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Sunday, September 8, 2019

What Will Toshiba Printer And Toner Products Do For A Home Office?

Toshiba is a company that is known for having a wide variety of electronics in their company.  They are constantly inventing the next best thing for the world including the next best printer.  They have many different style printers and copiers including smaller ones that are best for the home office.

Toshiba printers and copiers are amazing for the home office because of their quality and low start up and maintenance costs.  You can get a home-style printer or copier that looks chic as ever and fits right onto your desktop in the comfort of your own home while at the same time printing the most official high-quality prints or copies, that you see nowhere else besides a photo lab or from one of those extremely expensive office printers or copiers you see at the 24 hour printing stores.
It's nice to be able to do everything yourself, save money and save time all at once.  Everyone wants to save money, but, what Toshiba has figured out is that people running a company out of their house is probably working extra hard and needs a helping hand in tightening their budget, while not cutting back on quality.

Toshiba's designs are made for you to be able to perfect your most important documents and photographs without being able to tell that it is from a small at home printer or copier.  You can even have other features built in to your printer or copier such as scanning, faxing and duplexing.  Toshiba allows you to do all of these functions while conserving the equipment's resources.  What I mean by that is that it saves you on toner and on power.

The toner for one thing is frugally used in each print which comes out strong and thick looking, but is actually saving ink.  It cuts back a small amount which helps the pigments cling harder to the paper fibers for a longer lasting print and a longer lasting toner cartridge.  The cartridge CAN be recycled however.  It also can be refurbished individually and snapped right back into place.

Say you are really partial to using the Cyan.  That cartridge can be replaced three times over, while you still have the other ones charging through like champs in the machine.  Toshiba makes sure you get your money's worth with their product and allows you to refrain from wasting anything.
Just because you are at home doesn't mean you deserve less.  Your printer/copier will have the same strength as one that you may find in a large professional setting only you'll be getting it for less.

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

What To Look For When Selecting A High Quality, Fast, And Reliable Copier

If you are looking for a high quality, fast, and reliable copier for your office, the first thing you want to do is set a budget.  If your budget is on the low side, as most of our budgets are these days, you will want to consider a refurbished copy machine over new copiers.  Read on to learn why, and how else to find a high quality, fast, and reliable copier for your office.

Just like cars that lose value as soon as they leave the lot, a copier significantly decreases in resale value as soon as it is sold for the first time.  Although most refurbished copy machines are less than three months old and come from short term rentals, off lease contracts, sales demos and corporate downsizing, they can cost up to 75% less than a brand new copier - even though it performs exactly the same.  If you want the most value for your dollar, you should definitely choose a used copier.
Now, let's get to the main topic of the article: how to choose a high quality, fast, and reliable copier.  The first thing to do is to look for high quality brand names, such as Xerox, Ricoh, Toshiba, Konica Minolta, Kyocera, or Canon copy machines.  These are the top brands in their industry, and most come with some kind of limited or extended warranty when you buy one.  If you are interested in purchasing a refurbished copier, you can still find a top brand, and most will come with a warranty as well.

As far as speed and reliability in a copier: most copy machines are pretty much on par with one another when it comes to the speed that they make copies at.  Just make sure you choose a current model of a name brand copier with a warranty, and you should be able to guarantee that your copies are always fast, reliable, and high quality.  If you choose to go with a refurbished copier, make sure you find out what the company does as part of the refurbishing process.  Also make sure that your copier comes with a "same as new" 90 day complete parts and labor warranty.

Once again, if you are looking for a high quality, fast, and reliable copier for your office, we cannot stress enough that you should look for a refurbished copier before buying a brand new copier.  It will provide your office with the productivity it requires for many years but won't come with the elevated costs of a brand new copy machine.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Purchasing a Copier Vs Leasing a Copier - Pros and Cons

Today I am addressing the pros and cons of purchasing a copier vs. leasing a copier for your workplace.  I was recently asked this question for the 5,000,000th time and I decided to answer the question publicly.

There are advantages and disadvantages to either acquisition process.  The answer to several variables will help steer you in the right direction to see whether purchasing or leasing a printer is right for your office.  Whichever option you decide on, you can still have your machine on a recommended maintenance and toner contract.  Most current day machines come standard with all of the functions you need; copying, printing, and scanning.  The fax is an additional option.

Leasing an All-In-One Copier/Printer/Scanner:

No acquisition cost
Cheap monthly cost
Rotated new equipment
No ownership
Extended obligation
Purchasing an All-In-One Copier/Printer/Scanner:
Instant ownership
No extended obligation
High initial investment costs
Potential for out-dated non functioning equipment
Technology quickly becomes obsolete

Ask yourself these three questions:

1.) How long has our company been in business?
The credit approval process can be very sensitive to new businesses.  Without 3 or more years in business the lease application will probably require a personal guaranty from the owner of the company.  With that being said, it may make more sense to purchase a refurbished printer at a low cost, then lease a more robust, new printer down the road once the company has more established credit and higher printing volume.

2.) How much do we print?
Printers these days are designed to last!  If you don't have a high volume of printing you'll probably get more bang for your buck purchasing an MFP outright.  Most lease terms are 3 or 4 years.  If you aren't pounding your printer all day every day, then you should get a lot more than 3 or 4 years out of it.  On the other hand, if you hammer your office equipment, it makes more sense to lease a machine so you'll get a new one at the end of the lease term and not have to worry about what to do with a broken down machine 8 years down the road.  A headache is the last thing you need with office equipment, you have a lot of other things to worry about.

3.) How much are we willing to spend out of pocket for a printer?
Large MFPs can are expensive.  Leasing them is a great option for an office without a large budget.  Most workplaces would function seamlessly with an MFP for around $200 a month, which would cost you nearly $7,000 cash.  You could lease a machine that's out of your budget that will handle a larger workload than a system that was purchased outright.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Canon & Xerox Copiers

In an office, one of the main things that need to be done is the copying of various documents for circulation within or without the office space.  There are many commercial bureaus that specialize in making copies, but its too costly for an office to entirely rely on these commercialized copiers. That is why it would be wise and timely to invest in a copier.  Here, I want to specify that it is not just any other copier but the Canon copier which has been proven to produce quality work over all the years it has been in the market.

The Canon or Xerox Copiers  come in small, medium, large, & extra large sizes depending on the scope of work you want to engage it in.  The small sized ones are more convenient to use because they do not occupy much space, yet, regardless of their size, they are equally efficient and effective.  Their only limitation is in the number of colors that will be reflected on your work as when compared to the regular or larger sized ones which give you a wider palette of colors and shades and will deliver more in quantity in a short period of time.

Make a visit to a Canon & Xerox copier store such as Correct-Tek Copier Service  at their on line  store  ( to find out more about the prices and also get to be shown in a more practical way how the copiers operate.  You may also want to know what accessories come with the copiers for example  the (laser copier, RDF, Print & Scan, LCT, Finisher, etc.) which however, is optional.  Get to know also whether they come with a warranty.  Once you have decided on a model to buy, all there is to do is to ensure you have enough space for your copier.
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

How to Buy a Used Or a Refurbished Copier

Note that we say properly re manufactured copiers.  Simply cleaning the outside and making sure it still works is not sufficient.  Before buying a used copier, ask the dealer about their refurbishing process.

Because of this extensive maintenance, refurbished copiers should come with a warranty: 30, 60, or 90 days are most common.  Even a used business copier can cost thousands of dollars, so you should make sure your investment is protected.

Whether buying new or used copiers, it's best to buy a full maintenance agreement that includes the fuser and drum and all the xerographic process parts.  For better piece of mind.

Whether you are buying new or refurbished copy machines, here are three questions you'll need to answer:

*Used Copiers - Buying Tips
-What is the true cost per copy with a service contract and without, including your cost of ownership (lease payment)?

-Don't go all-in.  The $200 all-in-one printer, scanner, and fax machines are useful for home offices only. Per-copy prices are much higher and they're not built to handle a business copy volume, so stay away from them for any multi-person office.

- Check the meter reading.  Copiers have built-in counters that track total usage.  Ask your dealer what the meter reading is.

- What length of time warranty do they offer?  If they have no warranty, find a different dealer and make sure the warranty includes all parts and labor.

What do I need the copier to do? *  Modern digital copiers are sometimes referred to as "multifunctional products" because they can do more than just copy.  Almost all are also capable of printing, faxing, and scanning.  You may want extensive document handling and sorting/stapling features.  And you also need to decide whether you need a copier that supports color - expect to pay 20% to 30% more if you do.

- DO NOT buy a used analog copier.

2. What is my volume?
Start with your current copy volume. And have the dealer analyze your volume.
Refurbished copiers should perform almost as new, but keep it within the recommended monthly volume.

3. What speed do I need on the copier?

Most offices will get by comfortably with machines in the 20 to 50 ppm range.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

The Environmental Impact of Buying Refurbished Copiers

"Going green" seems to be a very common trend these days.  From household cleaning products to the car sitting in your driveway to the recycling bin at your grocery store; almost every product has a way to help preserve the environment.  Did you know though, that you can take this a step further and keep your office green as well?  Buying refurbished copiers can help save money, natural resources, raw materials, and help protect the environment.

Buying a refurbished copy machine means that you're eliminating the need for new raw materials for a new machine.  This helps preserve the natural resources that are necessary in the manufacturing of the plastics, metals, and chemicals in the ink and toner.  The natural resources that are preserved in the manufacturing process alone are reason enough to consider buying a refurbished copy machine
Copiers can also have power save modes or sleep features.  This is very similar to when your computer goes to sleep after a period of inactivity.  The copiers will go through the same process, shutting down unnecessary programs in order to save electricity.  This not only puts money back in your pocket, but also helps cut down on your company's carbon footprint.  Looking for the "Energy Star" logo on your refurbished copier is a wonderful way to make sure that your copier has been endorsed by the government's energy saving programs.

Even simply buying ink and toner cartridges and refilling them after they've run empty can help lessen the impact on the environment.  This process will provide the same benefits that buying the refurbished copier will: lessen the use of natural resources during the manufacturing process, and reducing the need for raw materials.

Refurbished copiers also help keep the materials out of landfills.  Copiers and ink and toner cartridges are composed of elements and chemicals that take hundreds of years to completely decompose in a landfill.  Buying a refurbished copier can help reduce the pollution from the landfill.

Refurbished copiers are a wonderful way to help reduce the impact on the environment.  Even big brands like Canon copiers, Ricoh copiers, and Toshiba copiers can be refurbished to help keep your office Eco-friendly.  So if you need to help keep your office green, why not buy a refurbished copier? From preserving natural resources, cutting down on raw materials, and reducing the energy costs, refurbished copiers are a wonderful way to help protect our environment.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Stop Going to the Copy Store, Be Your Own Printer - Benefits of the Multifunction Copier

In today's business there is always more than enough work and never enough time.  There is constant running to the printers for meeting documents, advertising flyers. With just a regular copy machine, trying to make copies yourself will have you spending hours standing by the copy machine.  Investing in a multifunction printer can eliminate all of that time-wasting and then some.  It is your copier, printing service, fax machine, scanner and binder all in one.

The Features
Multifunction copiers have many features so it's best to know what all your needs are.  If you already have faxing set up in your business or home business you would not need a multifunction copier that had a fax machine on it, but you may need one that had a scanner feature on it, or that deals with colored copies so on and so forth.

Most multifunction copiers feature:
·         Faxing
·         Printing
·         Copying
·         Scanning
·         Stapling/Sorting
·         Color and black and white printing

What to Look For Before Buying
It is advised to look out for certain things before you just go jump in and buy a multi copier.  Your multifunctional copier is about to eliminate the high cost of outsource printing.  Review the type of document handling you do most and buy accordingly.  Business cards a regular necessity and your chosen copier should have this feature.  No more placing high volume orders for business cards you don't need.  Remember to consider brand names.  This is one case where they do matter.  Top Arlington Heights copier brands include Kyocera, Copystar, Konica-Minolta, Sharp, Ricoh, Toshiba and Xerox.

Speed - Standing in front of the copier waiting for it to slowly work creates hidden costs in valuable time.  The higher the speed of the multifunction copier, the more it is going to cost you, but do you not save money in the long run when the workload flows more efficiently?  Speed is good so you want to get the fastest model you can afford.  Over 20 pages per minute is highly recommended.

Memory - Same thing goes for memory, the more memory the higher the cost.  If you are using your multifunction copier for a home office or small business the standard 8MB will probably be okay.   If you are dealing with larger documents, then a higher memory such as 64MB may be in order.

Automatic document feeder - Gone are the days of having to self feed the paper into the printer because if you lay down too big a pile of paper on the printer, you'll end up with a paper jam.  With the self automated feature you do not have to worry about that, simply load in 30-50 sheets and let it go.

You'll wonder how you ever functioned the old way.  Isn't it time you did your business a favor and treated it to first-class products and service with Las Vegas Copier?  More importantly - can you afford not to?  Come by our website today so that we can set you up with the Kyocera, Copystar, Konica-Minolta, Sharp, Ricoh, Toshiba, or Xerox multifunction copier which is right for you.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Do-It-Yourself! Repair Anything and Feel Good About It

I never really had a lot of money, so when things broke I found ways of fixing them myself.  My clutch went out in my transmission so I got the manual and took a stab at it.  My VHS drive belt broke, so I found the belt and installed it myself.  There have been so many times that things like this have happened.  I wouldn't have enough room on this site to write about them.  I am what you call a Do-It-Yourselfer or DIYER for short.  And I'm not the only one.  I know you're out there.  Fixing things, making things work, a Jack of all trades.

By trade I repair office equipment.  I have associates that get mad at me when I help those who desire to be a DIYER on office equipment and I asked them, "why?"  They told me that the DIYER is taking money away from them.  I said that the amount of persons that will Do-It-Themselves, is so small that it's not enough to worry about.  I am not sure how many people in the World are Do-It Yourself types.  Those that try to repair things on their own, but I would say about 10% of all people fall into that category.

I respect people that do it.  Therefore I have this blog.  Sure I would love to sell you Toner or Parts, but I also get a kick out of helping a fellow DIYER.  Believe me there are plenty of them that have helped me. Disclaimer: I do know my limits and I think that is important because sometimes it can cost more when you mess with something that is over your head.

Other people will actually try and stop you and discourage you.  I guess that is human nature.  Here's a real example:  About 15 years ago for whatever reason I wanted to make my own Dill Pickles.  I can't believe how many people told me that I couldn't do it!  They told me that it would get me sick or I would kill somebody.  My Mom and my Wife are the two that encouraged me.  In fact my Mom gave me the recipe for bread and butter pickles.  I did make the pickles and they turned out fantastic. I grew the cucumbers and the fresh dill and canned about 50 jars of Dill Pickles and gave them out for Christmas!

FYI, I named them "Bill's Dills"

To conclude this blog I ask the question,

What drives people to be "Do-It Yourself People?"
  • ·         Try and save money
  • ·         Because someone told them they couldn't (many times this is why I did it)
  • ·         The challenge of it.

Whatever it is my hat is off to you.  You have my respect.  I am available to you if you have a copier, fax machine or printer that you need some direction or tips on.  Just post a comment and be sure to let me know if you don't want me to post your question because I review all comments before they go live.

Remember, if someone says..."You Can't Fix That!" Tell them "Yes I can because I'm a Do-It Your selfer!"

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Office Copiers - A Glimpse Of Evolution And Functionality

With evolution of technology, carbon paper copying has turned in to digital photocopying which is a necessity in every office that uses written documents.  Researcher Chester Carlson, who liked to use his kitchen for his electro photographic experiments, invented office copiers when he found a way to duplicate documents using light and electricity and patented his technology under the name of 'Xerography'.  This technology laid the foundation of the digitally enhanced office copiers we see today.

Analog office copiers
The early electric copiers were slow and inefficient.  In order to make multiple copies, the documents needed to be scanned each time, separately.  Somewhere around 1950 to 1960, color toner became available but they were scarce in quantity and therefore expensive and difficult to find.  In order to make color toner commercial, the dye sublimation process replaced the conventional electrostatic technology, and in 1968, the colored office copiers became commercial and easily available.

Digital office copiers
Laser technology later replaced all of the older ones and copying became more efficient.  Digital copiers today come with scan and save options.  Once the data is scanned and stored in the internal memory, it is available anytime later for printing.

Since 2002, every digital copier in the market comes with a hard drive that stores files of every copy made, scanned, or faxed by the machine, enabling the office manager to keep a record of every employee's documents.  Most office copiers come with a security code as well.  Every employee is assigned a specific code so that if any ethical violation or misconduct occurs, the document can be traced back to the worker via the code.

Integral parts of a copier
Document Feeder / Platen
This is the glass plate where the document that needs to be copied is fed.  This part requires intensive care and cleaning.  The glass should be saved from scratches of staples or any sort of smudges.  Some manufacturers offer a special cleaning agent for the glass.

Lens or scanner
The digital office copiers today are equipped with a lens or scanner, below the platen, to capture the image of the document.  Analog copiers used a lens and several mirrors for this purpose.

The ink used in the copier is referred to as the toner.  The toner is in powder form, and is specially designed to carry an electrical charge.  Single toned copiers use only black tone while polychromatic copiers use cyan, yellow, and magenta in combination with black to produce multicolored spectrum.

Paper infix
A drawer or the tray serves as the holder for the paper.  This tray can hold anywhere from one to thousands of sheets of papers or the user will have to go through the trouble of fixing paper at every instant.

The image captured by the lens or scanner then transfers to the drum, which serves as a photo-receptive device and transfers the image on to the paper.  The drum has an electrostatically charged surface providing an opposite charge as that of the toner as a result of which when the paper passes through the rotating drum the image of the toner is replicated on the paper.

Fuse r
The fuse r comprises two parts: a heat roller and a pressure roller.  After the transfer of the image from the toner to the paper, the paper passes through these two rollers.  The heat and pressure imprint the image on the paper permanently.

Output tray
Like the in-put tray or drawer, the output tray is also used to hold the papers securely.  As the paper comes out of the copier, the ink is hot and can easily destroy the document by smudging if touched, therefore it needs drying, and tray serves as a base.

Office copier brands
Many recognized and well-known companies have invested in this business. The top copier brands include:
• Brother
• Canon
• Copystar
• HP
• Konica Minolta
• Kyocera Mita
• Lanier
• Lexmark
• Savin
• Sharp
• Ricoh
• Toshiba
• Xerox

Purchasing a well-recognized brand guarantees good quality.  And if an unexpected malfunction occurs, you have the manufacturer's warranty to get it fixed without any extra charges.  However, the choice of which brand provides the perfect copier for you depends on your needs and the number of employees using the machine.

Multipurpose copiers
If you are in the market for a new copier, then the latest multipurpose copiers may serve your purpose. This means that in addition to copying, they also are good for printing, scanning, booklet making, punching , stapling and faxing.  These copiers will probably cost more so you may want to assess whether the added cost is justified for your business.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Call 847-398-5212, Evaluating Copier Features

Experts say to keep the following in mind when buying a copier:

Digital vs. analog: Experts generally recommend digital copiers, because you pay less per copy and get better-quality duplicates.  However, analog copiers are cheaper and more suitable, if you make infrequent copies.

Consider an All-In-Ones instead: Among office equipment, there's been much more product development in multifunction printers than in copiers.  All-In-Ones can print, scan, and fax , -- in addition to copying.  However, many All-in-Ones are slower than a dedicated copier, are usually run at faster speeds and can accommodate the larger paper size.  All-In-Ones also need to be direct connected to a single computer, while copiers can be networked to several computers at once.

If you need duplexing, check the specs: Many copiers advertise duplexing, but unless you love to stop and flip the original page over, look for 'automatic duplexing,' which means no paper-flipping.
The copier features you need depend on the number and types of copies and printouts you plan to make.  Looking at the following options can help you determine which copiers will work in your office.

Following are the various features of copiers:
Size: How much room do you have for a copier in your office?  Look at each copier's dimensions in item listings.  If full-size business copiers seem to be too large for your space, you might want to consider a smaller multifunction ink-jet printer or multifunction color laser printer.

Capacity: How many copies does your business make each month?  How many do you need each copier in the office to handle?  Whether you need 50 copies or upwards of 5,000, make sure every copier you consider has a capacity that meets your needs.   Also look at the manufacturer's approximate "cost per copy." Larger-capacity copiers often have a lower cost per copy, which can save your business money in the long run; whereas the smaller multi-functional inkjet copier/printer will end up costing you a lot in ink supplies.

Paper sources: What type of copies do you need to make in your office?  Copiers typically have one or more fixed-size paper trays and several adjustable paper sources.  Look for paper trays that support the sizes of paper (8.5" x 11", legal, ledger, etc.) and types of paper (such as heavy stock, labels, or transparencies) your business requires.  Also consider a bypass tray if you want to feed special-size paper directly into the copier.

Copier speed: Copier speed is measured in copies per minute (cpm), pages per minute (ppm), or outputs per minute (opm).  If you frequently have large print jobs, look for copiers with faster speeds.  If you plan to mostly make single copies, pay closer attention to first-copy out speed to find out how long the copier will take to warm up and produce your copy.  Also note that more complex copy tasks, such as collating and sorting, typically take longer than printing multiple copies of a single page.

Memory: Digital copiers save documents in memory so they can print multiple copies without re-scanning original documents.  For multifunction network printers, memory is also used to store information about multiple print jobs in a queue as well as multiple pages in a fax.  With more memory, a copier can store more information at once, which can mean faster copying and printing speeds.

Stack less duplexing: Copy two sides of an original document and print double-sided copies.

Automatic document feeder (ADF): Save time copying multiple pages.  Look for an ADF that can feed up to 50 pages in a stack through the copier.

Finishers: Finishers-ranging from automatic staplers and three-hole punches to saddle stitch and folding finishers-are typically considered copier add-ons.

Consumables: Pay attention to the brands of toner, developer, and fuser oil your copier manufacturer recommends and make sure they're readily available.

Security: Many digital copiers allow you to require that users enter a code before they can make copies. This provides a level of security, preventing unauthorized usage and allowing you to analyze current usage patterns by department.  Some machines can also hold faxes or network documents in memory until the correct code is entered then print them.  This prevents confidential documents from being left in the output tray for any passerby to view.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Call 847-398-5212, How to Fix a Jammed Paper Folder

The Paper folder can be a very important machine in your office, especially if you do a lot of paper-folding jobs.  This machine will save you more time and money along with doing the work very well.  You will also find that this will improve the productivity of an office, where many people are employed.

Unfortunately, this machine sometimes can become jammed; so that you cannot produce your work very well.  A jammed paper folder can be caused by the many moving parts in the machine.  If your paper folder is jammed, there are some steps that you can take to fix the problem.  After fixing the problem, you will be able to use the machine to continue doing all of your folding work.

The first thing that you should do is to turn off the machine.  You should also turn off the power so that you can fix it safely.  You can do it by unplugging the power cable from the wall outlet.  Then you can start fixing the machine after removing all of your jewellery that you are wearing. This is done in order not to get your jewellery caught in the machine.

The second thing that you should do is to check and inspect parts of the machine.  Begin looking in the fold plates.  You should make sure that the installation of the fold plates is correct.  If you are not sure, that they are installed correctly, you can take them out and then reinstall them after you check them.  You will hear a "click" sound when the fold plates are correctly installed.

The third thing that you should do is to remove all scraps of paper in the machine.  For this, you have to make sure that you look inside the machine so that you can find the scraps of paper that might be stuck in the machine.   This is because scraps of paper can possibly cause the jams.  In this matter, you should pay full attention to the fold plates when you’re looking for scraps of paper.

The next thing that you should do is to give the machine a test run.  You should insert a piece of paper into the paper folder machine and observe it thru a fold cycle.  By doing this, you will find the place where the paper gets caught up.

After that, you should look at the rollers of the machine.  If they are worn out by either being swollen, flared, or dirty, you will find that the machine will jam.  If the rollers are dirty, you should clean them gently using soap and water and never use alcohol on rubber rollers.

The last thing that you should do is to check the paper feed of the machine. You have to make sure that it is feeding straight.  This will allow the paper to correctly feed into the paper fold plates.  If the paper feed is fed crooked, you should straighten it.  Now, you can enjoy finished folded papers using the machine.  Additionally, make sure that you do the correct maintenance, so that the machine will not easily get jammed.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Call 847-398-5212, Should I Buy My New Copier From an Office Supply Superstore Or Not?

It depends.  You have a few options, but, first you have to figure a few things out.
The last time you visited one of the office supply superstores like Staples, Office Max, or Office Depot, I'm sure you saw row after row of desktop units that copy, print, scan and/or fax.  When I was an Account Executive and Sales Manager at a leading copier manufacturer, I spent a lot of my time fielding questions from small business owners asking if they really needed to go to a big copier company to purchase a new copier.  

As I told them, here are a few things you should consider:

1. What is your total monthly copy and/or print volume?  If you don't know the answer to this question, go and pull your invoices for your last paper purchase.  Estimate what percentage of paper was used for which function.  For instance: 60% used for print jobs, 30% for copy jobs and 10% for faxing.  You bought 10 reams of paper at 500 sheets of paper per ream.  You used it all up within a two-month time frame. Therefore, you copy and print approximately 2,000 images per month (90% of 5,000 sheets=4,000/2months, scans don't use up paper).  If your volume is well below 1,000 per month, your needs are probably best served by the office supply superstore.  Don’t stop there, but, read on...

2. Do you make any color prints or color copies?  If so, how important is image quality to you?  Generally speaking, the image quality on the desktop units is fairly basic and not conducive to the creation of impressive marketing materials or photo quality printing.  The "big boys" do a better job at this.

3. Are you outsourcing any copy or print volume (black/white and color)?  If so, have you considered bringing those jobs in-house?  Oftentimes, it is cheaper to do these kinds of jobs on your own system, but, this increased volume should be computed into the final monthly volume for your new copy system.

4. Is your volume fairly even throughout the year, or do you have wide ranging spikes in volume during certain times of the year?  For example, an accountant might see volume quadruple during tax time and would want to select a system that is able to withstand this level of seasonal wear and tear.

5. Once you find a model you are interested in at the office supply store, ask what the price is for the toner cartridge.  Ask what the toner yield is and what the fill ratio is for that toner yield.  Ask if the drum cartridge is a separate unit and if so, what the drum yield on that part is.  Use this information to figure out what is your cost per copy/print for this model.  The equation is: toner cost/toner yield + drum cost/drum yield= total consumable costs.  The fill ratio is an important detail to ask about.

Usually, these figures are quoted on an industry wide standard of a 6% fill ratio. This means you take a blank piece of paper and transfer toner ink to only 6% of coverage on the page.  Effectively, this is the equivalent of a two sentence letter.  How often do you copy or print a page with much more ink on the page?  I would imagine the answer is....a lot.  You must account for this disparity by assuming the toner yield will truly only is about 25% of what was quoted to you.  Compare this figure to the quote you receive from the copy manufacturer.  Usually, you will pay much more for an equivalent copier purchased from a copy manufacturer, but, the cost to operate it,  is often much less because the toner costs are much cheaper.  It is well worth your time to make these comparisons to make sure you are getting the most bang for your buck.

6. Do you want to be able to call a service technician and have him come straight to your office to repair the system?  Usually an office supply superstore requires you to bring the system into the store for repairs or even ship it back to the manufacturer yourself, if there are any problems.  Make no mistake about it, the system will need repairs.

7. Do you want the option of leasing the equipment through a capital lease?  There are many tax advantages as well as cash flow considerations in favor of leasing.  A manufacturer of multifunctional devices can provide you with many leasing options that an office supply superstore cannot.

You have a lot to consider before you acquire the multifunctional device that keeps your business running like clockwork.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Call 847-398-5212, Selecting the Best Pouch Laminator For Your Needs

A pouch laminator can make a great addition to your home, office, school, or professional print shop, but with all of the outstanding laminating machines on the market, knowing which machine will fill your unique needs can be difficult.  Below we will break down the differences between the various styles of pouch laminators to help you make an informed decision about which laminating machine to purchase.

The Basics
Nearly all pouch laminators are thermal machines, which mean that they utilize heat to seal the pouch and fuse the layers together.  Depending on the machine, the heat is applied by either heated plates or heated rollers.  All machines utilize rollers to help ensure secure adhesion, eliminate air bubbles and move the laminated documents through the machine.  Low volume machines (primarily for home use) are equipped with two rollers, mid-level laminators (for offices or schools) contain 2-6 rollers and professional laminating machines (for high volume users or copy shops) include between four and ten rollers.

Most machines offer variable temperature control to allow users to adjust the heat level based on the thickness of the laminating pouch.  Many pouch laminators also include a reverse feature, which makes it easier to clear jammed or mis-fed documents.  Other popular features include a stand-by mode (preserves power while the machine is not laminating), the ability to laminate without a carrier sheet (used to prevent adhesive from oozing out from the edges of the laminating pouch and onto the rollers), cool rollers (help to reduce curling of laminated documents), and the ability to laminate photos.
When selecting a pouch laminator, you'll need to evaluate the features that are the most important to your specific needs. If you will be producing a high volume of laminated documents, you may want to look for a machine that has a high maximum laminating speed.  If you regularly use thick laminating pouches (7 mil or 10 mil), then you'll need to ensure that your selected machine can handle thick pouches.  Those who only laminate IDs or badges may be content with a model that has a maximum document width of 4", while those looking to laminate signs or displays will likely want a machine that offers a larger width.  Taking the time to review the features of the available pouch laminating machines will help to ensure that you get the best laminator for your purposes.

Home Pouch Laminators (for Low Volume Usage)

Pouch laminating machines for home use offer the most basic features, without many of the advanced options that are used in office or professional settings.  These laminators are most commonly available in 9" and 13" widths, and can laminate 3 mil and 5 mil pouches only.
Among the most popular models of home pouch laminators are the SircleLam HQ-230 and HQ-330.  Both versions offer the following features:
- Maximum laminating speed of 9.85" per minute
- Laminates photos
- No carrier sheet required
- Adjustable temperature
- Cold setting (for use with self-adhesive "cold" laminating pouches)
- Reverse (for releasing jams)
- Six minute warm-up time
- One-year warranty

The only difference between these two models is the maximum width - the HQ-230 laminates documents up to 9" wide, while the HQ-330 allows users to laminate documents up to 13" wide.  If you only laminate infrequently, and do not use pouches thicker than 5 mil, then a home pouch laminating machine may be the perfect choice for you. If you are looking for something a bit more robust, then read on to learn about office pouch laminators.

Office Pouch Laminators (for Moderate Usage)
Pouch laminating machines for office use offer a greater range of features than those designed for home use, and can handle a medium-to-high volume of usage. These laminators are available in widths ranging from 4" to 13.5", and can laminate pouches from 3 mil and 10 mil thick.  In addition to being able to stand up to more frequent usage than home laminators, office pouch laminators also laminate much more quickly (in some cases, more than three times as fast as the home machines).
Two the most popular models of office pouch laminators are the Akiles APL-320 and the SircleLam LA-7020E. Below is a comparison of their features:

Akiles APL-320
- Max. Laminating Speed: 24" per minute
- Carrier sheet not required when laminating 5, 7 or 10 mil pouches        
- Max. Width: 12 1/2"    
- Four Rollers    
- Independent Heat & Motor Switches
- Variable, Electronic Heat Control
- Heating Element: Heated Rollers
- Warm-Up Time: 3 minutes
- Cold setting
- One year warranty

SircleLam LA-7020E
- Max. Laminating Speed: 33" per minute
- No carrier sheet required (recommended when laminating 10 mil pouches)
- Max. Width: 11 13/16"
- Four Rollers
- Independent Heat & Motor Switches
- Variable, Electronic Heat Control
- Heating Element: Aluminum Heat Plates
- Warm-Up Time: 3 minutes
- Cold setting
- Five year warranty

Both of these machines are equipped to handle daily use, however they differ in a few key areas. The Akiles APL-320 has a larger maximum width, but a slower laminating speed than the SircleLam LA-7020E. Independent heat and motor switches and variable, electronic heat control are included on both laminators, but the types of heating elements differ.  Depending on your requirements, either of these machines would be a productive and beneficial addition to an office setting. If you need a machine that is even more powerful, then read on to learn about professional pouch laminators.

Professional Pouch Laminators (for High Volume Usage)
Pouch laminating machines for professional settings are the most robust machines on the market, and offer the most features.  These laminators are available in widths ranging from 4" to 44", and can laminate pouches from 3 mil and 10 mil thick (with select machines having the ability to mount and laminate simultaneously). Professional pouch laminators also have the highest maximum laminating speed, with some machines laminating 12' per minute. Nearly all industrial machines come housed within metal casings for added durability.
Though already discussed in the office pouch laminators section, the SircleLam LA-7020E is also popular in professional settings.  Other well-liked professional pouch laminators include the SpeedyLam 330R-10 from James Burn International and the Akiles Pro-Lam Photo, which are detailed below:

SpeedyLam 330R-10
- Max. Laminating Speed: 12' per minute
- No carrier sheet required
- Max. Width: 13"
- Ten Rollers
- Independent Heat & Motor Switches
- Variable, Electronic Heat Control
- Heating Element: Six Heated Rollers
- Warm-Up Time: 5 minutes
- Cold setting
- Max. Pouch Thickness: 14 mil

Akiles Pro-Lam Photo
- Max. Laminating Speed: 38" per minute
- No carrier sheet required
- Max. Width: 13"
- Six Rollers
- Independent Heat & Motor Switches
- Variable, Electronic Heat Control
- Heating Element: Four Heated Rollers
- Warm-Up Time: 5 minutes
- Cold setting
- Max. Pouch Thickness: 10 mil

Both of these machines are equipped to handle high-volume, professional use, with the primary differences relating to the number of rollers and overall speed.  The SpeedyLam 330R-10 from James Burn International laminates nearly four times as fast as the Akiles Pro-Lam Photo and has two four additional rollers, but the Akiles Pro-Lam Photo costs less than half of the price.  Depending on your requirements and resources, either of these machines are capable of producing a high volume of laminated documents.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Call 847-398-5212, Is Your Copier a Major Security Risk to Your Customers?

Most companies pride themselves on the steps they take to keep their customer's and their employee's data safe and secure.  In many cases though, this sensitive data is readily available when a company discards their old copier.  A 60 Minutes report earlier this year showed how much of a liability these copiers can be if they are not property configured or disposed of after you're done using them.

Nearly every copier sold since 2002 contains a hard drive, much like the one in your computer, which stores every document scanned or copied by the machine.  This means if your copier is resold or disposed of improperly, all of your sensitive information: copies of bank statements, checks, tax forms, and insurance statements are available for a thief to view and steal.

In the 60 Minutes investigation they retrieved over 300 pages of individual health documents and 95 pages of checks containing social security information.  All of these documents were taken from copiers a health insurance company and a construction company disposed of.
So what can your company do to protect itself?  There are two common solutions.

1. Purchase a security kit for your digital copier.
These security kits act like a paper shredder for your scans and copies; after a copy is scanned, the file on the hard drive is destroyed.  This is a must for any company that is in the accounting, legal or insurance industry.

2. Have the hard drive destroyed at the end of your lease.
Make sure your copier dealer offers a service to destroy the hard drive when you are done with the machine or if you own your equipment out right then hire an independent service provider to come out and remove the hard drive for you to have it destroyed.  This will eliminate any secrets that your machine may be hiding.

Take the steps to ensure your customers and employee's data is safe. Don't end up on the next 60 Minutes.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Call 847-398-5212, When Does it Make Sense to Get Your Printer Or Copier Repaired Vs Get a New One

This is one of the questions which are always asked in the minds of people who have printers or copiers that are often ceasing to function properly.  How frequently your copier or printer asks for a repair, is how often, it is used, and how is it your handling the use of it?  If you handle it in a respectable, proper manner, the life of the printer or copier gets prolonged in spite of calling for frequent repairs with negligence in the handling of it.

If you need the help of a printer repair service provider,  once or twice in a blue moon, it’s okay, but things seem annoying, when you have to call a printer or copier repair professional even once or twice a month.  During the warranty period it is bearable, but what about after that?  Obviously, you have to bear the charges of his service fees and the parts which get replaced, that can get very expensive sometimes.  This begins to only burn a hole in your pocketbook and create a lot of down time.  Now, you have to make a wise choice between getting your printer or copier replaced or repaired.

Here are a few ways to bail you out from this situation, with some good sound advice.  Keep in mind though, that this advice will only work, if your printer or copier'swarranty period has expired and it keeps asking for frequent and regular on going repairs.

First, calculate the repair costs you have already paid out, for making your printer or copier work again in the last six months.  If the costs are more than 60-75% percent of the cost of the printer (when you bought it), you should seriously think about getting it replaced with a new one.  In this case, you will definitely need to consider recycling your printer or copier.  If you still want to stay with your old printer or copier, then it is for sure you will end up paying more, at the end of the year, than what a new printer or copier would have probably cost you.  If you think, you can't afford to purchase a new printer or copier; then you always have the option of getting it financed.   

This way, you will not only get a new printer or copier with a warranty period, but will also get rid of all the stress which your old printer or copier gave you.   Secondly; if that option doesn’t work for you, then you can go a less expensive route and get a refurbished copier that can sometimes even save you thousands and also can come with a warranty.  You can then take the EMIs as monthly costs of getting your old printer or copier repaired, but at the same cost you can expect reliability, efficiency and you will have a much more dependable product that will probably never let you down.

This way, you can easily judge for yourself if getting your old printer or copier repaired is worth the cost or should you just replace it with a new one to make you feel much more relieved and tension free.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Call 847-398-5212, Multifunctional Copier Features in Today’s Market

Today, they can do a lot more than making copies.  Many of the top, multifunctional models deliver a robust imaging solution that can handle the high volume demands of just about any business.  These premium devices are extremely reliable, are considered high performers, and will bring exceptional imaging results that will boost overall office productivity.

Multifunctional copiers in ARLINGTON HEIGHTS are equipped with many great features.  These attributes have been incorporated to make your copier more functional, saving you valuable time and money.  Indeed, the more your efficient copying device can do, the more time your staff can spend on more important business matters.

The following list will show you some of the options that are currently available in copiers in ARLINGTON HEIGHTS.

• Print, copy and fax - Having an all-in-one device will simplify the workings of your office, with speeds from 10-35 copies per minute up to 40-90 copies per minute.

• Dual scan document processor - High capacity copiers can scan up to 100 images per minute. They can handle multiple paper sizes, scan in black in white or optional color.

• Advanced finishing solutions - A first-class device that supports multi-position stapling, hole punching, and can fold booklets will save you a lot of manpower.

• Paper handling versatility - The more paper you can store in the trays, the less time you will spend on refilling.  They can come equipped with anywhere from 250 sheet capacity up to 2500 sheet capacity LCT type paper trays.

• High capacity toner cartridges - Busy work environments have little time to replace toner cartridges.

• Simple touch screens - An easy-to-use touch screen will help the employees to easily navigate between the different functions.

• Affordability - Check out the prices of the various multifunctional copiers in ARLINGTON HEIGHTS to find the one that will fit right into your budget.  Available either as new or pre-owned completely refurbished.

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