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All About Banners and Signage

Friday, March 22nd, 2019
Banners and Displays
Pop-Up Display Systems
Floor Stands and Signs

Banners and other signage options are some of the most effective ways to convey a message. It helps draw attention by combining visuals with information. Signage is also often required in order to comply with ADA requirements. There are many ways that banners and signage can benefit your business.

Banners

Banners can be a particularly effective platform for presenting information to colleagues. They can also be used to draw attention and brand your company. Banners can be used to announce events, place advertisements, and perform many other tasks. They come in a wide array of sizes, depending on your overall requirements. Banners can be designed for tabletop displays, large, multi-panel displays, hanging banners, and more.

Banner Stands

Banner stands, as well as popup banner stands, can provide easy setup and take down for your display. It can also ensure that your banner can be displayed in whatever medium you wish. Whether you need a standing display, tabletop display, or hanging display, we have the appropriate banner stand for you.

Signage

Certain types of signage are required by the ADA. We can provide these signs to help you comply with ADA requirements. We are capable of providing appropriate restroom signs, among many other things. These signs are made according to all ADA requirements and are created with grade 2 Braille. Additionally, we can create signage for floor stands and many other platforms.

Banners and signage can be used in a wide variety of ways. To learn more about how banners and signage can benefit your business, contact us at ABC Office today!

Best Reusable Binding Machines Formats

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Why waste when you can reuse, right? So, can you live up to this statement when it comes to bookbinding? Believe it or not, some binding machine formats can be reused, where others cannot. If you are interested in reusing your binding supplies, whether it be for financial or environmental reasons, I would like to introduce you to some of the most reusable binding formats amiable. Binding formats I will cover include comb, wire, coil, VeloBind, ProClick and thermal. You can find all of our binding machines here.

There are many reasons why people want a reusable binding format. For one, it is nice to be able to reuse binding supplies rather than simply throw old bound documents away. It is more affordable to do this and ultimately it means less waste, which in turn is more environmentally sound. Reusable binding supplies often also mean you can add or remove pages from an already bound document.

I am going to start by listing the most reusable binding formats to the least reusable.

  • Comb Binding MachinesComb Binding (found here) – Comb binding has literally been around for decades. I remember handling and using comb bound books when I was going to elementary school back in the 80s. This binding format uses a spring-loaded spine that can be opened and closed using a comb opener, typically found on the top of the machine. Comb binding continues to this day to be THE least expensive binding format around, which includes the machines and the supplies. These machines are affordable enough that they can be used for business, school or even home use. The supplies are available in a variety of sizes and colors and can be used to bind small reports or thick books.
  • ProClick Binding MachinesProClick (found here) – ProClick, from GBC, uses a proprietary binding element that uses a similar hole pattern to twin loop wire. The binding element opens and closes using a special tool. The end results look class. The supplies “zip” open and closed and can be reused multiple times over. This binding format has a loop like format. The only downside is that the machines and supplies are proprietary to GBC, which means they aren’t very common or easy to come by. Other binding formats also have better color selection.
  • Coil Binding MachinesCoil Binding (found here) – This is by far the most popular binding format used today. The supplies are extremely durable, the colors are vast and the size range is broad. Coil allows pages to turn 360 degrees, lie flat and can be used for binding small presentations or large manuals. This binding format is semi-reusable. You can clip the ends off of the coil and spin it back out, allowing it to be re-used. The only catch is that the element (now clipped shorter) cannot be used with the same size sheet of paper. It will have to be used with a smaller book. That is a pretty huge catch, which is why most people don’t reuse their coil supplies, but it can be done. The PVC coils can be recycled.
  • Wire Binding MachinesWire Binding (found here) – I have had many many people ask me lately if twin loop wire can be re-used. Simply put, it cannot. Wire binding is literally bent into place. The wire element itself is made from a single piece of wire. Removing the wire element results in the destruction of the wire. The good news is that the wire isn’t hard to remove and a new wire can be easily inserted and closed. Wire binding is a classy format, and it looks great, but the supplies cannot be reused.
  • Hot Knife VeloBind MachinesHot Knife VeloBind (found here) – Velobind is a fairly permanent bind. It uses heat to literally melt the prongs to the back strip. The VeloBind System 3, however, does have a debind feature that will use heat to soften the plastic prongs and strip, allowing it to be removed. The removed strip, however, cannot be reused. Having used this machine and the debind feature myself, I can safety say that the debind feature is quirky at best and the debound book often does not come out of the process looking good.
  • Thermal Binding MachinesThermal Binding (found here) – Thermal binding machines use glue to bind paper. The glue is thermally warmed up, causing the glue to liquefy. When the glue is soft, it sticks to the paper. As the glue cools it hardens and the binding process is complete. You cannot remove the glue…period. It is a permanent bind. The only way you could possible salvage a document and rebind it would be to cut the glue bound spine off of the book using a stack paper cutter (found here).

As you can see, comb binding (which happens to be one of the most affordable) is still the king of binding formats when it comes to reusability. ProClick and coil follow soon after. At ABC Office, we offer a huge selection of book binding machines that can be found here. If you still have a question about one of the above-mentioned binding styles, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788.

Thanks for reading. Please post any feedback as a comment.

Stimpson 405 Grommet Bench Press Review

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Stimpson 405 Grommet Bench PressHave you ever tried to hang a banner or a sign by strings only to have the strings or rope rip through the material? This is the result of weak attachment points on the banner. The best way to hang up a banner, especially outdoors, is to reinforce the attachment points with a grommet made from brass, aluminum or zinc. The best way to apply grommets is by using a grommet press like the Stimpson 405 grommet bench press (found here).

The Stimpson 405 grommet press is designed to be attached to a bench or table for added stability. The press itself is made from a heavy-duty aluminum frame. The build quality is excellent. Because it is made from a cast frame, it is designed for daily continuous use. It weighs in at 10 pounds.

Using the Stimpson 405 grommet press is easy to use. Simply place a grommet with the base washer on the banner or sign you are working on and place it in the Stimpson grommet press. No holes are needed prior to insertion of the grommets as the grommets are self-piercing. Pull down on the handle and the grommet is formed into place.

Although it is not electric, operation is remarkably fast, taking just seconds to complete. Because of the way the grommet press handle is leveraged, very little effort is required to operate it. You can use the Stimpson 405 for low or medium-volume grommet pressing.

You can use the Stimpson 405 grommet with signs and banners made from lightweigh fabrics and materials. The end results rival work done by larger automated machines.

The model we offer comes with a 5/6″ die for use with #1 grommets. You can find the Stimpson 405 grommet bench press here.

Top 5 Best Banner Stands

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Banner Stands from ABC OfficeBanner stands are useful to have around when you are trying to promote something, point someone in the right direction or prepare for an event. So which type of banner stand should you use? With dozens of different models and styles of banner stands available, this can be a difficult decision.

Having spoken with many customers myself regarding banner stands, I have come up with a list of several models that have proven themselves over the years. These banner stands have been used in lobbies, for trade shows, in universities to promote events and much more. I have narrowed this list into the top 5 banner stands our customers find most useful.

Top 5 Best Banner Stands

  1. Foster Classic Banner Stand – This banner stand is compact, height adjustable and can be ordered without dowels, with hemmed dowels or with Velcro. It is also available with a square base, a travel base or round base. This particular banner stand is popular for use in entryways and lobbies.
  2. Foster Jumbo Classic Banner Stand – This banner stand can be used to display a wide variety of signs and banners and is available with or without dowels. It can adjust from 42″ to 118″ in height.
  3. Foster Ultra Single Banner Stand – Our Ultra line of banner stands from Foster is designed to be portable, sleek and modern. The banner is displayed in such a way that the feet are completely hidden. These can be used with fabric, foam core or vinyl banners and feature 3 different tilting positions. Premium Velcro for the top and bottom of the stand is included.
  4. Foster Grand Format Adjustable Banner Stand – This banner stand is made from a lightweight aluminum alloy, making it extremely portable. A durable crossbar is used to hold large format hemmed banners and graphics.  This particular banner stand comes in a wide range of widths and heights.
  5. Foster Presto Pop-Up Banner Stand – This banner stand is popular for displaying large banners ranging in size up to 12.5’ x 7.5’ and 10’ x 10’. This stand is not only rigid and durable, but folds down into a compact format that can easily be moved around. The Presto Pop-Up displays come in straight or curved back walls. No special tools are required to assemble this display and it includes a carrying case.

So there you have our list of the top 5 most popular banner stands. All these banner stands have a great record and have proven themselves over the past years to be reliable and durable.

You can find our entire selection of banner stands here.

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