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Office Machine Review: The Widmer E-3 Electronic Embossing Machine

Friday, June 10th, 2016

 

Widmer E-3 embossing machine

Widmer E-3 Embosser

 

Are you searching for an electronic document embosser that provides consistent reliability and toughness? The Widmer E-3 embossing machine is one of the most durable embossing machines available on the market today.

The E-3 embosser is intended for heavy-duty daily use. It may be operated consistently throughout the workday without any downtime. The end result of embossed text, logos or numbers looks highly professional.

This model from Widmer uses custom embossing plates. The plates may include logos, text or numbers. The E-3 is made from durable die-cast metal components and features some of the finest quality handcraftsmanship found in an embosser. The unit may be used to emboss carbon forms, diplomas, certificates, legal documents, checks, card stock, etc.

Is security a concern? The Widmer E-3 embosser has a convenient secure locking device that helps discourage unauthorized access to the stamping plate. You may manually adjust the stamping depth and pressure to accommodate positioning on a document with the Widmer E-3.

An automatic trigger comes standard. It provides helpful hands-free operation and ease of use. The Widmer model E-3 embosser is a popular model with justice of the peace divisions in several states, schools, various government branches and large offices. Most electric embossers available today simply do not get any better than this one.

 

  • Features rapid operation and consistent accuracy
  • Ideal for use with single sheet and two-part carbonized forms
  • You can emboss diplomas, legal papers, certificates, etc.
  • Imprints within three inches from the edge of the document

 

Have custom embossing artwork? Call us at 1-800-658-8788 for help. We also offer competitive discount pricing for orders with multiple embossing units. Be sure to call for more details!

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.

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.

Affordable Ways to Fold and Mail Accounts Payable Checks

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Pressure Seal ChecksIf your business is looking for an affordable way to mail accounts payable checks, one great option is to use a envelope inserting machine (found here). While these machines do a great job, another more affordable option you may want to consider is to use a pressure sealer (found here). So which of these two technologies is best for you? Having used both, and having a lot of experience with both types of machines, I would like to share some advice and experience with you.

Mailing checks is an important part of any business’s operations. Whether it is accounts payable, rebates, paychecks or other checks. Before you settle on any one type of machine, there is one important question you will want to ask yourself:

How many pages will you be mailing at a time? If you are mailing just one sheet at a time, with the check, either a pressure sealer or an envelope inserting machine will work for you. If you need to mail more than one sheet at a time, you will have to go with an envelope inserting machine.

Now that we that question answered, here is a brief description of each type of machine and why it may or may not work for you:

  • Envelope Inserting MachinesEnvelope Inserting Machines (found here) – Envelope inserting machines have feed trays, much like a copy machine, that pull a sheet of paper from the tray, fold it and insert it into an envelope. Reservoirs of water inside the machines are used to wet the glue on the envelope flap and seal it shut. Envelope inserting machines, often called folder inserters, can come with multiple feed trays. This makes it possible to fold and insert two, three, four or more sheets of paper at a time. Envelope inserting machines are excellent for mailing invoices, letters and yes, even checks.
  • Pressure SealersPressure Sealers (found here) – Pressure sealers are designed to fold and seal pressure seal paper. Pressure seal paper (found here) and pressure seal checks (found here) have small pockets of glue along the edges and in strategic places that help keep the folded letter sealed shut. This special paper can be used in any copy machine or printer. Solid metal rollers in the pressure sealer break these pockets open, resulting in a tamper-proof seal that is excellent for mailing purposes. If you are mailing a single check, this is a great option. When the recipient receives the check, they simply tear off the perforated sides to gain access to the enclosed check. Another nice perk of the pressure sealer is that there is no need to use an envelope, saving even more money.

My personal recommendation is that you use a pressure sealer if you only need to fold and seal a single sheet / check. The machines cost a lot less money, there are fewer moving parts and you don’t have to use any envelopes. If you need to fold multiple sheets, our Formax envelope inserting machines still do a great job and are excellent for mailing much more than just checks.

Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 for answers to your envelope inserting or pressure sealing questions.

Paper Weight Conversion Chart – Bond / GSM / Cover / Index

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Paper Folding Machine Paper WeightsHave you ever been shopping online for a paper folding machine (found here), or other piece of office equipment, and saw the terms bond, gsm, cover or index weight listed next to a number? I don’t know about you, but this had always confused me. There are literally a half dozen different ways to determine the thickness of paper. For that reason, and to help all of you, I am including a convenient paper weight conversion chart.

Knowing the thickness of paper your paper folding machine can handle will mean the difference between a professional job and a complete disaster. There is no faster way to jam your paper folding machine, or other piece of office equipment, than trying to feed a thick piece of card stock through it when it can only handle half the thickness.

In Europe, and around the world, the method used for measuring paper thickness is gsm (grams per square inch), sometimes listed as g/m2. In the United States, and some other locations, other “weight” based measurements are used for determining the thickness of paper. This includes bond weight, text weight, cover weight, index weight and several others. This can be very confusing. The weight is usually based on a fixed width of 500 sheets.

This guide is designed to help get a round about idea on what one measurement converts over to another. Because paper weights vary so much, depending on several factors, this should be used as a guide only.  Numbers in bold are common thicknesses.

Paper Weight (Thickness) Conversion Chart

Paper Weight Conversion Chart - GSM - Cover - Bond - Index

If you are in the market for a paper folding machine (found here), or if you simply need some advice on choosing a machine for the thickness of paper you are using, feel free to contact one of our paper specialists at 1-800-658-8788.

Free Shipping on MBM Machines (Destroyit, Kutrimmer, Triumph and More!)

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

MBM Office Machines & EquipmentSome of our most popular office equipment is made by MBM. This includes Destroyit paper shredders, Kutrimmer paper trimmers, Triumph paper cutters and much more. In an effort to save you money, we are offering free shipping on over half the MBM products we offer. We are excited to offer this great deal to you, our valued customer.

What you will need to do is look for our free shipping logo, which looks like this:

Free Shipping Logo

Our MBM office machines are broken up into the following categories:

These machines are solid, reliable and have a great track record with our customers. I have personally used MBM machine in each of the above listed categories and I have always had a pleasant experience.

Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions related to our MBM free shipping promotion.

Best Way to Fold Heavy or Thick Card Stock

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Paper Scoring MachinesFolding heavy-duty card stock is tricky and you could say there is an art to it. The way you fold card stock will depend entirely on how much folding you plan on doing. I will offer you a few suggestions on folding thick card stock that will produce nice, clean and crisp folds that will look professional for any job.

Have you ever tried folding thick card stock by hand? How did it turn out? Perhaps you’re more talented than me, but when I fold card stock by hand, it usually turns out rough, uneven and the edges have an almost crumpled look. In other words, it looks like I folded it by hand. You probably want those edges straight, crisp and clean.

When it comes to folding heavy-duty card stock, there are three different “volumes” of folding that I like to categorize. You have your light-volume folding (1-10 sheets a day), medium-volume folding (10-200 sheets a day) and high-volume folding (200+ sheets a day).

For light-volume folding of heavy card stock, you can use a ruler as an edge and the dull side of scissors or the dull side of a knife to create a crease. The crease is the trick, once the crease has been established, you can easily manually fold the thick card stock.

For medium-volume folding of thick card stock, I recommend using a manual scoring machine. Scoring machines use a wheel with a blunt edge. This edge rolls along the paper and creases it. Once creased, the paper can be folded. You can see our manual paper scoring machines here.

For high-volume folding of card stock, you can use a paper-folding machine (found here). I have found, however, that heavy card stock (in excess of 110 # bond). Folding extremely thick card stock using a folding machine can create a jagged folded edge. For heavy card stock, I recommend using an automated creasing / scoring machine (found here).

Scoring machines (aka creasing machines) can also be used to fold laminated documents and some thin sheets of plastic. You can find our entire selection of paper scoring machines here. Many scoring machines can also be used to perforate or even slit paper.

If you are folding a unique type of material, or if you simply have some scoring questions, feel free to contact one of our paper handling specialists by calling 1-800-658-8788.

Martin Yale SP100 Score and Perf Machine Review

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Martin Yale SP100 Scoring & Perforating MachineAre you the kind of person that likes to make creative cards, produce tickets or are in the business of creating literature? One highly valuable tool is a paper perforator or a paper scorer. Paper scorers are great for creasing card stock and paper perforators can be used for creating tickets, coupons and much more. The Martin Yale SP100 score and perf machine (found here) makes scoring and perforating easy. This is my review.

Martin Yale currently manufactures a wide selection of paper cutters, folding machines, business card slitters and more. Their lines of paper handling equipment have a great reputation.

While there are a lot of manual scoring machines and perforating machines out there, they are limited by the speed of the user. One great way to speed things up is by using an electric perforator and scorer like the Martin Yale SP100. The SP100 hits a nice price point. It is electric, so it’s fast, but it won’t cost you several thousand dollars like many higher-end machines.

Using the SP100 is easy. It contains one 14-tooth perforating wheel and one scoring wheel. Both of these wheels are fully adjustable. Simply use the included wrench to loosen the wheels and adjust them where the cuts need to be made. If you only need to perforate, move the scoring wheel out of the way or vice versa. Both the perf wheel and scoring wheel can be used simultaneously.

While this particular machine can’t make multiple perforations or scores in a single pass, paper can be re-fed for multiple perforations or scores. It’s that easy.

The feed tray on the SP100 can be adjusted to accommodate paper ranging from 3 ½” up to 12″ wide and it can handle paper ranging from 20 lb. to 100 lb. cover. This is very impressive, especially considering how affordable the SP100 is.

I have used this machine myself and have to say that while it is pretty simple in construction, the end results are very professional.

This is a video demonstration of me using the Martin Yale SP100.

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The build quality on the SP100 is very nice. It features great metal components and seems to hold up well. The machine itself measures in at 8″ x 15″ x 6″ and weighs 23 pounds.

My only problem with this machine is that the friction wheel that pulls the paper in has to be properly adjusted to accommodate the paper being used. Initially I had a few problems getting it set up, but once I figured out how it worked, setting it up became a fairly fast process.

If you need an affordable electric / semi-automatic scoring and perforating machine, the Martin Yale SP100 may fit the bill. It is an affordable alternative and is great for low to medium-volume use.

You can find the Martin Yale SP100 score and perf machine here and our entire selection of perforating machines here and scoring machines here.

MODEL: SP100
UPC Code: 0-11991-00100-6

Max-Bantam High-Speed Paper Counter Video Demo

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Max Bantam High-Speed Paper CounterDo you need to count thousands of sheets of paper, invoices, stickers, coupons and other material? What you need is a commercial paper counter. One great model you should take a look at is the Max-Bantam from U.S. Paper Counters. This paper counter is perfect for industrial use and can be used in print shops and many other businesses. I have had the chance on many occasions to use this machine and have even shot a video demo of it in use.

The first thing I was most impressed about while using the Max-Bantam was the accuracy of the machine.  It literally counted the sheets of paper I inserted right down to the last sheet. I had well over 1,000 sheets of paper in the machine and tried re-counting the stack every time. The accuracy is amazing.

Not only does the Max-Bantam count paper, but it can also insert tabs into the sheets for batch counting purposes. Setting the machine up for batch counting is extremely easy. Simply let the machine know where you need the tabs and it will pop a tab in every select amount of sheets

Another item of note is the build quality. The build quality on the Max-Bantam is exceptional. This may have something to do with the fact that it is made in the USA. I have opened up all the various compartments on this machine and have accessed the internal workings of the machine. Everything in it is solid.

You can view a video of me using the Max-Bantam here:

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In conclusion, I have to say that the Max-Bantam is a solid piece of equipment, worthy of high-volume and high-speed projects. Tabbing at speeds of 2,000 sheets per minute, you’ll have your counting jobs done in no time.

You can find the Max-Bantam high-speed paper counter here. You can find our entire selection of paper counters here.

Manufacturer Spotlight: Formax

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Formax Office ProductsEvery so often I like to throw the spotlight on a manufacturer that has proven to be reliable and produce great office products. As an online office equipment dealer, we at ABC Office truly appreciate what it is like to work with a reliable manufacturer. This not only helps us, but also helps our customers. Today I would like to introduce you to Formax, one of our most reliable manufacturers.

Formax, a division of Bescorp Inc, is a leading manufacturer of office products. They are well known for their pressure sealers, folder inserters, paper shredders, folding machines and much more. One remarkable thing about Formax is that many of their products are manufactured in the USA. Their line of products are considered to be reliable and have a great track record with our customers.

Formax was originally founded in 1987 and has been in business for over 24 years. They originally specialized in direct sales and service of paper processing equipment around the New England Area.

Formax is currently based out of Dover, New Hampshire and have a manufacturing facility plant in Turlock, California. The actual “Formax” name was established in 1993 right around the time they began to offer industrial bursters, decollators and mergers.

In 1996, thanks to a great reputation and an established network of dealers, Formax introduced one of their most popular brands, AutoSeal. AutoSeal pressure sealers utilize Formaxes patented technology that dramatically simplified pressure-sealing operations. Models today include desktop machines all the way up to industrial pressure sealing machines.

In 2002 Formax began manufacturing high-end paper folding machines and in 2003 Formax acquired a main vendor in FTI (Formax Technologies Incorporated), formerly known as the FHE Division of Tab Products in Turlock, CA.

At ABC Office we offer a huge selection of products from Formax. These products include:

We enjoy working with Formax, love selling their products and expect to have many more years of success selling Formax office machines to customers around the world. You can find our entire line of Formax products here.

Because we are an authorized Formax dealer, we are also able to provide servicing, repairs and provide parts for all Formax products. To request repairs and service on your Formax machine, you can contact our Service Department by filling out this form.

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