Archive for February, 2013

Traco Wand SuperSealer Shrink Wrap Machines now Available

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Traco Wand SuperSealer Shrink Wrap MachinesWe are proud to announce the addition of Traco Wand SuperSealer shrink wrap machines (found here) to our site. We have offered their fixed I-bar models for over a decade and they have been a best seller for years. We are excited to have this new addition to our lineup of shrink wrap machines and expect them to be very popular with people who need a wand style sealer for packaging products for storage or retail sale. Here are just a few things you may not know about the Traco wand sealers.

To begin with, we are offering the wand sealers in three different sizes. These are 24″, 32″ and 40″. The size you use will depend entirely on what you are packaging. Be aware that the larger sizes are perfectly compatible with smaller rolls of film. Just be sure you take into account what your future needs may be.

A wand sealer is essentially an I-bar sealer, but with a detached I-bar. The concept and the technology behind the sealing process is the same as you will find with any standard I-bar sealer. This detached “wand” is extremely portable and versatile, allowing the operator to cut the film at several different angles. This makes our Traco wand sealers excellent for use in packaging odd sized objects or for situations where multiple passes of the sealing bar may be required.

Because you’re not dealing with a hinge, as you find in fixed I-bar sealers, there is a lot of freedom in where that sealing bar can go. The wand sealer is pressed against the shred film you are cutting and ultimately ends up resting on a heat resistant pad that helps protect the table, counter or desk you are working on. These types of shrink wrap sealers are also ideal for use in smaller workspaces and in locates where working around a fixed bar may be difficult.

Much like traditional I-bar sealers, our Traco wand sealers still include a centerfold film roll dispenser and a film separator, making it easy to create pockets of shrink film for packaging products. Also included is the HotShot heat gun, which is the same gun you will find with the Traco Standard and Deluxe I-bar sealers. This heat gun has several temperature settings and includes a high and low trigger switch.

Our Traco wand sealers, and the included heat gun, are compatible with both PVC and Polyolefin centerfold film (found here). The Traco Wand SuperSealer includes a 100 foot roll of PVC centerfold shrink film, which means you get everything you need to get up and going with one single purchase.

As mentioned earlier, our Traco products have an excellent track record and we consider Traco to be a reputable and reliable manufacturer. Their products hold up well with continuous use and replacement parts, when needed, are readily available.

Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions you may have about wand sealers. You can find our entire selection of I-bar sealers by visiting us here.

Best Electric Wire Binding Machine for the Money – Intelli-Bind I23W

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Intelli-Bind I23W Electric Wire Binding MachineWire binding is considered by many to be one of the classiest and nicest looking book binding formats around. For this reason, it is extremely popular for binding presentations and reports. If you are binding several books a day, or need something that makes punching paper easier, the Intelli-Bind I23W (found here) is an excellent option. It is also one of the cheapest electric wire binding machines on the market, costing hundreds of dollars less than comparable machines.

There are a lot of reasons why the I23W is such a good machine and a great option for you. To begin with, it is made of metal components. Even the casing is made out of metal, where many other manufactures have opted to go with a cheaper plastic housing. Even the wire closer handle on this thing feels like it was forged in a steel factory from WWII America. It is tough, which may also account for the heavy 85 pound shipping weight. All this metal goodness is a nice thing though and really helps it hold up with continuous use.

The I23W is a dual format wire binding machine. This means it can be used with 2:1 pitch twin loop wire or 3:1 pitch twin loop wire. The pitch of the wire is the amount of holes the machine punches per inch of paper. A 2:1 pitch creates about 22 holes along the 11″ side of a sheet of paper and a 3:1 pitch pattern is about 33 holes. The 3:1 pitch is the more common format used today, due to its tighter hole configuration, but the 2:1 pitch is popular for binding thicker books due to its higher sheet capacity. It is nice to have the luxury of using one or the other in the same machine.

The punching on this machine is all done with an electric motor. Up to 20 sheets of paper can be placed in the machine at a time. With the press of a button, the I23W will punch square holes into the paper. The margin depth on this machine can be adjusted to set the punched holes closer to the edge of the paper or farther into the paper. Individual holes can also be disabled or enabled using the build-in selectable punching pins (aka disengageable dies).

While the hole punching process is fully electric, the wire closing process is manual. There are few electric wire binding machines out there with an electric wire closer. One reason is because closing the wire with a handle is just as fast and easy (in many cases faster) than using an electric closer. All you need to do to use the wire closer is dial in the diameter of the wire you are using, insert the spine of the book into the closer and pull the handle (found on the left side of the machine). The wire closer, once the diameter is set, wont over close or under close the wire. The results are extremely professional.

The I23W can be used with all standard diameters or 2:1 and 3:1 pitch wire. It can also be used to punch holes in card stock, poly covers, clear covers and other types of paper. It is extremely versatile. As of this article, the I23W costs just $622, where the next closest metal build wire binding machine is the Akiles WireMacE, which comes in at $1626. That’s over $1,000 in savings on a machine of similar quality.

If you have questions about the Intelli-Bind I23W, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of electric wire binding machines here.

Best Way to Vacuum Seal Liquids

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Minipack Chamber Vacuum SealersVacuum sealing liquids, or even sometimes powder, can be a tricky ordeal. Most external sealers can’t package liquids because they literally pull the air out of the bag. For this reason, a chamber vacuum sealer (found here) is the necessary machine to get the job done. The only problem with vacuum sealing liquids using a chamber sealer is that it is still difficult to get the bag to stay in place. Minipack has developed a very effective system to help get the job done.

Chamber sealers by design have a huge advantage over external sealers when it comes to packaging liquids and powders. Unlike external sealers, chamber sealers remove air from the entire chamber, rather than directly from the bag. As a result, the possibility of liquid actually getting sucked into the pump is extremely remote. This also allows the bag to stand up rather than lay on its side.

Trying to keep a bag of water, juice, soup, wine or other liquid upright during the vacuum sealing process is a challenge. The bag, by nature (and thanks to gravity), wants to fall back down on its side. As a result of this frustrating series of events, Minipack now manufactures a special kit for their chamber sealers that makes vacuum packing liquids extremely easy.

The kit is called the Angled Tray Kit. Rather than trying to balance the bag on end and against the flat side of the chamber, the kit uses a stainless steel angled tray that keeps the liquids upright at a slight angle. While this may seem simple, it works remarkably well.

Special volume plates have been developed to fit inside the chamber that are cut to fit next to the angled tray. These volume plates can be added or removed, depending on the size of the bag being packaged. These same volume plates help provide additional support for the bag being sealed.

These pictures help demonstrate just how the Minipack angled tray kit and volume plates work with vacuum packing a liquid:

Minipack Angled Tray Kits

If you still have additional questions about the angled tray kit, or if you need additional advice about vacuum sealing liquids, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788.  These kits can be purchased with new machines or for existing machines. You can find our entire selection of vacuum sealers here.

Replacement 27″ Rolls of Lamination Film – Machine Compatibility List

Monday, February 11th, 2013

27" Wide Roll Lamination FilmIf you own a laminator and are looking for some replacement lamination film (found here), you may be wondering if the film you are finding is going to work with your machine. At ABC Office, we offer a great selection of affordable film, so I have taken each of our 27″ wide roll laminators and have created a list that shows which machine is compatible with our standard 27″ wide film. This list will help you find compatible roll lamination film.

The most common type of 27″ roll lamination film we offer is what’s known as thermal lamination film, meaning the glue is activated by heat. This film has a glossy finish and is totally clear when laminated. We offer our 27″ wide roll film in 1.5, 3, 5 and 10 mil thicknesses. The length of the film depends on the thickness of the film. Our 1.5 mil film is 500 feet long, where our 10 mil film is 100 feet long. The higher the mil thickness, the thicker the film. One mil equals 0.001″.

I will begin by listing our 27″ wide 1.5 mil thick film that has a 1″ core and will go up from there. Remember, I am only covering the 27″ wide film in this article. Also be aware that most 27″ laminators can use smaller width rolls.

27" Wide Roll Laminators27″ Film 1.5 Mil w/ 1″ Core (found here)
Compatible Roll Laminators:

  • EZLam School Budget
  • ARL 2700 Roll Laminator
  • Tamerica TCC2700
  • EZLam 27″ Roll Laminator
  • GBC Pinnacle 27 (Non EZLoad Version)
  • GBC Ultima 65 Roll Laminator
  • Mightly-Lam 2700 Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Compass Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Premier 4 Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Professor Laminator
  • SircleLam SRL-2700-HR
  • SircleLam SRL-2700-Plus
  • SircleLam Eclipse
  • SircleLam QuickPrint 27

ARL2700 Roll Laminator27″ Film 3 Mil w/ 1″ Core (found here)
Compatible Roll Laminators:

  • EZLam School Budget
  • ARL 2700 Roll Laminator
  • Tamerica TCC2700
  • EZLam 27″ Roll Laminator
  • GBC Pinnacle 27 (Non EZLoad Version)
  • GBC Ultima 65 Roll Laminator
  • Mightly-Lam 2700 Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Compass Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Premier 4 Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Professor Laminator
  • SircleLam SRL-2700-HR
  • SircleLam SRL-2700-Plus
  • SircleLam Eclipse
  • SircleLam QuickPrint 27

Ledco Compass 27" Roll Laminator27″ Film 5 Mil w/ 1″ Core (found here)
Compatible Roll Laminators:

  • Tamerica TCC2700
  • EZLam 27″ Roll Laminator
  • Mightly-Lam 2700 Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Compass Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Premier 4 Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Professor Laminator
  • SircleLam Eclipse
  • SircleLam QuickPrint 27

Ledco Professor 27" Roll Laminator27″ Film 10 Mil w/ 1″ Core (found here)
Compatible Roll Laminators:

  • Tamerica TCC2700
  • EZLam 27″ Roll Laminator
  • Mightly-Lam 2700 Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Compass Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Premier 4 Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Professor Laminator
  • SircleLam Eclipse
  • SircleLam QuickPrint 27

One thing you may notice as you look through this list is that there are far fewer roll laminators capable of handling the thicker 5 and 10 mil film. If you have a 27″ wide thermal roll laminator with a 1″ core, you can more than likely use all of the 1″ core film found on this page. You can find our entire selection of 27″ wide roll laminators here. If you are unsure, or have additional questions about compatibility with your laminator, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788. We would love to help you out.

Carnation CR2 Money Counter Review

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Carnation CR2 Money CounterFast, effective and accurate are all words that can be used to describe most money counters (found here). You put a stack of bills in the hopper and in seconds the entire stack is counted. At ABC Office we offer a wide variety of money counters from brands such as Intelli-Count, Cassida, Semacon, Magner and others. We recently added a new brand to our site by Carnation and I will be reviewing the Carnation CR2 money counter (found here) in this article.

When it comes to money counting machines, many of them look like clones of each other and there aren’t usually many features that make them unique from each other. We are always looking for new and unique products to add to our site. The Carnation CR2 has many unique features that set it apart from other machines.

To begin with, the Carnation CR2 is an industrial level machine, meaning it can be used with larger organizations such as banks, credit unions and casinos. It features a variable speed control that allows it to operate at speeds ranging from 800-1500 bills a minute. At 1500 bills per minute, this is one of the fastest money counters on the market.

Another feature I really like about the CR2 is the large feeder and carrier. Most money counters feature a feeding hopper that holds around 200 new or 100 used bills. This machine has a feeder with a capacity of 400 new bills, which is pretty large. This means you don’t have to load it as frequently, which results in you getting more done in a shorter period of time.

Over the years the problem of counterfeit bills has continued to grow with the improvements in printing and copying technology. The CR2 is equipped with counterfeit detection capabilities. It uses three different technologies to do this. These are ultraviolet (UV), magnetic (MG) and Infrared (IR). Using these built in counterfeit detection tools, it can scan bills on the fly and quickly determine if they are real or fake. In the event that a counterfeit bill is detected, the CR2 will stop and notify the operator.

The CR2 can also be set up for various counting functions. It can be used to count the bills in a stack, count them and add them to additional stacks and it can be used for batch counting. Batch counting is especially nice for sorting, organizing and storing bills. The feeder can be used to count US currency, but also works with Canadian bills, Euros and currencies from other countries.

Another cool feature of the Carnation CR2 is the control panel. I have used a lot of money counters since working at ABC Office and I can safely say I have never seen one with a touch screen control panel. The CR2 is equipped with a touch screen control that is extremely easy to navigate. Data, such as counted bills, is shown on the left screen.

One thing you should be aware of is that the CR2 does not distinguish the difference between different denominations. This means it will provide you with a total number of bills counted, but not the total value. If you need a bill counter that will count and provide the value, you will need to go with something like the Carnation CR3 mixed bill counter (found here).

In conclusion, the CR2 is one of the most robust machines we offer for higher-end money counting. It features a nice one-year warranty and includes pretty much every feature you could want in a money counter that doesn’t distinguish denominations. Please feel free to contact us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. You can find our entire selection of money counters here.

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