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Shinwoo SB1000 Replaced By The PLUS Banking Systems P-624

Friday, December 11th, 2009

The popular Shinwoo SB1000 bill discriminator has been discontinued and replaced by the PLUS Banking Systems P-624 from Klopp. This is pretty important news if you are in the market for a bill discriminator.

Bill discriminators are far less common than a standard bill counter. This is because they not only count bills, but they can distinguish the difference between different denominations. Most bill counters cannot do this. The new PLUS Banking Systems P-624 can count bills and give you the quantity and monetary value of everything counted.

Not only does the PLUS Banking Systems P-624 count bills, but it also has counterfeit detection built in. If the P-624 detects a counterfeit bill, it will quickly let you know. This is a great feature to have as counterfeit money is a problem plaguing many cities throughout the United States. The software on the P-624 can be updated to accommodate future currency changes.

Both the Shinwoo SB1000 and the P-624 are very similar in the way they operate. Time permitting, you should stop by our site and take a look at this new machine. You can find the PLUS Banking Systems P-624 here.

ABC Office Awarded “Focus on the Future Award” by Minipack

Monday, December 7th, 2009

https://www.abcoffice.com/minipack.htm

We have been selling shrink-wrap machines, vacuum sealers and other packaging products made by Minipack for years now. Minipack’s products have proven time after time to be reliable, useful and easy to use. We (ABC Office) are proud to announce that we have been awarded the “Focus on the Future Award” by Minipack in their graphic division. This award was given to us for our consistent sales and dedication.

Minipack is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of shrink-wrap machines, vacuum sealers and other packaging equipment. We have found Minipack products to be reliable and made from high-quality components. Minipack has been around since 1976 and is headquartered in Italy.

One of our most popular Minipack lines is the Galaxy and Galileo, which are all-in-one shrink-wrap machines. They cut the film and shrink it at the same time. Our customers, especially small businesses, love these machines for packaging and selling their products. Our Minipack vacuum sealers are also growing in popularity, such as the MVS 31 and 45, for packaging food for resale.

We are proud of our partnership with Minipack and look forward to many more successful years selling their line of products. You can see our entire selection of Minipack packaging products here.

What Is A Modular Binding Machine?

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Although the term modular binding machine isn’t commonly used, you may have seen it come up from time to time while researching binding equipment. These machines, often referred to as binding machine punches, have their place in the binding world and are very convenient to use. I will go into detail on exactly what a modular binding machine is and why you may need one in this article.

The most basic modular binding machine includes a base and a punch. The punching die itself is usually interchangeable. This means you can pull out the punching die and switch it for another. This allows you to punch holes for a variety of binding formats. This includes comb binding, wire binding, coil binding, VeloBinding and much more.

Swappable punching dies are not only convenient for binding in multiple formats, but also allow you to get a replacement punching die if one ever breaks or dulls. As a result, modular-binding machines can last for years, some of which have been known to last 10+ years. The punching mechanism is either manually or electrically operated.

As you may know, punching paper is only half the binding process. A comb opener, wire closer or coil inserter may be needed to finish the job. The finishing components, with regards to modular binding machines, can be attached to the punching base. This means you can comb bind books, swap the die and the attachment, and wire bind books.

Modular binding machines are ideal for people who need multiple binding formats. They are also great for people who need high-volume binding capabilities. Some of the high-end modular binding punches can punch up to 55 sheets of paper at a time. These binding punches are also ideal for high volume paper punching.

You can view our entire selection of modular binding machines here.

Top Seven Best Employee Time Clocks / Time Clock Reviews

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Time clocks are a critical part of properly running any business. Keeping track of time worked on paper just doesn’t cut it anymore. Unfortunately not all employees are honest and cheating the system, if not properly monitored, can happen.

The honor system isn’t an option anymore and writing down hours on paper leaves too much room open for manipulation. Buddy punching can also be an issue for many businesses, where one employee punches in and out for another employee. Which time clocks are the best for cutting down on fraud and saving your business money?

While traditional punch-style time clocks are still an option, they are best used for small businesses. A more automated system is required for medium to large-size businesses. It isn’t a bad idea for small businesses to use automated systems either. Many automated and digital time clock systems can export data to payroll programs, such as Quickbooks, saving your business even more time and money.

We have compiled a list of the most secure, easy-to-use and popular time clocks being purchased by our customers today.

1. Pyramid PTI Time Trax EZ – This time clock system uses personalized encoded PVC cards to log in and out of work. Software keeps track of this time and creates reports. Data can also be exported for use with payroll software.
2. Pyramid PTI Time Trax Bio – This time clock lets the employee sign in and out of work with their finger. It is easy to set up, creates reports with included software and exports data for use with payroll software.
3. AcroPrint ATRx – The Acroprint ATRx runs on a computer, but utilizes a biometric finger scanner (plugged in a USB port) for signing in and out of work. This cuts out buddy punching and is very efficient.
4. Pyramid PTI Time Trax Pro – This time clock uses a magnetic strip PVC card to sign in and out of work. It includes easy-to-use software that makes keeping track of employee time easy. Data can be exported for use with payroll software. It can be used with up to 9,999 employees (upgraded).
5. Widmer Ceres iPC – Great for small to medium-size businesses, this system uses a key fob, which can be attached to a key ring, to punch in and out of work. This system is one of the easiest to set up and includes software for tracking employee time.
6. Acroprint Handpunch 1000 Biometric – This time clock allows employees to sign in and out of work by using their hand. This unique time clock system cuts down on fraud while keeping track of employee time worked.
7. Amano MTX-15 – This time clock allows employees to punch in and out of work with the swipe of a card. It includes software and can be used with payroll software such as ADP, Peachtree, Paychex, Powerpay, and Quickbooks. This all-in-one system is great for use with up to 100 employees.

You can see our entire selection of employee time clocks here. Check them out today!

New Fletcher Terry Substrate Cutters / FSC / Titan / Gemini Pro – Now Available!

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

We have just added a new line of substrate cutters to our site from Fletcher Terry. These aren’t your standard run-of-the-mill paper cutters. These new cutters are known as substrate cutters. Many can cut a wide range of items such as corrugated plastic, foamboard, PVC, banners, vinyl, fabric and paper. Some models can even cut aluminum, acrylic, glass and more!

We have added in all a total of three new cutters from Fletcher Terry. These are the FSC Substrate Cutter, the Titan and the Gemini Pro. Each of these cutters are designed and optimized for specific tasks.

Learn more about each of these cutters below:

FSC Substrate Cutter – The FSC Substrate Cutter is a beast. It is extremely accurate and capable of cutting a wide range of materials. This includes corrugated plastic, aluminum, PVC, econolite, acrylic, foamboard, glass and more. It includes a laser sight line cutting guide for knife or wheel cutting operations, which projects a cut line on the substrate, eliminating guess work and costly errors in a post printing process. Check it out!

Titan – The Titan is designed to cut rigid materials such as corrugated plastic, foamboard and gatorboard, but can also cut flexible materials such as fabric, vinyl, banners and paper. It can cut rigid materials up to ½-inch thick. This is all thanks to a cutting head that switches from cutter to trimmer. Check it out!

Gemini Pro – The Gemini pro is a compact substrate cutter that can switch from cutter (with a blade) to trimmer (rotary blade). It can cut rigid materials up to ½-inch thick. Much like the Titan, the Gemini Pro can cut corrugated plastic, gatorboard, foamboad and flexible materials like paper, vinyl, fabric and more. The Gemini Pro can be used in conjunction with the Fletcher Terry Atlas Worktable for added stability. Check it out!

We are very excited about this new addition to our site and our new relationship with Fletcher Terry.

Formax Paper Shredders Reviewed

Monday, September 28th, 2009

I can still remember a few years ago when Formax, well known for their line of folder inserters, stepped into the paper shredder market. In all honesty I was initially pretty skeptical. They did have a few things going for them. The company itself has been around for some time, since 1987, and their line of folder inserters has stood the test of time.

I’ve seen dozens of makes and models, from other manufacturers, come into existence and land with a big thud. A big part of why a new line of paper shredders fails is the quality factor. Many new models, especially foreign imports, are made out of cheap components and don’t last long. I certainly never expected Formax to compete with the well-known quality brands, such as Destroyit, Intimus and HSM.

Formax was kind enough to send several models to us for testing. My first impression was, “Hey, this thing is made out of a lot of metal,” which is usually a good sign. They were also pretty heavy, which is another good sign for an office shredder. Upon looking over the Model 8600 shredder, I found control panel easy to use and it seemed to feature a lot of information.

Upon further review, I found the Model 8600 had indicators to let you know if the door was open, if the bag was full, if it was on manual or automatic mode and even had a level indicator to tell you if the shredder was under too much of a load (too much paper). We shot a video demo of the Model 8600 that day, which you can find here.

It has been several years now and Formax Paper Shredders are now synonymous with high quality and reliability. They are now purchased, with confidence, by many government entities. One thing we really like, here at ABC Office, is that we don’t have to deal with servicing issues because they seem to hold up so well.

You can view our entire line of Formax Paper Shredders here. I would highly recommend at least considering them prior to purchasing a high-end, high-quality paper shredder. Right now they even have free shipping!

New Renz Pouch Laminators Online

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Renz is not an unfamiliar name in the office equipment industry. This German company has been around for years and is very popular for its line of high-quality binding machines. This includes comb, wire and coil binding machines.

This company has now released several new laminators, with three of them just being added to our site. These laminators are the HT 320, HT 320 C and HT 320 P. Feel free to stop by our site and look over these new laminators today!

Renz HT 320 C

The entire machine is only 18.1-inches wide, which means this laminator has a small footprint. It can be used on a desk or table and is extremely easy to use.

Renz HT 320

This pouch laminator is 12.6-inches wide and can handle paper up to 12-inches wide or A3-size documents. This laminator’s heat can be variably adjusted to accommodate different types of film and material.

Renz HT 320 P

The Renz HT 320 P is one of Renz’s top-of-the-line pouch laminators capable of clearly laminating materials such as photos and color copies.

Office Podiums & Pulpits Done Right

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Not all businesses have a need of a pulpit or podium, but if you’re business makes presentations and proposals in front of large groups or a boardroom, you may be in need of a nice piece of furniture. We have a great selection of office pulpits, podiums and lecterns made from the finest materials and designed to impress. Many of these podiums can be custom made to meet your specific needs.

We have recently made several additions to our lineup with the inclusion of several Executive Wood brand podiums. These include the Ambassador, the Collegiate, the Counselor and the Presidential podiums. Even President Barack Obama has used the Counselor podium. Each of these Executive Wood pieces is made from solid cherry wood. Some models can be built from solid walnut or oak.

Our podiums can be used in an office, a school, a church and much more. Stop by and view our entire selection by clicking here.

Polaroid 669 Film Replaced By FujiFilm FP-100C Instant Film

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Everyone’s favorite Polaroid 669 film has been replaced. Sad isn’t it? Although it has been gone for several months, we do get a lot of questions from customers regarding a replacement. Do not fret, there is a great replacement available.

Earlier this year Polaroid confirmed that they would stop making “Instant Film” that many of our photo ID and passport cameras use. Apparently this once popular film has fallen victim to the digital camera revolution. Polaroid 669 film was no exception.

Many people, however, really like the film. It requires no printer and can easily create instant photographs on site for identification and passport purposes. For this reason, we still sell a lot of Polaroid-style ID cameras (found here).

Still in need of instant film? You’re in luck. FujiFilm has a replacement that will work in all cameras that previously used Polaroid 669 film. This new film is called FujiFilm FP-100C Instant Film. We have a lot of it, it is priced about the same as the 669 film, and there is no indication that it will be going away anytime soon.

You can find our FujiFilm FP-100C here!

Stackable Chairs – Furniture On The Cheap

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Not every school, office or church has volumes of excess space to place permanent furniture. Many rooms are used for multiple purposes. In an office, one week a room may be used to make a sales presentation and the following week it may be used as a conference room. Stackable chairs are a great way to make the most of limited space.

Stackable chairs come in all shapes and sizes. Some are made from metal, covered in fabric or vinyl, where others are basic and made from plastic. Some stackable chairs can stack anywhere from 5 to 10 chairs high. Color selection and design options are broad with stackable chairs from ABC Office.

Our stackable chairs look very professional and fit in with most office environments. They don’t look like those cheap white plastic chairs used on a patio. We currently have over 19 different models to choose from. Stop by and take a look at our great selection. Keep in mind that we do offer discounts on bulk purchase just in case you need to fill an entire room with chairs.  You can find ABC Office’s selection of stackable chairs here.

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