Archive for May, 2012

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Formax FD 6202 Series Folder Inserter Review

Posted by: Morgan on May 30th, 2012
Formax FD 6202 Series Folder Inserter

The Handsome Formax FD 6202 Series Folder Inserter

We have used the Formax FD 6202 Advanced 2 machine at the offices of Office Zone for about eight years. We typically use this folder inserter for sales demonstrations. It also comes in handy when a potential client wants us to test their mailing samples before they invest in a substantial piece of office equipment.

The one feature that I am the most impressed with, over all the other bells and whistles offered with this model, is the ease of accessing all moving parts in the machine. When you open the lid on the FD 6202, you have immediate access to all off the rollers, belts, gears … essentially all of the critical components. These are the areas that you need ready access to whenever things go wrong – a stuck envelope, jammed piece of paper, etc.

This also makes unit maintenance a simple process. All you need to do is release a latch and all of the rollers in the FD 6202 are exposed. You can then easily apply roller cleaner or anti-static spray to ensure optimum performance.

The Formax FD 6202 boasts industrial-grade paper folding and inserting performance. This system is capable of folding and inserting up to five sheets into an envelope at a time. The model 6202 has several of the features typically found on larger, more expensive folder/inserters. Yet, this Formax model is still relatively simple to use – an ideal machine for most offices.

The FD 6202-Advanced model 1 offers a one-sheet feeder and one-insert/Business Reply Envelope (BRE) feeder. The Advanced 2 model has two automatic sheet feeders and a single insert/BRE feeder. The FD 6202 offers an auto-set feature that lets you program new jobs with a single touch. The machine will automatically measure paper lengths, envelope sizes and fold lengths. If desired, you may program the folder/inserter to remember your most frequent folds so that they are available without having to enter them each time.

Be sure to contact us before ordering your next folder/inserter machine. Office Zone requires that you first submit samples, at least 30 of each mailing piece, for testing before we release your new machine. This ensures we match your specific mailing requirements to the optimum machine. Some of our customers have actually saved themselves thousands of dollars in manual labor per month after investing in a Formax FD6202 series folder/inserter. Be sure to call us today to find out how you can save money and precious time with a paper folder/inserter.

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Office Zone Introduces New Intelli-Zone Intelli-Pack Standard I-Bar Sealer Shrink Wrap Machines with Heat Gun

Posted by: Morgan on May 14th, 2012
Intelli-Zone Intelli-Pack Standard I-Bar Sealer Shrink Wrap Machines with Heat Gun

The New Intelli-Pack Standard I-Bar Sealer Shrink Wrap Machine

Office Zone is pleased to present the new Intelli-Zone Intelli-Pack line of Standard I-Bar shrink wrap sealers. These professional-grade tabletop machines are ideal for packaging just about everything that needs a protective layer of shrink film: from DVDs, CD’s software boxes, books, crafts, merchandise, chocolates, food and more.

The Intelli-Pack shrink packaging process is relatively simple and surprisingly affordable. You may choose from five different I-bar lengths, ranging from 13 inches long up to 40 inches. If you anticipate the need for wrapping larger items at some time in the future, then we recommend you use smaller length rolls of shrink film with a larger length machine. You may also cut and wrap domed shrink bags and square shrink bags with the Intelli-Pack Standard I-Bar Sealers.

Using the Intelli-Pack line of I-bar shrink machines is a simple process. First, place a roll of centerfold shrink film on the film support rollers. There are a total of two support rollers with each machine. You may use either PVC or Polyolefin film with the machine. Then, feed the shrink film through the film opener. Once the film is in place, insert the product into the film pocket and pull down the cutting arm. The I-bar will then cut and seal the film. You then simply turn the package 90 degrees to the left and seal the remaining open side of film.

The next step is to shrink the film to size. Each Intelli-Pack shrink wrap machine includes an industrial-grade variable temperature heat gun. The gun is then used to quickly shrink and wrap the down the film around the product. Although the steps to shrink wrapping may sound like an elaborate process at first, it really is quite easy. The entire effort actually takes several seconds to a minute (depending on the size of the item).

Very little training is required to operate an Intelli-Pack shrink wrap machine. You can literally get your packaging production line up and running within minutes. Intelli-Zone Standard I-Bar Sealer Shrink Wrap Machines feature a limited two-year manufacturer’s warranty. Be sure to contact Office Zone today to learn more about the Intelli-Pack line of shrink wrap machines by Intelli-Zone.

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The Advantages of Using Plastic Comb Binding Machines

Posted by: Morgan on May 11th, 2012
The Intelli-Bind IB700 Comb Binding Machine by Intelli-Zone

The Intelli-Bind IB700 Comb Binding Machine by Intelli-Zone

What ever happened to comb binding machines? You know, those strange looking gadgets that sit alone in a dark corner in the copy room. It seemed only just a few years ago that comb binding was the most popular method to professionally binding office documents. Wire binding machines and coil binding machines have been around for a while too, but they have lured away former loyal comb binding enthusiasts in recent times.

There still remains, however, a strong customer base for comb binding machines. For example, we have several schoolteachers and others in the education market that love the versatility and relative low-cost of comb binding machines and materials. A plastic comb binding spine is easy to remove from a punched document. You would do this if you needed to remove or add a page or two to an already bound document.

If your child brings home a stack of artwork or similar project from school, chances are it’s been bound with a plastic comb binding machine. Several of our customers also prefer using a comb binding machine over other binding methods simply because of the ease of use, low costs for supplies, and you can actually bind up to several hundred sheets at a time.

The Intelli-Bind IB700 Comb Binding Machine from Intelli-Zone is a solid, all-around model for most binding needs. This manually operated comb binding unit is not difficult to use or expensive. We have actually extensively tested this model in the offices of Office Zone. Its specially designed punching handle is leveraged in a way that you only need to exert minimal effort to punch a stack of paper.

The Intelli-Bind IB700 actually makes punching a stack of 20 sheets of paper feel like you’re only punching through five. Not only is the IB700 simple to operate, it is also equipped with high-end features, typically not found in a competing model in this price range. Some of the unique features include disengaging (selectable) punch pins, punch and comb opening levers that work independently of each other, adjustable margin depth, waste catch tray and more.

The IB700 is designed to last for several years of typical office needs use. It’s an attractive machine that looks good in any office or copy room. The IB700 and is the ideal solution for most medium-volume document binding needs. Be sure to contact Office Zone today to learn more about the comb binding machines that we recommend, including the impressive IB700 from Intelli-Zone.

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Shrink Wrap Machine Review: The MiniPack Galaxy

Posted by: Morgan on May 8th, 2012
MiniPack Galaxy shrink wrap machine

The MiniPack Galaxy Shrink Wrap Machine

I had the opportunity last week to demonstrate the MiniPack Galaxy shrink wrap machine to one of our local customers. Before he arrived, we discussed his specific shrink wrap packaging needs over the phone. I determined that the Galaxy would be the best fit for his application.

Over the years I’ve learned that the MiniPack Galaxy is a reliable shrink wrapping machine that satisfies the packaging requirements for several businesses. For starters, the Galaxy’s relatively large shrink chamber has the capacity to accommodate a wide spectrum of products of various sizes. We have sold machines in years past to customers who are packaging DVDs, books, candy boxes, frozen pies, machine parts, artwork, all sorts of food products and more.

The operating controls on the Galaxy are most definitely user-friendly. It’s also simple to install a new roll of shrink film on the machine. The Galaxy has been rated by Office Zone as a high-performance shrink wrap machine, able to package up to 300 units an hour. You can use PVC or Polyolefin centerfold shrink film with the Galaxy. After the film is loaded, it passed through the built-in tearless perforating system. Tiny holes are necessary to ensure quick and efficient shrinking of the film. Without the tiny perf holes, the shrink film would look like a big mess with waves of air pockets and wrinkles. The maximum film roll for the Galaxy width is 20 inches; maximum roll diameter is 10 inches.

The machine includes a helpful adjustable shelf in the sealing area that may be positioned up or down, according to product height. The lid automatically opens after the film cutting and shrink wrapping process is complete. The film is trimmed to size with an electronic pulse that flows through a Teflon-coated sealing blade. You can program the cutting blades and heat chamber to adjust to different shrink wrapping needs. For example, if the item you are packaging requires a significant amount of shrink film, the cutting blades and heat chamber may be adjusted to apply more heat to efficiently encase the product in film. On the flip side, you may also decrease heat chamber time to prevent melting with sensitive food items such as chocolates.

The MiniPack Galaxy includes an overheat safety circuit that prevents the internal parts from any significant damage. Please be aware that an electrical end plug is not included with this machine. This is because MiniPack shrink wrap machines are sold internationally — where power systems vary — thus allowing you to install the correct plug extension for your building.

Be sure to contact Office Zone’s customer service department today to learn more about the MiniPack Galaxy and how it can save you time and money with your packaging needs.

 

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Product Review: Rotatrim Professional M Series Rotary Paper Cutters

Posted by: Morgan on May 1st, 2012
Rotatrim Professional M Series Rotary Paper Cutters

The Professional M Series Rotary Paper Cutter

We often receive phone calls at Office Zone from shoppers who need a paper trimmer that will do much more than handle small home crafts and similar projects. Smaller, budget-friendly paper cutters certainly have their place and most perform well and meet expectations. However, if you need a paper trimmer that offers extremely long duty life and precise cuts, then the Professional M Series Rotary Paper Cutter from Rotatrim is without question your best choice.

At Office Zone, we feature several rotary style paper cutters on our showroom floor. Without question, the Rotatrim paper trimmer is the one that is used 99 percent of the time by or office staff. And whenever a member of our sales team plans to do a product demonstration for a local customer, the Rotatrim is always the model of choice. Why? Because it’s simply the most consistent, most accurate paper cutter in its class. Once a Rotatrim brand machine leaves the building, it’s not coming back. Period.

The Professional M Series cutter is the ideal option for photographers, graphic artists serious srapbookers and other industry professionals who require a paper cutting tool that will meet their high standards for quality. The unique design of this Rotatrim brand cutter features a twin chrome-plated steel rail. This innovative design alone sets this cutter apart from the competition. The stability of the two-rail system guides provides professional accuracy and impressive results. The machine also includes a clear, self-clamping strip that secures sheets of paper for added accuracy.

Professional Rotatrim M Series cutters are available in a wide range of cut lengths from 12 inches (305mm) to 54 inches (1374mm). Materials up to 3mm thick are easily and accurately cut with this machine. Rotatrim machines boast blades that are called self-sharpening. What this essentially means is the unit features long-lasting tungsten steel flat and rotary blades that rub against each other with each cut. This does not mean that blades will not dull over time, but this unique trimmer design does help extend the life of the cutting unit.

Manufactured in England, Rotatrim Professional M Series Rotary Paper Cutters are backed by a 5-Year warranty guarantee. Be sure to contact Office Zone today to find out more about our lineup of rotary paper cutters from Rotatrim.