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How To Laminate Documents With A Pouch Laminator

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

How To Use A Pouch LaminatorPouch laminators are great machines to have on hand for a variety of reasons. They can be used to laminate menus, protect pictures, create professional business cards and much more. Not only does lamination film protect, but it also provides stability and a professional sheen to documents.

If you already own a laminator, have lost your manual or perhaps are looking for a machine and want to know more, this “how to” guide should help you out. I am going to provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to use a pouch laminator.

While laminators vary from one model to another, most work in a similar way. If you know how to use one model of laminator, you should pick up very fast on another model. I hope you enjoy this guide.

Use A Pouch Laminator In 6 Easy Steps

Step 1 – You will first want to plug your laminator into the wall and turn it on. Warm-up time ranges from laminator to laminator, but you should be ready to go in 15-20 minutes (with even the slower laminators).

Pouch Laminator Step 1

Step 2 – Choose the size of laminating pouch film you want to use. Remember, many pouches have a seam along the edge.

Pouch Laminators Step 2

Step 3 – Place your document into the pouch and close it shut. Make sure all edges are covered.

Pouch Laminators Step 3

Step 4 – Put the laminating pouch into a protective laminating carrier. These carriers usually come with laminating film. While some laminators claim you don’t need to use them, I still consider it to be a good idea.

Pouch Laminators Step 4

Step 5 – Turn on the motor (if it isn’t already on). Place your pouch and carrier into the entrance of the laminator. The laminator should grab the pouch automatically and begin to pull it through.

Pouch Laminators Step 5

Step 6 – After a few seconds, the pouch should come out the opposite side of the laminator finished and ready to use. The pouch, depending on the laminator, may be hot to the touch. Inspect the pouch and make sure everything looks good. If everything looks good, you should be ready to insert another pouch.

Pouch Laminators Step 6

Hopefully this has helped you out. We have a lot of experience with pouch laminators, so feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. You can find our entire selection of pouch laminators here and pouch laminating film here. Have a great day!

Intelli-Lam IL300 Pouch Laminating Machine Review

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Intelli-Lam IL300 Pouch Laminator from Intelli-ZoneDo you need a high-quality pouch laminator that can be used to laminate letter-size or smaller documents? If so, one affordable model you may want to consider using is the Intelli-Lam IL300 pouch laminator (found here) from Intelli-Zone. I have had the opportunity to use this laminator and this is my review.

The Intelli-Lam IL300 is considered to be a medium to high-volume pouch laminator. This means it can be used throughout the day for laminating letter-size documents, signs, photographs and other material.

My first impression, upon handling this laminator, was how heavy-duty the build quality is. It has a metal case and metal components that become pretty clear when you try to pick the thing up. It is a very solid and well-built machine.

Upon opening it up, I was able to see that it had a total of four rollers. This is especially nice, when compared to other laminators in this price range that only have two rollers. Four rollers helps evenly distribute heat and pressure, which in turn provides better laminating results.

The control panel is fairly simple. There is nothing digital on the control panel, but it does have an adjustable temperature control and a separate switch that can be used to turn the motor on, off or put it in reverse. If you have ever misfed something into a pouch laminator, you probably know how nice it is to have a reverse switch. When in the “off” position, the heat is also turned off.

A power light lets you know when the laminator is plugged in and a green light indicator blinks until the laminator is completely warmed up, at which time it will turn a solid green. Unfortunately there is no power switch, which means you will have to unplug the laminator to turn it completely off (although it is in a standby mode when the motor is in the “off” position).

The IL300 is designed to be used with laminating film up to 10 mils thick. This is the thickest laminating film typically offered. This also means that the IL300 can also be used with thinner 3, 5 and 7 mil pouches. This provides a wide variety of laminating options.

Upon plugging it in and turning it on, I noticed that the IL300 is very quiet. The motor makes hardly any noise at all. This is the case even when the motor is in reverse. Even the cooling fan is extremely quiet. The laminator was warmed up and ready to be used in less than 10 minutes.

Overall I consider this to be a great, solid laminator (especially for the price). I would have no problem using this laminator with my most important documents.

You can find the Intelli-Lam IL300 pouch laminator here. You can find our entire selection of pouch laminators here.

How To Bind Books With A Comb Binding Machine

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Comb Binding MachinesComb binding continues to be one of the most popular and widely used binding formats today. This is because the machines are affordable, the supplies are extremely cheap and comb binding can be used to bind books, reports, presentations and more. The combs themselves are very durable and can be re-opened and re-used.

So how exactly do you use a comb binding machine? Whether you’re looking for a machine, or simply lost your manual, I am going to provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to use a comb binding machine. While machines vary from model to model, the overall procedure is usually very similar.

This guide will show you how to completely comb bind a book in 7 easy steps.

Step 1. Familiarize yourself with the machine. This may involve adjusting the margin punching depth, disengaging punching pins and other components.

Comb Binding Step 1

Step 2. Gather the paper you intend to bind. This usually involves the paper, a back cover and a front cover. Grab a comb that will fit the thickness of the book you intend to bind.

Comb Binding Step 2

Step 3. Grab the first few sheets to be punched. The amount that can be punched depends on the machine being used.

Comb Binding Step 3

Step 4. Take your pre-sorted stack of paper, place it in the machine and punch the paper. Repeat this process until all the paper has been punched.

Comb Binding Step 4

Step 5. Take the binding comb and place it on the comb opener. Open the comb up. This is usually done by pulling or pushing a handle, depending on whether you have a single or double handle machine.

Comb Binding Step 5

Step 6. Take your stack of punched paper and feed the opened comb’s teeth through the punched holes.

Comb Binding Step 6

Step 7. Release the comb opener and close the comb. Remove the book from the machine. Your done!

Comb Binding Step 7

Step 8. Repeat the process if you are binding more than one book.

Hopefully this guide helps you out. I have used many different designs, brands and styles of comb binding machines. Once you know how to use one, other models are pretty simple to use.

You can find our entire selection of comb binding machines here and our entire selection of comb binding supplies here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with your comb binding questions. Have a great day!

Intelli-Bind IB100 Compact Comb Binding Machine Review

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Intelli-Bind IB100 Comb Binding Machine from Intelli-ZoneDo you need a simple comb binding machine that can be used at home and won’t break the bank? There are a lot of machines out there, so which one should you get? One model you should seriously consider getting is the Intelli-Bind IB100 comb binding machine (found here) from Intelli-Zone. This is my review.

To begin with, the Intelli-Bind IB100 is easily one of the cheapest comb binding machines out there. At the time of this article, it only costs $45. This makes the Intelli-Bind IB100 an ideal machine for binding enthusiasts, for crafts and other home or light-volume binding projects.

This binding machine is very compact, weighing in at only 11 pounds shipped. That means it is extremely easy to move around and can be used on just about any table or surface.

The IB100 can punch up to 6-8 sheets of standard copy paper at a time. While this is the maximum amount allowed, I would probably scale that back to 6 sheets to be on the safe side. I’ve never been a big fan of maxing out a binding machine every time you punch paper.

This binding machine can be used to bind small books that consist of only a few pages all the way up to a two-inch thick book. This is pretty nice. Many comb binding machines, that fit within this price range, are limited to an inch or less.

If you plan on binding paper of custom sizes, this may not be the best binding machine for you. I recommend using a comb binding machine with selectable (disengageable) punching dies to avoid half-punched holes (like the Intelli-Bind IB400). The IB100 is best used with letter-size paper.

The Intelli-Bind IB100 is great for binding presentations, reports, books and other letter-size documents. It can be used to punch clear covers and card stock. Just be sure you scale back the amount of sheets punched at a time when using thicker paper.

Overall I consider the IB100 to be an excellent machine for its price range. I only recommend using it for light-volume binding.

You can find the Intelli-Bind IB100 comb binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of comb binding machines here.

SircleLam EM-40 40″ Roll Laminator Review

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

SircleLam EM-40 40" Roll LaminatorDo you need a wide-format roll laminator, but don’t have the budget to afford what’s available? There is an affordable roll laminator in the 40″ range that you may want to consider. This is the SircleLam EM-40 40″ roll laminator (found here). This is my review.

To begin with, you’ll be hard pressed to find a 40″ roll laminator within this price range. This laminator is priced around what many 27″ roll laminators cost. Normally I would think that this meant the EM-40 must be really stripped down, but not so. The EM-40 actually has a lot of very nice features.

Most scaled down roll laminators aren’t capable of handling film thicker than 3, perhaps 5 mils. The SircleLam EM-40 can handle laminating film up to 10 mils thick, which is the thickest we offer. This is really nice for people who are laminating banners, signs and other large material.

Another nice high-end feature is that the SircleLam EM-40 has a total of 4 rollers. This means that the film is given more pressure, heat is more evenly applied and the end results are clearer, cleaner and more professional.

The motor runs at a speed of 10 feet per minute. This isn’t going to win any races, but it is by no means slow. I have seen some high-end commercial laminators run at up to 25 feet per minute, but most run at about this speed. This means you should be able to laminate 600 feet of material in an hour. Few people need more capacity than this.

You will need to make sure you have a workbench, table or countertop that can support this laminator. While it isn’t as much as a car, it does weigh in at 230 pounds shipped. You will also need to make sure you have enough workspace for this laminator. It measures in at 48″W x 20″D x 16″H.

One feature I really like about the EM-40, versus other roll laminators in this class, is the fact that this laminator can be used with a standard 110 volt system. The exact power requirements are 110 Volts 60Hz, 20amps. This means you don’t have to have deal with any special power requirements.

The control interface is pretty simple and doesn’t require any touchy settings to get things right. It is pretty much straight forward.

Overall, I really like this laminator. The biggest selling point, other than it being a great overall laminator, is the price. This thing rings in at about half of what many other comparable laminators cost.

You can find the SircleLam EM-40 40″ roll laminator here. You can find our entire selection of roll laminators here.

Acroprint Model 125 Employee Time Clock Review

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Acroprint Model 125 Heavy-Duty Employee Time ClockIt’s time to review everyone’s favorite “classic” time clock. Which time clock is that? I’m talking about the Acroprint Model 125 employee time clock (found here). I have had several opportunities to use this classic and this is my review.

To begin with, both the Acroprint Models 125 and 150 are time-tested classics. Chances are pretty good that you have used one at some point in your life. If you haven’t used one, you may have seen them in the background while watching a movie. Seriously. They are all over the place.

One of the biggest indicators that you are dealing with a Model 125 is the classic green color. It can’t be missed. That and the large analog time face. It almost brings back feelings of nostalgia from back when I used to be a bag boy at the local grocery store.

Upon first handling this time clock, I was surprised how big it was compared to what I imagined (referencing previous pictures). It’s not huge, but it’s definitely a hefty time clock. It only weighs 10 pounds, so don’t get too concerned about it being overly large.

The Model 125 uses the old punch-style time management process, which involves employees inserting a time card and stamping it. While this may not be up to par with modern digital time clocks, it gets the job done.

Acroprint hasn’t forgotten about this model. They have recently unveiled a solar-power version of the Model 125 that allows it to be used on construction sites, all powered by the sun.

One reason people choose the Model 125 is its durability. It is made from solid components and is designed to last for years. While I don’t recommend it, you could probably fling this thing against a wall and it would still work. It is categorized as a heavy-duty time clock.

The Model 125 uses ribbons for stamping text. These ribbons are easy to access and change out and are available in different colors. The printed text is clear and legible.

There are five different print configurations available for the Acroprint Model 125, depending on how you need the time, date and other information arranged. These are available as the Models 125AR3, 125ER3, 125NR4, 125QR4 and 125RR4.

If you don’t need a digital time clock, the Acroprint Model 125 is a great option. It is time tested, has a great track record and is a customer favorite.

You can find the Acroprint Model 125 employee time clock here. You can find our entire selection of employee time clocks and recorders here.

Keep The Office Clean – Trash Cans & Wastebaskets

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Safco Canmeleon Outdoor Trash CansOften times the simplest things can make work so much better. This may be the way an office looks or how it is used. One thing I recommend doing is using a stylish trash can. This may sound a little silly up front, but the environment an individual works in often affects efficiency, moral and energy.

The type of wastebasket you use depends on the profession, business and architecture of the building. Just as clothing needs to match, so does office furniture. At ABC Office we offer a few different options for disposing of trash. This includes indoor and outdoor trash cans.

One of the most popular indoor office wastebaskets we offer is the Onyx mesh-style trash can. This type of wastebasket features a crisscross netting of metal that blends in nicely with existing furniture, especially with wooden and dark furniture. You can find our Onyx mesh office trash can here.

A popular option for use outdoors is our Safco Canmeleon outdoor trash can. With a recessed panel design, and four designs to choose from, these cans are often placed at building entrances or in busy lobbies. Aside from looks, these trash cans are especially popular due to their durable design that can take a beating and still look great. You can find our Safco Canmeleon outdoor trash cans here.

A third popular option is our recycling bins. With people more environmentally conscious, many businesses, schools and organizations want to recycle bottles, paper and aluminum cans. This is made easier, and much more convenient, by using a recycling bin. We offer several different recycling bin options. You can find our recycling bins here.

Whether you need a wastebasket, are building a new office or simply need a replacement, you should stop by our site and take a look at our entire selection of trash cans found here.

Best Binding Machine / Roll Laminating Workstations & Carts

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Binding Workstations and Laminating CartsWhether you use a binding machine or a roll laminator, the ability to move equipment from one area to another is not only convenient, but also often necessary. At ABC Office, we carry a wide variety of binding and laminating carts. These carts, depending on the equipment you are hauling, include volumes of storage space. Here are a few options.

To begin with, these workstations and carts are customer favorites. Many customers, after using one, discover that they have use for multiple carts. Not only can these carts be used with laminators and binding machines, they can also be used to hold paper, act as a side table and move other office equipment.

Best Binding Machine & Roll Laminator Carts / Workstations

  1. Tamerica Tahsin Binding Workstation – This cart is probably the most popular model we sell. It has several pull-out trays for holding supplies and the table can support most binding machines out there.
  2. Akiles Binding Workstation – This machine is very similar to the Tamerica Workstation. The quality is great and it is ideal for moving and using binding machines. Pull-out trays can be used to hold a variety of supplies.
  3. Tamerica LWS-1 Laminating Workstation – This is the ultimate cart for roll laminators. The table can support most 25-27″ roll laminators and the shelves make roll laminating film easy to access and store.
  4. Akiles AUS Utility Station – This utility station makes binding easy. There are several shelves for supplies, paper and more. Built on wheels, this utility station is easy to move around.
  5. All-Purpose Laminator Cart – This cart is designed for heavy-duty roll laminators and includes a convenient cabinet for holding supplies. This cabinet can also be used for holding binding

These carts all offer solid, mobile solutions to office equipment. I have personally used the Tamerica Tahsin Binding Workstation, LWS-1 Laminating Workstation and Akiles AUS Utility Station and can tell you from experience that they are all solid options for binding machines and laminators.

You can find our entire selection of mobile binding machine and roll laminator carts here.

Duplo DF-755 Paper Folding Machine Review

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Duplo DF-755 Paper Folding MachineDuplo paper folding machines are high in demand. This is due to history, reputation and several other factors. If you are looking for a Duplo folding machine, you may want to consider the Duplo DF-755 paper folding machine (found here). This is my review.

As mentioned earlier, Duplo paper folding machines have a great reputation along with a long history of making quality machines. I can remember a decade ago when Duplo was one of the few manufacturers with a fully-automatic paper folding machine. I personally have used several Duplo folding machines and they have always been solid.

The Duplo DF-755 is almost a carbon copy of their automatic machines, but with a little more manual setup. The DF-755 is known as a semi-automatic folding machine. This is because the folding plates still require some manual interaction, albeit very little.

Charts indicating the most common folds are printed on the two folding plates and simply require a slide of the folding plate to set up the fold. Knobs located on the ends of both folding plates allow for fine-tuned adjustments. The entire process takes just seconds, and in many instances, is faster than the automatic version.

The DF-755 is not designed for light-volume jobs. While it can handle the small stuff, the DF-755 finds its mark doing medium to medium-high volume folding jobs. It can be used to create letter folds, accordion folds, brochure folds, double folds and much more. Because the folding plates are adjustable, custom folds are easy to do as well.

The build quality on the DF-755 is exceptional. There are few manufacturers out there that make folding machines that play in this league. It kind of reminds me of those old diesel Mercedes that would log 500,000 plus miles without an overhaul. You will get a lot of mileage out of the Duplo DF-755.

Now for some specs. The DF-755 has a hopper that can hold up to 500 sheets of paper. That equals out to about a ream of paper. It can handle 13 lb. bond to 80 lb. index paper. The machine runs at a speed of 120 sheets per minute. A digital counter lets you know how many sheets of paper have been folded.

The exit tray uses a conveyor-style system. This allows the DF-755 to fold paper that needs to be kept in alphabetical or numerical order.

Overall I really like the Duplo DF-755. It is a solid paper folding machine that is great for copy centers, printing presses and other businesses.

You can find our Duplo DF-755 paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Tips For Folding Card Stock Paper

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Folding Card Stock Paper - Paper Folding MachineDo you need to fold card stock paper, but aren’t sure what tools you need to do this? You can always fold paper by hand, but that takes a lot of time and the end results often look bad. What you probably need to get the job done right is a paper folding machine. So what type of machine do you need to correctly fold card stock? Here are a few tips.

To begin with, not all paper folding machines can handle card stock. Most paper folding machines are able to fold standard copy paper. You will need to be sure and check the specifications of the paper folding machine to make sure it can handle your paper. In the Untied States, most paper folding machines specify the lb (aka # or pound) of paper they can handle.

If the thickness of your paper is close to the maximum paper thickness a paper folding machine can handle, you may want to send in samples to make sure it will work. I have found that the paper thickness of card stock and the paper thickness a machine can handle sometimes aren’t exact. This is due to small variances between paper manufacturers and the way they measure their paper.

Sending in a sample will guarantee that your paper will work with the machine. You can request your sample to be tested on one of our machines by filling out this form.

Another nice feature, although not critical, is a variable speed control. Thicker paper is harder on a machine. Sometimes folding card stock at a maximum speed is too much for a folding machine to handle. The ability to turn the motor down to handle the thicker paper often produces better results.

You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here. Remember, check the specifications for the minimum and maximum paper weights / thicknesses. You are more than welcome to speak with one of our paper folding machine specialists with your questions at 1-800-658-8788. Have a great day!

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