Archive for May, 2009


What I Like About The Pinnacle 27 Ezload Roll Laminator

Posted by: Morgan on May 29th, 2009

I’ll have to admit it, I’m not the world’s biggest roll laminator fan. If a laminating job can be done with a pouch laminator, even if it’s going to take me a little more time, I’ll stick with my trusty old pouch laminator. But that’s just my opinion.

However, I’ve recently had the chance to work with a relatively new roll laminator that quickly changed my mind. I’m talking about the Pinnacle 27 Ezload roll laminator by GBC. Quite simply, this is an easy-to-use, almost fool-proof roll laminator. You can laminate just about anything you need with the Pinnacle 27 including posters, maps, pictures, signs and other documents.

The best thing about the Pinnacle 27 Ezload is its special film cartridges. The rolls of film used on this machine are unique in design, yet simple to use. The warm up time only takes about 10 minutes at the most. I highly recommend you take a closer look at this revolutionary new roll laminator today.


An Increase In New Business Start-Ups? There Is At Office Zone!

Posted by: Morgan on May 27th, 2009

We’ve noticed a positive trend here at Office Zone over the past few weeks. There seems to be a sudden increase in new business start-ups. The reason? My opinion is, people are tired of waiting for things to happen — for things to improve — with this lousy economy, and they’re taking some initiative by starting their own business.

For example, just yesterday I was talking to a young man who was looking for a heavy-duty paper cutter, document binding machine, and paper jogger. He was starting a new company that required all of these key office machines. He was so committed to his new business venture that he had his truck listed for sale and planned to use the money to invest in office equipment. I also spoke with another customer that same day who wanted a quote on a large document collator. He was in the planning stages of creating a new copy services shop.

At Office Zone, you’ll find most of the office machines that you will need to start a new business. If you plan to find new customers via direct mail, and you plan to keep your marketing in-house, then you can’t do without a paper folding machine. We also carry several point of purchase, or POP retail display racks including magazine racks, literature racks, brochure displays, and business card holders.

Be sure to contact Office Zone today before opening the doors to your new business venture. Chances are we carry at least one item you’ll need to succeed.


How To Detect A Counterfeit Bill: Three Quick Tips

Posted by: Morgan on May 22nd, 2009

I had a customer call me the other day concerned about a $100 bill he had received. He was convinced that it was a counterfeit note. He also had recently purchased our model ABC-75 Comprehensive Pro Money Detector. The model ABC-75 comes fully equipped with a ultraviolet (UV) light detector, watermark verification window, magnetic (MG) detection device, and a magnifying lens for micro-printing verification.

This machine has most of the basic counterfeit detection measures you need to identify a fake bill. The customer was misinformed about some key facts regarding counterfeit detection. He thought that a fake bill, when rubbed across the magnetic detection sensor, would make the alarm sound. However, just the opposite is true. The magnetic detector will let you know if the ink printed on the note has metal in it. A legitimate bill has special ink mixed with traces of metal. This ink is only used by the government.

The customer had a second misunderstanding about the paper the note was printed on. He was told that if you took a counterfeit detection pen an drew a line on it, the line would fade indicating a phony note. Once again, just the opposite is true. The ink will fade on a legitimate bill.

The third point of concern with this customer was the security thread embedded into the note. He was completely unaware of its purpose. Larger bills, including 100’s, 50’s, and 20’s, have a clear polyester thread embedded vertically in the paper. The thread is printed with the denomination of the note, and is visible when you hold it up to a light source. Each denomination has a unique thread position, and glows a unique color under UV light (source: ,

So, it turns out that our customer had a perfectly legitimate $100 bill. He could finally breathe easy knowing the bank would accept the deposit of the note. For more information on counterfeit detection, be sure to visit Office Zone’s Money Counter Guide today.


Wooden Magazine Racks: Don’t Forget To Check For This

Posted by: Morgan on May 21st, 2009

Are you looking for a new wooden magazine rack? If so, you may be interested in this small bit of advice. We highly recommend that you take a close look at the available stains and colors. For example, on this product page, the model MR24-4 4-Pocket Display Rack, you can find a sample stain swatch at the bottom right-hand corner of the page. The selections for this particular model include Light Oak, Medium Oak and Dark Red Mahogany.

Now, if you’re still not sure if one of these colors will do, then you can go the next step and request a free wood sample. These small pieces of wood will help you compare the color of your desired magazine rack with existing furniture. Be sure to contact Office Zone today with all of your magazine rack questions.


Minipack Galaxy Shrink Wrap Machines: Facts You Should Know

Posted by: Morgan on May 19th, 2009

We’ve had a MiniPack Galaxy model shrink wrap machine on our showroom floor for about a year now. And it’s performed quite well. We have the System Three model. This includes the shrink wrap machine, mobile cart and film roll support.

We typically use the machine for live video demonstrations. The Galaxy model is a machine that meets the needs of most packaging projects. We’ve shrink-wrapped several sample products during the last 12 months, from DVD’s and software boxes to all sorts of perishable food items. The thing that stands out the most about this machine is its consistent operation. You can use the Galaxy shrink wrap machine all day long without a break and it performs just fine.

The only parts that need some attention and care are the cutting wire elements. This is something that should be attended to consistently with any shrink wrap machine, however. The controls on the Galaxy are very operator friendly, and the shrink wrap film rolls are simple to load.

The Galaxy from Minipack is a highly dependable shrink wrap machine that can package up to an impressive 300 units an hour. Be sure to contact Office Zone today for more details.


Free Product Manuals At Office Zone

Posted by: Morgan on May 15th, 2009

Here’s a little known secret about the Office Zone Web site. For years, we’ve offered, completely free of charge, product manuals for several office machines. You can find a product manual for paper shredders, binding machines, paper folding machines, paper cutters, laminators, and more. Why is this such a big deal, you ask? Well, if you’re like most customers, product manuals tend to disappear. For example, I was having trouble last night with my automatic garage door opener. I searched in vain for the owner’s manual but to no avail. I even tried looking for a manual on the company’s Web site, but that effort was fruitless as well.

To make a long story short, you should be able to find a product manual on the Office Zone Web site that will help you troubleshoot your machine if any problems happen to occur. This helpful feature on our site is something that you cannot find on any other office equipment retail sites. Our office products manuals is an ongoing project. That means we’re continually trying to make updates to our product manuals pages as they become available from the manufacturer. And, if you cannot find a manual for your specific machine, be sure to let us know. We would be more than happy to help.


Office Emergency Kits: Protecting Your Employees When Disaster Strikes

Posted by: Morgan on May 13th, 2009

Ever heard of an emergency 72-hour kit? If not, it’s basically a bag or backpack loaded with life-sustaining essentials to help you through most emergencies. A well-stocked kit contains first aid supplies, a flashlight, radio, food, water, blanket, rain protection gear and other necessary items.

So why would someone be interested in an emergency kit for their office? Good question. Some of our clients already have a 72-hour emergency kit for their home. However, if you currently have a full-time job, just take a moment to consider the fact that you spend most of the week at your location of employment. That means if a disaster ever struck, heaven forbid, chances are pretty good you’ll be at work.

Office Zone’s Emergency Kit for the Office comes fully loaded with all of the emergency essentials and more. You can read about all of the kit’s contents here. I’ve actually used one of these kits in a mock emergency. All of the items are high-quality and the food isn’t half bad either. Remember, the food and water are intended to sustain your life, and not exactly delight your taste buds.

Be sure to take a look at our wide selection of emergency preparedness kits and supplies today.

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Your Bill Counting Questions Answered Here

Posted by: Morgan on May 8th, 2009

Here’s our most common question about bill counters, and the second-most-often asked question doesn’t even come close. “Do your bill counting machines give you the total amount of the bills?” People asking this question are wondering if they can take a stack of mixed bills, drop them in a currency counting machine, and have it add up all their 20’s, 10’s, fives, ones, etc., and display the total monetary value.

Unfortunately, this advanced function, denomination recognition, is only available on one machine that we offer, the Shinwoo SB1000. This currency counter/sorter can actually identify mixed notes.

What most bill counters will do very well, however, is tell you how many notes passed through the machine. You just need to keep the denominations in their respective piles. Money counting machines not only save you a lot of labor time, but cut back significantly on most money counting errors. You can view a wide selection of money handling machines here.


Office Equipment Secrets: What Some Manufacturers Don’t Want You To Know

Posted by: Morgan on May 7th, 2009

There’s a little-known secret among office equipment manufacturers and dealers. It may not seem like a very important thing, but it’s definitely good information to know. It has to do with a machine’s features and specification ratings. What I mean by this is most new office machines, including paper shredders, binding machines, paper cutters, and so on, come with a capacity rating or number that indicates what kind of volume it can produce (or destroy in the case of a paper shredder).

For example, office-grade paper shredders, of the strip cut variety, typically shred from 10-20 sheets at a time, depending on the model. The next part is where some confusion comes into the picture. Most office machine manufacturers will then give a new paper shredder, fresh off the assembly line, a capacity rating — the number of sheets you can insert into the shred feeder at a time.

We have found that some vendors tend to overstate the capabilities of their equipment, and that’s where possible customer complaints come into play. It’s not a question of ethics here. We have leared through experience that yes, most of these machines can do the stated amount in the specifications, under ideal conditions. However, those amounts tend to push the limits of the moving parts, and cut down on the longevity of a machine.

Office Zone has attempted to remedy this situation by publishing a different set of ratings for most machines. What this means is, we’ve taken the manufacturer’s number and trimmed it down slightly, just to be on the safe side. That’s why you may see lower numbers on our site when compared with some of our competitors. For more information on office machine ratings and other related topics, be sure to contact Office Zone.


Office Zone’s Used & Reconditioned Paper Folding Machines: Cheap Prices For High-Quality Equipment

Posted by: Morgan on May 5th, 2009

We know economic times are tough, yet you still have an office to run. With this in mind, Office Zone is pleased to tell you know about an effective way for you to save money while improving the efficiency of your organization. As you most likely already know, Office Zone specializes in selling and servicing automatic paper folding machines. Paper folding machines save you hours of folding letters by hand. We feature several popular brands from Dynafold to MBM.

From time to time, some of these paper folding machines either require repairs, or we decide to sell a demo floor model. Most of these machines are in like-new condition, especially our floor models. They are sold at a significantly discounted rate and are backed by our standard 90-day warranty (a feature most dealers do not offer).

For more details about Office Zone’s used and reconditioned paper folding machines, be sure to visit this page. You are likely to find the right paper folder for your office at an attractive price.