might think when you hear the word “manual.” It has a 1″ punching capacity, which equals out to be about 300 sheets of paper. The punching bit is also hollow, which means less surface area to deal with as compared to a solid punching die found on cheaper hole punches.

One reason this punch is so similar to a single spindle paper drill, apart from the huge paper capacity, is the worktable. The FP-1XLS has a 14″ wide worktable that features stops that can be adjusted to accommodate one, two, three or even four hole punching. Simply set the stops where you want the holes punched, place your paper on the worktable, punch and slide the worktable to the next position. Again, this is very similar in setup to a paper drill.

The FP-1XLS comes shipped with a ¼” diameter punching bit. Optional punching dies in 3/16″, 3/8″ and 5/16″ are also available.

So why would you want this over a paper drill? For one, no electricity is required. It is completely manual. Price is another factor. As of this article, the FP-1XLS is about $255, which is $732 less than our cheapest single hole paper drill. If you don’t need the daily capacity of a paper drill, the FP-1XLS is an excellent alternative. This punch can easily keep up with most light to medium-volume paper hole punching operations.

With a solid build and durable metal construction, this is a solid product. Because replacement punch bits are so affordable, it is easy to keep this paper punch up and operational for very little money. It can be used to punch holes in paper, card stock and more. Casinos also use these types of punches for canceling playing cards.

You can find the FP-1XLS paper punch here and our entire selection of single-hole paper punches here.

Please feel free to call us with any questions at 1-800-658-8788.

Top 9 Best Rated Electric Letter Openers

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

High Speed Letter OpenersIf your business needs a high speed and effective way to open letters and mail, consider using an electric letter opener (found here). These letter openers are designed for daily use in a mailroom and are excellent for business use. The model you use will depend entirely on where it is used and how much mail you need to open on a daily basis. To help assist you in your letter opener research, I would like to highlight nine models that have proven themselves to be exceptional.

There are a couple of things you should be aware of when shopping for an electric letter opener. I would like to highlight a few of these before showing you my top seven recommendations.

Opening Speed – Letter openers are rated by the speed of their motors. This is usually a pretty good indication on how “tough” it is and how much mail it can handle. One thing you should be aware of, however, is that the motor speed usually does not indicate the duty cycle. If a letter opener claims to have an operational speed of 18,000 pieces an hour, that doesn’t mean it can open that many pieces an hour during all business hours ever single day. That would quickly wear it out. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 of you need help determining the duty cycle of a machine.

Slitter Type – Some letter openers simply slit the mail open, where others cut a tiny slit of paper off the top of the letter. The type of opener you purchase will depend a lot on preference. Most people purchase openers that cut the entire top of the envelope off. Regardless of the format you choose, letter openers are all designed to prevent damage to the contents.

Letter Size & Thickness – Check and ensure the letter opener you purchase can handle all envelope sizes and thicknesses you receive in your mailroom. You don’t want to end up with a machine that can “almost” handle everything.

Top 9 Best Rated Electric Letter Openers (sorted from least to most expensive)

  1. Staplex MA-1 Letter Opener (found here) – This is a compact tabletop unit that is designed to open your mail as fast as you can feed it. It is designed for light to medium-volume use. It includes a catch tray. This machine is excellent for opening several hundred envelopes a day.
  2. DocuGEM 3010 (found here) – We have always had great luck with our DocuGEM letter openers. They are all well built machines. This just happens to be one of the most affordable letter openers we offer that includes a feed hopper for automatic feeding and opening. It slits letters open rather than cutting the tops off, meaning less mess for you.
  3. Martin Yale 1648 (found here) – Martin Yale has been making paper handling machines for some time. The Model 1648 is an excellent machine for the mailroom of a small business. It isn’t designed for heavy volume, but does a great job of opening several hundred to several thousand envelopes a day. It can handle a stack of envelopes up to 3″ thick and can handle envelopes up to ¼” thick.
  4. Martin Yale 62001 (found here) – If you need a letter opener that is a little faster and has more capacity than the 1648, this is a great option. It features fully enclosed self sharpening blades, automatically feeds in envelopes and runs at a speed of about 300 envelopes a minute. It also includes a convenient receiving tray.
  5. DocuGEM LO2145 Letter Opener (found here) – This is one of the best rounded envelope openers for a mailroom setting. It is fast, has a 100 envelope hopper and can handle envelopes up to ¼” thick. If you are a small or medium-size business, this is an excellent letter opener to have on hand. It features excellent build quality and is available in a version (the LO2120) with a digital counter.
  6. Formax FD 452 Envelope Opener (found here) – This is a solid piece of equipment and slits mail open rather than cutting the top off. This means no messy cleaning and easy letter opening. The feed tray can hold up to 80 #10 envelopes. It is easy to operate, features Formax’s well known quality and can be used on just about any desk or table.
  7. DocuGEM LO3253 High-Speed Letter Opener (found here) – This is a high speed letter opener that is perfect for medium-size business mailrooms. It has an operational speed of 8,000 envelopes per hour and can handle envelopes up to 1/3″ in thickness. This is a chadless envelope opener, which means there are no messy scraps to clean up. It is fast, effective and won’t damage the contents of the envelope. A receiving tray catches the opened mail.
  8. DocuGEM LO4063 (found here) – This is a very fast and very effective letter opener for high-speed operations. It has an operational speed of 12,000 envelopes an hour, features solid metal construction and includes a total of 2 motors for continuous operation.
  9. DocuGEM LO4073 Commercial Letter Opener (found here) – If you are in need of the king of letter openers, the DocuGem LO4073 is the machine for you. This letter opener is crazy fast. It can open mail at a speed of up to 20,000 pieces per hour. This machine is excellent for use in large businesses. It features durable metal construction and a nice one-year warranty. Service agreements are available.

Each of these letter openers have proven themselves over the years to be reliable machines. If you need help determining the correct model for your business, or if you simply need an answer to a question, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788.

Five Podiums That Make Great Restaurant Host Stands

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Executive Wood Collegiate Restaurant Host StandWhether you’re opening a new restaurant or want to boost the professional credibility of an existing one, a host stand is a great piece of furniture to use. At ABC Office we offer a great selection of podiums and lecterns (found here) that also make great restaurant host stands. I would like to point out some customer favorites and cover a few custom modifications you may want to consider using. Here are just a few ideas.

To start, having a host stand provides a great location for a host or hostess to hold paperwork, reservation lists and other paperwork. It also provides a professional location for them to stand, greet and help customers as they enter the restaurant. A host stand should look professional, should be movable and should be functional. I would like to recommend five pulpits and lecterns that our customers really like.

Executive Wood Collegiate Podium (found here) – This is by far our most popular restaurant host stand (shown above). It is made from beautiful cherry hardwood and looks stunning in person. It includes a cabinet, a cubbyhole and a wide surface for holding material. The front of it shows the natural wood grant and it features a small trim around the top and a thicker trim around the base. It sits on concealed casters that allow it to be easily moved around a floor for easy positioning. You are going to be hard pressed to find a better looking, more functional or better quality restaurant host stand. Custom modifications are available including the addition of a lamp. Feel free to ask us about custom modifications. Buy your collegiate podium today!

Executive Wood Senator Host StandExecutive Wood Senator Podium (found here) – This podium has a more traditional look, but still looks excellent in a restaurant. It features a wider top, a more narrow column and a base that helps provide ample support. This podium works great as a host stand and is made from solid red oak and is available in several stains including light oak, medium oak and dark oak. Hidden casters make this podium easy to move around. This podium looks great and is our second most popular host stand that we offer.

Executive Wood Counselor Podium (found here) – This podium is a slightly “flashier” version of the senator podium. It features beveled patterns and a beautiful wood grain finish. You can buy this “host stand” in oak, cherry or walnut wood. The oak version is available with a light, medium or dark oak stain finish. This podium features a very functional surface and several shelves for an amazing storage capacity. This podium also features concealed casters that make it easy to move around the floor. This host stand is excellent for high-class dining / restaurants. The work surface can be angled or laid down flat. Grommets have been strategically placed to allow for wire chases. Order yours today!

Executive Wood Ambassador Host StandExecutive Wood Ambassador Podium (found here) – Does your restaurant cater to a lot of customers? Do you need amble workspace or use multiple hosts / hostesses? You may want to consider using the heavy-duty Executive Wood Ambassador. This host stand features a huge 46″ W by 29″ D work surface that can be used to hold reservations, buzzers, a cash register and much more. It is made from cherry hardwood and is by far one of the most elegant pieces we offer. It is made to last and features high-quality workmanship. It includes several storage compartments including cupboards and drawers. A total of four hidden casters make this podium easy to move around and make it excellent for use in a restaurant that needs to rearrange or move furniture on a regular basis. Custom modifications are available upon request including locking doors, a cooling fan and much more.

Executive Wood PSS248 Pedestal Host StandExecutive Wood PSS248 Pedestal (found here) – This speaker’s stand isn’t as large as the above podiums, but still looks elegant and still provides ample work surface. This stand is light enough to move around, but still provides an excellent location for a host or hostess. It is made from ¾” solid red oak and comes in a light, medium and dark oak stain. This is an affordable alternative to larger and more expensive host stands.

These five podiums make excellent restaurant host stands. As mentioned earlier, custom modifications are available. Call us at 1-800-658-8788 to discuss custom medications, quantity discounts or simply to ask us questions. These pieces of furniture have very high satisfaction rates with our customers. We have sold Executive Wood products for years now and we at ABC Office are always impressed with the quality and build. You can find our entire selection of lecterns and podiums here.

Trying to Track Documents? We Have Some Tools That Might Help.

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Document StampsHave you ever lost a document that was extremely important simply due to ineffective or poor document organization? I certainly have. When it comes to business operations, tracking, labeling and organizing documents can be critical. Common document tracking practices includes stamping them with a number, the date, the time or with text. At ABC Office, we offer a great lineup of numbering machines, text stamps, date stamps and text stamps (found here). Here’s a little information on how each is used.

Before I go into too much detail on our various document stamps, I would just like to say that these machines are pretty much all electric and are designed to be semi or fully automated. Our semi-automated machines require you to insert the paper, but the document stamp will do the rest. We also have machines that will automatically pull paper in and stamp it. Here are a few of the tools we offer:

  • Numbering Machines (found here) – Numbering machines are designed to put a number, usually ranging from one to five digits, on a document for tracking and organization purposes. We offer numbering machines that do sequential numbering, duplicates, triplicates and more. We offer machines from Acroprint, Standard and Widmer. Many of our numbering machines allow placement of the number on various places on the paper and most work with carbon interleaved and carbonless forms.
  • Text Stamps (found here) – If you need to add text to a document, we have the perfect text stamp for you. Most of these text stamps are customizable and can be used to stamp words such as RECEIVED, SENT, CANCELED and more. These stamps use ribbons to impress clear and legible stamps that are highly professional.
  • Text Perforators (found here) – Our text perforators are manual, heavy duty, portable and excellent for document control. We offer text perforators with the wording PAID, VOID, CANCEL and in Spanish with PAGADO and CANCELADO. There is even a customizable version that can be set up in the factory for any 5 to 6 character word. Text Stamps
  • Date and Time Stamps (found here) – One of the best ways to track down bottlenecks in workflow is to date and time stamp documents. This helps to improve work efficiency and keep track of document workflow. While a time clock can be used to do this (found here), our date and time stamps are designed to stamp documents on a high volume repetitive basis throughout the day. Many of these date and time stamps feature adjustable crash head pressure and can be used with carbonless and carbon interleaved forms.
  • Check & Document Signers (found here) – If you simply need to add a signature to a sheet of paper, a check or a contract, consider using one of our check and document signers. These amazing devices can print a legal signature. We offer cut sheet and continuous forms versions. Many of these can even be interfaced with a burster. Security features have been built into these machines to prevent unauthorized access. This is a great tool to have on hand for payroll purposes.

If you have questions about any of our document control tools, please give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. If you don’t see what you need on our site, chances are we can still get it for you. We have over 30 years experience with document control machines and equipment and we can help you out.

Christmas Scrapbooking Paper Trimmer Gift Ideas

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Carl RT-200 Scrapbooking Rotary Paper TrimmerIf you are looking for a great gift idea for your mother, sister, wife or good friend, you may want to consider a rotary paper trimmer or cutter (found here). These devices are perfect for people that love to scrapbook and can be used to cut down photographs, scrapbook paper, card stock, regular paper and more. At ABC Office, we offer a huge lineup of rotary trimmers and I would like to recommend a few favorites that you may want to consider as a Christmas gift.

Keep in mind that these recommendations are for “good” rotary paper trimmers and not for cheap models that will easily break.

Christmas Paper Trimmer Gift Ideas

  • Carl RT-200 (found here) – I would like to start off with this cutter as it is one that I purchased my own wife for her scrapbooking projects. It is one that many people love to use because it features interchangeable trimming blades. Pattern examples include the B-03 deckle cut, the B-04 shorwave blade, the B-06 scallop blade, the B-08 Victorian blade and several others. Counting the straight blade, there are 10 different blades available. As far as the cutter itself goes, it works well and is excellent for individual use.
  • Carl RT-200N Rotary Paper TrimmerCarl RT-200N (found here) – For the environmentally conscious family member, we have the Carl RT-200N. It is very similar to the standard RT-200, but is made entirely of recycled materials and includes a light gathering clamp that makes it easier to see what you are cutting. This is excellent for scrapbooking, however, unique patterned blades are not available.
  • Carl DC-95N (found here) – This is an affordable rotary cutter and makes a great stocking stuffer. This tiny cutter is designed for cutting smaller material (up to 6″ long) and is ideal for its portability. This cutter is also made entirely out of recycled materials.
  • Carl DC-300N (found here) – This rotary trimmer is the answer to a scrapbooker’s dreams. It includes a built in handle, can cut up to 20 sheets of paper at a time up to 12″ long and has a small compartment where replacement blades can be stored. It features an easy-to-use cutting guide, an ergonomic cutting handle and a light-enhancing clamp. It is also made from recycled materials.
  • Carl DC-210N Personal Rotary TrimmerCarl DC-210N (found here) – Do you need a trimmer that is a little tougher than the other stuff out there? The DC-210N has a 12″ cutting length and can cut up to 36 sheets of 20# bond paper at a time! This tough little cutter features a grid and pattern on the base that makes it easy to do “common” cutting patterns. The DC-210N is totally green (not literally) being made entirely out of recycled materials.
  • Rotatrim Mastercut (found here) – This paper cutter, made by Rotatrim, is a great low to medium-volume cutter. It is designed to create straight and seamless cuts and features a self-sharpening blade design that helps keep the round blade razor-sharp for a long time. This is ideal if you are cutting material that typically dulls the blades on most other cutters. This is still a great gift idea and is excellent for trimming a wide range of paper, photos and other material.
  • Carl DC-238N (found here) – If you are looking for a heavy-duty rotary cutter as a Christmas gift, the DC-238N is one of the most affordable we offer. This cutter can cut a sheet of paper up to 18″ long and has a 36 sheet cutting capacity. The DC-238N is made from recycled materials and also includes a handy adjustable side guide and illuminating paper clamp. Because of its capacity, this cutter is excellent for cutting thicker coverstock, laminated materials and more.
  • Rotatrim Professimal M Series Rotary TrimmerRotatrim Professional (found here) – If you are looking for the Crème de la Crème cutter that is the envy of every scrapbooker and even photographer, the Rotatrim Professional is your best choice. This cutter is made in England, features a dual rail system for supporting the cutting head, has a solid wood base and uses a self-sharpening cutting blade. This cutter can handle a wide range of material and is designed to last for literally years. This is the rotary cutter the professionals use.

Hopefully this list has helped you find a few good rotary trimmer Christmas gift ideas for that loved one. We have been selling scrapbooking paper cutters and trimmers for years, so feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of rotary paper cutters and trimmers here.

Intelli-Zone’s New United ST-12C Paper Shredder Review

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

If you need a paper shredder that can handle in excess of 10 sheets of paper at a time using a Level 3 cross cut pattern, the New United ST-12C from Intelli-Zone (found here) is a great choice. This Level 3 shredder is compact enough to be used next to a desk and is excellent for shredding old documents, records and other paperwork. Is the ST-12C a good option for your business? Here are a few reasons why you may want to consider it.

The Intelli-Zone New United paper shredder lineup features a wide range of great-looking machines that work as well as they look, which is great. The ST-12C features more of a traditional front cabinet style design, but with a modern twist. The ST-12C has a matte black with a reflective gray two-tone finish. Angles are soft and rounded and there are no hard or sharp angles. It is excellent if you need a shredder that fits in well with your existing office’s equipment and furniture.

The ST-12C has a 12 sheet cutting capacity (based on 20# bond paper) and it cuts documents into 3.9mm x 38mm particles.  This level of shredding security is far superior strip cut shredders. This cutting pattern is both FACTA and HIPAA compliant. As paper is shredded, it is deposited into a 5-gallon shred bin. Considering this shredder is only 22″ tall, that is a lot of bin capacity, which means fewer bag changes for you.

Safety and convenience are built into this shredder. This shredder will not operate if the bin is not securely in place and it includes a built in load protector. If too much strain is being put on the motor, the ST-12C will stop, reverse the motor and notify the operator that it is over capacity. This technology helps prolong the life of the motor and prevents damage to the motor, gears and shredder blades.

When it comes to noise, the New United ST-12C makes very little. This shredder only produces 60 decibels of noise, which is very comfortable in an office environment. Having used this shredder for myself, I can confirm that it is remarkably quiet for a cross cut shredder.

While most shredders can only handle paper, the ST-12C can also be used to destroy credit cards and optical discs such as CDs, Blu-rays and DVDs. The shredder blades are also hard enough that they can handle paper clips and staples without suffering any nicks, chips or other damage.

This is a video demonstration of Intelli-Zone’s New United ST-12C in use:

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You will find this shredder at home or in the office. While it is a deskside shredder, it can be used by multiple people throughout the day. It looks great, is very affordable considering what it does and is a must-have shredder for offices, businesses, churches, homes and more.

This shredder features a very impressive two-year warranty with a five-year warranty on the shredder head. This is excellent; especially considering this is a deskside shredder. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. You can find our entire lineup of paper shredders here.

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