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Duplo DF-920 Automatic Tabletop Folder Video Demo

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Duplo DF-920 Paper Folding MachineIf you are in the market for a programmable paper-folding machine and need something that is easy to set up, is extremely accurate and creates professional folds as good if not better than the competition, consider the Duplo DF-920 (found here). This machine has been around for years and is a favorite with printers, businesses, government agencies and more. One great way to learn more about this machine is to watch the Duplo DF-920 video demo that we just added to our site.

Before I show you the DF-920 video, I would like to cover just a few main points on what this machine is, what it does and why you may want to consider using it.

What is the DF-920? The Duplo DF-920 is an automatic paper-folding machine. It features a digital control panel, self-adjusting folding plates and is considered by many to be one of the best automatic paper folders available. It uses a friction-feed system that uses rubber rollers to pull paper in for folding.

What does the DF-920 do? This machine is designed to quickly take your paper and fold it into a letter fold, accordion fold, single fold and much more. It is built with 6 pre-programmed common folds and allows you to set up custom folds as needed. The feed tray holds 500 sheets of paper (about a ream) and has a powered exit conveyor that keeps paper neatly stacked as it is folded.

Why should you consider using the DF-920? You may want to consider using this machine for your business if you need to fold hundreds to thousands of sheets of paper per day. If you need a reliable machine that will hold up for years, this is the machine you need. Considered a commercial / industrial folding machine, it can be used with paper up to 11″ x 17″ in side and can be used with paper ranging from 16# bond up to 90# index. It is robust enough for high-volume folding, yet compact enough to be used on just about any desk or table.

This is a video demo of the DF-920 Fully Automatic Tabletop Folder:

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As you can see, this is clearly one of the most professional and easy-to-use machines out there. It creates crisp and professional folds every time. Duplo has been around since 1951 and has one of the best reputations in the industry. If you need a quote, have questions or simply need to place an order, please don’t hesitate to speak with one of our Paper Folding Specialists at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here. Have a great day!

Introducing the Formax FD 6102 Envelope Inserting Machine

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Formax FD 6102 Envelope Inserting MachineWhen it comes to automated mailing equipment, few manufactures come close to what Formax has to offer. Formax’s line of envelope stuffing machines, often called folder inserters, are excellent for mass mailing invoices, newsletters, promotional material and much more. We are happy to announce that we have just added their latest machine, the Formax FD 6102 (found here), to our site.

Folding and inserting machines are often a bit of an investment for a business. Formax, who manufactures some of the best medium and high-volume machines, also makes a great entry-level machine. The FD-6102 is a desktop envelope-stuffing machine that replaces both the FD-6100 and the FD-6150. This machine has a duty-cycle of about 5,000 pieces per month (at a rate of 1,360 per hour) and is a huge improvement over manually folding and inserting paper into envelopes.

One of the biggest improvements you will find with the FD-6102, over previous versions, is the touch-screen interface. This interface, which happens to be in color, is easy to navigate and makes setting up the type of folds and easy to do. A step-by-step job wizard helps guide you through the setup process. This machine will also allow you to set up, name and store 15 frequent jobs, making setup even easier later down the road.

An enhanced feeder design helps to make paper feeding more seamless and toner resistant fold rollers help cut down on jams. This, however, doesn’t mean that this machine, which uses friction rollers, will work with all glossy or coated paper. If you will be using glossy or coated paper, please send in samples for testing purposes.

Each of the feed trays can hold up to 100 sheets of 20# bond paper, the BRE / Insert tray can hold up to 100 pieces and the envelope hopper holds up to 100 outgoing envelopes at a time. If needed, the 2 sheet feeders can be linked together, doubling the sheet capacity to 200. When the first feed tray (100 capacity) empties, it will then move on to the second feed tray (in linked mode). In the event that you don’t what to set up any special jobs, you can simply manually feed a stack of up to 5 sheets via the drop-in feed system.

This is a video demo of the Formax FD 6102 in action:

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This machine will automatically, depending on the feed trays being used, pull a sheet off of each sheet and BRE feeder, fold them and insert them into an envelope. It will even seal the envelopes shut. The sealing function can be turned off if you prefer to leave your envelopes open.

In comparison to other folding and inserting machines out there, the FD 6102 is remarkably quiet. This makes it great for use in the office, in a mailing room or other location where people work.

This machine can be used with #10, #9 and 6″x9″ envelopes. It can be used with paper up to 14″ long and will create letter, half and double parallel folds. As documents leave this machine, the catch tray can be adjusted to accommodate the various sizes of envelopes that you are using.

If you still have questions, please give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. Our Mailing Specialists are more than happy to help answer your questions. You can find our entire selection of envelope stuffing machines here.

How Does a Pouch Laminator Work?

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Pouch LaminatorsPouch laminators (found here) are the most popular type of laminating machines used today. This is because they are affordable, can be used by just about anyone and the supplies are extremely affordable. While the end results are pretty obvious, have you ever wondered how one actually works? This article will cover in great detail exactly how a pouch laminator works.

Why do people use laminators? Most people who use a pouch laminator want to add an extra layer of protection or stability to a document. This may be a picture, a card, a sign or other piece of material. While some laminators can be used with plastic sheets or foam core mounting board, most are used with some sort of paper. Laminated documents are water resistant, are easy to clean and do not damage easily.

There are two crucial elements to keep in mind when talking about how a pouch laminator works. This includes pressure and heat. I would first like to explain how the laminating pouches themselves work.

Laminating pouches (found here) consist of a hard plastic outer shell with a softer plastic lining. The lining, which usually makes up about half of the pouches thickness, gets soft and liquefies with heat. It is very similar in makeup to a hot glue stick. As this glue softens, it sticks to the object that has been placed inside the pouch. Once heat is removed, the glue cools and solidifies. The cooled glue is clear and transparent.

A pouch laminator essentially provides the heat and the pressure needed to make the pouch look good. You could technically use a hot iron to laminate a pouch, but the end results wouldn’t look very good. A laminator has a heating element. This may be in the form of a heating plate or as heated rollers. This is how the heat is transferred to the laminating film.

As the pouch warms up, pressure is applied to the pouch via silicon rollers. Pouch laminators feature at least 2 rollers (top and bottom), with many including four, six or even more rollers. As a general rule, the more rollers you have the better the results will be.

This diagram shows you where the rollers are generally located, where you typically find the heat source and how the carrier (with the film) makes its way through the laminator:

Pouch Laminator Diagram

 

Sometimes seeing things in action helps better demonstrate a point. This is a video demo of a thermal pouch laminator being used. This will demonstrate how a laminator works from start to finish.

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The end results look great. Laminating pouches themselves come in a wide variety of sizes and thickness. The thickness of the pouch is referred to as a mil (thousandth of an inch). Not all laminators can handle higher mil thicknesses. Prior to purchasing film, find out what your laminator’s maximum thickness is.

Features you may want to look for in your pouch laminator, that I consider to be nice to have, include an adjustable temperature control (for precision laminating) and a reverse switch (in the event your laminator gets jammed). I also like a laminator that has an independent switch for the motor and for the heating element.

You can read step-by-step instructions on how to use a pouch laminator by reading our guide here.

Many people ask me which brands I personally recommend. I have used and like laminators by Tamerica, Fellowes, Intelli-Lam and Banner American. You can find our entire selection of pouch laminators here and pouch laminating film here.

Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions regarding pouch laminators. You’re also more than welcome to leave a question as a comment. Happy laminating!

How Does a Paper Drill Work?

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Paper DrillsHave you ever-wondered how ruled paper is three-hole punched for use in a three-ring binder? Even if you’ve never put much thought into it, it is a very interesting process. While you may imagine people sitting in a factory with a paper punch, paper manufacturers actually use paper drills (found here) to put holes in paper. So how exactly does a paper drill work?

While paper punches are great for use in an office for occasional hole punching, they aren’t very fast and require a bit of effort to use. Punching through a one-inch stack of paper could potentially take several minutes. A paper drill can complete the same process, with clear results, in just second.

Paper drills are very similar in function and even a bit in appearance to a standard wood drill press. They share several basic components. Paper drills feature a spinning motor attached to a drill bit. The bit is then pressed, by manual, electric or hydraulic means, into the paper. The bit, once it has made its way through a piece of paper then rests on a wood block located on the opposite side.

There are some major differences, however, between a paper drill press and a wood drill press. To begin with, paper drills use hollow bits. As the drill spins, it cuts through the paper. Cut paper holes then travel up the drill’s shaft until it reaches a catch tray located in the top or back of the drill.

This is a video demo of a single-spindle paper drill in action:

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Many people ask if they can use a paper drill bit on a standard wood drill press. The answer to that question is no. Chuck incompatibility issues aside, the hollow bit has nowhere to deposit the drilled holes of paper, resulting in a complete failure of the bit after just a few minutes.

Popular brands of paper drills include Martin Yale, Lassco Spinnit, MBM, FP (File Pecker) and others. So what exactly separates one paper drill from another?

  • Number of Spindles: Entry level paper drills typically only feature a single drill bit (aka spindle). From there you can find two and three-spindle paper drills. Three holes can still be drilled using a single-spindle machine, but will require multiple passes.
  • Power Source: Some paper drills are manual, requiring the force of the drill to be powered by an individual pulling on a handle. Other presses apply drilling force via an electric motor or via hydraulics.

If you are a business, a factory, a manufacturer of paper or handle paper on a regular basis, you may have need of a paper drill. These machines are very easy to operate and can drill through inches of paper in just seconds. You can find our entire selection of paper drills here.

We have been selling paper drills since 1980, so we have a lot of experience setting these machines up and using them. If you are just starting out researching paper drills, or are looking for a specific model, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with your questions.

Overview of the Banner Easy-Lam 27″ Roll Laminator

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Banner American Easy-Lam 27" Roll LaminatorIf you need to laminate posters, signs and banners that fall within a 27″ width, you probably need to use a thermal roll laminator like the Banner Easy-Lam 27″ (found here). This laminator has been around for well over a decade and has a good track record with customers. I have used this laminator several times myself and this is my review.

While the American-Made Banner Easy-Lam roll laminator has undergone a few aesthetic changes over the years, it still remains true to what the laminator was originally designed for, an affordable “budget” laminator for schools, copy shops and other businesses. This laminator has an effective laminating width of 27″, which is one of the most popular sizes used today.

Made in the USA, the overall build quality is exceptional. It features higher-than-normal quality electronic components, which includes the motor, switches and wiring. This becomes evident when removing the side protective shell. This laminator also features a durable metal frame as well as a metal shelf, metal mandrels and much more. This is far better than your typical “foreign-made” machines. It even comes with 2 free rolls of 25″ x 100’ 1.5mil film, which is a great deal.

The Banner Easy-Lam is very easy to set up. A toggle switch lets you adjust the laminator between 1.5 mil (0.0015″ gauge) and 3 mil (0.003″ gauge) film. It also features a built-in LED temperature readout that keeps the operator in the know. There really isn’t much “fine tuning” involved in getting this laminator up and running. It only takes about 15 minutes to get up to full operational temperature.

As mentioned earlier, the Easy-Lam is designed for use with 27″ wide film that has a 1″ diameter core. While it can be used with 27″ film, it can also use 25″, 12″ and other smaller width film. Loading the film, unlike many roll laminators is easy. Simply place a mandrel through the top roll, one through the bottom roll, and insert the mandrels back into the machine. The film can then be wound around the heat shoes and tension bars.

While thermal roll laminators can get blazingly hot, the Banner Easy-Lam is designed with safety in mind and even includes an attached safety shield, which keeps the hottest parts covered. While it does still get hot, it is far safer to use than many comparable machines.

The laminator itself measures in at 20″(50.8cm) L x 35″(88.9cm) W x 16″ (40.6cm) H and weighs 68 pounds unboxed. While it isn’t going to win any races, it still operates at a reasonably fast speed of 4.5 feet per minute. It can be plugged into a standard 120volt (60Hz) outlet and draws 1800 watts at its peak. A 200-volt version, however, is available for the same price.

This is a video demo of the Banner Easy-Lam 27″ roll laminator:

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What can I say? The Banner Easy-Lam 27″ roll laminator (found here) is a solid machine and I personally recommend it for light to medium-volume use. A slightly upgraded version, known as the Banner Easy-Lam II 27″ (found here) is also available. It is great for schools, copy shops and any business that needs to laminate signs, banners, posters or even several small things at the same time like business cards, menus, letter-size paper and more.

You can find our entire selection of thermal roll laminators here. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. Have a great day!

Akiles WireMac Wire Binding Machine Video

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Akiles WireMac Wire Binding MachineIf you’re considering purchasing the Akiles WireMac, you may want to see how it works. Having used this machine myself, I can vouch for the fact that it is a solid machine and is easy to use. A few years ago we shot a detailed video demo of the WireMac in use. I will include that video in this article.

Before I show you the video, I would like to explain why the Akiles WireMac is such a popular machine with our customers. To begin with, it has been around for some time and has developed a stalwart reputation with our customers. It is very common for this machine to literally last for years without experiencing any issues.

You can buy the WireMac in two different hole patterns. The most common is the 2:1 pitch, which is two holes per inch. This size is the most common because it can be used to bind the thickest books. The 2:1 pitch hole pattern can bind up to 1 ¼” of paper at a time. The 3:1 pitch, which has a tighter hole pattern (3 holes per inch) can only bind up to 9/16″ of paper. Both patterns look good, and if you don’t need to bind over ½” of paper, either format will work for you.

The Akiles WireMac itself is one of the best-built machines we offer. It features durable metal construction, which includes the innermost components. It features fully disengageable punching pins, an adjustable margin depth and much more.

This is a video demo of the Akiles WireMac in use.

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As you can see from this video, the WireMac is a pretty slick machine. Not only does it do a great job binding presentations, reports and booklets, but it looks great too. It is heavy enough to hold its own, yet is light enough to be used on just about any desk or countertop. Simply put, this is a great deal and a great option for binding paper.

You can find the Akiles WireMac binding machine here and our entire selection of wire binding machines here. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

Setting Up Folds on a Paper Folding Machine – Video Demo

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Friction Feed Paper Folding MachineIf you own a paper folding machine, or would like to know how one works, you have come to the right spot. I have 11 years experience using folding machines, both friction and air-suction styles. About a week ago I got an opportunity to use an Intelli-Fold DE-172AF and film it. As part of this video demo, I set up an created each of the 6 most common paper folds. This includes the single fold, letter fold, Z fold, double parallel fold, gate fold and half accordion fold.

Creating folds on a paper folding machine is remarkably easy and saves an amazing amount of time. Folds created on a folding machine are far more accurate, aligned and professional. I also appreciate the lack of paper cuts.

Here is a visual representation of each of these folds:

Types of Paper Folds

In the video demo, I go through how to set up each of the folding plates for these types of folds. I have found that once you know how to use one paper folding machine, they are all very similar in setup and operation.

This is a video demo of 6 common folds being created on a paper folding machine:

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The Intelli-Fold DE-172AF is a manually setup paper folding machine. This means that each of the folding plates have to be set up by hand. This involves loosening the strike plates and sliding them to the appropriate position and re-tightening them. I have found that this only takes about 30-60 seconds. Folds are clearly marked on the folding plates.

Once you know how to use the DE-172AF, you shouldn’t have a problem using other folding machines like the Dahle 10560, MBM 93M, Martin Yale 1217A and any other machine that uses manually adjustable folding plates.

One feature that I really like about the DE-172AF is the powered exit conveyor. This conveyor helps to slow down paper as it leaves the machine and also helps to keep paper neatly organized and stacked. This, in my opinion, is a nice advantage over other machines that simply spit the paper out into a catch tray. This is also nice for keeping paper in alphabetical order.

So who uses a paper folding machine? Many businesses use them for mailing purposes. I have also seen many people use them to fold brochures, booklets, fliers and promotional material.

At ABC Office we currently over 45 different friction-feed machines. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Because we literally have over 30 years experience (company was created in 1980), we have some of the best-trained and skilled paper folding specialists available. Please feel free to call one of them at 1-800-658-8788 with any folding machine questions.

How to Use a Comb Binding Machine Video Demo

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Intelli-Bind IB400 Comb Binding Machine from Intelli-ZoneIf you use, own or are planning to purchase a comb binding machine, you probably want to know how to use it. Because many of the binding machines out there are made out of the country, the “English” manuals are often very difficult to follow. Many people simply lose their manuals. We recently filmed a “How to Use a Comb Binding Machine” video demo.

To begin with, this demo covers the Intell-Bind IB400 comb binder from Intelli-Zone. This is because the IB400 is a fairly simply and common style of binding machine. You punch the paper, open the combs, insert the combs through the paper and you’re done (in very simplified terms). Once you know how to use this binding machine, you’ll easily be able to use a GBC, Fellowes, Akiles, Renz or other brand of binding machine.

While there are a few design differences between machines, the are almost all the same in operation. Hopefully this video helps you set up your own machine.

How to Use a Comb Binding Machine Video Demo

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As you can see, the process is very simple. I have found that it takes about a minute to bind a basic book. The speed varies, depending on the machine’s capabilities, and electric machines are faster. There is definitely no reason to be intimidated by a comb binding machine. They can be used to bind presentations, reports, books and much more. The spines are available in a wide range of sizes and colors.

We also offer a great selection of binding machines. You can find our entire selection of new comb binding machines here and all our binding machines here. Good luck and happy binding!

How to Use a Laminating Machine

Monday, October 24th, 2011

How to Use a Laminating MachineLaminating machines, in particular pouch laminators, are far easier to use that you might think. Many people get frustrated by all the dials and buttons. Don’t worry. You can have your laminator set up in less than 60 seconds with these easy-to-use instructions.

To start with, just keep in mind that a laminator is simply a glorified heater with a motor. All a laminator does is melt glue and apply pressure for sticking it to paper, photos, cards and other documents. I have spoken with people that went extremely retro and simply used an iron and a towel to laminate documents. While I don’t recommend the iron approach (although some people swear by it), it really is that easy.

Here are 5 easy steps to get you laminator up and running.

  • Step 1 – Plug in the machine and set the temperature. If there is no temperature dial, set the switch to the pouch thickness you are using. Common pouch thicknesses include 3, 5, 7 and 10 mils. The higher the number, the thicker the pouch.
  • Step 2 – Turn on the motor.
  • Step 3 – Insert your document into the pouch folder and then place it in a carrier folder. (Carrier folder not necessary on many new machines.)
  • Step 4 – Place your pouch into the machine and wait for it to run through.
  • Step 5 – Remove your document and repeat the process (if needed).

Sometimes seeing something in action is easier than following a step-by-step list of instructions. Here is a video demo of a pouch laminator:

While there are minor differences between pouch laminators, they all pretty much operate in a similar manner. I have personally found that once you know how to use one, the rest are all pretty easy to figure out. At ABC Office we offer some of the best prices and selection on pouch laminators. You can find our entire selection of laminating machines here.


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Best Way to Package Chocolates

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Chocolate Packaging Shrink Wrap MachineWhether you are making your own chocolates or need a way to package boxes of chocolates, you are probably going to need some sort of retail packaging. While there are several ways you can package chocolates, one of the most popular methods is by using shrink wrap. Which kind of shrink wrap machine is best for packaging chocolates and is there any risk of the chocolates melting? I will answer these questions and more in this article.

Having been in the packaging industry for over a decade know, I have seen people package everything from pizzas and baskets to soap and books. Another popular item is chocolates. This involves chocolates in a box or unboxed. There are a couple of different approaches you can take to shrink wrapping chocolate. These involve I-bar sealers and L-bar sealers. The machine you use depends on the volume you will be packaging. Here area  few benefits of both:

I-Bar Sealers – I-bar sealers (aka straight bar sealers) involve a single cutting bar. This bar is pulled down to cut film around an object, usually requiring 2 passes. These systems can be used with shrink bags, but are typically used with centerfold shrink film. Simply insert your chocolate bar or box, cut the film around the package and sealing the film using a heat gun. These machines are ideal for a few dozen to a few hundred packages a day.

Here is a video demo of an I-bar sealer in use:

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L-Bar Sealers – L-bar sealers use an L shaped sealing bar that completely seals chocolate in film in a single pass. These types of sealers can be used in conjunction with a heat gun or a heat tunnel. Many modern L-bar sealers incorporate a built-in heat tunnel that seals and shrinks the film in a single pass. These machines are ideal for a few hundred to a few thousand packages per day. Some of the higher-end machines can package tens of thousands a day.

Here is a video demo of an L-bar sealer in use:

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Which type of film should you use?
There are two primary types of shrink wrap film used in packaging. One is PVC and the other is Polyolefin. The only film that is safe for use with food is Polyolefin. This means if you are packaging chocolate, you should use Polyolefin film (aka Poly film). This is especially important if the film will be directly touching the chocolate.

Will the chocolates melt? Many people thing that since heat is used in the shrink wrap process that it will melt the chocolate. This is usually not the case. L-bar sealers, using an integrated or built-in heat tunnel will rarely if ever cause the chocolate to melt. The heat process takes just seconds and is too little time to do any damage.

I-bar sealers, which use a heat gun, do run a higher risk of melting the chocolate. While it rarely ever happens, chocolate can begin to melt if the heat gun is left on any one spot for too long. It is my observation that I-bar sealers (with heat gun) will only melt the chocolate if human error is involved. If the gun is left on any one spot for too long, it will usually damage the shrink wrap as well. Heat guns take just seconds to shrink film, so you really shouldn’t run into any issues, especially if the chocolates are in a box.

At ABC office we have sold hundreds of machines to people packaging chocolates and they always end up happy with the end results. If you do have questions, or have unique chocolate packaging needs, please feel free to speak with one of our packaging specialists at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of shrink wrap machines here and shrink wrap film here.

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