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Pressure Folder Sealers vs. Paper Folding & Inserting Machines

Friday, October 15th, 2010

If you are in need of a machine that can help you mail invoices, receipts, bills and other paperwork, you have a couple of options. One is to use a pressure folder sealer and the other is to use a folding & inserting machine. Both technologies get the job done, but which one should you use? Here are a few pros and cons.

Formax Paper Pressure Folder SealersPressure Folder Sealers – Folder sealers use pressure to fold and seal sheets of paper shut. Special pressure-activated paper has small pockets of glue along perforated edges. When pressure is applied to these pockets, they burst open and seal the sheet of paper shut. This pressure-activated paper can be used in laser printers, inkjet printers and copy machines.

  • Pros – Pressure folder sealers have fewer moving parts when compared to a folding & inserting machine. This ultimately means fewer potential servicing issues later down the road. Pressure sealers are extremely easy to setup and require few modifications to get up and running. Pressure sealers are also typically less expensive than paper folding & inserting machines.
  • Cons – Pressure sealers are usually limited to one sheet of paper. While ideal for invoices, bills and other material, pressure sealers are not the best option for mailing promotional material.

Formax Paper Folding & Inserting Machines / Envelope StuffersFolding & Inserting Machines (aka Automatic Envelope Stuffers) – These machines take paper, fold it, put it in an envelope and seal the envelope shut.

  • Pros – Folding and inserting machines are excellent for mailing out multiple sheets at a time, including return envelopes and inserts. The amount of sheets that can be folded and inserted depends on the machine being used. These machines are excellent for mailing out promotional literature, bills, invoices and other documents.
  • Cons – These machines can only be used with approved envelopes, meaning you need to be sure you are using the right envelopes or you may end up with a big mess. Folder inserters are also a little more complicated to set up, versus a pressure sealer. Once you know what you’re doing, it isn’t bad.

So there you have it. Two solid, tried and tested ways to streamline mailing operations. You can find our entire selection of pressure folder sealers here and our paper folding and inserting machines here. Feel free to contact one of our paper folding specialists by calling 1-800-658-8788. Have a great day!

Duplo DF-755 Paper Folding Machine Review

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Duplo DF-755 Paper Folding MachineDuplo paper folding machines are high in demand. This is due to history, reputation and several other factors. If you are looking for a Duplo folding machine, you may want to consider the Duplo DF-755 paper folding machine (found here). This is my review.

As mentioned earlier, Duplo paper folding machines have a great reputation along with a long history of making quality machines. I can remember a decade ago when Duplo was one of the few manufacturers with a fully-automatic paper folding machine. I personally have used several Duplo folding machines and they have always been solid.

The Duplo DF-755 is almost a carbon copy of their automatic machines, but with a little more manual setup. The DF-755 is known as a semi-automatic folding machine. This is because the folding plates still require some manual interaction, albeit very little.

Charts indicating the most common folds are printed on the two folding plates and simply require a slide of the folding plate to set up the fold. Knobs located on the ends of both folding plates allow for fine-tuned adjustments. The entire process takes just seconds, and in many instances, is faster than the automatic version.

The DF-755 is not designed for light-volume jobs. While it can handle the small stuff, the DF-755 finds its mark doing medium to medium-high volume folding jobs. It can be used to create letter folds, accordion folds, brochure folds, double folds and much more. Because the folding plates are adjustable, custom folds are easy to do as well.

The build quality on the DF-755 is exceptional. There are few manufacturers out there that make folding machines that play in this league. It kind of reminds me of those old diesel Mercedes that would log 500,000 plus miles without an overhaul. You will get a lot of mileage out of the Duplo DF-755.

Now for some specs. The DF-755 has a hopper that can hold up to 500 sheets of paper. That equals out to about a ream of paper. It can handle 13 lb. bond to 80 lb. index paper. The machine runs at a speed of 120 sheets per minute. A digital counter lets you know how many sheets of paper have been folded.

The exit tray uses a conveyor-style system. This allows the DF-755 to fold paper that needs to be kept in alphabetical or numerical order.

Overall I really like the Duplo DF-755. It is a solid paper folding machine that is great for copy centers, printing presses and other businesses.

You can find our Duplo DF-755 paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Tips For Folding Card Stock Paper

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Folding Card Stock Paper - Paper Folding MachineDo you need to fold card stock paper, but aren’t sure what tools you need to do this? You can always fold paper by hand, but that takes a lot of time and the end results often look bad. What you probably need to get the job done right is a paper folding machine. So what type of machine do you need to correctly fold card stock? Here are a few tips.

To begin with, not all paper folding machines can handle card stock. Most paper folding machines are able to fold standard copy paper. You will need to be sure and check the specifications of the paper folding machine to make sure it can handle your paper. In the Untied States, most paper folding machines specify the lb (aka # or pound) of paper they can handle.

If the thickness of your paper is close to the maximum paper thickness a paper folding machine can handle, you may want to send in samples to make sure it will work. I have found that the paper thickness of card stock and the paper thickness a machine can handle sometimes aren’t exact. This is due to small variances between paper manufacturers and the way they measure their paper.

Sending in a sample will guarantee that your paper will work with the machine. You can request your sample to be tested on one of our machines by filling out this form.

Another nice feature, although not critical, is a variable speed control. Thicker paper is harder on a machine. Sometimes folding card stock at a maximum speed is too much for a folding machine to handle. The ability to turn the motor down to handle the thicker paper often produces better results.

You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here. Remember, check the specifications for the minimum and maximum paper weights / thicknesses. You are more than welcome to speak with one of our paper folding machine specialists with your questions at 1-800-658-8788. Have a great day!

Dahle 10560 Paper Folding Machine Review

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Dahle 10560 Paper Folding MachineDo you need a cheap and affordable paper folder that can also multi-fold up to three sheets at a time? If so, the Dahle 10560 paper folding machine (found here) may be just what you need. I have used this machine several times and will post my thoughts and feelings on it in this article. Hopefully this will help you determine if this is the right folding machine for you.

To begin with, the Dahle 10560 falls within a very select group of sub $500 paper folding machines. These types of paper folding machines are designed for low-volume use. This doesn’t mean you can only fold a few sheets per day, but it isn’t meant to be used continuously for large jobs.

The time it takes to pull this folding machine out of the box and set it up takes on a few minutes. Luckily very little assembly is required. All you really have to do is set up the stand and attach a couple of components.

The Dahle 10560 uses folding plates to create letter folds, accordion folds, single folds and more. The folds are clearly marked on the two folding plates. Once these plates have been adjusted for the fold, the 10560 can begin folding paper.

The hopper on the Dahle 10560 holds up to 50 sheets of paper. It is designed to be used with either 8 ½” x 11″ letter-size or A4 paper. It is designed to be used with 16-20lb paper, so nothing thicker than copy paper. It will not work with glossy or coated paper as the rubber wheels tend to slip on the slick surface.

This folding machine is extremely compact and very easy to move around. It weighs in at 21 pounds. I picked it up and it didn’t seem much heavier to me than a basic printer. I do, however, recommend moving the folding machine and the stand separately.

The Dahle 10560 is perfect for using on the side of a desk or on a table. It is several times faster than folding paper by hand and is a significant step up from the basic electric letter folding machines out there.  It is  great for folding invoices, letters, bills, pamphlets and more.

My favorite feature of the Dahle 10560 is the multi-sheet folding capability. A bypass slot on the top of the folding machine allows you to manually feed up to three sheets of stapled or unstapled paper for multi-sheet folding. This feature works remarkably well. Just be aware that it will only multi-fold paper as fast as you can feed it into the machine.

Overall I consider this to be a great little folding machine. If you treat it well, and set it up properly, it should easily last you for a long time.

You can find the Dahle 10560 paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of friction-feed paper folding machines here.

Formax FD 305 Desktop Letter Folding Machine Review

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Formax FD 305 Letter Folding MachineAre you looking for a compact letter folding machine that can be used on a desk or table for mailing letters, invoices and other documents? One machine you may want to look at is the Formax FD 305 desktop letter folding machine (found here). This is my review.

Many people are aware of the fact that Formax makes a wide variety of heavy-duty, commercial paper folding machines, but did you know that they make a compact letter folding machine for use on a desk?

The Formax FD 305 is a letter folding machine with a purpose. It is completely designed to create the letter fold (C Fold). This is the most common fold used for mailing letters, invoices, receipts, bills and other material.

The FD 305 is not only compact, but it very well may be one of the simplest letter folding machines that we offer. It doesn’t require any folding plate setup or any special fine tuning. It is ready to use right out of the box. Simply plug it in, put the paper in and press the start button. The machine does the rest.

The motor on the FD 305 runs at about 20 folds per minute. This is far more sheets that you could fold manually. It is designed to only work with 8 ½ x 11 sheets of 20# paper. It has a manual bypass slot that will allow you to fold up to 3 sheets of paper at a time, which is pretty impressive.

Pictures often say more than words, so here is a video demonstration of the Formax FD 300:

The FD 305 only weighs about 10 pounds. This means that it is extremely compact and very portable. You will easily be able to unplug this and move it to another desk for various folding jobs.

The downside to this folding machine is that it only creates a letter fold. It cannot be used to create a Z fold or a V fold. For what it is designed to do, however, you really don’t need those other fold types.

One thing I really like about the Formax FD 305, besides its simplicity, is the fact that it features Formax’s quality. This thing is tough, yet very affordable for what it does. If you have to choose between a desktop letter folding machine that is half the cost and this machine, I would choose the FD 305 hands down. It will last you for years.

You can find the Formax FD 305 desktop letter folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Paper Folding Machine Troubleshooting Tips

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Paper Folding Machines from ABC OfficeThere are few things more frustrating than trying to fold paper and constantly running into issues. I have used dozens of different models of paper folding machines and if there’s one thing I have learned, it’s that every machine has it’s own little quirks that you have to figure out to get everything to run smoothly.

Here are some of the most common issues I have faced using paper folding machines. I am going to touch base on some of the most common issues. Hopefully this will help you.

Machine Pulling Through Too Many Sheets

  1. This is often a result of the retarder wheel (if so equipped) being too loose. This allows too many sheets of paper to be pulled in at a time.
  2. A paper jogger may help with this issue by helping break up paper, preventing sheets from sticking together.
  3. On some paper folding machines, you may also need to fan the paper prior to placing it in the machine.

Folding Machine Won’t Pull In Any Paper

  1. This can be a result of glossy or coated paper with a friction-feed folding machine. The friction rollers simply cannot grab glossy paper properly.
  2. The rollers may be coated with dust or leftover ink. You may need to clean the rollers using roller clear (found here).
  3. Try fanning the paper. Some folding machines require paper to be folded prior to being placed in the machine.

Folds Are Crooked

  1. It’s possible that you may not have your paper tray guides properly adjusted. If the friction wheel isn’t centered, it may be pulling the paper in crooked. This often causes crooked folds.
  2. This may be a result of a badly set skew. Many folding machines have a skew wheel that can be adjusted, resulting in more precise folds.

Folds Aren’t Accurate

  1. Are you using an automatic paper folding machine? If so, turn of the paper folder and let the folding trays reset to their neutral position. Sometimes automatic folding machines get thrown out of whack and simply need to be reset.
  2. Are you using a manual paper folding machine? You may simply need to make some fine-tuned adjustments to the folding plates.
  3. You may be using paper that is too thick or paper that is glossy (in a friction-feed machine). Folding paper that is too thick causes all sorts of issues and glossy paper causes many issues with friction-feed machines.

If you are still experiencing problems, or think you may have a broken paper folding machine, you should call our Service Department. They are well-trained and very skillful at fixing paper folding machines. You can reach them by filling out this form.

You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

What Is A Cross Fold / French Fold?

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Dynafold Paper Folder DE-322AF (Cross Fold Capable)I have seen an increase lately in customers asking me what a cross fold / French fold is. This type of fold is considered to be one of the toughest folds to do on a paper folding machine. These are the steps involved in creating a cross fold.

To start, you will need a paper folding machine capable of doing a cross fold. This type of fold is sometimes called a cross fold, a right fold or a French fold. These are all the same types of fold. Most paper folders will indicate in the specifications the types of fold they are able to handle.

This is an example of a cross fold:

Example of a Cross Fold / French Fold

The first step in creating a cross fold is to do a single fold (aka V Fold). This is what a single fold looks like:

Example of a V Fold or a Single Fold

The second step involves taking the single-folded document and running it through the paper folding machine again, doing another single fold. The end result is a cross fold.

There are some very elaborate variations of the cross fold. One I have seen is a letter-folded document that is then folded in half again. Keep in mind that the more folds created, the more strain that is placed on the paper folding machine.

A map is a good example of a custom cross fold:

Cross Fold / Map Fold

If you are curious about whether or not a folding machine can create your custom cross fold, you can either call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our paper folding specialists or you can have us try out the fold on the machine in question.

We stock most of the paper folding machines we sell. This means we can easily break one out of a box and try your custom fold prior to you making a purchase. This way you will know for sure that the machine will work for you.

You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Martin Yale 959AF Air-Feed AutoFolder Paper Folding Machine Review

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Martin Yale 959AF Air-Feed AutoFolder Paper Folding MachineDo you have projects that need a reliable paper folding machine but have found most machines can’t get the job done? Do you fold glossy, coated or wet paper? If any of these questions apply to you, you may want to take a look at the Martin Yale 959AF Air-Feed AutoFolder paper folding machine (found here). I have used this machine and this is my review.

To begin with, the Martin Yale 959AF is an air feed paper folding machine. In fact, it is the air-feed version of the standard Martin Yale 959. These types of folding machines are sometimes called air suction or pneumatic folding machines. Unlike friction-feed folding machines, air-feed machines can be used with glossy, coated and wet paper. Friction-feed machines jam on glossy paper and smudge wet ink .

The 959AF uses a built-in air compressor to get the job done. It is extremely customizable and has adjustable air controls that allow you to adjust the pressure and vacuum. The end result is a crisp, clean fold.

This folding machine is manually set up. This means that the folding plates are manually adjusted to get the required fold. Some people prefer a more automated system for selecting a fold, but I personally don’t mind it. Albeit I do have a lot of experience, but I can set up manual folding plates just as quickly as an automatic machine. It shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes.

The Martin Yale 959AF can be used to create letter folds, half folds, Z-folds, double parallel folds, right angle folds and baronial folds. Because the folding plates are manually adjusted, custom folds are also very easy to set up.

All is included with this folder to get it up and running. Once pulled out of the box, and set up, you can begin folding paper. It does weigh 220 pounds, so you will need a table or desk capable of supporting that weight.

As far as specifications are concerned, this is a pretty tough machine. It can handle paper up to 14″ x 18″ in size or as small as 3″ x 3 ¼. It can also handle a wide variety of paper weights, from 16# to 110# bond. The Martin Yale 959AF can definitely be considered a commercial paper folding machine.

One downside to the 959AF, when compared to the standard 959, is that the air feed version is a little louder. This is due in part to the fact that an air compressor is used during the folding process.

Overall the build quality on the 959AF is great. I am very impressed with the 959AF. If you are a printing press and need a good, solid folding machine, the 959AF is a great fit.

You can find the Martin Yale 959AF Air-Feed AutoFolder paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of air feed paper folding machines here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our paper folding specialists.

Intelli-Fold IF300 Paper Folding Machine Review

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Intelli-Fold IF300 Paper Folding Machine from Intelli-ZoneAre you looking for an affordable paper folding machine that can be used for creating letter and accordion folds? If so, you may want to look at the new Intelli-Fold IF300 paper folding machine from Intelli-Zone (found here). This compact paper folding machine is brand new and I have had a chance to test it out. This is my review.

To begin with, Intelli-Zone is a leading manufacturer of affordable office equipment. They make a wide variety of laminators, paper shredders, binding machines and paper folding machines.  You can find Intelli-Zone’s entire product line here.

The Intelli-Fold IF300 is very similar in setup and operation to the LF286, LF283, LF283B and Dahle 10560. At first glance, you’ll find the IF300 to be a very attractive machine. It features a modern office design that blends in well. Another thing you’ll notice is that it has a digital display that will tell you how many sheets have been folded.

Setup of the IF300 is manual. This means both of the folding plates have to be manually set to the fold you want to do. This isn’t difficult. Common folds are printed on the folding plates, making adjustments simple. You should be able to have this folding machine set up and running in less than 10 minutes.

The feed tray can hold up to 100 sheets at a time and will automatically fold those sheets until they are gone. It even gives you the option to tell it how many sheets you want it to fold before it stops. The motor itself is adjustable. You can choose from low, medium and high-speed options.

Keep in mind that the Intelli-Fold IF300 will not work with glossy paper. This is the case with most friction-feed folding machines. This is because the friction rollers will slip on glossy coated paper, causing the machine to jam.

I personally ran several stacks of paper through, creating a letter fold (C fold) and accordion fold (Z fold) and a single fold (V fold). It seemed to do a nice job at folding the paper. The IF300 is primarily designed to work with standard copy paper with a paper thickness range of 6 to 24# paper.

Also keep in mind that this folding machine is not designed for high volume use. It is a great folding machine to have on hand for light-volume folding. This is the case as well with the LF286 and LF283 series folding machines.

Overall I give this machine high marks for what it is designed to do. It is affordable, great looking and much faster than folding paper by hand.

You can find the Intelli-Fold IF300 paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any paper folding machine questions.

Martin Yale 1701 AutoFolder Paper Folding Machine Review

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Martin Yale 1701 AutoFolder Paper Folding MachineAre you looking for a simple no-nonsense paper folding machine that is compact, easy-to-use and simple to set up? If this applies to you, you may want to consider looking at the Martin Yale 1701 AutoFolder paper folding machine (found here). I have used this machine and this is my review.

Martin Yale has been making folding machines for years. This includes classics like the 1501X (CV7), 1217A and the 959. Both the Model 1601 and 1701 AufoFolder paper folding machines are new to Martin Yale’s lineup. So how does the 1701 hold up compared to the competition?

To begin with, the 1701 AutoFolder is an automatic paper folding machine. This means there is no manual adjustment of the folding plates. Simply tell the 1701 the fold you want to do and it will automatically set itself up for you. This is a pretty nice feature. Folding machine setup really can’t get much easier.

The Martin Yale 1701 is designed to be used with paper up to 8 ½ x 14″ large and can hold up to 150 sheets of paper at a time in the feed tray. This isn’t bad for a paper folding machine of this size and price. It can be used with paper up to 70 lb. index, which is especially nice. This means you will be able to fold normal paper and even some card stock.

Not only will the 1701 automatically fold one sheet at a time, but it also has a feed bypass slot. This feed bypass will allow you to manually feed up to 5 stapled sheets of paper for folding. This is a really nice feature and very few folding machines have this capability.

The exit tray uses a conveyor system. Unlike many other folding machines out there, that simply fold the paper and shoot it into a catch tray, the 1701’s conveyor exit system keeps folded material organized. This is especially nice if you are folding documents that need to be kept in alphabetical or numerical order.

The machine itself is pretty light. It weighs in at 39 pounds. For an automatic folding machine, this is pretty light. This means you can use the 1701 on just about any table or desk.

Overall I like the 1701. The build quality is decent and it extremely easy to set up. I would recommend using this folding machine for medium-volume folding.

You can find the Martin Yale 1701 AutoFolder paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any paper folding questions. Have a great day!

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