Eight Questions you Should ask Before Buying a Laminator

May 12th, 2016
Tahsin Tamerica TCC2700 27-Inch Thermal Roll Laminator

Roll Laminator

 

1. When Should I Use a Roll Laminator? When Should I Use a Pouch Laminator?

It really depends on the size of the document you are laminating and the volume you need to laminate. Traditionally, it was assumed that pouch laminators were used for small documents and roll laminators were used for large documents. This still holds true to a certain point, but volume also plays a big role. You can still laminate small documents on a roll laminator, but just a lot more at a time. If you plan to laminate a few small items on occasion, you might as well use a pouch laminator and save yourself wasted film. Also, be aware that a roll laminator will take up a lot more space than a pouch laminator. The methods used between the two machines are different, but the end result looks the same.

2. Why Do Some Laminators Have a Reverse Button?

If for any reason your pouch or roll laminator gets jammed, the reverse function is excellent for backing out documents for re-adjustment or clearing jams. This is especially nice when loading film rolls on a roll laminator. It is not uncommon to accidentally feed a document through a pouch laminator crooked, in which case the reverse function is a must-have.

3. Why Do Some Laminators Have a Temperature Control?

Temperature control is nice for adjusting the heat to accommodate various thicknesses and styles of lamination film. Different mil thicknesses and types of lamination film melt at different temperatures. Several laminators come with preset temperatures, but many higher-end laminators come with a fully variable temperature control.

4. What Is The Purpose of the Speed Controller?

Speed control is another way to help control the quality of the laminated product. Some films, in conjunction with temperature control, need the speed to be adjusted for optimal quality.

5. What Mil Thickness Is Best to Use?

The mil thickness used depends entirely on what you will be laminating and how rigid you want the end result to be. If you are laminating cardstock, thicker film may not be required. If you are laminating 20-pound paper, you may want some lamination film that is a little thicker. One of the most common lamination film thicknesses purchased is 5mil.

6. After I run Something Through the Laminator, What Does it Mean When the Film is Cloudy?

If the lamination film is cloudy, you are running your laminator too cold and need to increase the temperature. The cloudiness is un-melted film.

7. What Causes Lamination Film to Ripple?

If the film is rippling, your laminator is running too hot. Turn down the laminator temperature. That should eliminate the ripples.

8. What Does it Mean if the Film has Bubbles?

If the film has bubbles, the laminator is running too hot. If the laminator is too hot, the film can boil and bubble. Turn down the laminator temperature. This should eliminate the problem.

 

 

Twelve Questions you should ask Before Buying a Bill Counting Machine

May 11th, 2016
Bill Counter

Carnation CR3 Mixed Bill Currency Counter

1. Does a bill counter only count money?

Most bill counters can be used to count coupons, tickets and other paper items. Simply look at the specifications of the bill counter and verify the minimum and maximum bill size the counter can handle. If your ticket or coupon falls within those dimensions, you should be fine.

2. Can bill counters determine the value of the money being counted?

Most bill counters cannot determine the value of the bills being counted. Most (95%) just count the total number of bills being run through the machine. The only bill counters we currently sell that can determine the value of currency being counted are the Carnation CR3 Mixed Bill Currency Counter and the Ribao DCJ-280 2 Pocket Discriminator.

3. Is there any machine performance difference between counting new and used bills?

Bill counters can handle both new and used bills. The only difference is that most bill counters can only count half the amount of used bills as new at a time. This is because bent and crumpled bills take up more space than crisp new bills in the hopper.

4. Do all bill counters include counterfeit detection?

Many bill counters today include counterfeit detection. They will count the currency and if a fake bill is detected the machine will stop and alert you. The most common counterfeit detection methods used are Ultraviolet (UV) and Magnetic (MG) detection.

5. What is bill size detection?

When counting bills, size detection will let you know if there are any size anomalies in the bills being counted. This feature is often used as a counterfeit detection measure.

6. What is MG detection?

MG stands for magnetic. Magnetic detectors in bill counters are capable of sensing the magnetic properties of ink used in legal U.S. currency. With MG detection on, the bill counter will alert you if a bill lacking magnetic properties is detected.

7. What is UV detection?

UV stands for ultraviolet. Ultraviolet detectors in bill counters can sense certain UV properties only found in legal tender. Bill counters with UV capabilities will alert you if money is found lacking UV properties and tag it as counterfeit.

8. Why would you want a dust extraction system in a bill counter?

Bills, after being handled and used, collect dust and particles. A dust extraction system, found on some select higher-end models, uses a vacuum to remove dust while it is being counted. This is especially nice for people who have allergies or want to maintain a clean environment. Many bills also include dust from various narcotics that you will want to eliminate.

9. What is the purpose of a dust shield?

A dust shield helps keep particles and dust from counted bills from filling the air. Once the bills are counted, the dust shield can be raised for removal of the counted bills.

10. Are bill counters safe?

Although you do not want children handling a bill counter, bill counters will not cause any physical harm.

11. Are there any bill counters that run on batteries?

Currently, we do not offer any billing counting machines that can run on battery power only. Most low and all mid/high-volume bill counters cannot run on batteries due to the limited power output.

12. What is the best bill / money counter?

There is no one make or model that is considered the best (in our opinion). This is because there are so many variables when it comes to choosing a bill counter. Our customers prefer Carnation, Ribao, Cassida, Klopp and Magner. These brands are well known within the industry and are viewed as solid, dependable machines.

Announcing the ABC Office 2016 Spring Cleaning Sale!

April 27th, 2016

spring cleaning sale

Be sure to take advantage of our 2016 Spring Cleaning Sale! For a limited time, you can save up to 50% off new, demo and used office machines, office furniture and supplies. Sale ends May 31, 2016. Call 1-800-658-8788 today for more details.

Click here to see our Showroom and Demo Model List!

Click here to see our New Inventory Clearance List!

All office machines, furniture, supplies, etc., available while inventory lasts. Shipping costs not included with product price. Please contact an ABC Office customer service representative at 1-800-658-8788 to order today!

All items have been inspected and are in good working condition. Most machines have been lightly used and were demo units on display on our showroom floor. All sales are final and non-returnable.

ABC Office adds new line of Indoor/Outdoor Furniture

April 22nd, 2016

 

Indoor-Outdoor Stackable Chair

The CH-31230-BK-GG Black Metal Indoor-Outdoor Stackable Chair by Flash Furniture

ABC Office features a wide assortment of indoor/outdoor furniture for your business, restaurant, hotel or home. We have sturdy outdoor chairs, bar stools and table sets that offer a friendly, inviting look. Indoor-outdoor furniture manufactured by Witt Industries and Flash Furniture is formed from all metal and powder coated to ensure durability for years of heavy use. Most of our indoor/outdoor furniture comes with a generous two-year warranty.

 

Here’s a look at a few of our best-selling models …

 

CH-31230-BK-GG Black Metal Indoor-Outdoor Stackable Chair by Flash Furniture

The model CH-31230-BK-GG Black Metal Indoor-Outdoor Stackable Chair is an attractive stackable bistro style chair. You can stack up to eight chairs with this model. It wears a shiny black powder coat finish (other colors available). The seat features a comfortable curved back with vertical slats.

 

Drain holes have been punched into the seat to enable easy cleaning and ventilation. This model has a cross brace support located under the seat to ensure extra stability. The plastic caps on the cross brace help protect the chair’s finish when stacked. It also has protective rubber floor glides to help prevent surface scuffing. Its lightweight design makes this a highly versatile chair for both indoor and outdoor use.

High Backless Black Metal Indoor-Outdoor Counter Height Stool

CH-31350-24-BK-GG 24” High Backless Black Metal Indoor-Outdoor Counter Height Stool with Round Seat by Flash Furniture

CH-31350-24-BK-GG 24” High Backless Black Metal Indoor-Outdoor Counter Height Stool with Round Seat by Flash Furniture

The Flash Furniture CH-31350-24-BK-GG stool is highly versatile 24-inch high backless model decorated in black powder coated metal (other colors available). It measures at approximately counter height and has a rounded seat.

 

This modern design stool is stackable and stacks up to eight stools high. It has a drain hole in the seat for convenient cleaning and ventilation. It also sports a sturdy cross brace under the seat for extra stability.

 

Its plastic caps on the cross brace protect the stool’s finish when stacked. Stacking is easy thanks to a lightweight design. There are footrest protective rubber floor glides that prevent floor scratches.

Square Black Metal Indoor-Outdoor Table

CH-31330-29-BK-GG 24” Square Black Metal Indoor-Outdoor Table by Flash Furniture

 

CH-31330-29-BK-GG 24” Square Black Metal Indoor-Outdoor Table by Flash Furniture

The 24” model CH-31330-29-BK-GG Metal Cafe Table is designed for both residential and commercial use. It has an attractive engraved designer top with two-inch thick edge. Its black powder coat finish makes this model stand out (other colors available). The table comes with a sturdy cross brace that ensures extra stability while in use. It has standard protective rubber floor glides to prevent floor scratches.

Be sure to call ABC Office today at 1-800-658-8788 for all of your indoor-outdoor furniture needs!

KF-150 Series Hand Heat Sealers Review

April 5th, 2016
Sealer Sales Model KF-150PS 6

Sealer Sales KF-150 Series 6″ Portable Heat Sealers

 

The Sealer Sales KF-150 Series of portable sealers are the top-selling heat sealers on the market today. Why so? Because they provide an efficient way to seal small, irregular or even extra long bags and packages.

At ABC Office, we sell three different versions of the model KF-150 series portable sealers.

The Sealer Sales model KF-150PS is a six-inch poly heat sealer with a 1/16″ or 1.5 mm wide seal. This hand sealer is ideal for sealing polyethylene and polypropylene up to six mil thick. The upper jaw is covered with a PTFE cloth and holds the metal sealing bar. The bottom jaw holds the resilient silicone rubber. A five to 15 minute warm up time is required. This enables the sealer to warm up to the correct temperature for optimum performance.

The Sealer Sales model KF-150CST is also a six-inch direct heat sealer equipped with a 5/8” or 15mm wide seal. This model is best suited for sealing coated aluminum foil, cellophane, Kraft paper, and other thick packaging materials. The temperature switch may be set to one of two temperature settings: 215°F and 350°F.

The KF-150CSTA heat sealer is the same as the model KF-150CST, except it is equipped with an adjustable temperature controller. This gives you a much wider range of temperature settings that let you seal greater variety of packaging materials. All three models are constructed of heavy-duty high impact, ABS thermal plastic casting.

The Sealer Sales KF-150 Series hand sealers may be upgraded with an optional feature: a pedal and clamp set (PC-Set). This lets you basically convert the sealer into a foot sealer. Be sure to contact ABC Office at 1-800-658-8788 to order your hand heat sealer today.

 

Sealer Sales KF-150CST Portable Direct Heat Sealer Video Demo

The Best Heat Sealer for Home Food Storage

March 17th, 2016
PTFE Coated Direct Heat Sealer

Sealer Sales KF-150CST Heat Sealer

We often have customers ask us to recommend the best hand-held heat sealer for home food storage packaging. The model we first recommend, depending on customer needs, is the Sealer Sales KF-150CST Heat Sealer.

The KF-150CST is one of our best-selling units because of its affordably lower price and its ability to heat seal a wide variety of packaging materials. You can safely package your freeze-dried food in almost any bag, such as Mylar, cellophane, coated aluminum foil, Kraft paper, poly bags, and other materials.

KF-150CST at about the 7:00 minute mark to see this heat sealer in action.

The KF-150CST heat sealer is highly durable and provides a 5/8″ (15mm) thick seal. The sealers jaws are six inches wide — wide enough for most home food storage packaging needs. This model is PTFE coated and is classified as a direct heat sealer. It is made of high-impact ABC thermal plastic so it will last for years to come.

Be sure to contact ABC Office for more details about the Sealer Sales KF-150CST Direct Heat Sealer. We are happy to heat seal test any of your samples and send them back for inspection. Be sure to contact ABC Office today.

New Inspirations Creative Coloring Books for Adults from Alvin & Company

December 9th, 2015
adult coloring books

Adult Coloring Book

Why should there be coloring books just for kids? Why should they have all of the creative fun? That’s what Alvin & Company wondered, and instead of complaining about this obvious injustice they did something about it. Introducing: Inspirations Creative Coloring Books for Adults. Alvin & Company has crafted relaxing and creative coloring books with illustrations that tempt you to spend hours coloring (instead of doing the usual boring grownup stuff).

 

Coloring books are filled with rich, intricate drawings. Each pattern is smartly designed so you can’t color them the wrong way even if you tried. No art skills needed to personalize these babies. All pages in the book are pre-perforated for easy removal and display. Your kids will be jealous of your new creations proudly hanging on the fridge or bathroom mirror. Patterns and designs are printed on high-quality, extra-thick paper. That means your markers or pens won’t bleed through the page.

Sample Coloring Book Page

Sample Coloring Book Page

Adult coloring books from Alvin may be used with magic markers, colored pencils, watercolors crayons, gel pens … whatever you desire. Full-sized books for extended relaxation opportunities. Each book measures approximately 8 1/2 x 11 inches and is stuffed with 30 fun pages to color, plus 11 pages of instruction and inspirational quotes, such as the gem by Eleanor Roosevelt included with this article.

Adult Coloring Book Quotes

Adult Coloring Book Quote.

Be sure to ask us about Inspirations Creative Coloring Books for Adults by Alvin & Company (retail $9.99 each).

What’s the Difference Between the Three PP1519 Shrink Wrap Systems?

November 4th, 2015
by Morgan Cloward
Preferred Pack PP1519EC Semi-Automatic Shrinkwrap System

The Preferred Pack PP1519EC Semi-Automatic Shrinkwrap System

 

Customers often ask what’s the difference between the Preferred Pack PP1519EC, PP1519ECM and PP1519ECMC Shrink Wrap systems. The answer is simply: As you move up in price, the more automated the system becomes.

The Preferred Pack PP1519EC Semi-Automatic Shrinkwrap System makes professional packaging efficient and simple. This model has an ample sealing area of 15″ W x 19″ L. The system 1519EC is the ideal selection for packaging a wide variety of packages and products. Our customers use them to wrap pizzas, medicine vials, DVDs, software boxes, chocolates, stacks of archived invoices and more. This version of the PP1519EC series requires the operator to hold down the sealing bar during the cutting process. The heat shrink tunnel quickly shrinks film down around products, providing a clean, tight and professional seal. This model has been rated for wrapping six to eight packages per minute.

The Preferred Pack PP1519ECM Semi-Automatic Shrinkwrap System features a magnet hold down function on the L-bar cutter. This helps speed up the shrink wrapping process and prevents worker fatigue. This particular model can process between 8 to 12 packages per minute.

The Preferred Pack PP1519ECMC Semi-Automatic Shrinkwrap model has a magnet hold down feature on the L-bar cutter and powered discharge conveyor – thus even further speeding up the packaging process. This model can wrap at least 12 packages per minute.

Be sure to call ABC Office at 1-800-658-8788 for more details about the Preferred Pack PP1519EC, PP1519ECM and PP1519ECMC Shrink Wrap systems.

Akiles iCoil 41+ Spiral Binding Machine Review

May 21st, 2015
The Akiles iCoil 41+ spiral binder comes loaded with several features

The Akiles iCoil 41+ Spiral Binding Machine

 

 

Coil Binding’s Full Meal Deal

 

You know how you might enjoy a $5 Buck Lunch at Dairy Queen with a bacon cheeseburger, fries, drink, plus a sundae. Well, the Akiles iCoil 41+ Spiral binding machine draws several similarities. Just like the $5 Buck Lunch is a hearty deal that will keep your belly satisfied for several hours, the iCoil 41+ comes loaded with features not commonly found in a coil binding machine in its class.

 

The iCoil 41+ has a 4:1 pitch hole pattern that produces oval-shaped punched holes. This feature makes it easier to insert/spin the PVC binding coils through the punched pages. Oval-shaped holes also make it easier to turn the pages in a document. They improve the document binding process by as much as 50 percent.

 

The iCoil includes coil crimping pliers, an accessory you typically purchase separately from the coil binding machine. There’s a clever little electric coil inserter that’s concealed under the machine’s lid. This design makes the unit more compact for storage. The anti-dust cover also helps keep the machine interior clean when not in use. The iCoil 41+ has built-in coil measuring guides that enable you to select the correct coil size for the number of pages you are using. The machine’s vertical punching design improves document sheet alignment and reduces punching slip-ups and errors.

 

This coil binder by Akiles has an ergonomically designed punch handle that provides almost effortless punching. There’s also an electric foot pedal to activate the electric coil inserter. This makes coil binding fast and easy.

 

You will simplify your coil binding work with the Akiles iCoil Plus. This convenient and compact coil binding system gets the job done quickly and efficiently. Be sure to contact ABC Office today for more details about the Akiles iCoil 41+ Spiral Binding Machine.

 

Martin Yale 7000E Stack Paper Cutter Review

May 20th, 2015
ABC Office Review of the Martin Yale 7000E Stack Paper Cutter

The Retro-Looking Martin Yale 7000E

If you’re looking for an old-style stack paper cutter with tried and tested design and performance, then the Martin Yale 7000E is the ideal cutter for you. The 7000E is commonly found in school copy centers, photography shops, print shops, and small and large businesses.

 

The Martin Yale 7000E is not only simple to use, it’s capable of cutting a full 12-inch length, or depth, of paper. It will also slice through a stack of 1-1/2 inch 20 lb. copy paper (approximately 350 sheets).

 

The unit’s paper stop is fully adjustable. It features a positive paper clamp that securely holds a stack of paper in place. The paper clamp prevents shifting and tearing during the cutting process.

 

The 7000E wears a safety blade latch that prevents cutting until the latch has been released. Its English and Metric rule guides help ensure an accurate cut with every stroke. Be sure to contact ABC Office today for details about the Martin Yale 7000E stack paper cutter.

 

  • Easy to use
  • Includes all heavy-duty features needed to cut large stacks of paper
  • Heavy-duty, durable wood base

 

Specifications

  • Weight: 45 pounds
  • Working width: 12 inches
  • Width: 20 inches
  • Depth: 30 inches
  • Height: 16 inches

 

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