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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.

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.

Martin Yale BM101 Booklet Maker Review

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Martin Yale BM101 Booklet MakerBooklet makers are handy machines to have around, especially if you are a school, church or other organization that makes your own booklets in house. If you are looking for a machine, one model you may want to consider is the Martin Yale BM101 booklet maker (found here). This is my review.

To begin with, the Martin Yale BM101 fits nicely on just about any table or desk. It only weighs 39 pounds, so most desks will be able to support this weight. The entire machine is very compact. The footprint isn’t bad, measuring in at 20-inches long by 15.375-inches wide. It stands at 8.5-inches tall.

Unlike a lot of the office equipment made today, the BM101 is made in the USA. The build quality seems to be pretty nice, with many of the components being made from metal.

One thing I really like about the BM101 design is how easy it is to use. The side guides are set up for 8 ½ x 11 and 11 x 17-inch paper sizes. The guides are designed in such a way that the paper is automatically centered for stapling. It is also set up to accept European B5 and A3 paper sizes.

A total of two staples are used for the booklet making process, with a total of four different stapling positions. The staplers themselves accept standard paper staples, so there is no need to worry about tracking down supplies.

Once the paper is in place, simply pull the manual handle to staple the paper. Once the handle is returned back to its resting position, a motor will then pull the paper through and fold it. The end result looks great and the entire process takes just seconds.

The BM101 is capable of stapling and folding up to 10 sheets of 20 lb. bond paper. This ends up being 40 total pages in the booklet (front and back).

While not designed for high-volume production use, the BM101 can be easily used for low to medium volume jobs without a problem. Your only speed limitation will be the speed of the person operating the booklet maker.

Overall I really like the Martin Yale BM101 booklet maker. The build quality seems to be good and it is really easy to use.

You can find the Martin Yale BM101 booklet maker here. You can find our entire selection of booklet makers here.

Standard M2 Bookletmaker Review

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Standard M2 Electric BookletmakerBookletmakers are used to create a wide variety of literature. This includes instruction manuals, promotional literature, booklets and much more. If you are in the market for a bookletmaker, one model you may want to consider is the Standard M2 electric-powered bookletmaker (found here). I have used this machine and this is my review.

To begin with, this model has been around for some time. That isn’t a bad thing. That just means the design works, has been proven over years and continues to be popular. It is best suited for on-demand jobs.

While not as digital as many newer models, the M2 is still very easy to set up. It can be used with a wide range of paper sizes (6 x 8 ½-inches up to 11 x 17-inches).  Once the paper size has been set, the rest is very automated. The built quality is excellent and should easily last for years of trouble-free operation.

Simply take your stack of paper, place it in the feed tray and push a button. The machine then pulls that stack (up to 15 sheets), folds it and staples it along the spine. The newly created booklet exits the other side of the machine.

The M2 can single fold and staple up to 15 sheets of standard 20# paper at a time. This means it can create a booklet with up to 60 pages, which isn’t half bad. A total of two staplers are used to do the stapling, although it has enough slots for up to five. The motor itself runs at a speed of up to 800 booklets an hour.

This booklet maker can be found in schools, churches, clubs, corporate sales, marketing departments and much more.  It is ideal for any business that has the need of a short-run booklemaker. While not designed for high-volume production, it can be used for low to medium-volume jobs.

The only downside is that there isn’t any onboard storage system where you can create and store custom jobs. This isn’t a huge deal as the machine is easy to set up, but it would still be a nice feature to have.

Overall I really like the Standard M2 Bookletmaker. It is certainly a solid machine and can easily be used without any problems. The end result is professional and presentable. You can find the Standard M2 Bookletmaker here. You can find our entire selection of bookletmakers here. You can view a video demo of the M2 Bookletmaker here.

Formax FD 180 Booklet Maker Review

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Formax FD 180 Booklet MakerDo you need an affordable booklet making solution? Booklet makers are one of the best ways you can do this. These machines fold and staple paper in a fraction the time it would take manually. One of the newest machines available to create booklets is the Formax FD 180 (found here). I have had the opportunity to play around with and use this booklet maker. This is my review.

Formax has been making booklet makers for some time now. Their most recent lineup includes the Formax FD 180 and Formax FD 160. The FD 180 is probably one of the most affordable booklet makers that both folds and staples the paper for you automatically.

The FD 180 is extremely easy to set up. It comes with six preset folding sizes. Select the one you want, place your paper inside and push a button. The machine will then staple the paper down the center and fold it. The booklet comes out the top of the machine. You’re now ready to move on to the next booklet. Every time I have used this booklet maker the paper has come out registered and properly aligned.

Formax FD-160 Control Panel

The Formax FD 180 is designed to staple and fold up to 15 sheets of 20# paper. This comes out to be a total of 60 booklet pages. You can get four booklet pages (front and back) per one sheet of paper. It can be used to fold and staple thicker sheet of paper, but the thicker the paper the fewer sheets you will be able to fold and staple.  Although manually fed, the FD 180 is rated at an operational speed of up to 500 booklets per hour.

Two built-in stapling heads can be adjusted to five different positions, often depending on the size of paper you will be stapling. One nice thing about the FD 180 is that it uses standard paper staples. The Formax FD 180 can be used to fold and staple paper as large as 12 x 17-inches in size or as small as 8.25 x 10 inches.

The Formax FD 180 is commonly used by churches, schools, print shops and other organizations for creating brochures, booklets, stories, user manuals and other literature that fits within 60 pages. It weights in at about 60 pounds, which means it can be used on most tables and surfaces.

Overall I have to say that I am impressed both with the build quality and easy-of-use. I think any business or organization that has low to medium-volume booklet making needs could really benefit from using the Formax FD 180.

You can find the Formax FD 180 booklet maker here. You can find our entire selection of booklet makers here.

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