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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:

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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.

Best Way to Fold Heavy or Thick Card Stock

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Paper Scoring MachinesFolding heavy-duty card stock is tricky and you could say there is an art to it. The way you fold card stock will depend entirely on how much folding you plan on doing. I will offer you a few suggestions on folding thick card stock that will produce nice, clean and crisp folds that will look professional for any job.

Have you ever tried folding thick card stock by hand? How did it turn out? Perhaps you’re more talented than me, but when I fold card stock by hand, it usually turns out rough, uneven and the edges have an almost crumpled look. In other words, it looks like I folded it by hand. You probably want those edges straight, crisp and clean.

When it comes to folding heavy-duty card stock, there are three different “volumes” of folding that I like to categorize. You have your light-volume folding (1-10 sheets a day), medium-volume folding (10-200 sheets a day) and high-volume folding (200+ sheets a day).

For light-volume folding of heavy card stock, you can use a ruler as an edge and the dull side of scissors or the dull side of a knife to create a crease. The crease is the trick, once the crease has been established, you can easily manually fold the thick card stock.

For medium-volume folding of thick card stock, I recommend using a manual scoring machine. Scoring machines use a wheel with a blunt edge. This edge rolls along the paper and creases it. Once creased, the paper can be folded. You can see our manual paper scoring machines here.

For high-volume folding of card stock, you can use a paper-folding machine (found here). I have found, however, that heavy card stock (in excess of 110 # bond). Folding extremely thick card stock using a folding machine can create a jagged folded edge. For heavy card stock, I recommend using an automated creasing / scoring machine (found here).

Scoring machines (aka creasing machines) can also be used to fold laminated documents and some thin sheets of plastic. You can find our entire selection of paper scoring machines here. Many scoring machines can also be used to perforate or even slit paper.

If you are folding a unique type of material, or if you simply have some scoring questions, feel free to contact one of our paper handling specialists by calling 1-800-658-8788.

Formax AutoSeal FD 2030 Folder / Pressure Sealer Review

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Formax AutoSeal FD 2030 Paper Folding / Pressure Sealing MachineYou’re probably familiar with envelope stuffing machines, or at least the concept of folding paper, placing it in an envelope and mailing it out. While this is still one of the most common ways to mail out material, another method is quickly gaining in popularity. If you are only mailing out one sheet of paper, perhaps an invoice, check or bill, you may want to consider using a machine like the Formax AutoSeal FD 2030 pressure sealer (found here). I recently had a chance to use this machine and this is my review.

Pressure sealers use a special type of pressure sensitive paper. This paper has tiny pressure-activated glue pockets located in special areas around the paper. This paper (found here) can be easily run through a laser printer, inkjet printer or copy machine. Once it is ready to be mailed, it can be fed in to a pressure sealer where it is folded, subsequently bursting open the pockets of glue and sealing the mailer shut.

The FD 2030 is a great mid-grade pressure-sealing machine. It can be used with paper up to 8 ½” x 14″. I have personally run both 8 ½” x 11″ and 8 ½” x 14″ on this machine and the results turned out great. You simply need to adjust a couple of folding plates prior to operation.

By mid-grade I don’t mean to convey that this is a light volume machine. It is in fact capable of folding and sealing up to 75,000 forms per month and runs at a speed of about 9,000 sheets per hour. By mid-grade I mean that it is neither on the low end nor on the highest-end of the pressure sealer spectrum.

The control panel on the AutoSeal FD 2030 is extremely easy to use. The right side of the control panel features a paper counter and right to the left of it is a reset button that can be used to reset the counter. To the left of the control panel you will find a start button, a stop / reset button and a jog button. The jog button is used to test a few sheets prior to firing up the machine for full-blown use.

Placing paper in the feed tray is extremely easy and works pretty much like any paper folding machine. The hopper holds about 25 sheets of 24# (90gsm) paper. No pre-fanning of the paper is required. Folded and sealed paper exits out the other side of the machine. An optional 18″ conveyor exit tray may be used.

This is a video demo of me using the Formax AutoSeal FD 2030 and should give you a great idea as to how it operates:

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The Formax AutoSeal FD 2030 can also be purchased with an optional locking cabinet or with a 4’ high capacity conveyor w/ photo eye. If you need a feature that you aren’t seeing in this machine, call us at 1-800-658-8788. It is possible that we may be able to get some features factory-installed or we can find another machine that meets your needs.

The build quality on the FD 2030 is exceptional. Everything that can be metal is made out of metal. It is a hefty machine, weighing in at 88.5 pounds. I have removed the folding plates, checked out the inner workings of the machine and can safely say that it is solid. Formax products in general have an excellent track record.

In conclusion, I have to say that if the paper size and speed specifications meet your needs, this is definitely the machine for you. I thoroughly enjoyed using it and feel confident in saying you will too.

You can find the Formax AutoSeal FD 2030 pressure sealer here and our entire selection of paper folder pressure sealers here. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

Introducing the Intelli-Fold DE-122AF and DE-172AF Paper Folding Machines

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Intelli-Fold DE-172AF Paper Folding MachineWe are proud to announce the addition of the Intelli-Fold DE-112AF and DE-172AF paper folding machines (from Intelli-Zone) to our site. Both of these machines are perfect for office use and are available to you at an extremely affordable price. Featuring durable metal construction, multiple fold types and easy-to-use controls, we expect these new machines to be a hit with our customers.

For years Intelli-Fold paper folding machines have been popular with our customers. Formerly known as Dynafold, the Intelli-Fold DE-102AF and DE-202AF have been extremely popular for their durability and accuracy. The Intelli-Fold DE-112AF and DE-172AF are slightly updated versions of the popular DE-102AF and DE-202AF.

The DE-112AF is the successor to the DE-102AF. They are both essentially the same machine except the DE-112AF has the addition of a powered output conveyor. The same goes for the DE-172AF (with conveyor) and DE-202AF (no conveyor). A powered conveyor allows both of these machines to fold paper, while keeping organized and in order. This is ideal for businesses that do a lot of mailing or need to keep documents in alphabetical or numerical order.

We are very excited about these two new machines. Both are made from solid metal construction and are designed from the ground up to be used continuously throughout the day. You can find both of these machines here:

These machines are in stock and ready to ship today. If you have any questions, or would like to see one demonstrated online via your Web browser, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Best Paper Folding Machine Value for Your Dollar

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Intelli-Fold Paper Folding MachinesGetting a nice paper folder can be tough, especially for businesses that are strapped for money. Having used dozens of different models of machines, I can attest to the fact that higher end paper folding machines tend to hold up better, get the job done faster and produce more professional results. So how do you get a nice paper folding machine for less?

I can’t even begin to tell you how many times people have called us, after having ordered a $300 folding machine, when really they needed a $2,000 machine. Using a cheap “low end” folding machine for thousands of documents per day simply doesn’t cut it. It’s like trying to travel dozens of miles to work on a bicycle.

The only problem is that not everyone has $3,000+ to spend on a high-end paper folding machine. What if you could get you a $3,000-$4,000 folding machine for less than $1,000-$2,000? That’s essentially what you get with Intelli-Fold paper folding machines. The best thing….you aren’t loosing quality with the lower price.

A while back, Dynafold decided to cut costs (and quality) by moving their operations to China. Seeing the opportunity, Intelli-Zone decided to continue the “Dynafold” quality by building paper folding machines in the same factories that Dynafold previously used years earlier. The end result is a high-quality folding machine.

To date, there are about 7 different Intelli-Fold paper folding machines. This number will increase by about 5 new machines in the next few months. You can keep tabs on current (and future) Intelli-Fold paper folding machines here.

Why purchase an Intelli-Fold folding machine? Well….it all boils down to quality. Many “cheap” paper folding machines utilize cheap gears, belts and components that cause the machines to slip, lag and jam. Intelli-Fold machines use a time-tested manufacturing process that produces high-quality machines. Apart from the IF300, most Intelli-Fold paper folding machines are made from metal components.

Here are some of our best Intelli-Fold folding machine deals:

All four of these machines have proven themselves time and time again to produce absolutely professional results. Registry is accurate, setup is easy and jams are extremely rare. To be honest, there are few comparable folding machines that equal the value you find in Intelli-Fold.

Stop hassling with cheap folding machines and get something that will last you for years. That’s my professional advice on paper folders. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Replacement Paper Folding Machine Rollers & Maintenance

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Folding Machine Silicon RollersAs is the case with just about any paper folding machine, they use a series of silicon rollers to pull and feed paper throughout the paper folding process. These rollers, with time, will begin to wear out and fail. Symptoms of failing silicon rollers include paper jams, misaligned folds and misfeeds. In this article I will cover how to replace folding machine parts and how to prevent premature wear.

To begin with, at ABC Office we have a fully staffed Service Department that can replace rollers, provide parts and assist in repair operations over the phone. You can reach our Service Department by filling out this form.

So why is it that these rollers wear out? As is the case with any piece of machinery that utilizes moving components, parts eventually wear out. While this may be the case, I have personally seen several instances of premature wear, which could easily have been prevented. There are two primary reasons I have seen for premature wear.

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– The first issue is cleaning and maintenance. As folding machines handle paper, the rollers begin to accumulate dust, ink and paper particles. This causes paper to slip on the rollers and jam. Eventually these dirty rollers need to be cleaned.

The proper way to clean a roller is to use some sort of silicon roller cleaner or rejuvenator. This helps to revitalize, clean and moisten these rollers. Some people try using a household cleaner or rubbing alcohol, which causes the rollers to dry out and crack.

Paper Jams – The second issue that causes premature wear is improper clearing of a jam. If your paper folding machine jams, you should immediately turn it off. Failure to turn it off can cause the rollers to spin on the paper, causing damage, and it can cause premature wear on the motor.

Many modern folding machines will automatically turn off in the event of a jam. One of the worst things you can do to clear out a jam is to use scissors, a knife or a screwdriver to clear a jam. This will cause nicks, scratches and tears in the silicon rollers.

So there you have it! I hope you are able to put these tips to good use. In the event that your machine is irreparably damaged, or you simply need to upgrade, you can find our entire line of paper folding machines here.

MBM Simplimatic Paper Folding Machine Review

Monday, April 18th, 2011

MBM Simplimatic Paper Folding MachineOne of the biggest complaints I hear from customers regarding folding machines is the paper folding plates. Short of going with a fully automatic machine, are there any other more automated options out there? One machine you may want to consider using is the semi-automatic MBM Simplimatic paper folding machine (found here). I have used this paper folder and this is my review.

MBM, while best known for their paper shredders & cutters (Destroyit, Kutrimmer & Triumph), also makes a great selection of paper folding machines. Their machines are regarded as having a great build quality and for being overall dependable.

While most of their paper folding machines are designed for higher-end applications, their MBM Simplimatic is designed for low to medium-volume use. It can be used to create single folds, letter folds and accordion folds. These are by far the most common folds used by businesses today.

The most unique feature of this machine is the setup. Most non-automatic paper folding machines require some sort of manual manipulation of the folding plates. Why the Simplimatic does not have electric-powered folding plates, they are much easier to set up than most machines.

The folding plates are set up by twisting a dial selector wheel found on the side of the machine. One of the wheels is for adjusting the first folding plate and the other is for adjusting the second folding plate. Folds are clearly marked on the wheel and “dialing” in a fold is extremely easy. Because the folding plates are fully enclosed, this folding machine is generally quiet when compared to other folding machines.

While the dial concept is nice, and works as advertised, I’m not entirely sold on it’s necessity. I have used manually adjusted folding plates, and this machine’s dial system, and I think it takes about the same amount of time either way. I almost prefer manually adjusting the plates as I feel it gives me more control over the machine. The dial system isn’t bad though and many customers will prefer it.

One big benefit of this machine, especially considering the affordable price, is the fact that it has one feed roller and two roller guides. A combination of these three rollers helps ensure that paper is fed into the machine in an aligned fashion, helping improve the overall registry of the folds.

The hopper on this machine holds up to 150 sheets of standard 20# paper. Be aware that this amount may fluctuate with thicker and thinner paper. It can ultimately be used with paper ranging in thicknesses from 16# up to 60#. This is really nice for a paper folding machine.

The MBM Simplimatic has the ability to fold up to 3 stapled 20# sheets of paper at a time. This isn’t done automatically, but requires that the three sheets be feed manually into the machine. This is the way most multi-sheet folding machines handle multiple sheets of paper.

Overall I have to say that this machine gets good marks from me. It isn’t my favorite paper folding machine in this price range, but is great for low to medium-volume paper folding. That isn’t to say it’s a bad machine, but just be sure you aren’t expecting it to keep up with high volume projects.

Here are a few alternatives that fall within a similar price range

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

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.

Formax FD 342 Tabletop Folding Machine Review

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Formax FD 342 Tabletop Paper Folding MachineDo you need a paper folding machine that is extremely versatile, capable of performing the most common and custom paper folds available? One great machine, with an equality great reputation, is the Formax FD 342 tabletop paper folding machine (found here). This folder can create C folds, gate folds, Z folds, cross folds and much more. This is my review.

Formax has developed a great reputation over the past decade for their high-quality line of paper folder inserters, folding machines and pressure sealers. The build quality on these machines extremely high, with many of there machines being made in the USA.

The Formax FD 342 is packed with features. Weighting in at 77 pounds shipped, the FD 342 is a solid piece of machinery. The build quality alone features a metal housing, metal folding plates, high-quality silicon rollers and much more. It is designed for the ground up to be able to be used continuously throughout the day.

One great feature about the FD 342 is the motor. It is tough, capable of folding up to 15,500 sheets per hour. It is fast and strong, which helps get jobs done quickly and with fewer jams.

The feed tray on the FD 342 can hold up to 500 sheets of 20# paper at time, with the ability to handle paper as large as 12″ x 18″ and as small as 3.5″ x 5″. This is a pretty impressive range and paper capacity.

The exit tray is completely powered and uses a conveyor system to assist the paper as it exits the machine. The exit tray is telescoping. This means it can be shortened to accommodate tight spaces or it can be fully extended to hold up to 500 sheets of folded paper.

Setting the FD 342 up is extremely easy. It uses two separate folding plates to set up the required fold. Setting the folding plates up is as easy as pressing on a slide stop and sliding the plate to the desired fold. A fine-tune adjustment knob is located on the back of the fold plate in case any fine adjustments need to be made.

You can see a demonstration of the folding plates being set up here:

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Once the fold has been selected and paper has been placed in the feed tray, you can press the 1X button to test one sheet of paper. This allows you to ensure everything looks correct before starting up the machine. Once everything looks good, you can press the green “go” button to start the machine.

Unlike many folding machines out there, the Formax FD 342 can create a French fold, sometimes called a cross fold. This machine is built from the ground up to handle this type of difficult fold and even includes a cross-fold feed arm to help assist the fold.

Overall I have to say that this machine is extremely precise, durable and excellent for the price. It can be used for continuous daily operation without any issues. I give this machine a solid 5 out of 5 stars.

You can find the Formax FD 342 tabletop paper folding machine here and our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

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.

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