Archive for May, 2010

Types Of Forms Bursters / Detachers

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Forms Bursters / Forms DetachersForms bursters (found here) still play an important roll in tearing apart and detaching perforated paper. So which type of forms burster should you get? There are two primary types of bursters. These are cut sheet and continuous forms bursters. Here is a little more information about them.

Types of Forms Bursters:

Continuous Forms Bursters – Continuous forms paper is a type of paper that is continuously connected, much like the paper that was used in dot matrix printers. The paper is organized in an accordion-like pattern. This type of paper usually has ½-inch perforated side margins with tiny holes used to help run the paper through printers. Continuous forms bursters are designed to tear this paper apart.

Cut Sheet Bursters – Cut sheet bursters tear paper apart at the perforation, but the paper itself is not continually connected. It is typically separated into single 8 ½ x 11-inch sheets that are stacked on top of each other, much like standard copy paper. Cut sheet paper does not have perforated side margins.

Possible Forms Burster Options

Side Slitters – Continuous forms bursters often have side slitters designed to trim off the perforated side margins. This is usually available with continuous forms bursters by default.

Center Slitters – Some perforated paper has a perforation going down the middle, requiring a center slitter. Center slitters are not common, but they can usually be factory installed upon request.

Check Signers – Many bursters can be interfaced with check signers (found here). This allows the seamless operation of signing a check and having it bursted apart, all in one single pass.

Common manufacturers of bursters include Martin Yale, Duplo and Formax. You may find our entire selection of forms bursters here. Still have questions about bursters / detachers and how they work? Post your questions in our comment field. Have a great day!

Advantages Of A Strip Cut Paper Shredder

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Strip Cut Paper ShreddersWe all know that paper shredders play an important roll in battling identity theft. That said, there are many different ways to shred paper. Strip cut (aka Straight Cut) and cross cut paper shredders are the most common styles of paper shredders used today. So with the added security benefits of a crosscut paper shredder, why would anyone want to get a strip cut paper shredder? Here are a few reasons why:

Strip Cut Paper Shredder Benefits:

Sheet Capacity – Strip cut paper shredders can typically shred 40 percent or more sheets than the cross cut equivalent. This is a huge benefit when shredding a lot of paper.

Security – While strip cut shredders will never provide as much security as a cross cut shredder, many strip cut shredders are available in a security level 2 or security level 3 designs. A 1/8-inch or 1/1/6-inch wide strip is still very small and will provide more than enough security for most people. This is more than adequate for shredding invoices, credit card applications and bank statements.

Strip Cut PaperRecyclability – Paper run through a strip cut paper shredder can be used as packaging material or animal bedding. This cannot be done with cross cut shredders as cross cut particles create too much dust and make too big a mess.

Price – Strip cut paper shredders are often more affordable. This is due in part to the cutting blades being less complex and less expensive to make when compared to a cross cut shredder.

Reliability – Simply put, strip cut paper shredder blades create far less friction and heat as compared to a cross cut shredder, allowing for many strip cut models to last longer than their cross cut counterparts. Strip cut shredders typically handle paper clips and staples better as well.

If you don’t need extreme high security, a strip cut shredder may be the way to go. You get more capacity and a better price, among other benefits. Read more about paper shredders by reading our paper shredder guide found here. You may find our great selection of paper shredders here. Enjoy!

MBM, Ideal, Destroyit, Triumph and Kutrimmer – One in the Same?

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

MBM Office Equipment and MachinesThere is a lot of confusion out there when it comes to brand names and which one is associated with another. MBM is an common example of this. We recently had a customer ask us what the difference was between the Ideal 2602 shredder and the Destroyit 2602 shredder. I went on to tell her that they are the same shredder by the same company, with MBM being the manufacturer.

MBM is one of the leading manufacturers of office automation equipment in the world today. MBM manufactures paper folders, collators, business card cutters, paper drills and much more. You can find our entire selection of MBM products here.

MBM’s parent company is IDEAL Krug & Priester of Germany. IDEAL Krug & Priester is well known for manufacturing German engineered and built paper shredders and paper cutters.

This is a list of the brands that MBM (IDEAL) manufactures:

Destroyit – This is MBMs line of paper shredders. They are often referred to as Destroyit shredders by IDEAL. This is why many people use Destroyit and IDEAL interchangeably. You can find Destroyit paper shredders here.

Triumph Stack Paper Cutter from IdealTriumph – This is MBMs line of stack (ream) paper cutters. As with Destroyit, Triumph paper cutters are often referred to as Triumph by IDEAL. Many people refer to these paper cutters as both Triumph and IDEAL cutters. You can find our Triumph cutters here.

Kutrimmer – This is MBMs line of arm cutters, sometimes referred to as guillotine cutters. These, as with Triumph, are sometimes referred to as Kutrimmer by IDEAL. Customers refer to these as Kutrimmer or IDEAL cutters. You can find our Kutrimmer paper trimmers here.

IDEAL – As previously mentioned, IDEAL Krug & Priester is the parent company of MBM and is often linked to Destroyit, Triumph and Kutrimmer branding.

When you call us, we will understand what you mean regardless of whether you refer to a shredder as an MBM shredder, Destroyit shredder or IDEAL shredder. Hopefully this hasn’t all been too confusing. Have a question? Post it here!

Strongest & Most Heavy-Duty Binding Machine Styles

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Coil / Spiral Binding SuppliesA few days ago a customer asked me which binding style was the best. I asked him exactly what he meant by “best.” The customer then went on to explain that he worked in construction and had to bind plans and documents to take to the work site.

He told me that the bound documents would probably be tossed around, stepped on and abused. He then said, “I need something that will hold up through all this without falling apart.”

I then went on to explain to him the advantages and disadvantages of the different binding formats when being used in a construction environment. Here is a summary of what I told him:

Most Durable Binding Formats:

  1. Coil Binding – Coil binding (aka Spiral Binding) wins this contest hands down. Coils can literally be run over by a car and still maintain the bind. The pages turn a full 360 degrees and are perfect for a construction work site.
  2. Comb Binding – Comb binding is very durable, and affordable. Because the spines are made from plastic, they hold up pretty well. The bind, however, will show signs of wear faster that a coil-bound document.
  3. VeloBinding – VeloBinding is extremely durable and can withstand a lot of wear and tear. The downside, with regards to the customer’s question, is that VeloBound pages cannot turn a full 360 degrees, making this binding format less user friendly for a construction site.
  4. Wire Binding – Wire binding is probably the least durable of the common binding formats. Wire binding spines can be bent and do not hold their form well when exposed to rigorous environments.

Have a question about durable binding styles? Post your question here!

Why Use Oversized Report Covers?

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Oversized Report CoversAt ABC Office, we sell both standard and oversized report covers. Standard size covers measure in at 8 ½ x 11-inches, while oversized covers measure in at 8 ¾ x 11 ¼-inches. Standard report covers have square corners while oversized report covers have rounded corners. So why would you want an oversized cover?

Many binding formats, like coil or comb, bind paper in a way that the edges aren’t always squared up. Some people do not like this look. With oversized covers, the bound document maintains a more “organized” look.

Another reason some people use oversized covers is if the bound document includes tabs. Oversized covers help protect and cover tabs. Card stock report covers, poly covers and clear covers all come in oversized formats.

Standard 8 ½ x 11 sheets are still more popular, but oversized covers definitely have plenty of supporters. You can find our entire selection of report covers here.

Topaz SignatureGem LCD Spotted at the DMV

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Topaz SignatureGem LCD 4x3 Signature Capture PadSignature capture pads are hugely popular right now. They are used to capture signatures for contracts, creating forms, printing ID cards and much more. Now you can add DMV driver’s licenses to that list. Our Topaz line of signature capture pads is probably one of the most popular brands of signature pads found online today.

I was in the DMV this last Wednesday because my card was going to be soon expiring. I walked in, they took my picture and then asked me for my signature (to be placed on my new driver’s license).

I went up to sign my name and to my surprise, there was a Topaz SignatureGem LCD. I signed my name, the computer captured the information and I was given a temporary license until my new one comes in the mail. There it was on my temporary pass. My signature. The entire process was quick, seamless and took just seconds.

The specific model used is a 4×3 (four-inches by three-inches) in size. The SignatureGem LCD 4×3 is rated for 250,000 plus signatures, which makes it a perfect model to use in a DMV for making driver’s licenses. Pretty neat if you ask me.

You can find out more information on the Topaz SignatureGem LCD 4×3 by going here. Enjoy!

Coin Counter Video Demo Gone Wrong

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

What happens when you shoot a video demo for a coin counter without thoroughly reading the instruction manual? This is what happens.

I had actually used a very similar coin counter in the past, made by Cassida, and thought I knew what I was doing. The ABC110, featured in the video, is actually very easy to set up. I have since learned my lesson. Enjoy!

Top Ten Best Bill Counters

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Top 10 Best Bill CountersBill counters play an important role in a retail environment. They are used in grocery stores, restaurants, dance clubs, banks and more. Finding a good bill counter is no easy task. There are hundreds of different models available today and finding one that will last is tough.

We have been selling bill counters for well over five years now, so we have a good knowledge base on what works and what doesn’t work. While I consider all the bill counters we offer online to be of good quality, I am going to highlight ten specific models that our customers are especially pleased with.  Enjoy!

Top 10 Best Bill Counters:

  1. ABC1150 Bill Counter (Top Seller)
  2. ABC1150 Ultra Money Counter
  3. Cassida Tiger UV Edition
  4. Semacon S-1100 Series Bill Counter
  5. ABC5500 Ultra Bill Counter
  6. Cassida Tiger Base Edition
  7. ABC6600 Pro Bill Counter
  8. Semacon S-1400 Series Counter
  9. Magner Model 20 Currency Counter
  10. Cassida 5510 UV Bill Counter

You can find our entire list of bill counters here. Let me know if you have any questions about any of the models featured by posting a comment. Have a great day!

Ream Cutters & Stack Paper Cutters – One In The Same?

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Ream Paper CuttersThe other day I had a customer ask me if there was any difference between a ream cutter and a stack cutter. That is a good question. A ream cutter is a cutter capable of cutting an entire ream of paper, which is about 500 sheets (two-inches) of standard copy paper. That’s a lot of paper. Stack cutters are designed to cut a lot of paper. The answer is to this customer’s question is yes and no.

Can some stack paper cutters cut a ream of paper? Yes. Can all stack cutters cut a ream of paper? No. Over half of our stack paper cutters, however, are capable of cutting an entire ream of paper. Most stack paper cutters are capable of cutting several hundred sheets of paper. We even have manually-operated stack cutters capable of cutting an entire ream of paper, such as the Dahle 848 and the Tamerica Guillomax Plus.

Stack paper cutters come in manual, electric, hydraulic, programmable and other variations. The type you choose depends entirely on how many sheets you need to cut, how often you need to cut them and if you plan on doing different types of cuts on a consistent basis. You can find our entire selection of stack (ream) paper cutters here.

Have some questions about ream paper cutters? Post your questions here and I will answer them for you. Happy cutting!

What Is A Multiplexer DVR And Why Would You Need One?

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Multiplexer DVR SystemsSecurity cameras are everywhere. They are a necessary evil used to monitor, track and catch shoplifters and other criminals. Setting up a security system may seem a little complicated up front, but don’t let that intimidate you. Security system installations can be much easier if the right equipment is used.

Most security systems utilize more than one camera, but how do you hook up more than one camera to a security screen? It is actually pretty easy, with the right piece of hardware. This is done by using a device called a multiplexer.

Multiplexers are designed to take multiple input signals from multiple cameras and output them to one or several monitors. Multiplexers come in a variety of models, but they are all designed to make it easier for one person to monitor multiple cameras at once. They can also be used in conjunction with a time-laps recorder for storage purposes.

Multiplexers are nothing new, but they have come a long way over the past 10 years. Many modern multiplexers include built-in digital video recorders (DVRs). These all-in-one systems can take in multiple video inputs, record them and easily play them back as needed.

EchoVue is one of the best-known manufacturers of DVR security systems with built-in multiplexers. Our EchoVue EV1607 has a total of 16 video inputs! EchoVue systems can be purchased with or without hard drives. Some of our DVR systems come with cameras as a complete package.

You can view our entire selection of EchoVue DVR multiplexers here.

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