Archive for October, 2009

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Vacuum Sealing Bottles With Liquid

Posted by: Morgan on October 21st, 2009

Question:

I want to wrap in plastic, 8 oz. bottles filled with a liquid.  I ship them via Air.  I do not want the caps to loosen – and if the bottle leaks, I want package to contain leakage. Liquids: Water, Oil, non-Flammable, Flammable, non-corrosive. Maybe a vacuum sealer.

Answer:

A vacuum sealer will most definitely handle your packaging requirements. We have test-sealed several items similar to yours. It’s amazing how durable and long-lasting the air-tight seal lasts. For your application, we highly recommend the model MVS-45 Vacuum Sealer by MiniPack. This is a commercial-grade machine engineered to withstand several years of heavy use. The nice thing about the MVS-45 is that it’s easy to set up and operate. Almost anyone can safely use it.

You may be interested to know that we test vacuum sealed several items here in our office about five years ago. The seal is still amazingly intact! The vacuum sealed products look just like the day they were encapsulated. Our customers also report similar results. And, if you want the very best seal possible, we recommend you stick with an internal chamber vacuum sealer. External models save you money, but the added investment of a heavy-duty chamber sealer is well worth it.

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Pen Tablet Reviews: Office Zone Rates Two Popular Models

Posted by: Morgan on October 20th, 2009

Office Zone offers a wide selection of pen tablets, signature capture pads–used in a variety of office and retail settings. Most of our pen tablet pad models are compatible with a wide variety of signature capture programs. Office Zone also offers a wide variety of drivers and open-source software, designed to help you integrate our signature capture pads with your existing computer programs. The following reviews detail two of our best-selling models.

SigLite 1×5

The Topaz SigLite electronic signing pad is our top-selling signature capture pad. This is a relatively low-cost unit that comes complete with compatible software applications. The SigLite 1×5 model functions more reliably than most pressure-sensing pads. It features a SoftTouch pen and a replaceable signing surface. It is rated to handle at least 10,000 signatures. Office Zone gives the SigLite 1×5 three and one half stars (out of five).

SignatureGem 1×5

The SignatureGem 1X5 is a highly durable pen tablet rated to endure at least 250,000 signatures. Office Zone has a wide variety of clients who use the SignatureGem 1×5. These include: retail stores, hospitals, banks, credit unions, insurance agents, schools, and others that need to digitally record signatures on receipts, forms, contracts and applications.

The SignatureGem is powered through a universal USB port via desktop or laptop computer. You may also use the ink-tip pen attachment to simultaneously sign a wet-ink signature to a document while simultaneously capturing it electronically. Office Zone awards the rugged SignatureGem 1X5 a highly coveted five-star rating.

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Cassida 6600 Bill Counter: “How [do] the bills lay in this counter?”

Posted by: Morgan on October 15th, 2009

Question:

I am interested in your Cassida 6600 Series Bill Counter. It’s hard to tell by the picture on the internet but I’m wanting one where the bills lay flat to be counted. I currently use one, that’s about 10 years old, where the bills sit up straight. At its age now it’s really picky about the bills that are being counted. If they are the least bit crinkled it needs to be reset.

I find that I don’t use it anymore just because it’s too temperamental. So, I’m looking to purchase a newer model. Can you tell me how the bills lay in this counter and if there’s any other information you think would be helpful to me in making a decision as to whether to purchase this model or not.

Answer:

The Cassida 6600 has a vertical-loading hopper. This means that the stack of bills you want to count must be loaded standing up. You can see a brief video demonstration of how the money is loaded here. Based on our experience with bill counting machines, there really is no performance difference between models that load bills flat or vertically.

We do carry a few models that let you load your stack of bills in a flat pile. If you insist on this type of machine, then we recommend the ABC 5500 Ultra bill counter. All you have to do is turn the machine on, drop in your stack of bills and the machine does the rest. This is a high-volume machine that also has some handy counterfeit detection (UV and MG) features. Be sure to take a look at our large selection of bill counting machines today.

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Thermal Binding Question: Can Thermal Binders Make Tear-Off Pads?

Posted by: Morgan on October 15th, 2009

Question:

Can thermal binders be used to make tear off pads? Our Doctor office is looking into creating our own prescription pads. We have the paper but need a way to glue bind it where they will tear off when we use them.

Answer:

First, a little background on thermal binders may be helpful. Thermal, or perfect binding machines, create a simple professional bound book or document, much like the type of glue binding found on paperback books. When binding a document, a thermal binding machine applies glue to the side of a stack of paper. A cover is then applied.

Unfortunately, the lower-cost thermal binding machine models cannot create a pad of paper with tear-off sheets. These units are basically a hot plate that warm up binding glue embedded in the spine of a thermal binding cover. The heated glue then adheres to the document pages after the glue cools down.

Office Zone’s Duplo DB-280 Automated Desktop Perfect Binding Machine does both padding and perfect binding. Although it’s more of an investment than a thermal binding machine, the DB-280 is still a cost effective method of producing professionally manuals and bound books.

Getting the flexibility of performing both perfect binding and padding is certainly a big plus! The Duplo DB-280 will most definitely create professional looking prescription pads.

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We Want A Laminator For Photo Albums

Posted by: Morgan on October 14th, 2009

Question:

We want to buy a laminator for home use, mainly for photo albums, pictures and documents. I’d like to keep the price less than $100. First of all, I don’t know if we should get a cold or hot machine. I’m looking at the Sircle HQ-330 hot 13” wide machine and the Xyron 900 cold, 9” wide machine. Which one would you recommend and how do I pick the correct film out for each machine. I’m guessing we want standard clear.

Answer:

If you need to keep your purchase under $100, then the Sircle HQ-330 pouch laminator should work just fine. This is a versatile laminator with many high-end features not typically found in comparable laminators in its price range. You can insert documents up to 13 inches wide into the HQ-330. It is a very user-friendly model and does a good job of laminating photographs. When it comes to photograph preservation and presentation, we highly recommend a hot laminator over a cold laminator.

The Sircle HQ-330 has a reverse lever to help you quickly back out jammed documents and photos. The machine also has an LED indicator that lets you know when the laminator is warmed up. This laminator is also environmentally friendly.

This pouch laminator automatically slips into power saving mode when it is not in use. The HQ-330 can handle lamination film up to 5 mils thick. We highly recommend that you use a clear lamination pouch with your photographs to ensure a brilliant shine to the photo for several years. You can view our wide selection of pouch laminators here, most of them are in your price range.

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Binding Machine Reviews: What Binding Style Is Best For You?

Posted by: Morgan on October 1st, 2009

Here’s a helpful review of the most common types of binding machines. Each style of binding has its benefits and drawbacks. Take a closer look below to decide what binding machine is best for you and your next document binding project.

Comb Binding Machines

Comb binding machines use a plastic comb binding strip that is durable and easy to use. Comb binding elements are not only inexpensive, but come in different colors and diameters. Plastic combs may be re-used multiple times. Pages in a comb-bound document can be easily removed simply by peeling away the plastic comb from the spine. The binding strip can then be re-inserted with the aid of the comb binding machine. If functionality is a priority and not style, then comb binding may be the best choice for you.

Wire Binding Machines

Wire binding machines, or double-loop wire binding machines, give bound documents a professional look and an added touch of class. Wire binding machines punch paper and insert the wire binding element through punched paper. The machine can then close the wire for a secure bind. Wire-bound documents look professional and last a long time. The only drawback to this binding method is the possibility of the wire getting bent or smashed. Wire binding elements come in a wide array of colors and diameters.

Coil/Spiral Binding Machines

Coil binding machines, commonly referred to as spiral binding, use a plastic coil inserted through punched holes in a document. The ends of the coil are cut and crimped to prevent the binding element from slipping out of the document. Cutting and crimping spiral coils takes time and practice to get it just right. These binding coils are made from PVC plastic and they are highly durable. Coil-bound documents have pages that are easy to turn because the book lies flat when open. Coil/spiral binding materials are available in various colors, diameters, and lengths.

VeloBind® Machines

Documents bound with a Velobind® style machine look great and are very secure. The Velobind® binding method was developed several years ago by a company called GBC. Velobound® documents very secure. This style of binding is commonly used by law firms, government offices, and other organizations that need a tamper-evident document. Once you bind your document, you cannot reinsert or remove pages without ruining the binding element.

A Velobind® machine uses a long plastic binding strip with prongs that are inserted through punched paper. The binding element is fixed to a flat back strip. These durable, plastic strips are available in different colors, sizes and formats, depending on the model of Velobind® machine.

Perfect/Thermal Binding Machines

Perfect binding machines typically bind notepads and softbound books with glue. Perfect binding machines include models that require pre-made report covers with glue embedded in the spine of the cover. Paper is inserted into the cover, the glue is warmed up by the machine and the pages then adhere to the paper. We recommend using this binding method for smaller documents only. Binding covers with embedded glue typically do not hold larger amounts of pages together. However, the end result looks professional and the cost is relatively affordable.