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How to Use a Comb Binding Machine

Posted by: Office Zone on June 29th, 2011

Comb Binding MachinesComb binding continues to be one of the most popular book binding formats used today. There are many reasons for this. Let me list off just a few of those reasons:

Price –  Comb binding supplies are THE cheapest available today. You can buy a box 100 1/4″ diameter supplies for just a few dollars. Even wire and coil can’t compete with that rate. Not only are the supplies inexpensive, but the machines are affordable as well. You can find our comb binding machines here and comb binding supplies here.

Look – Many people like the look of comb binding. It is very unique and has been used for decades, developing a certain appeal to many people.

Availability – Comb binding elements are one of the most available supplies available. You can find the online, in brick & mortar stores and much more.

Colors
– Comb binding supplies come in a wide range of color, including red, green, blue, brown, black, clear, white and much more.

Adding / Removing – Comb binding elements are extremely easy to re-open, allowing you to easily add and remove pages.

Recycling – Comb binding supplies can be re-used over and  over again, making it possible to bind multiple books for years using the same element.

Comb binding is commonly used to bind booklets, reports, presentations and other documents. The two most common types of comb binding machines are electric and manual comb binders. Manual comb binders are generally used for low to medium-volume binding and electric machines are used for medium to high-volume binding.

So how do you actually use a comb binding machine? This guide will show you how to comb bind a booklet in 8 easy steps.

How to Use a Comb Binding Machine

Step 1. Set up the comb binding machine prior to use. This may involve adjusting the margin depth (how far the holes are punched in the paper), side margin guides (where the holes punch in the paper left to right) and the selectable punching pins (If equipment, will allow you to disable specific holes). There isn’t usually too much involved in setting up the comb binding machine.

Adjust Comb Binding Machine

Step 2.
Take the paper you plan on punching and gather it into a stack. This is a personal preference, but I like to keep the cover and the back cover separate.

Clear Cover / Binding Covers

Step 3. Take about 10-20 sheets (depending on your machine’s punching capacity) and begin punching each stack of paper. If using a manual punch, pull the punching arm. If using an electric punch, press the punching button or foot pedal. This process usually only takes a few seconds. Repeat this process until all the paper has been punched.

Comb Punch Paper

Step 4. Take all your paper and jog it together, aligning the edges. This can be done manually by tapping the paper on a table or by using an electric paper jogger (found here). This will make it easier to insert the combs.

Comb Align Paper

Step 5. Place the comb element you will be using on the machine’s comb opener. Open the comb by pulling or pushing the comb opening lever. Most electric comb binding machines still have a manual comb opener.

Open Combs / Comb Opener

Step 6. Once the comb is open, insert the open fingers of the comb through the punched paper. Be sure you get all 19 fingers through each of the 19 punched holes. Also be sure the fingers make it all the way through the holes. It is easy to accidentally mist a few pages.

Insert Combs Through Comb Punched Holes

Step 7. Release the comb opener, allowing the comb’s fingers to naturally recoil back into their natural position.

Close Comb / Comb Binding

Step 8. You have just finished comb binding your first book. You are now ready to repeat the process (if needed).

Finished Comb Binding

This is where you can find everything you need to start comb binding:

Machines:

Supplies:

So there you have it! While it may seem a little intimidating at first, comb binding books is actually pretty easy. If you still have questions, please feel free to contact one of our comb binding specialists by calling 1-800-543-5454.

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Intelli-Fold DE-112AF Automated Paper Folding Machine Review

Posted by: Office Zone on June 29th, 2011

Intelli-Fold DE-112AF Paper Folding MachineHow many times have you cut your finger trying to manually fold paper? It is no surprise that manually folding paper is at the top of many people’s “most annoying job” list. It is time consuming, results often appear poor and it is extremely inefficient. If you want to improve your folding operations, improve the professional look of the folding job and save money, you need to take a look at the Intelli-Fold DE-112AF paper folding machine from Intelli-Zone. I have used this machine and this is my own review.

The Intelli-Fold line of paper folding machines have quickly become the most popular line we offer. Machines range from desktop machines, like the Intelli-Fold IF300, up to high-end pharmaceutical folding machines like the Intelli-Fold DF-304VC. One of the biggest selling points of Intelli-Fold machines is the incredible price to value ration. It’s tough to find a machine, with the same features and quality, at the same low price.

The Intelli-Fold DE-112AF is currently one of the top selling Intelli-Fold machines available. It is a higher-quality version of the popular Dynafold DE-112AF as it is made in the original Dynafold factory and features a powered exit conveyor. It is a manual setup machine with electric-powered automated feeding and folding. Initial setup generally takes 1-5 minutes, depending on the operator. I’ll explain.

This particular folding machine utilizes two folding plates. Each of these two plates need to be individually set up and adjusted. A combination of the two plates allows you to create letter folds, zig-zag folds, single folds, half accordion folds, gate folds, double parallel folds and more. Sorry about the long list, but I want to get across just how much it can do. Because the plates are manually adjusted, custom folds are extremely easy to create on this machine.

The Intelli-Fold DE-112AF features a drop-in style feed tray. No pre-fanning of the paper is required. Simply take your jogged stack of paper (up to 500 sheets), and place them in the tray. Once turned on, the DE-112AF will continue peeling 1 sheet off the stack at a time until the entire stack has been folded. A sensor in the feed tray lets the machine know when all the paper has been folded, automatically turning off the machine. This helps prevent premature motor wear.

Regarding the motor, it is fast. It folds paper at speeds of up to 6,000 sheets per hour. It maintains a monthly duty cycle of about 12,000 folds per month.

The Intelli-Fold DE-112AF is designed to be used with paper ranging in sizes from 3.5″ x 5″ (89mm x 127mm) up to to 8.5″ x 14″ (216mm x 356mm). That means it will handle letter size paper, legal size paper and smaller. Paper thickness ranges from 16# up to 24# paper.

The DE-112AF has a powered exit tray, which is nice for keeping paper in alphanumerical order. Few machines in this price range come with the convenience of a powered conveyor. If you don’t need to keep your paper organized, you may want to consider using the Intelli-Fold DE-102AF (found here), which is exactly the same as the DE-112AF, but without a conveyor.

The build quality on the DE-112AF is excellent and far exceeds the quality of comparable paper folding machines. It is designed for daily use and is excellent for use in schools, churches, copy shops and other businesses. I give this machine a solid 5 out of 5.

You can find the Intelli-Fold DE-112AF paper folding machine here and our entire selection of Intelli-Fold paper folders here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

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Office Paper Shredder Maintenance Tips & Advice

Posted by: Office Zone on June 23rd, 2011

Paper Shredder MaintenanceIf you use a paper shredder in the office, chances are pretty good that you rely on it and need it to stay healthy.  Many people don’t realize that office equipment requires special treatment. Paper shredders are very similar to cars in that there they have certain limits and require regular maintenance to keep up optimal operation. Here are a few tips on how you can keep your shredder purring for years.

To begin with, you need to be aware that paper shredders are not indestructible machines. They have limits, albeit those limits vary greatly depending on the make and model. I recommend that you first familiarize yourself with the shredder. Break out the owner’s manual and learn how much paper it can shred, what the bin capacity is, etc. If you can’t find your shredder’s manual, contact our Service Department at 1-800-543-5454 x129 and see if you can get a new one faxed or e-mailed to you.

Having used paper shredders for years myself, I have developed an understanding on the most important things you can do to maximize the life of your shredder. Here are the most important things to keep in mind.

Paper Shredder OilShredder Oil
– Paper shredders, especially those of the cross cut variety, have a lot of moving parts that generate dulling and heat generating friction. A special oil has been manufactured that keeps things lubricated and running smooth. You can find our shredder oil here. Keep in mind that a can of WD-40 or vegetable oil will not cut it. WD-40 is too lightweight and vegetable oil…are you kidding me? This is a machine, not a French fry cooker.

Shredder Bags
– As a paper shredder cuts paper, it begins to create a lot of dust. While not all shredders have the luxury of a dust-proof gearhouse, using the proper size of shred bag can help cut down on dust and particles from winding back up into critical shredder components. Proper shredder bags (found here) also make bag changes cleaner, faster and easier. While garbage bag may cut it, it usually leaves gaps and limits the maximum bin capacity.

Staples and Paper Clips – While some paper shredders feature specially hardened cutting blades and shafts, many shredders can become damaged when a paper clip is run through. As a good habit, I personally like removing staples and paperclips (especially paper clips) prier to shredding paper.

Motor Temperature
– Most home office and deskside paper shredders require a cooldown period. The general rule is 30 minutes use and 30 minutes cooldown. While many shredders will automatically shut off when they become too hot, this isn’t always the case. Don’t overwork your shredder. I recommend no more than 30 minutes use. If you have a continuous-duty shredder with a thermally protected motor, use it all you want. Thermally protected shredders are designed to be run all day long.

Capacity – All paper shredders, regardless of make, model or brand, have a maximum sheet capacity. While many modern shredders have load detectors that will back paper out if too much is fed through, not all shredders have this luxury. Some shredders, lacking load detection, will simply jam and break down. This can cause permanent damage to motors and gears. Make sure you know if your shredder has load detection, and if not, know how many sheets it can handle.

I hope these tips help you out. If your shredder has already failed and is no longer working, it may simply need a replacement gear or belt. Feel free to contact our Service Department at 1-800-543-5454 x129 (or by filling out this form) to see if your shredder can be repaired. We are official dealers for Dahle, Destroyit, Fellowes, Formax, GBC, Kobra, Intelli-Shred, HSM, Intimus and Martin Yale.

If your shredder is irreversibly damaged, you can find our entire selection of brand new paper shredders here. If you aren’t sure what type of shredder to order, please feel free to call and speak with one of our paper shredder specialists at 1-800-543-5454.

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MBM Destroyit 3104 Cross Cut Office Paper Shredder Review

Posted by: Office Zone on June 23rd, 2011

Destroyit 3104 Cross Cut Paper Shredder with Auto OilerWhen shopping around for a paper shredder, you probably want the best possible machine for your money. Right? A good solid office shredder should be durable, feature a good shredding capacity and should be able to be used throughout the day without overheating. One shredder that hits all these points and much more is the MBM Destroyit 3104 Level 3 cross cut paper shredder. This is a review.

I would like to start off by going over why a level 3 shredder is so desirable for an office. A security level, in the paper shredder industry, defines how small and secure the cut is. A level 3 particle size is a nice blend of capacity, convenience and security. Level 3 is by far the most common and popular cross cut size for offices. In the case of the 3104 cross cut, it takes paper and turns it into a 3/16″ x 1 1/2″ (4 x 40 mm) particle. Unless you’re shredding top secret documents or classified information, this should be more than enough for your business.

The MBM Destroyit 3104 features a solid build quality. You should be aware that it is both German built and German engineered. Few paper non-Destroyit shredders enjoy the quality that you find in German paper shredders. Let me go over just a few of the “quality” mechanical components you will find in the 3104.

Hardened Cutting Shafts – Many shredders feature standard steel cutting shafts. These “cheaper” shafts get nicked and suffer minor damage when the straggling staple or paper clip makes its way through. The Destroyit 3104 has hardened cutting shafts that can easily handle staples, paper clips, credit cards and CDs. As you might imagine, it also handles paper quite nicely as well.

Chain Drive
– A chain drive delivers continuous unrestricted power to the cutting shafts. This results in reliable performance. This also means that you won’t have to worry about stripped-out nylon gears either. The chain drive system ensures durability and longevity.

Dust-Proof Gearbox Housing – As you might imagine, paper shredders create a lot of paper dust. This dust can quickly make its way into gears and other sensitive shredder components. The dust-proof gearbox on the 3104 keeps the gears running nice and clean.

Thermally Protected Motor
– Many paper shredders overheat and require a cooldown period. This is not the case with the Destroyit 3104. It uses a specially designed motor that is thermally protected, allowing it to be used continuously without overheating.

12″ Opening – A wide 12″ opening easily accepts letter-size paper, envelopes, computer forms paper, jumbled stacks of paper and much more. The Destroyit 3104’s 12″ opening allows for a lot of play and is very forgiving.

Transparent Safety Shield
– The transparent safety shield used on the Destroyit 3104 ensures that only intended materials are being shredded. The Destroyit 3104 is easily one of the safest paper shredders currently on the market.

Wooden Cabinet – Paper shredder can be noisy. A sound-absorbing wood cabinet helps bring down decibel levels and makes in-office paper shredding a far more tolerable experience.

Casters – Included casters make the Destroyit 3104 easy to move around from one location to another.

This is a brief video from MBM on the Destroyit 3104:

Did I mention that this is a high quality shredder? It can easily be placed in a centralized office location for use by multiple people. It also features an extremely easy to use control interface. Sensors and indicator lights let you know what’s going on at all times, keeping you in control of the situation.

I highly recommend this paper shredder. If you have an office and need a reliable paper shredder that will last for years, this is the one you need.

You can find the MBM Destroyit 3104 Level 3 cross cut paper shredder here and our entire selection of paper shredders here.

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Top 10 Best Office Paper Shredders 2011

Posted by: Office Zone on June 22nd, 2011

Formax FD 8650CC AutoOiler Office Paper ShredderAre you in the market for a new paper shredder? Perhaps you need a model because last year’s model broke down or burnt out. Regardless of the reason you’re looking for a paper shredder, chances pretty good you want something that will hold up. With literally hundreds of different models floating around, it is probably tough to sift through the clutter and find a shredder that fits your bill. I have compiled this list of highly reliable office paper shredders.

Before I provide you with my list of best office paper shredders 2011, let me familiarize you with the “best” paper shredder manufacturers available. These brands may not be as familiar to you as many of them are not commonly found in your local department store. These shredders are, however, very well known among the government and military.

Top Paper Shredder Brands

Do these brands sound familiar? These brands compile the best office paper shredders modern technology has to offer. They have proven track records, have been around for years and to be honest, our Customer Service Reps love them because the don’t have to deal with after-sale issues.

So what do I consider to be a good shredder? I have a few requirements:

  • To begin with, a paper shredder must have a continuous-duty motor. You shouldn’t have to wait around for a shredder to cool down, especially in an office.
  • An office shredder needs to have a nice shredding capacity. You don’t want to have to wait around a paper shredder like water cooler, waiting for a few sheets to finish shredding before you insert the next 5-6 sheets. You need something that allows you to shred at least 15+ sheets at a time. Stay away from wimpy shredders.
  • An office shredder needs to have a nice bin size. I recommend at least a 15 gallon bin or larger. If you can afford it, go with a shredder that has a 30 gallon bin or larger. Larger bins mean less bag changes and time saved for you!
  • Get a shredder with a nice feed opening. I personally like at least 10″ or wider for office use. A wider opening will be able to handle disorganized stacks of paper better and will also be better able to handle computer forms. Some higher-end departmental shredders have openings as wide as 16″!

So here you go, my list of the top 10 best office paper shredder for 2011. Shredders are arranged alphabetically.

  1. Dahle 20614EC Heavy Duty Shredder
  2. Dahle 30414 Cross Cut Paper Shredder
  3. Dahle 20800EC Office Paper Shredder
  4. Formax FD 8500 Office Shredder
  5. Formax FD 8650CC AutoOiler Office Paper Shredder
  6. Formax FD 8500AF AutoFeed Paper Shredder
  7. MBM Destroyit 4002 Heavy Duty Shredder
  8. MBM Destroyit 3104 Cross Cut Office Shredder
  9. MBM Destroyit 3105 Office Shredder with Auto Oiler
  10. HSM 411.2 Departmental Paper Shredder

So there you have it! The top 10 office paper shredders (designed for departmental use) for the year 2011. These 10 shredders are all from the top 4 paper shredder brands available today. I wish I could have added a few more shredders, but wanted to keep the list around 10. All four of these brands offer other models that may be better suited for smaller businesses.

Of these shredders, 70% of them are German engineered and German built. I have personally found that German paper shredders tend to hold up better than shredders made in “other” countries. This isn’t always the case, but is a good rule of thumb.

You can find our entire selection of paper shredders here. Please feel free to call one of our shredder experts at 1-800-543-5454 with any questions.

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MBM Destroyit 4002 Centralized Office Paper Shredder Review

Posted by: Office Zone on June 22nd, 2011

MBM Destroyit 4002 Centralized Office ShredderMost offices are busy, bustling places with people shuffling paper from one place to another. In the midst of this chaos, it is easy for paper to become improperly discarded. According to Federal law (FACTA / HIPAA), client, patient and customer information must be shredded when no longer needed. One great way for an office to stay on top of things, and stay compliant, is by using the MBM Destroyit 4002 centralized office shredder. This is a review.

Destroyit (by IDEAL) is distributed in the United States by MBM Corporation. These shredders are German engineered and German built, many say to perfection. Few shredders even comes close in quality or durability. Even Fellowes is now private labeling many Destroyit shredders for their own office line.

The Destroyit 4002 has quickly become a classic and has even developed a cult-like following among paper shredder enthusiasts.  This shredder is available in 3 flavors, depending on your personal preference and office needs. This includes a Level 2 strip cut, Level 3 cross cut and Level 4 cross cut. While the shredder blades vary in these different variations, the rest of the shredder remains the same.

About 2 years ago Destroyit implemented a new “Easy Switch” button not to be confused with Staples’ “Easy Button.” This switch is big, round and EXTREMELY easy to use. You push it forward, it turns green and puts the shredder in “automated mode,” which turns the shredder on as paper is detected. Tilt the switch forward again and the shredder turns off. Tilt the switch back and it goes into reverse.

A series of back-lit symbols let you know exactly what is going on with the Destroyit 4002. A capacity gauge lets you know exactly how hard this shredder is working. This is especially nice because you don’t have to count the sheets you are shredding to determine if you are hitting the maximum capacity. This shredder is overall a gem to use.

This is a brief demo of the Destroyit 4002 paper shredder from MBM:

Have you ever used a paper shredder and though you had just turned on a lawn mower? Some shredders are just plain loud. Destroyit has put a lot of effort into making this shredder quiet. This is done in large part to the use of noise-absorbing materials, including a heavy-duty wooden cabinet.

The Destroyit 4002 is designed to be used in an office by multiple people throughout the day. The hardened steel cutting shafts and the thermally protected continuous duty motor keep chomping through paper without overheating or suffering any ill effects. Simply put, this shredder is designed to be used all the time.

Bag changes on this shredder are easy. To begin with, this shredder will let you know when it is full. When it is full, a cabinet door can be opened up, allowing access to the shred bin. The shred bin holds a whopping 44 gallons of paper. Consider the fact that most cars hold 15-30 gallons of fuel. This shredder holds a lot of paper which means a lot fewer bag changes for you.

The Destroyit 4002 is a customer favorite. It has a great track record. It features a sleek design that blends in with just about any office. Let’s see, what else can I say? I recommend this shredder for use in any office. You will probably even have fun using it.

You can find the Destroyit 4002 centralized office paper shredder here and our wide selection of paper shredders here.

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How To Prolong Your Paper Drill

Posted by: Office Zone on June 17th, 2011

Paper DrillsIf you own a paper drill, then chances are you’ve had to buy new drill bits, which can quickly become frustrating.  My experience with selling drill bits is many people do not know which style of bit they need.  Paper drills themselves can last a long time, and more often than not, the employees will come and go, leaving the new person without the knowledge of which drill bit to purchase as a replacement.

Because it is so important to obtain the same style of bit for your machine, you don’t want to make the mistake of getting the wrong ones.  Fortunately, there are many ways drill bits can be prolonged.

Proper Drill Bit Depth – For starters, an easy mistake to make is not having the drill bit depth adjusted right.  If it is set too deep, you risk causing extra damage to the drill blocks.  Worse than that, you may also wear your drill bit tips out faster.  A sure sign the depth is not set right is you’ll probably see smoke.  Never a good thing.

Paper Drill BitsSharpen Your Drill Bits – Another great way to extend the life of your bits are to sharpen them.  Officezone offers a wide variety of different paper drill sharpeners for each occasion.  Depending on your budget, we have the very basic sharpeners from hand held models and pencil sharpener styles, to mounted precision models.  You can find our drill sharpeners here.

Depending on how often you use the bits, I would recommend sharpening them for every new job, if not daily.  I would also recommend keeping your drill bits constantly lubricated.  Paper drills use a lot of heat, which can damage your paper and leave burn marks.  Properly lubrication will eliminate this problem.

Lil-Bit Drill SharpenerSharpening the bits is fairly simple.  One of our most popular sharpeners is the Lil-Bit sharpener, which can be found here.

To sharpen this your bits using this model, simply use your machine to lower the bit on top of the sharpener.  Make sure the machine is turned off before you do so.  Once you have it properly aligned under the sharpener, turn on the machine until you hear a slight grinding noise.  You only need to leave the bit on the sharpener for about 5 seconds.  Note: It is not recommended to use this sharpener on a hydraulic paper drill.

Use Clean Drill Blocks – When you’re paper drilling, the bits should make just a slight impression on the drill block.  If you forget to replace the drill blocks, or abuse them, your bits will wear aware much faster.  Drill Blocks are cheap and affordable, yet crucial to the process.  Our entire selection of drill blocks can be found here.

Chip Board Or Thick Covers – This is a tip most people aren’t familiar with.  Sometimes the bottom of your stack of paper doesn’t come out with a smooth, complete drill or cut.  Having a thick cover or chip board piece on the bottom of your paper stack will make sure you get a perfect drill each time.  This will also help buffer the amount of pressure applied to the drill block.

While these tips will definitely prolong the life of your drill bits, they won’t last forever.  When it comes time to replace them, we will have what you need.  We sell a variety of drill bit styles, in varying sizes, from many different brands.  Our complete selection of drill bits can be found here.

If you simply need to upgrade or replace your damaged paper drill, we have what you need, as well.  Ranging from table top models, to floor models, to pneumatically powered models, we have you covered.  Our paper drills can be found here.

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Fellowes Helios 60 Thermal Binder Review

Posted by: Office Zone on June 10th, 2011

Fellowes Helios 60 Thermal Binding MachineAre you looking for an inexpensive way to bind your documents, while at the same time trying to avoid comb, wire, or coil binding?  If so, a binding style to consider would be the thermal binding.  In particular, the Fellowes Helios 60 would be a great choice to start with.  This review will show you why this machine has risen quickly as a great option in the thermal binding genre.

Fellowes is one of the most familiar brand names around the office, ranging from shredders, laminators, mouse pads, to comb, wire, and thermal binders.  The Helios 60 is one of their newest additions to the office environment and it is gaining in popularity quickly.  Why is this?  Listed below are a few of the main reasons it is a recommended product.

– Large binding capacity.
With the ability to bind up to an amazing 600 sheets, the Helios 60 outperforms pretty much every other binder on the market.  Comb binding only goes up to 425 sheets.  However, if you don’t need up to 600 sheets, yet you still enjoy thermal binding, the Helios 30 is also available, which is very similar in design and purpose.  You can find more information about the Helios 30 here.

– Simplicity. Binding has never been easier with the Helios 60 thermal binder.  Thermal binders work like sophisticated ovens.  After a brief 4 minute warm up time, your machine is ready to go.  Simply put your documents into the thermal binding covers and then place into the machine.  The machine will melt the glue from the covers and bind your covers securely and without any mess.  Covers range in size and color.  Here is a link to view our selection of Fellowes thermal binding covers.

– Modern design. The sleek, new design from Fellowes allows the Helios 60 to fit in any office or home setting.  Featuring the capability to fold flat, it can be easily transported or stored away.  It also comes equipped with a LED control panel, auto shut-off to prevent overheating (or accidental burns), document thickness detectors, and audio and visual indicators which will signal when the machine is ready for use, as well as when the job is finished.

– 2 year warranty. This is a very generous warranty for a binding machine.  Most binding machines only come with a 90 day warranty.  This machine doesn’t really have any consumable parts, and is in general a simple machine, but having a comfortable 2 year warranty brings peace of mind knowing your machine is built to last.

Again, if you need a very simple, affordable binding machine, the Helios 60 is one that will be a great asset to your office or home business.  It is also a great option for school reports.  You can find more information about the Fellowes Helios 60 thermal binding machine here:

If you need to place an order, or if you have any detailed questions, feel free to contact our sales representatives at 800-543-5454.

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Uattend CB2000 Web Time Clock Review

Posted by: Office Zone on June 8th, 2011

Uattend CB2000 Time ClockHave you been looking around online for the perfect time clock, only to find they can be very confusing and insufficient for your needs?  Time clocks can certainly be a frustrating thing to shop for.  If you need one that takes simplicity to a new level, while at the same time using the most advanced technology out there today, you should consider the CB2000 from Uattend.

Uattend’s philosophy regarding how punching in and out is fantastic.  It is also a company that values their customers.  They offer free life-time customer service, free technical support, free machine replacements (this is huge), unlimited employees, and many other great things.

Uattend really has revolutionized the time clock industry.  The amount of unique qualities the CB 2000 has over traditional clocks are vast.  I have outlined the key features I like most about this new machine.

  • – Easy setup.  The CB2000 is a plug and play machine.  Too simple to be true?  No so!  Because it is a web-based system, the setup literally takes less than 5 minutes.  The best part is there aren’t any network configurations to be made, making your life that much easier.
  • – Wireless punch in and out.  The best thing about the CB 2000 is you can access the information anywhere, anytime, 24/7.  As long as your location has Wi-Fi capability, your employees can clock in, and you can manage their time efficiently.
  • – No need for software or constant software upgrades.  This can be an extremely frustrating thing to deal with.  Most time clocks come with the ability to accommodate 25-50 employees.  However, if you ever grow beyond that, you need to purchase additional software.  Sometimes you’re even stuck purchasing mandatory training videos, and many other things that don’t come with the time clock itself.  The CB 2000 does not require any software at all.
  • – Payroll Integration.  The way the CB 2000 is setup allows for simply and quick transfer of employee data to your payroll software.

One thing that is also unique with this machine is the monthly subscription fee required to continually run the service.  This can certainly seem like a deterrent.  However, the price for the actual time clock is extremely low, costing only $205.00.  When you take into account all the free services they offer, the lack of software and software upgrades, it evens out rather quickly.  There is no contract involved, so you can cancel at any time without any penalties.

This is a video demo covering the Uattend CB2000 time clock:

You can find more information about the Uattend CB 2000 time clock here. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-543-5454 with any questions.

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How To Fold Laminated Paper

Posted by: Office Zone on June 6th, 2011

Folding Laminated PaperAlthough a rare request, we sometimes get asked if it is possible to fold laminated paper.  It sure is!  While there isn’t an automatic paper folder on the market today capable of doing it by itself, it can be done manually with the addition of a scoring machine.

What is a scoring machine?  Scoring machines will basically make a crease in your paper, thus making it easier to fold.  They are typically used for thick card stock or heavier paper.  They work similar to a rotary cutter, and utilize a fine edge blade on a rolling wheel.  Simply slide the wheel left or right, applying a small amount of pressure, and you have your desired crease.  Now you’re ready to easily fold anything you need.  Not only can you fold it easier, any wrinkles will be eliminated, which is the main reason you would want to score or crease the paper.

So, folding laminated paper can be done, but why would you ever need to do it in the first place?  I used to ask myself the same question about algebra in junior high.  Turns out it comes in handy now and then!  One great thing that you can laminate and fold would be restaurant menus.  They all need to be laminated for obvious reasons, and you often find them folded, as well.  Using a scoring machine, it can be done.

Can you use a paper folding machine to fold laminated material?  Unfortunately, the answer is no.  We do carry many paper folders that can handle heavy stock paper up to 110 lb. thick, as well as air-feed folders that will work on glossy paper, but laminated paper simply is too much for the machines to handle.

Paper Scoring MachinesYou may be thinking it would be better to fold the paper and then laminate it.  Sounds good, right?  The problem with that is the crease in the folded paper will cause an uneven surface, resulting in air being trapped underneath.  It can certainly be done, but the end result will not look nearly as professional as you would like it to be.  You will probably be okay using this on regular copy paper, but if you’re using anything thicker, chances are the end result will turn out sloppy.

If you have a large volume of scoring or creasing to do, the machines are available in manual or automatic.  You can find our manual paper scoring machines here and our automatic paper scoring machine section here.

Scoring machines almost always come as combo machine to perforators as well.  Instead of making a thick crease in the thick paper, a perforator will put tiny holes, in a straight line, across your paper.  This is ideal for making part of your paper to be easily torn aware from the rest of the paper.  This is similar to a check or a movie ticket.

If you need to fold laminated paper, score, crease, perforate, or simply fold large stacks of paper automatically, we have everything you need.  You can find links to all these folding machines here.

Also, if you would like us to test some samples for you on our showroom floor, we are more than willing and capable to do so.  Sometimes we get some really unique and creative requests, and we’re always happy to try new things for our customers.

If you have additional questions, feel free to contact our sales department at 800-543-5454.