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Archive for March, 2011

Customer Question: Custom Folds On Paper Folding Machines

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

MBM 93M Paper Folding MachineI had a customer chat with me today via our live chat and they had an interesting question. They needed to know if they could create custom folds on the MBM 93M paper folding machine. While I had to ask a few questions to figure out what they needed to do, I ended up answering the question to their satisfaction.

The customer’s exact question was, “We’re looking at the MBM 93M paper folder and am wondering if it will do varying C folds.” At first I though they needed to create a C fold on different sizes of paper, such as legal size paper. The MBM 93M, after all, can handle paper up to 8 ½” x 14″ in size.

The customer went on to explain, “We have an 8.5″ x 11″ page we want to offset so the top fold is slightly shorter. Can the 93M do this? It’s a mailing and we need to apply a sticker to keep it closed.” I finally understood what they wanted to do. They simply needed to offset the C fold so it was slightly longer on one of the folds.

I explained to the customer that this was a possibility. All they needed to do was play around with the fold plates until they got the letter-size “C” fold they needed.  As is the case with most manual folding machines that utilize folding plates, custom folds are extremely easy to accomplish.

You can easily create custom and offset C folds, Z folds and single folds with the MBM 93M. The custom then thanked me for the information and ended the chat.

Please feel free to post any questions you may have about paper folding machines in the “comments” section of this post. I am more than happy to help you out.

You can find the popular MBM 93M paper folding machine here and our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Akiles OffiBind Comb Binding Machine Review

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Akiles OffiBind Comb Binding MachineAre you looking for a small, compact and affordable comb binding machine from a reputable manufacturer? Few manufacturers have as much credibility and positive reputation as Akiles. One model you may want to consider buying is the Akiles OffiBind comb binding machine (found here). I have had the opportunity to use this comb binder and this is my review.

To begin with, Akiles makes over a dozen different binding machines. This ranges from comb and wire to coil and combo machines. Akiles is considered by many of our customers to be some of the best machines around. The build quality is exceptional.

The Akiels OffiBind is an entry level comb binding machine. This means it is designed for light-volume binding. This could be at home or in a small business environment. I personally wouldn’t use it for more than a dozen books a day. It simply isn’t designed for anything more than that.

The paper punch on the OffiBind is capable of punching 8-10 sheets of 20# paper at a time. The punching capacity really depends entirely on the type of paper being used. I recommend starting off small and working up the punching capacity until you have a good feel for what the machine is capable of.

The OffiBind has 3 different disengageable punching pins. This means that 3 of the punching pins can be turned off in the event half-punched holes are occurring. This is a pretty nice feature to have in a machine as inexpensive as this one.

While this is a light-volume comb binder, the Akiles OffiBind is still capable of binding books as thick as 2″. You simply need to punch sheets of paper until you reach a 2″ stack. At an average punching capacity of 8-10 sheets, a 2″ stack may take a few minutes, but it is completely possible. Two-inches of paper is about 500 sheets of 20# paper.

The Akiles OffiBind has what’s known as an open throat. This means that although the OffiBind is designed to punch paper up to letter (A4) paper size, larger paper can be punched. Simply punch what you can, slide the paper over and punch the rest of the paper. I personally don’t like using an open ended binding machine for punching larger sheets of paper. It is just to hard to keep the holes aligned.

While fairly simple in design, the Akiles OffiBind is a solid little machine. The punching dies cut through paper without any issues, and for the price, the build construction is exceptional. I would personally be fine with using the OffiBind for my own light-volume book binding projects.

You can find the Akiles OffiBind comb binding machine here and our entire selection of comb binding machines here.

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