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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:

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!

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:



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.

These machines 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:

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!

It is now easy for anyone to create their own business cards with the new Instant Card business card cutter.

September 27th, 2007

This month we added a new business card cutter to our Web site. This new business card cutter is called the Instant Card and is made by Tamerica. This new business card helps a wide variety of organizations and businesses to create their own business cards in seconds. All that is needed is a printer and the business card cutter. Once printed, a sheet of business cards can be cut down in seconds.

Businesses typically use business cards on a daily basis, especially in sales and trade show environments. Business cards are a great way to get your name out and build relationships/network with clients, customers and more. This new business card cutter is designed to help people and businesses save money by moving operations in-house.

This particular business card cutter is different from the rest because it can be used with glossy paper, photographic paper and a variety of cardstocks. It works with both laser and inkjet printers. Come take a look at the Instant Card business card cutter for yourself by going here.

ABC Office has added new MX series Polaroid-style ID cameras to its Web site.

August 20th, 2007

MX ID CamerasThis month we added three new ID and passport camera models to our Web site. These are the MX-2, MX-4 and MX-6 cameras. These cameras are designed to create quick and inexpensive photo IDs in a few minutes. The addition of these cameras increases our line of photo ID cameras to nine.

All of these cameras use a Polaroid-style film that takes and develops on the fly. All three new cameras use the same style of film. The MX-2 has two lenses designed to take photo ID pictures or passports, depending on the MX-2 model being used. The MX-4 camera has a total of four lenses and the MX-6 a total of six.

Many large businesses have switched over to digital cameras and printers. Traditional Polaroid-style cameras are still popular in schools, non-profit organizations and for novelty ID cards. This is due, in part, to the availability of the film and the inexpensive up-front cost of the equipment.

Creating an ID with the MX series cameras is an easy process. After being take, the picture cut to size using either scissors or a die cutter. Once cut, the picture is applied to a pre-made card and is then laminated. The ID card can then be placed in a badge holder or be punched for use with a lanyard. The process only takes a few minutes.

You can find our entire selection of cameras by going here.

ABC Office now offers service agreements online for new products.

July 10th, 2007

At ABC Office we are now offering service agreement plans available to all customers on almost the entire product line. These new service agreements will help give you peace of mind knowing that your newly purchased office equipment is guaranteed to work for the duration of the agreement. Our new service agreements are for a one-year period of time and
may be renewed.

The new service agreements guarantee the performance of the product for a year. The contract will cover shipping, parts and labor. You can read more about the service agreements here.

These new agreements should help you cut down on downtime and keep your business up and running.

You are probably already familiar with service agreements in others industries, such as automotive and electronics products. We are one of the first online office equipment retailers to offer this service. Our service technician has reported that the new service is already proving itself successful, after just a few days of being online.

These new service contracts can be purchased online through our shopping cart or may be ordered over the phone (800-658-8788). Feel free to look at and take advantage of this new service.

ABC Office now sells typewriters for the 21st century.

June 29th, 2007

TypewritersAlthough you may be surprised to hear people are still using them, ABC Office has just added a new line of typewriters to its Web site. These new typewriters are from the popular manufacturer Royal. Although typewriters may seem a little archaic to modern standards, many businesses and people still use typewriters to fill forms, documentation and write reports. To help facilitate this continuing need, ABC Office has added a total of six new typewriters.

Typewriters were commonly used during the 20th century for most documentation. Typewriters were clumsy, frustrating and difficult to use. Documents were re-typed to fix spelling errors and alignment was a problem. With the invention of the computer, many thought this would mean the end of typewriters.

These new typewriters have built-in spell checkers, LCD screens, memory and computer processors. These new typewriter capabilities and functions eliminate errors and save a lot of time for those who still need a typewriter. Many schools, lawyers’ offices, government entities and businesses still use typewriters. Royal typewriters are helping facilitate these organizations. Stop by our site and take a look at the new addition.

ABC Office adds two new money counters to its lineup.

April 27th, 2007

ABC V-10 Bill CounterAs many of you may already be aware, about seven months ago we decided to add our own manufactured line of money counters to ABC Office. We started of with three bill counters and one coin counter. These money counters have become a big hit, so we have added two new bill counters to the lineup.

These two new counters are the ABC V-30 and the ABC V-10. Both of these models are more compact than previous models and are designed for maximum mobility.

The ABC V-10 includes counterfeit detection measures that can scan the UV (ultraviolet), MG (magnetic) and WM (watermark) properties of a bill, making it easy to scan and count money. This new model, although small, can count up to 600 bills per minute and is light enough (1.5 pounds) to be transported from one business or location to another.

The  ABC V-30 is highly portable and is designed purely to count bills. It is small enough to fit in a purse or bag and is great for counting money at a variety of events. It is one of the few money counters that weighs in at less than a pound. It can even run off of batteries if needed.

Come take a look at our new money counters for yourself!

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