Archive for June, 2013

Dahle 507 & 508 Personal Rotary Paper Trimmers Review

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Dahle 507 & 508 Rolling Paper TrimmersI’ve spoken to a lot of people over the years who are looking for a solid scrapbook or craft paper cutter that can cut through their card stock, photos and is easy to set up. One model I frequently recommend is the Dahle 507 and 508 personal rotary trimmers (found here). These compact rotary paper cutters have been around for years. I have personally used them and would like to share my experience with you.

I hear a lot of complaints from people regarding cheap department store paper cutters. I have heard everything from it just feels cheap to the blade dulls too quickly. I have heard my fair share of complaints. Dahle has been around for decades and is known for their paper cutters. The Dahle 507 and 508 cutters, especially considering the price, do an excellent job.

So what is a rotary paper cutter (aka rolling trimmer)? A rotary cutter is a type of trimmer that uses a round cutting blade. This blade usually sits in some sort of housing that slides along a rail. These types of cutters are especially known for their precision. The are also immensely popular with scrapbookers.

Let me go into just a little more detail on the blade. Many “cheap” rotary cutters, such as those made by a company that rhymes with whiskers, use blades that roll along a rubber or plastic base. This often results in poorly trimmed paper or situations where the bottom sheet doesn’t cut at all. These Dahle cutters use a blade that actually slides up against a metal bar. This produces a very clean cut. This same cutting process also helps to sharpen the rolling blade, thus dramatically extending the lifespan of the trimmer.

Both of these cutters share several things in common. Both of these cutters feature a 7 sheet paper cutting capacity based on 20# bond paper. Both of these cutters are also German engineered. Both of these trimmers feature a plastic clamping mechanism that helps keep the paper in place during the cutting process, which really helps with keeping the cut straight during the entire trimming process. Both of these trimmers also feature a metal base that has a preprinted guide for easy paper alignment.

I would like to cover a few specifications between the two trimmers:

  • Dahle 507 – This trimmer has a 12 ½” cutting length, making it perfect for cutting photos and letter size paper. This is the most popular size for scrapbookers and hobbyists. It is extremely lightweight and very easy to carry around.
  • Dahle 508 – This trimmer has an 18” cutting length, allowing it to easily cut paper larger than letter size. It is excellent for trimming down larger photos, signs and small stuff as well.

Many scrapbookers out there like to use a rotary paper trimmer that has the option of using special cutting blades. You can actually buy the Dahle 507 as the Dahle 507K (kit). This kit includes the standard straight blade as well as a wavy blade, deckle cut blade and a perforating blade. The blades are extremely easy to swap out.

In conclusion, I have to say that both the Dahle 507 and 508 are excellent budget paper trimmers. If you are OK with the 7 sheet capacity, and don’t plan on using them in a print shop for heavy-duty use, I think you will really like these cutters. They are perfect for home or small business use and make great gifts.

If you still have questions, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We would love to help answer your questions. You can find the Dahle 507 and 508 here and our entire selection of rotary paper cutters here.

ABC Office Announces New Specials Page

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

ABC OfficeDo you need to save some money on some specialized office equipment? Are you looking for a way to push that end-of-year budget a little farther? You’re in luck! We have recently re-designed our site and have added a specials page (found here) where we are adding some heavily discounted products. These products are often listed well below retail and are changing frequently, so be sure to check back often.

Our current lineup of products includes everything from binding machines and paper folding machines to laminators and paper cutters. These are the types of machines that are designed to do very specific and specialized tasks. Many of these machines can save businesses a lot of money by moving commonly needed operations in house. The cost of a machine is quickly made up by eliminating outsourced services.

If you see a product you like, but the money simply isn’t there right now, lock in that price with a quote. Simply call us at 1-800-658-8788 or fill out this form. By requesting a quote, you can lock in the low price for 30 days, which may be enough time for you get a budget proposal in place. We have many customers that take advantage of these free quotes.

At ABC Office we accept several different payments:

Purchase Orders – If you are a government entity, we will gladly accept a purchase order. If you aren’t government, we will still accept purchase orders, but a credit application must first be filled out and sent in to us. You can find the credit application here.

Checks – If you would like to pay with a check, you may mail it into us at:

1142 W. Flint Meadow Dr.
Kaysville, UT  84037

Once the check has cleared with our bank, we can go ahead and send out your product.

Credit Cards – We accept all major credit cards. This includes Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover.

PayPal – We are set up to accept payments via PayPal, which is often a very simple and seamless payment method for many people.

Google Checkout – We are set up to accept payments via Google Checkout.

Wire Transfer – If you are outside the United States or Canada, you may still purchase products from us by paying via bank wire transfer.

ABC Office has been in business for over 30 years and we have developed a reputation for being some of the best in the business. We have years of experience and knowledge that can help you select the right product for the job. We also have a fully staffed Service Department that can help with repairs, replacement parts, service and much more. You can contact us by calling 1-800-658-8788.

Thank you for reading this posting. Please feel free to stop by and view our specials for the day. Have a great day!

Metal Coil vs. PVC Coil for Binding

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Coil Binding SuppliesCoil binding is THE most popular binding method used today. It has quickly passed up coil and comb for many reasons. For many reasons, the most popular binding coil used today is PVC coil. I still get many people, however, that ask me about the older metal coil and which is better. I would like to cover coil binding in general and explain the differences between metal coil and PVC coil. You can find our coil binding machines here.

Coil binding is a method of binding where spiral-like coils (much like springs) are inserted through pre-punched holes in paper. The spring-like nature of the coils allow punched paper to glide along the binding spine, making page turns easy, fast and seamless. Coil also allows pages to turn a full 360 degrees and allows pages to lay entirely flat.

Akiles CoilMac-ER PlusCoil binding comes in two different hole patterns. These include 4:1 pitch and 5:1 pitch (found here). In the United States of America, the 4:1 pitch is almost always used with 5:1 pitch being rare. The pitch of the coil is the hole pattern used. A 4:1 pitch consists of four holes per inch of paper and a 5:1 pitch is five holes per inch. The hole pattern you use depends a lot on how much paper you are binding (larger spacing means higher capacity) and your own personal preference.

As mentioned earlier, there is both metal and PVC coil binding. Here are some of the differences between the two:

  • Metal Coil – As a general rule, the metal coil is used on an industrial level for binding things like spiral notebooks for ruled paper. Metal coil is usually a shiny metal, silver or chrome color, although colored metal coil is available. One reason many people and businesses are moving away from metal coil is because it tends to bend easily, making page turns more difficult.
  • PVC Coil – This type of coil is used by most businesses and for home binding purposes. It is also beginning to find its way into more industrial binding applications for spiral notebooks. PVC coil does not bend, making it far more long lasting and durable than metal coil. Black is the most common color, although white and clear are other popular colors. You can buy PVC coils in a variety of colors including blue, green, brown, yellow, orange and much more.

The binding machines we offer at ABC Office are designed to be used with PVC coils. We get asked frequently if metal coils can be used with PVC coil machines. If the hole patterns line up, there is no reason you can’t use a PVC coil machine to punch the holes for metal coil. Be aware, however, that the coil crimping pliers will NOT work with metal coil. The inserter should work fine as long as there are no burs on the metal coil. The inserter used on PVC coil binding machine is made out of rubber and may scratch or tear if put in contact with low quality metal wire.

We have a lot of years working with coil binding machines and a lot of experience. Combined, we have near 85 years worth of binding machine experience and knowledge we can share with you. Please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of coil binding machines here.

What is a Letter Fold?

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Letter Folding MachineIf you are in the process of setting up a paper folding machine (found here), you may have noticed that there are several different types of folds available. These include the letter fold, accordion fold, half fold, double parallel fold, cross fold and many others. One of the most common types of folds is the letter fold. I would like to take a few minutes and help you understand what a letter fold is, why it is used and how to set your paper folding machine up to create it.

The letter fold is the most common type of paper fold, followed by the accordion fold (aka Z fold). The letter fold is often revered to as the C fold because when opened up it makes a letter C (when vied from the side). This is the fold that most businesses use for their invoices, letters, bills and other documents.

A standard letter folded documents consist of three equal panels. On an 8 ½” x 11″ sheet of paper, each of these panels are about 3 5/8″ in width (3.66″ to be precise). These panels can be adjusted if you wish to create an uneven letter fold, which is a type of custom fold. While these measurements are based on 8 ½” x 11″ paper, larger sheets of paper can also be letter folded.

Here is a picture of a letter folded document:

Letter Folded Paper

There are several reasons why the letter fold is so popular. Here are just a few:

  • Size – This size works very well with #10 envelopes, fitting in nicely and without too much effort on behalf of the worker or machine inserting the paper into the envelope.
  • Look – The even three-panel design of the letter fold looks very professional. It has been around for years and is very recognizable. This paper format is also easy to handle, open and use.

Almost all paper folding machines are able to create a letter fold using 8 ½” x 11″ letter-size paper. In fact, I can’t think of one that doesn’t. Some larger machines can even create a letter fold using larger 8 ½” x 14 Legal, 11″ x 17″ and 12″ x 18″. Check your paper folder’s manual to see which sizes of paper it can handle. If you are shopping for a machine, be sure to check the specifications to make sure the machine handles your paper.

When setting up a paper folding machine, the first plate (usually the longer folding plate) is set at about ¾” of the length of the document. On an 8 ½” x 11″ sheet of paper, is at about 7 3/8″. The second folding plate (usually the shorter of the two) is set about 1/3″ of the way up the page, which is usually around 3 ¾”. The letter fold is one of the most clearly marked and one of the most easy to set up on a folding machine.

Here are a few things to look out for when shopping for a machine that letter folds paper:

  • Paper Thickness – Most folding machines handle a standard 20# bond paper thickness. If you need to fold card stock or thicker paper, be sure your machine is capable of handling it.
  • Paper Type – About 80% of the folding machines out there use a friction feed system. This means they use some sort of rubber roller to grab the paper and pull it in. If your paper is slick, glossy or coated, you may need an air feed system as the friction rollers could potentially slip and jam.

If you need more information on letter folding machines, or simply need some questions answered, you are more than welcome to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

How to use Coil Crimping Pliers

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Coil Crimping Pliers for Coil BindingIf you own a coil binding machine, you have either mastered or have gotten very frustrated with the final step of the binding process; the coil crimping pliers (found here). If you have coil crimping pliers, or you are considering buying a coil binder, you will want to read this article. I am going to go through the coil crimping process step by step. This guide should help you to master the art of coil crimping.

Coil binding supplies come in 12″ lengths for use in binding 11″ documents. The added length is done on purpose. Once a coil is spun through paper that has been punched for coil, the coil supply is spun through. The result is about ½” of excess coil on each end of the book. This allows the operator of the machine to cut off and crimp the excess coil. The crimping prevents the coil from spinning back out. The process is actually quite ingenuous and it works well.

Coil crimping pliers look a lot like needle nose pliers. They are relatively small and fit in the palm of your hand. Some binding machines include the pliers, where others require you to purchase them separately. The are spring loaded and all you really need to do is position them correctly and squeeze them shut. Here is a step-by-step guide on exactly how to use them:

  1. Pick up the book you are binding with your left hand.
  2. Grab the coil crimping pliers with your right.
  3. Point the red dot on the coil crimping pliers towards the document you are binding.
  4. Insert the coil into the mouth of the pliers. The closer you can get to the edge of the book the better.
  5. Squeeze the crimping pliers.
  6. If done correctly, it will cut of excess coil and will crimp the coil 40 to 90 degrees, preventing the coils from slipping back out.
  7. Repeat this process for the other side of the book. You can switch hands if you are left handed.

Sometimes seeing this done is even more helpful. Here is a video demo of coil crimping pliers in use.

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Once you have the technique down, it really isn’t that hard. I can crimp both sizes of a document in under 10 seconds easily and often faster. It definitely looks far more complicated than it really is. If you don’t want to bother with coil crimping pliers, or you simply want to speed up the process, there are machines out there that cut and crimp both sides off simultaneously. An example of a coil crimping machine is the Akiles Finish-A-Coil E1 (found here)

I have had many people ask me if they can simply use needle nose pliers. You can, but you have to be more careful and the process is slower. Most people take the needle nose pliers, cut off the excess coil and then using the sample pliers to bend the coil over.

I hope this guide helps you out! If you still have questions, or need help, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We would love to help you out. We also have a great selection of coil binding machines (found here) and coil binding supplies (found here).

Check Signers – What You Should Know

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Check SignersIf you’re manually signing a lot of checks, or any documents for that matter, you are probably in serious need of an upgrade. There are machines out there that are designed to quickly sign documents and checks clearly, professionally and quickly. These machines are what’s known as check signers (found here). These machines have been around for years and there are several different types, styles and brands to choose from. I would like to cover exactly how a check signer works and browse through a few recommended models.

Check signers work much like any paper handling machine. The document goes in one end and comes out the other. While that may seem simple, most check signers have a feed tray where documents can be placed, a motor pulls them through, a signature plate stamps the signature and it comes out the other end completed. The process takes hardly any time and an entire stack of checks can be signed in seconds.

There are three different types of check signers. These are manual, continuous forms and cut sheet. This is how they all work:

  • Widmer Check SignerManual Check Signers – This is essentially an electric stamping machine with a signature plate. You take your check, or document, insert it into the machine and activate a switch to engage the stamp head. This system is one of the most affordable and is ideal for low to medium-volume stamping. The Widmer S-3 (found here) is an example of a manual check signer.
  • Continuous Forms Check SignersContinuous Forms Check Signers – These check signers are designed to work with continuous forms paper. This is the paper that has the perforated edges with holes and each sheet is connected to the next with a perforation and often sit in an accordion-like fashion in a stack. Continuous forms check signers are often integrated with a burster to help tear or “burst” apart the forms. These are one of the most common types of check signers used today. The Duplo V-130 (found here) is an excellent example of a continuous form check signer.
  • Cut Sheet Check SignersCut Sheet Check Signers – These check signers are designed to be used with standard 8 ½” x 11″ or single sheet documents. These machines have a feed tray where the checks can be placed and a friction wheel pulls in each document one by one and signs it. These are increasingly more popular because they will work with checks printed on a standard office laser printer. The Formax FD 150 (found here) is a good example of a cut sheet design.

Most check signers are built to be secure, only providing authorized access to a person who is allowed to use it. This may be via a key or by typing in a code on a keypad. You don’t want unauthorized people signing checks or important documents.

All of these check signers use some sort of signature plate. The shape of the plate depends on the machine using it. Some machines only support a single signature, but many can support two, three or more. In order to get a signature plate made, a form must be filled out and the originators of the signature must sign their name in a box several times in order for the factory to make the signature properly. It usually takes a few weeks for the signature to be made.

If you have questions about check signers and which models you should use, please give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We would love to help you out. You can find our entire selection of check signers here.

Intelli-Fold DE-112AF Paper Folder Review

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Intelli-Fold DE-112AF Paper Folding MachineIf you are considering buying a Dynafold paper folding machine, or any machine for that matter, you should seriously consider the Intelli-Fold DE-112AF (found here). This paper-folding machine has been around for several years now and has proven that it has what it takes to keep up with the competition, and in many situations, surpass it. I have years of hands-on experience with this machine and I would like to share some of my thoughts and feelings on this machine with you.

To start off with, this machine is comparable to a Dynafold DE-102AF on steroids. It has several built-in improvements that make it a huge value over the DE-102AF and other similar machines. I will go into more details over the specifications, but I would like to say that this machine is currently one of our best sellers. One reason I like selling this particular machine is that when it leaves our building, our customers don’t have any trouble with it. It is very straightforward to set up and doesn’t have the finicky problems you find with other paper folding machines.

Who would be best off using this machine? The DE-112AF is the perfect letter-size paper folding machine. It can quickly fold invoices, letters and other literature up to 8 ½” x 14″ in size or as small as 3.5″ x 5″. With that paper size range, it is very versatile. It can handle paper ranging in thickness from 16# bond up to 50# index. These specifications allow the DE-112AF to keep up with most office paper folding operations.

While this machine does have manually adjusted folding plates, it is actually really easy to set up. A quick setup guide is printed on the folding plate, letting you know exactly where each of the two folding plates need to be set up. Simply loosen the thumb screws on the folding plate and slide it towards or away from the machine. Both plates must be adjusted. One thing I really like about this machine is that both of the folding plates are found on the same side of the machine. I have always found that his makes setup easier and seems to make better use of often-limited desktop space.

The DE-112AF will create most common folds you need. This includes folds such as the letter fold (also known as the C fold), the accordion fold (also known as the Z fold), the half fold, double parallel fold, gate fold and more. Because the folding plates are manually adjusted, custom folds are very easy to do as well.

Once the folding plates are set, the paper can be set in the tray. The feed tray on this machine holds up to 500 sheets of paper at a time. The machine will fold all of the paper in the  tray until it is empty, after which the machine will automatically stop. The DE-112AF uses three friction rollers to pull in paper, unlike many machines that have just one. The three friction rollers ensure even and aligned paper feeding. This results in an excellent skew and perfectly aligned folds.

There several things this machine has that you simply won’t find in the DE-102AF. To begin with, this machine has sensors that won’t allow this machine to run without the folding plates being properly inserted. The DE-102AF doesn’t have this, which can result in some significant paper jams. The DE-112AF also has paper stacking wheels and a powered exit conveyors. The stacking wheel slows paper down after it is folded and keeps paper neatly aligned as it leaves the machine. This is ideal if you need to keep your folded literature organized as it leaves the machine. The DE-102AF only has a catch tray, which can potentially lead to some jumbled paper.

Here is a video of the DE-112AF paper folding machine in action:

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I have used this machine a lot. I can safely say that it is one of the finest machines we offer in this price range. The internals are well put together, servicing is readily available and it is just a great overall machine. You can find the DE-112AF paper folding machine here and our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Please feel free to contact us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions .We would love to help you out. We can even test samples prior to purchase if you would like to see how your material would look folded on a DE-112AF. Do you already own one? Post your experiences here as a comment. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

To Stack or Not to Stack – Paper Folding Machine Options

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Intelli-Fold DE-112AF Paper Folding Machine w/ Metal Stacking Wheels and ConveyorIf you are a business and plan on folding hundreds to thousands of sheets of paper today, you may want to consider using a paper folding machine equipped with an exit conveyor and stacking wheel. There are many reasons why you might want to consider using one. At ABC Office we offer a great selection of paper folding machines (found here) equipped with this technology. I would like to explain exactly what it does.

Paper folding machines have been around for decades. What do these engineering marvels do? They take a stack of paper and quickly fold it into various patterns. The most common fold used today is the letter fold, also known as the C fold. Other common folds include the single fold (aka V fold), accordion fold (aka Z fold) and the double parallel fold. Paper folding machines fold paper into these various patterns at a speed of hundreds to often thousands of sheets of paper per hour.

One of the biggest complaints associated with paper folding machines is the disorganization often involved. Because paper is pulled into them machine at a fast rate of speed, it also leaves the machine at a high rate of speed. Many machines simply have a catch tray where the folded paper is essentially tossed. I have seen machines that do a good job with catching paper, and others that leave the folded documents in complete disarray. This can especially be a problem if you need to keep the paper in order.

If you need organization to your paper folding, what you need is a stacking wheel and conveyor. This combination of stacking wheel and conveyor helps to slow down paper as it leaves the machine, acting kind of like a brake. As the paper is slowed down by the stacking wheel, sheets of paper are nicely fed under each other as a powered conveyor carries the folded documents the rest of the way out of the machine. The order of the documents is typically reversed for a top feed machine and the same for a bottom-feed machine.

Here is a picture of what a stacking wheel / conveyor combination look like:

Paper Folding Machine w/ Stacking Wheel and Conveyor

Stacking wheels usually come in pairs and rest on a metal or plastic support. These wheels are adjusted to accommodate the side of the paper. Manual paper folding machines have these wheels manually adjusted where fully automated machines will sometimes adjust these wheels for you.

The powered exit conveyor usually consists of two or three bands that run in sync with the motor. The speed of the conveyor is usually automatically synced with the motor to keep the folded documents properly spaced. Once the documents have been carried along the conveyor, they usually come to rest at a catch where they can be easily removed from the machine.

Some paper folding machines, like those made by Formax, feature telescoping conveyors, designed to hold several hundred sheets of paper. This helps increase throughput and decreases the amount of times the machine needs to be stopped.
I personally like stacking wheels and a powered conveyor on my paper folding machine. It really makes the machine feel 100% complete.

Here are a couple of very affordable models under $1,000 we offer that include stacking wheels and a conveyor:

We offer a huge selection of other paper folding machines found here. Many of these machines include stacking wheels and conveyors. If you still have questions, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788.

Using a Bill Counter as a Check Counting Machine

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Bill Counters as Check CountersI recently had a customer call up and ask me what we recommended he use for counting checks. He apparently ran a business and was in a situation where he needed to count the total number of checks at the end of the day. He didn’t need anything too robust and was only dealing with a few hundred checks a day. Luckily the solution to his problem was actually pretty simple. I recommended he use a bill counter (found here). Here’s why.

Bill counters are far simpler than the name implies. These devices are designed to quickly count up the total number of bills. They don’t provide a total denominational value, making these perfect for counting non-currency items as well. In fact, we have many customers that use a standard bill counter to count paper, checks, coupons and other paper-based materials. There are a few things to keep in mind, however, before simply going out and buying a machine.

In this customer’s situation, he didn’t need counterfeit detection or any special whistles and bells with a device. He simply needed the total number. This ended up saving him money because I was able to set him up with a basic but high quality system. He ended up going with the ABC1150 bill counter (found here).

So are these machines accurate? You bet. They are 100 percent accurate and most have safeguards in place in case multiple pieces are pulled through or if a jam occurs. I have personally tested many of our bill counters by running the same stack through multiple times. I have never had a bill counter register a different amount during a repeated counting. These are accurate and you won’t have a problem with a misread.

There are a few things you need to keep your eye open for when dealing with bill counters counting non-money items. The first thing you need to be aware of is that these bill counters have a maximum and minimum bill size. Be sure your check, paper or whatever items you are counting fall within those minimum and maximum dimensions. In the case of the ABC1150, it can handle bills as small as 2″ x 4″ or as large as 4″ x 7 1/3″.

Also be aware that our bill counters use friction to pull the paper in and count it. That means if the paper you need to count is glossy or slick, there may be a problem. This is because the friction rollers may slip on the glossy surface, resulting in a jam. This is the case with most office machinery that uses friction-based rubber rollers.

So is there a particular brand you should stick with if you are counting checks? I have always had excellent luck with Semacon, Cassida, Carnation and the ABC line of bill counters.

We have a lot of these bill counters out on our showroom floor. If you’re not sure if a bill counter will work for your check, paper, coupon or other counting project, feel free to send in some samples and we can have them tested to ensure proper operation prior to a purchase. We also have an experienced team that is very knowledgeable with our bill counters. Feel free to call and talk with them by calling 1-800-658-8788.

Continuous Band Sealers – Everything You Need to Know

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Continuous Band SealersIf you are sealing bags on a daily basis and your volume is going up into the hundreds or even thousands per day, you may want to upgrade from your hand sealer and consider using a continuous band sealer (found here). These machines are designed to quickly seal a variety of thermoplastic bags shut at a high rate of speed. Many can seal anywhere from 20-30 bags per minute. These machines are used for packaging such products as liquids, powders, food, medical devices, parts and much more. This article will cover the different types of continuous band sealers available.

Continuous band sealers could almost be called automated bag sealers, because that is what they do. They take a bag and seal it with very little manual involvement. The operator of the machine takes the bag and inserts it into the machine where it then takes it and seals the bag shut. The bag is carried along a rubber conveyor until the process is done. Many of these sealers will seal up to 40 feet of bag per minute, which is extremely fast.

So what do these machines do? They seal the top of an open plastic bag shut for storage, packaging and retail purposes. This is done by using direct heat to melt the bag shut in a straight linear pattern. The width of the seal varies, depending on the machine. Most of the band sealers we offer produce an 8mm thick seal, however, some go as high as 15mm thick. The thicker the seal, the stronger the hold. You have probably seen examples of packaging sealed with a band sealer in the grocery store. Pretty much any bagged product you use has been sealed this way.

Most of the bags used with these machines are made using thermoplastic material that reacts with heat. This includes PP, PE, Laminates, stand up pouches, gusseted bags, moisture barrier bags and more. Continuous band sealers are available in several configurations, depending on the size of the bag you need to seal, the weight of the material being packaged, what you are packaging and much more. Here are a few things you may want to know when shopping around for a machine:

Horizontal or Vertical – Band sealers typically come in a horizontal or vertical configuration. This means they can seal a bag laying down or standing up. The design you get depends a lot on what you are sealing. Most people go with a horizontal design unless they are packaging something that could spill. If the bag contains powders, liquids, small pieces and other spillable items, you will want a vertical sealer.

Here is an example of a horizontal band sealer in action:

Here is an example of a vertical band sealer in action:

Tilting Head – Some of the vertical band sealers we offer have a tilting head to help assist with packaging liquids. Some of these sealers have a head that will tilt up to 30 degrees to assist with the sealing process.

Conveyor – Many band sealers offer the option of adjusting the height and depth of the conveyor. This is designed to accommodate the bag size. If the adjustments aren’t correct, it can make bag sealing more complicated.

Printing – Several band sealers offer the option of printing text and numbers along the seal. This may include the date, serial numbers and much more. There are several different methods of printing, depending on the machine. Here are the four most common:

  • Dry Ink Coding: This method prints black text or numbers along the band.
  • Color Ribbon Printing: Color ribbon printing provides a stronger adhesion print than dry ink coding and works best for humid environments.
  • Embossing Attachment: This method allows text to be embossed with heat along the band. This method does not use any ink.
  • Hot Ink Coding: Uses a hot ink method to print text and numbers along the sealing band.

This is a video of dry ink coding in action:

 

Most of the continuous band sealers we offer are made using stainless steel for food packaging purposes. Designs range from tabletop to floor models that include a stand and casters. Typically the larger the machine, the more throughput it allows.

Most of these sealers allow the operator to adjust the temperature, speed, fan control and much more. The control panels on these machines keep the settings all in a single location and the bulk majority of them are incredibly easy to set up and don’t require any special training to use.

You can find our entire selection of continuous band sealers here. Please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. We would love to help you out.

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