Archive for January, 2010


Can you Re-sharpen a Paper Cutter Blade?

Posted by: Morgan on January 29th, 2010

This mainly depends on the style of paper cutter you use. Guillotine paper cutters, the type that cut through large stacks of paper, require blade re-sharpening from time to time. We recommend that you still have a replacement blade on hand to prevent any downtime while the dull blade is re-sharpened.
Paper Cutter Blade
Rotary paper cutters often feature self-sharpening blades. However, this style of blade eventually becomes dull and must be changed. Arm style paper cutters may be re-sharpened too, with disposable replacement blades available with some models.


Can you Laminate a Smaller Document Than the Pouch and Trim to Size?

Posted by: Morgan on January 22nd, 2010


When using a pouch laminator, can you laminate a smaller document or photo than the size of the pouch and then trim to size, or do you have to keep the pouch size even if the document is smaller?Lamination Pouches

Larry S.


Yes, you definitely can laminate your item and then trim it down to size. The lamination film will keep your document or photo sealed even after you do some trimming. Keep in mind that your the laminated object must be properly encapsulated, or laminated. This means the pouch laminator must Pouch Laminatorbe set to the correct temperature to adequately melt the lamination film glue. Most pouch laminators come with instructions on how to properly set the temperature for the various thicknesses of film.


Looking for Non-Commercial Shrink Wrap Sealer

Posted by: Morgan on January 19th, 2010


We are looking for a non-commercial device that would act as a shrink-wrap/sealer/cutter to package DVDs boxes (approx. 14 x 17 x 3 cm) and obtain professional, original-like finish of the plastic wrap and seal. The seal width, as in original packaging, should be minimal and barely visible.

At this point we are looking for a simple, inexpensive, reliable, hand-operated device with a planned output of <100 packagings per month. Can you please kindly recommend a product that would fit our specification?

Thank you very much for your assistance and your prompt response.

Best Regards,

Robert J.


We recommend the I-Bar/Straight Bar SS Shrink Wrapper system by Traco. You could use the SS-13SS 13-inch model if you do not plan to shrink wrap any items larger than 13 inches in length. This unit comes complete with a heat gun. Our standard super-sealer shrink wrap system is an affordable way for packaging DVDs, CDs, and other similarly shaped items.

This SS Shrink Wrapper system is easy to use and highly effective. The system comes ready to operate, no assembly required. The heat gun is safe to use in most work environments, and will operate for extended periods of time. The shrink wrap film is sold separately. For your application, we recommend either PVC or Polyolefin shrink wrap film.


The Sprint 3000 and 5000 Bookletmakers: What’s The Difference?

Posted by: Morgan on January 15th, 2010

From time to time, we are asked about the differences between the MBM Sprint 3000 and 5000 model bookletmakers. The machines look nearly identical, yet there are some key differences. The model Sprint 5000 Booklet Maker is a high-production, professional-grade bookletmaking machine. It uses a staple cartridge system, with each cartridge holding up to 5,000 staples to ensure long-running jobs.

This type of system, however does not allow the staples to penetrate as deep as its sibling, the model Sprint 3000 bookletmaker. The model 5000 will fold and staple up to 22 sheets of 20 lb. bond. You can also use the model 5000 to work in tandem with several collator systems. And, the 5000 will perform a corner staple (if desired) where the model 3000 will not.

The Sprint 3000 is a professional-grade machine as well. Its staple heads hold only 200 staples at a time. However, its staples will penetrate deeper than the model 5000. This machine is capable of folding and stapling up to 25 sheets of 20 lb. bond.


Do You Carry Round 2-Inch Binding Combs?

Posted by: Morgan on January 14th, 2010


Good Morning,

We are trying to find round 2 inch black binding combs. The majority of the companies we have contacted so far carry the 2 inch combs but they are oval. We inevitably have to return them. Do you carry round 2 inch combs?  If you do, please contact me.

Kindest Regards,

Shannon C.


There are many advantages to comb binding. One popular feature is the fact that you can bind a relatively large document with a comb binding machine. Comb binding elements are also less expensive and easy to use when compared to other binding methods.

Comb binding strips are even friendly to the environment, so to speak, since the plastic comb may be re-used over and over. They may be easily re-opened for adding or removing pages in a document. Comb-bound books also lay flat on a table, making the reading experience much more user-friendly.

Large diameter binding combs are not available in the shape of a circle. They must be formed as an oval to accommodate the turning of pages in a large stack of paper. A two-inch round comb simply does not work.


Is The Card-It Business Card Cutter Adjustable?

Posted by: Morgan on January 13th, 2010


I was looking at your card-it business card cutter on your website. Can you tell me if it cuts to a specific card size or is adjustable? Also, can you give me some idea of where you’re located, how you ship, and estimated transit time? Thanks!

Erin S.


The Card-It Slitter/Business Card Inserter is a unique, yet simple-to-use machine. The Card-It makes it convenient to insert a business card into just about any type of document imaginable. The unit essentially makes two diagonal slits in the paper so that you can insert a regular-sized 3-1/2″ wide by 2″ high business card. This is a handy feature that lets you include your business card in sales proposals, folders, reports, booklets, etc.

Unfortunately, the machine is not adjustable for different sized cards. Office Zone is located in Utah, about 20 miles north of Salt Lake City. We ship the Card-It via UPS or Fe-Ex from our warehouse. It typically arrives within three to five business days, depending on your location in the U.S.


Customizable Paper Punch Question: The Martin Yale Master 1325B, 1325PB, 1340PB

Posted by: Morgan on January 12th, 2010


Hi, I’m designing a brochure for client and I need an adjustable paper punch that will go thru about 20-40 sheets of paper. I need to have a margin depth of about 1 inch – tho I’m flexible and ideally would like a bit deeper extension (1″ to  2″) into the page I’d like the guides to lock and help the documents into place (not a single hole hand held punch.)

I’m looking at the: Master 1325B, 1325PB, and 1340PB Customizable Paper Punch by Martin Yale. And I’m wondering if this might work? Can you help me understand the flexibility of the depth of the margins guides ability? Or can you recommend another product?

Thanks so much for your time!

David M.


If you indeed need to punch up to 40 sheets of paper at a time, then I highly recommend that you invest in a paper drill. A paper drill quickly and easily punches through 40 sheets of paper. If punching 20 sheets at once will do, then the Martin Yale Master series hole punch will suffice. You can adjust this particular model to punch from two to seven holes at a time.

You can also adjust the machine to achieve the punching depth you desire. The Master series paper punch is relatively easy to set up and operate. Its long power handle provides extra leverage to easily punch several papers (rated up to 35 sheets).


How to Remove Glue From Laminator Rolls

Posted by: Morgan on January 8th, 2010


The laminating film rolled around the roller bars and we can’t get the glue off of them. What do you suggest?

Kathy P.


Unfortunately, having glue on your laminator rolls is a serious problem. The glue is extremely difficult to remove. However, with a significant investment of time and effort, your laminator rollers can be repaired. First, turn your laminator on. Set it to a low temperature so that you can warm up the glue, but not burn it.

Then, take a soft cloth and wipe off as much glue as possible. You can use water during the cleaning process, but don’t use rubbing alcohol. Alcohol will dry out and crack the rubber rollers. We recommend roller cleaner rejuvenator to aid in the cleaning process. You may find a laminator cleaning kit helpful as well. Just a word of caution here, do not use any sharp objects. A pair of scissors, razor blade, or knife will permanently damage the rollers.

When you’re done, will likely notice that your laminator rollers are discolored, or faded. But not to worry. Your laminator should still perform without any significant drop off in performance.


Does the Akiles DuoMac-C41 Have an Electric Coil Inserter?

Posted by: Morgan on January 7th, 2010


Good afternoon,

I have a question regarding one of your products. Does the Akiles DuoMac-C41 have an electric coil inserter like the Akiles CoilMac-ECI?

Thank you,

Jason D.


No, the Akiles DuoMac-C41 does not come with an electric coil inserter. However, we do offer a good selection of stand-alone spiral/coil inserting machines that you can use in conjunction with this machine.

The DuoMac-C41 binding machine was designed to provide a convenient binding solution for those who want to punch and bind documents with either plastic combs or coil. This model will facilitate both 4:1 and 5:1 pitch coil binding.

If you intend to stick exclusively to 4:1 coil binding, then the CoilMac-ECI model is definitely the way to go. It’s user-friendly and quite efficient at punching and binding documents in a short amount of time.


Cutting Questions About the Akiles Roll-@-Blade 3615

Posted by: Morgan on January 7th, 2010


Hi, We are looking to buy the Akiles Roll@Blade 3615 36″ Rotary Paper Trimmer. I have 2 questions:

Q1. Is the cutting width a flush 36″ or is it just a bit more like 36″1/4 ?  In other words, can we easily cut a 36″ wide paper or will we miss something like 1/16″ ?

Q2. Can this tool cut heavy inkjet canvas like 440 gsm [grams per square meter]?

Thank you in advance,

Francois G.


The Akiles Roll-@-Blade 3615 36″ rotary cutter does feature extra cutting space so that you can perform a cut exactly 36 inches in length. The model 3615 is a high-precision trimmer with two sliding poles that give the unit exceptional stability and cutting accuracy. It also has a convenient transparent clamping bar for even more stability and visibility while trimming.

The Roll-@-Blade 3615 was constructed with an extra-large work area, measuring 15 inches wide, with a printed grid in both metric and standard rule for easy alignment of all cutting material. The 3615 is rated by the manufacturer to cut a wide variety of thick materials including 440 gsm inkjet canvas.