Best Cleanroom Vacuum Sealers w/ Gas Purge for Medical Packaging

May 10th, 2013

AmeriVacS CAVN Cleanroom Medical Vacuum SealerWhen it comes to packaging products such as medical tubing, tape and other medical supplies, it is helpful to use a vacuum sealer that is designed for use in a clean room. For many of these packaging applications, a gas purge system is required to keep things as sterile as possible. At ABC Office we recently added several new vacuum sealers (found here) that are cleanroom safe, many of which include a gas purge. I would like to explain how these work and point you to a few models.

When medical supplies, devices and accessories are being packaged, cleanliness is an absolute must. Tubing, tape and supplies have to be sterile for the safety of the patient. For this reason, there are many vacuum sealers designed to be used in a particle-free clean room. These sealers are clean, sterile, don’t produce particles, are electrostatic safe and comply with the strictest cleanroom requirements. They are also designed to work in a temperature and humidity controlled environment.

I mentioned earlier that many people like to package medical devices, supplies and accessories with a gas purge system. So how does this work? A gas purge flushes the bag being sealed with an inert gas and removes life-giving oxygen, which can sustain the life of a lot of nasty bacteria and other things you don’t want on your medical instruments. The inert gas is almost always nitrogen.

AccVacs E 1500G Cleanroom Medical Vacuum SealerThe process of sealing a bag is extremely fast. Simply insert your supplies / items into the bag, insert the top of it into the sealer and activate it. Most cleanroom vacuum sealers include a foot pedal. The seal created is usually around ¼” thick, which is more than enough to maintain a solid seal. Most of these vacuum sealers allow you to adjust the seal time, volume removed / added and much more.

Before I list some of our new clearoom vacuum sealers, which include a gas purge, I would like to point out our entire selection of external bag sealers here.

I am going to sort these vacuum sealers by price:

  • AccVacs E 1000G (found here) – This sealer includes a gas purge system and a built-in compressor. It can handle bags up to 10″ wide. It is clean room compatible and includes an electronic footswitch. This is one of the most affordable options we offer.
  • AccVacs E 1500G (found here) – This machine is very similar to the above-mentioned machine, but has a 15″ wide sealing width. This is more than enough sealing length for most medical bag packaging needs. It produces a ¼” seal and is clean room compatible.
  • AccVacs E 2000G (found here) This clean room safe vacuum sealer has a 20″ sealing length and is available in a white unit and a stainless steel unit. As is the case with the above two mentioned models, this sealer has a retractable nozzle and digital smart controls.
  • Mighty Mutt MPV-18 (fond hear) – This clean room ready vacuum sealer has been around for years and is a time-tested classic. It has a 17.5″ sealing length and produces a 0.25″ seal. This sealer is tough.
  • AccVacs E 2500G (found here) – If the above mentioned vacuum sealers are just too small for your packaging needs, consider this model. It has an extremely wide 25″ sealing length while still providing a gas purge ability, ¼” seal and clean room compatibility. This sealer works great on a table.
  • AccVacs E 3000G (found here) – This massive 30″ vacuum sealer is excellent for packaging medical supplies, tools, devices and accessories in bulk. It can be used with huge bags and is still clean room compliant. It is fast, effective and still produces a nice ¼” seal along the entire width of the bag.
  • AmeriVacS AVN Series Sealers w/ Gas Purge (found here) – These AVN sealers are designed to be plugged into an existing compressor or compressed air outlet. These sealers are nice because they are very quiet and come in sealing widths ranging from 20″ all the way up to 50″!
  • AccVacs E 3500G (found here) – This sealer is available in a standard gas purge version and in a touch screen version with gas purge. This is the largest AccVacs brand sealer available that is clean room safe. This sealer is 35″ wide. If you need something bigger, you will need to go with the AmeriVacS AVN.
  • AmeriVacS CAVN Series Sealers w/ Gas Purge (found here) – These sealers are available in either a 20″ or a 30″ design and include built-in compressors and gas purge systems. These sealers are designed for commercial / industrial use on a daily basis and are some of the heaviest-duty clean room compliant vacuum sealers we offer.

I hope I didn’t overwhelm you with too many different machines, but these are all solid units and can all be used in a clean room. If you need more information, have some questions or simply need a quote, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788. We have been selling these for years and have specialists that should be able to help you out.

Do you have one of these machines or do you have experience packaging medical supplies? Post your thoughts as a comment. I would love to hear from you.

How Many Particles are in a Shredded Document?

May 9th, 2013

Paper Shredder Security LevelsHave you ever wondered how many pieces of paper your document is cut up into when run through a shredder? You might be surprised. I know I was when I first found out. In this article I would like to cover the different security levels and just how much difference there is from one particle size to another. I would also like to provide you with some pictures on just how different one level is to another. You can find our paper shredders here.

Modern paper shredders are broken up into six different security levels with Security Level 1 being the least secure and Security Level 6 being the most secure. This scale was originally based on DIN 32757 specifications. This has since been updated with DIN 66399, which I will cover later in this article.

So here are the size requirements for DIN 32757 security levels, which is what all US paper shredders are currently classified under:

DIN 32757 Shredder Security LevelsSecurity Level 1:
(10.5mm Strip Cut)
(11.8mm Strip Cut)
(10.5mm x 40-80mm Cross Cut)

Security Level 2:
(3.9mm Strip Cut)
(5.8mm Strip Cut)
(7.5mm x 40-80mm)

Security Level 3:
(1.9mm Strip Cut)
(3.9mm x 30-50mm Cross Cut)

Security Level 4:
(1.9mm x 15mm Cross Cut)

Security Level 5:
(0.78mm x 11mm Cross Cut)

Security Level 6:
(1mm x 4-5mm)

As you can see, the higher the shredder security level, the smaller the particle size is. While these may seem like minor adjustments in particle size, each increase in security level equals a huge increase in total particles. I have taken the smallest size requirements for each of these six security levels and have broken them up into particle sizes based on a single sheet of 8 ½” x 11″ letter-size paper. Just look at how many more particles you get as the level goes up:

  • Security Level 1: 166 Particles
  • Security Level 2: 237 Particles
  • Security Level 3: 667 Particles
  • Security Level 4: 2,660 Particles
  • Security Level 5: 7,991 Particles
  • Security Level 6: 19,148 Particles

Obviously the more particles the harder the material is to read or re-assemble. Many people ask me which security level is needed for a typical business. I recommend a Security Level 3 for most businesses. This seems to provide adequate capacity and security. Keep in mind, the more particles the lower your capacity as this creates more strain on the shredder. If you don’t mind taking a small cut in capacity, a Security Level 4 (aka Micro Cut) isn’t a bad option either.

DIN 66399 Shredder Specifications

As mentioned earlier, the DIN 32757 has been superseded by the DIN 66399. DINE 66399 has 7 security levels divided into three protection classes. As of this article (May 2013), I have yet to see any manufacturers using the new DIN 66399 to label their shredders in the USA. The biggest reason for the change in DIN standard is due to the changing world in which we live. Many people are now shredding optical discs (CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays), credit cards, film rolls, hard drives, USB drives, flash memory and much more.

DIN 66399 is broken up like this:

Security levels:
Protection Class 1

2

3

Protection Class 2

4

5

Protection Class 3

6

7

  • Security Level 1: General documents to be rendered illegible or invalidated.
  • Security Level 2: Internal documents to be rendered illegible or invalidated.
  • Security Level 3: Data media with sensitive and confidential data as well as personal data subject to high
    protection requirements.
  • Security Level 4: Data media with highly sensitive and confidential data as well as personal data subject to
    high protection requirements.
  • Security Level 5: Data media with confidential information of fundamental importance for a person, company
    or institution.
  • Security Level 6: Data media with confidential documents in the case of extraordinary security precautions.
  • Security Level 7: For strictly confidential data with the highest security precautions.

DIN66399 consists of 6 data media types. These are P (paper), O (optical data), T (magnetic media), E (electronic data), F (information in reduced form) and H (hard drives).

Data media P, which is paper, has these Security Level Specifications with DIN66399:

  • P-1: Max strip width of 12mm
  • P-2: Max strip width of 6mm
  • P-3: Max particle size of 320mm squared.
  • P-4: Max particle size of 160mm squared.
  • P-5: Max particle size of 30mm squared.
  • P-6: Max particle size of 10mm squared.
  • P-7: Max particle size of 5mm squared.

DIN 66399 Shredder Particle Size Specifications

At ABC Office, you can find our entire selection of paper shredders here.  We have decades of experience with paper shredders and would love to help point you in the right direction. Our Specialists are knowledgeable and won’t try to push you into a sale.

I hope you have found this article helpful. Please feel free to post your thoughts on this article in the form of a comment. Have a great day!

Best Way to Shrink Wrap Paper for Archival Storage

May 6th, 2013

Shrink Wrap Machines for Paper Archival PurposesDoes your business deal with stacks of papers, contracts, invoices or other paperwork and are looking for an effective way to package and archive this material? One of the most popular tools used to do just that is shrink wrap (found here). ABC Office has been selling shrink wrap machines for decades, with several models recommended for doing just this. I would like to answer a few common questions and offer a few machine recommendations.

Over time, businesses and organizations begin to accumulate paperwork such as invoices, contracts and other material. While it is a good idea to keep some of this paperwork accessible, eventually it becomes cumbersome and takes up too much space in a filing cabinet. Because most businesses don’t need paperwork going back more than a few years, many opt to archive older documents. Even here at ABC Office we eventually have to remove old invoices from our filing cabinets and archive them.

Shrink wrap has quickly become one of the most popular tools for archiving documents. This is because shrink wrap helps bundle and hold paperwork tightly together (thanks to the shrinking properties of the film). The plastic barrier created by shrink wrap also helps keep the paperwork protected, helping provide a barrier against insects, animals, moisture, dust and much more. We have customers that often use shrink wrap to bundle invoices and contracts alphabetically by year. They’ll take all of the invoices that are sorted by the letter “A” and shrink wrap those together. Customers will then take this paper and write on it with a marker or slap a label on it. These stacks of paper can then later be opened (if needed) and re-wrapped with shrink wrap film.

There are several factors to consider when buying a machine and film. I would like to answer a few common questions.

  • How much paperwork are you archiving? If you are only packaging a few hundred documents a day, a machine like an I-bar sealer (found here) may be adequate. If you are packaging a lot of paperwork per day, perhaps in the thousands of sheets per day, I recommend you use a shrink wrap system (found here) that includes an integrated heat tunnel. Keep in mind that an I-bar sealer uses a heat gun, which does require the operator to manually shrink all four sides. If you are dealing with a cumbersome stack of paper, you may need something more robust than just a heat gun (especially when shrinking the bottom of the stack).
  • How large are the documents you are packaging? The size of the stack of paper you are packaging will be one of the biggest determining factors in which machine you purchase. You need to take into account the length, width and height of the stack you need to package. I recommend once you have established the width in height, that you add a few inches on top of that to ensure there is ample room. When it comes to establishing the sealing width you need, I recommend you add the width of the stack plus the height of the stack and add four inches to that number (Width + Height + 4″).
  • What type of film should you use? I would say this also depends on the size of the paper (length & width) and the height of the stack. If you are only packaging letter-size paper no more than a ream thick, you are probably going to be fine using 75 gauge PVC film. If the stack is thick, or the size of the paper sheet is large, you may want to use polyolefin film. Poly film has more flexibility to it (much like stretch wrap) and won’t break or tear nearly as easily as PVC film. You can find both our PVC and our Polyolefin film here.

At ABC Office we use the Compack 5800 (found here) to package our old letter size invoices. It is ideal for medium to higher-volume use. Again, the machine you use will depend on the job you need to do. Just be sure to take into consideration how much your volume may increase over the years. Please feel free to contact us at 1-800-658-8788 with any shrink wrap or document archival questions.

Things to Look for in a Food Portioning Scale

May 2nd, 2013

Food Portioning ScalesIf you run a farmers market, operate a coffee shop or need an effective way to weigh food for packaging or sale purposes, you may want to use a food portioning scale (found here). These scales are remarkably affordable and most are totally digital. These scales come in a wide variety of designs, depending on the weight capacity you need, measurement increments and much more. Here are a few things you may want to consider when shopping for a food portioning scale.

At ABC Office we sell a lot of scales. We offer food portioning scales, bench scales, warehouse scales, precision balances, mechanical scales and much more. Our most popular lines of scales are those made by Ohaus and Optima.

Having sold scales for many years, I have had the opportunity to speak to a lot of customers. As a result, I have come up with a list of common features and common questions that will help you sort through the huge ocean of scales currently available.

Maximum Weight Capacity – The first thing you will want to do is find a scale that will measure your heaviest item and go from there. All scales have a maximum capacity. Usually the higher the weight capacity, the larger the measuring increments, whereas the lower the capacity, the smaller (and finer) the measuring increments become.

Weight Increments – Different scales are capable of weighing and displaying weights in different increments. What you get depends on what you are measuring. If you are weighing something huge, you probably don’t need precision down to 0.1-gram increments. If you are measuring something small, however, you usually want finer weight increments. For example, a scale with a maximum weight of 3 kilograms may have weight increments of 0.2 grams, where a similar scale may have a maximum weight of 30 kilograms offering increments of 2 grams.

Weights Displayed – Here in the United States, people like to have their weights in pounds or ounces. Others may like kilograms and grams. Be sure the scale you buy displays the weight in the scale you prefer. Most scales will do both, but just be sure to double check.

Food Portioning Scales w/ Tower DisplayType of Display – You should be aware that the LCD screen may or may not be backlit. If you are using the scale in a dark or dim room, you may need something with a backlight. If you want customers to be able to see the weight measurements, you may even want to consider using a scale with a tower mount display.

Build Design – When buying a food portioning scale, I highly recommend you buy one with a stainless steel pan. Why is this? It is more sanitary. Stainless steel can easily be cleaned and wiped down and provides a very sterile environment for weighing food. You may even want to consider a scale that is entirely made of stainless steel if the food you are weighing has the potential of spilling over onto other parts of the scale.

Internal Storage – Some scales have built-in memory storage that can be set up to handle a variety of custom weighing jobs. This may involve tare values, weighing values or PLU values. This is especially helpful when selling fresh produce at a farmer’s market or in a store setting.

Printer – If you need to provide a receipt to a customer, you may want to consider a scale with a built-in thermal printer.

Ingress Protection Rating – You may have noticed that many scales have an IP rating. Our Optima scales, for example, are rated IP-65 and IP-67. The IP stands for Ingress Protection (by ISO), which is a rating designed to determine how well an electronic handles conditions such as dust or rain. The first number after the IP is how well the electronic handles protection from solids. This is based on a scale fro 0-6, with 6 being the highest.

The second number is how well it handles an intrusion by water. This is based on a scale from 0-8. A rating of 7 means it can handle immersion in a meter of water for about 30 minutes, where an 8 means it can be continuously immersed in a meter of water. This rating is often applied to such electronics as outdoor cameras as well.

Our IP-65 scales are splash proof, where our IP-67 scales are washdown proof (waterproof). You can read a lot more about Ingress Protection Ratings by visiting this helpful site.

Here is a nice chart (courtesy of 2mcctv.com) that shows exactly what the two IP numbers cover:

Igress Protection (IP) Rating Chart

Do you still have questions? I wouldn’t be surprised if you do, especially if you are new to food portioning scales or food bench scales. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We would love to help you out. You can find our entire selection of food portioning scales here.

New Gravity Drop Sealers Now on ABC Office

April 25th, 2013

Preferred Pack PP615-402 Gravity Drop SealerHave you ever wondered how food, such as tortillas, is packaged in those bags you see at the grocery store? Much of it is done by using a gravity drop sealer (found here). These same sealers are also used to package T-shirts, towels, books and much more. If you are in the market for a drop sealer, or if you are just curious how they work, I would like to introduce you to two new models we just added to our site. These are the Preferred Pack PP615-402 (found here) and the PP620-405 (found here). I would like to cover exactly what these machines do and include a video.

Gravity drop conveyors are special packaging machines that use gravity to help package products in a bag. In a nutshell, a product is placed in a bag, then sealed and finally dropped into a catch tray or bin. This process is repeated over and over as products are packaged throughout the day.

The new Preferred Pack drop sealers we just added take this process a step further by automating much of it. Our drop sealers include the addition of a bag opener, to help facilitate the packaging process. The bag sealer takes a bag from the top of a stack and opens it using forced air. A product is then inserted into this bag where it is slid down a gravity slide. Special holding pins help prevent the bag from sliding the rest of the way down. A sealing jaw then seals the bag shut and cuts off excess plastic. These machines then use a burst of air to clear off the excess plastic, after which the holding pins are released, allowing the bag to continue its journey into a catch tray.

Here is a video demo of one of these new drop sealers in action with tortillas:

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As you can see the process has been streamlined and is remarkably easy to do. This is a must have tool if you are packaging a lot of food (or non-food) items on a daily basis. The packaging is extremely professional and the end results (including the seal) hold up well with handling.

We currently offer two different versions of this drop sealer on our site. These include:

  • Preferred Pack PP615-402 (found here) – This version of the drop sealer includes the bag opener and includes a sealer that can be used with bags up to 15″ wide. It can be operated at a speed of up to 25 bags per minute. It can be used with a bag up to 10 mil thick.
  • Preferred Pack PP620-405 (found here) – This version of the drop sealer also includes a bag opener and features the ability to seal bags up to 20″ wide. Like the smaller model, this can also be used to package about 25 bags a minute. This model can also be used with packaging bags of up to 10 mil thick.

Both of these gravity drop sealers feature a warranty that guarantees they will be free from defects in materials and workmanship for two years. If you have any questions about these sealers, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of packaging machinery here.

Semacon S-140 Coin Counter & Sorter Review

April 23rd, 2013

Semacon S-140 Coin Counter & SorterIf your business or organization deals with literally thousands of coins on a daily basis, you probably need a coin counting machine (found here) that is fairly heavy duty to keep up with the daily volume. One of the most common errors I find when customers purchase a coin counter is under estimating their volume, which often results in a short lived machine. Using the wrong machine for a large volume of coins will eventually burn out the motor. If your coin counting volume hovers around medium to high-volume amounts, you may want to consider using a coin counter and sorter like the Semacon S-140 (found here)

Before I go into too much detail on the S-140, I would like to go into just a small history of Semacon. Semacon has been around since about 1998 and has built a reputation for making some of the highest quality bill counters and coin counters in the industry. Unlike many competitors, Semacon burns in their machines prior to sale to ensure they will work right out of the box. We have been selling Semacon products for years and I can say that they are easily in my top three favorite brands of money handling equipment manufacturers.

I bring up the history of Semacon prior to this revue because I feel it offers some insight into this particular product. Semacon machines often do cost a little more than the competition, but the quality and manufacturer backing (in my opinion) justifies the slightly higher price. I figure it is better to buy a machine that will last for many years than one that will last for one or two years.

The S-140 is a heavy-duty coin counter and sorter. It is the type of counter you want to have if you bag or roll large volumes of coins. It includes an attachment ring that allows bags to be connected and optional coin tubes can be used for coin rolling. This particular model is very popular with vending machine businesses, car wash businesses, arcades and other businesses that handle thousands of coins a day.

The Semacon S-140 is particularly popular because it is extremely fast, operating at 1,800 coins per minute, and it has a very large tray capacity (4,000 coins based on dime diameter). The S-140 will display the amount of coins counted, the total value and allows for coin batching via a keypad. It includes an offsort bagging attachment and an offsort tray.

Semacon S-140 Coin Roller Tube AttachmentsSo how does this machine work? You will see on the picture that there are two dials. One dial sets the thickness of the coin and the other sets the diameter of the coin. Once these two settings have been adjusted, you can begin sorting and counting. If you are counting quarters, all other denominations will be sent out the side of the machine via the offsort tray or offsort bag. It is designed to count and sort one denomination at a time, which is a must for proper bagging and coin rolling. Once one denomination has been counted, sorted, bagged or rolled, it can be adjusted for the next denomination.

The standard S-140 can be used for counting US pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, 50-cent pieces and dollar coins (1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢, $1 SBA). It can also be used to count other sizes and diameters of coins, tokens, Euros and other coins by adjusting the two dials. A Canadian version of this is also available with pre-defined settings for use with Canadian coins. The diameter variance ranges from 14 to 34mm and the coin thickness variance ranges from 1 to 3.5mm.

We have been selling this machine for some time now and I can vouch for the fact that it is a solid and reliable machine. It has Semacon’s guarantee, which is invaluable, and features a one-year warranty that covers parts, labor and shipping.

Do you still have questions about this coin counter? Please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-658-8788. We would love to help answer your questions. You can find the Semacon S-140 here and our entire selection of coin counters and sorters here.

PTI Wall-Mounted Time Card Rack Review (400-3 & 300-1)

April 16th, 2013

PTI 400-3 Plastic Wall Mounted Time Card RackOne of the best ways to keep time cards organized and in check is to use a time card rack. These useful organizational tools come in a variety of shapes and designs, with a vertical alignment being most popular. If your business or organization is in need of a model that is solid, durable and reliable, you may want to check out the PTI 400-3 adjustable time card rack (found here) or the PTI 300-1 time card rack (found here). Here are a few reasons why you may want to consider using one of these for your business.

To begin with, time card racks provide a useful tool for organization. I have personally worked at businesses that used time card racks and others that simply used a drawer. The business that only used a drawer had to deal with missing time cards, frustrated employees and inaccurate payroll. The businesses that used a time card rack dealt with much fewer issues and employees were happy to find their time card in the same place every time.

Both the PTI 400-3 and 300-1 time card racks feature a vertical design that consists of 25 time cards. While it is nice to have an individual slot for each time card, these pockets can fit more than one if needed. Many of our customers, especially those with many employees, will purchase multiple units and mount them on the wall side by side. Both time card racks include all necessary hardware for mounting it to the wall.

PTI 300-1 Wall-Mounted Metal Time Card RackBoth of these time card racks are great options, depending on what you need. The biggest difference between these two racks is that the PTI 400-3 is made from impact resistant plastic and the PTI 300-1 is made from metal. Both hold up remarkably well in a business environment.

The PTI 400-3 is made from heavy-duty industrial plastic that is designed to hold up with daily use. It will not bend, chip or dent. Because it is plastic, you don’t need to worry about sharp edges or rust. The pockets will hold cards that range in width from 2.5″ to 5′ and in height up to 2.25″ to 10″. This time card rack is easy to adjust to your time card size.

The PTI 300-1 is made from powder coated metal. It has a nice smooth charcoal gray finish. It can accommodate time cards ranging in size from 4″ wide up to 9″ tall. This heavy-duty time card rack is ideal for industrial environments where it will experience heavy usage on a daily basis.

PTI makes time clocks and time cards, so it should probably come as no surprise that both of these racks are some of the best single column time card racks you can buy. As mentioned earlier, they can easily be mounted side-by-side for larger businesses and for situations where multiple pockets are needed.

You can find our entire selection of time card racks here and time clocks here. Please give us a call at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. Thank you for reading.

New Wood Floor & Tabletop Lecterns Now on ABC Office

April 16th, 2013

When it comes to giving speeches and presentations, having a nice lectern to stand behind really enhances the experience and provides a focal point that makes the entire presentation a success. At ABC Office we offer a wide selection of Lecterns (found here). To date, we have over 30 different models to choose from. These lecterns range from models as simple as a tabletop design to an exact replica of the President’s podium. I would like to cover over a half dozen new models we have just added to our site.

In just the last two weeks, we have added lecterns from manufacturers such as Executive Wood, AmpliVox and Oklahoma Sound. We only add the best to our site, so I can safely say that these podiums are solid products. Some of our new lecterns, from AmpliVox and Oklahoma Sound, even include built-in amplifiers, speaker systems and wireless microphones to enhance the experience. In fact, some are rated at being adequate for providing sound for an audience of over 2,500 people.

Here are our new lecterns sorted by manufacturer.

EXECUTIVE WOOD

  • Executive Wood The Patriot Wood Oak Floor LecternPatriot-TT PAT023TT Tabletop Lectern (found here) – This lectern a full sized top that sits on the top of a table. It features a large surface and a big compartment underneath for storing stuff. This is called the Patriot in part because it is made in the USA using wood from the USA.
  • Patriot PAT023 Floor Lectern (found here) – This is one of the most affordable floor lecterns we offer. Made in the USA, this version of the Patriot ships fully assembled and is almost always in stock for fast shipping. Unlike many other lecterns, this one is made from real wood.

OKLAHOMA SOUND

  • Oklahoma Sound 111PLS Power Plus Floor LecternAristocrat Model 600 (found here) – This is the most affordable full-blown floor lectern we offer. While it is fairly basic in design, it does feature things like casters, shelves and even a fold-out side shelf, making this lectern highly versatile.
  • Model 111PLS Power Plus (found here) – This lectern is classy and features a built in amplifier and speakers. It has a modern design and can be used to speak to an audience of about 900 people. The amplifier is feature reach and includes several inputs and outputs. Choose from several colors.
  • Model 401S Clear Acrylic Lectern (found here) – This lectern is complete transparent thanks to tough acrylic material used in its construction. This lectern looks great, is easy to clean, is very durable and still includes all the features you would expect to still find in a lectern.

AMPLIVOX

  • Amplivox Victoria Floor LecternVictoria 3025 Tabletop Lectern – This lectern is available in a non powered (found here) and powered version (found here). The Victoria tabletop lectern is extremely classy and is easy to set up just about anywhere. The powered version of this includes an amplifier and a speaker in the front and is available in a wired or wireless version. It includes a reading table that can be set in a flat position (for use with laptops) or in an angled position (for use with paper).
  • Victoria 3020 Floor Lectern – This lectern is available in a powered (found here) and non powered version (found here). This lectern is extremely versatile. The top of it can be removed for tabletop use, making it extremely mobile. It also rests on four casters, making it easy to roll around a flat surface. The powered version of this lectern includes an amplifier (50 watts), microphone (wired or wireless depending on the version) and the front is fitted with four speakers for use in a room of about 2,500 people.
  • Aplivox Oxford Floor LecternOxford 3010 Floor Lectern – The Oxford is available in a powered version as the SS3010 / SW3010 (found here) and in a non powered version as the SN3010 (found here). This lectern features a modern block design that is perfect for a university, school or church setting. Like the Victoria, the Oxford also features a detachable top for use as a tabletop lectern. It also features casters for mobility and includes multiple shelves. When the top is removed, the bottom portion can be used as a utility cart.
  • Elite S355 Lectern With Sound (found here) – The Elite is a very mobile  lectern with a traditional larger base and surface. This lectern is powered and features a 50 watt multi-media amplifier and a Jensen speaker. This compact lectern is ideal for use in a room of up to 1,000 people. It is light enough to use in different rooms and can be operated on 10 D-cell batteries for up to 200 hours. This is excellent for use in smaller rooms, chapels and other venues.

So there you have it! All of our new lecterns. We are continually adding new lecterns, so please be sure to check our selection of lecterns often. You can find our entire selection of lecterns, podiums and pulpits here. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-658-8788.

Akiles CardMac Business Card Cutter Review

April 9th, 2013

Akiles CardMac Business Card Slitter & CutterHave you ever wanted to create your own in-house business cards, but didn’t quite know where to start? The process is remarkably easy. All you need is a template for your computer, a printer and a business card cutter to finish the job. The business card making process is remarkably fast and is an effective method for individuals and small businesses to create their own cards. One line of machines you should consider using is the CardMac from Akiles (found here). There are four different versions to choose from.

Before you pick a business card cutter (aka slitter), you will need to answer two questions. First off, do you need a full bleed business card cutter and secondly do you want the machine to be manual or electric. I would like to go into more details on what a full bleed is.

Full Bleed Business Card – If you want color on your entire business card, from edge to edge, you are going to need a business card cutter that can cut out your cards without any white margin showing. Full bleed business cards use a special gutter cut template that allows bleeding of color over the edges, allowing for edge-to-edge color. The template for a full-bleed card is more complex than a standard business card template and requires a business card cutter capable of trimming out the cards. You cannot effectively create full bleed business cards with a standard no-bleed business card cutter.

No Bleed Business Cards – These are your more traditional business cards and feature a template with a mostly-white background. These business cards usually feature a logo, a name, some text and some contact information. They can feature rich colors, but don’t rely on the ability or need to print color all the way to the edge of the card.

Full Bleed Busienss Card Using Gutter Cut Pattern & Standard Business Card Pattern

So as mentioned before, Akiles offers four different CardMac business card cutters. Two are electric, two are full bleed and two are no bleed. I would like to cover each of these four models in some detail.

MANUAL AKILES CARDMAC

  • Akiles CardMac ACM-NB No Bleed Business Manual Card Cutter (found here) – This is a manual business card slitter that features the ability to cut cards by either turning a hand crank or a dial (both included). This cutter is designed for use with no bleed business cards using a 12-up business card template pattern. Simply print your cards, insert them into the feed tray and start turning the handle. This business card cutter requires two passes to create the cards. This can be later upgraded to an electric machine.
  • Akiles CardMac ACM-B Bleed Business Manual Card Cutter (found here) – This is almost the same as the above-mentioned machine, but uses a cutting pattern designed to handle full bleed business cards. It can be used with paper up to 0.3mm thick (12 mil). This machine uses a 10-up business card pattern. Like the ACM-NB, this machine can also be upgraded to an electric unit. The finished card size is 2″ x 3.5″.

ELECTRIC AKILES CARDMAC

  • Akiles CardMac ACM-EB / ACM-ENB Electric Business Card SlitterAkiles CardMac ACM-ENB No Bleed Electric Business Card Cutter (found here) – If you need a little added speed and a little less manual involvement, the ACM-ENB electric business card slitter is a great option. This cutter is designed for use with no bleed business cards and features a 12-up cutting pattern. Like the manual versions of these cutters, this model still requires two passes of the card. This is pretty much the same as the ACM-NB, but with the optional electric motor already attached.
  • Akiles CardMac ACM-EB Bleed Electric Business Card Cutter (found here) – If you need a full bleed electric business card cutter, the ACM-EB is the model you will need. This Akiles CardMac has a motor attached to the side. Load up your 10-up pattern full bleed business cards into the slitter and let the sheet run through (vertically). Then take those and run them through the machine again to finish the business card process. This equals out to be about 60 cards per minute.

The only real weakness I have found with these business card cutters is that they use friction to pull paper into the machine for cutting. This is excellent when cutting standard finish paper and card stock, but may cause some slippage with glossy or coated paper.

If you have additional questions about these machines, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of business card cutters and slitters here.

Lassco CR-55 2″ Corner Rounder & Cutter Review

April 5th, 2013

Lassco CR-55 Corner Rounder & CutterLassco is known for making some of the finest corner rounders available under the brand Cornerounder (made in the USA). Their machines are the most popular because the can be used to cut a lot of paper and the dies are interchangeable, eliminating the need to purchase multiple machines. One of Lassco’s most recent machines is the CR-55 corner cutter (found here). This new machine goes in a different direction than the older Cornerounders. So is this machine for you?

If you have used a corner rounder like the CR-20 or CR-50, both of which are excellent machines, you may be familiar with their socket style dies that can be pulled out and inserted to accommodate different radii patterns. While the CR-55 does allow different radii patterns, the cutting unit is completely different. This design change was needed to accommodate a larger cutting capacity. Most Lassco Cornerounder machines have a ½” cutting capacity. The CR-55 has a huge 2″ cutting capacity.

Lassco CR-55 Radii Blade Die Set #1Rather than using a socket style cutting die, the CR-55 uses a special die set that consists of a die and a couple of blades. The die is mounted to the base of the cutter’s table. The cutting blade is mounted to the moving mechanism that is pressed down on the paper. The ¼” die can be mounted 180 degrees to accommodate a 3/8″ radius. The ½” die can also be flipped around to accommodate a 1/8″ radius. Because of the way the die and blade are designed, the blades are sold in sets. Radius set one includes a ¼” & 3/8″ die and blade. The radius set two has a ½” and 1/8″ die and blade.

The CR-55 cutting unit is set in a floor design that 43″ high, making it easy to use by most people. This design also frees up desk and table space. The table area measures in at 20″ x 20″, which is amble room to accommodate both small and large sheets of paper. Large paper guides, leading up to the cutting blade, make it extremely easy to align paper. Because the guides are set at about 2″ high, this also makes it easy to jog the paper into place. A CR55-PB is an optional wood paper alignment tool that can be used to further job the paper into place.

Using the CR-55 is extremely easy. Once the correct die has been mounted and the paper is in place, simply press down on the foot pedal to bring down the cutting blade. Lassco has designed this cutter to make cutting exceptionally easy with little pressure. The foot pedal design allows you to use your own weight to depress the pedal while freeing up hands for quickly removing and re-adding more paper.

Due to its durable design, the CR-55 is excellent for repeated use throughout the day. People use this corner rounder for cutting the corners off of playing cards, business cards, greeting cards and other paper material. It can be used for cutting through standard paper or for cutting through plastic sheets, including laminated paper and poly covers.

If you have any questions about this corner rounder, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. You can find the Lassco CR-55 corner cutter here. You can find our entire selection of corner rounders here.

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