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Intelli-Bind IC110 Coil Binding Machine Review

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Intelli-Bind IC110 Coil Binding Machine from Intelli-ZoneDo you need to bind a cookbook, a report or perhaps a presentation? Coil binding is a great way to bind a wide variety of literature. If you are looking for a binding machine, you should seriously consider looking at the Intelli-Bind IC110 coil binding machine (found here). This is my review.

The Intelli-Bind line (from Intelli-Zone) covers a wide variety of book binding formats, which includes coil, wire and comb. Intelli-Bind is quickly growing in popularity due to the feature-to-price ratio. You can almost always get more “binding machine” for your money with Intelli-Bind. The Intelli-Bind IC110 coil binder is a prime example of this.

The Intelli-Bind IC110 may be one of the cheapest coil binding machines to include an electric coil inserter. If you have ever manually inserted coils, you can probably appreciate the convenience of an electric coil inserter.

The IC110 is primarily designed for light-volume use. This means it can be used on a daily basis, but isn’t the best option for binding dozens to hundreds of books a day. It is compact, ideal for sitting on a desk and great for the binding the occasional book. You will find this binding machine in homes and small businesses.

While the IC110 does have an electric coil inserter, punching is done manually. The manual punch is designed to punch through up to 12 sheets of paper at a time. The hole pattern is a 4:1 pitch (four holes per inch), which allows the IC110 to bind a book up to about 225 sheets thick.

Once holes are punched, and you are ready to insert a coil, I recommend feeding the coil through the first 3-4 holes. You can then turn on the electric coil inserter and let the IC110 spin the coil through the rest of the holes. The electric inserter is turned on and off by use of a switch, located on the top of the machine.

Be aware that the Intelli-Bind IC110 does not have disengaging (selectable) punching pins. While this isn’t a big deal if you are only binding letter-size paper, it would still be nice to have. Intelli-Zone does make a machine with selectable punching pins called the Intelli-Bind IC310 (found here).

Overall I consider the IC110 to be a great little binding machine for the money. It is compact, very portable and perfect for a book binding hobbyist or for a small business.

You can find the Intelli-Bind IC110 coil binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of Intelli-Bind coil binding machines here and our entire selection of coil binding machines here.

When To Use (And Not Use) A Guillotine Paper Trimmer

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Dahle Guillotine Paper TrimmersWhether it’s purchasing software or equipment for a garden, we’ve all purchased products only to find out later they don’t do what you thought or needed. It’s a pretty big letdown. The same goes for office equipment. Here are a few ideas on when and when not to get a guillotine paper trimmer.

There are many different paper cutters out there. This includes rotary trimmers, stack cutters, guillotine paper trimmers and much more. The cutter you get will depend entirely on what you need to do. Take into consideration what you need the cutter for now and what you may need it for later down the road.

Multi-Purpose Cutting
– Guillotine paper trimmers are considered by many to be some of the best multi-purpose paper cutters around. This is because they can be used to cut card stock, photographs, laminated material, signs and much more. If you have the need to cut a variety of material, a guillotine paper trimmer (found here) may be just what you need.

High-Capacity Cutting – Most guillotine paper trimmers cut anywhere from 15 to 60 sheets of paper at a time. Cutting capacity depends on the specific model. If you are cutting hundreds to thousands of sheets of paper a day, you may need something with a little more cutting power. If this sounds like you’re situation, you may want to consider getting a stack paper cutter (found here) instead of a guillotine paper trimmer.

Photo Cutting – While guillotine paper trimmers generally do a good job of cutting down photographs, these cutters may not be the best option for exclusively cutting photographs. If you will only be cutting photographs, and nothing else, you may want to consider using a rotary paper trimmer (found here). Rotary paper trimmers are extremely precise and are great for repetitive photo cutting.

These are just a few situations where a guillotine paper trimmer may or may not be your best option. If you still have questions about the right paper cutter for you, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 and speak with one of our paper cutting experts. You can find our entire selection of paper cutters here.

Minipack MVS 50 Chamber Vacuum Food Sealer Review

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Minipack MVS 50 Vacuum Food SealerDo you need to vacuum pack a lot of fruit, meat, vegetables or other food items? If so, you should consider using a chamber vacuum sealer. Chamber sealers are perfect for removing unwanted air and creating a tight seal. Once model you may want to consider for your commercial needs is the Minipack MVS 50 chamber vacuum food sealer (found here). This is my review.

If you have ever dealt with shrink wrap packaging or vacuum food sealing, you are probably familiar with the Minipack line of packaging machines. The MVS line is considered many to be one of the best-built vacuum food sealers around. So what sets the MVS 50 apart from the rest?

To begin with, the MVS 50 has a large chamber. It measures in at 26″ X 20.25″ X 8.75″. This is big enough to vacuum seal most food products. While Minipack does make bigger vacuum food sealers, many find the MVS 50 to be more than enough for most commercial vacuum sealing projects

The MVS 50 is available in a couple of power configurations. This includes a 208V and a 220V version. It also includes a single phase or 3 phase power supply, depending on what your needs are. Ultimately the end results are the same and the usability is the same, regardless of the version you use.

The entire vacuum food sealing process takes less than a minute. Once your product is in a vacuum sealing bag and is in place, the hood can be lowered. Once lowered, the MVS5 begins to remove air from the chamber. It is capable of removing up to 99.9% of the chamber air (although this can be adjusted). The 4mm thick seal is tough.

Once the necessary amount of air has been removed, the bag is sealed and the atmosphere within the chamber is brought back to normal. It is really fun to watch. As the air is returned, you can see the plastic shrink and cling to the food. An inert gas air kit is available for this machine.

I think one of the things that really sets the MVS chamber sealers apart from the rest is the fact that these machines are so easy to use. Unlike many comparable models out there, the MVS 50 has no complicated dials or fine-tuned adjustments that you have to worry about.

The control panel is digital. It is simple to tell the machine the amount of air you want removed, the amount of time the sealing needs to happen and more. It can store up to 9 custom programs, making it easy to switch from meat to chips to strawberries.

The edges of the chamber are seamless and very easy to clean. You’ll notices as you use this sealer that the metal composition is thick and durable. The build quality is visually obvious and touching this machine conveys quality.

Here are a few other features you may be interested in:

  • Vacuum cycle stop
  • Bags waste film cut
  • Soft-Air
  • Electronic volumetric sensor
  • High density plates
  • Transparent lid
  • Auto-calibration
  • Security for over-current on sealing bar
  • Oil level check signal
  • CE certification

Over all I consider this to be the ideal chamber vacuum sealer for products that fall within the 26″ X 20.25″ X 8.75″ chamber dimensions. It’s easy to use and will easily hold up for years.

You can find the Minipack MVS 50 chamber vacuum food sealer here. You can find our entire selection of vacuum food sealers here.

Improve Book Binding With Plastic Report Covers

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Using a binding machine to create a book is not only a necessary part of many business’s operations, but it’s also pretty fun. I admit it. I enjoy printing, punching and binding books. It’s the idea of making your own book just the way you want it that appeals to me. One way I like to add an extra dimension to my bound books is by adding a report cover.

Plastic Poly Report Book Binding Covers

There are a lot of report covers out there. They range from linen to clear covers. Most binding and report covers out there are paper based, but there is a line of covers called poly covers that is growing in popularity. These covers are made from plastic, specifically polypropylene.

Poly plastic covers have many advantages over traditional card stock report covers. To begin with, plastic report covers are more resilient and hold up extremely well. They are harder to bend and can take a scratch without being completely ruined.

Another big advantage of plastic poly report covers is that they’re water resistant. While they aren’t going to keep a bound book dry when dropped in a river, the covers will help protect bound paper from splashes and other accidental liquid accidents.

Plastic poly covers come in a variety of colors, patters and textures. A few that we offer include crystal, sand, leather, striped, hologram and grain. These covers look great and can be used on the front or the back of a bound book.

I have personally used plastic report covers and can confirm that comb, Velobind, wire and coil binding machines can punch through them without any problems. You won’t be able to punch a bunch of them at once, but that is the case with card stock as well.

You can find our entire selection of plastic binding report covers here. You can find our entire selection of report covers here. Good luck and happy binding!

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