Top 3 Plastic Cleaners and Polishes for 2013

Just as they are with glass, scratches in clear acrylic are more than just a cosmetic issue.  For truly crystal clear viewing and readability, it’s important for plastics to be clean, polished, and scratch-free so that eye strain is removed from the picture.

Scratched Acrylic
Scratched Acrylic

Just how much effect can scratches have on the eye?  While these slight fractures may not be a major visual hindrance in brochure and display holders, there seems to be some debate on OptiBoard, an online discussion panel for eyecare professionals, about their effect in eyeglass lenses.  One point of contention is that most scratches are of the minor “hairline” variety – those very light ones that don’t have any pronounced detriment to visual health or ability and usually aren’t even visible when glasses are worn and close to the eye.

Cracked Windshield Affect Visibility like Scratched Acrylic
Cracked Windshield Affects Visibility like Scratched Acrylic

But some posts find agreement that scratches also refract or “scatter” light differently and those etchings DO change the eye’s perception.  Think of a crack in a windshield as another example, or even a dirt streak: a late nightdrive on that long highway with headlight glare can become a major irritant in this circumstance.

Novus Plastic Cleaner #1
Novus Plastic Cleaner #1

We mention all this, not to scare you, but to remind you that there are highly effective Novus Plastic Cleaners, Scratch Removers and Polishes available in different grades for your literature displays and various acrylic items.   Geared to keep them looking pristine and maintaining the clearest visual acuity, Novus 1 Plastic Cleaner and Shine repels dust and gently cleans all plastics so your materials look their very best.  Novus 1 leaves a lustrous shine and resists fogging in the process, eliminating static and leaving no scratches.

Novus Plastic Polish #2
Novus Plastic Polish #2

How do you follow Novus 1?  Novus 2 Plastic Polish & Fine Scratch Remover is the logical answer.  It’s an ideal solution for removing those finer scratches, abrasions, and a great deal of haziness from most plastics.  Novus 2 even restores faded and discolored plastics.  Like Novus 1, Novus 2 can be ordered in 2 ounce and 8 ounce quantities, depending on the magnitude of your needs.  Same goes for Novus 3.

Novus Heavy Scratch Remover #3
Novus Heavy Scratch Remover #3

Novus 3 Heavy Scratch Remover is what you will definitely want on hand for the most hard core requirements.  It does not disappoint, either.  Like its name implies, Novus 3 removes those heavy scratches and abrasions from plastics.  And for added effectiveness in certain restorative applications, using Novus 3 to tackle the tough spots and then Novus 2 as a follow-up can give a new, glistening luster to your acrylic displays.  It’s a “3-2” combo that’s easy as 1-2-3.

One final thing to consider before applying Novus 1, 2 OR 3…without the right polishing cloth, the care you’re giving to your plastic showcases may come up JUST a little short.  May we suggest the Novus Plastic Cleaner Polish Mate…and throw those other polishing cloths away.  Consider: this quality Polish Mate is abrasion resistant, low lint, and extra durable for a stronger return on your buck.  Better yet, it gives that soft touch and high-performance cleaning ability – the right compliment for all the Novus cleaners…1, 2, AND 3!

Where image and presentation are concerned, now is NOT the time to lag behind, so take a good long gander and see how your reflection looks.  Then give it a polish with Novus 1 Plastic Cleaner and Shine, Novus 2 Fine Scratch Remover, and Novus 3 Heavy Scratch Remover.  You’ll feel as good as you look… true fact!

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Tilt Bins and their Straight-Up Approach to Storage, Organization, and Inventory Management.

Organization can get personal in a hurry.  Those who have trouble organizing their work areas in particular can be rather sensitive, especially if others need help locating something within the chaos.  Those who work in machine shops and warehouse environments may be grinning as they read this, thinking of that one person whose own eclectic system of organizing drives everyone else nuts.  Then there are those in hospitals who know that systematic organization is crucial in providing proper health care.  In the hospitality industry, personal security, confidential customer information, and even private property can be at stake without the right organizational tools…like Tilt Bins.

Tilt Bins In Use
Tilt Bins in a home based office setting

Five different “slot” configurations in cabinets that can either be stacked or mounted to walls, Tilt Bins provide an extremely durable and effective solution for storage and access.  Categorizing parts and supplies?  Tracking inventory?  Trying to locate certain medical supplies quickly?  Tilt Bins do the job.  They also make it easier to apply labels according to the most identifiable company codes.  JIT or “Just In Time” parts can be a sub-category of your EOQ section… or “Economic Order Quantity” for items determined to be the most economic by quantity orders.  Designating Tilt Bins with Part Numbers and SKU Codes can also make inventory management significantly easier, not to mention ordering, fulfillment, shipping, and receiving.  Put it all together, and these areas directly translate to profit margins and efficiency.

Storeroom abbreviations aside, Tilt Bins are one of many ways to maximize storage areas and track assets.  There are even specialists in facility and inventory storage management.  Just ask Frank Murphy, Founder and President of Inventory Management Services of Greenville, South Carolina.  IMS has helped a number of major players from Fuji Film to Kraft to US Steel with warehouse and storage organization.  Murphy and IMS conceptualize the best uses for space, shelving, and organized warehousing, then put their form of interior design to practical use.  One of Frank’s rules evolved into his term WIIAWII…in which part descriptions all become What It Is And Where It Is – WIIAWII.  To us, there’s no better unit for WIIAWII than the trusty Tilt Bin.

6 Slot Tilt Bin
6 Slot Tilt Bins

Whether or not you contract a firm like IMS to organize storage, Tilt Bins can play a big role.  Clear acrylic tilt cups are easily viewed from the front of each bin’s white cabinet.  If you’d like to further manage large stocks with color coded Tilt Bins, Gray and Ivory colors are also available by special order.  Before you finalize your assessment of space, bear in mind that these cabinets are stackable AND wall-mountable.  With wall-mount cabinets, you can free floor space where needed and/or maximize the best use of storage in your total square footage.

The most popular is the 6 slot bin slots. Tilt Bins come with 3, 4, 5, 6, or 9 slots, and it’s easy to conceive how they can all be used conjointly in places where large inventories of part numbers can be daunting.  Those JIT’s and EOQ’s we talked about?  Imagine how much better organized, identified, and managed they can be with these slot alternatives.  The cabinets themselves are each 23-5/8” wide regardless of the number of slots, and range in height from 3-5/16” up to 9-1/2”.  In stacked use, the top and side lines and clean and sharp to keep them well supported as they rise…like the firm columns of storage they should be.

Stackable Tilt Bins
Stackable Tilt Bins Regardless of Slots

Tilt Bins relieve clutter and unprofessional appearance.  They reduce trouble associated with keeping part levels stocked right.  Tilt Bins keep tools, office supplies, and medical supplies well organized and accessible.  They help with stock management and proper maintenance of inventory levels.  And these are just a few uses.  From cleanliness to help with the bottom line, Tilt Bins are limited only by imagination.  So think BIG…good things are sure to tilt in your favor!

Popular Business Card Holders and How to Get Noticed MORE

We’d like to report – right off the bat – that the business card industry is alive and well.  Sure, attrition has claimed some sales as younger entrepreneurs especially rely on a totally digital existence with no actual customer contact. But the internet in many ways has also helped boost business card sales. According to Vistaprint VP of Marketing Communications Bridget O’Brien, business card sales are “…alive and well, particularly

Business Card of the 18th Century
Business Card of the 18th Century

in the micro business industry…” with “dozens of companies” now joining and competing with Vistaprint as one of many online options for designing and buying business cards. Her comments were included in an L.A. Times article published last March, which also pointed out that U.S. business card sales reached approximately $211.1 million in 2011.

Yes, the business card industry is tough and versatile…and it’s been around longer than you may have thought! We did a little digging and discovered some pretty interesting history about the resilient business card and business card holders in the process! According to “A History of Business Cards” (by ‘Mirko’), there’s a rather fascinating story behind the first business card and their connection to some noteworthy historical figures. Check this out…

 

Business Cards were first used in Europe in the 17th Century.  They announced the pending arrival of aristocrats and other prosperous people – the celebrities of their time – with the shape and size of playing cards. Seems they were symbols of elite upper class status at the time…engraved with gold and some rather dramatic typefaces. By the 18th and 19th Centuries, the middle class was circulating ornate business cards, and houses even had elaborate card holders for visitors to leave their cards. It became a matter of social etiquette: “social cards” would be graciously accepted from each lady on her first visit as she entered the door. Then, the collection would be delivered to the lady of the house who, in a way, got her initial impression from her visitors based on the appearance of each person’s card.

Business Card of the 19th Century
Business Card of the 19th Century

In the UK, “trade cards” also began earning a place in trade and commerce…the true business card was born!

As the Industrial Revolution marked the transition to our modern way of doing business, the use of cards also made the transition to what we see today: an effective way to exchange key information in a most direct form. And today’s technology has opened the way for more design, color, font, and shape options than ever before. It’s yet another reason why they need to be displayed properly, too. Visibility is key and here’s how we can help you get the word out…making your cards (and your staff’s) an eye-catching attraction on counter tops and walls.

 

 

Glass Green Card Holders
Glass Green Card Holders

 

Counter Top Card Holders include Single Pocket, Single Pocket High Back, and even Vertical holders for those with distinctly “taller” business card tastes. Unique Glass Green Card Displays show off acrylic in a functionally curvaceous yet simple design that holds over 65 cards at a time. Four Tier in clear? Acrylic Business Card Holders are great for medical professionals, travel agents,hair stylists, and a myriad of other professionals. Four Pocket Black? It’s a stylish, polished feature on any counter or desk top. Elegant black and clear acrylic options also apply to 8, 12, and 16 pocket holders for higher foot traffic areas.

Wall Mount Business Card Holders
Wall Mount Business Card Holders

If Counter Top models really aren’t practical with the space you have in mind for displays, Wall Mount Business Card Holders can offer superior visibility. They’re especially ideal where large customer and/or staff volumes are concerned.  2 pocket, 24 pocket, and 6 pocket black are all available as wall mount business card holders, all providing enhanced visibility from greater distances with the ability to hold a large volume of different cards. Insurance offices and real estate agencies are among the many who find these styles the most practical – putting information right at clients’ fingertips.

Wall Mount Card Holders with Sign Holders are also something to consider. A 6 Pocket & Top Sign Holder or 8 Pocket & Side Sign Holder can couple your personal touch and that of your staff with your company name, logo, and a specific product or promotion. Plus, you’re presented with a multitude of customization options…a great way to slow down high foot traffic and cross-promote your latest, hottest products and services. Substitute GIFT Cards for BUSINESS Cards with these holders and you have an instantly successful promotional tool.

8 Pocket Card Holder with Sign Holder
8 Pocket Card Holder with Sign Holder

8 Pocket & Center Sign Holder is a Miami style Gift Card Holder that advertises for you around the clock. 18-1/2” wide x 12” high, this Wall Mount business card holder is an attractive clear style with card pockets bordering a center display on the left and right. It’s very symmetrical – a natural draw for many eyes. Bring them in with the sign holder ad in the middle and they will grab your business card or gift card to remember you. It’s an excellent formula.

Now that we’ve traced a little historical significance behind the business card and discussed just a handful of the business card holders offered, maybe it’s time to think about how YOU’RE perceived in the 2 x 3.5 world. Who knows? You might just have the next new look to be captured for posterity. Business art chic, wrapped nicely in a business card design and displayed for all to see with the perfect counter top or wall mount holder. Not a bad idea!