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Tamerica TPF-42 Paper Folding Machine Review

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Tamerica TPF-42 Paper Folding MachineIn need of a quality paper folder that can create all the folds you need all in one compact machine? There are a lot of folding machines out there. So which model should you go with? One model you may want to consider is the Tamerica TPF-42 paper folding machine (found here). I have set up and used this folding machine and this is my review.

To begin with, the Tamerica TPF-42 is clone or twin of the MBM 207M. I won’t say evil twin, because it is pretty “good” to use. I suspect they both come out of the same factory, although I can’t confirm this with 100% certainty. They are the only two paper folding machines that I am aware of that use a manually sliding folding plate. Even the batch counting and start buttons look the same. The folding plates even have the same stickers on them. Need I say more?

OK, now back to the Tamerica TPF-42. As previously mentioned, it uses a sliding folding plate. You essentially pinch a clip on the plate and slide it up or down, selecting the fold you want. I REALLY like this folding plate setup. It takes about ¼ the time of a normal folding plate and the registry (fold alignment) is dead on.

The TPF-42 can handle all common folds such as a letter fold (C fold), accordion fold (Z fold) and the single fold. It can also do uncommon folds such as a double parallel and a gate fold. I have even seen people do a cross fold on this machine. Due to the nature of the folding plates, it can also easily handle custom folds.

It is designed to fold standard copy paper, but can also easily handle card stock up to 60#. The only problem you will have with the TPF-42 is folding glossy paper. While it may be able to handle some types of glossy paper, this can’t be guaranteed. This is because friction folding machines, like the TPF-42, use rubber wheels to pull in paper. These wheels can potentially slip on glossy paper, causing a jam.

The hopper tray can hold up to 500 sheets of paper. While I don’t like to recommend leaving machines unattended, you can probably set 500 sheets in and leave it without any problems. The exit tray uses a conveyor system that keeps paper aligned and in order as it exits the machine. This is pretty nice to have, especially if you are folding invoices and alphabetized material.

The TPF-42 has a built-in paper counter and can do batch counting (if so desired). It also includes a test button, which will only pull in a few sheets. This is especially nice if you are setting up custom folds. Once you are ready, hit the start button and the machine will do the rest.

I have to say that I am VERY impressed with the Tamerica TPF-42. It gets the job done and seems to be a high-quality machine. So far I haven’t heard any complaints from customers. The price is certainly right.

You can find the Tamerica TPF-42 paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Martin Yale “Jog-Fast” Model 400 Paper Jogger Review

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Martin Yale Jog Fast Model 400 Paper JoggerJumbled, messy and disorganized paper makes just about everything more difficult. Whether you are trying to cut, bind or fold paper, a paper jogger will make your life easier. One model you may want to consider is the “Jog-Fast” Model 400 paper jogger from Martin Yale (found here). I use this paper jogger all the time and this is my review.

To begin with, this jogger is referred to as the Jog-Fast and the Model 400. They are one in the same. Standard calls it the Jog-Fast and Martin Yale calls it the Model 400. They both come from the same factory.

This model has been around for years, including the 10 I have been with ABC Office. It has been time tested and the thing just works (and well at that). I personally use it jog paper that comes off of our digital duplicator for later binding and cutting.

Simply plug the jogger into a wall, (110-120 volt) put the disorganized paper in the bin and flip the switch on. The Model 400 does the rest. It only takes 10-20 seconds to completely align the paper. The paper is vibrated and jostled around so quickly you can hear the paper bouncing off the bottom of the tray. Once done, turn the switch off. It’s that simple.

The Martin Yale Model 400 can hold a full ream of 8 ½ x 11 paper, so it is easy to jog a LOT of paper at a time. The motor, the construction and the design allow the Model 400 to be used all day long without any issues.

Weighing in at 20 pounds, the Model 400 “Jog-Fast” can be easily moved around from one room to another. The rubber feet are designed in such a way that they keep the jogger stationary. This prevents the jogger from moving around the table while in use.

While the Model 400 isn’t designed for use with larger 12 x 18 sheets of paper, I highly recommend it for 8 ½ x 14 or smaller paper. It works well and will easily give you years of trouble-free use.

You can find the Martin Yale “Jog-Fast” Model 400 paper jogger here. You can find our entire selection of paper joggers here.

Akiles RubiCoil Spiral Binding Machine Review

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Akiles RubiCoil Spiral / Coil Binding MachineIf you like spiral binding (aka coil), but you don’t have the need for a big massive machine, you may want to consider using the Akiles RubiCoil (found here). I have used this spiral binding machine and this is my review.

Akiles is well known for the build quality of their machines. Akiles machines are made from metal components, unlike much of the competition’s plastic machines. It’s usually pretty safe to say that an Akiles machine will last for years.

The RubiCoil is an entry-level spiral binding machine designed for use in the home or for occasional spiral binding jobs around the office. It is ideal for binding a couple to a dozen books a day. Any more than that and you may want to consider looking at an Akiles CoilMac (found here).

The RubiCoil is very stable and durable. The metal chassis on the RubiCoil eliminates play during binding. The punching die is machined to a 4:1 pitch, which means the RubiCoil is designed to punch four holes per inch of paper.

The RubiCoil is manually operated. Paper is punched by pulling a handle, up to 10 sheets of standard copy paper. I like the “U” shaped design of the handle because it allows the operator to pull down on the lever from any angle, regardless of hand preference. The paper punching is easy and doesn’t require a lot of effort.

Coils on the RubiCoil are manually inserted. The RubiCoil has a coil-inserting table on the front of the machine that makes manual coil insertion easier. This table has a channel dip in it that helps guide the coil. While I would love to see an electric coil inserter, it simply isn’t possible for the price.

Overall I like the RubiCoil. It is important to take into consideration that it is designed for low-volume use though. You certainly don’t want to use it for daily jobs of dozens of books. It simply isn’t designed to handle that much use.

You can find the Akiles RubiCoil spiral binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of spiral binding machines here.

Best Waiting Room Chairs and Office Lobby Seating

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Waiting Room Chairs and Office Lobby SeatingThere are a lot of options out there for waiting room chairs or office lobby seating. When furnishing a lobby, there are several things that should be taken into consideration. This guide will go over a few common questions you will want to ask yourself prior to making a purchase and will make a few recommendations.

Common Questions:

  • How much money are you able to spend? Budget is always a factor, regardless of the business or organization. There are several options out there for the budget-minded shopper. Just be careful you don’t sacrifice quality for price.
  • Will the customer, patient or client be waiting for a long time? The longer a customer waits, the more uncomfortable they will be. An comfortable customer is often an angry customer, which makes them harder to work with. If the customer will be waiting long, padded furniture is highly recommended.
  • Is space an issue? Many lobbies and waiting rooms are limited on space. If space is a concern, you may want to consider going with bench-style seating. This type of seating can still sit a lot of people, but will not take up as much room.

Lobby Furniture Options:

  1. Bench SeatingBench-Style Seating (found here) – Bench style seating typically does not feature a back support and is usually placed up against walls and hallways. This isn’t always the case. Bench seating may also be placed in the middle of a room. Benches are typically made of wood and feature some sort of fabric-covered padding.
  2. Padded Wood ChairsPadded  Wooden Chairs (found here) – Padded wooden chairs look nice and are comfortable to sit in. These are especially nice for use in lobbies and waiting rooms where long waits (10 minutes or more) are the norm. Wood fits in well with existing furniture.
  3. Plastic Office Lobby ChairsPlastic Chairs (found here) – Plastic chairs are cheap, easy to clean and can be moved easily from one place to another. These chairs are especially nice for waiting rooms with a lot of children present as they can easily be cleaned off with a washcloth. Plastic chairs are also especially durable.
  4. Padded Metal-Frame ChairsPadded Metal-Frame Chairs (found here) – Padded tubular metal-frame chairs have more of an industrial look, but are still very reliable, comfortable and durable. Many of these chairs feature padded seats available in a variety of different fabric patterns. These are a great choice for convention halls, churches and other large gatherings.
  5. Stackable Chairs and SeatingStackable Chairs (found here) –  Stackable chairs save space. This is especially nice for cleaning as the chairs can easily be stacked and moved for easy access to the floor. Stackable chairs are commonly found in multi-purpose rooms. These chairs are often padded and can be found in plastic, metal and wood designs.

Hopefully some of this information helps you make a decision. If you are still not sure if the furniture mentioned above will work for you, feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 and speak with one of our experts.

Standard M2 Bookletmaker Review

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Standard M2 Electric BookletmakerBookletmakers are used to create a wide variety of literature. This includes instruction manuals, promotional literature, booklets and much more. If you are in the market for a bookletmaker, one model you may want to consider is the Standard M2 electric-powered bookletmaker (found here). I have used this machine and this is my review.

To begin with, this model has been around for some time. That isn’t a bad thing. That just means the design works, has been proven over years and continues to be popular. It is best suited for on-demand jobs.

While not as digital as many newer models, the M2 is still very easy to set up. It can be used with a wide range of paper sizes (6 x 8 ½-inches up to 11 x 17-inches).  Once the paper size has been set, the rest is very automated. The built quality is excellent and should easily last for years of trouble-free operation.

Simply take your stack of paper, place it in the feed tray and push a button. The machine then pulls that stack (up to 15 sheets), folds it and staples it along the spine. The newly created booklet exits the other side of the machine.

The M2 can single fold and staple up to 15 sheets of standard 20# paper at a time. This means it can create a booklet with up to 60 pages, which isn’t half bad. A total of two staplers are used to do the stapling, although it has enough slots for up to five. The motor itself runs at a speed of up to 800 booklets an hour.

This booklet maker can be found in schools, churches, clubs, corporate sales, marketing departments and much more.  It is ideal for any business that has the need of a short-run booklemaker. While not designed for high-volume production, it can be used for low to medium-volume jobs.

The only downside is that there isn’t any onboard storage system where you can create and store custom jobs. This isn’t a huge deal as the machine is easy to set up, but it would still be a nice feature to have.

Overall I really like the Standard M2 Bookletmaker. It is certainly a solid machine and can easily be used without any problems. The end result is professional and presentable. You can find the Standard M2 Bookletmaker here. You can find our entire selection of bookletmakers here. You can view a video demo of the M2 Bookletmaker here.

David-Link W-1288PB Biometric Time Clock Review

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

David-Link W-1288PB Biometric Employee Time ClockAre you in need of an accurate biometric employee time clock? If you are, you may want to check out the newest kid on the block. The David-Link W-1288PB is a biometric clock (found here) that is accurate, affordable and easy to use. I have had a chance to use this time clock and this is my review.

To begin with, the David-Link W-1288PB is a great looking clock. It is the top of the line version of the W-1288. The PB means it can read proximity cards and has a battery backup. It is well laid out, aesthetically pleasing and fits right in with existing office décor. The green-lit finger scanner almost looks like something from a sci-fi movie. It even talks to you. Welcome to the year 2010.

The screen is a beautiful full-color LCD screen. You really don’t see that kind of quality in time clocks. You’re usually lucky if you can get a monochrome backlit screen. By using the screen, and the control panel buttons, you can easily guide your way through the navigation to set things up.

The navigation will allow you to add employees, view time worked, set up the time display and determine the time tracking method you would like to use. The W-1288PB isn’t just a biometric time clock.

In the menu you can opt to log time via the control panel (password entry), biometric finger reading, proximity card scanning or a combination thereof. I’m not aware of any other time clocks out there that are biometric, proximity card and pass code capable in one single machine.

The menu and display aren’t the only great things about this time clock. It also has the ability to store data (up to 3,000 users and 50,000 time logs) locally or be attached to a computer. It’s your choice. If a computer isn’t around, you can easily use it as a stand-alone time clock.

Interfacing with a computer can be done any of three different ways. The first is via a USB cable and a computer. The second is via an Ethernet cable (either via RS485 or TCP/IP). The third way is to use the included USB storage device to export data from the time clock and import it to the computer. Time management software is included with the W-1288PB.

Finger reading is very easy. Past biometric time clocks that I have used require you to slide your finger. Not the W-1288PB. All you have to do is place your finger on the scanner, wait a split second, and you’re done. There’s no need to worry about re-scans either. The W-1288PB does a very good job of reading your finger on the first try.

Overall I am very impressed with the features found in the David-Link W-1288PB. It seems to be well-built, well laid out and is feature rich. You can find the David-Link W-1288PB employee biometric time clock here. You can find our entire selection of David-Link time clocks here.

Top Seven Best Shredded Paper Recycling Ideas

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Paper Shredder RecyclingI have had several people ask me what they can do with their shredded paper. Many of them don’t want to simply throw it away. I can understand the desire to re-use the paper rather than waste it. This desire may be driven by environmental concerns or simply because people want to try something new. Here are a few suggestions that customers have passed along to me.

A lot of these suggestions will depend entirely on whether or not the paper shredded contains highly sensitive information or not. Take that into consideration.

Top Seven Best Shredded Paper Recycling Ideas

  1. Animal or Pet Bedding – Many customers have told me that they have used their shredded paper for animal bedding for bird cages, hamster cages and more. Many animal shelters will also use shredded paper. I have been told that cross-cut paper doesn’t work as well because there is too much paper dust that aggravates the animals. I have had customers buy strip cut shredders (found here) purely for the purpose of shredding paper for animal bedding.
  2. Gardening Compost – I can’t give you the exact recipe, but I have had people tell me that they use their shredded paper (since it is mostly organic anyway) in a compost pile mixed with veggies, leaves and other bio material. They swear by it. Can’t say I’ve tried this myself.
  3. Packaging Material – Much like cardboard shredders, many people like to use strip cut paper for packaging material. This may be fore the E-bay entrepreneur or for warehouse operations. Again, cross cut paper doesn’t work as well for this one.
  4. Paper Recycling – Some paper recycling plants will accept and recycle shredded paper. The problem is that many will not take the paper because it may contain metal fragments such as staples or paper clips that makes recycling next to impossible.
  5. Moisture Absorption – I have read about people putting a little shredded paper in the bottom of their kitchen trash to soak up moister, helping cut down on odors.
  6. Fire Kindling – Let’s face it. If you’re camping, paper is a great way to start up a campfire. Shredded paper lights up even faster.
  7. Floor Cleanup – I have had people that tell me they will sprinkle cross cut shredded paper on the floor to clean things up. This may be to soak up oil on a garage floor. Some people have told me that it binds well with hair, dirt and other material often found in workshops, gymnasiums, barber shops and other floor surfaces where it can then be swept up.

Hopefully these ideas help you get the most out of your shredded paper. Are you in need of a shredder? You can find our entire selection of paper shredders here.

U.S. Paper Counters Shooter-II Press Tabber Review

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

U.S. Paper Counters Shooter II Press TabberIf you work for or run a printing press, you know how important it is to tab, organize, batch count and separate print jobs. One machine you may want to consider using is an automatic tabber. One machine designed to help with in-line tab inserting is the Shooter-II press tabber (found here). This is my review.

To begin with, the Shooter-II is designed to be positioned at the delivery end of your equipment. It can deliver tabs into the delivery pile of presses, sheeters, folders and other converting equipment that uses a receding pile delivery system. It can be mounted to the equipment or be used as a stand-alone device.

The Shooter-II counts at speeds equal to the equipment being used at a speed of up to three tabs per second, which is very fast. This helps to increase profits by quickly eliminating overages and shortages with extremely accurate counting at tabbing. The Shooter-II also helps making competitive quotes easier.

So how does the actual counting and tabbing work? The Shooter-II can be set up via a micro switch or by using a universal electronic pick up. An optional Infrared reflective opto sensor can be used, which requires no connection to your equipment.

A few additional features include:

  • Total and batch counts
  • Variable tape lengths
  • Variable knife cut delays
  • Back lit LCD display

The Shooter II can also be customized to best suit your application. A few optional customizations include:

  • Multiple tabbing heads (up to three)
  • A 90-degree angle tape chute
  • A swivel bracket mount
  • Stagger tabbing
  • Additional base stands and swivel mounts
  • Custom tape chute lengths
  • Infrared reflective opto sensor

Customizations can be built into the Shooter-II in the factory. If any of these customizable options sound like something you need, you can speak with one of our specialists at 1-800-658-8788 and get a quote. Don’t see a customization that you may need? Ask us. We may still be able to build it in at the factory.

Overall the Shooter-II is a durable machine that gets the job done. It is one of the most customizable machines that I have seen and I really like how compatible it is with most machines out there. It is easy to set up and is designed to be used all day long.

You can find the U.S. Paper Counters Shooter-II Press Tabber here. You can find our entire selection of paper counters here and our tabbers here.

Martin Yale 3800AP AutoPerf Perforator Review

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Martin Yale 3800AP AutoPerf Perforator and ScorerAre you in need of an automatic paper perforator, slitter and scorer? Before you decide to take the plunge and bye one, you should seriously consider looking at the Martin Yale 3800AP AutoPerf. I have used this machine and this is my review.

To begin with, the Martin Yale 3800AP is one of the most versatile paper perforators I have ever used. Not only does it perforate, but it can also be set up to score and slit paper. This is done by use of several powered wheels and bars. This is ideal for perforating and scoring brochures, checks, coupons, tickets and much more.

The Martin Yale 3800AP initially comes with a 10-tooth perf wheel and two scoring wheels. These wheels slide onto an electrically powered bar that spins, thus powering the perforating and scoring wheels. These wheels can be loosened and tightened to almost any position on the bar, making customized perforations and scoring a breeze.

You can buy additional perforating, scoring and slitting wheels. In fact, the 3800AP can be used with an optional 3 and 7 tooth perforating wheel. Slitting wheels make it very easy to cut paper down to a variety of sizes. You can mount several perforator, scoring and slitting wheels with ease.

So now we have the cutting, slitting and scoring basics down. I have used all three different types of cutting wheels and have to say that setup really is a breeze. This is a huge plus for the Martin Yale 3800AP. Many perforating and scoring machines out there have factory-installed wheels that cannot be removed or added.

The Martin Yale 3800AP AutoPerf can be used with paper as thin as 16lb. bond or as thick as 150lb. card stock. It can handle paper from 3 7/8 to 18-inches wide and 3 ½ to 22-inches long.  This is an excellent range for a perforating machine, which means the 3800AP can be used with most types of paper.

The build quality on the 3800AP is top-notch. It is heavy-duty, designed to be used on daily basis. The motor is rated at a speed of up to 12,000 sheets per minute (8 ½ x 11 paper). It weighs in at 85 pounds, which should give you a good idea just how well built this machine is.

Overall I have to say that I am very impressed with the 3800AP. This particular machine is shipped with emphasis on perforating, but it is available as the 3800FC if you would like to get the version that arrives with slitting wheels instead of perforating wheels.

You can find the Martin Yale 3800AP AutoPerf perforator here. You can find the slitting version 3800FC forms cutter here. You can find our entire selection of perforating machines here.

SircleBind CW-350 Comb & Wire Binding Machine Review

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

SircleBind CW-350 Comb and Wire Binding MachineAre you looking for a well rounded binding machine capable of binding in both comb and wire? If this is the case, you have probably found several different options. One machine you may want to look at is the SircleBind CW-350 comb and wire binding machine (found here). This is my review.

Sircle brand binding machines are some of the most affordable binding machines out there. Sircle machines often include many high-end features found in more expensive machines. The SircleBind CW-350 is an example of this.

To begin with, the SircleBind CW-350 has selectable punching pins. This means you can disengage pins that you don’t want to punch. Why is this nice? Because you can punch odd-sized paper without annoying half-punched holes at the edges of paper. This is a feature that I look for in binding machines.

The SircleBind CW-350 also has the ability to punch holes for either 3:1 pitch wire (three holes per inch) and 19-ring comb. Because the CW-350 has a comb opener and a wire closer, you can also use the CW-350 with 19-ring wire, sometimes called wire comb.

Having multi-format binding capabilities makes this machine great for people who can’t settle on wire or comb. The CW-350 gets away with multi-bind functionality without sacrificing quality or functionality. Everything is combined into one compact machine.

The design of the CW-350 isn’t bad either. It features a contemporary design that fits in well with most office environments. The handle and paper support plate can be folded down for convenient storage.

Another nice feature of the SircleBind CW-350 is the “U” shaped handle. This is nice because you can punch paper, close wire and open combs from a variety of positions. This design is especially nice for those of you who are left-handed and are tired of right-handed only binding machines.

Overall I am impressed with this machine. While I don’t consider it to be up to the level of an Akiles machine, you really can’t complain too much about the price. This is a great machine for low to medium volume binding.

You can find the SircleBind CW-350 comb and wire binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of combination binding machines here.

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