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How Safe Is Your Paper Shredder?

December 10th, 2009

Questions have been asked and urban legends have been created regarding the safety of paper shredders. There are literally millions of paper shredders in circulation today. It is a good idea to learn how to protect your children, pets and others from being hurt. That being said, how true are the urban legends and stories about people being hurt by shredders?

Chain e-mails have been passed around, and stories have been told about children whose fingers have been cut off or dogs that have had their tongues stuck in shredders. Many of these stories, at first, seem almost impossible. Sadly, many of them are true. There are documented cases of animals and children being injured. You can find a few of them here.

There are several reasons why older shredders can injure children and pets. This because many shredders have an auto sensor that can detect paper being inserted, automatically activating the motor. These types of shredders will also think an ear, tongue or finger is a sheet of paper as well, activating the motor.

Children and animals aren’t the only ones that can be injured by a shredder. Loose hanging clothing can get caught, jewelry can accidentally be pulled in and long hair can get caught up in the blades. Thankfully, lessons have been learned and most manufacturers now build shredders with safety precautions implemented.

A few of these modern changes involve setting the blades back farther into the shredder head. This makes it far more difficult for fingers to even reach the blades. Also, the throat on many shredders has been curved, making it next to impossible for a finger to reach the blades.

On of the most successful changes made to a shredder is SafeSenseTM, developed by Fellowes. SafeSenseTM Technology automatically disables the shredder when hands touch the paper entry. Whether it’s your child’s hands or your dog’s tail, SafeSenseTM Technology instantly stops the shredder from shredding when hands are too close.

What can you do if you own an older shredder? Here are a few recommendations:

  • Upgrade to a newer shredder.
  • Unplug the shredder when it is not being used.
  • Keep shredders out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Keep long hair pulled back.
  • Remove jewelry prior to use.
  • Be sure loose hanging clothing, such as neckties, are not in the way.

With this in mind, do not be scared away by paper shredders. Paper shredders are a great way to destroy sensitive information, old receipts, credit card applications and more. When used correctly, paper shredders are very safe and useful.

If you are in the market for a new safer shredder, or simply need a replacement, you can find ABC Office’s entire line of paper shredders here.

Xyron Laminators, Sticker Makers and Other Scrapbooking Tools

December 9th, 2009

Xyron laminators are pretty interesting little machines. They don’t fit under any of the more common laminator categories. They are, in a way, a type of roll laminator. Yet Xyron laminators do not use heat and use specially designed cartridges. Xyron laminators have grown in popularity among the scrapbooking crowd over the last 10 years.

Why are they so popular with scrapbookers (scrappers)? For one, they are very easy to use and are very portable. They are fairly inexpensive, for what they do. Because they are compact, they can easily be taken from one place to another. The biggest reason they are popular is because of what they can do.

Not only do Xyron laminators laminate photographs, paper and other material, but they can also be used to create stickers. Some cartridges apply adhesive to the back of the document for permanent applications and others are designed for temporary applications. This means that people can create a sticker from pictures of their kids, pets, family and more.

Most of Xyron’s lamination cartridges are acid-free. This means that paper will not yellow over time and photographs will not degrade. If you’re a scrapper, you know how important acid-free paper and lamination film can be. Xyron laminators range dramatically in size, from something as small as 9-inches up to a laminator that is 25-inches wide.

Xyron laminators are known as “green” laminators. This is because they require no power to be operated. They feature a manually operated hand crank. This means that a die-hard scrapbooker can add to their scrapbook by candlelight during a power outage or they can continue their scrapbooking efforts while camping.

You can find ABC Office’s selection of Xyron laminators here.

How Does A Check Signer Work?

December 9th, 2009

Check signers are used to sign checks, documents and other papers. Why are they so nice to have? Speed. They are fast. They get the job done quickly and for a business, time is money. They are commonly used for payroll, mailers and more. Set a stack of paper in the machine and let it do the rest.

Check signers use signature plates. A signature plate is a metal plate that contains the signature. The plate itself is usually curved and it is attached to a round bar that spins a full 360 degrees. As paper runs through the machine, the signature plate is inked and rolls over the paper, thus signing it.

There are two main types of check signers. The first type is a continuous forms check signer and the other is a cut sheet check signer. The model you use will depend on the type of paper you use.


Cut Sheet – A cut sheet check signer uses standard individual sheets of paper. These sheets can still contain perforations, but must be individual sheets in a stack. The cut sheet check signer will peel off one sheet at a time and sign it. Xerox copy machines use a cut sheet design.

Continuous Forms – Continuous forms check signers use continuous forms paper (surprise). This is the type of paper that used to be found in the old dot matrix printers. This type of paper is usually all connected and packaged in an accordion-like fashion. There are usually perforated sides with tiny holes used for feeding the paper through the check signer.

Check signers are usually built with security measures in place. This is to prevent a rogue employee or criminal from using it to print their own checks. Security measures usually include a key lock to access the signature plate and a pass code that has to be entered before the machine can be used.

Once checks are printed, they usually have to be torn apart. Since most pre-printed check paper is pre-perforated, a forms burster is perfect to do this job. Many check signers can be interfaced directly with a burster. The burster quickly tears the paper apart. Bursters are also usually available in continuous forms and cut sheet designs.

You can view our entire selection of check signers here.

Biometric Time Clocks for Employees

December 9th, 2009

Biometric time clocks are the latest in keeping track of employee time. They are easy to set up and have many advantages over traditional clocks. They utilize technology often only seen in James Bond movies. So what is a biometric time clock and what do they do?

Traditional time clocks allow employees to punch in and out of work by using a stamp card, a swipe card or a keypad. While these types of time clocks are still valid and useful, they don’t cut down on one of the most common types of time clock fraud…buddy punching.

Buddy punching occurs when a friend or colleague punches in on behalf of another employee, who may not even be there. This costs businesses money. Unfortunately it happens more often than you might think.

Biometric time clocks utilize either a hand or finger to punch in and out of work. This eliminates buddy punching as the individual has to be present to punch into work. Employers don’t have to worry about lost or misplaced cards either, which can be a huge security risk.

Early biometric time clocks developed a bad reputation due to the technology being in its infancy. This resulted in frustration because some employees experienced difficulty punching in. The technology is now much more reliable and accurate.

Most biometric time clocks are capable of exporting data for use with payroll software such as ADP, Paychex, QuickBooks, Excel, and more. This saves a lot of time over traditional punch-style time clocks, especially in a larger business.

You can browse our entire selection of biometric time clocks here.

Top 7 Best Coin Counters & Sorters

December 8th, 2009

Coin counters and sorters are probably some of the most timesaving pieces of equipment that we sell. Manually counting coins not only takes time, but also can lead to inaccurate tabulations and wasted money paying someone to count loose change. Coin counters can do what takes a human an hour in less than 5 minutes, often faster depending on the model.

Finding a good coin counter is important. Although all coin counters and sorters ultimately do the same thing, many have different features. A few things you may want to look for are:

Coin vs. Value – It is helpful to have a counter that not only tells you the total number of coins, but the value of those coins.

Batch Counting – This allows you to specify a total number of coins or money value to count before the machine stops.

Hopper Capacity – This is how many coins your machine can hold for counting. The higher the hopper capacity, the less often you will have to re-fill the machine.

Tubing & Bagging – Many coin counters put counted coins into bins. Many people want these coins put in tubes or bags. Not all coin counters can do this. Keep an eye out for this feature if you need it.

Denominations – This is the value of the coins you are counting. Be sure your counter can handle all the coins you need to count. Most counters can handle pennies up to quarters, but not all can handle dollar coins. Some coin counters can handle tokens as well.

Here is a list of some of our most popular coin counters offered today:

Top 7 Best Coin Counters

ABC110 Coin Counter

ABC440 Coin Counter / Sorter

Cassida C100 Coin Counter

Semacon S-100 Series Coin Counters

Semacon S-520 Heavy Duty Coin Sorter

Klopp CE Series Electric Coin Counter/Wrapper/Bagger

Klopp CS 3310 Electric Coin Counter/Sorter (Heavy Duty)

Have a question about coin counters or sorters? Post them here and I’ll do my best to answer them.

Neck Lanyards, Wrist Lanyards & More For Your ID Badges & Cards

December 8th, 2009

In a post 9/11 world, businesses and organizations are upping security more than ever. Unfortunately it is a necessary reality. An integral part of security is the ID badge or security card.

These pieces of identification are often presented at entryways, used to log in and out of work, access rooms and much more. Keeping these cards in a wallet obscures them and makes them difficult to use and access. This is where the lanyard comes into play.

Lanyards are usually designed to be attached to an ID card and be worn around the neck, although this is not always the case. Lanyards typically attach directly to the card, through a slot-punched hole, or to a badge holder with a specially designed hole or slot.

Lanyards come in a wide range of colors, shapes and designs. Many even include a breakaway design in case the lanyard becomes suck in machinery.

At ABC Office, we sell four different types of lanyards.

  • The first, and most common style is the neck lanyard.
  • The second style is the wrist lanyard, which (surprise) is worn around the wrist. Wrist lanyards usually consist of plastic coils (like a phone cord) that attach to an ID card.
  • The third type of lanyard is the key ring lanyard, which allows you to attach an ID card to your key ring. Key ring lanyards are ideal for use with smaller key cards and ID cards.
  • The fourth type of lanyard, or retainer, we sell is the eyeglass lanyard. This lanyard is not designed to hold an ID card, but rather eyeglasses and safety glasses.

You can find our entire selection of badge lanyards here.

Cheap & Affordable Business Card Cutters – The CardMate

December 8th, 2009

Business cards make an impression. It’s not just about the free lunch. Business cards are perfect for trade shows, meetings and much more. Did you know making business cards is actually pretty easy? It is. Simply print out your business cards, using your own printer, and cut them down to size. A great way to cut them down is by using the CardMate.

From start to finish, you can literally create several business cards in less than a minute. The CardMate makes this possible. Simply place the printed cards in the cutter and turn the handle. The machine will do the rest. Although the CardMate is manually operated, it is remarkably fast. I have used this little machine myself. It even works with card stock.

Here is a video demo of the CardMate in action:

You can find the CardMate business card cutter here.

Top 5 Best Counterfeit Bill Detectors

December 8th, 2009

Have you ever been the victim of counterfeit money? It’s no fun. If you end up with the counterfeit money in your possession, you’re stuck with it. Banks won’t take it and the chances are pretty good that you’ll never get your merchandise back. What is the best way to cut down on this problem? A counterfeit money detector!

Counterfeit detectors come in all shapes and sizes. Some have UV lights and others have magnetic ink detectors. Based on my own experience, and what I have heard from customers, I have come up with a list of what I consider to be the top 5 best counterfeit detectors.

I hope this list helps put your mind at ease (if shopping) and points you in the right direction. Have questions about counterfeit detectors? Post a comment at the end of this post and I will do my best to answer it.

Top 5 Best Counterfeit Bill Detectors

  1. ABC-75 All-Round Money Detector
  2. ABC-95 Counterfeit Detector
  3. Cashscan Bill Scanner
  4. Cassida 3300 Counterfeit Detection System
  5. MD-118 FL Portable UV Money Detector

Top 5 Best Fellowes Paper Shredders For Gift Giving

December 8th, 2009

Looking for that perfect gift for mom and dad? Christmas shopping for parents is no easy task. I find myself banging my head against the wall every year wondering what I should get my own parents.

This may sound a little unconventional, but perhaps you should consider getting them a paper shredder. Why? Paper shredders are not only great for preventing identity theft, but they are also very fun to use.

Fellowes, in particular, has a great history making paper shredders. They make a great line of paper shredders for home use. Their shredders, especially the Intellishred line, are very safe to use thanks to SafeSense technology. If fingers are detected around the mouth of the shredder, it will automatically turn off.

Here is my list of the top 5 Fellowes paper shredders for giving as gifts. Shredders in this list have been chosen for quality, convenience and portability:

Top 5 Fellowes Paper Shredders

  1. Fellowes Powershred® PS-60
  2. Fellowes Intellishred PS-79Ci
  3. Fellowes Intellishred SB-89Ci
  4. Fellowes Powershred® PS-70
  5. Fellowes Intellishred SB-99Ci

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

December 7th, 2009

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.

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