Archive for March, 2010

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Does the 87M Paper Folder by MBM Pressure Seal?

Posted by: Morgan on March 31st, 2010

Question

Will this machine [MBM 87M paper folder] seal “pressure seal” check paper?  What kind of self sealing forms will this machine use?

Mary L.

Answer

The MBM 87M is actually a paper folding machine mainly intended for use with 20 lb. bond paper, not self-sealing forms. That means the unit takes a regular sheet of copy paper and folds it into one of four different fold styles. There is no sealing involved whatsoever.

The machine you need is an automatic pressure sealer, or paper folder sealer. A folder sealer will process check paper by folding it and then sealing it shut. Several banks and other similar institutions use machines such as Formax FD 2000 Folder Sealerthese for processing payments, and other tasks. This type of equipment requires the use of special paper equipped with strategically placed dots of glue. When the paper is processed and folded, these little packets of glue burst and firmly seal the paper together. For a visual demonstration of this process, be sure to see our new video demo of the Formax FD 2000 Folder Sealer.

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Can you Tear off Sheets Bound With the Fellowes TB-250?

Posted by: Morgan on March 29th, 2010

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Does your Fellowes TB-250 Thermal Binding Machine/binder bind the papers which are easy to tear off to use a sheet at a time once the papersFellowes TB-250 Thermal Binding Machine

have been bind together??

Pamela T.

Answer

It sounds like the binding machine you are looking for is most likely a padding press. With a padding press, you can apply a thin layer of rubber-like glue to the spine of your paper stack, let it dry, and then peel off sheets as needed. Most of our customers use a padding press to create professional-looking note pads and other similar products.

The Fellowes TB-250 Thermal Binding Machine incorporates a binding process that’s quite a bit different. The machine requires the use of thermal report covers. These have a strip of glue embedded in the spine. When the cover and pages are placed inside the TB-250 the spine is heated, thus activating the glue. The glue then adheres to the pages of your document. This is essentially called a “perfect binding” process.

A document bound with a TB-250 does not respond well when individual pages are pulled out. You’ll most likely pull out or rip several pages at once instead of a single sheet, thus ruining your entire bound document.

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Punching Through and Binding Laminated Sheets

Posted by: Morgan on March 26th, 2010

Question

Will the CoilMac-ER Binding Machine punch through 6 sheets that have been laminated?

Kathy P.

Answer

The Coilmac-ER binding machine is capable of punching 17 pages of 20 pound bond paper at a time. This is the factory rating determined by Akiles, the manufacturer. We recommend backing that number off by at least three CoilMac-ER Binding Machinepages, just to make the effort a little easier for you when pulling down the punching arm.

When you laminate a piece of paper, it instantly becomes significantly thicker. If you laminated your six sheets of paper with a relatively thin lamination film (1.5 mil thickness for example), you should be just fine. If you laminated your papers with anything thicker such as 3 mil, you may experience some punching problems.

You will have to expend more punching force to get the job done, and you would increase the wear and tear on your machine. It’s perfectly OK to punch laminated paper with a binding machine, you just need to test the punching capabilities of your specific model one sheet at a time. Also, you can still bind the sheets even if they have been laminated.

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Need Help Selecting School Laminator

Posted by: Morgan on March 25th, 2010

Question

I am a teacher at a local elementary school and need to laminate some maps and posters. Money has been approved for purchasing a laminator, but I need help selecting a model.

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If you need to laminate posters and large maps, we recommend a roll laminator. This will allow you to not only laminate these items, but also laminate report covers, signs, student projects and more.

Educator laminatorWhen shopping for a roll laminator, be sure the model you choose accommodates your widest document. Because length is not an issue with roll laminators, go with the shortest side of the poster or map for measurements.

Most of our customers working in education typically do not need anything wider than 25 inches. If your poster is exactly 25 inches, we recommend you get a laminator a little wider to give you some room to work with. The reason is, if your poster or map is fed into the laminator slightly askew, it could bind up in the rollers and cause a jam.

The Educator laminator has always been a favorite with schools. This laminator measures at 25 inches in width and was actually engineered by Banner American after they received feedback from various educators and teachers.

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Do you Really Have to oil a Paper Shredder?

Posted by: Morgan on March 24th, 2010

Question

Do you really have to oil a paper shredder? I noticed you sell shredder oil, but don’t see why I need it. I’ve used shredders in the past without it.

Answer

Yes, it’s true. All paper shredders really should be oiled from time to time. Paper shredders have dozens of moving parts, especially cross cut Shredder Oilshredders. Because the parts are moving and rubbing together, they need to be oiled to reduce friction and heat. This will dramatically increase the life of your shredder.

The price of a pint of shredder oil is hardly anything in comparison to the replacement cost of a worn out shredder. We recommend even oiling small home office paper shredders. As a general rule of thumb, you should oil your shredder every time you change the shred bag. And, be sure you specifically use paper shredder oil. It’s a lightweight, fine-grade lubricant specially formulated for shredders.

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Need Padding Machine for Home Business

Posted by: Morgan on March 23rd, 2010

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Officezone:

I am seeking to purchase a padding machine from your company within the next week.  I am beginning a start up business from home that binds stationary of postes 4×4′ and notepads 8 1/2 x 11, and need to know if your products if produced at home would be ok for resale.  Which padding machine would be more supportive for my company needs.  Thanking you in advance.

Venni D.

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We would require a little more information before making a solid Mini 2 Padder Padding Pressrecommendation here, but the Mini 2 Padder padding press should do just fine. If you want to create professional-looking note pads, stationery, forms and other items, the Mini 2 Padder does a terrific job.

With the Mini 2, you can take a stack of paper, clamp it in place, and then apply professional padding glue to the spine. We carry a complete line of padding supplies including adhesive (red or white), brushes, chip board, padding knives, and more.

When the glue is dry, the clamping mechanism on the padder may be released and the note pad taken out. Then you can start the process all over again. The Mini 2 padder has a nice swivel base feature that lets you turn the entire padding press around 180 degrees, allowing for a simplified padding experience.

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What are 10-up and 12-up Business Card Cutters?

Posted by: Morgan on March 22nd, 2010

Question:

What is the difference between a 10-up and 12-up business card cutter? How are the business cards made?

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The difference between a 10-up and 12-up business card cutter is the design layout. A 10-up design lets you print 10 business cards on an 8-1/2 x Business Card Cutter11-inch sheet of paper, where a 12-up design will produce 12. Although most of the higher end business card cutters can handle both layouts, some are designed to specifically cut one format or the other. Be sure you find out the type you will be printing before purchasing a business card cutter.

Once your business cards are printed, cutting them is simple. The printed sheet is inserted into the cutter on the back side where it is sliced down the center. The two halves are then re-inserted into the business card cutter where the final cuts are made. We also have a a video demo of a manually operated business card cutter on our Web site.

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Need Replacement for old Hot Foil Stamping Machine

Posted by: Morgan on March 19th, 2010

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We currently have a very old Kingsley stamping machine that has become inconsistent. It is used to imprint foiled names on prayer books that are 7-1/2 inches wide and slightly less than two inches thick. I am looking for a replacement, but it needs to be light weight – portable—a table top device.
Do you carry anything like this?  If so, please send me info and pricing.

Thank you.

Carol C.

Answer:

We recommend the Model 150 Foil Stamping Machine by Howard Systems. Model 150 Foil Stamping MachineThis is an easy to set up and simple-to-use foil stamp machine. The model 150 foil stamper can be operated by almost anyone. This model is often used by our customers who need to stamp books, bibles, leather, vinyl covers, fancy wedding napkins, greeting cards and more.

You simply plug in the machine, set the text in the type holder, load the stamping foil and you’re ready to start foil stamping. This lightweight foil stamper is compact and may be easily used on any table, counter or working surface.

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Can you Laminate 42″ Paper With a 42″ Laminator?

Posted by: Morgan on March 18th, 2010

Question:

What size laminator would be required to laminate 42” wide paper? Is a 42” laminator sufficient or something wider than the paper that is being laminated? Also, what is the price of a laminator with that capability?

Thank you for your help,

Blaine B.

Answer:

To laminate a document 42 inches in width, you would need a roll laminator that measures at least 45 inches in width. You’re in luck because Office Zone carries the largest selection online of laminators in this category. We highly ValueLam 4500recommend the ValueLam 4500 Roll Laminator from Banner American for your job. It can laminate items up to 45 inches wide. The ValueLam 4500 is a great value for the money ($3,997 as of March 2010). Most laminators in this class require a higher investment.

The ValueLam 4500 also carries a lot of high-end features in an economically priced machine such as a reverse function, emergency stop buttons located on right and left sides of the machine. It has a liberal one-year manufacturer’s warranty as well. Customers are pleasantly surprised to learn that the ValueLam only requires a standard 110/120v power outlet. Some wide format laminators require a 220v connection.

Last of all, if you try to laminate your paper with a roll laminator 42 inches in width, your document will not be completely encapsulated inside the film. And, if your document is mis-fed by just 1/8th of an inch, the end result will be a crooked, wrinkled mess.

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Why use a Foil Fuser vs. a Foil Stamper

Posted by: Morgan on March 17th, 2010

Question:

I am planning on using a foil stamping machine to create certificate awards that will be handed out at a science fair. I would normally have this done at a local shop, but would like to get something we can use year after year. Would your Model 45 foil stamper work?

Answer:

You could use the Model 45 foil stamper to stamp names onto award certificates, but we may have a better recommendation for you. For the possible high volume that you will be dealing with, and if you need only to produce certificates, you may want to consider using a foil fuser.

Foil FuserWhat’s the difference? A foil stamping machine uses heated dies to stamp text or a logos onto an object. These are ideal for book covers, bibles, photographs, fancy napkins and more. A foil fusing machine lets you custom design a certificate on a computer, print it out and then cover it with foil.

Foil fusers use a special type of foil that adheres to toner used in copy machines and printers. Foil fusers are relatively simple to set up and operate, and can easily foil fuse several certificates in a minute. The end result looks just like a foil-stamped document.

If you don’t want foil on everything on the certificate, simply print out what you need foil fused and run it through the foil fuser. You can then run the certificates through the printer a second time to print everything else.