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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).

Ribao CS-50 Heavy-Duty Coin Counter / Sorter Review

September 4th, 2013

Ribao CS-50 Coin Counter & SorterIf you are counting a lot of coins per day, you need something with a large coil capacity. While there are a lot of coin counters out there, few have the ability to hold up to 3,000 coins at a time (based on dimes) like you’ll find with the Ribao CS-50 (found here). This coin counter is a new addition to our site and I would like to get you up to speed.

Ribao is one of the top manufacturers of money handling equipment in the United States. Their products include a wide assortment of bill counters, coin counters / sorters and currency discriminators. One thing Ribao is especially known for, other than their quality, is their low prices. Most Ribao products are very competitively priced.

The Ribao CS-50 is one of a bout a half dozen different coin counters / sorters from Ribao. The CS-50 is designed for speed and for reliable coin bagging and rolling. A metal ring on the front of the machine allows a bag to be easily attached. It can also be used for rolling coins using the included quarter, nickel, dime and penny attachments.

It can be used with most denominations of coins including many foreign and tokens. This is due in large part to its convenient dual dial setup. You’ll notice in the picture that it has two dials on the right side of the machine. One dial is used to set the diameter and the other is used to set the thickness. This coin counter has a minimum and maximum thickness of 0.8 to 3.8mm and a minimum and maximum diameter of 14-34mm.

Once the diameter and thickness of the coin have been set, it can be run. The coin size selected will go through the machine and out the nozzle. Other coins will be dispersed through the bypass tray on the side of the machine. Those bypassed coins can latter be counted and sorted as well.

A large LED screen on the front left of the machine makes it easy to see how many coins you are counting. It has a display that will show numbers up to 9999999. The control panel also allows the operator to batch count coins, continuous count coins and accumulate count coins. It also has a large red start / stop button that is easy to depress.

The machine itself weighs in at 28 pounds and can be used on most tables. It is heavy-duty enough to easily be used on a daily basis and it counts coins at a very fast 2,300 coins per minute. It plugs into any standard 110-120 volt outlet and is commonly used by people such as banks, credit unions, vending machine operators, car wash businesses and many others. It is a solid product that should easily provide a long life of reliable service.

If you have more questions about the Ribao CS-50 coin counter, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We would love to help you out. We also have a dedicated service department that can provide service, parts and more for all Ribao products. You can find our entire selection of coin counters and sorters here.

Video Demos of Shrink Wrap Machines w/ Integrated Tunnels

August 30th, 2013

Minipack FM760 Shrink Wrap MachineYears ago if you wanted to shrink wrap a product you had to use an L-bar sealer and a heat tunnel. While the results were very professional, the equipment itself took up a lot of room. Over the years the tunnel and the sealer have been combined to become an integrated shrink wrap system (found here). I have used several of these machines myself and am very impressed by the clever use of space. I would like to talk about a few of these machines and show you several videos to help you get a better idea of just how they work.

Shrink wrap systems (L-bar sealers w/ integrated tunnels) are remarkably easy to use. Regardless of the brand or model, the design is usually very similar. These machines usually consist of a film holder (on the right of the machine) that dispenses centerfold film. The machine usually has a film separator that creates a pocket where a product can be inserted.

Once inside the film, the product is moved over to the sealing area where a clear hood (with built in L-bar sealer) is pulled down. In one quick process, the film is cut and hot air is circulated around the film, shrinking it down. The process generally takes just a few seconds. I have seen these machines rated for 5-6 cycles per minute up to 10-15. The speed depends on the design of the machine.

Most of these shrink wrap systems allow the operator to adjust things such as the sealing time, chamber air time and the chamber air temperature. These settings allow the use of PVC film, Polyolefin film and can be adjusted to accommodate the packaging of temperature sensitive products such as chocolates.

As of this article, one of the most affordable “system” machines is the TP-48ST shrink wrap machine (found here). Here is a video demo of the machine in use:

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Another very popular system is the Compack 5800 (found here), which has been around for years. It is ideal for use with small or larger products.  This is a video demo of the Compack 5800 in use:

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If you were a fan of the Minpack Galaxy or Minipack Galileo, you’ll be interested to hear that it has been replaced by the Minipack FM760 (found here). This particular unit is made from stainless steel and is excellent for packaging food or other items. Here is a video demo of the FM760 in use:

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The above three videos feature our most popular shrink wrap systems. Larger units are available. The biggest differences between shrink wrap systems will be the size of the sealing area and the height of the sealing hood. Be aware that sometimes these machines can be fitted with taller sealing hoods, so please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. You can find our entire selection of shrink wrap machines here.

KF-772DH Clam Shell Sealer Review

August 29th, 2013

KF-772DH Clam Shell Packaging SealerClam shell packaging is one of the most common and reliable ways to package a variety of products. Clam shell packaging itself is usually rectangular in shape, although it can be more form fitting to better accommodate the product being packaged. Clam shell sealers (found here) are used to quickly seal clam shell packaging shut. The KF-772DH (found here) is one model you may want to consider using. This is my review.

Clam shell packaging has been around for years. Years ago it was almost always fastened shut using a stapler. It was found, however, that staples would eventually runs (looking bad) and that the staples could be easily pried open and products removed. There was also the issue of staples pricking fingers when packaging was opened. These are all reasons clam shell sealers came into being.

So how exactly does a clam shell sealer work? It’s actually fairly simple. Clam shell packaging opens up like a clam (hence the name). To keep the mouth of the clam shell packaging shut, it has to be sealed. Clam shell sealers use heat, or other methods, to melt the two halves together, sealing them shut. This is often referred to as plastic welding. Usually the packaging is sealed on the front and sometimes on the sides as well.

One advantage to a clam shell sealer is that there are no supplies involved, such as staples. Also, the packaging is very difficult to tamper with. If you have ever purchased something sealed with a clam shell sealer, you have probably had to use scissors to cut the plastic in order to access the contents. While a little annoying open, it is very secure and professional.

The KF-772DH is a direct heat (aka constant heat) clam shell sealer. This means it uses heat to literally melt the clam shell packaging. It comes equipped with a switch that can be toggled from low (250F / 120C) to high (350F / 175C). This allows the KF-772DH to be easily used with packaging made from OPS, PSP, PVS and EPC plastic cases.  The sealing process really only takes a few seconds.

Here is a video demo of the KF-772DH in use:

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While the sealing jaws on the KF-772DH do get very hot, the handles are insulated and cool to touch. Within the handle is a spring that returns the jaws to an open position after being used. A hook can be used to keep the handles in the closed position when the clam shell hand sealer isn’t being used. It works a lot like a handheld hole punch. It only weighs 10 ounces, so it is really easy to use repeatedly.

The weld produced by the KF-772DH is rectangular in shape. It measures in at 4mm x 10mm in size. This weld is extremely secure and from what I’ve seen it is just as secure and professional as what you would find with any other direct heat hand sealer.

While a lot has been put into this design to prevent injury, the operator should still try and keep their hands away from the jaw. I recommend you wait at least 30 minutes to ensure everything is properly cooled down before handling the serrated sealing jaws. A lot of the safety with this sealer involves some basic common sense.

I hope this review helps answer some of your questions. If you need some additional information, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We can help answer your questions, take orders, provide replacement parts and much more. You can find the KF-772DH clam shell sealer here and our entire selection of clam shell sealers here.

The PL12A Pouch Laminator’s Replacement

August 27th, 2013

PL12A Pouch LaminatorPouch laminators are remarkable machines, making it possible for businesses, homes, schools and others to affordably laminate products. The PL12A (formerly made by Banner American & Laminators Specialties) used to be the pinnacle of pouch laminators. It was considered to be the best out there. Unfortunately the PL12A has been discontinued and it now looks like it will not be coming back. So what does this mean for those of you in the market for a pouch laminator or who need a replacement for a worn out PL12A? I have the perfect replacement for you.

Unfortunately the PL12A is not coming back. That’s right. Neither is the smaller PL4A. This is sad for me because I have been selling and promoting this laminator for well over a decade. It just worked really well. The company, Laminators Specialties, recently closed up shop. Another company is in the process of acquiring their roll laminators (thankfully), but it looks like the pouch laminators aren’t going to be part of that acquisition.

Akiles ProLam Plus 330 Pouch LaminatorLuckily there are a lot of good pouch laminators out there, many of which I have had the chance to personally use. One of the best replacements is the Akiles ProLam Plus 330 (found here). This laminator has also been around for a long time and it currently has all of the features many people came to love in the PL12A. This includes such features as:

  • 10 Mil Laminating Thickness – The thickest standard laminating pouch on the market is the 10 mil thickness. This laminator will easily handle it as well as smaller thicknesses.
  • Adjustable Temperature Control – Rather than having a basic high and low setting, this laminator has an adjustable dial that allows for several different temperature adjustments to accommodate a variety of types of film.
  • Independent Motor / Heat Control – This is a personal favorite. Many laminators require that the motor and the heat be on at the same time via a single switch. This laminator, along with the discontinued PL12A, allows you to leave the heat on without running the motor. This significantly saves on the lifespan of the motor.
  • Four Roller Design – A four-roller design allows for the appropriate amount of heat and pressure distribution during the lamination process. This helps improve clarity and removes artifacts such as waves, ripples, bubbles and cloudiness.

It also includes a few features the PL12A didn’t have such as:

  • Dual Heat System – This makes the ProLam Plus 330 more efficient by providing heated rollers and a heat plate. This more efficient distribution of heat allows for crystal clear results and allows lamination at lower temperatures.
  • Reverse Switch – One of my biggest complaints with the PL12A was the lack of a reverse witch. The ProLam Plus 330 has that, allowing you to back a pouch out if it is fed in crooked.
  • 13” Laminating Width – Having a little extra room to work with makes it easier to laminate 11” x 17” and 12” x 18” pouches.
  • Photo Ready – While the PL12A did a decent job of laminating photos, the use of heated rollers in the ProLam Plus 330 allows for even better results when laminating photos and ink-jet printouts.

We have been recommending the Akiles ProLam Plus 330 as THE alternative to the PL12A and our customers for several months now and they have been very happy with the switch. Having used both, I can comfortably say that you will be very happy with the results and will notice no difference in quality or in functionality over the now discontinued PL12A.

We offer a lot of great pouch laminators. You can find the Akiles ProLam Plus 330 here and our entire selection of pouch laminators here. If you have questions about the PL12A or its replacement, or if you simply need some additional information, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We would love to help you out.

How to Choose A Bill Counter

August 23rd, 2013

Cassida 5520 Bill CounterBill counters come in all shapes and sizes. They are commonly used by vending machine operators, casinos, banks, credit unions and more. The problem with buying a bill counter is that there are literally dozens of different styles and designs out there. I personally have over a decade of experience with bill counters (found here) and I would like to share some of my experience and advice. Hopefully this will help you make your own decision on choosing the right bill counter.

Before I get too far into this article, I would like to provide you with a basic description on what a bill counter is. A bill counter is a machine designed to take a stack of bills and count them. They will all provide you with a total quantity of bills counted, but they will not all provide you with a total value. These are the four main types of bill counters you will find on the market:

  1. Ribao P-1000 Battery-Powered Bill CounterBattery Powered Bill Counter – When you’re in a remote location, on site or in a place that doesn’t have a standard AC power supply, you need to use a battery powered bill counter. These bill counters usually run on standard batteries or rechargeable batteries. The ABC V-30 (found here) is a good example of a bill counter that runs on AA batteries and the Ribao P-100 (found here) is a good example of a bill counter that includes a 12 volt rechargeable battery. Most battery-powered bill counters also include some sort of AC adapter for use in a standard wall outlet.
  2. Standard Bill Counter – These bill counters make up about 98% of the bill counters out there. These bill counters sit on a desk or table, plug into a wall outlet and count anywhere from 150-300 (depending on the model) bills at a time. These types of bill counters provide you with a total quantity of bills. These counters are usually very fast and range in speed around 1,000 to 1,600 bills per minute.
  3. Ribao SBC-200 Suction-Feed Bill CounterAir Suction Bill Counters – These types of bill counters use air to quickly breeze through a stack of bills, operating differently than your standard bill counter that uses fingers to sift through bills. These models operate at a speed of 100 bills every four seconds and are designed to be used heavily on a daily basis. These can also be used to count banded or unbanded banknotes. The Ribao SBC-100 (found here) is a good example of a floor model and the SBC-200 (found here) is a good example of a tabletop model
  4. Mixed Bill Counter (aka Currency Discriminator) – These are some of the most sophisticated bill counters on the market. This is because they are not only able to provide you with a total quantity of bills counted, but they are also able to provide you with a total dollar value (including mixed bills). Some bill counters, like the Carnation CR3 (found here) are designed to provide you with a combined value, where others, like the Ribao DCJ-280 (found here), feature a two pocket design for sorting purposes as well.

Here is a video demonstration of a bill counter in use:

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Features Found In Most Bill Counters:

  • Batch Counting – This allows the operator to determine how many bills to be counted at a time. If you set it to 20, the bill counter will count 20 bills, stop and wait until the bills are removed before counting an additional 20 bills.
  • Adding Mode – This allows you to keep adding up bills even when feeding in multiple stacks, providing you with a total quantity.
  • Add+Batch – This feature lets you continually add while batch counting at the same time.
  • Double Note Detection – This feature lets you know when two bills have accidentally been run through the machine, alerting the operator to the error.
  • Half Note Detection – This feature lets you know when a torn or damaged banknote is run through.
  • Size Detection – When enabled, this will let you know when a bill (potentially counterfeit or otherwise) is found to be slightly larger or smaller than it should be.

Optional Features Found In Some Bill Counters

  • Polymer Bill Handling – Some countries now use polymer material, designed to hold up longer than cotton, paper or fabric-based bills. Canada is a prime example of a country that now uses polymer banknotes. We offer several Canadian bill counters designed to handle polymer bills.
  • Counterfeit Detection – If you are concerned about counterfeit bills, consider buying a bill counter with counterfeit detection. The most popular counterfeit methods used in machines today include UV (ultraviolet), MG (magnetic) and IR (infrared). These methods are extremely accurate and will notify the operator (audibly or visually) as to the potential fake bill.
  • Printer – If you need a printout of the counted results, some bill counters can be fitted with printers.

It should be noted that most US based bill counters will still handle currencies from other countries as long as they are made from similar materials and fit within the minimum and maximum specifications of the bill counter. It should also be noted that bill counters can be used to count things such as paper, coupons, tickets and other material. Feel free to send in samples to have them tested ahead of time if you would like to consider using a bill counter with your material. Just call us at 1-800-658-8788 to send something in.

Many people ask which brands are best. While I can’t say for sure which brand is better than another, I can say that we have had great luck with Ribao, Magner, Semacon, Cassida, Carnation and the ABC brand of bill counters.

We have many years experience with bill counters. I have personally handled dozens of different models. If you need additional advice, or have a few questions that need answering, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-658-8788. We would love to help you out. We also have a Service Department here that can help fix, provide parts or repair most bill counters on the market. You can find our entire selection of bill counters here.

Ribao P-100 Portable Battery-Powered Bill Counter Review

August 16th, 2013

Ribao P-100 Battery Powered Bill Counter with Counterfeit DetectionBill counters are handy machines, especially when you consider the alternative. Bill counters are extremely accurate, are generally easy to set up and use and are an excellent tool for any business that handles money on a regular basis. So what do you do when you need a bill counter, but no AC power is available? This is where battery-powered bill counters, like the Ribao P-100 (found here), come into play. We recently added this new battery-powered bill counter to our site and I would like to get you up to speed.

While most bill counters are fairly compact and easy to move around, over 99% of them have to be plugged into some sort of wall outlet. While there are some battery powered models out there, many of them are just a few steps above a toy. This is where the Ribao P-100 really finds its mark. It is both portable and effective. I would like to cover a few of its features.

To begin with, Ribao is a very well known manufacturer in the money handling industry. Their product lineup includes everything from coin counters and sorters to bill counters and counterfeit detectors. Their products have been around for literally years and are considered to be some of the best available, right up there with other brands like Cassida and Semacon.

The Riboa P-100 is completely battery powered. That means that it does not need an external AC power source. This allows the P-100 to be used on the go and makes it excellent for a variety of outdoor events, remote events and other limited power situations. The battery is a 12-volt rechargeable battery, which means no need to worry about constantly buying new batteries. If a wall outlet is nearby, an included AC adapter can be used for added convenience.

I would now like to cover some of the features themselves. First off, this bill counter really isn’t scaled down much at all from a standard bill counter. In fact, it is still able to count bills at a remarkable 1,000 per minute, which is close to what most handle. It also features a hopper that can hold 120 or 200 new bills and a stacker that handles the same amount. Again, this is very similar to what you would find in a standard bill counter. It is remarkably quiet.

One remarkable feature about this, especially considering the low price, is the fact that it includes counterfeit detection technology. This features UV (ultraviolet), MG (magnetic), MT (metal thread) and IR (Infrared) detection capabilities. Few AC bill counters include all these features.

The P-100 has a bright LED display with a 4-digit counter and features a batch preset display with 3 digits in green. It also starts automatically, automatically cleans itself and features half note, double not and chain not detection. Setting up batch counting is extremely easy to do using the control panel.

The bill counter itself is very compact and would easily fit in a drawer or cupboard. It only weighs in at four pounds shipped. It measures in at just 9”L x 7”W x 5”H.

Do you still have questions about this bill counter? Give us a call at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our knowledgeable experts. If this isn’t the model you need, we can help you find one that will work for your needs. You can find our entire selection of bill counters here.  Have you used this model yourself? Let us know what you think by posting a comment.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Best Types of Clam Shell Sealers

August 14th, 2013

Direct Heat Clam Shell SealerHave you ever purchased something at a store and it was sealed in a thick plastic shell? This is what’s known as clam shell packaging. It is packaging that opens and closes like a clam with three open sides. Scissors are often used to open this kind of packaging (or a little muscle). Years ago staplers were used to seal this type of packaging, but today most people use clam shell sealers (found here). So what is a clam shell sealer and what types are available? I’ll explain more in this article.

As mentioned earlier, years ago staples where commonly used to keep clam shell packaging closed. The downside to this is that the staples would eventually begin to rust and oxidize, making the packaging look awful. There was also the safety issue. Staples can puncture skin and potentially cause a minor injury. For this reason, most people have abandoned staples as a method for closing clam shell packaging.

Clam shell sealers, often called packaging spot welders, actually cause the top and bottom half of the clam shell packaging to melt together. This is usually done in a couple of spots on the opening side of the packaging. The sides are often left alone, although they can be sealed as well if the clam shell packaging is large. Clam shell sealers also don’t require any supplies, such as staples, to operate. Clam shell sealers range in size depending on the volume of packaging. Some are fairly automated where others are handheld.

There are two main types of technology used in clam shell sealers. The model you use will depend on several factors. Here are the types you have to choose from:

Direct Heat Clam Shell Sealer – These sealers are very popular and very common because they are so affordable. These sealers use constant heat to melt the plastic together. The concept is very simple and straightforward. They use clamping jaws and look much like a set of high-tech pliers. Some of these have a variable temperature dial where others simply have a high or low setting. Direct heat sealers are designed to work with most types of packaging including those made from OPS, PSP, PVC and EPS materials.

The KF-772DH (found here) is a great example of a direct heat clam shell sealer. It has two heated jaws that can be used to tight spot weld plastic in a 4mm x 10mm spot. This particular unit is a dual temperature model with the high temperature at 350 F and the low at 250 F. It looks a lot like a pair of pliers and it is extremely easy to maneuver. The handles are insulated, keeping them nice and cool during use.

Here’s a video demo of the KF-772DH in action:

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OnPak Ultrasonic Clam Shell SealerUltrasonic Clam Shell Sealer – If you’re concerned about safety, or you want to speed up packaging operations, you may want to consider an ultrasonic clam shell sealer. These sealers use ultrasonic vibration technology to melt and weld the plastic together rather than direct heat. As a result, there is no need to worry about being burned. These sealers are also extremely quick to use and operate. These sealers also remain remarkably clean and efficient with continued use. These sealers will work with PSP, OPS, HIPS, PPF, PP and A-PET. Some will even work with PVC clam shell packaging (verify this before purchasing a machine).

The OnPak Ultrasonic clam shell sealer (found here) is a great example of an ultrasonic unit that has PVC sealing capabilities. It works a lot like a small handheld stapler and produces a seal that measures in at 3mm x 6mm. Because it is ultrasonic, no warm up time is required.

Here’s a video demo of the OnPak in action:

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Using a handheld clam shell sealer is a great way for you to affordably package your own products. The process is very simple and very little training is required to operate one of these machines. This can allow you to package products from the convenience of your own home or a desk / table. Most of these machines weigh very little. In my experience, the direct heat sealers weigh a little more than the ultrasonic sealers.

We have decades of experience handling and dealing with packaging products and supplies. If you’re having trouble settling on a machine, or if you simply need some advice or a few answers, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of clam shell sealers here.

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