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Daily Mail Mode Rolls out on Formax Envelope Inserting Machines

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Daily Mail Mode Formax Envelope Inserting MachinesFolding and inserting machines (found here) are pretty remarkable pieces of equipment when you consider all that they do. These machines take paper, fold it, insert it into an envelope and seal the envelope shut. They do this at a high rate of speed and dramatically cut down on overhead by eliminating the need to do the same work manually. These machines come in a variety of configurations, depending on how many sheets you need inserted into an envelope. One feature that many of these machines now include is a daily mail. I would like to go into more detail what this does.

Envelope inserting machines are known by many names. Some include folder inserters, envelope stuffing machines and letter inserters. These machines are all made for mailing purposes. I have seen customers use these machines for mailing invoices, checks, letters, marketing material and more. Some even have the ability to insert a small insert or business reply envelope (BRE).  The precision and efficiency that these machines perform is truly and engineering feat.

The latest feature now included in most Formax envelope inserting machines is called Daily Mail. This is a feature that allows you to quickly fold and insert multiple sheets of paper into an envelope without having to set up any special project. This is sometimes called semi-auto mode and is excellent for occasional jobs that pop up here and there. This bypasses the normal feeding trays and requires you to pre-collate the sheets prior to folding and inserting. This may range from a couple of sheets up to several, depending on the machine.

Traditional envelope inserting machines do not have the ability to fold and insert stapled sets of paper. This is another example of where Daily Mail Mode is so cool. The semi-auto Daily Mail feed slot allows you to insert stapled documents for folding and inserting into an envelope. This gives you a lot of control and again, it is ideal for occasional jobs that may pop up out of nowhere.

Another thing you may not be aware of is that these folding and inserting machines can also be used for multi-sheet paper folding. This means folding multiple sheets of paper at a the same time (without the intent of mailing them). Most paper folding machines are not capable of multi-sheet folding, but Formax envelope inserting machines allow you to disable the envelope inserting part of the process for simple or multi-sheet folding.

Most of our envelope inserting machines are capable of creating a Z fold (aka accordion), C fold (aka letter fold), half fold (aka single fold) and a double parallel fold. These really are paper folding machines on steroids.

If you’re curious as to whether or not our machines will work for your project, feel free to send in samples. We would love to test them on our machines and send them back to you. Sometimes it helps, when selecting a machine, to see the end results in your hand. This will also help us determine the right machine for you and establish if your paper and envelopes will even work.

While envelope inserting machines do cost more than your typical paper folder, we do offer leasing options and accept purchase orders.

If you have additional questions about these machines, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of envelope inserting machines here.

Introducing the Formax FD 6102 Envelope Inserting Machine

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Formax FD 6102 Envelope Inserting MachineWhen it comes to automated mailing equipment, few manufactures come close to what Formax has to offer. Formax’s line of envelope stuffing machines, often called folder inserters, are excellent for mass mailing invoices, newsletters, promotional material and much more. We are happy to announce that we have just added their latest machine, the Formax FD 6102 (found here), to our site.

Folding and inserting machines are often a bit of an investment for a business. Formax, who manufactures some of the best medium and high-volume machines, also makes a great entry-level machine. The FD-6102 is a desktop envelope-stuffing machine that replaces both the FD-6100 and the FD-6150. This machine has a duty-cycle of about 5,000 pieces per month (at a rate of 1,360 per hour) and is a huge improvement over manually folding and inserting paper into envelopes.

One of the biggest improvements you will find with the FD-6102, over previous versions, is the touch-screen interface. This interface, which happens to be in color, is easy to navigate and makes setting up the type of folds and easy to do. A step-by-step job wizard helps guide you through the setup process. This machine will also allow you to set up, name and store 15 frequent jobs, making setup even easier later down the road.

An enhanced feeder design helps to make paper feeding more seamless and toner resistant fold rollers help cut down on jams. This, however, doesn’t mean that this machine, which uses friction rollers, will work with all glossy or coated paper. If you will be using glossy or coated paper, please send in samples for testing purposes.

Each of the feed trays can hold up to 100 sheets of 20# bond paper, the BRE / Insert tray can hold up to 100 pieces and the envelope hopper holds up to 100 outgoing envelopes at a time. If needed, the 2 sheet feeders can be linked together, doubling the sheet capacity to 200. When the first feed tray (100 capacity) empties, it will then move on to the second feed tray (in linked mode). In the event that you don’t what to set up any special jobs, you can simply manually feed a stack of up to 5 sheets via the drop-in feed system.

This is a video demo of the Formax FD 6102 in action:

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This machine will automatically, depending on the feed trays being used, pull a sheet off of each sheet and BRE feeder, fold them and insert them into an envelope. It will even seal the envelopes shut. The sealing function can be turned off if you prefer to leave your envelopes open.

In comparison to other folding and inserting machines out there, the FD 6102 is remarkably quiet. This makes it great for use in the office, in a mailing room or other location where people work.

This machine can be used with #10, #9 and 6″x9″ envelopes. It can be used with paper up to 14″ long and will create letter, half and double parallel folds. As documents leave this machine, the catch tray can be adjusted to accommodate the various sizes of envelopes that you are using.

If you still have questions, please give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. Our Mailing Specialists are more than happy to help answer your questions. You can find our entire selection of envelope stuffing machines here.

Invoice Folding Machines (Business Automation Tips)

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Invoice Folding MachinesWe’re supposed to live in a paperless society now, right? With computers, laptops, iPads, Android devices and other useful tools to assist us, a lot of paper use is down. Many businesses, however, still deal with inbound and outbound mail on a regular basis. Much of this mail comes in the form of invoices. It should come as no surprise that folding and mailing invoices takes a lot of time. Luckily, there are several machines available designed to make folding and mailing invoices easier.

Most invoices are either folded and inserted into an envelope or the yare put into a package. The most common type of fold used for invoices is what’s known as a C-fold (aka Letter Fold). This type of fold involves 3 panels and 2 folds. The second most common type of fold for invoices is the accordion fold (aka Z Fold). Here is diagram showing both types of folds:

Letter / Accordion Paper Folds

Invoice Folding Options

There are four different tools you can use to fold invoices. The first is by hand, the seconds is by using a paper folding machine, the third is by using a folder inserter and the fourth is by using a pressure sealer. I will explain each of these methods in detail and will cover the pros and cons of both.

  1. Hand Folding Paper - If you’re a small business, and only mail out a few invoices a day, folding paper by hand may be an option. The only problem with this is that hand-folded paper looks hand folded. What I mean by that is the skew is often off, which means the folded paper looks misaligned and unprofessional. Don’t forget about those annoying paper cuts as well.
  2. Paper Folding Machines (found here)Paper Folding MachinePaper folding machines use a couple of folding plates and a series of rollers to fold paper. This is the most common method used for folding paper and is very popular for folding invoices. Simply set your fold, insert a stack of paper and let the machine do the res. The only downside to a traditional paper folding machine is that you still have to manually insert the folded invoice into an envelope. Paper folding machines are accurate and create very professional folds.
  3. Envelope Stuffing Machines (found here)Envelope Stuffing MachinesEnvelope stuffing machines, sometimes called folder inserters, automate the invoice folding process. Much like a stand-alone paper folding machine, envelope stuffing machines will fold the invoice, insert it into an envelope and seal the envelope shut for mailing. These machine, depending on the model, can be used to fold multi-page invoices in a single pass. While automated envelope stuffing machines are more money than a stand-alone folding machine, they make up for that cost in time saved.
  4. Pressure Sealers (found here) Pressure Sealer MachinePressure sealers are excellent machines to have for single-sheet invoice mailing. Pressure sealers use special pressure activated paper. This paper has tiny bubbles of pressure-activated glue around the edges of the paper. As this paper is run through the pressure sealer, the pockets burst open and seal the invoice shut. The invoice can later be opened by tearing off the perforated edges. The nice thing about pressure sealers is there is no envelope involved, yet the folded invoice can still be mailed. The special pressure-seal paper (found here) can be used in an inkjet or laser printer and then be fed into the pressure sealer. The results look great, are professional and are secure.

The invoice-folding machine you use will depend entirely on the size of your business, how many invoices you fold per day and what your budget allows. I recommend a standard folding machine for entry level to mid-level folding and an envelope stuffing machine or pressure sealing machine for medium to higher-volume invoice folding.

We have been selling invoice-folding machines for over 30 years now and are able to provide you with a lot of advice and expertise. Please feel free to contact one of our specialists at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

Introducing the Formax FD 6150 Envelope Inserting Machine

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Formax FD 6150 Envelope Inserting MachineFolding mail by and, inserting it into envelopes and licking the envelopes shut is a long and tedious process. It creates paper cuts, folds are typically misaligned and the glue from the envelopes tastes pretty bad. One affordable way to eliminate the need for manual envelope folding and inserting is to use an automated machine like the Formax FD 6150 folder inserter.

Formax is one of the best-known manufacturers of envelope folding and inserting machines. They manufacture machines that can handle anywhere from one sheet up to six or more sheets of paper at a time. The process is impressive to watch and the technology is extremely reliable. The Formax FD 6150 replaces the popular FD 6100.

The Formax FD 6150 is the entry-level folding and inserting machine from Formax. While it is entry level, it is still packed with features and is extremely fast. It is best suited for small to medium-size businesses and can be used to fold and insert approximately 5,000 pieces per month. This is ideal for mailing invoices, checks, newsletters and more.

Formax FD 6150 Inserting Machine Control PanelThe folding and inserting process on this machine takes just seconds. The FD 6150 has 2 paper trays and one insert / BRE tray. Each of the paper trays holds 325 sheets of paper. These trays allow for a combination of different multi sheet folding and inserting configurations. The insert / BRE tray is designed for business reply envelopes or small slips of paper that need to be included in the letter.

The FD 6150 essentially pulls a sheet of paper from the trays, folds it, inserts it into an envelope and even seals the envelope shut. Once an envelope comes out the exit tray, it is ready to take a stamp and be mailed. A daily mail mode will even allow for inserting stapled or unstapled sets of paper (up to 5 sheets) for mailing purposes.

This envelope inserting machine can create a C fold (letter), a V fold (half) and a double parallel fold. It can also be set up with 9 different programmable jobs for easy setup. Simply select the job you need (which includes paper size, envelope type and fold style) and start the machine. The control panel itself is very easy to navigate and set up.

The Formax FD 6150 utilizes a clamshell design. By pressing a cover release lever, the entire top half of the machine opens up. This makes cleaning and maintenance extremely easy. In the rare event of a jam, paper is extremely easy to access and clear out.

You can find the Formax FD 6150 envelope inserting machine here and our entire selection of folding and inserting machines here. Please feel free to contact one of our folding machine experts at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

Formax FD 6304 Envelope Stuffing Machine Video Demo

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Formax FD 6304 Envelope Stuffing MachineHave you ever wondered how bills, invoices, mailers and other material are folded and inserted into envelopes? Perhaps…perhaps not. Whether you need one of these machines, or are simply curious how it works, we now have a video demo available of the Formax FD 6304 folder inserter. This machine is capable of folding and inserting up to 40,000 envelopes per month.

Folding and inserting machine, sometime called envelope-stuffing machines, are completely automated. All you have to do is enter a few settings and place empty envelopes and paper in the feeding trays. The machine does the rest. It literally pulls a sheet from each tray and inserts them into an envelope. The FD 6304 can even lick (with a water applicator) and seal the envelopes shut.

The Formax FD 6304 can single fold and insert up to 10 sheets of paper at once or tri-fold (aka letter fold) and insert up to 8 sheets of paper at once. It operates at a speed of about 3,600 pieces per hour. This machine is perfect for small to large businesses and can even be set up with OMR capabilities (optical mark recognition) for billing and invoicing.

Many people think that a folding and inserting machine is going to be complicated to use or difficult to set up. Formax has put a lot of research into usability and has dramatically simplified the setup procedure. It only takes a few steps to set up a Formax folder inserter. The FD 6304 even has a full-color touchscreen that makes it easy to set up an program up to 25 different jobs.

Here is a video demo of the Formax FD 6304 in action:

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The FD 6304 is currently available in about 12 different configurations. Some include special feeders, have high capacity feeders, feature vertical stackers, include MailDock software and more. The machine you get really depends on what you need.

You can find the Formax FD 6304 here and our entire selection of folding and envelope inserting machines here. Please feel free to speak with one of our envelope / mailing specialists by calling 1-800-658-8788.

Formax FD 6202 Folder Inserter Video Demo

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Formax FD 6202 Folder InserterHave you ever wondered how businesses are able to fold, insert and mail envelopes on such a wide scale? One of the tools they use is a folder inserter, often called an envelope-stuffing machine. One of the most popular models used today is the Formax FD 6202 folder inserter. We just added a video demo of it to our site, which shows in great detail exactly how it works.

The FD 6202 is available in several different configurations, depending on how many sheets you need inserted into an envelope, and whether or not you need to include an insert or a BRE (business reply envelope). The machine itself, which I have personally used on many occasions, is an amazing piece of engineering. The machine is quiet, fast and takes what would take one individual 30-60 seconds and does it in 1-2 seconds.

This machine essentially takes a sheet of paper, folds it (letter, single, double parallel or accordion) and inserts it into an envelope. It even seals the envelope shut by running the glue on the flap of the envelope over a water-coated surface and folding it shut. This is a great system for mailing invoices, bills, promotional material, bank statements and much more. It can even be integrated with an OMR (optical mark recognition) reader.

This is a video demo of the Formax FD 6202:

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The FD 6202 automatic envelope-stuffing machine operates at a speed of about 2,200 pieces per hour and has a monthly duty cycle of 12,000 sheets per month. Larger Formax machines are available for higher volumes. The machine itself is extremely easy to set up thanks to a simple digital interface.

You can find the Formax FD 6202 folder inserter here and our entire selection of envelope folding, stuffing and inserting machines here.

Formax’s Impressive Office Equipment Warranty

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Formax FD 1500 Pressure SealerIf you’re shopping around for a pressure sealer or envelope-stuffing machine, there are a few reasons why you may want to consider using Formax product. To begin with, Formax products simply have a great reputation. Many of their machines, including their pressure sealers and paper folding machines, are made in the USA. While these are all great reasons to get a Formax office machine, the warranty and initial purchase perks are some best in town.

Formax goes above and beyond when it comes to customer satisfaction. Many Formax products feature free on-site installation and on-site training. This is a huge benefit and ensures that your employees are using the products correctly, right out of the box. How many other manufacturers include that?

Installation and training are covered on:

  • Pressure Sealers (FD 1500, FD 1500 Plus, FD 200, FD 2030, FD 2052, FD 2000IL, FD 2052IL, FD 2094, FD 2084, FD 2200-10 and FD 2200)
  • Folder Inserters (FD 6100, FD 6202, FD 6304, FD 6402, FD 6602, FD 6900, FD 7100)

Not only do these models feature on-site installation and training, but they also carry a 90-day service agreement and a one-year warranty. How many other manufacturers offer this much customer care on an order? Not many.

You can view our entire selection of Formax pressure sealers here and Formax folder inserters here. Please feel free to speak with one of our Customer Service Reps with any questions regarding Formax and their warranty.

Formax FD 6100 Folder Inserter / Envelope Stuffer Video Demo

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Formax FD 6100 Envelope and Paper InserterFolding, inserting, licking and sealing. It’s the four-step mailing process many of you are very familiar with. The only problem with manually folding and inserting mail is that it is very time consuming and can require a lot of people. Automated machines, like the Formax FD 6100 folder inserter, are fast and quickly make up the cost of paying someone to do the job in no time. I had a chance to use this machine a few weeks ago and we shot a video demo.

At first glance, from personal experience, the FD 6100 is a little intimidating. It has several feed trays, an envelope tray, an insert tray and a digital control panel. It probably only took me about 5 minutes to familiarize myself with the machine. Once I had everything figured out, I was surprised just how easy the Formax FD 6100 was to use.

I ended up creating a letter fold using a #10 business envelope. I placed two separate stacks of paper in the machine (for multi-sheet folding & inserting) and put the envelopes in the back. Once I told the machine what I wanted it to do, it took just seconds to complete the process.

Sometimes seeing a machine in use is easier that trying to describe it. We ended up shooting a video demonstration of my experience which I am including in this post.

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I hope that video clearly depicts just how nice this machine is. I personally recommend it to any small business that has light to medium-volume folding and inserting needs. You can find the Formax FD 6100 automatic folder inserter here and our entire selection of folding and inserting machines here.

Formax FD 6100 Folder Inserter / Envelope Stuffing Machine Review

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Formax FD 6100 Envelope Stuffing Machine / Folder InserterAre you tired of folding letters by hand and stuffing them into envelopes manually? What you probably need is an envelope-stuffing machine, sometimes called a folder inserter. These machines automatically fold paper, insert it into an envelope and seal it shut. One great model you may want to consider using is the Formax FD 6100 paper folder inserter & envelope stuffer. This is my review.

Formax is one of the best-known manufacturers of paper folding and inserting machines. These machines are commonly used by businesses to mail out invoices, bills, bank statements and more. Formax manufacturers machines designed to fold and insert anywhere from 1 to 4+ sheets at a time.

The Formax FD 6100 is a multi-sheet envelope-stuffing machine. This means that it is designed to pull paper from one or two feeding trays at a time. This means you can easily set two separate stacks in each of the feed trays for multi-sheet folding and inserting. It even has an insert / BRE (business reply envelope) feed tray. Each feeder has a 100 sheet capacity.

If paper is properly collated prior to placement in the machine, it can be used to fold and insert up to 5 sheets of stapled or non-stapled paper at a time (20# paper). This, however, is done by manually feeding the paper. This is pretty impressive. The FD 6100 gets the job done fast and accurate. It operates at a speed of 23 pieces per minute.

The Formax FD 6100 has one slot on the back of the machine where envelopes are placed. Another couple of feed trays hold the paper that will be inserted. Setting up the machine is extremely easy. Be sure the water reservoir is filled (located in the machine) and that the fold you want has been established. It can create a letter and a double parallel fold. Once the fold is set up, the machine can begin folding and inserting mail.

It is pretty remarkable to see this machine it action. It is pretty much 100% automated once it has been set up. It will keep folding and inserting mail until it is done (or you set it up to only fold and insert a specific amount of letters.

Maintenance on the FD 6100 is extremely easy. It has a clamshell design. This means if you need to access the inside of the machine, simply press a button and the top half of the machine folds open.

The FD 6100 is designed to be used on a desk, table or countertop. The feed tray extends off of the edge of a table. This folding and inserting machine has a 3,000 piece monthly duty cycle.

For low to medium-volume envelope stuffing, the Formax FD 6100 does a great job. I have used this machine myself and have to say that it is a pretty impressive piece of engineering technology. Because it is made by Formax, it should easily last for years. Just image all the time you’ll save using this machine!

We have this machine on our showroom floor right now. We are more than happy to provide you with a live video demonstration of it over the Internet. Simply call us at 1-800-658-8788 or fill out this form to set up an appointment.

You can find the Formax FD 6100 paper folder inserter & envelope stuffer here and our entire selection of automatic envelope stuffing machines here.

Choose The Right Folding, Stuffing & Inserting Machine

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Automatic Envelope Folding, Inserting & Stuffing MachinesDo you need to speed up your paper folding & envelope stuffing operations? You may want to consider upgrading to a paper folder inserter. These handy machines take a sheet of paper, fold it, insert it into an envelope and seal it shut. With so many machines out there, which one should you get? Here are a few questions you may want to ask yourself.

How many sheets of paper do you need to insert into the envelope? The machine you get will almost depend entirely on how many sheets of paper you need to insert into an envelope. The most basic machines fold and insert a single sheet of paper.

More complex machines can fold and insert two, three and even more sheets at a time. Some machines can even include inserts or business reply envelopes. The more sheets you need to fold and insert, the more of an investment you will have to make in a machine.

How many envelopes do you need inserted per day? You will want to determine how many envelopes you need to send out on daily basis. Take into consideration how many envelopes you will need to send out later on down the road. An envelope stuffing machine is a significant investment and will last you for years. You want to be sure you get the right machine.

Most paper folding and inserting machines are rated for a monthly duty cycle. The monthly duty cycle is the amount of sheets a machine can safely fold and insert in a month without causing premature wear.

What is your budget? This may seem like a silly question, but your budget will play a huge part in determining the envelope-stuffing machine you purchase. If you need help finding a machine to fit your budget and needs, call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with an expert.

What are all the available options? If you only need to fold and insert one single sheet of paper, you have three different options available to you.

  1. Automatic Envelope Stuffing Machine – These machines do it all from start to finish. The fold, insert and seal the envelope shut.
  2. Pressure Folder Sealers - These machines fold and seal shut special pressure sensitive paper. This paper is typically perforated and does not require an envelope. You may have received a rebate, check or other form that was folded on a pressure sealing machine.
  3. Paper Folding Machine – If your monthly duty cycle isn’t huge, and you don’t need to stuff several sheets into an envelope, you may be able to use a paper folding machine to save you time. While you will still have to stuff the folded paper into an envelope, a paper folding machine will still cut your time down in half.

How much space is available? Be sure you take into account the measurements of the machine you will be purchasing. Make sure you have a desk or table that can not only accommodate the size of the machine, but the weight as well.

Which brand is the best? I have a tough time saying any one brand is the best. I can say that I have a lot of experience with Formax brand paper folding and inserting machines and they seem to be pretty solid. Formax customer service is excellent and their machines have a great rack record with our customers.

These some of the most common questions asked by our customers. Hopefully they have helped you get a better idea as to which machine you may need. You can find our entire selection of automatic envelope folding, inserting and stuffing machines here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 for answers to any questions you may have.

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