ABC Office adds Fellowes paper shredders to their already large line of shredders.

January 16th, 2006

Fellowes Paper ShredderSince working for ABC Office, I have seen the demand for paper shredders grow significantly over the past several years. To help keep up with demand, we have increased our shredder line by adding the popular Fellowes brand paper shredders to our site. A total of 21 new shredders have been added. While all the shredders can handle paper, many of the new models can shred CDs, DVDs, credit cards and more. Come take a look at our new selection of Fellowes shredders by going here.

FellowesDocument shredding is one of the most important ways you can protect your identity. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) states, “To thwart a thief who may pick through your trash or recycling bins to capture your personal information, tear or shred your charge receipts, copies of credit applications, insurance forms, physician statements, checks and bank statements, expired credit or charge cards that you’re discarding, and credit offers you get in the mail.

Take a look at our useful fraud prevention ideas and paper shredder recommendations by going here:

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For information about a paper shredder that may work for you, call toll-free (1-800-658-8788) Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. MST. A knowledgeable customer service representative can then assist with answering questions regarding shredders.

High-power paper drills aren’t your standard paper punch.

December 27th, 2005

Paper DrillsAlthough it may not be the biggest topic of conversation, you may have wondered at one point in your life how holes get into reams of three-hole punched paper that you purchase at the store. Three-hole paper is one of the most widely used formats of paper used today. It is used in schools, homes, businesses and other organizations.

One of the most common misconceptions about paper drills is that the paper is not actually punched. It is drilled. Special hollow drill bits spin at high speeds and are pressed through the paper, cutting holes. The punched holes travel through the hollow drill bit where they are captured in a special tray. A one-inch stack of paper can be drilled through in less than five seconds. Some paper drills are capable of drilling through a 2 ½-inch stack of paper at once.

A common misconception is that normal wood drill presses can be used to drill paper. A normal drill bit, when applied to paper, tears it and creates unsightly burrs. Some people have actually tried to attach a hollow paper drill bit to a standard wood drill press. They are surprised when they discover it doesn’t work. The drilled paper holes that travel up the hollow bit get stuck in the bit. With no place for the drilled waste to go, the drill bit is no longer able to travel through the paper.

Some industrial wood drill presses can spin at much faster revolutions per minute (RPM) than a standard paper drill. This can be dangerous as the friction creates a lot of heat. Even with a normal paper drill, the hollow drill bits can be hot to the touch. Drill waxes and oils can be used to help reduce heat and extend drill bit life.

One-and three-spindle paper drills are commonly used, depending on the volume and job. Single-spindle paper drills often use a sliding base plate that can allow the machine to drill three holes.

Dave expresses his feelings regarding the newest Akiles binding machines.

November 18th, 2005

Akiles Binding MachinesI have worked with binding machines and office equipment for the last five years. I have worked with a variety of entry-level office equipment. As with just about anything, some models of binding machines are more durable and last longer than others. This is to be expected with entry-level office equipment vs. high-end office equipment.

A few months ago we brought in some of the newer Akiles binding machines from our warehouse to our showroom floor. We brought in about three different wire binding machines, two coil and one comb. I decided to shoot a few video demos to help give customers a better idea as to how they work. After a few
weeks of shooting videos and training people I discovered that these binding machines aren’t your usual run of the mill products.

The first thing I noticed is how heavy they are. They aren’t so heavy you can’t more them, but they are heavy
enough to let you know they are built well. Because they are made out of metal, they are very durable. For the cost, I would definitely go with an Akiles WireMac, CoilMac or MegaBind over any plastic comparable models. The punching was very clean and setting the machines up was even easier. The booklets I bound on all the machines looked very professional.

I would highly recommend viewing these products and checking out the broadband video demos available on several of the models. I am in the process of getting broadband demos available for the MegaBind comb binding machines. All these machines are made by Akiles. You can request a live video demo on all these models and receive one-on-one training from one of our sales associates. You can find these new binding machines by going here:

MegaBind (Comb Binding)

MegaBind 1E (Comb Binding)

WireMac (Wire Binding)

WireMac Duo (Wire Binding)

WireMac E (Wire Binding)

CoilMac ECI (Coil Binding)

CoilMac EPI (Coil Binding)

Is your piso mojado? New wet floor signs!

November 7th, 2005

Wet Floor Sign - Piso MojadoYou’ve probably seen the signs in your local grocery store. They are usually bi-lingual and say something as
simple as “Caution Wet Floor” and in Spanish “Cuidado Piso Mojado.” The bright orange, green or yellow catches the eye and immediately draws attention. Once seen, people begin to tiptoe and take caution. The end result is fewer accidents and a drop in lawsuits.

It can’t be prevented, and happens sometimes on a weekly basis. A jar of food breaks, an entryway is wet
from rain or the custodian has recently mopped the floor. That three year old may not be as potty trained as his mother may have thought. A combination of a slippery substance with smooth floor, cement or tile could spell danger. Thanks to the law of gravity, what goes up must come down. A slippery floor often means
people may come down. The end result is often not pretty.

ABC Office is proud to announce their new collection of wet floor signs. Unlike traditional cones, the new wet floor tent cone saves a lot of space and makes for a better sign. It is taller, brighter and has more visible surface area. The sign is spring-loaded and fits nicely in a cylindrical container that can be stored in a closet or hung on a wall.

When an accident happens, the container can be used to eject the cone with the flick of a wrist. It weighs very little, but is very stable. Thanks to a tripod design, the sign will not easily fall over. It utilizes the amazing design and capabilities of the ancient Egyptian pyramids and takes advantage of the very gravity that can cause injuries.

Wet floors are difficult to see, especially indoors. Water in low-lit areas of stores and businesses can be almost invisible. When the sign is used, people will usually be careful to steer themselves around the dangerous area. When the slippery floor is brought to the attention of customers and employees, people are usually able to properly prepare themselves for the slippery conditions. Prevention will eliminate costly injuries and liability issues. You can see one of these tent-style wet floor signs by going here.

ABC Office announces their new live video demos.

October 17th, 2005

Live Video DemosThe Internet has made it possible for you to purchase products without leaving your office or home. Although this is very convenient, some people find it difficult to purchase equipment, sometimes valued at thousands of dollars, without seeing it first. We recognize this concern and have found a unique way around this obstacle. The answer is an online live video demo.

We understand that many of you need information and training before spending your hard-earned money. Because we have our own warehouse and stock much of what we sell, we are able to demonstrate much of our office equipment online. It is a way of brining you right into the showroom, without ever having
to leave your seat. You and our service representatives can interact with each other, giving and answering
questions. This one-on-one training helps eliminate most fears and gives you the information you need to make a purchase. This is all done via the Internet and a Web cam.

Setup for the online video demo is very easy and requires little effort. It does have a few requirements that must be met before the training can be initiated. You must first have a broadband Internet connection, preferably DSL or faster. To maintain the highest level of video resolution possible, audio communication is made via telephone. This means you must have an available telephone line for communication with the customer service rep. One of the best features of the live video demo is that it is completely free of cost.

Live video demos are non-committal. We promise not to pressure anyone into making a purchase decision. The purpose is purely for education. Most people that participate in the live video demo are able to take the equipment, set it up and use it right out of the box. You can choose from a wide variety of office equipment. See available products and sign up for a free live-video demo by going here.

Product demos being offered cover shrink wrap systems, foil stamping, paper folding, digital duplicators, roll laminators, binding machines and more.

High-tech gadgets and equipment, once seen in spy movies, are now used in offices.

October 5th, 2005

Biometric Time ClockBiometric devices have been integrated into many devices such as door locks, computers, car ignitions and
more. Because biometric devices use physical features of people, they cannot be duplicated and provide maximum security. They are growing quickly in popularity due to their reliability and proven technology. One of the most recent applications of biometric technology are time clocks.

ABC Office now offers the new biometric Acroprint HandPunch time recorder. This new device uses an employee’s hand to clock in and out of work. Because the employee’s hand is used to check in and out, time cards and magnetic stripes are not needed. Employees no longer have to worry about losing a card or swiping an ID. All you need is your hand.  You can see an example of this device by going here.

Using biometric time clocks eliminates fraud and address several problems prevalent in older punch-style
time clocks. In the past, businesses experienced problems by having employees’ friends clock in on behalf of others, even though they were not actually present. These meant employers were paying workers for time not worked. With the introduction of biometrics, and the HandPunch time clock, employees must be physically present to punch into work. Friends and coworkers are now unable sign in for other people. This guarantees that time reported is accurate. This helps businesses run more efficiently and saves money.

The HandPunch uses geometry biometrics. It determines who the employee is based on the size and shape of their hand. The system does not capture fingerprints or palm prints. Hand geometry is highly accurate, and is generally not affected by rings, small adhesive bandages and false fingernails. Employees simply place
their hand on the HandPunch unit and punch in an ID number to clock in and out. Green and red lights let the employee know the status of each punch.

ABC Office announces a new partnership with Wooden Mallet Inc.

July 7th, 2005

Wooden Mallet Display RacksWe are proud to announce a new partnership with Wooden Mallet Inc. located in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
Wooden Mallet Inc. has been in business for 30 years and produces fine wood office products. Wooden mallet produces everything in-house with their own routing machines, laser engraving machines and state-of-the-art finishing system. This new partnership will increase our line of display racks by 62.

For the past 10 years, Wooden Mallet has ranked consistently in the top 100 of the Wood & Wood Products, Wood 100 Annual Report for Solid Wood and Panel Technology. The ranking is figured on the company’s percentage growth from the previous year. The annual sales volume of Wooden Mallet grew a massive 1300 percent from 1993 to 2002.

Wooden Mallet display racks are made from high-quality solid oak sides and components. This construction
provides a durable and solid product.  All components are pre-finished before assembly to ensure an even finish in all nooks and crannies, and a better protected product. The finished product does an excellent job of displaying magazines and brochures and looks professional in any environment.

The finishing system used by Wooden Mallet is one of the first of its kind in the Midwest. The system
uses ultra violet light to cure the finish; not only is the finish more durable, but the process meets the emission standards set by the Environment Protection Agency for many years to come. This means your display rack will be durable and will last through years of future wear and tear. Wooden Mallet display racks are a great investment.

We have hundreds of styles of display racks to choose from. Apart from Wooden Mallet display racks, we also have a wide selection of other wooden, plastic and metal display racks.

Display racks can be purchased as floor units, wall-mounted units, rotating units, corner units or as countertop units. You can see our entire selection of display racks by going here.

Secure your office, create gift cards and more with a digital card printer.

May 2nd, 2005

ID Card PrinterDigital card printers make photo identification easy and are now something any computer literate person can use. Thanks to increasing popularity and use, supplies are more cost effective and will run you less than
the older Polaroid-style composite photo ID cameras. With a complex and increasingly dangerous world, a digital card printer is a necessity for both security and safety.

Polaroid cameras used to be the norm for photo ID. A picture was taken, removed from the camera and about 60 seconds to two minutes after the picture was developed it was cut to size. The photograph was then later attached to a pre-printed template, where it was later laminated and punched for use with a lanyard or badge holder. Although Polaroid photo ID systems are decreasing in popularity, they still have their place with low-volume photo ID production and small businesses.

The newer digital card printers use a process called die sublimation, where the color ribbon uses several different colored panels to create a full-color image. The quality of the image is as good and in many cases

better than the older Polaroid-style composite ID systems. Most of these ribbons can create around 100 ID cards before being changed. Although the digital printer may seem like a large investment up front, the cost to operate it, purchase blank PVC cards and ribbons actually saves you money over the long run in comparison to the composite systems. Software can be used to help create a basic template

A digital photograph can then be placed on the template, a logo can be added and text written. The full-color card can later be printed as easily as using your ink-jet printer. The saved card and template makes replacement cards easy. Once the card is printed, it can be placed in a badge holder or be punched for use with a lanyard or badge reel.

Digital ID cards are commonly used for businesses, colleges and for other IDs. They are also used for hotel keys, gift cards and more thanks to an optional magnetic stripe encoder. Magnetic stripes are the dark lines located on the back of your common credit card. Lines of data can be written to that stripe with the digital card printer. Digital cards can also be factory built with a smart card encoder. Smart cards are computer chips that store data such as a name, address, account information and more.

If you work for a business, university or would like to create gift or novelty cards, a digital card printer may be for you. They will provide you with added security, versatility and the ability to create an ID card for any situation or occasion. To see our entire line of digital photo ID card printers, you can find them here.

Old cardboard can now be recycled into packaging material.

April 22nd, 2005

Cardboard ShredderOld cardboard is usually thrown away, incinerated, or thrown into a compactor. The owner of the cardboard will usually never see it again. Cardboard also takes up space and gets in the way. There is now a way to take that cardboard and turn it into free packaging material. This saves you both space and money while allowing you to be environmentally friendly by recycling old cardboard. This is a viable alternative to foam packaging
peanuts that make a mess and are non-biodegradable.

Since most warehouses receive boxes, packages and goods on a daily basis, there is usually an ample supply of new boxes. Many warehouses will be able to eliminate packaging peanuts altogether due to the continued supply of boxes. Because boxes are free or cost very little, money is saved by cutting back on other packaging materials. With gas costs on the rise, many warehouses see the need to turn to cost-saving practices such as cardboard shredders.

The process of taking cardboard and shredding it into packaging is very simple. Old unused cardboard is first run through a slitter that cuts the cardboard down to the ideal size for the shredder. Once the cardboard has been cut to size, it is then run through the cardboard shredder. The shredder takes the corrugated cardboard and cuts it into a waffle-like packaging material. The shredded material resembles an accordion
and is very pliable, allowing it to be easy molded around different objects. The finished product can be easily placed into a container for secure packaging.

The cardboard shredder itself has a small footprint and will easily fit in almost any warehouse. All shredding operations can be done in-house and the machine only requires one person for operation. Most people that use the shredded product are very impressed with how easy it is to use and how effectively it shreds the cardboard. Free shredded cardboard samples are available upon request.

You can see one of the many cardboard shredders available through a demo by going here.

An entire list of cardboard shredders can be found here.

What Are Vacuum Sealers and What Do They Do?

April 1st, 2005

Vacuum SealerWe are proud to announce the addition of chamber vacuum sealers to our line of packaging products. These new chamber vacuum sealers quickly and efficiently package food products in seconds. Vacuum sealers can be used to package a variety of food such as deli meat slices, salmon, green beans, pretzels, potato chips and more. Some people even use vacuum sealers to protect items such as baseball cards and photographs, by preventing water and contaminants from damaging the product.

It is not uncommon to find an inexpensive vacuum sealer at a department store for under $100. Although good for home use, commercial food packagers and grocers do not use these sealers because the take a long time to remove air from a bag and are not designed for high-volume use. High-volume vacuum sealers not only remove air from FDA-approved plastic vacuum bags, but they can also be connected to an optional nitrogen gas line for extended shelf life for potato chips and pretzels.

Vacuum sealers can be set to tightly wrap plastic around a product, or provide a secure and oxygen-free bag for long-term packaging. You can adjust the removed air to be anywhere from one to 99.9 percent. Potato chip manufacturers use a similar process. They will have about 50 to 60 percent of the air removed, and replace the oxygen with nitrogen for extended shelf life. Most of our vacuum sealers are available with a gas-line hookup. Replacing existing air with nitrogen that prevents bacteria, and other contaminants, from growing and keeps the food from spoiling. If you are removing 99.9 percent of the air, nitrogen is not needed. With 99.9 percent of the air removed, bacteria cannot easily grow.

The first step in using a vacuum sealer is to place your product in a bag. The bag is then placed inside the chamber. The top cover of the chamber is then pulled down. Once the air begins to be removed from the chamber, manual pressure on the lid can be removed, as it will stay in place by itself. The chamber then removes the designated amount of air (up to 99.9 percent) from the chamber. The machine then seals the bag shut and returns the chamber air pressure back to normal. The air in the bag is not returned to normal, because it has been sealed. The end result is a properly vacuum-sealed product.

We are continually trying to find products to help make our customers’ daily jobs easier. Our addition of chamber vacuum sealers will help do this. We have created a video demo on our new vacuum sealers. The demo is about 18 minutes long and can be easily viewed by going to this page . High-speed Internet will be required to properly view this video demo.

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