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How To Use Velobind Machines

Posted by: Office Zone on May 27th, 2011

VeloBind Binding MachinesThere are many types of binding available today, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.  While most are fairly simple to operate, the one that seems to hold that “mystery” or “confusing” effect is the Velobind machine.  You’ve seen them here and there, and you’ve always wondered what they do, but you haven’t actually seen what they can do.  This article will explain the benefits that come with this style of binding, as well as a tutorial on how they work.

How They Work

Like most other binding machines, the first thing you need to do is punch the holes.  Simply insert the paper into the allotted punch location and the hard part is over.  Most Velobinders operate the punch with either a foot pedal operation or a simple touch of a button, and the Velobind System III can do both.

Most machines will be able to punch up to 15-25 sheets of paper.  Once your punch is made, you will need to manually insert your binding strip into each hole.  After that, snag the back portion of the binding strip and place it into the posts.  Many Velobind machines come with a pin that shows you exactly where to place your binding element for the next phase.  Simply line it up with that pin and lay your paper flat on the machine.  When you’ve completed that part, lift the heating bar and lower it onto your paper.  At this point the machine will do the rest.  It will heat up and melt the posts off and cut off any excess.

Here is a short, yet effective, video that will show these steps in action: VeloBind Machine Video Demo

Velobind Strengths

  • – Durable and solid bind.  Velobinding is very popular for law offices and construction companies for this reason.  It would be most unfortunate to have any vital information for your client or an important building schematic lost because of the binding not holding properly.  That problem is eliminated with the Velobind machines.
  • – Large capacity.  Velobind soars when it comes to being able to bind large documents.  With the ability to bind up to 3″ thick of material, these machines are on a level all their own.  Comb and Coil binding only bind up to a little over 2″ thick.

Velobind weaknesses

  • – Laying the document flat.  Unlike your Coil binding, the Velobind machines cannot lay 100% flat on the desk.  This isn’t a huge issue, however, unless you like to have your hands free when going through your documents or reports.  Turning the pages is still easy, however.
  • – Debinding.  Most of the lower end Velobind machines cannot be undone, making your project permanent.  So, if you ever need to add or take away pages from your report, you may be out of luck.  The Velobind System III, however, does have a built-in debind function that is completely automatic.

Overall, these machines are great for the price, especially due to their durability and longevity.  We have a model that’s been in our showroom for over 10 years now and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down whatsoever.  The models we carry are from GBC and can be found here:

While GBC is typically not my favorite manufacturer, they have done a great job with these machines.

Officezone also carries all the supplies needed for Velobinding, such as the strips (in multiple colors and sizes), as well as a wide assortment of covers.  If you have questions, need to make an order, or would like an official quote, make sure to contact us by phone (800-543-5454) or by e-mail regarding all your binding needs.

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Minipad 4000 Padding Press Notepad Making Machine

Posted by: Morgan on May 26th, 2011

Minipad 4000 Padding PressQuestion

Hi!

I’m interested in possibly purchasing the Minipad 4000 Padding Press/ Notepad Making Machine, but I have a couple of questions:

1. Will it bind 8.5″ x 11″ paper along the 11″ side?
and
2. Will I need to purchase additional parts such as glue and cardboard for binding?

Thank so much
Charlotte

Answer

The Minipad 4000 Padding Press will pad documents up to nine inches wide. However, the MiniPad 4000 padding press is still a popular choice with our customers. It can pad a stack of paper up to 10 inches high (approximately 4,000 sheets of 20 lb. paper). That’s why it’s one of our best-selling items. But for you, we recommend the Superpad Padding Press Notepad Machine. The model can pad up to 18 inches wide. If you are looking for a padding press that is capable of padding thousands of sheets of paper at a time, then the Superpad Notepad Machine padding press is your best option. This high-volume padding can literally pad up to 10,000 sheets of paper at a time.

Yes, you will need to purchase padding press supplies to properly bind your notepads.

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Will a Shrink Wrap Machine Melt Frozen Pizza?

Posted by: Morgan on May 25th, 2011

Polyolefin Shrink Wrap FilmQuestion

Hello,

I am looking for a machine to wrap my product much like the plastic you’d find around frozen pizzas. My problem is that these shrink wrap machines use heat, right?

Well my product is supposed to be an uncooked frozen pastry. I know that frozen pizzas are normally cooked then frozen, so this wouldn’t be  problem for them. But for my product i think it would. Or does the heat not affect the product directly? Is there another type of machine you could recommend for me to use which won’t affect my product by cooking it, but which will give that same tightly wrapped pizza result?

Thank you,

Sabrina J.

Answer

Yes, shrink wrap machines do use heat to package products. The heat inside a shrink wrap machine chamber is actually relatively low. It gets hot enough to shrink down the Polyolefin Shrink Wrap Film, commonly used with food products. However, this film requires a low temperature to form around and item, thus most food products are unaffected. Take a look at our Minipack Galaxy Quick Overview Video. Notice how quickly and efficiently the machine fully shrink wraps the demo pizza. It takes only two seconds … and you’ll notice that the pizza has the shrink film tightly wrapped around the pizza. Two seconds in a shrink wrap machine chamber is simply not enough time to melt the cheese on your pizzas.

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MVS 31X Chamber Vacuum Sealer Review

Posted by: Office Zone on May 24th, 2011

Minipack MVS 31X Chamber Vacuum Food SealerIf you’re looking to expand your cooking arsenal, as well as preserving your delicious foods for a long, long time to come, it’s time to look into buying a chamber vacuum sealer.  Vacuum sealers are excellent for packing liquids, meat, and other foods.  One extremely easy to use machine to consider would be the MVS 31X chamber vacuum sealer by Minipack.  This review will explain the features that set it apart from the other similar models.

Manufactured in Italy, Minipack is one of the top leaders in the vacuum sealer and shrinkwrap industry, making quality machines at completely affordable prices.  The MVS 31X recently replaced their very popular model the MVS 31.  The main differences are an upgraded design and a slightly smaller sealing area.

The first thing to know about this machine, as well as all of Minipack’s vacuum sealers, is the high quality craftsmanship of stainless steel.  This makes it easier for cleaning, and makes it much more durable for heavy use. Other models are made of the cheaper sheet metal, which will not hold up over time.

The next thing that makes this an easy choice is the all-digital control panel.  This allows you to store up to 10 different programs.  Why would you need so many?  This vacuum sealer can suck up to 99.9% of the air out of the bag, preserving your food for up to three times the regular amount.

It doesn’t just work on food, however.  You can also vacuum seal your clothing!  If you want to fit your entire wardrobe into one suitcase, you can easily make more room by sealing the t-shirts, socks, and anything else you want.

You can also use an inert gas kit as an option with this machine.  This will allow you to pump a separate gas back into the bag.  This is used on things such as chips, crackers, and other things you don’t want crushed.  The automation of this machine makes it so easy that anyone can use.

Another great thing about this model is the optional slant tray.  If you’re doing any type of liquids, you can use this to make sure there is no mess.  The slant tray makes all the liquid sit conveniently at the base of the bag.  This is something you will not find in an external vacuum sealer.

One thing most people don’t know about vacuum sealers is they need to be calibrated for the location you live in.  The MVS 31X has auto-calibration, making this step one less to worry about.

So, if you’re doing a fairly mid or high range volume of items the size of 12.5 X 9.5 X 3.75, this is really the best choice.  Overall, it’s certainly one of the best purchases for the money you spend.

You can find pricing and other information about the MVS 31X vacuum sealer here. Also, if you need a bigger size chamber, we have many other great models to choose from here.

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David-Link W-1288 Time Clock Review

Posted by: Office Zone on May 20th, 2011

David-Link W-1288 Biometric Time ClockTime clocks come in many varieties, and it can be a challenge to know which one is right for your organization.  If you’re looking for a great machine, with up to date technology, an easy interface, and one with an included software that calculates everything for you automatically, a great model to consider is the W-1288 biometric time clock by David-Link.  This review will focus on the highlights of this model, as well as explain why it is a superior choice among models in the same price range.

For the price of $438.00, it’s difficult to find a machine that has a biometric finger log-in system.  You’ll never need to worry about your employees punching in for their friends (buddy punching), nor will you have to worry about employees loosing their swipe cards.  Hopefully they can keep track of their fingers.  And if not, they at least have 10 of them!

Once you have the employee set up in the system with their individual print, it is simply a matter of them placing their finger in the biometric slot to clock in, out, in, out, as many times as needed throughout the day.  Not only that, but instead of swiping a finger like the older style clocks, you simple place your finger on the scanner and it reads it instantly.  Many other clocks that use the old swipe system are finicky and cause the employee to be stuck at the clock swiping minute after minute.

The W-1288 does not require a computer connection to operate, but it is ideal.  It’s not designed for outdoor use.  However, the software is included with the purchase, providing you with everything you need right up front.  Some clocks require lots of other options and accessories to operate, but this model is quick, easy, and accurate right out of the box.  The navigation through the setup of each employee is also simple and easy.

While looks aren’t everything, they sure can add value to a machine.  This model has a very modern design, the coolest thing being the full color LCD screen.  The screen makes it super easy to view everything on display.

A few other great features include a 3,000 fingerprint capacity, a log capacity of up to 50,000, a one year warranty, and an optional battery back-up.  It is also available in the following languages: English, Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish.

The only draw back this model does not have yet is the ability to import the data from the software directly into Quickbooks or other similar software.  However, this is something David Link plans on implementing down the road.

So, if you have a small or large business of around 50 employees, and you’re looking for a very modern time clock with a biometric scanner, then this is definitely the way to go.  Here is a link to view more information about the David Link W-1288 biometric time clock. You can find a list of all our time clocks here.

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How To Clean A Roll Laminator

Posted by: Office Zone on May 19th, 2011

Properly Cleaning Roll LaminatorLaminators can be extremely easy to use.  However, cleaning them can be quite tricky, even dauntingly scary if you haven’t done it before.  Why could it be considered scary?  There isn’t much damage you can do to yourself, but more than one laminator has been ruined due to improper cleaning.  It’s also important to note that cleaning your laminator is crucial.  It allows your laminator to last a lot longer, as well as making sure your laminated material comes out as smooth as possible, absent bubbles or creasing.  This article will explain how to clean your roll laminator properly, easily preserving it for years and years to come.

First things first: make sure to never try and clean your laminator without first turning off the laminator and giving it time to cool off (about 5-10 minutes).  Not only can you accidentally get burned, but it will make it much easier to clean.

The next thing to do is to remove the lamination rolls.  Make sure to put the machine in reverse to get all extra lamination out of the machine.  Forgetting this step can, unfortunately, can cost you precious time.

Now for the most important part.  You’ll most likely be cleaning off burnt film that was a result of leaving on the laminator too long, or turning up the heat too much.  Never, never, never use a knife, scissors, or any cutting tool on the Teflon coated boots or the silicon rollers.  Too many roll laminators have nicks on the rollers, which will cause creases in your lamination and permanent (yes permanent) damage to the crucial rollers.  Also, make sure to not use standard rubbing alcohol, as it can potentially dry out the rubber rollers and cause cracking, again making them useless.  Now that you know what pitfalls to avoid, it’s time to clean.

How To Remove Excess Film

Start by warming up the laminator to a mildly warm setting, then turning off the power again.  This will heat up the excess just enough to make it much easier to clean.  Use a clean cloth to rub off the film, turning the rollers manually as you do so.  Another great tool is to use a rubber rejuvenator substance that helps break down the glue for easier removal.  You can find more information about the rejuvenator here.

Laminator Cleaning KitAnother smart choice is a laminator cleaning kit, which can be found here.  This inexpensive tool is definitely worthwhile, and will save you a lot of time.  With this you’ll be able to avoid the indecision of what to use while cleaning the rollers.  It includes foam cleaner, non-abrasive pads, and a course-cleaning pad.  Use the non-abrasive sponge pad for cleaning off heat shoes and the coarse pad for cleaning the rubber rollers.

How often should you clean your laminator?  A good rule of thumb is every roll change.  It’s an easy thing to let the build up continue, but if you are consistent in cleaning each time you change the rolls, the process seems much easier.  Not only will your end product look crisper, smoother, and more professional, it will preserve your roll laminator for many years to come.

If you are still having trouble cleaning your laminator, or it’s just to the point of desperation, you can always contact our service department at 800-543-5454 x 129.  They will be able to coach you through the process, or, if necessary, have you send in the laminator for cleaning.  While we are primarily based in Utah, we also have technicians spread throughout the U.S. that can come to your location within 48 hours.

If your laminator is truly beyond the point of no repair, you can find our wide selection of new roll laminators here.

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MBM Destroyit 2604 Cross Cut Office Shredder Review

Posted by: Office Zone on May 19th, 2011

Destroyit 2604 Cross Cut Office ShredderHow many of you have purchase a “nice looking” paper shredder for your office only to have it break down a few months later? Pretty frustrating, right? You bet. When you buy a paper shredder, you want it to hold up and last for years. That’s certainly not too much to ask for. If you’re in the market for a high-quality and hassle free paper shredder, consider looking at the MBM Destroyit 2604 cross cut office shredder. This is my review.

Destroyit paper shredders (by IDEAL) are both German engineered and built. It case that doesn’t turn on a light, you may not be aware that German engineered and built office equipment is considered to be some of the best around. Unlike many other office shredder brands made in China, these German shredders are designed from the ground up to last for years.

The Destroyit 2604 cross cut shredder is the perfect size for office departmental use. It measures in at 18 1/2″ x 19 1/2″ x 36 1/2″ and has a nice 26 gallon bin. Cross cut particles compact nicely in a shredder bin, resulting in few bag changes. Twenty-six gallons of paper is a lot of paper. This all makes for a great office shredder.

Available in a Level 3 or Level 4 cross cut pattern, the 2604 provides a great level of shredder security. This shredder is perfect for shredding old contracts, patient data, customer information, receipts and much more. Particles cut on this shredder, simply put, cannot be easily re-assembled.

The Destroyit 2604 rolls out with all the bells and whistles you would expect in a paper shredder of this caliber. This includes a handy bag full indicator, door ajar indicator and the ability to prevent paper jams by gauging the amount of paper being shred.

You can view a video of some of these cool features here:

A meter on the top of the shredder literally lets you know visually how much paper you are shredding. This makes it easier for you by eliminating the need to count the sheets of paper prior to shredding. If too much paper is being fed, the visual lights will let you know and the shredder will back out the paper before a jam can occur. Pretty cool!

Paper shredders, especially cross cut shredders, have a lot of moving parts. This is a necessary evil in order to get the security cut you need for your business documents. This also means that office shredders need to be oiled about every time you empty the shredder bag. Many people, however, forget to do this. An un-oiled shredder can lead to premature wear and tear. The Destroyit 2604 cross cut office shredder includes an automatic oiler. As long as the oil bottle is full, your shredder is getting the oiling it needs.

Energy consumption is another thing we are all more conscious about these days. The MBM Destroyit 2604 is very energy conscious. It utilizes specially designed ESM (Energy Saving Mode) that will put the shredder into an energy-conserving standby mode after 1-hour of inactivity.

As is the case in most offices, paper shredders get used every day. If you have ever used a shredder that requires a “cool down” period, you probably know how annoying that can be. The Destroyit 2604 has a continuous duty motor. That means that the motor is thermally protected, allowing it to be used on a continuous basis without overheating.

This shredder is also extremely quiet, making it ideal for office use. If you’re like me, you don’t want to be distracted in the office by loud machinery. Again, this shredder is perfect for the office.

In conclusion I have to say that the Destroyit 2604 cross cut shredder is probably one of the best shredders around for office use. I highly recommend it.

You can find the MBM Destroyit 2604 cross cut paper shredder by going here and our entire selection of Destroyit paper shredders here.

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Intelli-Fold DE-102AF Paper Folder Review

Posted by: Office Zone on May 19th, 2011

Intelli-Fold DE-102AF Paper FolderIf you were to ask me what the best value for a paper folding machine would be under $1,000 dollars, I would have to say it would be the Intelli-Fold DE-102AF paper folding machine. I have used this machine many times. Not only is it accurate, it is a great value. I’ll explain more in this review.

As mentioned, I have used the Intelli-Fold DE-102AF many times. It is comparable to the Dynafold DE-102AF, with the Intelli-Fold still being made in the original Dynafold factories. Intelli-Fold currently makes about 10 different machines, all of which have a great reputation.

The DE-102AF is designed to be used with standard 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper, however, it can be used with paper ranging in size from 3 1/2″ x 5″ up to 8 1/2″ x 14″. It can be used with paper ranging in thickness from 16# up to 24# bond. This is about the thickness of your standard copy paper.

This particular machine uses manually-adjusted folding plates. You essentially have an upper plate and a lower plate. Both of these folding plates have fold types clearly marked on them, making them extremely easy to set up. Simply loosen the knob on the folding plates and tighten the knob once everything is properly adjusted.

The Intelli-Fold DE-102AF can easily create a letter fold, an a accordion fold, a single fold and many others. Because the plates are manually adjusted, custom folds are also very easy to set up. This makes the DE-102AF perfect for folding letters, brochures, cards, pamphlets and more.

Having handled this machine myself, I have to say that the build quality is excellent. It has a certain “quality” heft to it and it carries a nice 1-year warranty from the manufacturer (Intelli-Zone). In all it weighs in at 57 pounds shipped.

The feed tray on the DE-102AF can hold up to 500 sheets of paper (20# copy paper). Simply place your paper in the feed tray and let the machine do the rest. Just a bit of advice, this machine uses a friction roller system. Because of this, I don’t recommend using this machine with slick or glossy paper. This is because the slick surface could cause the rollers to slip, resulting in a paper jam.

As far as sub $1,000 folding machines are concerned, this one is pretty fast. The motor runs at a speed of about 6,000 pieces per hour. This means you’ll be done with your folding job in no time. While the motor is fast, I recommend using this machine for low to medium-volume jobs.

In conclusion, I have to say that this is a solid folding machine that is probably more than adequate for most small businesses, copy centers and churches. It keeps up with the job, and having sold these for some time, I can attest to the fact that it should hold up for several years without any problems.

You can find the Intelli-Fold DE-102AF paper folding machine here and our entire selection of Intelli-Fold paper folding machines here. You will be happy with this machine.

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MBM Destroyit 3105 Cross Cut Paper Shredder Review

Posted by: Office Zone on May 17th, 2011

MBM Destroyit 3105 CC Cross Cut Paper ShredderWith so many different shredders to choose from, with so many different brands available, it can be difficult to decide which one works best for you. Whether you’re a government organization, a church, a small or big business, one great model to consider is the Destroyit 3105 paper shredder by MBM. This review will highlight why it is such a great choice.

Manufactured in Germany, Destroyit shredders offer the highest quality available, making them my number one choice among great brands such as HSM, Formax, Dahle, GBC, Fellowes, and Kobra. After selling them for over five years, I can honestly say they have held up better than all of the competition.

One of the best things to look for on a shredder is the continuous motor. The steel blades equipped inside this model allow you to shred huge amounts of paper, staples, paper clips, credit cards, and even CDs, continuously throughout the day. No need to stop and wait for the shredder to cool down.

The Destroyit 3105 comes in Strip Cut and Cross Cut versions. Both have their own strengths, but we’re going to focus on the cross cut today. A level 3 security allows you to shred your sensitive material into tiny bits of confetti. The cross cut shreds 30-32 pages all at once, with a 12″ feed opening, at a fantastic speed of 30 feet per minute.

With a powerful single phase motor, 2 1/8 Horse Power, and the extremely convenient automatic oiler, you can shred all day long without interruption.
Oiling a shredder isn’t the hardest thing to do, but remembering sure can be. Having the automatic oiler makes life so much better in so many ways.

The best part about cross cut shredding, aside from being more secure, is how slow your bag fills up. If you’ve been around shredders, you’ve probably experienced the frustration of having to shove your hand or foot into a strip cut shredder bin so the machine will continue to shred. With an enormous 48 gallon capacity, you’ll be shredding so long before needing to empty the bag that you’ll welcome the change in pace once it finally comes time to do it.

Not only is your mind free from remembering to oil the shredder, it is also at ease with all the safety features offered by this shredder. The clear safety guard prevents things such as ties, hair, and other unwanted material from being shredded. Additionally, it also has an automatic start and stop function, operated by photo cell sensors, jam detection, auto reverse, and an energy saving mode.

Here is an excellent video that shows in greater detail all of the wonderful features the Destroyit 3105 CC has to offer:

You can find the Destroyit 3102 CC cross cut paper shredder here and our entire selection of paper shredders here. If you need to place an order, would like an official quote, or have any other questions, please contact our professional sales team today at 800-543-5454.

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Akiles EcoBind-C Plastic Comb Binding Machine Reviewed

Posted by: Office Zone on May 17th, 2011

Akiles EcoBind-C Comb Binding MachineDo you dread the fact that you have to make yet another trip to Fedex-Kinkos or a similar store to get your binding done?  If so, it’s probably time to start looking at getting your own binding machine.  Binding machines are surprisingly inexpensive, especially comb binding.  When it comes to affordable comb binders, a great model to consider is the Akiles EcoBind-C.  It is a low to mid volume range machine.  This review will give you some great insight into this machine, as well as help you understand why it will save you time and money.

An important thing to consider, when shopping for binding equipment, is which brand name to go with.  Akiles is 100% solid quality and their machines have a great reputation for standing the test of time.  Built from all-metal construction, they offer durability and longevity from their most basic models to their high-end industrial binders.  They also back up their machines with a great one-year warranty.

A key component to this model that separates it from its competition is a full set of disengaging punching dies.  This allows you to select which holes will punch on the paper, thus eliminating those pesky half-punches on the edge of the paper.  It also gives you flexibility to bind smaller documents with ease.  Most binders in this range will have 1 or 2 disengaging punching dies or none at all.

One thing many people don’t take into account when comb binding is a margin selector.  The Akiles EcoBind-C can handle documents up to a whopping 425 sheets.  When binding larger documents, it is always a good idea to adjust the margin so that the punch is deeper into the paper.  This will prevent your document from coming unbound from the comb.

The modern design also offers a “U” shaped handle, which is perfect for eliminating arm strain.  It also features a catch tray for the excess chad (left-over paper).  It punches up to 20 sheets at a time (tested…it really does).  Many models sport a high punching capacity, but just don’t live up to the hype.  Not so with this model.  It also has an extended base for your paper.  This is great for making sure to punch in the proper place consistently each time.

The Akiles EcoBind-C comb binder (found here) is a good quality machine. I would easily recommend it over some of the more expensive models.  You can find our entire selection of comb binding machines here. If you have any questions about comb binding, other models, or binding in general, be sure to contact knowledgeable customer service reps at 1-800-543-5454.