Archive for October, 2008


Binding Your Own Books Doesn’t Have To Be Complicated

Posted by: admin on October 31st, 2008

Do you have a cookbook, a report or perhaps a book that you need to bind? Many people think that binding a document is long, lengthy and complicated process. Others assume that binding has to be done by a publisher, regardless of the volume. This is not the case. Binding is easy, simple and can be done by anyone.

All you need is a printer and a binding machine. There are several “do-it-yourself” binding machines available, with the three most popular binding formats being comb, wire and coil binding. These machines allow you to print your recipe book or novel using a printer. Once printed, the document can be punched and binding elements inserted. The entire process typically takes less than a few minutes.

Speed is an issue for some people, especially if you need to bind hundreds of books per day. Manufacturers have taken this into consideration. Many binding machines are now available in a manual and electric version. The manual version of a binding machine is used for lower-volume binding and requires the individual to pull a handle to punch and binding.

Electric binding machines typically use a motor to punch the holes and often help assist with applying the binding element as well. Electric binding machines make it possible to bind several hundred books a day. You can often double or triple output simply by using an electric motor enabled binding machine.

As mentioned previously, there are three popular forms of binding; being comb, wire and coil (sometimes referred to as spiral). These three binding formats require paper to be punched and elements to be inserted. All three formats are available in manual and electric designs.

Comb binding machines use a plastic element. In the United States, 8 ½ x 11-inch paper is most commonly used. A comb-binding machine will punch a total of 19 holes with this size of paper. The holes are rectangular in shape. One the holes are punched, the comb binding element is opened and inserted through the punched holes. The machine then releases the comb and the binding process is completed. A nice thing about comb binding is that the supplies can be re-used and pages can be removed or added.

Wire binding machines use a wire binding element. There are three hole formats available, being Spiral-O, 2:1 pitch and 3:1 pitch. These hole formats sound complicated, but are easy to use. Again, using 8 ½ x 11-inch paper, a Spiral-O will punch 19 total holes, using a similar hole patter to the comb binding. The 2:1 pitch punches two holes per inch and the 3:1 pitch punches three holes per inch.

The more holes there are per inch the tighter the look of the bound book, however the more holes the fewer the sheets that can be bound. Holes are available in rectangle, square and round, depending on the machine. Different hole patters are not interchangeable with different pitches of binding supplies. It is critical to buy the correct wire binding supplies that match your binding machine. Wire binding machines, similar to comb binding, punch the paper. The wire-binding element is then inserted through the holes and the wire is actually closed shut. Once closed, the wire cannot be re-opened.

Coil binding, commonly referred to as spiral binding, uses a spring-like binding supply. The appearance is much like the spiral notebooks used in elementary school, except that the supplies are made from PVC plastic instead of metal. The plastic coils are available in various colors and diameters.

Coil binding machines punch holes in paper. The supplies are then spun through the holes either manually or by use of an electric coil inserter. Coil binding is available in 5:1 pitch (five holes per inch) and 4:1 (four holes per inch) pitch supplies. Much like wire binding, the different pitches are not interchangeable.

These are just a few of the binding machines available for binding booklets. There is no need to feel intimidated or disappointed at the thought of binding your book. Simply purchase or use a binding machine and bind it yourself!


Semacon S-1450 Money Counter: A Little Known But Important Feature

Posted by: Morgan on October 27th, 2008

Office Zone has offered the Semacon S-1400 Series currency counters for a few months now, but there’s a little-known feature of the S-1450 version, the top-end model, that will most likely get your attention. The S-1450 includes an exclusive filtration system that is especially helpful to bankers and other organizations that count a lot of bills.

Semacon S-1400 Series Bill CounterThe Semacon S-1450 features a sophisticated design that incorporates a blower/filter that blows dust and other contaminants off of counted bills. The machine also has a plastic cover that protects the user from flying dust and other crud. Why is this so important? Well, because we unfortunately live in a world with the criminal element. What I’m specifically referring to is drug dealers who deal in cash only. At times, the drugs and other contaminants related to their profession come in contact with the currency they use.

Bank workers and others will be relieved to know that the risk of counting potentially dangerous stacks of bills has been greatly reduced, thanks to the thoughtful engineers at Semacon. You can take a closer look at the Semacon S-1450 bill counter here.


Office Chairs With A Religious Twist

Posted by: Morgan on October 16th, 2008

Here’s a little known fact about some of the office chairs that we carry. If you take a look at our Flexible Office Seating index, you’ll notice something different. These chairs were designed with church use in mind. That means they’re built to endure decades of use and abuse.

Churches typically have a modest furniture budget, that’s why their furniture has to last. Offices can take advantage of these added furniture features too. Select office chairs featured at Office Zone are hand-made from northern red oak. This is a wood typically used with church furniture because of its sturdy, long-lasting qualities. It holds up well in most environments and climates.Office Chair

This selection of office chairs also includes extra padding in the seat for added comfort. Instead of one-inch foam padding, you get two inches of foam. That means you can finally sit in comfort for hours during your next thrilling staff meeting. The tough commercial-grade fabric covering the chair’s seat and back is also rated to last much longer that most office chairs.

Be sure to take a closer look at these special office chairs, with a religious flair, today.


Paper Folding Machines: Three Things You Probably Didn’t Know

Posted by: Morgan on October 15th, 2008

I got a call yesterday from a customer who bought a low-volume, paper folding machine a couple of years ago. She said it was working well, but now she needed a paper folder that would fold larger sizes of paper. She had been folding standard 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper and had a new project that required 8-1/2″ x 14″ legal sized paper.Dynafold DE-102AF

The point here is to make sure you initially purchase a paper folding machine that’s equipped with all of the features you may ever need. Most low-volume folders will not fold legal-sized documents. From a pricing starting point, the first model we recommend that can handle such a task is the Dynafold DE-102AF paper folder.

Another thing you probably haven’t considered is a paper folder’s operating speed. This is the maximum speed the motor on the paper folder is capable of running at. This typically is measured in sheets per hour. Most manufacturers will list a machine’s operating speed, but this does not mean the machine should function at this level continually — sort of like your car’s speedometer. The speedometer goes up to 120, but running your car at that speed is insane. That’s why we recommend you operate your paper folder slightly under its operating speed.

Last but not least, and we get this question a lot, be sure you get a paper folding machine that can handle the paper you want to fold. If you need to fold glossy paper, or paper with a somewhat slick surface, friction-feed paper folders are not the answer. You would need an air-feed paper folding machine.

If you learned something new here, terrific! If not, then when would you like to start your new job with us? But seriously, if you’d like to know more, feel free to post your questions, responses here in our blog and we’ll answer them as quickly as possible.


Polyolefin Shrinkwrap Film: Why Use It?

Posted by: Morgan on October 10th, 2008

If you’ve decided to purchase a shrink wrap machine, then the next important step is to find the right kind of shrink film. There’s two basic types of shrink wrap film available: PVC and polyolefin.

People often ask, what’s the difference? PVC is the most popular and typically the least expensive shrink wrap film on the market. It’s commonly found in several product packaging applications.Shrink Wrap Machine

Polyolefin looks similar to PVC, but is distinguished by its stretchy properties. It feels a lot like Saran Wrap. It’s known for its durability and is safe for use with food.

One unique, little-known feature of polyolefin film is the fact that it typically requires a higher temperature to get it to shrink. We have found in our own lab testing that a 220-volt chamber sealer shrink wrap machine works best.

Be sure to take a look a closer look at our shrink wrap film today.


Semacon Currency Counters: The Curtis Mathes Of Bill Counters

Posted by: Morgan on October 8th, 2008

The name Curtis Mathes probably doesn’t ring a bell with most, but in the 1970’s-early 80’s, the company was a well-known TV manufacturer in the U.S. They produced some memorable television commercials by saying they had “the most expensive television set in America – and darn well worth it”. Curtis Mathes also offered longer warranties than their competitors.

No, Office Zone doesn’t sell television sets, but we do feature a vendor called Semacon that has a lot in common with the Curtis Mathes company and their business philosophy. Semacon produces high-quality bill and coin counters. The engineering standards are much higher than most machines in their class, that’s why the company’s products come in at a typically higher price point. Semacon money counting machines have a strong reputation in the industry for high quality standards and longevity.

Semacon Bill Counter

Like Curtis Mathes of old, Semacon is not afraid to say their bill counters may be more of an investment up front, but the cost savings over the years more than make up the difference. High-end Semacon bill counters are especially unique. They feature a fan filtration system that eliminates contaminated dust and particles. This helps prevent the build-up of dust, dirt and other grimy stuff. It is also nice for people who have asthma or are sensitive to dust-filled air.

Semacon machines, such as the S-1400 series, break up brand new bills that typically stick together, thanks to an agitation feature. Best of all, Semacon offers a factory warranty that stands out from the rest: one-year warranty on parts, labor, and shipping. That’s correct, shipping both ways is covered by Semacon.

Be sure to take a closer look at the Semacon money counting line today.


Buddy Punching Problems? Biometric Time Clocks Have The Situation Well In Hand

Posted by: Morgan on October 7th, 2008

Do you have a problem with “Budding Punching” at your office? No, we’re not talking about friendly fighting here. If you use an employee time clock like most business do, then the issue of having one employee punching in for another who is not present is a big problem. Fortunately, this is no longer a concern with offices that use biometric time clocks.

Biometric Time Clock

This innovative , yet simple technology eliminates costly buddy punching by actually requiring the presence of your employees when they punch in and out for work. They absolutely must be present to clock in. Thanks to biometric time clocks, old-fashioned, paper time cards and clerical payroll errors are reduced or completely eliminated.

There’s no more need to continually purchase or maintain expensive stocks of badges, time cards, ribbons or other supplies, thanks to state-of-the art time clocks such as the Acroprint Handpunch 1000. Be sure to take a look at this impressive time clock, and others offered by Office Zone, today.

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How To Make A Note Pad

Posted by: Morgan on October 3rd, 2008

Want to learn how to make a scratch pad or note pad from scratch? It’s simple. All it takes to get started is a modest $150 investment. This will cover your padding press, bottle of glue, and brush. Padding presses are so simple to use, even an elementary student and be trained how to do it.

Padding Press

You simply take the stack of paper you want to pad, make sure it’s jogged, or even on all sides. Place it on the padding press platform, made sure the end you will pad is straight and justified. If you take a look at the image on the left, you can see a board standing vertically that helps you straighten the pages of your pad.

You then secure the stack of paper with the padding press clamps. Now remove the board. Apply the padding glue to the side you want to pad with the brush. You can use either white or red padding adhesive. They both work the same, it’s simply up to you to decide what color you like.

Let the glue dry for at least 10-15 minutes. After the glue has dried, remove your new pad of paper and then continue with the next stack. We highly recommend using chip board to give your note pad a firm base. You can find padding presses here.

We also have a helpful video demo that shows you how to make a note pad.