Archive for May, 2010

Electric Comb Binding Machines vs Manual Comb Binders

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Electric Comb Binding MachinesComb binding can be used for scrapbooking, to create books, bind reports and much more. Comb binding is still one of the most widely used binding formats used today. There are many reasons for this.

  • Comb binding is easy. Simply punch the paper an insert the spine.
  • Comb binding spines are available in a wide variety of colors.
  • Comb binding spines are extremely cheap compared to other binding styles.
  • Comb binding spines are very durable. They can take a beating and still maintain their appearance.
  • Comb binding allows pages to be added and removed.
  • Comb binding spines can be re-used, which is environmentally sound and saves money.

Comb binding machines come in both electric and manual designs. So why would you ever want to pick one over another. Are electric comb binding machines really faster than manual comb binding machines?

Manual Comb Binders:

Manual comb binding machines are more than adequate for most people. These machines are referred to as manual because the punching is done by pulling a handle. They are rated for low to medium-volume use.

Why not high volume use? This isn’t necessarily because a manual biding machine can’t bind large volumes of books, but is because a person will become tired after manually punching paper throughout the day, not to mention manually punching hundreds of books can become tedious. You will find our entire selection of manual comb binding machines here.

Electric Comb Binders

Electric comb binding machines are very convenient to use. They are branded electric because the punching is typically done by an electric-powered motor. While most electric punches punch more paper than a manual punch machine, this isn’t always the case.

Electric comb binding machines are most ideal for medium to high-volume comb binding. This is because the electric punch requires little manual effort and does not tire a person out like a manual-punch machine can over time.

Electric comb binders don’t have to be used for high volume binding. Many people simply prefer the convenience of an electric punch to a manual punch. You will find our entire selection of electric comb binding machines here.

You can learn more about comb binding machines by reading our comb binding guide found here.

Best Employee Time Clocks – Useful Tips

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Employee Time ClocksFinding a good employee time clock is tough. You certainly want to get the most out of your dollar, but at the same time you don’t want an employee time clock that is cheap. You also need to find a time clock that can do everything you need it to do. Time clocks, after all, are designed to save you time. Getting a time clock that doesn’t do all you need will cost you time in the long run.

Here is a list of the most common feature you may want to look for in a time clock.

Type of Employee Time Clock – Employee time clocks come in several formats. The most popular types of time clocks are punch card, card swipe, digital keypad and biometric time clocks. There is also the option of using time clock software that can be installed on a computer.

Compatibility – If you use payroll software, you may want to use a digital time clock that has the ability to export data for use with popular payroll software such as ADP, Paychex, QuickBooks, Excel and more.

Data Storage – If you are using a digital employee time clock, do you want to use it with a computer or as a stand-alone clock? Some digital time clocks have to be interfaced with a computer via a network or USB cable. Others can be used with a computer or as a stand-alone that can later export the data.

Number of Employees – How many employees will be using your time clock? Punch-style time clocks can be used with a variety of employees, but digital time clocks that are used with a computer or software are often limited to a certain number of employees with the option of upgrading to more later down the road.

Location – Where would you like to use your time clock? Card punch time clocks can be used almost anywhere. Digital time clocks, such as keypad, biometric and card swipe, may need to be linked to a computer or network. Some time clocks sit on a desktop while others are wall mounted. These are all things to take into consideration prior to purchasing an employee time clock.

You can read more about time clocks by visiting our time clock guide. You will find our entire selection of employee time clocks here.

Best Minipack Vacuum Sealers – Chamber & External

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Minipack Chamber Vacuum SealersLooking for a reliable, high quality vacuum sealer that will stand the test of time? Vacuum sealers have the potential of extending the life of food by up to 3-5 times longer than unpackaged food.These machines can be used to package fruits, vegetables, meat and more.

The motors in vacuum sealers, especially chamber sealers, go through a lot of strain. Many chamber sealers can remove as much as 99.9 percent of the air. A cheap motor can quickly overheat, and after hours of use, can sustain serious damage.  If you are going to be packaging food on a regular basis, you need a sealer with commercial / industrial qualities.

Minipack vacuum sealers, both chamber and external, are considered to be some of the best models available today. These vacuum sealers are Italian engineered and built. The metal casing is extremely durable and the wire sealing components are tough.

One of the most differentiating designs found in the Minipack chamber sealers are the bins. The bins are made from a solid, seamless design, which is ideal for cleanup and sanitation. This makes Minipack chamber sealers ideal for packaging liquids, powders and other materials. We have even had customers use Minipack chamber sealers for vacuum sealing entire chickens.

Here is a list of some of the most popular Minipack models our customers like to buy:

External Sealers:

Chamber Sealers:

You will find our entire selection of Minipack Vacuum Sealers here.

How To Use A Binding Machine – Helpful Tips!

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Akiles DuoMac Binding MachineAre you looking for some tips on how to use a binding machine? Perhaps you are in the market for a comb binding machine, or perhaps you just received your wire-binding machine but don’t know exactly how to use it. No worries! We have compiled a list of our most popular binding guides.

You will find our entire selection of binding guides here:

These guides include step-by-step guides on how to bind, including vide demonstrations on how to use a binding machine.

Top 5 Best Business Card Cutters for In-House Operations

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Business Card Cutters and SlittersCreating your own business cards is convenient, quick and affordable. Templates are readily available, with some software templates included with the machines. Simply print the cards and cut them out using the business card cutter.

Finding the right business card slitter isn’t always the easiest process. I am going to highlight five of our most popular business cards per our customers. This includes both manual and electric business card cutters.

Top Five Best Business Card Cutters

  1. Tamerica CardMate Business Card Cutter – This business card cutter is one of our most popular units. This is due in part to the portability, durability and reliability of the slitter.
  2. Martin Yale BCS 210 and 212 Cutters – These cutters have been out for years and have proven themselves over time to be reliable and easy-to-use. Choose between a 10-up or 12-up design.
  3. Martin Yale BCS 410 and 412 Business Card Slitters – These cutters are identical to the 210 and 212, but include extra trays for paper scoring and perforating.
  4. Martin Yale  GC210 10-Up Gutter Cut Business Card Cutter – This slitter is a replacement to the older Intimus 8-up system. This is one of the most affordable gutter-cut business card cutters and allows for full edge-to-edge color printing.
  5. MBM BC 10 Business Card Cutter – This business card cutter is for those who plan to create a lot of business card on a regular basis and is designed for a 10-up business card pattern.

Hopefully this list helps you as you search for a reliable business card cutter. Post here with your questions.

Introducing: David-Link Biometric Time Clocks & Recorders

Friday, May 21st, 2010

David-Link W-1288PB Biometric Time ClockWe are proud to announce the addition of 10 new David-Link time clocks to our site. This includes traditional “punch style” time clocks and some really innovative biometric time clocks. I have personally used a few of these time clocks and have to say that I am very impressed.

The time clock I tested was the Biometric David-Link W-1288PB. I have used biometric time clocks in the past, in particular the Pyramid Technologies (PTI) Time Trax Bio. While the Time Trax Bio is a nice time clock, the W-1288PB was almost too easy to use. With most finger recognition biometric time clocks, you have to slide your finger. With the W-1288PB, all you have to do is touch the scanner. I have yet to experience any misreads. David-Link says this time recorder will store up to 3,000 signatures.

The W-1288PB also has the ability to allow the operator to use a proximity card or log in using a password on the number pad. The W-1288PB can be used as a stand-alone model, logging up to 50,000 data entries, that can then be downloaded onto an included USB drive. You also have the option to connect the time clock to a network or directly to a computer. The clock includes its own time management software. You can check out the new David-Link W-1288PB biometric time clock here.

You will find our entire selection of 10 new David-Link time clocks and recorders here.

Best Magazine Racks For An Office Or Lobby

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Wall Mounted Wooden Office Lobby Magazine RackSo you have an office lobby and want to make the experience more pleasant for your customers. One way to do this is to add magazines. While magazines can always be placed on a table, excess magazines can begin to make a mess.

One great way to improve your lobby is by adding wall-mounted magazine rack. These racks organize material and make your lobby more presentable. So which type of magazine rack is best for an office lobby?

The two main types of wall-mounted magazine racks used in a lobby are plastic and wood. The type you use will depend largely on who will be in your lobby and the existing furniture used in your lobby.

Plastic (PETG Plastic & Acrylic) magazine racks are particularly popular in doctors’ offices and lobbies where children will be present. This is due in part to the ability of our plastic magazine racks to absorb impacts and stay clean. Kids tend to throw things and our plastic magazine racks will take the brunt of the hit without flinching. Plastic wall magazine racks are also very easy to clean as they can easily be wiped down. You will find our plastic wall mounted magazine racks here.

Wooden magazine racks can still be used in lobbies with children, but these racks look especially nice in lobbies with existing wood furniture. Many of these racks have a clear plastic front, making the content easy to see. Our wooden racks come in a variety of styles, typically depending on how many pockets you need and how you would like them arranged. You will find our entire selection of wall mounted wooden magazine racks here.

Do you need to present both magazines and brochures. We have a large selection of wall-mounted magazine racks that can display magazines and brochures. Don’t have space on the wall? Consider a corner-mounted magazine rack found here.

Still have questions about magazine racks? Post a comment here.

Guillotine Paper Trimmers and Cutters / Advantages and Disadvantages

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Guillotine Paper TrimmersGuillotine paper trimmers have changed a lot over the past few years. They are no longer the wooden board with a knife attached to the side. Newer guillotine trimmers are made from metal, feature clamping mechanisms and are much safer. So what are the advantages and disadvantages of guillotine paper trimmers?

This article will detail the benefits and disadvantages guillotine trimmers. While the term “guillotine” is used for both pull arm operated and stack / ream paper cutters, we will be using guillotine to describe pull arm trimmers in this article.

Guillotine Paper Trimmer Advantages / Disadvantages:

Advantages: Guillotine trimmers usually have a decent cutting capacity, with many able to cut 10 plus sheets of paper without a problem. Guillotine trimmers are fast and easy to use. Thanks to the leverage of the arm lever, cutting is relatively seamless.

Disadvantages: Older guillotine trimmers had a habit of cutting the paper crooked, especially when cutting large amounts of paper. Guillotine trimmers have also had a bad reputation for safety. Paper clamps have addressed the crooked cutting issue and most guillotine trimmers now have safety shields to prevent injury.

Things To Look For: Keep an eye open for a paper clamp. Not all guillotine trimmers have a clamping mechanism. Clamps will make cutting easier and cleaner. Keep an eye open for a safety cutting guard, especially if the trimmer will be used in the presence of children.

You can find our entire selection of guillotine arm trimmers here. Have a question? Post it in a comment.

Rotary Paper Cutters and Trimmers / Advantages and Disadvantages

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Rotary Paper Cutters & TrimmersRotary paper cutters and trimmers are one of the most common types of cutting devices used today. These cutters are used for cutting paper, card stock, laminated documents, photographs and much more. What are some of the biggest advantages and disadvantages of using a rotary paper trimmer? This article will highlight some of these.

Rotary Paper Trimmers Advantages / Disadvantages:

Advantages: Rotary paper trimmers, such as Rotatrim, are best known for their precision cutting abilities. They can cut a photograph with a perfectly straight edge. The bases often include a grid for proper alignment and an adjustable guide bar for additional alignment.

Disadvantages: Rotary paper trimmers don’t have the cutting capacity of a guillotine trimmer. Most rotary trimmers can only cut a few sheets at a time. Higher-end cutters, such as Rotatrim, can cut more paper, but capacity is still something to take into consideration.

Things To Look For: For added stability, you will want to get a rotary trimmer with a double slide rails or a square slide rail. This helps keep the cutting head in place. If inches is a necessity, you may want to ask prior to making a purchase. Many rotary trimmers have measurements in metric only.

You can find our entire selection of rotary paper cutters here. Have a question? Post it in a comment.

Desktop, Manual and Automatic Paper Folding Machines

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Paper Folding Machines - Dynafold DE-202AFThere are so many different types of paper folding machines out there, it can often be confusing and difficult to understand exactly what differentiates them. Paper folders are categorized as desktop, manually operated and fully automatic. Why is this? What makes one paper folding machine manual and the other automatic? Here is a quick breakdown on the biggest differences between paper folding machines.

Paper Folding Machine Designs:

Desktop Paper Folders – Desktop paper folders are typically compact and designed to do just one or two fold types and that’s it, with one usually being a letter fold. They are designed to be used a few dozen times a day maximum. An example of this type of paper folder is the Martin Yale P6200 found here.

Manual Paper Folding Machine – These paper folders are designed to take a stack of paper, often 100 plus sheets, and quickly fold them. These paper folders are electric, but still require that the folding plates be manually adjusted. This usually involves loosening thumbscrews, sliding a plate and tightening the screws. These types of paper folders are ideal if you will only be creating a few types of folds per day. The Dynafold DE-102AF is a prime example of a manually set up paper folding machine.

Intimus 2051 Automatic Paper Folding MachineAutomatic Paper Folding Machine – These paper folders are the easiest to set up. They usually have a control panel that can be used to select a fold type. Once selected, automatic paper folders will automatically adjusting the folding plates without any manual involvement. These types of paper folders may still run at the same speed as a manual folding machine, but are faster to set up. These are ideal if you will be creating a wide range of fold types throughout the day. The Intimus 2051 paper folding machine is a good example of an automatic paper folder.

Feed Types:

Friction Feed Paper Folding Machines – These paper folders use a rubber wheel, often more than one, to pull paper into the machine. This system is very effective, but does not work as well with paper that is glossy because the friction wheels can slip on the paper. This is the most common paper folder used. You can find our friction-feed paper folders here.

Pneumatic (Air Feed) Paper Folders – These paper folders can be manually or automatically set up. The advantage of a pneumatic paper folding machine is that they can be used with glossy paper. They are also commonly used for commercial and industrial paper folding. You can find our air-feed paper folders here.

Still have questions? Post your comments here and I will quickly answer them. Have a great day!

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