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Minipack Galaxy Shrink Wrap Machine Video Demo

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Minipack Galaxy Shrink Wrap MachineOne of my favorite all-in-one shrink wrap machines is the Minipack Galaxy. It is easy to use and literally takes just seconds from start to finish. This machine can be used to package CDs, DVDs, gift baskets, pizzas, soap and much more.

Basically all you need to do is take the product you are packaging, place it in the film and pull down the hood. The hood will cut the film around the product and then envelope the plastic in hot air, shrinking the film. The end results are extremely professional and are perfect for transportation, presentation and retail sale.

I would go into more detail on how to use the machine, but this video will probably do more in 6 minutes than I could explain in 6 pages. Enjoy!

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I hope you liked this video. This machine is affordable, is made in Italy and now has a long history and great reputation behind it. You can find the Minipack Galaxy shrink wrap machine here and our entire selection of shrink wrap machines here. Have a great day!

Dahle 20614ec Cross Cut Paper Shredder Review

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Dahle 20614ec Level 3 Cross Cut Paper ShredderAre you looking for a good departmental paper shredder that can be used by 4-6 people throughout the day? Finding a good continuous-duty paper shredder that is designed from the ground up for office use is tough. A lot of shredders out there require 30-minute cool down periods, have limited shredding capacities and aren’t designed for use by multiple people. One solid shredder that a lot of our government customers like to use is the Dahle 20614ec cross cut paper shredder (found here). This is my review.

Dahle has been making solid paper shredders for well over a decade. This includes strip cut, cross cut and high-security shredders. I can’t tell you why, but Dahle shredders are especially popular with the U.S. government. That is probably due in part to the fact that Dahle makes solid, no-nonsense paper shredders.

The Dahle 20614ec is a level 3 paper shredder with a cross cut pattern. Particles created by the Dahle 20614ec measure in at 1/8″ x 1 3/8″. While Level 3 isn’t the highest security level available, it is more than adequate for most people. Just try assembling a document cut into 1/8″ x 1 3/8″ particles. It simply isn’t going to happen.

Many modern shredders, perhaps as a result of cost-cutting measures, use belts to turn gears and shredder blades. While a belt works for light to some medium-duty shredding, the belt ultimately wears out and can often be the weakest part of a shredder. The Dahle 20614ec is chain driven. This chain is strong, durable and perfect for continuous shredding.

One significant feature that I personally really like about the Dahle 20614ec is the use of rubber shock mounts. These mounts are utilized throughout the shredder, which absorb vibrations caused by the motor and moving parts. This absorption helps to significantly reduce noise, making this shredder an ideal machine for office use.

The control panel on the 20614ec is pretty nice and easy to navigate. The top button turns the shredder on. The next button down puts the shredder in forward mode. The button below that puts the shredder in reverse mode. That’s it. Three buttons. A couple of LED lights bellow the buttons let you know when the shredder is full and when the door is open.

The mouth on the Dahle 20614ec is 10 ¼ wide, allowing this shredder to accept most common paper sizes. This allows the 20614ec to shred envelopes, letter size & legal size paper, credit cards, CDs and other documents. This shredder can be used to shred patient records, client information, contracts and more.

I personally think that the Dahle 20614ec has a very soft and non obtrusive appearance. It blends in well with existing office equipment without drawing too much attention.

This shredder can easily be placed in a centralized office location for use by multiple people. It is rated by Dahle as being able to shred between 400 and 2,000 documents a day and has a shredding capacity of 20-25 sheets. These specs are perfect for most people.

I give the Dahle 20614ec high marks on reliability alone. When we ship these out, we never hear back from the customer unless it’s to order replacement shredder bags. That’s a good thing.

You can find the Dahle 20614ec cross cut paper shredder here and our entire selection of Dahle paper shredders here. You can find our entire selection of paper shredders here.

Amano TCX-11 Electronic Time Clock Review

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Amano TCX-11 Electronic Time ClockSetting up and using an electronic time clock doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. It should be a time saving, money saving and simple process. One time clock that our customers really like is the Amano TCX-11 electronic time clock (found here). So does this time clock meet your needs? Read more here.

Amano has been making affordable time recording and clock systems for several years now. With several models available, they currently have a wide influence in North America, Europe and Asia. Simplicity best describes Amano time clocks. They are quick and easy to set up.

The Amano TCX-11 is what’s known as an electric time clock that utilizes time cards. It physically stamps the date, time and other details onto a card. It is simple to set up, easy to use and can be placed on a desk or be mounted to a wall.

The TCX-11 is both digital and analog, featuring an analog clock dial and a digital display as well. The stamping can be set up to automatically stamp when a card is inserted or manually stamp when a button is pushed. An illuminated print window allows the operator to see exactly how everything is aligned, which in turn keeps stamped information where it is needed.

Accuracy is critical for a time clock. Each minute and second can mean money gained or lost for employer and employee alike. A built-in computer and a quartz clock provide extreme accuracy and efficiency.  It allows for Daylight Savings, leap years, short months and much more.

Security is always a concern with time clocks. You don’t want rogue employees tampering with the clock, costing you money. For this reason, the TCX-11 features a secure key cover lock. This allows only authorized personnel to set up the clock.

The Amano TCX-11 is a fairly energy friendly time clock. In only consumes on average 3W of power, peaking at 12W while stamping. In the event of a power outage, a battery prevents data from being reset.

This particular time clock uses a ribbon cartridge, much like a typewriter. This ribbon advances as data is stamped on a card. Changing the cartridge ribbon is easy and takes just seconds to complete.

In conclusion, the TCX-11 is a great no-nonsense time clock. It may not be the most modern time recorder on the market, but it is time tested, reliable, affordable and it works every time.

You can find the Amano TCX-11 electronic time clock here and our entire selection of time clocks here.

Destroyit 0101 HDP (IDEAL) Hard Drive Destroyer Videos

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Destroyit / Ideal 0101 Hard Disk DestroyerToday I was frequenting a PC blog I like to read called PC Pro out of the UK. Today they had an article about hard drive destruction and they posted a video of them destroying a 185GB IBM Deskstar hard drive. As soon as they mentioned the machine they were using I got excited. They were featuring an Destroyit (IDEAL) 0101 HDP hard disk destroyer. As you may know, I’m a huge fan of Destroyit.

To begin with, for all you computer geeks out there, the model name alone is pretty cool (0101). Speaking of binary code, my wife thinks I’m a pretty big nerd because I have a binary clock I use at home. I’ll have to discuss that one in a later article. Anyway, back to the Ideal 0101. I had not previously heard about this model, but the video is very impressive. Let me explain.

The Destroyit (Ideal) 0101 HDP hard drive destroyer uses a metal punch that exerts between 2.5 and 3 tons of force. HDP stands for hard drive punch.This punch drives through either a 2.5″ or 3.5″ hard drive, rendering them useless. According to PC Pro, that is enough force to lift a truck. Once the drive is pierced, the drive is dropped into a bin for later disposal.  The green light used in the drive slot has an otherworldly glow to it.

Here is the Video PC Pro featured in their article:

Ideal Germany has also posted their own video of the hard disk destroyer, which features a few more details.

Overall I have to say that this little machine impresses me. I can’t wait until we add this machine to our site. You can find our entire selection of Destroyit paper shredders here.

MBM Simplimatic Paper Folding Machine Review

Monday, April 18th, 2011

MBM Simplimatic Paper Folding MachineOne of the biggest complaints I hear from customers regarding folding machines is the paper folding plates. Short of going with a fully automatic machine, are there any other more automated options out there? One machine you may want to consider using is the semi-automatic MBM Simplimatic paper folding machine (found here). I have used this paper folder and this is my review.

MBM, while best known for their paper shredders & cutters (Destroyit, Kutrimmer & Triumph), also makes a great selection of paper folding machines. Their machines are regarded as having a great build quality and for being overall dependable.

While most of their paper folding machines are designed for higher-end applications, their MBM Simplimatic is designed for low to medium-volume use. It can be used to create single folds, letter folds and accordion folds. These are by far the most common folds used by businesses today.

The most unique feature of this machine is the setup. Most non-automatic paper folding machines require some sort of manual manipulation of the folding plates. Why the Simplimatic does not have electric-powered folding plates, they are much easier to set up than most machines.

The folding plates are set up by twisting a dial selector wheel found on the side of the machine. One of the wheels is for adjusting the first folding plate and the other is for adjusting the second folding plate. Folds are clearly marked on the wheel and “dialing” in a fold is extremely easy. Because the folding plates are fully enclosed, this folding machine is generally quiet when compared to other folding machines.

While the dial concept is nice, and works as advertised, I’m not entirely sold on it’s necessity. I have used manually adjusted folding plates, and this machine’s dial system, and I think it takes about the same amount of time either way. I almost prefer manually adjusting the plates as I feel it gives me more control over the machine. The dial system isn’t bad though and many customers will prefer it.

One big benefit of this machine, especially considering the affordable price, is the fact that it has one feed roller and two roller guides. A combination of these three rollers helps ensure that paper is fed into the machine in an aligned fashion, helping improve the overall registry of the folds.

The hopper on this machine holds up to 150 sheets of standard 20# paper. Be aware that this amount may fluctuate with thicker and thinner paper. It can ultimately be used with paper ranging in thicknesses from 16# up to 60#. This is really nice for a paper folding machine.

The MBM Simplimatic has the ability to fold up to 3 stapled 20# sheets of paper at a time. This isn’t done automatically, but requires that the three sheets be feed manually into the machine. This is the way most multi-sheet folding machines handle multiple sheets of paper.

Overall I have to say that this machine gets good marks from me. It isn’t my favorite paper folding machine in this price range, but is great for low to medium-volume paper folding. That isn’t to say it’s a bad machine, but just be sure you aren’t expecting it to keep up with high volume projects.

Here are a few alternatives that fall within a similar price range

You can find the MBM Simplimatic paper folding machine here and our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Different Types of Paper Cutters & Trimmers

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Paper Cutters from ABC OfficeIt isn’t uncommon for a customer to ask me what the difference is between a guillotine cutter and a rotary cutter. With about a half dozen different “styles” of paper cutters out there, it’s easy to get stumped. So what are the different types of paper cutters and trimmers and which is best for you? I’ll go through them in this article.

One common question I get asked is, “Is there a difference between an paper cutter and a paper trimmer?” Both paper cutter and trimmer are fairly interchangeable, however, paper trimmer is typically applied to lower-volume machines where paper cutter is applied to just about everything.

As previously mentioned, there are about a half dozen different types of paper cutters. All of these cutters have different uses and purposes, depending on the application. I will briefly explain all 6 different styles.

Rotary Paper CuttersRotary Paper Cutters – Rotary paper cutters use a round blade (some a simple razor blade) that sits in some sort of a cutting head. The cutting head sits on a rail and slides back and forth, cutting paper. Rotary paper cutters are known for their extreme precision and are very popular for cutting photos.

Guillotine Paper CuttersGuillotine Paper Cutters
– Guillotine paper cutters, sometimes called arm or lever cutters, are great multi-purpose machines. They typically consist of a cutting blade and a long blade arm that can be pulled down for cutting material. These cutters are generally very accurate and can be used to cut paper, card stock and more.

Stack Paper CuttersStack Paper Cutters
– Stack paper cutters are beasts, designed to cut hundreds of sheets of paper at a time. These cutters are commonly used at print shops for cutting down prints and other material. They are also popular for cutting down larger sheets of paper into custom-size paper. There are a variety of industrial and commercial applications for stack cutters. These typically come in manual, semi-auto and fully automatic variations.

Hydraulic Paper CuttersHydraulic Paper Cutters – Hydraulic paper cutters are probably the toughest and most robust paper cutters available. These cutters typically come in a stack paper cutter design and are generally used for high-volume cutting throughout the day. These are often used in factories, print shops, paper plants and in other businesses that handle thousands upon thousands of sheets of paper per day.

Corner Cutting MachinesCorner Cutters – Corner counters, often called corner rounders, are used for lopping of sharp corners from paper. These useful machines can often round the corners of a stack of paper in excess of 100 sheets at a time. A variety of different radius sizes are usually available.

Form Cutters & SlittersForm Cutters – Form cutters, sometimes called paper slitters, are designed to auto feed paper and slit it down to size. Many form cutters offer the option of scoring and perforating along with slitting. These types of machines are great for producing marketing material and can often make several cuts simultaneously.

Regardless of the paper cutter you end up using, ABC Office offers one of the largest selections available online. We carry paper cutters from popular brands like Carl, Dahle, Triumph, Kutrimmer, Foster, Rotatrim, Tamerica and many others. You can find our entire selection of paper cutters here.

MBM Triumph 4810 D Semi-Auto Stack Paper Cutter Review

Friday, April 15th, 2011

MBM Triumph 4810 D Stack Paper CutterCutting hundreds of sheets of paper in one fell swoop requires a special paper cutter. Guillotine and rotary cutters simply will not handle that much paper. What you need is what’s known as a stack paper cutter. One reliable model that you may want to consider for your business operations is the MBM Triumph 4810 D semi-automatic stack paper cutter (found here). This is my review.

If you’re in the print industry, you have probably heard of Triumph. These German-engineered and built paper cutters are considered to be some of the best available today. MBM Triumph cutters (by IDEAL) come in manual, semi-auto, fully auto and hydraulic variations in several different widths.

The Triumph 4810 is available two different designs. The 4810 D is semi-automatic and the 4810 EP is semi-automatic with programmable capabilities.  Both cutters have a large 18 7/8″ cutting width. While I will be specifically reviewing the 4810 D, this review can be used in large part for the 4810 EP as well.

This stack cutter features an electric motor combined with a manual paper clamp. The paper cutter blade can be brought down by the push of a couple of buttons (two-handed operation for safety) and the clamp is brought down using a “hatch” style handle. Combined, these two features produce extremely accurate results.

Everything about this cutter is metal, except for a few minor features. The gears are metal, the stand is metal and the frame is metal. Even the carrier that holds the Solingen steel blade is made from metal. It is designed to handle continuous cutting operations throughout the day.

The spindle-guided backstop on the 4810 D is manual, however, it is extremely easy to set up. A digital display on the front right of the cutter lets you know exactly where the backstop is located in either inches or cm. Along with digital measurements, the 4810 D also uses an LED optical cutting line that lets you know exactly where the blade will cut the paper. This cutter also utilizes dual side guides that allow for exact positioning of even small stock sizes.

Safety should not be a concern. Not only does the 4810 D utilize true two-handed operation, it also requires a key to be operated. The 4810 D also has a clear transparent safety guard that has to be down in order for the cutter to operate.

I personally recommend this cutter for cutting card stock, chip board, paper and much more. It is extremely versatile, very easy to set up and the quality is just where it needs to be. Combined with the included stand, the Triumph 4810 D is a great value and should provide you with years of reliable use.

You can find the MBM Triumph 4810 D semi-automatic stack paper cutter here and our entire selection of stack paper cutters here.

David-Link W-988 Biometric Time & Attendance System Review

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

David-Link W-988 Biometric Time ClockDo you need a reliable time clock for your office, school or organization? One style of time clock you may want to consider using is a model that utilizes biometric technology. Biometric time clocks are accurate, easy to use and cut down on a lot of fraud. One great model I recommend you look at is the David-Link W-988 biometric time clock (found here). This is my review!

David-Link is relatively new to the time clock industry. I personally have a lot of experience with Acroprint, Pyramid Technologies (PTI) and others. Having used David-Link time clocks myself, I have to say that they are up to par with the more “experienced” time clock manufacturers.

The W-988 time clock, from David-Link, is available in three different versions. The first version, which I am reviewing, handles biometric time attendance only. The next step up is the W-988P, which handles biometric time attendance along with a proximity card option. The next model up, the W-988PB, can hand biometric and proximity attendance, which also includes a battery backup. All three models are identical in design and quality.

Many time clock systems are designed for an entry-level amount of employees (often 50-100), requiring that you upgrade the system to add more employees. This is not the case with the David-Link W-988. This biometric time clock can store up to 300 employees, making it ideal for use with small and larger businesses alike.

Many customers ask me if this time clock has to be used with a computer. The answer to that is no. It can be used while connected to a computer via an Ethernet network connection (TCP/IP) or it can be used completely independent. It can also be connected directly to a computer via a USB cable.

If you are using the W-988 independent of a computer system, you can use the included USB storage drive to export the data from the time clock and import it to a computer. The built-in storage on the W-988 can hold up to 60,000 Logs and up to 3,000 fingerprints.

The W-988 includes the David-Link Time Management Software (DLTMS). This software makes it easy to view a variety of different reports and can be used for HR or payroll purposes. This software is very sophisticated and perfect for most business time clock purposes. The DLTMS software can export data in Excel and Text (txt.) formats.

The digital display screen is monochrome, yet very easy to see. It displays the time, date and other important information. The menu system on the W-988 is extremely easy to navigate.

My personal favorite feature on the W-988 is the biometric reader itself. I have used many biometric time clocks, many of which require that you slide your finger. The “finger slide” biometric readers can be very frustrating as they often require multiple attempts to be read correctly.

The W-988 has a finger scanner that only requires you to touch the surface. I have yet to experience a misread with a David-Link biometric scanner. It is very easy to use and the green glow gives it a very modern look, almost like something from a sci-fi movie.

Overall, especially considering the affordable price, I consider the David-Link W-988 to be a great little system. It is easy to use, feature rich and accurate. I really like that it can be used by both small and large businesses alike.

You can find the David-Link W-988 biometric time clock here and our entire selection of time attendance products here.

Step-by-Step Guide For Creating Your Own Custom Luggage Tags

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Custom Laminated Luggage TagsLuggage tags provide an invaluable tool for luggage location. They can be strapped to suit cases, handbags, backpacks and much more. Did you know that you can easily, and affordably, create your own luggage tags? There are a few ways you can go about doing this. I will explain them all in this article.

Making your own luggage tags is extremely easy and can be done in just minutes. Materials needed are pretty straightforward. Here is the equipment you will need:

  • Printer & luggage tag template
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Laminator
  • Luggage tag laminating pouches
  • Slot punch (optional)
  • Luggage tag loops

Now that you have a list of the equipment, you will need to know what to do with it. Here are three easy steps you will want to follow.

Step 1. The luggage tags themselves can be easily printed on just about any laser or inkjet printer. There are several templates available online.  Once printed, cut them out using a pair of scissors or a paper cutter.

Thermal Pouch LaminatorStep 2. Now that you have your paper luggage tag cut out, you will want to laminate it. In order to laminate it, you will need both a pouch laminator and luggage tag laminating pouches.

Luggage tag laminating pouches can be purchased with or without a luggage tag slot. The slot measures in at ½” x 1/8″. The slot is punched on the short side of the pouch and the pouch itself measures in at 2 ½” x 4 ¼”.

A handheld slot punch can be used to punch your own slots in luggage tag pouches that don’t include a slot. You can also use a slot punch to punch slots in non luggage tag size pouches for custom size luggage tags.

Step 3. Once laminated, you will want to insert a luggage tag loop strap. These loop straps are available in plastic, vinyl, metal and leather designs. I really like the vinyl and leather, but preference varies from person to person.

There you have it…a custom luggage tag! These tags are fun for personal use, as a hobby or even for business / retail purposes. Because they are laminated, they are weather proof and hold up well with continued wear and tear.

Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 for any help or recommendations on making custom luggage tags.

What Makes a Good Ergonomic Office Chair?

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Ergonomic Office Chairs & SeatingIf you work in an office environment, like I do, chances are pretty good that you spend at least 8 hours or more per day sitting. Sitting over extended periods of time can really takes its toll on your body. Sitting in a cheap or non-ergonomic chair can lead to bad posture, back pain, neck pain, headaches and much more. So what features should you look for in an ergonomic office chair? Here are a few tips.

I have sat in a lot of different office chairs over the past several years, some very comfortable and others that led to daily ibuprofen use to relive aches and pain. Prolonged use of dysfunctional office chairs can lead not only to short term, but often long term back pain and other ailments.

While the chair you use will depend on the job you perform at work, I have come up with a list of ideal features for typical computer office use.

Height Adjustment – A chair that sits at an improper height can cause you to tilt your head at unnatural and strange angles, which can in turn lead to neck pains and headaches. I highly recommend using an office chair with height adjustment. This will allow you to keep the chair adjusted to where the monitor is at about face level.

Lumbar Support – If you suffer from back pains and aches like I do, a lumbar support can be a lifesaver. While you can buy after-market lumbar supports for existing office chairs, they can often shift around and cause a lot of hassle. Buying an office chair with adequate lumber support is the best option.

Posture Support – When sitting in a flat-backed chair, it is very easy for the spine to begin to slouch one direction or another, which can quickly lead to breathing issues and back pain. Many office chairs now mold the seat backing to provide posture support by keeping the back straight and aligned. This is often done by providing a deeper channel along the back of the chair where the spine runs and more padding on both sides of the chair to keep you upright.

Armrests – This feature isn’t critical unless you type all day long like I do. Having used chairs with and without armrests, I can’t go without an armrest. For me, armrests help keep my arms supported while typing, allowing me to type faster and putting less strain on my wrists, arms and hands. I have suffered the early effects of carpal tunnel syndrome and sincerely feel that armrests have really helped me out. Adjustable armrests are especially nice as they can keep your arms and hands at keyboard level.

Casters – This may seem like a no brainer, but casters are very important for an office chair (combined with a chair mat). This allows you to make fine-tuned positioning of the chair and is far less hassle than lifting and re-positioning the chair.

These tips will all help you find a better office chair. While these tips cover traditional office chairs, there are also non-traditional chairs that many people claim to love. One of these chairs is what’s known as a knee chair or a kneeling chair.

Kneeling Office ChairsKneeling chairs help promote posture by eliminating lazy slouching and put the body, according to some experts, in a more natural position. I have used these chairs and have to say that I really like them, however, I think they are best suited for home office use rather than long-term 8+ hours a day office use. That is my opinion. Many people use and love them for daylong use.

Another non-traditional office chair is an exercise ball. We have a couple of people here that use them and claim that they provide very comfortable seating along with the ability to build inner core strength. This option is not for me (actually hate it), but again is a huge hit with many people.

At ABC Office we carry a large selection of ergonomic office chairs designed to provide comfortable and affordable seating throughout the day. You can find our entire selection of ergonomic office chairs here, ergonomic drafting chairs here and our entire selection of office furniture here.

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