Archive for January, 2014

Counting and Sorting Wet or Damp Coins

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Wet or Damp Coin Counting MachineIf you run or operate a car wash, chances are you deal with a lot of coins, especially quarters. At the end of the day many car washes around the country count up coins and tally up the day’s haul. One of the best ways to do this is to use a coin counter or sorter (found here). These tools can be used to quickly sort through and count up coins for bagging or storage purposes. One problem many carwash owners face is damp or wet coins. How do these affect the machine? I’ll go into more detail in this article.

At ABC Office, we offer a wide variety of machines for counting and sorting coins from manufacturers like Magner, Cassida, Klopp, Semacon, Ribao and many others. While many of our manufacturers say that damp coins may (or may not) work, there is no guarantee. Most recommend that the coins be dried out prior to counting and sorting. This isn’t really an option with the carshwash industry as the coins are usually wet.

The problem many coin counters have when counting wet or damp coins is that they utilize a system that drives coins over a flat surface, using a single upper wheel or belt. The result is the coins can potentially skid, much like a car’s wheels on a wet raod.

Only one manufacturer that I’m aware of has machines that will count completely drenched and wet coins. This manufacturer is Klopp.

Klopp machines are a bit different than your typical coin counter. Most Klopp coin counters and sorters are made out of metal, rather than plastic. The quality is excellent and they are designed for commercial use. Models range from counters, sorters to machines that can both count and sort. You can find our entire selection of Klopp coin counters and sorters here.

Getting back to the carwash inquiry, Klopp specifies that their CM (found here) and their CMB coin counters / baggers (found here) can handle wet coins or tokens. These coin counters utilizes upper and lower drive wheel mechanisms that keep wet and damp coins from slipping and sliding. This allows the Klopp CM and the Klopp CMB to count wet coins as if they were completely bone dry.

Here is a video of the Klopp CMB counting wet coins. You’ll notice how efficient the machine is.

As you can see, it is handling the wet coins without a problem. This is a really nice feature of the Klopp machine. I definitely recommend it for use at a carwash or for handling wet / damp coins. Do you still have questions or need some additional advice? Give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We have several money handling experts that would love to help you out.

Best Equipment for Retail Packaging

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Shrink Wrap Packaging EquipmentI speak with people every day who are looking for the best piece of equipment to use for packaging their product for retail sale purposes. While there are some tools out there that can be used for “general purpose” packaging, most packaging tools are designed for very specific projects. I would like to cover a few popular pieces of equipment that can be used for your own in-house packaging.

At ABC Office, we over over a dozen different types of machines that can be used for packaging. In fact, you can find our entire selection of packaging machines here. We carry gravity drop sealers, band sealers, carton sealers, sleeve wrappers and more. For the sake of time, and keep this article from going on over 20 pages, I am limiting this to the top four most popular categories.

Shrink Wrap (found here) – Shrink wrap is the most popular method of packaging products for retail sale purposes. Shrink wrap machines use special thermoplastic film that literally shrinks down when heat is applied. The process is pretty cool and the thin layer of plastic provides protection, makes items tamper proof and can be used for bundling. We offer three different types of shrink wrap machines:

  • I-Bar Sealers (found here) – Our I-Bar sealers are the most popular tool we offer. They are ideal for low to medium volume packaging needs and they are extremely affordable. The I-bar contains a single element that uses impulses of electricity to seal off the film. When used with centerfold shrink film, the I-bar has to be pulled down to seal all opened sides (usually involves two passes). Most I-bar sealers include a heat gun that is then manually used to shrink down the film.
  • L-Bar Sealers (found here) – These tools are similar to the I-bar but have an “L” shaped impulse sealing blade. This doubles the speed at which you can package products. L-bar sealers can be used with a heat gun or with a shrink tunnel, depending on the speed you need to package products.
  • Shrink Wrap Systems (found here) – These systems usually feature an L-bar sealing blade integrated with a heat tunnel dome. The result is a machine that can cut shrink film around a product and shrink the film down all at the same time. This improves efficiency and speed. This type of system is ideal for medium to high-volume packaging needs.


Bag Heat SealersHeat Sealers (found here)
– Heat sealers, often called bag sealers, are designed to seal the open end of a plastic bag. This includes a variety of plastic films including cellophane, mylar, poly film and much more. Depending on the sealer, they can be used with a variety of thicknesses of plastic. These sealers also come in different sealing lengths and widths. They are used for packaging food, tools, powders, liquids and more. Heat sealers are broken down into two categories:

  • Impulse – Impulse bag sealers are designed for speed and can be used with thinner plastic. They use a sealing element that only heats up when it is sealing a bag. It is quick to cool down and very safe to handle.
  • Direct Heat – These sealers, sometimes called constant heat sealers, use a heating element that needs to warm up and remains hot. They are typically a little less money than impulse sealers and they can be used with thicker plastic.

Vacuum SealersVacuum Sealers (found here) – Vacuum sealers are used to provide an air-tight seal, typically for packaging food or sterile medical instruments. Thanks to an airtight seal, vacuum sealers can be used to dramatically extend the life of food and are excellent for preventing contaminants. We offer two different types of vacuum sealers:

  • Chamber Vacuum Sealers (found here) – Chamber vacuum sealers are extremely popular for packaging food and they are ideal for industrial / commercial level packaging needs. You simply insert your item into the vacuum bag, insert it into the chamber and let the machine do the rest. The chamber sealer will remove all the air inside the chamber, seal the bag and return the atmosphere inside the chamber back to normal. The results are long lasting and professional.
  • External Vacuum Sealers (found here) – External sealers seal products outside the machine. Once an item is placed in the back, the open end is inserted into the machine. The external sealer will then remove the air inside the bag and then seal the bag shut. We offer several different types of external sealers including channel sealers (much like a Foodsaver) and industrial external sealers that use nozzles for removing air.

Clamshell SealersClamshell Sealers (found here) – Have you ever purchased a toy, tools or other items encased in a hard plastic shell? This packaging is referred to as clam shell packaging. In the past this clam shell was held shut by staples. Today clam shell sealers are used to keep this packaging closed. This prevents injuries, rust and is an affordable alternative to staples. The clam shell sealer uses heat (or ultrasonic waves) to melt the plastic together.

I hope this has helped answer a few of your packaging questions. Because this is such a huge topic, you may still have additional questions. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 or post your question as a comment. We have decades of experience with these machines and would love to help you out.

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