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Akiles CoilMac-EPI Plus 4:1

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

The Akiles CoilMac-EPI Plus 4:1  high-volume, quality coil binding machine engineered to withstand heavy use throughout the workday. We rarely receive complaints from customers about the Akiles CoilMac-EPI Plus 4:1

Over the years, however, I have been very impressed with how Akiles has been able to design a binding machine that has so many features to offer for such a modest price. When I entered the document finishing industry over 12 years ago, Renz was pretty much the dominant force in high-end coil binding machines. That prominence has changed since then, thanks to the determination of the product engineers from Akiles. They have not only successfully competed in the document binding machine market, but have surpassed their competition in several key areas.

Most coil binding machines punch round holes. The Akiles CoilMac-EPI Plus 4:1 does not. This unique electric coil-binding machine actually punches out oval-shaped holes with its built-in electric punch. This slight modification in hole design dramatically speeds up the coil insertion process. This allows for slightly more space for the coil to move within and reduces the frustration often encountered when coil and punched paper don’t always exactly match up. The machine’s 54 punch pins may be disengaged so that you can create custom-sized documents and books.

The Akiles CoilMac-EPI Plus 4:1, with rugged all-metal construction, boasts a high volume punch capacity of 25 sheets. This rating applies to 20 lb. standard copy paper. The punch motor has reverse anti-jam feature that helps you dislodge stacks of paper or covers that were too thick.

The machine also provides a full-length, heavy-duty electric coil inserter on the front of the unit for convenient coil insertion. The Akiles CoilMac-EPI Plus 4:1 comes with a built-in coil diameter selector and premium oval coil crimping pliers.

When you are ready to order your electric coil binding machine , be sure to mention this article to save an additional five percent!

Top 6 Best 8 ½” x 14″ and 11″ x 17″ Paper Joggers

Friday, January 11th, 2013

11" x 17" Paper JoggersIf you are jogging paper larger than your standard letter size document, you are probably going to need a slightly more robust and capable paper jogger than your standard run-of-the-mill design. At ABC Office we offer several paper joggers (found here) that can be used to handle both 8 ½” x 14″ legal size paper and large 11″ x 17″ documents. The model you choose will depend on how many sheets you need to jog and where the paper jogging will take place. I would like to recommend some of our highest-rated models in this article.

A paper jogger, for those of you unfamiliar with the technology, uses a motor to generate fast vibrations that quickly cause jumbled sheets of paper to re-align into a squared-up stacks. This helps keep paper organized when placing it in a copy machine, paper folder,  tabletop printer and in other paper handling machines. It also helps to eliminate static electricity and cuts down on jams. Some paper joggers also use air during the jogging process to help align pages and dry wet ink as they come out of a printing press.

At ABC Office, we offer paper jogging machines from such brands as Martin Yale, Lassco, Formax and MBM. All of the paper joggers we offer are great machines, but not all can be used with larger 11″ x 17″ paper. Over the years we have had a lot of luck with the following models.

Top 6 Best 8 ½” x 14″ and 11″ x 17″ Paper Joggers

  1. Lassco LJ-4 Paper Jogger (found here) – This is the least expensive of our large format paper joggers. It can handle paper up to 11″ x 17″ in size and up to 500 sheets at a time. We have had great luck with our Lassco brand paper joggers and they have proven themselves to be excellent products over the years. This jogger features a wood tray and sits at an angle for faster jogging. It is open sided for easy removal of paper.
  2. Formax FD 402P1 Paper JoggerFormax FD 402P1 Paper Jogger (found here) – Formax paper joggers are known for their metal build and solid construction. The Formax FD 402P1 can be used with larger 11″ x 17″ paper as well and features an open sided design. Unlike the Lassco LJ-4, this jogger has a large 800 sheet capacity and a variable speed motor.
  3. Formax FD 2054TA1 Air JoggerFormax FD 402TA1 Paper Jogger (found here) – If you need a jogger capable of handling paper up to 12″ x 18″ in size, the FD 402TA1 is the machine you are going to need. This is a table top air jogger that features a motor that runs at speeds of up to 2,500 vibrations per minute and air pressure capable of 29,000 rpm. The V shape of the bin encourages extremely fast jogging. This machine can hold up to 940 sheets of paper, making it one of the highest capacities we offer in a tabletop design.
  4. Martin Yale Premier 4200 Paper Jogger (found here) – The Martin Yale Premier 4200 is one of the largest joggers we offer. It has a 17″ x 23″ x 3″ bin that can be used to hold a variety of larger paper. The tray itself can be adjusted to sit at different angles. This includes an 80-degree upright layout to sitting almost flat. This is a tabletop machine and is very easy to set up and use.
  5. MBM AJ-700 Air JoggerMBM AJ-700 Air Jogger (found here) – If you jog large volumes of paper on a daily basis, you may need something like the MBM AJ-700 air jogger. This jogger forces air between sheets while jogging the paper, resulting in extremely fast results. The air also helps to assist in drying ink. This machine features an open sided design and a floor stand. It is very easy to use and is excellent for use in printing presses and much more. It can handle paper up to 12 7/8″ x 17 ¾” in side and the tray has a 4″ depth, allowing it to hold a lot of paper.
  6. Formax FD 402A Air JoggerFormax FD 402A Air Jogger (found here) – The Formax FD 402A is one of the most robust paper joggers available. It is highly adjustable and can be used with an included foot pedal for hands-free operation. Because it sits on casters, this floor model jogger can be wheeled around from one area to another. It includes a timer and can be used in air only or vibrate only modes. This jogger is excellent for use commercial applications.

We have decades of experience with paper joggers, so please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-658-8788 x140 for answers to any of your paper jogging questions. We can provide you with quotes and can match prices.

April 2012 Discount Coupon Code from ABC Office

Monday, April 16th, 2012

If your business is looking for ways to save money, improve production and streamline operations, you should consider office equipment from ABC Office. For a limited time, we are offering a coupon code that can be applied to any equipment or supplies on our site. This coupon code will be good for two weeks.

Our lineup of equipment includes equipment such as binding machines, paper cutters, time clocks, folding machines, shrink wrap machines and much more. Popular supplies include laminating pouches, lamination rolls, binding combs, spiral binding supplies and staples. You can find our entire selection of office equipment and supplies by visiting us here.

The coupon code you will want to use this month is APR0512. Simply mention this coupon code over the phone (800-658-8788) or use it in our shopping cart.

April 2012 Coupon Code

Our cart features a box titled “Coupon Code.” Once you have entered the code in the box, simply hit apply.

ABC Office Coupon Code Cart

We are always looking for ways to save our customers money and get them office products that streamline operations and ultimately save them money. We have been in business since 1980 and have been online since the mid 90s. Needless to say, we have developed a great reputation for our customer service and low prices.

If you are having trouble finding a piece of equipment, need a custom quote, want to price match a product or need a quantity discount, feel free to call one of our helpful representatives at 1-800-658-8788.

This coupon code is good for 5% off your order up to $200 in savings. You can read more about our coupon code terms and conditions here.

Free Shipping on Martin Yale Office Machines

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Martin Yale Paper Folding MachinesIf you have been shopping around for a great deal on a Martin Yale folding machine, paper cutter, Intimus paper shredder or other piece of office equipment, you’ll be happy to hear that for a limited time we are offering free shipping on most Martin Yale office machines. Martin Yale is one of the most popular manufacturers of products that we offer.

Free shipping covers well over 2-dozen different makes and models of products. Here are the product categories currently offering free shipping.

Categories with Free Shipping

This is a great deal and will save you a lot of money. We are excited to offer free shipping on these products. Take advantage of these great deals while you can.

Formax FD 6304 Envelope Stuffing Machine Video Demo

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Formax FD 6304 Envelope Stuffing MachineHave you ever wondered how bills, invoices, mailers and other material are folded and inserted into envelopes? Perhaps…perhaps not. Whether you need one of these machines, or are simply curious how it works, we now have a video demo available of the Formax FD 6304 folder inserter. This machine is capable of folding and inserting up to 40,000 envelopes per month.

Folding and inserting machine, sometime called envelope-stuffing machines, are completely automated. All you have to do is enter a few settings and place empty envelopes and paper in the feeding trays. The machine does the rest. It literally pulls a sheet from each tray and inserts them into an envelope. The FD 6304 can even lick (with a water applicator) and seal the envelopes shut.

The Formax FD 6304 can single fold and insert up to 10 sheets of paper at once or tri-fold (aka letter fold) and insert up to 8 sheets of paper at once. It operates at a speed of about 3,600 pieces per hour. This machine is perfect for small to large businesses and can even be set up with OMR capabilities (optical mark recognition) for billing and invoicing.

Many people think that a folding and inserting machine is going to be complicated to use or difficult to set up. Formax has put a lot of research into usability and has dramatically simplified the setup procedure. It only takes a few steps to set up a Formax folder inserter. The FD 6304 even has a full-color touchscreen that makes it easy to set up an program up to 25 different jobs.

Here is a video demo of the Formax FD 6304 in action:

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The FD 6304 is currently available in about 12 different configurations. Some include special feeders, have high capacity feeders, feature vertical stackers, include MailDock software and more. The machine you get really depends on what you need.

You can find the Formax FD 6304 here and our entire selection of folding and envelope inserting machines here. Please feel free to speak with one of our envelope / mailing specialists by calling 1-800-658-8788.

What Mail Tabs & Wafer Seals Does The USPS Permit?

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Automatic Mail TabbersWith recent changes to what the United States Postal Service (USPS) allows when it comes to mail tabbers has left many people confused. Some older machines are no longer compliant and many people are now wondering what kinds of tabs are permitted. I will try to help you understand what is and is not allowed in this article.

The USPS currently requires that folded documents and paper, that is not in an envelope, be tabbed or secured shut. Unsealed documents can quickly cause a jam in specialized / automated USPS equipment. Tabs and wafer seals are the preferred way to keep undeveloped material shut during mailing. Mailed pieces can also be glued or spot glued.

Improperly placed wafer seals and disallowed tabs can potentially jam in USPS equipment, causing some serious headaches. Incorrect positioning can also make it hard for the USPS to read barcodes or addresses. As a result, the USPS now requires that tabs be placed in specific places, and only specific types of tabs are allowed.

Mail Tabbing USPS Requirements

One of the biggest issues that our customers have had in the past is using perforated tabs. The USPS used to allow perforated tabs, but now requires that tabs and wafer seals be non-perforated. Specifically the USPS states that the tabs should measure in at 1 ½” and be non-perforated. This isn’t too much of a problem as non-perforated paper tabs are still very easy for customers and recipients to open.

Another concern I hear from customers is with regards to how many tabs can be used. The USPS allows multiple tabs to be used. Placement of the tabs depends on the type of document being mailed. Examples include double postcards, folded self-mailers and more. The USPS has a very useful guide showing where tabs should be placed. You can find that guide here.

Mail tabbing continues to be an affordable alternative to envelopes and makes mailing folded documents extremely easy and convenient. At ABC Office we offer a wide variety of different mail tabbing machines found here.

Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our mail tabbing specialists. They can help answer questions about USPS regulations and mail tabbers.

How To Use A Binding Machine

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Book Binding Machine How-To GuidesWhether you’re looking for a binding machine or already have one, you may need step-by-step instructions on how to use it. Manuals are often convoluted or don’t make sense and if you haven’t purchased a machine yet, you may want to know what you’re getting yourself into.

We have created detailed step-by-step guides on how to use coil, wire, comb and VeloBind machines.  These guides provide a detailed description, pictures and a video. Here are some links to our binding machine guides:

  1. How To Use A Comb Binding Machine (click here) – Comprehensive comb binding machine guide.
  2. How To Use A Wire Binding Machine (click here) – Comprehensive wire binding machine guide.
  3. How To Use A Coil Binding Machine (click here) – Comprehensive coil binding machine guide.
  4. How To Use A VeloBind Machine (click here) – Comprehensive VeloBind machine guide.

We can also help you track down replacement manuals if for any reason you have lost the original that came with your machine. You can do this by contacting our Service Department by filling out this form.

Because we have a Service Department, we are also able to provide repairs, parts and maintenance. You can find our entire selection of book binding machines here.

Akiles AlphaBind-CM Comb Binding Machine Review

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Akiles AlphaBind-CM Comb Binding MachineDo you need a simple, yet reliable, comb binding machine solution for your office? If you’re looking for a machine that is affordable, yet durable, you may want to consider looking at the Akiles AlphaBind-CM comb binding machine (found here). This is my review.

The brand name Akiles has almost become synonymous with binding. Akiles has been making machines for years and most of their machines have become classics. This includes the popular MegaBind and WireMac machines.

The AlphaBind-CM is one of the newest additions to the Akiles comb binding line. This new machine brings the all-metal construction Akiles is known for into a compact machine capable of comb binding documents up to 12-inches long. This makes the AlphaBind-CM ideal for binding letter-size documents.

The compact design of the AlphaBind-CM makes it ideal for use in an office environment. It weighs 41 pounds. While this is hefty (due to the metal construction), it is still light enough to be used on most desks and work surfaces.

Two features that I personally like about the AlphaBind-CM is the selectable punching pins and the adjustable margin depth.

Every one of the punching pins can be disengaged. This makes it possible to bind books of most sizes. If you are experiencing a half-punched or partially punched hole at the edge of the paper, simply disable that punching pin.

The margin depth can be adjusted to four different positions. Why is this nice? It’s nice because it makes it easier to bind both thin and thick books. Pages tend to rip out of thicker-bound books more easily. Punching farther into the paper helps remedy this problem.

This machine is completely manually operated. The punching is manual and the comb opening and closing is manual. The manual punch is capable of punching up to 25 sheets of paper at a time. While this machine is all manual, it is easy to use and requires little effort.

I would definitely rate the Akiles AlphaBind-CM as being ideal for low to medium-volume binding. It is a great option for businesses and organizations that need to occasionally bind books on a daily basis. It should easily hold up for years without any issues.

You can find the Akiles AlphaBind-CM comb binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of comb binding machines here.

MBM Kutrimmer 1035 Guillotine Paper Trimmer Review

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

MBM Kutrimmer 1035 Guillotine Paper TrimmerAre you looking for an affordable guillotine paper trimmer that won’t break the bank but will still hold up with constant use? One trimmer you may want to consider getting is the popular MBM Kutrimmer 1035 guillotine paper trimmer (found here). I frequently use this trimmer and this is my review.

MBM manufactures a wide variety of Kutrimmer guillotine trimmers. The model 1035 is the least expensive model offered. It has a 14-inch long cutting length and a cutting capacity of up to 30 sheets of 20# paper. These specifications are more than adequate for most people.

Kutrimmer paper cutters are German engineered and German made. If you’ve ever handled a Kutrimmer trimmer, you’ll notice just how thick the metal components are and just how heavy the trimmer is. The overall build quality on the 1035 is excellent.

You’ll notice, by looking at the picture, that the Kutrimmer 1035 features a grid and a guide. The grid features the most commonly cut paper sizes and the guide slides back and forth. Both of these features make it easy to align and cut documents.

Unlike many of the older guillotine trimmers, the Kutrimmer 1035 has several build in safety features. The most obvious is the built-in plexiglass guard. This guard prevents fingers from being cut or injured. You’ll also notice that there is a paper gauge bar that runs the length of the cutter, only allowing a certain mount of paper to be placed under the blade. This again prevents accidental injuries.

A downside to the Kutrimmer 1035 is that it does not include a clamp. Most of the Kutrimmer trimmers include this feature. The blade on the 1035 is sharp enough that you shouldn’t have any problems. You will only run into issues when cutting slick paper that tends to move around.

The blade on the 1035 is removable and can be re-sharpened, saving you money. Many competitors use disposable blades, requiring you to buy a new blade every time the old one dulls. You shouldn’t have to worry about the blade becoming dull too quickly. The 1035’s blade is made from hardened steel.

Overall I really like the 1035. I think it is perfect for cutting down paper, photographs and other material.

You can find the Kutrimmer 1035 guillotine paper trimmer here. You can find our entire selection of guillotine paper trimmers here.

Top 3 Best Dahle Rotary Paper Trimmers and Cutters

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Dahle Premium Rotary Paper Trimmer Model 400 SeriesSo you need a rotary paper cutter or trimmer and don’t know where to begin? One brand that is a big hit with our customers is Dahle. They make a wide variety of rotary paper trimmers and cutters. I will go over a few of their most popular models.

Dahle is probably best known for their paper cutters, but they also make a wide variety of paper folders and paper shredders. While Dahle make a great selection of stack cutters and guillotine paper trimmers, they are especially popular for their rotary paper trimmers (sometimes called rolling trimmers).

Here are few of their most popular models. I will include a link to each one for easy navigation.

Top 3 Best Dahle Rotary Paper Trimmers and Cutters

  1. Dahle 507, 507K & 508 Rotary Trimmers (Personal Series) – This line of trimmers is especially popular for scrapbooking and for cutting photographs. It is affordable, lightweight and very easy to carry around. These trimmers are capable of cutting up to 7 sheets of paper at a time.
  2. Dahle 550, 552 & 554 Rotary Trimmers (Professional Series) – The Dahle 550 series is probably one of the most popular Dahle rotary trimmers offered. These cutters offer great low to medium-volume cutting capabilities. The blades are self-sharpening and the screen-printed grid makes it easy to align pictures and paper. Most of these cutters have a 20 sheet cutting capacity. The professional line also includes the Dahle 556 & 558 found here. The Dahle 550 series is popular with professional photographers, print shops and graphic design agencies.
  3. Dahle 440, 442, 444, 446, 448 Rotary Trimmers (Premium Series) – The Dahle 440 series of cutters is considered the Dahle’s heavy-duty line of trimmers. Many of these trimmers can handle up to 30 sheets of paper at time. Optional floor stands are available for the two largest models. These trimmers can be table or wall mounted. These rotary trimmer are a popular choice among professional photographers, picture framers, and print & copy shops.

So there you have it, the most popular Dahle rotary paper cutters. Do you have some questions about Dahle rotary paper trimmers? Call one of our specialists at 1-800-658-8788. Have a great day!

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