Should you choose PVC or Polyolefin shrink film?

October 10th, 2008

There are two types of shrink wrap film typically used with shrink wrap machines. These are PVC and Polyolefin shrink wrap. Both are very popular, but both have several differences that you will want to be aware of before purchasing shrink wrap supplies.Shrink Wrap Machines

You may be most familiar with PVC shrink wrap film. This is because most DVDs, CDs and software boxes are packaged with PVC film. PVC film is typically a little less expensive than Polyolefin.

PVC film is more brittle, making it easier to break open. This is nice for opening packaging, but is a disadvantage if you are shrink wrapping multiple products together. Why would that be? This is because the brittle properties of the PVC film could cause packaging of multiple items to rupture more easily than Polyolefin.

PVC film emits an odor that some people may not appreciate. It is recommended to use PVC film in a well-ventilated room. PVC film is not safe to use with food.

Polyolefin film is growing in popularity, especially because it is safe to use with food. The stretchy properties of Polyolefin film also make it ideal for group packaging of products. Polyolefin emits little to no odor.Shrink Wrap Film

Both types of film can be used with most shrink wrap machines, whether they be I-bar or L-bar systems. Both heat shrink guns and heat tunnels can shrink these types of film.

At ABC Office we sell both types of film in various lengths and thicknesses. Take a look at our selection of shrink wrap film here.

Does A Service Department Matter?

September 17th, 2008

ABC Office Service Department Does it really matter if a company has a service department capable of servicing their own equipment? My answer to that is yes. Of course it does.

There are a lot of office equipment dealers out there trying to get your hard-earned cash. Good for them, but there is one problem. Many dealers of office equipment are unable to service their own products. If a gear gets broken, a manual needs to be replaced or some other problem occurs, you’re out of luck.

What surprises me is that many Internet dealers have an “all sales are final” policy. This means if your equipment is faulty or you need to return something, you’re out of luck. Because this is typically in their Terms & Conditions, they have washed their hands free of responsibility.

ABC Office has its own service department with a full-time staff. We are able to repair our entire selection of equipment, order you parts and offer technical support over the phone. We back our products and know exactly how they work. You can rest assured that ABC Office has your back.

If you don’t want to bother sending your equipment into ABC Office for repair, we have a national network of repair departments capable of fixing your equipment on site. Just give us a call and we can hook you up.

You can visit our service department page online by going here.

Lightly-Used Office Equipment Gets A Second Chance

July 21st, 2008

As with any retailer / distributor, over time an accumulation of used and demo products will occur. At ABC Office, we have a large showroom that is full of demo products. Most of these pieces of office equipment have been used for demonstrations over the Internet via our Live Video Demos. The equipment is lightly used and in like-new condition. Many pieces have only been out for display.

ABC Office Showroom Floor

We also have an accumulation of returns that can no longer be sold as new. This means a customer purchased the product and either didn’t want it anymore or exchanged it for an upgrade. This equipment is often never used or has only been pulled out of the box a couple of times. We have a star rating system, from one to five, that lets you know how good a condition it is in.

Last, but not least, we have several closeout items. These are items that have been sitting in our warehouse, but need to be moved to make room for new stock. These products are brand new, but priced to move.

We now have a large online index of all three product categories: used, returns and closeouts. Products can be ordered online, and because they ARE in stock, they will usually ship out same day.

You can see the entire selection of used / closeout office equipment here: https://www.abcoffice.com/overstock-used.htm

Cross Cut Paper Shredders Misunderstood

June 16th, 2008

Shredded PaperI get a lot of questions from people asking me what the difference is between cross cut, diamond cut, particle cut and confetti cut paper shredders. The short and quick answer is that there is not really any difference between the various synonyms. The original and probably more correct terminology for paper cut in a criss-cross pattern is cross cut.

Cross cut is a generalized word that can be used to cover all the various shredding terms. Diamond cut paper shredders typically cut paper into very tiny diamond-shaped particles, but this is still referred to as a cross cut paper shredder. The same goes with confetti cut. Confetti cut shredders, which produce very skinny 1 to 2-inch long strips is also a type of cross cut shredder.

Cross cut is even spelled differently, depending on who you talk to. I have seen it spelled both cross cut and crosscut. Ultimately there really is no wrong answer, but you’ll probably confuse fewer people if you stick to using “cross cut” when referring to this type of shredder.

Shredded PaperCross cut shredders cut paper into various sizes and lengths. The different cut patterns are referred to as “security levels,” sometimes referred to as DIN 32757 (the official definitions). The higher the security level, the more secure your shredded information will be.

The highest security level currently available is security level 6, which is almost dust. This security level is used by the military and government for top secret shredding. While most people will not need shredder security level that high, I wouldn’t recommend going with anything under a security level 3 if you can help it.

You can see detailed specifications on all paper shredder security levels by going here: https://www.abcoffice.com/shredder_guide.htm#security

What’s a mil and how does it apply to lamination?

June 12th, 2008

LaminatorsWhen looking for lamination film, you have probably noticed the term mil come up. Lamination film is often available in 1.5, 3, 5, 7 and 10-mil thickness. Logically it would seem the higher the number the thicker the film. That would be correct. But what does the term mil stand for?

Mil comes from the Latin mille, which means a thousand. One mil, in lamination measurement terms, is a thousandth of an inch. Your standard credit card is 30-mils thick, which equals out to be 0.03-inches thick.

If you like to use pouch laminators, you may think that a 10-mil pouch is 0.010 inches thick. That would be incorrect. It is a bit of a trick question. Lamination pouches, when labeled 3, 5, 7 or 10 mils thick, are actually referring to one side of the lamination pouch (total of two sides). Combining both sides of the lamination pouch, the thickness is doubled. A 10 mil lamination pouch is actually a total of 20 mils thick once laminated, not counting the paper, photograph or card being laminated.

Roll Lamination FilmRoll lamination film, on the other hand, is a little less confusing. When you buy a roll of 5-mil film, you get a 5-mil roll. Remember, however, that roll laminators use two rolls of film to laminate a poster, map or whatever you need. Using a 5-mil roll on the top and a 5-mil roll on the bottom would be a total of 10 mils of film. Simple math.

Getting back to pouch laminators, you may have ordered a box of 7-mil lamination pouches and noticed on the box that it says 2/5. Yes, 2+5 does equal 7, but what does it mean? That number is letting you know that the pouch consists of 2 mils laminate glue and 5 mils of hard plastic, giving you the total of 7. This isn’t always labeled on the box, but often is.

You can read more about laminators and lamination by reading our lamination guide here: https://www.abcoffice.com/laminating_guide.htm.

Good luck laminating!

Scrapbookers & scrappers of the world unite and take over – Carl RT200

May 20th, 2008

In case you haven’t been around the past decade, scrapbooking is huge. It is a multi-million dollar business and is popular in both hard and computer formats. Although scrapbooking by means of a computer has its benefits, most of the people I know use traditional stamps, custom-printed cardstock, scissors, glue and printed photographs.Carl RT-200

Carl RT-200I have been asked on several occasions, by customers, family and friends, which paper cutter is the best for scrapbooking. A lot of it depends on what you plan on doing, but I have personally purchased the Carl RT-200 paper cutter for my wife and she loves it. I’ll explain.

The RT-200, although a low-volume cutter, is inexpensive and is packed with features. It uses a rotary blade, which ensures a straight cut every time. Not only that, but about 11 different blades are available depending on the cut you desire. This varies from a perforating blade and a deckle blade to scallop or Victorian blade. It cuts through cardstock and photographs without a problem.

You can find the Carl RT-200 cutter here. For the price you really can’t go wrong, especially considering the cost of ink stamps, thermography powder and other scrapbooking equipment. Good luck with your scrapbooking!

Hot wire foam cutters from Riema. Create custom packaging and more!

April 30th, 2008

We are always looking for new products and have just added some hot wire foam cutters from Riema. These new foam cutters are great for custom packaging and even for construction.

There are many uses of hard foam in construction and other industries: insulation of walls and roofs (such as rigid insulation, Insulated Concrete Forms, Exterior Insulation and Finishing Systems), design work (like on stucco and architectural trim), concrete work, packaging, hobbies, and many more.

The problem many contractors run into while working with hard foam is its difficulty to be cut into a desired shape. Knifes and saws create un-even and jagged edges. Further, they are never exact, create an immense mess, and one small cut takes a long time to finish.

The L-G-S 135R foam cutter from Riema cuts through foam quickly and precisely without creating a large mess. We have a video demo of the L-G-S 135R that you can watch right here.

We are excited about our new relationship with Riema. Stop by our Web site and take a look at these new foam cutters. We can also demonstrate these foam cutters live over the Internet.

Jam-free shredders. Can it be true? New GBC Shredmaster "Jam-Free" shredders.

April 25th, 2008

You have more than likely experienced a jammed shredder in your lifetime. It could be from accidentally shredding too much paper, or if you’re like me, you simply like to push your shredder to the limit. Who hasn’t grabbed 30 sheets of paper and tried to run it through a shredder? Although that’s probably not such a good idea, regardless of the shredder you’re using, there is now a new line of shredders that tout the title of being “Jam Free.”

GBC, the makers of Shredmaster, recently released a new line of “jam-free” paper shredders. These new shredders have sensors that detect when too much paper is being fed through. The shredders will let you know, by means of a red LED, that too much paper is being fed through the machine. Simply cut down the sheets being fed and your off to shredding paper again. There are no jams, no grinding noises and no visits to the repair shop.

One thing I really like about these shredders, other than the “jam-free” capabilities, is that they look nice. They are easy on the eyes and aesthetically pleasing. They will easily fit right in into any office or home.

A few of the models include the:

RSX128

RSX128

RDX1413 RDS1819 & RDX1619

GBC Shredmaster Jam Free Shredders

These shredders are available in strip cut and cross cut designs. We have a wide selection of paper shredders available, so stop by and look at the entire selection. Happy shredding!

Letter openers – What genius invented this marvel?

April 15th, 2008

You don’t often say, “What genius invented this?” when referring to a letter opener. That is exactly what I say, however, when presented with the task of opening hundreds or even thousands of letters at once. And no, I’m not referring to this kind of letter opener:

I’m talking about the Porche of letter openers. The machines that are fully mechanized and ready to open hundreds of letters in seconds. They range from hand-held electric letter openers to assembly-line style letter openers capable of handling bag loads of letters.

This is an example of a hand-held letter opener. It can be easily held in one hand, is completely portable and can be stored in a cupboard or desk drawer at the office.

Hand-Held Letter Opener

And this is an example of an industrial-strength letter opener. It is designed for high-volume industrial use. This is something you would see in a large business mail room. Although big, it is still relatively easy to set up and use.

Industrial-Strength Letter Opener

These letter openers are readily available at ABC Office. Take a look at this selection of letter openers.

Letter openers vary from speed, size and quality, but any of these models certainly beat using a pair of scissors, a knife or even your bare hands. Come and take a look. You’ll probably find something you like.

ABC Office has added several new "How To" binding equipment guides to its Web Site.

October 5th, 2007

How To BindWe are always looking at new ways to help educate our customers and help them learn more about the office equipment they are purchasing. Over the past few years we added several product category guides to our Web site loaded with information. You can find those guides by going here:
https://www.abcoffice.com/product_guide.htm.

We have just added three new “How To” guides to our Web site. The “How To” guides are different than the older guides because the offer more detailed information on specific products. The three new guides just added to ABC Office are the How To Comb Bind, How To Wire Bind and How To VeloBind.

Each guide includes detailed information on how to use the binding machines including step-by-step details and also includes links to video demonstrations of the products. You can find the three current “How To” guides here:

How To Comb Bind

How To Wire Bind

How To VeloBind

We plan on adding many more “How To” guides to our Web site over the coming weeks and months. Be sure to come back and check out our new guides!

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