Archive for June, 2010

New Padded Wooden Oak Indoor Lobby Benches from Wooden Mallet

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Padded Oak Wood Lobby BenchesWe are proud to announce that we have just added eight new padded wooden lobby benches to our site. These benches are part of the Dakota Wave series of furniture from popular furniture manufacturer Wooden Mallet. These new benches are very nice and we expect them to be a hit with our customers.

These new wooden mallet benches are available in a variety of fabric colors, patterns and wood stains. Four of the benches feature standard fabric options and the other four feature designer fabric options.

Each bench is made with a one-inch thick solid oak frame for added stability. The seats are padded and covered in high quality fabric. You will find these new wooden lobby benches in waiting rooms, lobbies, libraries, halls, schools and more. They are low profile and easily fit up against a wall, in a corner or in the middle of a room.

One nice thing about Wooden Mallet furniture, versus the competition, is the build quality. These aren’t made from cheap pressed wood. The solid oak wood used in these benches is designed to hold up and easily last for years.

The best thing about this new line of furniture is that it is affordable, economical and cheap! Choose from a single, double, triple or quadruple bench design.

New Dakota Wave Lobby Benches from Wooden Mallet:

Stop by and take a look. Do you have some questions about this new line of furniture? Call us at 1-800-658-8788.

Top Three Best Saddle Staplers

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Staplex Saddle StaplerSaddle staplers are a fast and effective way to staple paper along the spine or crease. There are many different models available, ranging from manual to electric. So which saddle stapler should you use? Here is a list of the most popular saddle staplers we offer.

You will want to ask yourself a few questions before purchasing a saddle stapler. First, how many sheets would you like to be able to staple? Different staplers have varying stapling capacities.

You will also need to determine if you need an electric or manual saddle stapler. Manual models are generally good for low to medium-volume stapling where electric is ideal for medium to high-volume stapling. Also be aware that electric staplers are available with micro switches, foot pedals and buttons for stapling. Be sure the electric stapler you get is set up the way you like it.

I have spoken with many customers over the past five years and have put together a list of the best saddle staplers based on this feedback. So here’s my list:

Top 3 Best Saddle Staplers

  • ISP Rapid 106 Electric Stapler – This is easily our most popular saddle stapler. It has a built in micro switch, a foot pedal and can be linked together with other Rapid 106 staplers for simultaneous stapling. It can also be adjusted from saddle to flat stapling and is designed to be mounted to a bench or table.
  • Skrebba W115 Heavy Duty Stapler – This saddle stapler is manually operated and is a workhorse. It is well built. Although manually operated, it is very easy to use. It can be adjusted from saddle to flat stapling, has an adjustable backstop and is designed to be mounted to a bench or table.
  • Staplex SS-45N Electric Saddle Stapler – Staplex continues to be one of our customers’ favorite brands. The SS-45N is heavy duty and designed to be used on a table or bench. It includes a footswitch for hands-free operation.

You can find our entire selection of staplers here. Happy stapling!

Create Your Own Spiral Notebook

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Spiral Binding SuppliesDo you want to create your own spiral notebook? It can be done, and at an affordable price. The type of binding that is used with spiral notebooks is what we call coil binding (aka spiral binding). The only difference between traditional spiral notebooks and what our coil binding machines can do is the coil element itself.

Our coil binding machines use colored PVC coils, versus the metal coils used in spiral notebooks. The hole patterns are still the same, pages still turn the same and sheets can be torn out the same way as will a spiral notebook. The hole pattern used with a spiral notebook is usually a 4:1 pitch (four holes per inch). This makes the pages easier to tear out for note taking purposes versus a 5:1 pitch (five holes per inch).

So why is PVC coil better than metal coil? Metal coils bend easily. Very easily. This may be from stacking a book on the metal coil or placing the notebook in a backpack. PVC plastic coils do not bend and can take a lot of abuse without showing any wear.

Coil / Spiral Binding MachinesYou can actually buy lined paper at a paper store for creating your own spiral notebook. Simply punch holes in the lined paper, put chipboard on the back and a sheet of card stock on the front. The end result looks great and the coil notebook can then be taken to school, used for taking notes and much more.

Another big advantage of using PVC plastic coils over metal coils is the color. Metal coils are usually nickel or chrome in color. PVC plastic coils are available in an assortment of different colors. This means you can create a spiral notebook with a pink, blue, red or black coil .The colors are endless.

You can find our entire selection of coil / spiral binding machines here. You can find our entire selection of spiral binding coil supplies here.

Digital Signature Capture Pads and Adobe Acrobat

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Topaz Signature Capture PadsI have had several people ask me recently if our Topaz line of signature capture pads (SigLite and SignatureGem) are able to put a signature in Adobe Acrobat. My answer is an emphatic yes. Our Topaz signature capture pads easily capture and insert the image into an Adobe Acrobat form (PDF Document).

How is this done? Our signature capture pads (by Topaz) include include an Adobe plug-in that makes it possible to add fields and signatures safely and securely. Once installed, the plug-in actually adds tools right into Adobe Acrobat, making PDF creation and editing easy.

Our Topaz signature capture pads can also easily be used with Microsoft Word, Excel and many other programs. They are also compatible with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 operating systems.

Many of our customers like to use our signature capture pads for the signing of contracts, creation of documentation and more. A few weeks ago I wrote an article about using a Topaz signature capture pad at my local DMV for adding a signature to a driver’s license. They have many uses and can be integrated with many programs.

You can find our entire selection of signature capture pads here. Have questions about using a signature capture pad with your computer, software or hardware? Speak with one of our experts at 1-800-658-8788.

Cooking With Sous Vide – List of Recipes

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Sous Vide Cooked FishWe sell a huge selection of bar-style, external and chamber vacuum food sealers.  You can find our vacuum food sealers here. These machines are not only used to protect and preserve food, but are now commonly used to bag meals for Sous Vide (French for “under vacuum”). Sous Vide is a special way to cook meat, vegetables and other food.

A few months ago I wrote about the growing craze that is Sous Vide. I decided to try and look for a few recipes and was amazed to see some of the amazing contraptions that people used to cook meat to perfection. After sorting through a lot of information, I have come up with some popular recipes cited by many people for Sous Vide. So here you go!

Sous Vide Recipes:

I’m getting hungry just writing this. You can find our entire selection of vacuum food sealers here. Hopefully this helps some of you out. Bon appetit!

Do you have your own Sous Vide recipe? Post them here in a comment or link!

Fellowes Helios 60 Thermal Binding Machine Review

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Fellowes Helios 60 Thermal Binding MachineThermal binding is one of the least known but one of the best looking binding formats around. It is easy to do and machines typically cost very little money. Fellowes recently unveiled a new line of thermal binding machines under the Helios name. I will be reviewing the new Fellowes Helios 60 thermal binder (found here).

To begin with, the Helios 60 is one of the highest-capacity thermal binding machine we offer. It is capable of thermally binding up to 600 sheets of paper at a time. Impressive. The only other binding machine that even compares is the VeloBind System III from GBC.

This doesn’t mean the Helios 60 can only bind large amounts of paper. It can also be used to bind small reports as well. The binding capacity is determined by the thermal binding cover being used. The Fellowes Helios 60 uses special thermal binding covers, available in different thicknesses.

The thermal binding covers typically consist of a clear cover and a card stock backing. The spine is filled with thermally activated glue. Much like a hot glue gun, when the glue gets hot it turns into a liquid that then sticks to the paper. You essentially put your documents in the cover, place that cover in the machine, remove the cover and wait for it to cool. The process is fast, simple and only takes 1-3 minutes (depending on the size).

The new Helios 60 has an attractive design. The glossy sheen and the rounded corners look almost like an art piece. This machine can be used on a desk and folds up into a compact design for easy storage.

The panel is easy to read and access and the machine will automatically shut off if left unattended. It is also designed to be cool to the touch.

The Helios 60 best used for creating reports and is not typically used for long-term binding. For long-term binding, it is best to use a machine that utilizes a binding element such as comb, wire, coil or VeloBind. If you don’t believe you will need the full 600 page binding capacity, the Helios is available as the Helios 30, which has a 300-sheet capacity.

You can find the Fellowes Helios 60 thermal binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of binding machines here.

Fellowes Jupiter JL-125 Pouch Laminator Review

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Fellowes Jupiter JL-125 Pouch LaminatorAre you in the market for a pouch laminator, but are having a tough time settling on any one model? Many of our customers have been taking a serious look at Fellowes’ line of pouch laminators. Fellowes is well known for their line of paper shredders, but is their line of pouch laminators any good? I will be reviewing the Fellowes Jupiter JL-125 pouch laminator (found here).

To start with, the Jupiter JL-125 is one nice looking laminator. It features a rounded, glossy outer shell that is reminiscent of something you would find on a sci-fi spaceship. The design is very contemporary and fits in very well with most offices. It is extremely compact, takes up a fairly small footprint and can easily be stored in a cupboard or drawer.

Looks aren’t everything. The real question is “how well does it work?” To start with, the Jupiter JL-125 uses a four-roller system for laminating products. This is actually pretty nice. The general rule for pouch laminators is the more rollers the better the end result. Many two-roller systems require pouches to be run through twice. The four roller system cuts down on cloudy finishes and bubbles in the lamination.

Once plugged in, the Jupiter JL-125 takes about four-minutes to warm up. This is pretty good and is in line with what most comparable pouch laminators do. The laminator has a green indicator light and makes an audible sound when it is ready to be used. Because the Jupiter JL-125 uses special heat shielding technology, this laminator is easy to handle when fully warmed up.

The Jupiter JL-125 is similar to the Fellowes Saturn SL-125, but is designed for higher volume use and can handle thicker pouches. The JL-125 can handle laminating pouches up to 7 mils thick.

One thing I really like about the Jupiter JL-125 is the reverse mode. This makes it really easy to back out miss-fed pouches and re-position material. Although it claims not to require a carrier, I would still recommend using one. It also includes a laminating film starter kit.

Here are some great alternatives to the JL-125.

The Fellowes Jupiter JL-125 is a great all-purpose laminator for light to medium-volume use. You can find the Fellowes Jupiter JL-125 here. You can find our entire selection of pouch laminating machines here.

Do you own the Jupiter JL-125? Let me know what you think about it by posting a comment. Have a great day!

Akiles FlexiPunch-M Binding Machine Punch Review

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Akiles FlexiPunch-M Binding Machine PunchSometimes it is pretty difficult to settle on one single binding format. All “spine” binding formats look great and they all have their benefits. If you are looking for a multi-format binding machine (one that punches all binding formats), and you like the quality of Akiles binding machines, you should consider the Akiles FexiPunch-M binding machine (found here). Here’s my review of the machine.

The FlexiPunch-M is very similar in design and concept to the Rhin-O-Tuff OD 4800. The FlexiPunch-M is basically a punch that can be used with separate Akiles supplemental binding modules such as a comb opener, a wire closer or a coil inserter. It is that simple.

You want to punch and bind for comb? Use the comb binding punch and a separate comb opener module. The dies are completely interchangeable. Just slide out the comb punch and insert the wire punch for wire punching.

You don’t have to use the FlexiPunch-M with a separate binding module. Many people like to use the FlexiPunch-M as a separate punch for high-volume binding. This allows one person to operate the FlexiPunch-M and another person to operate an all-in-one binding machine. Punching paper is typically the longest part of binding comb, wire and coil books.

Unlike the Rhin-O-Tuff OD 4800, the FlexiPunch-M has selectable punching dies, which is awesome for a modular binding machine. This allows you to disable punching pins. This is ideal when punching custom paper sizes. It also helps eliminate half-punched holes that show up on the edge of paper.

Overall the build quality on the FlexiPunch-M is top notch. It is made from quality metal components, which is commonplace with Akiles. It is compact enough to be used on almost any desk or surface.

Akiles WBM-532 Modular Wire CloserThese are the separate binding modules you can use with the FlexiPunch-M:

Ultimately the Akiles FlexiPunch-M is best suited for additional punching capacity and versatility in the binding format you use. You can find the FlexiPunch-M binding machine here. You will find our entire selection of modular binding machines here.

Top Five Best Cassida Bill Counters

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Cassida Tiger Bill CounterAt ABC Office we are a leading distributor, manufacturer and retailer of bill, currency and money counters. The bill counters we offer are accurate, easy to use and get the job done in seconds. Many of our bill counters also feature counterfeit detection. Cassida has become a rising star on our site and are now one of the most popular brands we sell.

So what are the top selling Cassida models we offer? After having spoken with customers, I have come up with a list that I consider being the top five best Cassida bill counters. This isn’t to say other models are bad, but these just happen to be customer favorites. So here is the list.

Top 5 Best Cassida Bill Counters

  1. Cassida 5510 UV Bill Counter – This bill counter is simple, compact, portable and extremely accurate. The UV counterfeit detection is affordable and a great safeguard to have in place.
  2. Cassida Tiger Bill Counter Base Model – The tiger is one of Cassida’s newest models and features a large 250 bill hopper capacity.
  3. Cassida 5520 Series Bill Counters – This counter is a little more robust than the 5510. It can count up to 1300 bills per minute and is available in a model with UV counterfeit detection.
  4. Cassida 6600 Series Bill Counters – The Cassida 6600 is designed for daily, continuous use. It counts bills at an amazing speed of 1,500 bills per minute.
  5. Cassida Tiger UV Bill Counter – This is a counterfeit detection version of the popular Tiger bill counter.

So there you have it. Some of the best bill counters Cassida has to offer. You can find our entire selection of bill counters here.

Lassco-Wizer CR-20 Cornerounder Review

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Lassco-Wizer CR-20 Cornerounder / Rounding MachineThere is just something about round corners that looks nice, unique and professional. So is there an easy way to round the corners on hundreds of items at once? There sure is. One way to go about doing this is by using the Lassco-Wizer CR-20 Cornerounder (found here). This little machine is pretty cool. This is my review.

To start with, the design of the Lassco-Wizer CR-20 reminds me of a canned ham with a lever on it. Luckily it is a lot more than that. The CR-20 continues to be one of the most popular corner rounding machines used today. The design has been around for 10+ years and has proven itself to be a reliable little machine.

The CR-20 is Lassco-Wizer’s entry-levl corner rounding machine. It is capable of rounding the corners off of a ½-inch stack of paper. This can be paper, card stock, poly covers and much more. I have even used this corner rounder to round the corners off of laminated documents without a problem.

The machine is available with your choice of die, but you aren’t limited to just one corner size. The CR-20 uses a socket-style die that allows you to easily pull out one die and swap it with a different size. This allows you to get a lot of use out of the laminator at an affordable price.

The CR-20 is designed to be used on a table. It only weighs about four pounds, so it is very easy to pick up and move to a different room or table. The base itself is made from rectangular-shaped metal that is hollow. This allows the CR-20 to catch and hold the cut corners, helping to keep things clean.

I have personally used this laminator to cut the corners off of my business cards. It can also be used to round corners on playing cards, greeting cards, menus, photographs and much more.

My only complaint with the CR-20 is that the base is a little small, measuring in at 5 x 10 ½-inches. This is adequate for most documents, but if you are cutting anything bigger than 8 ½ x 11-inch paper, you will want to upgrade to the CR-50B, which has a much bigger base.

The CR-20 is a great choice for your corner rounding needs and you will not be disappointed. You will find the Lassco-Wizer CR-20 Cornerounder here. You can find our entire selection of corner rounders here.

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