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How To Prolong Your Paper Drill

Posted by: James 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: James 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: James 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: James 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.




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Fellowes Jupiter JL-125 Pouch Laminator Review

Posted by: James on June 1st, 2011

Fellowes Jupiter JL-125 Pouch LaminatorHave you been searching far and wide for the right pouch laminator? If so, I’m sure you’ve encountered a giant selection. If you’re looking for a mid-volume machine for your church, office, or home, a great model to consider is the Jupiter JL-125 pouch laminator from Fellowes. This review will help you decide if it’s the right machine for you.

Whether or not you’re familiar with Fellowes, chances are you have owned or do own a product of theirs. Selling an extremely wide range of products from shredders, laminators, and binding machines to mouse pads, storage boxes, and various other equipment, Fellowes has been around the block. Out of all of these machines, I’d say their laminators is one area in which their quality comes out.

The Fellowes Jupiter JL-125 pouch laminator sports an impressive 12.5″ throat size, making it easy to laminator anything from business cards to 11″ X 17″ size paper. It also accommodates up to 7 mil thickness, which is usually more than enough for the majority of your laminating needs.

One of the great things about this model is the sleek, modern design. It fits well in any office setting and screams, “Use me, I’m awesome looking!” Well, it may actually only whisper that, to be honest.

What sets this apart from other similar models is the variable temperature control. This makes it very easy to get the right setting of heat if you’re laminating a variety of materials. Sometimes your product will not come out just right if you don’t have the correct setting for what you’re laminating. This is easily eliminated with the JL-125 model.

Another great feature that puts this model above the rest is the optional cold setting. This is used for pressure sensitive material, as well as self-adhesive pouches.

A couple other things I like about this machine is the 2 year warranty. This is considerably longer than most pouch laminators. It also has 4 rollers instead of your typical 2 roller models. Extra rollers means fewer jams and a better lamination. A reverse feature comes in handy in case you do get that rare jam. Warm-up time on this model is also extremely quick, only taking about 4 minutes. I’ve been around machines that take over 10 minutes!

Have you had it with never finding carriers for your laminator when you need it? The JL-125 does not requires carriers at all! This is my favorite feature with this machine, probably because I’ve gone around the office looking for that one lost carrier I know exists but can’t be found.

The last thing I’ll mention that is excellent with this model is the HeatGuard Technology. This feature keeps the heat inside the laminator and leaves the outside cool to the touch. No more worrying about accidentally burning yourself.

Overall, the Fellowes Jupiter JL-125 pouch laminator is an easy choice. You can find the Fellowes Jupiter JL-125 pouch laminator here. If you need to purchase one, or if you have any questions about them, contact Office Zone at 800-543-5454 or place an order via our secure shopping cart.




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How To Use Velobind Machines

Posted by: James 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: James 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: James 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.