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HSM ProfiPack 425 Cardboard Shredder Review

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

HSM ProfiPack 425 Cardboard ShredderAre you looking for an alternative way to package products for shipping? If you are using packing peanuts, you may want to consider using cardboard as an alternative packaging material. One great way to take unused boxes and turn them into free packaging is by using the HSM ProfiPack 425 cardboard shredder (found here). I have used this shredder and this is my review.

We live in a very environmentally conscious world today and are always looking for new and inventive ways to recycle. One great way to save your business money, recycle and be more environmentally conscious is by using a cardboard shredder like the ProfiPack 425. Cardboard is biodegradable and is a great alternative to foam packaging peanuts.

Another great benefit about cardboard packaging is that boxes are everywhere. If you run or operate a warehouse, you probably have empty boxes laying around. While some businesses dispose of boxes by using a compactor, others are beginning to discover that shredding them costs less and makes great packaging.

The HSM ProfiPack 425 is designed to quickly take boxes and shred them. Shredded cardboard does not have the same appearance as shredded paper. When a box is run through the ProfiPack 425, it maintains its shape and isn’t actually cut up into tiny pieces. Shredded cardboard has more of a waffle-like appearance, making it soft and pliable.

We actually have the ProfiPack 425 in our warehouse and we use it to create packaging every day. When you insert a piece of cardboard into the machine for shredding, it cuts the cardboard to a 16 ¾” width. Excess cardboard falls off to the side of the machine (where it can later be shredded).

It can be a little difficult to explain, so you can see a video demo of the ProfiPack 425 in action by going here.

The shredded cardboard is very easy to handle, stretch and manipulate. Many people have mentioned that it has a chain-link fence appearance. You can see an example here:

Shredded Cardboard Example

The ProfiPack 425 can easily handle about 2-3 layers of cardboard at a time. This means you don’t need to worry about cutting down the box prior to shredding it. Simply smash the box down flat and run it through the shredder.

The ProfiPack weighs in at 386 pounds shipped. While this is pretty heavy duty, don’t worry. It rests on casters that make the ProfiPack 425 very easy to move around.

Overall I consider the ProfiPack to be a solid machine. Having used it myself, I can definatley see the benefits of shredding cardboard and consider the Model 425 to be a great solution to just about any warehouse’s cardboard recycling and packaging needs.

You can find the HSM ProfiPack 425 cardboard shredder here. You can find our entire selection of cardboard shredders here.

MBM Triumph 4850 Electric Stack Paper Cutter Review

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

MBM Triumph 4850 Programmable Electric Stack Paper CutterDo you cut large volumes of paper on a daily basis and need a fast and precise way to do this? If you aren’t using one already, you should consider using a programmable electric stack paper cutter. One model that you may want to consider is the MBM Triumph 4850 electric stack paper cutter (found here). This is my review.

To begin with, MBM Triumph is considered by many to be one of the largest stack paper cutter manufacturers in the world. These stack cutters, by Ideal, are German made and engineered. The build quality is considered to be exceptional and the customer satisfaction with our own customers is extremely high.

Here are a few specifications on the Triumph 4850. To begin with, it has a cutting width of 18 7/8″ and is capable of cutting up to 3″ of paper in a single pass. This is a lot of paper, making the 4850 capable of cutting an entire ream of paper. This includes standard paper, card stock, chipboard and much more.

Setting this stack cutter up for use is extremely easy. An easy-to-use 10 keypad makes adjusting the backstop a piece of cake. The 4850 has a programmable memory capable of storing up to 99 different jobs. A digital readout lets you know exactly where the backstop is, for easy adjusting.

Measurements are in Inches or Centimeters and are accurate to 1/10 mm or 1/100 inch. From start to cut, it shouldn’t take you more than a minute to have everything ready to go.

One thing I really like about this cutter is the LED optical cutting line. This line will let you know exactly where the blade is going to come down. I find this nice when cutting printed material. While the backstop is precise, sometimes printing registration isn’t always dead on, making the cutting line invaluable.

The Triumph 4850 electric clamp and an electric cutting blade. The clamp can be brought down by itself prior to cutting or be brought down along with the cutting blade. This is all done by pressing a series of buttons. Once the blade has been started, it takes just seconds for the 4850 to cut through 3″ of paper.

I have already mentioned this earlier, but the build quality on this cutter is exceptional. It weighs in at 556 pounds shipped. All the cutting components are made from metal and it is designed to last for years. The Solingen steel blade is extremely tough, but can also be re-sharpened when it becomes dull. The 3/5 HP motor doesn’t flinch and cuts paper without any issues.

Safety shouldn’t be a concern. Anything that could possibly cause injury is covered and protected during the entire cutting process. Safety features include:

  • Hinged, transparent electronically controlled front safety guard
  • Transparent safety cover on rear table
  • Main switch and safety lock with key
  • Electronically controlled, true two-hand operation

I have to say that if you have medium to high-volume stack paper cutting needs, this is a great paper cutter to have. This cutter should be perfect for print shops, copy centers and more.

You can find the MBM Triumph 4850 electric stack paper cutter here. You can find our entire selection of stack paper cutters here.

How To Use A GBC VeloBind Machine

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

GBC VeloBind System One Binding MachineGBC Velobind provides one of the most stable and secure binding formats available today. This style of book binding is especially popular with law offices, construction companies and other businesses that require large volumes of paper to be securely bound. Not only is in an effective binding method, it looks great too.

I have had a chance over the years to use several different VeloBind machines. This ranges from the VeloBind System One up to the VeloBind System Three. They are very easy to use. I will demonstrate, in a step-by-step guide, exactly how to use a VeloBind machine.

This guide will be helpful in the case that you have lost your manual or if you are in the beginning steps of looking for a machine. Once you know how to use one GBC VeloBind machine, it is pretty easy to use them all. For this guide, I will be using the GBC VeloBind System Three.

Bind Using GBC VeloBind In 10 Easy Steps

Step 1. To begin with, adjust the margin adjustments to accommodate the paper size you are using. If you are using a VeloBind System Three, familiarize yourself with the electronic punch control panel.

GBC Velobind Step 1

Step 2.
Assemble the book you are bout to bind. This includes the paper content, front cover and a back cover.

GBC VeloBind Step 2

Step 3. Grab the first few sheets you are going to punch. Be sure you don’t exceed your machine’s maximum punching capacity. I personally like to scale the amount back by about 20% to be easier on the machine.

GBC VeloBind Step 3

Step 4. Insert the paper into the machine and either push the button or pull the handle to punch the paper. Repeat this process until all the paper has been punched.

GBC VeloBind Step 4

Step 5. Take your paper and job it together until all the holes line up.

GBC VeloBind Step 5

Step 6. Take your VeloBind strip and place the top portion (with the 11 prongs) through the punched holes.

GBC VeloBind Step 6

Step 7. Now take the back strip and put it on the back of your document, inserting the 11 prongs from the front strip through the back strip.

GBC VeloBind Step 7

Step 8. Take your book, along with the VeloBind strip, and place it on the machine. There is a tiny pin on the machine that will line up with a tiny pinhole on the VeloBind strip. This helps you align the book in the machine.

GBC VeloBind Step 8

Step 9.
Start up the VeloBind machine. This us usually done by bringing down a bar onto the VeloBind strip. Once started, the machine will cut off the excess prongs and seal the front strip to the back strip by using heat. This heat is why VeloBind machines are sometimes called hot knife machines.

GBC VeloBind Step 9

Step 10. Remove the book from the machine. Everything should now be completed. If needed, you can now repeat the process.

GBC VeloBind Step 10

The end results look great. I love the look of VeloBound documents. They are professional, secure and solid.

You can find our entire selection of GBC VeloBind machines here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

The Foodshell FS-500 Portable Vacuum Food Sealer Reviewed

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Foodshell Vacuum Food SealerWe have been offering a great selection of Minipack brand vacuum food sealers for some time now. This includes both chamber and external sealers. The only problem is that most of these sealers are designed for higher-volume packaging. We have just added a new vacuum food sealer, the Foodshell FS-500, designed for home use.

The new Foodshell FS-500 vacuum food sealer (found here) is a compact external-style sealer. It only weighs in at 4 pounds, so most people shouldn’t have a problem moving this around. It can be used on just about any table or countertop and is about as easy to use as a toaster oven.  The Foodshell FS-500 uses a “One Click” process leading to vacuuming and sealing automatically

The main purpose of the Foodshell FS-500 is to help people protect and preserve food. Simply place food in a bag, or use a vacuum sealer film roll (can use both) and let the Foodshell extract the air and seal the bag shut with a 2mm seal.

The Foodshell FS-500 measures in at 14.6″ x 6″ x 3.2″ and uses a split chamber, which makes cleaning easy.

The Foodshell has many benefits, including:

  • Keeps food fresh and healthy longer – It is well known that vacuum food sealers help keep food fresh for a longer period of time, sometimes by 3-4 times longer than non-vacuum sealed food. Vacuum sealing also helps prevent nutrient robbing oxidation.
  • Allows you to buy groceries in bulk – Sometimes an opportunity arises where you can buy food in bulk at a discounted price. The only downside is that it is hard to preserve excess food. The Foodshell FS-500 helps by preserving bulk food.
  • Makes it easy  to prepare meals in advance – Vacuum food sealers make it easy to create complete meals in advance for cooking later. Think of it as homemade TV dinners.
  • Helps reduce waste and spoilage – Less spoilage means less waste. Less waste means money-savings for you.
  • Preserves flavor, freshness, nutrients, and color of food – Vacuum-Sealed food maintains flavor, nutrients, freshness and more for a longer period of time versus non vacuum-sealed food.
  • Makes the best use of freezer space – As many of us know, freezers are often limited in space. The Foodshell FS-500 makes it easy to re-package food, making it easier to store in a freezer.

So there you have it. The new and compact Foodshell FS-500 vacuum food sealer. This should be a great option for home vacuum sealing and food preservation. You can view the Foodshell FS-500 vacuum food sealer here. You can find our entire selection of vacuum food sealers here.

Which Is The Best Book Binding Format?

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Tamerica VersaBind Book Binding MachineAre you looking for a book binding machine, but have absolutely no idea where to start? Welcome to the club. I’d say at least half of the customers I talk to, who need a binding machine, have no idea where to start. With so many great choices out there, I can’t say I blame you. Here are a few tips on how you can get the best binding machine.

To begin with, there are three main types of binding. These binding formats are comb, wire and coil. Sure there are a few specialized binding formats out there such as Velobind and Proclick, but they don’t even come close to touching the 90% plus market share comb, wire and coil have.

I am going to cover the pros and the cons of all three binding formats. Hopefully, after reading this guide, you will have a better idea as to which binding machine you should get.

Comb, Wire & Coil Pros & Cons

Comb Binding MachinesComb Comb binding is still probably one of the most popular binding formats used today.

  • Pros – Comb binding is the most affordable binding format today. The supplies are very inexpensive. They are available in a wide variety of color, are very durable, allow the operator to add or remove pages and they can be re-used over and over.
  • Cons – Some people think comb binding has a “cheap” look that isn’t adequate for professional repots and presentations. This is a matter of opinion, but something you should take into consideration.

Wire Binding MachinesWireWire binding is one of the most popular binding formats used today for creating presentations and reports. It isn’t uncommon to even find storybooks bound in double-loop wire (aka twin-loop wire).

  • Pros – Wire looks great, plain and simple. When done right, there aren’t any other “element” binding formats that look as professional. Wire comes in a variety of different colors and is available in a 2:1 (two holes per inch) and 3:1 (three holes per inch) hole pattern.
  • Cons – The biggest con with wire is the durability factor. Because the double-loop wire binding elements are made from metal, they can bend. Pages cannot be added or removed with wire.

Coil Binding Machines CoilCoil binding (aka spiral binding) is one of the most popular binding formats used today for creating books, cookbooks, manuals, albums and textbooks.

  • Pros – Coil is probably the most durable binding element around. Made from PVC plastic, coils come in a variety of different colors. One of the biggest benefits of coil is the ability for coil-bound books to open a full 360 degrees. Coil comes in 4:1 (four holes per inch) and 5:1 (five holes per inch) hole patterns.
  • Cons – Coil binding does not allow pages to be added or removed. Coil binding has a slightly longer learning curve due to the use of coil crimping pliers.

So there you have it, the biggest pros and cons with comb, wire and coil binding. You can find our entire selection of book binding machines here. If you’re having trouble settling on any one binding format, we do offer multi-format binding machines found here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any book binding questions you may have. Happy binding!

GHL PP981 Automatic Pallet Stretch Wrapper Review (LP & HP)

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

GHL PP981 Pallet WrapperDo you have a warehouse that ships out pallets loaded with equipment, retail products and other goods? Chances are that you use a pallet wrapper to keep these products stationary and stable while shipping. If you are in the market for a new automatic pallet wrapper, or need a replacement, you should consider using the GHL PP981 automatic pallet stretch wrapper (found here). This is my review.

GHL is a leading manufacturer of packaging equipment. This includes not only stretch wrappers, but also a wide selection of conveyors, shrink wrap machines, tray sealers and much more. GHL’s products are known for being solid machines, designed to last for years.

The GHL PP981 is available in two versions. This includes the LP and the HP. The only difference between the two is that the HP includes a ramp and the LP does not. The model you get will depend a lot on how you lift, move and load pallets.

This stretch wrapper is one of the entry-level models made by GHL, but don’t let that disappoint you. The PP981 is still a heavy duty machine. It weighs in at 1250 lbs and can hold a loaded pallet up to 3,000 pounds heavy. Don’t worry about moving this stretch wrapper though as it is forklift portable.

Unlike many basic “simple” stretch wrappers, the PP981 is very automated. It has a memory capable of storing up to 10 different common jobs. This is great for repeat jobs, which is very common in a warehouse / packaging environment.

Very little manual effort is involved to run the PP981. It has a heavy-duty drive belt for holding the stretch film and automatically moves the stretch wrap up and down while the turntable spins, accommodating pallets up to 85″ high. The film is pre-stretched, prior to application, to ensure maximum support and stability.

The turntable itself measures in at 59″, able to accommodate most pallets. As the stretch wrap is applied, the turntable spins at a speed of 10 feet per minute. This gets the job  done in a quick and timely manner. The turntable is supported by heavy-duty Delrin Rollers with sealed bearings, making it very quiet. The turntable drive is chain driven.

Don’t worry about the power requirements. The GHL PP981 can be used with a 110-volt power source. This is nice because you don’t have to worry about any special wiring or power.

This machine is heavy-duty, very quiet and perfect for many warehouse-packaging operations. The build quality is excellent, and with proper care, should last you for years.

You can find the GHL PP981 automatic pallet stretch wrapper (LP & HP) here. You can find our entire selection of pallet stretch wrappers here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

How To Use A Paper Folding Machine

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Paper Folding MachinesPaper folding machines make letter folding and other types of paper folding quick, simple and easy. These machines literally save hours upon hours of time over manually folding paper.

The most commonly used paper folding machine is the friction-feed folding machine. This guide will help you learn how to set up your machine.

Whether you have recently lost your manual or are interested in purchasing a paper folding machine, this guide will help you get up and going and become familiarized with the general idea of the friction-feed paper folder. I have personally found that once you know how to use one folding machine, it is generally pretty simple to set up and use another.

To begin with, here is a general breakdown of the standard fiction feed paper folding machine. Keep in mind that this is a basic diagram and may not apply to your machine.

Paper Folding Machine Cross View

Now I will show you how to set up your paper folding machine and start letter folding in just 7 easy steps. You’ll be surprised just how little work is needed to get one of these machines running.

Using A Paper Folding Machine In 7 Easy Steps

Step 1. Look over your machine and familiarize yourself as to where the power switch is, folding plates are located and how the feed tray works.

Folding Machine Step 1

Step 2. Most folding machines have a grid or diagram printed somewhere on the machine to indicate where the folding plates need to be set for certain types of folds. Find this and determine where the folding plates need to be set for your fold. In this case I am creating a letter fold.

Folding Machine Step 2

Step 3. Adjust your folding plates. This will involve two separate plates, usually located on opposite sides of the machine.

Folding Machine Step 3

Step 4. Now you’ll want to adjust the side guides on the feed tray to accommodate the paper you are using. In this case I am using standard 8 ½” x 11″ letter-size paper.

Folding Machine Step 4

Step 5. Place your stack of paper in the machine. Most folding machines will handle at least 100 sheets, with some high-end models capable of holding up to 500.

Folding Machine Step 5

Step 6.
Turn your folding machine on for a few seconds and examine the end results. Some folding machines have a “test” button. If the fold is off, make adjustments to the folding plates. If everything looks good, turn the machine on and let it fold the paper.

Folding Machien Step 6

Step 7.
Once completed, you are ready to load another stack of paper.

Folding Machine Step 7

Not too bad, right? While the amount of time will vary from machine to machine, I’ve found that the entire process generally takes about 10 minutes. This of course depends on the experience of the operator.

You can find our entire selection of new paper folding machines here. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any paper folder questions. Have a great day and happy folding!

Klopp CR1 & CR4 Electric Coin Tube Crimper Review

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Klopp CR1 & CR4 Electric Coin Tube CrimperDo you handle or use coin tubes on a daily basis and need an effective way to close the ends shut? This may be in a retail store, bank, school or church environment. If this sounds like a situation you’re in, you may want to consider using the Klopp CR1 or CR4 coin tube crimper (found here). This is my review.

At ABC Office, we offer a wide selection of coin counters and sorters, which is a great way to save time over manually counting and sorting coins. Many people, when counting and sorting coins, like to put these coins in a coin tube (sometimes called shotgun shell style coin rolls). Many counters even include funnels for easy coin tube loading.

So what do you do when the coin tube is filled? I have seen people try and fold the ends shut by themselves, but this often ends up in a mess. This is because if the ends aren’t properly closed or crimped, they can re-open, causing the coins to spill out.

The Klopp CR series of coin tube crimpers (CR1 & CR4) are designed to provide a solid and long-term crimp that will keep the ends of the rolls closed and secure. This is done electronically and takes 2-3 seconds.

Both the CR1 and the CR4 are the same machine, the only difference is the amount of crimping head that they come with them. The CR1 comes with 1 head and the CR4 has 4 different heads.

Before you use the Klopp CR1 or CR4, you will want to be sure you have the correct size crimping head attached to the machine. The crimping head you use will depend entirely on the denomination of coin roll you are closing.

These are the exact operation instructions copied straight from the manual:

Step 1. Insert Crimping Head into black receiver on machine. “Push and Twist” to ensure crimping head is located and locked in place.

Step 2. Turn machine “ON”.

Step 3. For Pre-Crimped “Shotgun Shell” Style Wrappers:
Fill wrapper. Press the pre-filled coin wrapper firmly against crimping head till the wrapper is tight and a rolled seal has been formed.

Step 4. For Flat Style Wrappers:
Fill wrapper. Divide the extra paper evenly on each end. Back one of the open ends with
your finger. Press the pre-filled coin wrapper firmly against the crimping head till wrapper is tight and a rolled seal has been formed. Repeat on opposite end.

The build quality on the CR1 and CR4 is exceptional, which should come as no surprise. Klopp coin sorters, counters and money handling equipment almost always features an excellent build quality.

You can find the Klopp CR1 & CR4 coin tube crimpers here. You can find our entire selection of money handling equipment here.

Use Topaz SigLite & SignatureGem with Adobe Acrobat PDF Documents

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Many people that purchase our signature capture pads need them for digitally signing documents. This is often for legally binding contracts and other similar digital paperwork. One of the most common ways of digitally creating, handling and signing documents is by using Adobe Acrobat in a PDF format.

We get asked on a frequent basis if our Topaz SigLite, SignatureGem and IDGem signature capture pads can be used with Adobe PDF documents for singing contracts and other documents. The answer to this is yes.

Topaz  Adobe Acrobate PDF Plugin for Signature Capture Pads

Topaz has created an Adobe Acrobat Plugin that can be installed on your computer, allowing the signature pads to digitally sign PDF documents. The plugin is easy to install and is included with our entire line of Topaz signature capture pads. It can be installed on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.

So there you have it. A quick, easy and affordable way to legally sign digital documents. You can find our entire line of Topaz signature capture pads, tablets and pens here. If you still have questions about using a Topaz signature pad with Adobe, feel free to call one of our experts at 1-800-658-8788.

How To Use A Wire Binding Machine

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Intelli-Bind Wire Binding MachineWire binding is popular and hot right now. The binding format looks great, is extremely professional and very easy to do. So what should you do if you have lost your manual or don’t know how to use a wire binding machine? No worries. This wire binding guide will have you wire binding in no time. In 9 easy steps I will show you how to take that paper and turn it into a professional book.

While we offer several wire binding video demos, sometimes it’s easier to simply see the process in some basic step-by-step instructions. Once you know how to use one machine, you should be able to use another. Most wire binding machines operate in a very similar way. So you here you go! My official “how to” use a wire binding machine guide.

Bind A Book With Double-Loop Wire In 9 Easy Steps

Step 1. The first thing you’ll want to do is make the fine-tune adjustments to your machine prior to punching the paper. This includes adjustments to the edge guide, margin depth and wire closer. You can see where these are located (on most machines) by viewing this picture.

Wire Binding Machine

Step 2. Grab the paper you want to bind, along with a back and front cover.

Wire Binding Step 2

Step 3. From your assembled stack, take a few sheets for punching. The amount of sheets you can punch at a time will depend entirely on what your binding machine can handle.

Wire Binding Step 3

Step 4. Take your paper, insert it into the binding machine and punch it. Punching is typically done either by pulling a lever or pushing a button, depending on whether or not you have a manual or electric punch. Repeat this process until all the paper has been punched.

Wire Binding Step 4

Step 5. Take your punched paper and jog it until the holes are all lined up. Place the last page of the book (typically the end cover) and place it on top of the stack to be bound. This will help hide the wire binding seam later on.

Wire Binding Step 5

Step 6. Insert the wire binding element through the punched holes. Some wire binding machines have wire holders that make this process easier.

Wire Binding Step 6

Step 7. Take the punched paper, along with the inserted wire binding element, and place the wire into the wire closer. Close the wire shut.

Wire Binding Step 7

Step 8. Remove the book from the machine and inspect the wire. Make sure that it has closed all the way.

Wire Binding Step 8

Step 9.
Take the front page and wrap it around to the back (hiding the seam). You are now ready to bind your next book!

Wire Binding Step 9

So there you have it. It really isn’t that tough. I wire bound a book just a few days ago and it takes just a few seconds to a few minutes, depending on the size of the book. Definitely don’t feel intimidated.

If you are in need of a new or replacement machine, you can find our entire selection of wire binding machines here and wire binding supplies here. Happy binding!

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