Folding Stapled Sheets of Paper

October 17th, 2013

Folding stapled sheets of paperDoes your business or organization need the ability to fold stapled sets of paper in a quick and professional manner? Doing this quickly and accurately can be difficult, especially if you are trying to do this by hand. Most people who need to fold hundreds or even thousands of sets of stapled paper per day need to use a special type of paper folding machine (found here). Not all folding machines can handle multiple sets of paper at a time. I would like to cover some machines that should work and answer some common questions.

Multi-sheet folding is the method of folding more than one sheet of paper at a time. Often times these sets of paper are stapled prior to folding. Unfortunately over the years I have found that many people purchase a folding machine thinking it can do multi-sheet folding. This is not the case. Only a small percentage of machines are capable of doing this. Let me explain why this is so difficult.

Most paper folding machine have a feed tray where the paper is loaded. The folding machine then takes a sheet of paper from the stack, runs it through the machine, bounces it off of some folding plates (which determine where the crease will be made) after which the paper comes out of the machine folded. Due to the fact that most paper folding machines only have one tray, and due to the way that the machines are designed, it is only physically possible to fold one sheet of paper at a time. Some manufactures have come up with a clever way to bypass this problem.

TABLETOP PAPER FOLDING MACHINES

Martin Yale 1611 AutoFolder Paper Folding MachineMany manufacturers use a multi-sheet bypass slot to fold multiple sets of paper (stapled or unstapled). A great example of a machine that can do this is the Martin Yale 1611 (found here) and the Martin Yale 1711 (found here). Mechanically both of these machines are almost identical except that the 1611 requires the folding plates to be manually set where the 1711 has plates that set themselves.

Both of the above mentioned Martin Yale folding machines have a bypass feed slot for multi-sheet folding. This isn’t quite as convenient as simply dropping a large stack of paper into a tray, but it is still significantly faster and much more accurate than manually folding multi-sheet documents or stapled sets of paper. Simply take your stack of papers (up to 5 20#bond documents) and feed them into the bypass slot. The folding machine detects the paper, pulls it in and folds them all together. The results are impressive.

Here is a picture that shows you where that bypass slot is located:

Multi-sheet bypass slot on a Martin Yale 1611

Here are some other machines that have a multi-sheet bypass:

Here’s a video of the Martin Yale 2051 folding 5 sheets of paper at once:

DESKTOP LETTER FOLDING MACHINES

Martin Yale P9400 Desktop Paper Folding MachineIf you are folding just a few dozen sets of paper per day, you may want to consider something basic like a tabletop letter folder. These machines require the paper to be manually fed in regardless of whether you are folding a single sheet or multiple sheets of paper. These machines are also still significantly faster than manually folding paper. The Martin Yale P6200 (found here) and Martin Yale P6400 (found here) are both examples of tabletop letter folding machines that can multi-sheet fold up to 3 sheets (letter fold) or 5 sheets (half fold). Both can handle stapled or unstapled documents.

ENVELOPE INSERTING MACHINES

If you need a more automated way of multi-sheet folding paper, you may want to consider using an envelope inserting machine (found here). These machines have multiple feed trays. While they are designed to fold paper and insert it into envelopes, the envelope inserting portion of the process can be disabled. The only downside to this method is you cannot use it with stapled sets of paper.

I hope this information helps you with your multi-sheet folding needs. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We have decades of experience with folding machines and multi-sheet folding. We would love to help you out. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

GBC HeatSeal Pinnacle 27 Roll Laminator Video Demo

October 15th, 2013

GBC HeatSeal Pinnacle 27 Roll LaminatorThe 27” wide roll laminator (found here) continues to be the most popular size used today. It is commonly found in schools, copy centers, print shops and businesses around the world. The 27” size is ideal for laminating posters, signs, banners, multiple letter-size documents and more. It is just a very affordable and versatile size and is an excellent upgrade over the slower pouch laminator. One laminator I recommend time and time again is the GBC HeatSeal Pinnacle 27 (found here).

Now that the popular EasyLam roll laminators are no longer available, many people ask me, “Which roll laminator do you recommend?” There are still a lot of great laminators out there, but I have always considered the Pinnacle 27 to be an excellent machine and have felt this way for years. This laminator produces excellent results, is very nicely priced and is very easy to set up.

The GBC Pinnacle is available in two different versions. You can buy it as the standard HeatSeal Pinnacle 27 or as the Pinnacle 27 EZLoad. The EZLoad version uses special roll cartridges, which is nice for people who don’t like to hassle with loading and feeding individual rolls of film. The EZLoad film packs are actually pretty affordable, considering they are a proprietary product only available from GBC.

Personally I prefer the standard Pinnacle 27 as it allows you to use standard thermal roll lamination film (the most common thermal film out there). This means if you are in a pinch and need film fast, it won’t be hard to come by. This is a huge advantage for me. Standard rolls of film are also 25%-50% less money.

Both versions of the Pinnacle 27 can be used with 1.5, 1.7 and 3 mil rolls of film. A mil is a thousandth of an inch. The higher the number the thicker the film. Most schools and businesses won’t need anything thicker than a 3 mil roll of film. Both are compatible with NAP I or NAP II film. Here is more information on the differences between the different types of NAP lam film.

Here is a video on exactly how the standard Pinnacle 27 laminator is set up and used:

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There are a lot of reasons why this laminator may be a good option for you. To begin with, it is extremely fast. Many laminators out there require you to wait a good 10-20 minutes before it is ready to use. This laminator takes just 6 minutes to warm up, which is excellent for organizations that are pressed on time. It is also nice to have someone that is easy to set up and simply “works” in a short period of time.

Controls are located on the right-side of the machine. The control panel allows you to select the type of film, adjust the temperature and adjust the speed. It also makes it very easy to shut off and start. It cans also be switches to reverse if needed. A digital readout lets you know the exact temperature of the machine.

Once you are done laminating, the machine can be turned off and a built-in slitter can be used to cut off the item you have just laminated from the continuous roll of film. This laminator is extremely easy to clean and maintain.

We have sold a lot of these laminators and they have a great track record. I would easily put this laminator up there with Ledco laminators and the now discontinued EasyLam roll laminators. If you have any questions about this laminator and its features, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We would love to help you out. You can find our entire selection of roll laminators here.

October 2013 ABC Office Coupon Code

October 9th, 2013

So you want a piece of office equipment, but just can’t make the leap? Consider using our October coupon code. This coupon code will allow you to take an additional 5% off of our already low prices. This coupon code can easily be applied to our secure shopping cart or you can use it over the phone.

The coupon code you will want to use for the month of October is OCTBLOG05. This coupon can be applied towards equipment or supplies. You can also combine it to a large order of multiple items and you can use it multiple times throughout the month.

ABC Office October Coupon Code

At ABC Office we offer a wide selection of equipment and supplies at guaranteed low prices. Popular product categories include paper folding machines, laminators, shrink wrap machines, money counters and much more. Here are just a few of our top sellers:

  • Intelli-Fold DE-172AF (found here) – Considering what this machine does, it is a steel. Not only does it handle small sheets of paper and letter size documents, it can also handle larger 11” x 17” sheets of paper. It features a drop-in feed tray, an adjustable speed and a powered exit conveyor with stacking wheels. This machine has been around for years and is a customer favorite.
  • Minipack MVS 31X (found here) – When it comes to chamber vacuum sealers, few are as affordable or as reputable as the MVS 31X. This chamber vacuum sealer is Italian made by Minipack-Torre and features a seamless basin design, clear hood, digital controls and the ability to package food, medical supplies and more at a speed of 3 cycles per minute.
  • David-Link W-988 (found here) – Do you need a reliable biometric time clock for your office? The David-Link line of time clocks are some of the most affordable around. They can be integrated into your business’s local network and they include time attendance software with the price. The data can even be exported for use with Quickbooks and other payroll software.
  • Intelli-Lam IL400 (found here) – You’ll be hard pressed to find a 13” wide pouch laminator with a four-roller design for this price. The IL400 is comparable to many commercial / industrial pouch laminators at a fraction the price the price.

Please give us a call at 1-800-658-8788 for answers to any questions regarding this coupon code. Please be aware that some restrictions using our coupon code do apply. Read more here.

Minipack Freestanding Chamber Vacuum Sealers

October 8th, 2013

Minipack MVS 52X Freestanding Chamber SealerIf you’re in the food handling or food packaging industry, you probably use or are in need of a vacuum sealer. Vacuum sealers (found here) provide a very sanitary and professional packaging option for foods such as pork, poultry, beef, fish, vegetables, fruits, cheese and more. These systems prolong the life of food, prevent contamination and allow food to be frozen without suffering damage. The list of benefits is long. If you’re business needs to package a lot of food regularly and on a daily basis, you may want to consider using a freestanding chamber vacuum sealer.

Freestanding chamber sealers are commonly used for commercial / industrial levels of packaging and they usually sit on casters for added mobility. Many feature dual sealing bars, allowing the operator to package multiple pouches simultaneously. If you’re looking for a specific brand, I highly recommend you look at Minipack. Minpack-Torre (parent company name) is based out of Italy and they manufacture a wide range of packaging products including chamber vacuum sealers, channel sealers, shrink wrap machines and more.

Minipack chamber sealers are some of the most reputable machines on the market. Unlike many cheaper machines that require fine tuning and are made using cheap components, the Minipack sealers are made using thick gauge stainless steel, seamless basins, easy-to-clean components, Busch pumps and much more. The quality, design and craftsmanship is unprecedented. We have been selling Minipack chamber sealers for over a decade and our customers are always happy with the results. I should also mention that they are very easy to set up and use.

I would like to go over some of these freestanding sealers. These are sorted by price and mostly by size.

  • Minipack MVS 65X Freestanding Chamber Vacuum SealerMinipack MVS 45LXII (found here) – This is the smallest of the Minpack freestanding chamber sealers. It has a chamber that is 18.5” x 18” and it has two sealing bars. This allows it to be used for sealing larger or multiple smaller items. This is very similar to the tabletop MVS45X.
  • Minipack MVS 52X (found here) – This is a great mid-range chamber sealer. It has a sealing area of 20” x 21” and has dual sealing bars that measure in at 21” long. This is ample room for sealing a variety of food, medical supplies and much more.
  • Minipack MVS 52XP (found here) – Do you like the MVS 52X, but need a few additional features? Consider the MVS 52XP. This sealer as the ability to store up to 100 custom programs and includes a printer that will print the item name, pricing, coding, date, ingredients and more.
  • Minipack MVS 50X (found here) – On the larger end of the spectrum, the MVS 50X has a large 26” x 20.5” sealing area. Equipped with two sealing bars, a Busch pump and the ability to package at a rate of 3 cycles per minute, this vacuum sealer is ready to take on the tough jobs. Thanks to a large sealing area and dual sealing bars, this machine can crank out several small pouches a minute.
  • Minipack MVS 65X (found here) – The Minipack 65X is the largest single chamber vacuum sealer offered by Minipack. It has a large 29” x 27” chamber that can hold just about any pouch you want to use. Using a 3hp Busch R5 oil rotary pump, this vacuum sealer can crank out food packaging quickly and efficiently. The end results look amazing.
  • Minipack MVS 52X-DV (found here) – Do you need a chamber sealer that has some serious output capacity? Consider the MVS 52X-DV. This is a dual chamber freestanding chamber sealer. It is essentially two MVS 52X machines linked together. Each chamber measures in at 20” x 21” and each chamber has dual sealing bars. This is an impressive chamber sealer and is perfect for businesses that package a lot of food per day.

So what are some common options you can get with a freestanding Minipack sealer? Some options include a tray for sealing liquids, an inert flush kit (must be factory installed) and an evacuation filter kit (must be factory installed). If you don’t see an option listed here that you need, call us at 1-800-658-8788. We can get a lot of these machines customized for specific needs / uses. You can find our entire selection of vacuum sealers here and vacuum sealer bag supplies here.

Carnation CR3 Mixed Bill Counter Video Demo

October 3rd, 2013

Carnation CR3Bill counters are useful tools for any business or organization that handles or counts bills on a regular basis. One thing people don’t realize is that bill counters and mixed bill counters (found here) are very different in functionality. One type of machine only provides you with a total quantity, where the other provides you with a total value. I would like to show you one of our most popular mixed bill counters, the Carnation CR3 (found here).

As mentioned earlier, bill counters provide you with a total number of bills counted. This means if you put in 125 bills, it will tell you 125 on the screen. No value will be given. If you need the value of the bill, you need what’s known as a mixed bill counter (aka currency discriminator). These machines can provide you with the total quantity, but will also provide you with the total value, often including how many of each type of bill are in the stack.

The Carnation CR3 is by far one of our most popular mixed bill counters. This is because it is extremely accurate and affordable (considering what it does). This mixed bill counter operates much like a standard bill counter. It has a feed hopper and a stacker. You put the bills in the top of the machine and they come out the bottom. The CR3 counts bills at a speed of 500 to 1,100 per minute (variable speed).

Here is a video of the Carnation CR3 in use:

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You’ll notice that the $5,000 in cash is counted multiple times. This is to prove just how accurate it is. This bill counter won’t flub up the numbers or provide slightly different results. It is extremely accurate, which is what you need in a business that handles a lot of money.

This video goes into even more detail as to the functions you’ll find in the mixed bill counter:

The CR3 includes many features you find in a standard bill counter. This includes the ability to batch count, add and more. It can even be set up to help sort the bills. This is done by the operator specifying the desired denominational value. The machine will stop when a different denomination is detected.

Who uses this bill counter? We have customers from banks, credit unions, casinos, schools, restaurants and other organizations that regularly handle money.

While the functionality and accuracy are amazing, I also really like the fact that this machine incorporates counterfeit detection into the counting process. The CR3 uses UV (ultraviolet), MG (magnetic) and IR (infrared) detection. This means the bills are scanned while the bills are counted. If a counterfeit banknote is detected, the machine will automatically stop and notify the operator.

Considering what this mixed currency counter does, it is remarkably compact. It even has a built in handle that makes it easy to pick up and move around the office. It weighs in at just over 16 pounds, which is extremely manageable.

I hope you enjoyed these videos. I think they really help convey just how nice this bill counter is. If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of bill counters and currency discriminators here.

My Time, Date and Text Stamp Is Too Loud. Help!

September 24th, 2013

Document Stamping MachineIf you have ever heard a time, date or text stamp in use, you may have noticed that they can be a bit loud. There is a reason for this. These stamping machines use a great deal of force to slam that crash head against a ribbon (or using ink) to create a clear and precise stamp on a sheet of paper. These very stamps are often used to not only stamp, but impress information through carbon / carbonless multi-sheet forms. So is there anything that can be done to make these machines a little quieter? I would like to offer a few suggestions. You can find our document stamping machines here.

About a week ago we had a customer contact us regarding the Widmer T-3 time stamp (found here). They said that the stamp, while working perfectly, was producing a lot of noise. It was enough of a concern that they felt it was affecting operations of the employees by creating too much of a distraction. They wanted a few suggestions on quieting the stamp. Widmer was kind enough to provide us with some solid options.

At ABC Office we currently offer a lot of time, text, date and document stamping machines. Many of these machines use a crash head, which is the term used to describe the apparatus that actually makes contact with the paper, resulting in the stamped imprint. Most of our machines are made by manufacturers such as Widmer (very well known) and Acroprint (a leading manufacturer of time clocks). These stamping machines are well made and designed for constant use.

So here are a few things you may want t consider to help quiet your stamping machine:

  • Location – The design of a room, or the size, can dramatically affect the dissipation of sound. Quieting the machine may be as simple as moving it into a different part of the building or into a different room (if possible).
  • Surface – When used on a solid surface, the table or desk can reverberate the sound. Widmer recommends (if noise is an issue) to try using the stamp on a mouse pad. The pad can help absorb the vibrations and decrease the amount of noise generated.
  • Stamping Pressure – Many stamping machines allow you to adjust the amount of pressure the stamping head uses to amply the stamp. You may simply have the stamping pressure dialed up a little too high. Try scaling the pressure down a little and see if that helps decrease the sound without decreasing the quality of the stamp.
  • Machine Design – Rather than going with a crash head design, you could consider going with a model that uses a dot matrix print head. This is quieter, although it won’t go through multiple layers of paper if you are dealing with multi-sheet / multi-part forms. The Widmer T4U (found here) is an example of a dot matrix designed time stamp. It can be customized to show time, data and include text.

I hope these suggestions help you in your noise reduction efforts. For many people the noise these stamps generate isn’t a big deal, especially when the machines are only occasionally used. If it is a big deal, and you use it a lot, these suggestions may make a big difference. If you still have questions about time, date and text stamping machines, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We have decades of experience with these machines and would love to help you out.

Finding the Right Vacuum Sealer Bags & Pouches

September 19th, 2013

Vacuum Sealer Bags & PouchesIf you own a vacuum sealer, you may be in the process of trying to track down the right bags for your machine. While you may already know exactly what you need, many people out there get confused by the wide selection available. Not all vacuum sealer bags will work with all machines. You need to buy the right bags for the right machine and for the right job. At ABC Office we offer a wide selection of vacuum sealer bags and pouches (found here). I would like to help you figure out exactly what you need.

Before I go into the types of bags that are available, I would like to cover the three main types of vacuum sealers used today. These are:

  1. Chamber Vacuum SealersChamber Vacuum Sealers (found here) – These sealers are some of the most popular and common for the commercial packaging of food. Rather than the bag sitting on the outside of the machine, the bag goes inside of the machine. A vacuum, inside the chamber, removes the air before sealing the bag shut. Once sealed, atmosphere is returned back to the chamber. The result is a precision sealed product and extremely professional results. This is commonly used for packaging beef, pork, poultry, fish, chicken, cheese, fruits, vegetables and much more.
  2. Channel Vacuum Sealer BagsChannel Vacuum Sealers (found here) – Channel vacuum sealers are on the entry-level end of the spectrum. These are the sealers, such as FoodSaver, that are used for home vacuum sealing needs or very light volume packaging needs. These sealers require the bag to be placed in the sealing jaws of the machine. Air is then removed using a channel vacuum system. Once the bag has been emptied of air, the bag is sealed shut. These systems are primarily used with food, although they can be used for other items.
  3. Nozzle Vacuum SealersNozzle Vacuum Sealers (found here) – These sealers are used for light, medium or high volume vacuum sealing (depending on the machine). These sealers are often used for packaging food, but are also extremely popular for packaging medical devices, tools and supplies. Many, due to the nature of the non-moving parts, can be used in a clean room environment. These sealers can come in very wide and large formats. They use a nozzle that is inserted into the bag to remove the air. Once the air has been removed, the nozzle retracts and the bag is sealed. Products packaged using a nozzle vacuum sealer are very professional.

Now that we’ve established how the different types of vacuum sealers work, I would like to provide you with a list of the times of supplies you may want to use. I will label which types of machines these supplies work with. First off, chamber vacuum sealers and nozzle sealers use the same bags.

Chamber / Nozzle Vacuum Sealer Bags:

  • Standard Chamber / Nozzle Bags (found here) – These are your standard square bags with an open end. They are often referred to as pouches. These are by far the most common bags used with chamber sealers and nozzle sealers. These bags are sold in bulk quantities, are available in a variety of sizes and come in 3 mil and 4 mil thicknesses.
  • Tear Notch Vacuum Sealer Bags (found here) – These bags are typically used with food and have a tear notch at the top. When the bag is sealed shut, the tear notch makes it easy (without scissors) to open the bag up. These bags come in several different sizes (although not as big as the standard bags) and come in 3 mil thicknesses.
  • Zip Lock Vacuum Sealer Bags (found here) – These bags work with chamber and nozzle sealers like standard bags, but feature a zip lock top. This is especially nice for packaging foods that may need the packaging to be opened and re-closed multiple times. These bags are made using a 3 mil FDA approved plastic. These bags are also commonly used with medical instruments.
  • Sous Vide Boilable Sealer Bags (found here) – These are vacuum sealer bags designed to withstand a lot of heat, up to 212 degrees Fahrenheit to be precise. Sous Vide involves boiling the food while still in the pouch. The end result is extremely tender meat and food that has been slowly cooked in its juices. The end results are some of the most flavorful and succulent food you will ever taste.
  • Vacuum Sealer Tubes (found here) – Don’t want to settle on any specific size bag? You may want to consider vacuum sealer tubing. These tubes consist of a specific width rolled up into a large roll of film. This allows you to cut the length of the bag to the size you need. Widths range from 8” up to 20” and each roll is 500 feet long.

Channel Vacuum Sealer Bags:

  • Channel Vacuum Bags (found here) – These bags have a special texture to them to help them collapse and shrink when air is removed using a channel vacuum sealer. These are the types of bags that will work with a FoodSaver, a Seal-A-Meal, A Foodshell or a Minipack Cyclone vacuum sealer. These bags will work with most brands of channel vacuum sealers.

We offer a wide selection of bags. If you don’t see what you need here, give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We have a lot of sources and can usually find what you need. We only carry high quality and high-grade vacuum sealer bags. Thanks for reading!

Dahle 40114 Deskside Paper Shredder Review

September 17th, 2013

Dahle 40114 Deskside Paper ShredderDo you need a solid paper shredder for your desk? Are you tired of your paper shredder overheating, gears stripping and shredders that barely last more than a few months? If so, you may want to consider investing a little more money in a solid German built & engineered paper shredder like the Dahle 40114 (found here). There are many reasons why I consider this to be one of the best deskside shredders for your office.

When you buy a paper shredder, or any product for that matter, you usually see a “made in …..” somewhere on the label. The quality can often be determined simply by where a product is made. When it comes to paper shredders, having that shredder be made in Germany can mean a world of difference when it comes to quality. German engineered and German built shredders simply have the best track record in the industry. Nothing else even comes close.

The Dahle 40114 is one of the smallest and most compact German-made deskside shredders. At just 24 ¾” tall, this shredder fits nicely next to just about any desk or table. While it is small, it still weighs in at 53 pounds shipped, which gives you an idea just how well built the shredder is.

I have over a decade of experience with paper shredders and I have found two major complaints from customers regarding paper shredders. These are noise and overheating. Paper shredders can be loud and many overheat after just 20-30 minutes of use, requiring a cooldown period. Dahle has addressed both of these issues. Here is how they’ve done it:

Noise – The Dahle 40114 uses special rubber shock mounts. This allows the vibrations, typically the biggest culprit with noise, to be greatly diminished by being absorbed. I have heard people refer the Dahle shredders as being whisper quiet, especially compared to other shredders.

Heat – The Dahle 40114 uses a thermally protected continuous duty motor. It is designed to quickly dissipate heat, eliminating the need to cool down. This allows you to use it for hours on end without encountering any issues.

Dahle 40114 Cutting BladesThis shredder really is a miniaturized version of Dahle’s larger departmental shredders. It still features the precision milled solid cylinders found in Dahle’s larger shredders and the same slick design. It has a cabinet door design for emptying paper and incorporates a security level P-4 (formerly Level 3) cross cut pattern. This pattern is ideal for most shredding applications and is HIPAA and FACTA compliant for shredding records, client information and more.

The Dahle 40114 can shred anywhere from 8-10 sheets of 20# bond paper at a time. The 8 ¾” wide feed throat handles most paper sizes including letter and legal size paper. The 8 gallon shred bin is remarkably big considering this is a deskside paper shredder. The hardned shredding blades not only shred paper, but can also handle staples and paper clips often found in paper documents.

As you would expect with any modern shredder, the Dahle 40114 features an auto on/off, a bag full sensor, reverse button, load indicator and many safety features. This shredder can easily be used at home or in the office.

Dahle 40114 Control PanelOverall I consider this to be an excellent deal and a remarkable shredder when you take the quality into account. I highly recommend this shredder for deskside use by an individual or a couple of people. You can find the Dahle 40114 here and our entire selection of paper shredders here.

Please feel free to give our offices a call at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our Paper Shredder Specialists. They should be able to help answer all of your questions. Have you used this shredder? Please post a comment about your experience. As is the case with all of our shredders, we have a Service Technician that can help provide you with replacement parts, bags, supplies and service.

Three Affordable Heat Guns for Your Shrink Wrap Film

September 13th, 2013

Shrink Wrap Heat GunsShrink wrap film, by design, shrinks down when put in direct contact with heat. Many shrink wrap machines are used in conjunction with heat tunnels and integrated hoods, but one of the most popular tools for applying heat continues to be the heat gun (found here). There are a lot of misconceptions about these tools. I would like to clarify what makes a heat gun and recommend a few you may want to use.

As mentioned earlier, shrink film contracts when applied to heat. This is designed to produce a tight, clear and smooth surface for packaging purposes. You have probably dealt with shrink film when opening a DVD, CD or other packaging. While there is a lot of different types of shrink film out there, two are used above all others. These are:

  1. PVC Film (found here) – This type of film is clear, common and cheap. It is extremely popular, universally compatible with pretty much all shrink wrap machines and is excellent for packaging boxes, CDs, DVDs and much more. This type of film has been around a long time. It should be noted that it is not food safe and it is more brittle than Polyolefin film.
  2. Polyolefin Film (found here) – This film is also clear and shrinks much like PVC film. The difference being that it is FDA approved for direct contact with film. Polyolefin film also has much stretchier properties to it when compared to PVC film. While it used to be more expensive per square foot than PVC, the cost has really come down over the years. Polyolefin, unlike PVC film, little to no odors and smoke.

Heat guns can be used to shrink down either one of these types of film without any problem. They can be used with centerfold rolls of film, bags, sheets and much more. One question I get frequently asked is, “Is a heat gun the same thing as a hair dryer?” The quick and simple answer to this is a definite “NO.” A heat gun is many times hotter than a hair dryer, even on the low setting. A heat gun would literally singe the hair off your head.

Heat guns shouldn’t be intimidating though. They are designed to be safe to use including insulated handles that will stay cool during use. You just need to use a little common sense when operating one. At ABC Office we currently offer three different models of heat guns. I would like to cover these three.

  • HG-1-CY Heat GunSealerSales HG-1-CY (found here) – This is one of the least expensive heat guns available on the internet. This gun is lightweight, has a dual temperature setting (high and low) and includes a kickstand that allows it to sit on end when not in use. At just 1 pound 10 ounces, this heat gun isn’t going to tire you out with continued use. It can be used with most types of shrink film including PVC, POF, PET and PP film. You really can’t go wrong with this heat gun, especially for the price.
  • SealerSales HG-1 (found here) – If you like the HG-1CY, but need some added temperature, consider going with the HG-1. This heat gun is just a few more dollars, but can go all the way up to 1,100 degrees for use with film that needs a little more heat. This heat gun also works with most film and is extremely easy to use. The design allows it to easily sit on its end without the need of a fold-out kickstand.
  • Traco Hot Shot (found here) – This heat gun is one of the most popular used today and has been around for over a decade. It features a variable temperature control that goes all the way up to 1100 degrees Fahrenheit.  This gun comes with Traco’s lineup of I-bar sealers by default, but it can be purchased by itself as a replacement or for use with other I-bar sealers, heat sealers and L-bar sealers.

Hopefully this list helps you out. At ABC Office we also offer a great selection of shrink wrap machines (found here). If you still have questions, please give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We have over 30 years of experience and would love to help you out.

Custom Business Envelopes Options from ABC Office

September 5th, 2013

Custom Business EnvelopesEnvelopes play a huge roll in any business. They are used for mailing literature, bills, checks, invoices and much more. The type of envelope used depends a lot on the purpose and the needs of the business. While we currently offer a lot of standard envelope options, some businesses need very unique features. We are able to provide you with custom business envelope options. I would like to cover a few of those in this article.

At ABC Office we currently offer six different “common” envelope designs (found here). This includes #9 and #10 envelopes with single and dual window configurations. This also includes business flap and standard flap envelopes. The standard envelopes that we offer are perfect for use with envelope inserting machines or for manual letter insertion. Before you consider custom envelopes, be sure to check out our standard options.

So what are some common modifications our customers like to make to our envelopes? I would like to cover some of the most common, but keep in mind that there is a lot we are able to do. Custom envelopes, do to their nature, must be ordered in a minimum quantity of 5,000 pieces. This allows us to get a run going and keep it cost effective for both of us. Here are some common modifications you may be interested in:

Window Positioning – Most envelopes have their window (single or double) in a fairly common fixed position. This is designed to conform to common address printing practices of most businesses. Some businesses, however, need the window in a different position or just slightly adjusted to accommodate a custom job or custom marketing literature. We are able to adjust and customize the window to fit just about any need. Just give us a call and ask us for a quote.

Flap Shape – Whether you are using an envelope inserting machine or you simply need a different look, we can adjust the shape and look of the flap. You may want it to have a more pronounced triangle or a flat design. Just let us know what you need.

Custom Printing – Printing is one of the most common custom options we offer. This may involve something as simple as a black printed address and logo or something a little more complex. We can offer full color (PMS matched) printing on envelopes with vibrant results. This can be done with reverse flap envelopes, business envelopes and much more.

Security Measures – Do you need added security? Do you need the pocket of the envelope lined with a pattern to prevent the contents from being seen? There are a lot of things we can do increase the security.

As you can see, we offer a lot of options with our envelopes. You are more than welcome to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788 to discuss custom envelope options. We can help answer all of your questions and provide you with formal quotes and bids for a variety of custom envelope projects.

At ABC Office we also offer a great selection of envelope inserting machines (found here) and paper folding machines (found here).

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