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Strongest & Most Heavy-Duty Binding Machine Styles

May 18th, 2010

Coil / Spiral Binding SuppliesA few days ago a customer asked me which binding style was the best. I asked him exactly what he meant by “best.” The customer then went on to explain that he worked in construction and had to bind plans and documents to take to the work site.

He told me that the bound documents would probably be tossed around, stepped on and abused. He then said, “I need something that will hold up through all this without falling apart.”

I then went on to explain to him the advantages and disadvantages of the different binding formats when being used in a construction environment. Here is a summary of what I told him:

Most Durable Binding Formats:

  1. Coil Binding – Coil binding (aka Spiral Binding) wins this contest hands down. Coils can literally be run over by a car and still maintain the bind. The pages turn a full 360 degrees and are perfect for a construction work site.
  2. Comb Binding – Comb binding is very durable, and affordable. Because the spines are made from plastic, they hold up pretty well. The bind, however, will show signs of wear faster that a coil-bound document.
  3. VeloBinding – VeloBinding is extremely durable and can withstand a lot of wear and tear. The downside, with regards to the customer’s question, is that VeloBound pages cannot turn a full 360 degrees, making this binding format less user friendly for a construction site.
  4. Wire Binding – Wire binding is probably the least durable of the common binding formats. Wire binding spines can be bent and do not hold their form well when exposed to rigorous environments.

Have a question about durable binding styles? Post your question here!

Why Use Oversized Report Covers?

May 13th, 2010

Oversized Report CoversAt ABC Office, we sell both standard and oversized report covers. Standard size covers measure in at 8 ½ x 11-inches, while oversized covers measure in at 8 ¾ x 11 ¼-inches. Standard report covers have square corners while oversized report covers have rounded corners. So why would you want an oversized cover?

Many binding formats, like coil or comb, bind paper in a way that the edges aren’t always squared up. Some people do not like this look. With oversized covers, the bound document maintains a more “organized” look.

Another reason some people use oversized covers is if the bound document includes tabs. Oversized covers help protect and cover tabs. Card stock report covers, poly covers and clear covers all come in oversized formats.

Standard 8 ½ x 11 sheets are still more popular, but oversized covers definitely have plenty of supporters. You can find our entire selection of report covers here.

Topaz SignatureGem LCD Spotted at the DMV

May 13th, 2010

Topaz SignatureGem LCD 4x3 Signature Capture PadSignature capture pads are hugely popular right now. They are used to capture signatures for contracts, creating forms, printing ID cards and much more. Now you can add DMV driver’s licenses to that list. Our Topaz line of signature capture pads is probably one of the most popular brands of signature pads found online today.

I was in the DMV this last Wednesday because my card was going to be soon expiring. I walked in, they took my picture and then asked me for my signature (to be placed on my new driver’s license).

I went up to sign my name and to my surprise, there was a Topaz SignatureGem LCD. I signed my name, the computer captured the information and I was given a temporary license until my new one comes in the mail. There it was on my temporary pass. My signature. The entire process was quick, seamless and took just seconds.

The specific model used is a 4×3 (four-inches by three-inches) in size. The SignatureGem LCD 4×3 is rated for 250,000 plus signatures, which makes it a perfect model to use in a DMV for making driver’s licenses. Pretty neat if you ask me.

You can find out more information on the Topaz SignatureGem LCD 4×3 by going here. Enjoy!

Coin Counter Video Demo Gone Wrong

May 13th, 2010

What happens when you shoot a video demo for a coin counter without thoroughly reading the instruction manual? This is what happens.

I had actually used a very similar coin counter in the past, made by Cassida, and thought I knew what I was doing. The ABC110, featured in the video, is actually very easy to set up. I have since learned my lesson. Enjoy!

Top Ten Best Bill Counters

May 13th, 2010

Top 10 Best Bill CountersBill counters play an important role in a retail environment. They are used in grocery stores, restaurants, dance clubs, banks and more. Finding a good bill counter is no easy task. There are hundreds of different models available today and finding one that will last is tough.

We have been selling bill counters for well over five years now, so we have a good knowledge base on what works and what doesn’t work. While I consider all the bill counters we offer online to be of good quality, I am going to highlight ten specific models that our customers are especially pleased with.  Enjoy!

Top 10 Best Bill Counters:

  1. ABC1150 Bill Counter (Top Seller)
  2. ABC1150 Ultra Money Counter
  3. Cassida Tiger UV Edition
  4. Semacon S-1100 Series Bill Counter
  5. ABC5500 Ultra Bill Counter
  6. Cassida Tiger Base Edition
  7. ABC6600 Pro Bill Counter
  8. Semacon S-1400 Series Counter
  9. Magner Model 20 Currency Counter
  10. Cassida 5510 UV Bill Counter

You can find our entire list of bill counters here. Let me know if you have any questions about any of the models featured by posting a comment. Have a great day!

Ream Cutters & Stack Paper Cutters – One In The Same?

May 13th, 2010

Ream Paper CuttersThe other day I had a customer ask me if there was any difference between a ream cutter and a stack cutter. That is a good question. A ream cutter is a cutter capable of cutting an entire ream of paper, which is about 500 sheets (two-inches) of standard copy paper. That’s a lot of paper. Stack cutters are designed to cut a lot of paper. The answer is to this customer’s question is yes and no.

Can some stack paper cutters cut a ream of paper? Yes. Can all stack cutters cut a ream of paper? No. Over half of our stack paper cutters, however, are capable of cutting an entire ream of paper. Most stack paper cutters are capable of cutting several hundred sheets of paper. We even have manually-operated stack cutters capable of cutting an entire ream of paper, such as the Dahle 848 and the Tamerica Guillomax Plus.

Stack paper cutters come in manual, electric, hydraulic, programmable and other variations. The type you choose depends entirely on how many sheets you need to cut, how often you need to cut them and if you plan on doing different types of cuts on a consistent basis. You can find our entire selection of stack (ream) paper cutters here.

Have some questions about ream paper cutters? Post your questions here and I will answer them for you. Happy cutting!

What Is A Multiplexer DVR And Why Would You Need One?

May 10th, 2010

Multiplexer DVR SystemsSecurity cameras are everywhere. They are a necessary evil used to monitor, track and catch shoplifters and other criminals. Setting up a security system may seem a little complicated up front, but don’t let that intimidate you. Security system installations can be much easier if the right equipment is used.

Most security systems utilize more than one camera, but how do you hook up more than one camera to a security screen? It is actually pretty easy, with the right piece of hardware. This is done by using a device called a multiplexer.

Multiplexers are designed to take multiple input signals from multiple cameras and output them to one or several monitors. Multiplexers come in a variety of models, but they are all designed to make it easier for one person to monitor multiple cameras at once. They can also be used in conjunction with a time-laps recorder for storage purposes.

Multiplexers are nothing new, but they have come a long way over the past 10 years. Many modern multiplexers include built-in digital video recorders (DVRs). These all-in-one systems can take in multiple video inputs, record them and easily play them back as needed.

EchoVue is one of the best-known manufacturers of DVR security systems with built-in multiplexers. Our EchoVue EV1607 has a total of 16 video inputs! EchoVue systems can be purchased with or without hard drives. Some of our DVR systems come with cameras as a complete package.

You can view our entire selection of EchoVue DVR multiplexers here.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas – Paper Cutters, Laminators & More!

May 7th, 2010

Mother's Day Gift IdeasIn need of a gift for your mother, but have run out of ideas? No worries. We have a few great gift ideas that our customers, and some of our employees, have used to put a smile on mom’s face for Mother’s Day. Here are just a few of those ideas:

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas:

Laminators: Laminators are always popular with mothers who like to collect photos of children or grandchildren. Laminators can be used to protect and preserve photographs. Consider the Sircle HQ-230 (found here) or the Fellowes EXL 45-2 (found here).

Paper Cutters: Paper cutters are very popular with mothers who like to scrapbook, cut photographs and create crafts. Carl brand cutters are especially popular (found here). Our Carl RT-200 is especially popular (found here).

Emergency Preparedness Kits: With all the earthquakes occurring throughout the world today, you can never be too safe. Let your mother know how much you love her by getting her a 72-hour kit. You can found all our 72-hour kits here.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Heat Shrink Tunnels vs Heat Guns

May 6th, 2010

There are several different types of shrink-wrap machines in existence today. Regardless of whether you are using an L-bar shrink wrapper or a straight-bar system, both machines will eventually require a heat source to shrink down the film. There are two ways of doing this. One method is done by using a heat shrink tunnel and the other is done by using a heat gun. Both machines have their pros and cons. Here is a breakdown on the two different methods.

Heat Shrink GunsHeat Shrink Guns – A heat gun looks very similar to a hair drier, but produces several times more heat. Many heat guns have the capability of being turned up to produce 1,000+ degrees of heat. A hair drier doesn’t even come close to that. I do, however, get people that ask if they can use their hair drier to shrink the film. I usually tell them, “If your hair drier is capable of burning off your hair, it ‘may’ work.” I say that in jest.

Heat guns are manually held and manually aimed to shrink the film. It usually requires a couple of passes. When shrinking film around a box, it is usually necessary to flip the box over to shrink the other side. A skilled heat gun operator can complete the entire shrinking process in 10-30 seconds, depending on the size of the product being packaged.

Heat guns are ideal for low to medium-volume use. They are perfect if you are packaging a few dozen items per day, but if you will be packaging hundreds (or more) a day, you will probably want to upgrade to a heat tunnel. You can find our popular HotShot heat gun here.

Heat Shrink TunnelsHeat Shrink Tunnels – Heat shrink tunnels are used for medium to high-volume packaging. Volume output can range from hundreds to thousands of products, depending on the machine. While many shrink-wrap systems now incorporate a built-in heat tunnel, many modern systems still use a separate heat tunnel.

Heat tunnels require a lot less manual interaction than a heat gun and can shrink film around an entire package in one single pass. The entire process can be completed in just a few seconds, depending on the machine and tunnel being used.

Once a product enters the heat tunnel, hot air is blown around the entire package. Because the air is so evenly distributed, and so quick, heat tunnels can often be used to package heat-sensitive products. You can find our selection of heat shrink tunnels here.

Still have questions about using heat shrink tunnels and guns? Post a comment here and I will answer your question. Have a great day!

Introducing: New Wooden Oak Fire Extinguisher Cabinets

May 4th, 2010

Wooden Mallet Oak Fire Extinguisher CabinetsI don’t know about you, but to me a bright red fire extinguisher clashes with existing furniture. Unless your favorite color is red, they are pretty unsightly. I understand that they are necessary and required by law. Currently most people either have them bolted to the wall, using a metal strap, or in an aluminum cabinet hanging on the wall.

There is now another option when it comes to safely hanging fire extinguishers on the wall while keeping them accessible and complying with safety code. This new alternative is Wooden Mallet’s fire extinguisher cabinets. These wooden oak cabinets are clearly marked, available in multiple wood stains and fit in nicely with existing furniture.

These new cabinets come with a wooden cabinet door, marked Fire Extinguisher, or with a clear acrylic window. These wooden extinguisher cabinets come in a 5-pound and a 10-pound design, depending on how heavy the extinguisher is. All wall-mounting hardware is included.

You can view these new wooden oak fire extinguisher cabinets here.

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