Brand Your Own Photographs, Books, Napkins and More With a Foil Stamper.

December 3rd, 2004

Foil Stamping MachineYou’ve probably seen it before. A metallic, shiny logo or name that appears on books, photographs and other products. How is it done? Is the process complicated? The process is called foil stamping. You will be surprised how easy it is and who actually uses it.

Foil stamping is very easy to use, and looks clean and professional. Foil stamping involves a thin layer of metallic foil that is pressed, with the use of a die, into a product. By use of heat, any foil that touches a surface is fused to it. Because the die presses into the surface, the foil fuses everywhere pressure is applied.

What are foil stampers usually used for? Foil stampers are most commonly used to stamp a name into a book. You will often see books with an individual’s name in metallic lettering at the base. Foil stampers are
also commonly used for photographs. Usually photographers will stamp their company name or the individual’s name into the photograph. This will usually be seen diagonally on a corner. Foil stampers are also used for weddings to stamp the name of the couple into a napkin or an announcement.

Foil stamping machines come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Desktop units are lightweight and are manually operated. These stampers are nice for low-volume jobs. Desktop foil stampers can be easily transported and setup.

Larger machines are available for high-volume foil stamping. Some foil stampers are available in a pneumatic (air-powered) design. Pneumatic foil stampers operate very quickly and eliminate a lot of manual work.

Foil stamping foil is usually sold in rolls. These rolls are available in different lengths, colors and styles. Some foils stick better to leather, wood, paper, vinyl or plastic. Always be sure you know what you are going to be stamping before purchasing a foil stamping achine or supplies.

ABC Office Announces New Line of Office Furniture, Chairs and Workstations.

November 12th, 2004

Office FurnitureABC Office is please to introduce a new line of office furniture. The furniture is designed to help purchasers, on a budget, find new furniture they can afford.

Hours are spent in the office, often staring at a computer screen. Because so much time is spent in the office, it is important that the environment is tolerable. Many workers still sit in front of cold, dreary, World War II era military surplus desks. When employees are placed in a more pleasant environment, they will be more productive.

Budgets can often be tight. Purchasing managers are expected to do a lot with little money. ABCOffice.com has heard these concerns and is pleased to announce a new line of European inspired furniture. These desks are designed not only to look good, but also save space while providing functionality. These desks can hold a computer, monitor, printer and more. There are several models, colors and styles to choose from.

Along with a workstation, or desk, a comfortable chair is also an important part of maintaining a good working environment. Older chairs can lose their support, and some models don’t provide enough support. This can lead to back problems and other aches that divert attention from the work at hand. Height adjustment, mobility and back support are very important. It is also recommended to always keep your office chair adjusted, so the computer monitor is at eye level and a full arm’s length distance away to prevent eyestrain.

Counterfeit Money Continues to Be a Problem As the U.S. Government Changes Bills. Are You Safe?

November 8th, 2004

Counterfeit Money DetectorCounterfeit money is a growing problem that continues to grow with technology. Color copiers, printers,
scanners and high-tech software make counterfeiting money easier than ever before. Criminals can use a personal computer to quickly create a counterfeit bill that can pass by the naked eye as legal tender. This growing problem is costing businesses around the world thousands of dollars in lost revenue

Although many counterfeit bills may pass the naked-eye check, many additional features are put into a bill for easy authentication. Many counterfeit detectors are now available to help thwart counterfeiting efforts using several methods to detect fake bills.

These are some of the methods currently available:

Currency created by a color copier or printer produces an image that rests on the surface of paper that can
easily be seen when UV light is placed over it. Tiny particles of toner outside the image can also be easily seen with a UV light. Bill counters and counterfeit detectors have a UV light built into the machine. If a counterfeit bill is run through the machine, an alarm or light will alert you that the banknote is counterfeit.

U.S. banknotes are made with magnetic components. Several foreign currencies and travelers’ checks are also made with magnetic components. MG detectors are capable of detecting the magnetic components in money. When a detector does not find the presence of the magnetic components, an alarm or light will sound letting you know the money is counterfeit.

U.S. and other foreign currencies are printed with special marks and symbols that cannot be seen without the use of a magnifier. By using a magnifier, and knowing what to look for, you can see if the bill is counterfeit. This process takes longer and is not built into automatic bill counters or counterfeit detectors.

Watermarks are marks that are specially embossed into U.S. and other foreign currencies. These watermarks can be easily seen when held up to fluorescent light. Watermarks are hard to duplicate and when fake, are easily detectable.

Some U.S. and foreign currencies have a metallic, color-changing emblem stamped into the banknote. An example is the U.S $100 bill that has a stamp in the lower right hand corner that will change from black to green. This is easily detected by the naked eye. Light reflection stamps are not detected by automatic bill counters and counterfeit detectors.

To learn more about the history of counterfeit money, please take a look at our counterfeit prevention guide.

Many bill counters are also built with counterfeit detection in them. One of the more popular bill counters on the market is the ABC V-10. This bill counter is compact, portable and can count up to 600 bills a
minute.

Digitally Capture Signatures of Patients, Clients and Customers With a Digital Signature Capture Pad.

October 27th, 2004

Signature Capture PadsThe need for signature pads is growing. It is no longer a matter of saving paper and getting rid of clutter. Digital signature pads make signing documents easy by allowing patients, clients or customers to sign their signature electronically. The pad sends the signature to a computer in the form of an image.

Electronic signatures can be placed in Excel, Word and other documents. The signature pads can also be interfaced with other software programs. Pharmacies will often use the signature pads to get a signature from a customer who is getting a prescription. Signature pads are also used to get signatures for credit card transactions. A signature capture pad can be used in almost any location a signature is needed. Some signature tablets can even be used for note taking and filling forms. The notes and forms are electronically
captured and saved on a computer.

Hard-wired pen tablets are good for use in close proximity to a computer. One problem discovered is that signatures are not always gathered near a computer. Due to this inconvenience, wireless pen tablets have been growing in popularity. Many wireless pads have a working distance of 500 feet within line-of-site and 50 feet in non line-of-site locations.

Some of the more unique capture devices include the IDGem 4000 fingerprint sensor. This standalone fingerprint scanner uses a standard USB connection to provide you with valuable fingerprint data and help you secure your transactions.

ABC Office has continued increasing its inventory of signature pen tables due to the in increasing popularity.  ABC Office has dozens of different models of signature capture devices
available.

Have You Ever Wondered How Softbound Books Are Created?

October 15th, 2004

Perfect Binding MachineSoftbound books are by far the most popular form of binding for reading books. They surpass the popularity of hardbound books. Have you ever wondered how softbound books are created? Maybe not, but I’ll introduce you to some of the equipment used to do this.

Softbound or softback books are created using a binding process called perfect binding. The binding process is a very easy concept. Perfect binders take a stack of papers, apply glue to the spine and attach a cover. The machine may be a bit of an investment at first, but the actual price of binding the books is rather inexpensive. Machines vary in complexity. Some perfect binding machines require more manual work, where others are almost fully automatic.

Stop by and have a look at our perfect binding machines. Call (800-658-8788) one of our sales associates if you have any questions.

Precise Cutting is No Longer a Wish, But a Reality With the Rotatrim Rotary Paper cutter.

October 5th, 2004

Rotatrim Paper CuttersAt first they may look like pizza cutters fixed to metal bars, but the Rotatrim rotary paper cutters have moved up the line as the preferred method for precisely cutting paper. The idea is simple; a circular blade slides back and forth along a supporting rail. The result is paper that is precisely cut. You no longer have to worry about crooked cuts and ruined photos.

Rotary cutters first gained their popularity by scrapbookers who used them to cut photographs for albums. Photographers soon caught on, and rather than use a ruler and an exacto knife, now use rotary cutters as well. Rotary paper trimmers are now used by graphic arts departments, advertising agencies, print shops, universities, architects, drafters and more.

Mid-level Rotatrim rotary cutters are inexpensive and can precisely cut up to three millimeters of paper at once.

Rotatrim has taken these trimmers to the next level, creating industrial versions of this reliable paper cutter.

Industrial rotary cutters can cut up to four millimeters (5/32-inch) of paper at once and sheets of paper up to 99-inches in length. Industrial cutters are not only capable of cutting through paper, but can also cut through hardboard, rubber and shim steel

Motor powered Rotatrim rotary cutters can be operated with the push of a foot petal.

Jeremy Mayfield, a sales associate with ABCOffice.com, says that he always recommends the Rotatrim Cutters. “Customers are happy to hear that they don’t have to rely on traditional arm cutters that are unreliable and can cut at an angle”, says Mr. Mayfield. He has never had a complaint from a customer, and uses the cutters himself for occasional jobs.

Binding Machines are a New Convenience, With Respect to the History of Binding.

September 24th, 2004

Book Binding MachineAlthough many would have thought we would now be living in a paperless age, paper is still very widely used. People like to have something tangible when reading a story, the news or a report. Many people don’t like reading from a computer, although you are probably doing so now. It is very easy to circle something with your pen or highlighting parts of an article with your marker.

Because paper is so widely used, binding machines are growing in popularity. Because binding machines have come down in price, in-house binding is no longer a novelty. There are now several methods of binding that you can use, depending on your preference and taste. Creating a report, a booklet or a news article is now easier than ever. But it didn’t always used to be so easy.

Binding machines are a new convenience, with respect to the history of binding. In the days of the pyramids, the Egyptians wrote on papyrus rolls and chiseled words into stone. Animal skins were widely used in western Asia, due to their durability and abundance. Sumerians and Hittites used clay tablets to do their writing. The Romans used wax tablets for quick and easy note taking.

During the middle ages, books were uniquely bound with wooden boards as covers. Wooden boards made these books very heavy and awkward to use. These covers were often decorated with silk, leather and velvet. Bookbinding’s primary purpose was to preserve historical records and documents. Most people were not able to read what was written.

Even during the 20th century, binding machines were large and not available to everybody. It cost a lot to bind things, and you needed access to a publisher. The closest most people got to binding their own reports and documents was by use of a hole punch or a stapler.

Present day, there are now a wide variety of binding machines available to the public. Comb, wire and coil binding machines have become the most popular methods of in-house binding. You can learn more about different styles of binding machines here.

Copy Centers Must Make a Good Profit Binding Documents for Their Customers.

September 17th, 2004

Binding MachinesCopy centers must make a good profit binding documents for their customers. I remember when I was in college, not long ago, and had to get my reports bound for class. The end result looked good, but it cost me several dollars to have the report finished. I wasn’t very particular as to the method of binding either. I just wanted to make sure the pages stayed in place and didn’t fall apart when the professor got it.

Now that I work in the office automation equipment industry, I realize what goes into binding a document or report. I had no idea back then how many different methods of binding exist today. I didn’t realize how easy binding really is and that I could do it myself. Many businesses, and students for that matter, do not realize that binding can be done in-house at a fraction of the cost at a copy center.

There are a wide variety of binding machines to choose from. The most popular binding machines are comb, wire and coil. These machines are small, compact and can be used just about anywhere. Many schools use comb-binding machines, because the combs are re-usable and inexpensive. Businesses and professional organizations will use all three. You can see all the binding machines available for in-house binding here.

Another important part of making a bound document look professional is the front and back cover. These covers are usually made of card stock. Several card stocks are available, with different colors and textures. It is usually a good idea to get a binding cover that matches the binding element that you will be using to bind the document. Clear covers are another popular report cover. The clear cover protects your document and allows the reader to see the cover sheet underneath. You can see all our binding covers here.

For more information on binding machines and how they work, take a look at our binding guide.

Do You Remember Those Old Dot Matrix Printers?

August 12th, 2004

Forms BurstersDo you remember those old dot matrix printers that were so loud you almost had to wear earplugs? They used a ribbon, like a typewriter, that cycled while printing. One of the most annoying things was the paper they used. It has what I liked to call “tractor-feed” holes along the edges. I don’t know if that was the correct term for the paper, but that’s what I called it. I think it is called computer form paper.

I remember trying to load that paper into the printer, trying to get both sides to line up. If you didn’t get the sides lined up, the paper would be gobbled up and you had a serious jam on your hands. If you were lucky enough to get the paper loaded correctly you would print out your job, again waiting for a few minutes as the screeching print head did its thing. You then had to tear the sheet of from the printer. After that you would tear the sides off. The final product looked like a normal sheet of paper.

Weren’t you glad when printers were created that took cut sheet (individual sheets) paper? You simply opened up the package of paper and plopped it in the printer. We would never go back to the old computer paper would we? Believe it or not, people still use that tractor-feed paper. A lot of people still use that paper. Banks, schools and other businesses use this paper every day. Many businesses print their checks on this style of paper. The paper is inexpensive and the printers are cheap. But what about all the tearing and ripping apart?

Machines have actually been created to tear this paper apart for you. They are called bursters. You put your paper into the machine and it pulls the papers apart. It also cuts the side tractor-feed off the paper. The end result is a single sheet of usable, readable and functional paper. Bursters do this quickly and handle a wide variety of paper sizes and thicknessess. Feel free to go take a look and see what one of these machines look like here: Forms Bursters.

If you need any additional information on bursters, take a look at our site, https://www.abcoffice.com, or call one of our sales associates, (800) 658-8788.

Collating The Night Away

July 29th, 2004

ColatorsWe had an interesting call the other day from a customer that was trying to arrange papers into some kind of sequential format. They would get together in a group and peel one sheet of paper of the top of a stack, put it in order and staple it. During some larger projects, this would go on deep into the night. This is also commonly called a “collating party”. I remember doing this when I was in grade school for tests. I believe I even remember collating stacks of paper in college.

Before working for ABC Office, I had no idea the technology even existed, but there are machines (collators) specifically designed to do this for you. It does the same thing in a fraction of the time. Collators are easy to setup and use. They may seem a little pricey up front, but the amount of time out save is well worth it. Not only do you save time, but you don’t have to pay people to collate papers. I like to think of it as an investment.

Some collators can take up to 20 stacks of paper, collate them and staple them in the corner. Many collators can also be interfaced with a bookletmaker, allowing you to create booklets on the fly. Doing this stuff in-house can save you a lot of cash, especially when you look at how much it costs to do this stuff at a copy center. I personally use a collator and paper folder right here sales floor for making flyers and brochures.

Many collators can be interfaced with booklet makers for streamlined operations. Paper is placed in the collator, sheets are peeled off of each tray and are fed into the booklet maker.  The booklet maker then folds these sheets, staples them along the spine and the finished booklet comes out the other side. This process is perfect for creating manuals, booklets and much more.

You should be aware that most collators do not work well with extremely slick, coated or glossy paper. This is because a lot of friction is involved in the collating process. Slick paper causes those friction rollers to slip, resulting in a jam.

If you need any additional info on collators, take a look at our site https://www.abcoffice.com , or call one of
our sales associates, (800) 658-8788.

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