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

Tuesday, 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.

Widmer N-3 Electronic Numbering Machine Review

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Widmer N-3 Electronic Numbering MachineDocument control is critical when it comes to filing away, tracking and logging invoices, purchase orders, tickets, contracts and other documents. One great way to keep tabs on documents is by using a numbering machine. While there are several great manual numbering machines out there, the Widmer N-3 electronic numbering machine (found here) will dramatically speed up numbering operations. This is my review.

Widmer is very well known for manufacturing some of the best numbering machines and date stamps out there. They all look very similar, one from another, and all feature high-end motors, stamping crash heads, electronics and more. Simply put, these American-made machines are designed to last for years.

The N-3 provides a high-quality stamp that is clear, elegant, accurate and very easy to use. Because the amount of pressure being applied is the same every time, numbering by the N-3 is far superior to manual numbering machines and other comparable electronic numbering machines.

This is a sample of some actual numbering stamps created by the N-3:

Widmer N-3 Electronic Numbering Machine Stamping Example

There is no special training required to use this machine. Inserting paper will activate a trigger for high-speed stamping. Because no button needs to be pushed, it is easy to grab documents with both hands and begin feeding them into the machine. An open throat design makes it easy to move documents from left to right, making alignment easy.

The micro trigger can be adjusted to set the depth of the stamp. This makes it easy to accommodate the N-3 to handle the stamping of letter size 8 ½” x 11″ documents or items as small as tickets. Stamping pressure can also be adjusted to accommodate use with carbonized forms and sensitive carbonless forms.

The base model N-3, unmodified, has a total of 6 stamping wheels that operate in consecutive succession. This means every time it stamps, the number advances by one. It can also be purchased with a duplicate, triplicate or quadruplicate action. Call 1-800-658-8788 to request a quote on one of these non-stock options. The N-3 can also be built with a repeat switch and guide platforms for special print locations.

You will find the Widmer N-3 in accounting departments, contract departments, warehouses and much more. We sell a lot of these and we never have issues with them. They are solid little machines and only measure in at 7 ¼” H x 4 ¾” W x 10″ D. At just 18 pounds, this electronic numbering machine can be used on just about any desk, countertop or surface.

The N3 is available in aversion called the ND-3 (found here), which not only numbers documents, but also includes a date stamp as well.

You can find the Widemer N-3 electronic numbering machine here and our entire selection of numbering machines here. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

Widmer CC-3 Check Certifier Review

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Widmer CC-3 Electric Check CertifierIf you have ever worked in a bank or credit union, or have been in a position where you had to deal with checks, you are probably familiar with check certifiers. These devices are used to certify checks as they are cashed or deposited. This process usually involves a rubber stamp, which can be time consuming and sloppy. One great way to improve check-certifying efficiency is by using a machine like the Widmer CC-3 check certifier (found here). This is my review.

Widmer is a well-known manufacturer of paper handling equipment. Products include time stamps, numbering machines, check signers, perforators, time clocks and much more. One thing I have always been impressed with Widmer products is the build quality. They are almost always made out of some sort of heavy-duty cast metal.

The CC-3 check certifier from Widmer is most frequently found in banks, credit unions and in businesses where checks are handled on regular basis. This particular machine is designed to replace traditional handheld rubber stamps. Here are a few reasons why:

  • Rubber stamps can be easily lost.
  • Handheld check certifiers often produce blurry results.
  • Check certification often ends up crooked.
  • Rubber stamp check certifiers take time.
  • Most rubber stamps can’t produce tri-color impressions.

The CC-3 helps improve on just about all of these points. To begin with, it can easily sit on just about any desk. It only weighs in at 18 pounds, so it is heavy enough to be durable yet light enough to be moved around.

One reason rubber stamp check certifiers produce blurry results is because it is difficult to get the stamp head to hit the paper evenly. The CC-3 evenly applies pressure (electronically) throughout the entire stamping head. All points of the stamp hit the check, producing crisp results. It also uses a self-advancing ribbon, rather than an ink pad, which helps further clarify the text and numbers.

Widmer CC-3 Check Certifier Stamp Sample

Registration with the CC-3 is straight and accurate every time. It is designed to make repetitive check certification quick and flawless. It incorporates an automatic trip switch that automatically stamps the check once inserted. This process keeps the stamp straight and dramatically improves check certification speeds.

The Widemer CC-3 check certifier can be used with tri-color ribbons for added security. The stamp inself produces a control number and a changeable date. I am including a photo of the check certification stamp in this post.

The overall build quality on the CC-3 is excellent. The heavy cast metal case holds up and the inner components are designed for daily continuous use. The case is secured with a lock and key. If you need to speed up your business’s check certification capabilities, I would definitely recommend the Widmer CC-3.

You can find the Widmer CC-3 check certifier here and our entire selection of money handling products here. Please feel free to call 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our customer service representatives with any questions you may have about this machine.

Widmer E-3 Electric Embossing Machine Review

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Widmer E-3 Electric Embossing MachineYou have probably seen them on certificates, awards and other reputable documents. Embossing not only looks great, but also provides a degree of authenticity. Embossing your own documents isn’t hard; you just need the right equipment. One machine you may want to consider using is the Widmer E-3 embossing machine (found here). I have used this machine and this is my review.

I have the Widmer E-3 embossing machine in front of me now. The housing is made from solid die cast metal. You can tell at first glance that this machine was designed from the ground up to last for years.

The E-3 has quite a bit of heft to it, weighing in at 20 lbs shipped. It is still, however, easy enough to pick up and move around. It has two suction cup feet on the front of the machine that helps keep it in place when used on a solid surface or desk.

The cover casing is locked, preventing access to the striking die inside. This is ideal for security purposes and eliminates possible die theft.

The embossing die itself is custom made and is available in 3 different sizes (1 3/8″, 1 3/4″ or 2″). Once you purchase the E-3, we will request some information from you so we can get the die made. Once the die is made, it should be able to emboss documents for years to come.

The base price of the E-3 includes the cost of a die that features simple engraving or text. More complex stamping dies will need to be quoted ahead of the purchase. State seals with text can be used with the E-3, but are only available to verified government entities.

Not only can the E-3 be used to stamp legal documents, awards, certificates and other important paper, but it can also be used to emboss single and 2-sheet carbonized forms. I have personally used this to emboss standard paper all the way up to card stock.

If the impression is too light, the striking pressure can be increased. If the impression is too strong and is actually damaging or cutting through documents, the pressure can be scaled back.

Using the Widmer E-3 embosser is easy. There is no switch or foot pedal required. It has a micro switch built in. When paper is inserted, it triggers the micro switch, which in turn activates the embossing stamp. Embossed images and text can be stamped from the edge of the paper up to 3″ into a document.

If you are embossing larger documents, an optional adjustable guide shelf is available. This shelf also makes it easy to emboss documents over and over in the same place. You can see this guide in the picture I included in this review. Aligning the emboss stamp is pretty easy to do manually, which is what I am doing right now on an 8 ½” x 11″ sheet of paper.

Overall I am really impressed with the Widmer E-3 embosser. It has been around for years and I am not aware of an quality issues. It is one sturdy, tough and well-built machine. Be aware that the embossing is done by the stamp striking the document, which does produce some noise.

You can find the Widmer E-3 embossing machine here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any embossing questions.

Widmer S-3 Automatic Document & Check Signer Review

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Widmer S-3 Automatic Check & Document SignerDo you need to quickly (and affordably) sign checks and documents? Many high-end machines cost thousands of dollars, but what if you don’t need something for signing thousands of checks a day? The Widmer S-3 check and document signer (found here) may be just what you need. This is my review.

To begin with, Widmer is a well-known manufacturer of check signers, numbering machines, text stamps and many other products. Widmer’s products are regarded as being some of the best in their class.

The S-3 document and check signer is extremely popular with our customers, due in part to the fact that the machine is one of the most affordable signers in its class. The S-3 can essentially sign checks and documents as quickly as the operator can feed material into the machine.

Unlike many automated machines, the S-3 features a micro trigger that signs documents once paper is inserted. While not the fastest signer in the market, compared to auto-feed machines, it is remarkably fast and can keep up with hundreds of signatures a day.

The crash head pressure can be adjusted to accommodate carbonized and carbonless forms. The micro trigger can also be adjusted, making it possible to adjust where the signature is stamped on the document.

So how does the S-3 work? It is pretty simple. Prior to use, the S-3 must be fitted with a signature plate. The signature plate has to be made upon the purchase of the machine, although additional signatures can be purchased later. The signature plate is driven by an electric motor. You can get single, double and triple signature plates for the S-3.

Getting the S-3 up and running literally takes just seconds. No special training or skills are required to use the S-3. It has a small footprint, measuring in at just 7 ¼” high x 4 ¾” wide by 10″ deep. It weighs in at 18 pounds, so it is pretty easy to pick up and move to another desk.

Security shouldn’t be a concern. The S-3 features a dual locking system. Access to the case is restricted by a lock and machine use requires a key. This helps to prevent unauthorized access.

I can tell you that we have had great success with the S-3. Our customers are happy with it and I’m not aware of any having been returned. It should easily last you for years. The only maintenance it will require is the occasional changing of the printing ribbon. The S-3 is also available as the SX-3, which features a slightly larger guide and work surface.

I highly recommend the Widmer S-3 for light to medium-volume stamping. You can find the Widmer S-3 check and document signer here. You can find our entire selection of check and document signers here.

Widmer N-3 Automatic Numbering Machine Review

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Widmer N-3 Automatic Electric Numbering MachineNumbering documents, carbonless forms and other paper material is an important part of document control and critical to many business operations. One easy way to number documents is to use a numbering machine. Electric numbering machines speed up this process. One electric machine you may want to look at is the popular Widmer N-3 numbering machine (found here). This is my review.

To begin with, the N-3 is an electric-powered numbering machine. Very little training or skills are need to operate it. Simply plug it into the wall (110-120 volt supply) and you’re ready to start stamping.

Widmer N-3 Numbering Machine Stamp SampleThe standard version of the N-3 comes with a printing head equipped with 6 wheels. Continuous use of the N-3 will advance the wheel with each stamp. You can get the N-3 in a consecutive, duplicate, triplicate or a quadruplicate action (but not a combination of these).

Upon request, the N-3 can be made with a combination of numbers, letters and dash wheels (up to 11 total wheels). For custom pricing on modified N-3 numbering machines, call us at 1-800-658-8788. It can also be set up wit ha repeat switch and a guide platform. A wide variety of custom modifications can be made to the N-3, so feel free to call us and ask us what may or may not be possible.

The N-3 is primarily used to stamp invoices, purchase orders and other documents. This helps save you money by cutting out the need to order pre-numbered forms. It is commonly used by our customers to control paperwork flow.

Activating the N-3 is simple. A trigger switch activates the machine. Simply take your paper, insert it into the N-3 and it will automatically stamp the paper. This trigger can be adjusted to accommodate positioning on the paper. The crash head pressure can be adjusted to accommodate carbonized and carbonless forms.

The N-3 case is very easy to open, making components easy to access and clean. This also makes changing the printing ribbon extremely easy.

As is the case with most Widmer stamping and dating machines, the build quality is great. The N-3 features durable metal construction and high-quality parts. This machine is definitely an affordable numbering machine option, especially compared to the other stuff out there.

You can find the Widmer N-3 numbering machine here. You can find our entire selection of numbering machines and equipment here.

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