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Everything You Need To Start Padding Paper

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Paper Padding PressesSo you want to start creating your own notepads, but don’t know where to get started. No worries. Padding paper is extremely easy and the equipment needed is fairly simple (and inexpensive). Here are a few tips to help you get started.

To begin with, you’ll need a paper padding press. A padding press is essentially a glorified clamp designed to be used on a table or desk. Padding presses are designed to handle large stacks of paper and typically handle paper up to 8 ½” x 11” in size. Some can even handle larger stacks of paper. Padding presses are usually made out of wood or metal, depending on the make and model.

The next thing you will need is padding compound. Padding compound is a type of glue designed to be applied to the back of a stack of paper. Once dried, padding compound keeps a stack of paper together, yet remains soft enough to allow pages to be torn out. Padding compound is typically available in white or red colors and comes in a variety of container sizes.

You will need a padding brush. Padding brushes look a lot like paintbrushes. These brushes are designed to be dipped in the padding glue and then applied to a stack of paper. Once you are done padding, I recommend washing out the brush prior to storage. Padding brushes come in different sizes, depending on the thickness of the pad you are using it on.

While not required, I highly recommend using a padding knife. Padding knives are designed to cut large stacks of padded paper into smaller stacks. Padding knives are extremely sharp and easily slice through dried padding compound.

Again, while not required, I highly recommend using chipboard as a backing to your notepad. This will provide stability and it looks pretty nice as well. Some people prefer to have paper padded by itself without chipboard. It is really a matter of personal preference.

So there you have it. Everything you need to start padding paper. You can find all these products here:

Hopefully this helps you get started with your paper padding projects. Don’t be intimidated by the process. It is very easy to do and the end results will look great.

Black Wire Binding Supplies (2:1, 3:1 & 19-Ring Spiral-O)

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Wire Binding Supplies from ABC OfficeWire binding, sometimes called twin loop or double loop wire, is one of the most attractive book binding formats used today. If you already own a wire binding machine, you probably know what I mean. The end results look professional and are perfect for reports, presentations and booklets.

I often get asked which color of wire binding supply is most popular. The title of my post has probably already given away the answer to this question, but black is by far the most popular color. There are several reasons for this.

Black wire binding supplies match with just about any binding cover. They can be used with clear covers, plastic report covers and even card stock. Another reason black is so popular is because it doesn’t draw too much attention. Most people want the cover of their report to be the focal point, not the binding spine.

Black Wire Binding Supplies

We offer black wire binding supplies in three different hole formats. These are 2:1 pitch, 3:1 pitch and 19-ring Spiral-O. You need to make sure you use the correct hole pattern for your machine. Unfortunately supply hole patterns and machine hole patterns are not interchangeable.

You can find our black wire binding supplies here:

We also offer a wide range of other colors. Other popular colors include white and silver. We currently over about 5 common colors. You can find our entire selection of wire binding supplies here.

If needed, you can find our entire selection of wire binding machines here. Good luck with all your book binding projects!

How To Find Replacement Cutting Blades

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Replacement Cutting Blades from ABC OfficeIf you own a paper cutter, you probably know that inevitably the blade will eventually become dull. While some paper cutters, such as stack and guillotine trimmers, have blades that can be re-sharpened, most cutters’ blades need to be replaced. Finding a replacement cutting blade can be a huge frustration. At ABC Office we offer a wide variety of replacement cutting blades, knives and more.

At ABC Office, one of the easiest ways to find replacement cutting blades is to find the actual paper cutter you own. Once you have found the cutter, the blades are typically listed about halfway down the product page under the “Options and Accessories.” We carry replacement blades for the following brands:

We separate our paper cutters into a few different categories. This includes rotary paper cutters, guillotine paper trimmers and stack paper cutters. We also carry replacement perforator blades, scoring wheels and slitting wheels for a variety of different forms cutters. You can find our entire selection of paper cutters here.

If you don’t see your paper cutter brand listed, it is possible we may still be able to get you a replacement blade. We are also able to get blades for discontinued paper cutters as well. If you are having trouble finding your specific model of cutter, feel free to call our paper cutter specialists at 1-800-658-8788.

Martin Yale 2051 SmartFold Paper Folding Machine Review

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Martin Yale 2051 SmartFold Paper Folding MachineDoes your business or organization have the need for a high-volume paper folding machine that can keep up with your daily operations? You may need an automatic commercial paper folder. One model you may have looked at is the Martin Yale 2051 SmartFold paper folding machine (found here). I have used this machine and this is my review.

As far as paper Martin Yale paper folding machines are concerned, the 2051 SmartFold is relatively new to their lineup. It is currently called the Martin Yale 2051 SmartFold, however, it has also been called the Intimus 2051 SmartFold. Martin Yale owns Intimus and it seems they can’t make up their mind as to which brand they want to put on their machines.

Martin Yale has several folding machine hits under their belt. This includes the ever popular 1501X (CV7), the 1217A and the 959. Martin Yale paper folding machines have been around for some time and have proven to be reliable machines. The 2051 SmartFold has several improvements that I personally prefer over their older machines.

To begin with, you don’t have to fan paper prior to placing it in the 2051 SmartFold. This saves time and prevents paper jams. The paper hopper on this folding machine holds 500 sheets of 8 ½” x 11″ paper (20# thick). The thicker the paper, the fewer the amounts of sheets you can place in the 2051 SmartFold.

The Martin Yale 2051 SmartFold can handle a wide range of paper, which is really nice if you are folding a variety of different sizes and thicknesses. It can fold paper ranging in size from 2.5″ x 5.2″ to 12″ x 18″. It can fold paper ranging in thickness from 18 lb. bond to 90 lb. index. These specs are very impressive for a paper folding machine.

The 2051 SmartFold is what’s referred to as an automatic paper folding machine. This is because no manual setup is required apart from pressing a few buttons. There is no need to remove and manually adjust the folding plates. Simply select the fold you need, from the list of 7 common preset folds, and the machine will adjust itself. This is especially nice for speed and accuracy. It is capable of storing up to 10 custom folds.

Many paper folding machines sound like a machine gun going off when they are running at full speed. While it is impossible to completely silence a paper folder, the 2051 SmartFold has been designed to run quieter than other comparable machines.

A total of 7 different sensors and indicators have been placed throughout the machine to alert you to any jams or possible issues. This is nice for diagnostics purposes and will help extend the life of your machine when a jam actually does occur.

The exit tray on the Martin Yale 2051 SmartFold features a powered conveyor. This is ideal for keeping paper organized. Unlike many cheaper machines that simply have a catch tray, the 2051 SmartFold keeps paper in order.

Overall I like the 2051 SmartFold. It has a sleek design that blends in well with just about any office. The fact that it is automatic and easy to set up is a huge plus in my book. I would rate this machine about 4 out of 5 stars.

You can find the Martin Yale 2051 SmartFold paper folding machine here and our entire selection of paper folding machines here. Do you still have questions? Speak with one of our folding machine specialists at 1-800-658-8788.

Spotlight: Interthor “Thork-Truck” Hydraulic Pallet Jacks

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Interthor Thork Truck Hydraulic Pallet JacksAs many of you know, we are one of the largest online dealers of office equipment, machines and supplies. Did you know that we also carry a wide variety of warehouse equipment? One line of products you may not be aware of is our line of Interthor “Thork-Truck” hydraulic pallet jacks.

These pallet jacks are some of the best available. Interthor is a well known and well respected manufacturer. Not only do they make pallet jacks, but they also manufacture lifter transporters, trans positioners, lifters, tilters and much more. You can find our entire selection of Interthor warehouse products here.

We currently offer 7 different unique models of hydraulic pallet jacks. These pallet jacks have an average maximum lifting capacity of 5,500 pounds. These pallet jacks come in orange, yellow, galvanized and stainless steel designs.

You have probably seen pallet jacks at your local grocery store or department store. They are used to haul pallets loaded with goods around from one place to another. They can be used in a warehouse environment or in a store for transporting goods.

Our Interthor hydraulic pallet jacks are made from high quality components, designed to withstand the test of time. You can find our entire selection of Interthor “Thork-Truck” hydraulic pallet jacks here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our warehouse specialists. They should be able to answer most of your pallet jack questions.

Can You Vacuum Seal Liquids In A Bag?

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Chamber Vacuum Food SealerA customer recently asked me if it was possible to vacuum seal liquids in a bag for storage, mailing and retail purposes. The customer informed me that they thought it would probably make a huge mess. I let the customer know that it was not only possible, but a lot of people do it. I’ll explain.

To begin with, chamber vacuum sealers are frequently used to package liquids. Not only does it not make a mess, but it is also extremely easy to do. The end results look great and are completely airtight.

Our main chamber vacuum sealer manufacturer, Minipack, manufactures a special stainless steel angled base designed to keep a bag, containing liquids or powders, upright and supported during the sealing process. If you are ordering a machine, be sure to let us know that you are using it for liquids. This adjustable angled base can be later purchased if you already own a Minipack chamber sealer.

Trying to vacuum seal liquids using an external sealer, or a flat base chamber sealer, can produce some pretty messy results. If you already have a chamber sealer, and don’t have an angled base, you may still be able to vacuum seal liquids by using plastic blocks to support the bag during the sealing process.

Not all liquids, however, can be vacuum sealed. We had a customer a few months back ask us if we could vacuum seal wine. We had them send in some samples and we tried packaging the wine in some special Mylar vacuum seal bags. After a few days the carbonation caused the bags to expand to an unstable state. You will not be able to safely vacuum seal any carbonated liquids.

So why do people vacuum seal liquids? For one, it is fairly cheap compared to other containers. Secondly, because air is removed, the shelf life is significantly extended. Vacuum sealing liquids is also great for storage purposes.

You can find our entire selection of chamber vacuum food sealers here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our vacuum sealer specialists. They will be able to answer any questions you may have about vacuum packing liquids.

How Do Currency Counters Work?

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Automatic Electric Currency CountersCurrency counters, sometimes called bill counters and money counters, are used by banks, retail stores and other organizations to count banknotes. These machines are designed to be extremely accurate. So how does a currency counter actually work? Here are a few details that may help answer that question.

To begin with, all currency counters have a special hopper where bills are placed. The amount of bills that can be placed in the hopper vary. As a general rule, a bill counter can usually accept about half the used bills as it can new bills. If your machine can accept 100 new bills, it will usually accept about 50 used bills.

Most bill counters use some sort wheel or roller to pull money into the machine. The bill counters I have used utilize a rubber wheel that has special groves on it, making it easier to pull the bills in without jamming. Some bill counters require fanning of the bills before they are placed into the machine.

As the bills are pulled into the currency counter, special fanning wheels separate the bills. These fanning wheels look a lot like a circular plastic claw. As these bills are run through the machine, the pass in front of an optical sensor that detects the edge of the bill. As each bill runs past this sensor, it is counted up and added to a final tally.

The entire counting process, from start to finish, takes just milliseconds. Many currency counters can count on average 1,000+ bills per second.

Currency Counters with Ultraviolet and Magnetic Counterfeit DetectionAdditional Features

Some currency counters are now available with optional counterfeit bill detection. This is done by implementing magnetic ink detection (MG) and ultraviolet bill scanning (UV) properties. Both of these technologies catch most counterfeit bills. Currency counters with counterfeit bill scanning technology with utilize MG scanning, UV scanning or both.

Many currency counters now offer the option of batch counting. This means you can tell the machine that you want it to count 10 bills and then stop. This may be for organizational or storage reasons. Once the counter has counted 10 bills, you remove the stack and it begins counting again. The batch amount can be changed by the operator.

Many people don’t realize this, but most currency counters can be used to also count coupons, tickets and other paper. Just be sure the material you are counting fits within the bill counter’s size specifications.

Many customers ask me if currency counters will sort bills or provide the monetary value of the bills counted. The majority of currency counters do not provide you with the value of the money counted. They typically give you the total number of bills counted. If you need a machine that sorts and provides a dollar value of the money counted, you will need a currency discriminator (aka bill discriminator).

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

Akiles CoilMac-EPI Electric Coil Binding Machine Review

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Akiles CoilMac-EPI Electric Coil Binding MachineAre you in need of a strong, durable and confident coil binding machine? Are you binding dozens to perhaps even hundreds of books a day? You’re going to need a machine designed for continuous use. One great machine I would recommend you to consider is the Akiles CoilMac-EPI electric coil binding machine (found here). I have used this machine many times and this is my review.

The CoilMac-EPI is one of Akiles’ most popular coil binding machines. It punches paper in a 4:1 pitch (0.250″), which is 4 holes per inch. This is the most popular coil binding pitch and allows you to bind books, reports, presentations, cookbooks and more.

The first thing I would like to point out is the build quality of the CoilMac-EPI. This machine is all metal. The punching pins, base, handle and gears are all metal. This is what allows the CoilMac-EPI to hold up so well with continuous use throughout the day. We have sold several of these machines. Once they leave our building, I never hear back from the customer.

The Akiles CoilMac-EPI is an electric coil binding machine. It has an electric paper punch capable of punching through up to 25 sheets of paper at a time. This is impressive for any binding machine. The process takes just seconds. The CoilMac-EPI includes a foot pedal. I personally like this feature because it allows you to hold the paper with both hands while activating the punch. This keeps alignment in check and produces beautiful results.

Once paper is punched, the built in motor spins coils through the punched holes. Unlike many machines out there that have electric coil inserters, the CoilMac-EPI utilizes an industrial-grade roller motor. This means it will hold up with continuous use throughout the day. Did I mention this machine is a high-quality product?

The CoilMac-EPI has a 13″ wide punching length. Because it is open ended, you can use this machine to punch paper up to 26” wide. Several of the punching dies on this coil binder are disengageable (total of 5).

Akiles states that the CoilMac-EPI is manufactured under ISO9001 & 14001 guidelines for highest quality control & environmental management standards.

I can’t even begin to express how much I like this machine. It is a high-quality piece of machinery and you will not be disappointed in it. I rate this machine a solid 5 out of 5 stars. It is perfect for use in any office, bindery or copy center.

You can find the Akiles CoilMac-EPI electric coil binding machine here and our entire selection of coil binding machines here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

Tamerica TCC242 Durabind Comb Binding Machine Reviewed

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Tamerica TCC242 Durabind Comb Binding MachineBook binding shouldn’t be reserved for binderies and large businesses. With so many affordable options now available, just about anyone can bind a book. We have customers that use their binding machines to bind cookbooks, presentations, genealogy, photo albums, books and more. If you need a reliable book binding machine, you may want to consider the Tamerica TCC242 Durabind comb binding machine (found here). This is my review.

Comb binding is still one of the most popular binding formats around. The machines are commonly available and the supplies are cheap. I especially like the fact that comb binding allows you to remove pages, add pages and re-use spines.

The Tamerica TCC242 is one of the most well rounded machines we carry. It can be used with all binding combs and is capable of punching paper, card stock, clear covers, poly covers and much more. It can even be used to bind books up to 14” long!

The TCC242 is literally made of metal, from the handle to the base. The hollow ground dies are capable of quickly punching through up to 15 sheets of standard 20# paper at a time. The TCC242 is designed to bind legal and letter size paper, but can easily bind smaller documents.

Due to the high-quality manufacturing process of the punching dies, the TCC242 should stay sharp and punching for years to come. If you look at the picture of this machine you’ll notice the extra-long handle. This handle makes punching effortless.

One feature I really like about the Tamerica TCC242 is the disengageable (selectable) dies. This feature allows you to determine and choose exactly where holes will be punched. Simply pull out the pin and that die is disabled. This cuts down on half-punched holes and makes the binding of smaller documents extremely easy.

Not only does the TCC242 feature selectable punching dies, but it also has an adjustable margin depth. This makes punching books of varying thicknesses easier and helps prevent pages from accidentally tearing out. The TCC242 can bind a book as thin as a couple of pages or as thick as 2″.

The TCC242 weighs in at 28 pounds shipped. This is light enough that it can be used on most tables, desks and other surfaces. It is easy to pick up and move around, yet has enough heft to let you know it means business.

Reliable Alternatives:
Akiles Megabind 1 Comb Binding Machine

I really like the Tamerica TCC242. It has been around for years and has a great track record with our customers. It is a great binding machine for use at home, in a school or at the office.

You can find the Tamerica TCC242 comb binding machine here and our entire selection of comb binding machines here.

Best Gauge Of Shrink Wrap Film

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Best Gauge Of Shrink Wrap FilmI have customers ask me at least a couple of times a week which gauge of shrink wrap film is the best to use. I always answer that question with my own question, “what will you be shrink wrapping?” Answers to this question will help you determine the optimal gauge of shrink film you will need for your packaging projects.

There are two primary types of shrink wrap film. These are PVC film and Polyolefin (Poly) shrink wrap film. Both types of film are made from high quality materials. Both films have similar shrinking temperatures and can be used universally on most shrink wrap machines.  Both of these films are usually available in a centerfold roll format.

PVC film is old school, having been around for some time. PVC shrink wrap film has a harder texture to it and is commonly used for packaging DVDs, CDs, boxes and other material.

Polyolefin film is a little newer than PVC. While it can still be used to package DVDs, boxes and other retail goods, it is also food safe. Poly film also has a more stretchy quality to it than PVC film.

The gauge of shrink wrap defines the thickness of the film. The higher the number, the thicker the film. Many people think that they need a thicker film simply because thicker has to be better, right? I tell most people that they will be fine with thinner gauge film

Thicker gauge film is best used for bundling multiple products together, where the chance of the film bursting or tearing open is higher.

PVC film typically comes in 75 gauge and 100 gauge thicknesses. The 75 gauge continues to be the most popular thickness.

Polyolefin film usually comes in 60 gauge, 75 gauge and 100 gauge thicknesses. Since Polyolefin film is stretchier than PVC film (and tears less easily), you can usually get away with the 60 gauge film without any problems.

You can find our entire selection of PVC shrink wrap film here and Polyolefin shrink wrap film here. If you’re in need of a machine, you can find our entire selection of shrink wrap machines here.

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