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Collating The Night Away

Thursday, July 29th, 2004

ColatorsWe had an interesting call the other day from a customer that was trying to arrange papers into some kind of sequential format. They would get together in a group and peel one sheet of paper of the top of a stack, put it in order and staple it. During some larger projects, this would go on deep into the night. This is also commonly called a “collating party”. I remember doing this when I was in grade school for tests. I believe I even remember collating stacks of paper in college.

Before working for ABC Office, I had no idea the technology even existed, but there are machines (collators) specifically designed to do this for you. It does the same thing in a fraction of the time. Collators are easy to setup and use. They may seem a little pricey up front, but the amount of time out save is well worth it. Not only do you save time, but you don’t have to pay people to collate papers. I like to think of it as an investment.

Some collators can take up to 20 stacks of paper, collate them and staple them in the corner. Many collators can also be interfaced with a bookletmaker, allowing you to create booklets on the fly. Doing this stuff in-house can save you a lot of cash, especially when you look at how much it costs to do this stuff at a copy center. I personally use a collator and paper folder right here sales floor for making flyers and brochures.

Many collators can be interfaced with booklet makers for streamlined operations. Paper is placed in the collator, sheets are peeled off of each tray and are fed into the booklet maker.  The booklet maker then folds these sheets, staples them along the spine and the finished booklet comes out the other side. This process is perfect for creating manuals, booklets and much more.

You should be aware that most collators do not work well with extremely slick, coated or glossy paper. This is because a lot of friction is involved in the collating process. Slick paper causes those friction rollers to slip, resulting in a jam.

If you need any additional info on collators, take a look at our site http://www.abcoffice.com , or call one of
our sales associates, (800) 658-8788.

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