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Review of the MBM Bookletmaker Jr.

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

MBM Bookletmaker Jr Booklet Making MachineIf your business or organization prints and creates your own literature in-house, you may have the need of a booklet making machine. These machines are designed to fold and staple paper into booklets. We recently added the MBM Bookletmaker Jr. to our site (found here). I have had an opportunity to personally us this machine and would like to share my thoughts with you.

For starters, I have to say that I am very impressed with MBM as a company. They produce some of the nicest machines out there. You may have heard of some of their other machines such as Destroyit paper shredders, Kutrimmer guillotines and Triupmh stack cutters. Their machines feature sensible designs, are easy to use and they don’t cut corners in the manufacturing process.

Upon unboxing the Bookletmaker Jr., you may notice that it is very similar to other machines out there. Having used several machines myself, I have to say that the MBM Bookletmaker Jr. is very similar in look and operation to the Formax FD 160 (found here) and the ISP BookletMate (found here). The operation is almost identical. This isn’t to say that they are made in the same place, but the share a similar design.

There is very little setup required to use this booklet maker. It consists of a metal base, motorized rubber rollers and two staplers mounted to a arm. It is a fairly simple machine, but the subtleness of the machine is part of what makes it so incredible. It can be used with paper ranging from 8 ½” x 11″ up to 11″ x 17″. The guides, which help center the paper, auto center the staplers as they are lined up to the edges of the paper.

Once the paper is inserted, bring the stapler arm over to the other side (about a 180 degree motion) and press the arm down. This activates the staplers. This part of the process is manual. Once the stapling is complete, move the stapler arm back to its original position. The motor will automatically pull the paper and fold it in half. Voila! You have a booklet.

I found that I was able to insert the paper, staple it and fold the paper in about 3-5 seconds. It is a very efficient process, however, I would still rate this machine for light to medium volume use simply because there is still enough manual effort involved that an operator wouldn’t want to repeat this process over and over again on a large scale. If you need to create hundreds to thousands of booklets, go with a fully automatic / electric machine.

This machine is ideal for use in schools, churches and businesses. It is definitely portable, at 40 pounds shipped, but isn’t something that you want to move around on a regular basis. It is light enough to be used on most tables and desks. Aesthetically it is a very nice looking machine that I feel will blend in with most office environments.

The MBM Bookletmaker Jr. has a 10 sheet stapling capacity. That is based on standard 20# copy paper. The sheet capacity will be less if you are using card stock. Because it can staple 10 sheets of paper, it can bind a booklet of 40 pages (front and back / side to side).

Would I consider using this machine for my own booklet making operations? You bet. It is backed by a one-year warranty and the support from us (at ABC Office) and MBM will keep you happy. It should hold up for years without causing you any issues.

You can find the MBM Bookletmaker Jr. here and our entire selection of booklet making machines here. We are one of the most reputable online dealers of office equipment online (in business since 1980) and we offer some of the best prices available online. If you have any questions, please call us at 1-800-658-8788.

How Does a Booklet Maker Work?

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Booklet Makers / Booklet Making MachinesIf you want to bind a booklet or instructional manual, and don’t want to use a binding format that uses a spine, you may want to consider using a booklet maker (found here). These compact machines come in a variety of sizes, depending on the amount of books you want to create. So how exactly does a booklet maker work?

Booklet makers use staples, instead of binding elements, to bind books. These staples, usually 2 or 3, are placed along the middle of the booklet rather than the edge. Booklets bound on a booklet maker are usually 8 ½” x 5″ folded and usually range in size anywhere from a couple of pages up to 60, depending on the machine that’s used.

Booklet makers typically complete the binding process in a matter of a few of steps.

  1. Paper is first inserted into the machine.
  2. The booklet maker then applies staples along the middle of the sheets.
  3. The booklet is then folded in half, completing the process.

The size of the book depends on the capacity of the booklet maker. An entry level booklet maker typically staples around 10 sheets of paper, which ends up being 40 pages (front and back). High end machines can staple up to 25 sheets, which ends up being 100 pages (front and back). Keep in mind, when looking for a booklet maker, that sheet capacities are based on standard copy paper. That amount will need to be decreased if you are using card stock.

Before booklet makers existed, paper was first folded in half using a folding machine. Folded paper was then placed on a saddle stapler and stapled. This process involved multiple machines and took a minute or two to complete. Booklet makers cut that time by at least half.

Booklet makers can be broken up into three different categories, based on how the machine is built and how it is used. These three styles include semi-automatic, automatic and in-line. I will briefly cover each of these machines.
Automated Booklet Makers

  • Semi Automatic – This type of booklet maker is especially popular because it is much more affordable. It is usually designed for low to medium-volume work. The operator typically pulls a lever, which activates the staple heads. When the lever is returned to its original position, the booklet maker then grabs the paper and folds it in half (by means of an electric motor). The process is extremely quick.
  • Automatic – Automatic machines use a motor to staple and fold the paper. Most of these machines still require the operator to feed the paper into the machine, but the rest is automated. A book takes just seconds to complete on an automatic machine.
  • In-Line – These machines are designed to work in conjunction with a collator. Separate stacks, usually hundreds of sheets of paper, are placed into the collator. As the collator collates the paper, it feeds the stacks automatically into the booklet maker where the document is stapled, folded and comes out the other side of the machine completed.

TROUBLESHOOTING:

The biggest complaint I here from customers using booklet makers is that the page edges don’t line up. This is perfectly normal and occurs as more sheets are stapled together. The edges of the paper will gradually fan out as more paper is stapled together. For this reason, many businesses like to use a stack cutter to chop of and align the edges of the booklets. Some higher-end booklet makers include built-in cutters for an all-in-one process.

BRANDS:

There are several different brands of booklet makers. I really don’t have any issues with any particular brand. For entry-level booklet making, I really like machines by Formax, MBM, ISP and Martin Yale. For higher-end booklet making, I really like machines by MBM.

You can find our entire selection of booklet makers here. We currently offer about 14 different models, so feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 if you have any questions about them. We have been selling booklet makers for decades, so we have a lot of experience that may help you with your choice.

Free Shipping on MBM Machines (Destroyit, Kutrimmer, Triumph and More!)

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

MBM Office Machines & EquipmentSome of our most popular office equipment is made by MBM. This includes Destroyit paper shredders, Kutrimmer paper trimmers, Triumph paper cutters and much more. In an effort to save you money, we are offering free shipping on over half the MBM products we offer. We are excited to offer this great deal to you, our valued customer.

What you will need to do is look for our free shipping logo, which looks like this:

Free Shipping Logo

Our MBM office machines are broken up into the following categories:

These machines are solid, reliable and have a great track record with our customers. I have personally used MBM machine in each of the above listed categories and I have always had a pleasant experience.

Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions related to our MBM free shipping promotion.

Manufacturer Spotlight: Formax

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Formax Office ProductsEvery so often I like to throw the spotlight on a manufacturer that has proven to be reliable and produce great office products. As an online office equipment dealer, we at ABC Office truly appreciate what it is like to work with a reliable manufacturer. This not only helps us, but also helps our customers. Today I would like to introduce you to Formax, one of our most reliable manufacturers.

Formax, a division of Bescorp Inc, is a leading manufacturer of office products. They are well known for their pressure sealers, folder inserters, paper shredders, folding machines and much more. One remarkable thing about Formax is that many of their products are manufactured in the USA. Their line of products are considered to be reliable and have a great track record with our customers.

Formax was originally founded in 1987 and has been in business for over 24 years. They originally specialized in direct sales and service of paper processing equipment around the New England Area.

Formax is currently based out of Dover, New Hampshire and have a manufacturing facility plant in Turlock, California. The actual “Formax” name was established in 1993 right around the time they began to offer industrial bursters, decollators and mergers.

In 1996, thanks to a great reputation and an established network of dealers, Formax introduced one of their most popular brands, AutoSeal. AutoSeal pressure sealers utilize Formaxes patented technology that dramatically simplified pressure-sealing operations. Models today include desktop machines all the way up to industrial pressure sealing machines.

In 2002 Formax began manufacturing high-end paper folding machines and in 2003 Formax acquired a main vendor in FTI (Formax Technologies Incorporated), formerly known as the FHE Division of Tab Products in Turlock, CA.

At ABC Office we offer a huge selection of products from Formax. These products include:

We enjoy working with Formax, love selling their products and expect to have many more years of success selling Formax office machines to customers around the world. You can find our entire line of Formax products here.

Because we are an authorized Formax dealer, we are also able to provide servicing, repairs and provide parts for all Formax products. To request repairs and service on your Formax machine, you can contact our Service Department by filling out this form.

Booklet Makers & Paper Cutters – A Match Made In The Print Shop

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Skewed Booklet Maker PaperBooklet makers are wonderful machines. They take what would normally require a saddle stapler and a folding machine and do everything in a single pass. One common complaint when it comes to booklet makers is how the edges can sometimes become crooked or slanted. There are several reasons for this.

To begin with, as a booklet gets thicker, the spine of the booklet gets thicker as well. This causes the opposite front edges of the paper to slope at an angle, coinciding with the thickness of the stapled spine. Take a stack of 20-30 sheets of paper and fold them in half. You’ll see what I am talking about. The front edges just aren’t straight. No amount of adjustments on a booklet-making machine can fix this problem.

While this may all sound a little confusing, it all boils down to this. Thinner books don’t usually suffer from angled edges, where thicker books do. So what can be done about this?

Folded Booklet Maker Sheets

The most common solution, especially when binding thicker booklets together, is to use a stack paper cutter to straighten up the edges. A guillotine paper cutter may be used for light-volume booklet making. This solution basically lops off the angled edge of the front of the booklet.

You essentially take your stack of bound booklets and place them in the stack cutter. You will want to make adjustments to the stack cutter so that the blade will cut off the paper approximately where the cover sheet ends. This will allow all the sheets of paper to have the same even front edge. This is a very common practice when it comes to booklet makers.

If you are using a booklet maker for binding thicker booklets, I personally recommend using a stack paper cutter for medium to high-volume booklet making or a guillotine paper cutter for low-volume booklet making.

You can find our entire selection of booklet makers here, guillotine cutters here and stack paper cutters here.

Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any booklet making questions. We are more than happy to help.

Manufacturer Spotlight: MBM Corporation

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

MBM CorporationThe MBM Corporation is one of the leading dealers of paper shredders, paper cutters, trimmers, folding machines, booklet makers and collators in the USA. Established in 1936, MBM continues to be an office equipment powerhouse and a favorite of ABC Office customers.

MBM is currently headquartered in historical Charleston, South Carolina. They currently produce the Destroyit line of shredders along with the popular line of Triumph and Kutrimmer paper cutters. MBM’s parent company is IDEAL Krug & Priester of Germany.

MBM currently has an intricate network of dealers both locally and online. We at ABC Office have been selling MBM office equipment for several decades. One reason MBM is so popular is the build quality. There is something about the German engineered and built equipment that seems to stand the test of time.

One of MBM’s most popular lines of office products is their Destroyit line of paper shredders. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times government (federal & local), military and other businesses request Destroyit paper shredders by name. This is because Destroyit shredders get the job done. They feature high quality cutting blades and the ability to hold up to daily use for years upon years without breaking down.

You can view our entire selection of MBM office products here:

We are an authorized dealer of MBM office products, which means our Service Department is able to offer you parts, servicing and repair work on any MBM model. You can request parts and servicing by filling out this form.

How To Choose A Booklet Making Machine

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Formax Booklet Making MachinesBooklet makers are wonderful machines that make it possible for you to quickly create booklets, reports, presentations and much more. These handy machines quickly staple folded paper and fold it in half. The end result looks great. If you want to save money and start making your own booklets, here are a few tips that may help you find a machine.

  1. Paper Size – One critical part of choosing a booklet making machine is finding a machine that can handle your paper size. Most booklet making machines can handle standard 8 ½” x 11″ paper. Not all machines, however, can handle larger 11″ x 17″ and 12″ x 18″ paper sizes. Be sure the machine you buy can handle your paper size.
  2. Stapling Locations – How many staples do you need in your booklet? If you are stapling a standard letter-size document, 2-3 staple heads are usually more than sufficient. Most booklet makers come with at least 2 staple heads. If you are creating a larger booklet from 11″ x 17″ or 12″ x 18″ paper, you may need at least 3 stapling positions to keep everything stable.
  3. Booklet Thickness – How thick do you need your book to be? You should be aware that booklet makers typically take into account the front and back of a folded sheet of paper. This means if your booklet maker can handle 12 sheets of paper, it can create a booklet with 48 pages (front and back). Few booklet makers can create stapled booklets over 100 pages in thickness.
  4. Type Of Paper – What type of paper will you be folding and stapling? The thicker the paper, the fewer the amount of sheets you will be able to fold and staple. You should also be aware that most booklet making machines use friction to fold the paper. If the paper is too glossy, it is possible that the friction rollers will slip on the paper. If you aren’t sure if you’re paper will work, send us samples and we’ll test them prior to you making a purchase. You can reach us at 1-800-658-8788.
  5. Speed & Automation – How many booklets do you need to create per day? Booklet making machines vary in speed depending on how automated the machine is. Booklet makers can be divided up into manual, semi-auto and automatic.Manual machines usually require the stapling to be done manually while the folding is electric. Semi-auto machines usually staple the paper, but require you to manually feed the paper into the machine. Fully automatic booklet making machines are typically interfaced with a collator for streamlined operations.
  6. Location – Where will you be using your booklet making machine? Be sure you have enough space. Most booklet making machines will fit on most tables and desks, but some of the higher-end machines may require a more stable surface.

These are the most common points you will want to take into consideration prior to purchasing a booklet making machine. You can find our entire selection of booklet making machines here.

MBM AutoBook Electric Booklet Maker Review

Monday, February 7th, 2011

MBM AutoBook Booklet MakerBooklet makers are useful machines to have on hand. They can be used to create booklets, reports, pamphlets and much more. There are dozens of different to choose from. Once machine that you may want to consider using is the MBM AutoBook booklet maker (found here). I have been lucky enough to use this machine on several occasions and this is my review.

MBM currently makes about 6 different models of booklet makers. This includes models that staple and models that stitch with wire. MBM has been making office equipment for some time now. This includes Destroyit shredders, Kutrimmer paper trimmers and Triumph paper cutters.

The AutoBook booklet maker is one of MBMs entry-level booklet makers and can be used for light to medium-volume booklet making. Setup of the AutoBook literally takes just a minute or two. Once out of the box, you should be able to have the MBM AutoBook up and running in no time.

Simply take your stack of paper, place it in the booklet maker, press a button and the machine does the rest. It essentially places 2 staples down the center of the paper and then folds it. The end results are professional, clean and they look great.

The AutoBook has a 15-sheet capacity (using 20# paper). This means you can bind a book, counting front and back, which features a total of 60 pages. The paper range goes from 8 ¼” x 10″ up to 12″ x 17″. This is pretty impressive, especially for a machine at this price.

The control panel on the AutoBook is pretty simple. An LCD screen makes navigation extremely easy. It allows you to select up to 6 different pre-set booklet sizes. A series of buttons make it easy to enter the menu, make adjustments and begin using the machine.

One thing I like about the AutoBook is that it’s compact and easy to use on just about any desk or table. It weighs in at 58 pounds shipped.

Another alternative you may want to consider is the Formax FD 180 booklet maker, which is extremely similar in setup and design. You can read my review of the FD 180 here.

Overall I consider the MBM AutoBook to be a great machine. The quality is there and it is backed by an excellent manufacturer. Just remember that this is not designed for high-volume use.

You can find the MBM AutoBook booklet maker here and our entire selection of booklet makers here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

Restaurant Menu Insert Binding Machines

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Wire Binding Machines for Restaurant Menu InsertsI had a customer ask me recently if a wire binding machine could be used to bind restaurant menu inserts. While you can use wire, there are some definite advantages and disadvantages you should be aware of. There are also several other great options for restaurant menu inserts. Here is my advice.

To begin with, wire looks great! Wire bound menu inserts also look great, but there is one downside. Wire bends and after several days or weeks of constant handling, it may get bent out of shape.

For long-term menu insert binding, you may want to consider using a coil binding machine. Coil (aka Spiral) looks great and allows pages to turn a full 360 degrees. This will make menu browsing easy. The only downside of using coil is that the spine will poke out a little, and as an insert, may not allow the main menu to close flat. You can find our coil binding machines here.

Restaurant Menu Insert Booklet MakerAnother great option for menu insert binding is a booklet maker. These machines can take several sheets of paper, fold them and staple them along the spine. This is inexpensive, inconspicuous and allows the insert to lay completely flat. You can find our booklet makers here.

Hopefully this helps you out. If you need to laminate the menu, you can find our laminators and film here. Have a great day!

Booklet Makers & Page Capacities Explained

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Formax FD 160 Electric Booklet MakerAre you looking for a booklet maker, but aren’t sure exactly which machine you need? One of the most confusing aspects of a booklet maker is the page capacity and the number of pages you end up with in your booklet. Here are a few tips that may help you out.

To begin with, booklet makers typically let you know how many sheets of paper they can fold and staple. What confuses many people is they think the number of sheets a booklet maker can handle equals the number of pages their book will have. This is not the case.

Let’s take the Formax FD 160 as an example. This booklet maker can fold and staple up to 12 sheets of paper at a time. Many people think, “Only 12 sheets?” What they don’t realize is that a single sheet of paper produces 4 pages in a booklet. This is because two pages are printed on each side of a sheet of paper.

This means that although the Formax FD 160 can fold and staple up to 12 sheets of paper, it can create a booklet up to 48 pages in size. That doesn’t sound quite as bad now does it?

A higher capacity machine like the MBM Sprint 3000 booklet maker can fold and staple up to 25 sheets at a time. This means it can create a booklet up to 100 pages in size.

Hopefully this clears things up. Be aware, however, that the amount of sheets a machine can fold and staple is based on standard 20# copy paper. If you will be using a card stock cover, the sheet capacity will go down.

You can find our entire selection of booklet making machines here. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our booklet making machine specialists. They are more than happy to help answer any additional questions.

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