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Why YOU Should Use a Paper Jogger

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Paper JoggersIf you work in an office environment, work in a church or teach at a school, you probably deal with paper on a regular basis. This may involve stapling, paper folding, book binding, paper cutting and much more. One annoying thing about paper is that it gets jumbled quickly, whether from moving around, coming off the copy machine or printer. One tool that WILL make your life easier is a paper jogger.

I can’t even begin to tell you how many time I have had to manually bounce and jog paper on a table prior to inserting it into a folding machine or binding machine. If you don’t get the process done right, you end up with jammed machines or poorly bound documents (misaligned holes). Paper joggers take this paper and square it up for you in just seconds.

Paper joggers are very simple in concept. They typically have some sort of motor inside that vibrates at thousands of vibrations a minute. This motor causes a tray to move around quickly, casing the vibrations (along with gravity) to square up paper.

Here in the office we use the Premier Jog-Fast (Model 400) paper jogger on a regular basis. It literally takes seconds for me to jog an entire ream of paper.

I have also used paper joggers for helping dry ink after printing in a digital duplicator. Some paper joggers utilize air in some format during the jogging process to quicken the drying process even more. Paper joggers are also good for removing static electricity from printed or copied paper.

So which paper joggers do our customers like to use?

  • Martin Yale Jog-Fast (Model 400) Paper Jogger
  • Lassco LJ-2 Paper Jogger
  • These two models are very popular with our customers because the are designed for use with 8 ½” x 11″ paper and the are both affordable. I can vouch, from personal experience, that Martin Yale (Premier), Lassco and Formax all make some of the best paper joggers available on the market.

    We also offer multi-bin paper joggers for jogging multiple reams of paper at a time. We also sell paper joggers for large paper, flat bed paper joggers and open paper joggers. You can find our entire selection of paper joggers here.

    In conclusion, I have to say that I can’t imagine handling paper on a daily basis without using a paper jogger. If you haven’t considered using one, at least stop by our site and see what we have to offer. Feel free to speak with 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.

    Formax FD 8600CC Cross Cut Shredder Video Demo

    Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

    Formax FD 8600CC Cross Cut Paper ShredderMany people ask me which paper shredder brand is the best. I usually start off with my three favorite brands, which include Destroyit, Dahle and Formax. As far as Formax paper shredders go, the Formax FD 8600CC is one of the best we offer. It is solid, reliable and great for office use. I had a chance to use this shredder and we ended up shooting a video demo.

    Formax makes the FD 8600 in a cross cut and a strip cut version. They are the FD 8600CC and Formax FD 8600SC respectively. These shredders feature continuous-duty motors, high shredding capacities, all-metal gears and large 16″ wide openings. The basically feature everything you would want in a department paper shredder.

    Because these shredders feature casters, than can be wheeled off to centralized locations in the office. I don’t see any reason why 6-8 people couldn’t use one of these shredders throughout the day. Simply put, they are designed to hold up for years.

    This video will probably do a better job at explaining the FD 8600CC’s benefits:

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    So there you have it! The Formax FD 8600CC paper shredder. Again, this is a solid shredder. It is perfect for office use and the build quality should allow this machine to hold up for years of continuous-duty shredding.

    You can find the Formax FD 8600CC paper shredder here and our entire selection of paper shredders here.

    Formax FD 402E2 Envelope Jogger Review

    Thursday, April 21st, 2011

    Formax FD 402E2 Envelope JoggerIf your work in a mailroom, you are probably well aware of the mess and problems unorganized and jumbled envelopes can cause. While you can grab envelopes and try to bounce them on a table to align them up, this can be time consuming and frustrating. One great way to organize and align envelopes is to use a machine like the Formax FD 402E2 envelope jogger (found here). This is my review.

    There are currently two major manufacturers of paper joggers. One is Lassco-Wizer and the other is Formax. I consider both to be reputable brands and great products. Formax currently makes about 4 different models.

    When it comes to paper joggers, the Formax FD 402E2 is very unique. This is because it isn’t really a traditional paper jogger, but rather is designed to jog envelopes and letters. This would primarily be in a mailroom environment. It is also capable of jogging checks, statement stubs and much more

    The FD 402E2 features 2 jogging slots, capable of holding up to 1,750 sheets of 20# paper up to 4″ W x 9.5″ L in size. This isn’t bad, and considering how fast this jogger works, it shouldn’t take you long to have everything jogged and in order.

    So why would you need an envelope jogger? In mailroom environments, letters can arrive in boxes, bags, carts and other containers. These letters and envelopes are usually a mess, however, they will eventually need to be opened.

    As you might imagine, most mailrooms use high-speed letter openers. Before the envelopes can be fed into the letter opener, the need to be jogged. This helps to prevent jams and ensures quick and seamless letter opening. This same jogger can be used to jog and organize envelopes after they have been run through a letter opener as well.

    The Formax FD 402E2 uses a very powerful motor, vibration at 4,000 vibrations per minute. This is fast, which in turn results in very fast jogging results. The vibration speed is completely adjustable. You can expect a stack of envelopes to be fully jogged in less than 10 seconds. The electromagnetic design of the FD 402E2 allows the motor to run continuously throughout the day without suffering any ill effects.

    Overall I have to say that the FD 402E2 is a solid envelope jogger and is definitely a must-have product for busy mailrooms. As is the case with most Formax products, the build quality is exactly where it should be.

    You can find the Formax FD 402E2 envelope jogger here and our entire selection of paper joggers 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.

    Formax FD 402P1 Paper Jogger Review

    Monday, March 28th, 2011

    Formax FD 402P1 Paper JoggerDo you print hundreds to thousands of documents a day? Do you bind hundreds of books, cut thousands of sheets of paper per day or letter fold paper for mailing purposes. If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be in need of a paper jogger. One great model you should consider is the Formax FD 402P1 paper jogger (found here). This is my review.

    As paper leaves a printer or copy machine, the sheets are often jumbled and disorganized. If for any reason you have to feed this paper into another machine, cut it or even bind it, you will need to jog the paper back into a manageable stack. This is the reason paper joggers exist and they can save literally minutes of time over manually jogging paper. Minutes quickly become hours when you are handling large volumes of paper. Joggers are also ideal for cutting down and eliminating static electricity.

    Formax, a leading manufacturer of folding machines, pressure sealers, paper shredders and other office equipment, currently manufactures several different paper jogging machines. All of their paper jogging machines are designed for commercial, continuous and daily use.

    The FD 402P1 is an angled paper jogger designed for handling paper up to 11″ x 17″ in size. While it can be used with larger paper, it can also easily be used with smaller 8 ½” x 11″ paper and many other sizes.

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    The motor on the FD 402P1 is powerful, making it possible to jog paper in just seconds. A large knob, located on the front of the machine, allows you to adjust the intensity of the motor. At maximum speed, the motor shakes at 4,000 vibrations per minute. This makes it easy to adjust the Formax FD 402P1 to work with whatever type of paper you are jogging. This can be card stock, copy paper, glossy paper, coated documents and more.

    Paper tends to create a lot of dust. Dust accumulation can cause all sorts of problems with machinery such as collators, paper folding machines, pressure sealers and more. The FD 402P1 actually has slotted clean-outs that allow dust to be removed from stacks of paper during the jogging process.

    Weighing in at 28 pounds, the FD 402P1 is an extremely durable machine, however, it is light enough to be used on most desks, tables and surfaces. As far as joggers are concerned, it is relatively quiet.

    I have to say that the build quality on the FD 402P1 is exceptional. It should be able to keep up with the most laborious and rigorous jobs thrown at it.

    You can find the Formax FD 402P1 paper jogger here and our entire selection of paper joggers here.

    Formax FD 260 Automatic Mail Tabber Review

    Thursday, March 17th, 2011

    Formax FD 260 Automatic Mail TabberTabbed mail looks extremely professional, is very easy to mail and is easy to open. Mail tabbing can be used for mailing fliers, promotional material, brochures and much more. One mail tabbing machine you may want to consider using is the Formax FD 260 automatic mail tabber (found here). This is my review.

    Formax makes some of the finest paper handling machines available in the United States. This includes shredders, paper folding machines, bursters, joggers, check signers and much more. One of their latest additions is mail tabbers.

    The Formax FD 260 mail tabber is a highly automated tabbing machine that will take your folded paper, tab it and output it in just seconds. This tabber is extremely easy to set up and conforms to all modern U.S. Postal regulations.

    This tabbing machine can be used with either 1″ diameter or 1.5″ diameter round tabs. It can even be used with rectangular tabs. This includes clear, translucent and paper tabs. Simply toggle a switch on the machine to select the tab diameter you want to use. The FD 260 uses a tab roll to automatically feed round tabs into the machine.

    Be aware that paper must be pre-folded prior to placement in this machine. This can be done by using a paper folding machine. Coincidentally, Formax makes a wide variety of paper folding machines found here. The FD 260 can accept single folded paper, letter folded paper (C Fold) and much more. Paper can be re-fed through the 260 for two or even three tabs.

    Formax FD 260 Video Demo

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    Multiple tabbing is easy with the FD 260. Tabs can be place on paper up to ¼” thick coated or uncoated. Paper widths can range from 5″ up to 12″ wide. For a tabber, this is a pretty good range of paper sizes and thicknesses.

    The Formax FD 260 uses a bottom feeding system that makes it possible to continually add stacks of new brochures had folded documents. This allows you to quickly, accurately and efficiently add tabs on a continuous basis.

    One of my favorite features of the FD 260 is the conveyor system. A powered exit conveyor keeps tabbed mailers and documents in a neat and sequential order. Few modern tabbing machines feature an exit conveyor system.

    Having used several mail tabbing machines, I have to say that the FD 260 is probably one of the most feature-rich and effective mail tabbers I have ever seen. It is made with Formax quality and should easily hold up for years. It is a solid piece of machinery.  Several upgrade options are available for customized tabbing.

    You can find the Formax FD 260 automatic mail tabber here and our entire selection of mail tabbing machines here.

    Formax FD 8650CC AutoOiler Office Shredder Review

    Friday, March 4th, 2011

    Formax FD 8650CC AutoOiler Office Paper ShredderAs is the case with any cross cut shredder, they all eventually need to be oiled. While oiling a shredder isn’t terribly difficult, it is hard to remember when to do it. An un-oiled shredder will prematurely wear out. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a shredder that oiled itself? There is! One shredder you may want to look at is the Formax FD 8650CC AutoOiler office shredder (found here). This is my review.

    Formax is a leading manufacturer of paper shredders, folding machines, bursters, letter openers and much more. They currently make about 13 different models of paper shredder. Their shredder line is generally considered to be some of the best available, especially for office use.

    The FD 8500CC AutoOiler is a cross cut shredder capable of shredding up to 28 sheets of paper at a time. A 28 sheet shredding capacity is impressive for an office cross cut paper shredder. The FD 8500CC utilizes a level 3 cross cut pattern that measures in at 5/32″ x 1 19/32″. This is small enough for most confidential documents.

    A 16″ wide opening is capable of handling most document sizes. This includes letters, envelopes, legal documents, printouts and much more. At an operational speed of up to 30 feet per second, the FD 8500CC gets the job done very quickly.

    This shredder is perfect for office and departmental use for many reasons. To begin with, it is extremely secure (Level 3). Secondly, it has a 53-gallon bin, which means fewer bag changes for you. It is relatively quiet and the control panel is extremely easy to use.

    The control panel has a start, stop and reverse button. Lights let you know when the bag is full and when the door is open. A guide on the right side of the control panel indicates the load being put on the shredder. This makes it easy to determine how many sheets you can put in it without actually counting the paper prior to shredding.

    The motor on the FD 8500CC is designed to be used continuously throughout the day. Casters make this shredder easy to move around, and because it can be used throughout the day, it is easy to put in a centralized location for use by multiple people. The motor is relatively quiet, which is also great for office use.

    One of the best features on the FD 8500CC is the AutoOiler feature. As this shredder runs, it automatically oils the shredder blades. This helps prolong the life of the heat-treated steel blades and creates less work for you.

    The build quality on the FD 8500CC is exceptional. It features metal gears, heat-treated cutting blades and a durable metal cabinet. It can even handle staples, paper clips and credit cards. It is clearly designed for heavy-duty use and for durability.

    I have no problem recommending this shredder for use in any office. It is a solid piece of machinery and the AutoOiler is a huge plus.

    You can find the Formax FD 8650CC AutoOiler office shredder here and our entire selection of Formax paper shredders here. You can also find our entire selection of paper shredders here.

    Formax FD 8500AF AutoFeed Paper Shredder Review

    Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

    Formax FD 8500AF AutoFeed Paper ShredderOne of the most monotonous things about shredding paper is sitting near the machine and feeding it sheets upon sheets of paper. The entire process, for a stack of 100 sheets, can take 2-10 minutes, depending on the shredder. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just leave the paper at the shredder and let it do the rest? Such a shredder exists. It is called the Formax FD 8500AF AutoFeed paper shredder (found here). This is my review.

    Formax currently manufactures about a dozen different paper shredders. Models range from strip cut shredders to high-end high security paper shredders. Formax shredders easily make the top 5 shredder brands we currently offer online.

    The FD 8500AF is a fairly unique paper shredder. This is because it has what’s known as an AutoFeed function. A slot, located on the top of the machine, can be opened up allowing you to insert up to 175 sheets of 11” x 17” paper (20# thick). This slot then pulls a sheet of the stack and shreds it. The FD 8500AF will continue pulling in paper until it is done shredding the stack.

    This saves the operator a lot of time, especially throughout the day. Simply put, the FD 8500AF doesn’t need babysitting to get the job done. When watching it in action, the AutoFeed looks remarkably similar to a printer, folding machine or copier. You can see a video demonstration of the 8500AF here:

    Formax FD 8500AF AutoFeed Shredder Video Demonstration

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    You don’t have to run the Formax FD 8500 in AutoFeeder mode. It also has a traditional slot on the front of the shredder where you can manually insert paper. The manual slot can shred up to 18 sheets of 20# paper at a time.

    The Formax FD 8500AF is a Level 3 cross cut shredder. That means it can be used to shred most sensitive documents. The particle size measures in at 5/32″ x 1 1/5″ in size. The high-quality shredder blades are not only capable of shredding paper, but can also handle staples, paper clips and credit cards.

    The FD 8500AF is a centralized office shredder. This means it can be situated within a department for use by several different people throughout the day. It is robust and durable enough to be used continuously without any need for a cool-down period.

    The control panel on this shredder is very easy to use and easy to read. It lets you know if the door is open, the bag is full, if it is running in reverse and much more. It even includes a load indicator that lets you know how much stress the shredder is under at any given time.

    I really like this shredder. The quality is where it needs to be and it is from one of the most reputable manufacturers we carry. The AutoFeed is a huge time saver. I give this shredder high marks. Just about everything on this shredder is made out of metal. It is an excellent machine.

    You can find the Formax FD 8500AF AutoFeed paper shredder here and our entire selection of Formax paper shredders here. You can find our entire selection of paper shredders here.

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