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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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