MyBinding Knowledge Base
Why should I purchase a Shredder?
Paper shredders are found all over the place now because they offer a convenient way to destroy those sensitive documents. If you don’t have one of these machines, you need to buy one. Here are four reasons why….
1.) To protect your identity. According to the Federal Trade Commission, some 9 million people become identity theft victims every year. Identity theft can result in a ruined reputation, a poor credit report, and the loss of money. It can also make you angry, depressed, and leave you feeling violated. You can prevent that from happening though by using a paper shredder to get rid of any document that contains your private information. This includes junk mail, bank statements, expired credit and debit cards, anything containing a Social Security Number, receipts, and more. If you shred these items, you’re much less likely to have your identity stolen and have to go through the hassle of piecing your life back together.
2.) To protect your company’s information. If you own a business, surely you can’t imagine simply tossing out documents containing your company’s financial data and marketing plans. If you did, it would be extremely easy for a competitor to steal your information, run you out of business, or ruin your reputation.
3.) To follow the law. Another reason to buy a paper shredder is so you can comply with federal laws. There are two main laws you need to worry about. The first is HIPPA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, a law that’s designed to maintain the privacy of an individual’s health information. The second is FACTA, the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, which states that employees must destroy any personal information about an employee before tossing it out. Failure to follow these laws can result in fines and/or prosecution, which is expensive, embarrassing, and can make you look bad to both your customers and competitors.
4.) To save some cash. If you’ve already been using an off-site shredding service, you can save yourself a lot of money by having an in-house shredder and destroying your documents yourself. It can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars to use one of these services, especially if you use one for a few years. Plus, there’s no guarantee that your paper will actually be shredded and that a worker won’t steal your information. So you can save money and your privacy by using your own machine.
< Over the years, a number of customers have asked me whether they can use twin loop wire with their plastic comb binding machine. These customers often don’t want to have to buy a brand new machine but like the look and feel of twin loop wire binding. However, the answer to their question isn’t as simple as it seems. You see, they actually do make twin loop wire that is designed to work with the plastic comb binding hole pattern. With that said, if you want to use these wires you are going to need a way to close the wires. What is Spiral-O Wire?Let me explain a little bit more…There is a product that we carry called Spiral-O Wire. This wire has 19 loops and is designed to work with the hole pattern from a plastic comb binding machine. Spiral-O Wire is sometimes called Wire Combs or Ibico Wire and was originally designed for use with some of the older Ibico binding machines. A number of the older Ibico plastic comb binding machines also included a twin loop wire closer on the front of them to allow users to use both plastic combs and wire. This 19 loop wire was designed for this purpose.What Equipment is Needed? As the Ibico brand has been phased out by GBC and all of the older Ibico plastic binding machines have been replaced with new models, they no longer have the twin loop wire closer on the front of them. This presents a problem in trying to use these spiral-o wires since you can’t use the wires without a way to close them.One of the only options left is to purchase a Twin Loop wire closer. However, since twin loop wire closers are not incredibly cheap this option usually only appeals to users who have larger electric plastic comb binding machines. Otherwise, it is often advisable to simply buy a low end 3:1 pitch twin loop wire binding machine (the supplies are cheaper). This being said, if you have one of the older Ibico binding machines that has a wire closer included you are in luck. The Spiral-O binding supplies that we carry will work perfectly with your machine and you will be able to use both plastic combs and wire depending on your needs. These Spiral-O binding supplies are available in Black, Silver, White, Blue and Red and in sizes up to 1″ in diameter.If you aren’t sure what type of wire binding supplies that you need to work with your machine simply give us a call. Our trained sales representatives will be glad to help you find the correct supplies for use with your machine.(Read More)