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Formax FD 38X Automatic Paper Folder Review

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Formax FD 38X Automatic Paper Folding MachineDo you need a tough, robust paper folding machine that can handle hundreds to thousands of folds a day? If so, you don’t want to settle for a basic paper folding machine. You are probably going to want something automated. One great machine you should consider using is the Formax FD 38X automatic paper folding machine (found here). I have personally used this folding machine and this is my review.

Formax is best known for their line of envelope stuffing machines, but they also make a great selection of bursters, shredders, paper folding machines and more. I can tell you from experience that Formax have a great track record and a great reputation with our customers.

The Formax FD 38X encompasses the very meaning of automatic paper folding machine. This machine, from the control interface to the electric folding plates, is completely automatic. The only manual effort involved is selecting a fold from the control panel, placing paper in the machine and removing the folded paper. That’s it!

The FD 38X is a robust machine, capable of accepting paper sizes up to 12″ x 18″ large. The feed tray can hold up to 500 sheets of paper. Once the machine has started folding paper, you can leave it and let it do the rest. It will automatically stop once the paper has been folded.

The Formax FD 38X handles all the most common folds (18 pre-programmed) and even has room in the memory to store up to 35 custom folds. Common folds include the C fold, Z fold and single fold. It can even handle the cross fold (aka French fold), which causes most other folding machines to jam.

Formax FD 38X Folding Machine Video Demo

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As mentioned earlier, the folding plates are powered. When a fold is selected from the LCD menu, the folding plates adjust themselves. This is fast and provides for extremely accurate folds.

The FD 38X control panel is very easy to navigate. The right side of the FD 38X includes a test button, a green “go” button and a red “stop” button.

The exit tray on the Formax FD 38X is completely powered. This means as paper exits the machine, it is quickly carried to the end of the tray in an organized manner. The tray is completely telescoping, allowing it to hold up to 500 sheets of paper. Exit conveyors are extremely nice for keeping folded material in alphanumerical order.

One of the more unique features of the FD 38X is the multi sheet tray. If you look at the top of the FD 38X, you will notice a vertical slot coming out of the machine. You can manually insert up to 4 sheets of stapled or unstapled paper in that slot. The machine will then fold all 2-4 sheets of paper at once.

The build quality on the FD 38X is excellent. It is made out of solid metal components. It weighs in at 74 pounds, which gives you an idea just how robust this machine is.

Overall I have to say that I am very impressed with this paper folding machine. Having used it myself, I have to rate it a solid 5 out of 5 stars. It is fast, reliable and relatively quiet for a folding machine.

You can find the Formax FD 38X automatic paper folding machine here and our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

ABC Office Given Elite Dealer Achievement Award from Formax

Monday, February 28th, 2011

ABC Office Formax Elite Achievement AwardABC Office is proud to announce that Formax has presented it with the Elite Dealer Achievement Award 2010. This award was given to ABC Office in appreciation of its excellent product sales, knowledgeable customer service and overall abilities to promote Formax products. ABC Office is very excited about this award and looks forward to a successful 2011 selling Formax office products.

Formax is a leading manufacturer of office equipment. Formax products include:

ABC Office expects 2011 to be a great year for selling Formax office machines & equipment. Formax products continue to be customer favorites and are considered to be some of the best office products available.

You can find ABC Office’s entire selection of Formax office machines here.

What Is A Paper Folding Machine Multi-Sheet Feeder?

Friday, February 25th, 2011

If you are shopping around for a paper folding machine, you may have come across some models that claim to have a multi-sheet feeder or a multi-sheet bypass slot. If you’re not familiar with folding machines, this may sound a little confusing.

Can paper folding machines fold multiple sheets of paper at a time? The answer to this question is a little complicated. I’ll try to explain.

I would say 99% of paper folding machines are unable to fold multiple sheets of paper. Most machines simply pull off a sheet of paper from the top or the bottom of a stack of paper. This sheet is then folded and expelled from the other side of the machine. Some manufacturers have gotten around this by adding a multi-sheet feeder.

Formax FD 38X Folding Machine With Multi-Sheet Feeder

A multi-sheet feeder is a slot or feed tray located somewhere on the top middle section of the machine. This feeder allows the operator to manually feed 3-4 sheets (depending on the machine) for folding. Depending on the machine, these sheets can be stapled or non-stapled.

This is a pretty nice feature, however, it is not completely automated. You are still required to manually insert the 3-4 sheets every time. The machine cannot pull 3-4 sheets in automatically from a stack of paper.

If you aware of these limitations, a multi-sheet feeder can still be a huge benefit. Manufactures like Formax and Martin Yale often add multi-sheet folders to their machines. Many Formax machines offer multi-sheet feeders as an optional attachment.

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

Top 5 Best Paper Shredder Brands

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

MBM Destroyit Paper Shredders by IDEALFinding the right paper shredder is a pretty big deal, especially when you need a reliable model that can be used to destroy your most sensitive information. The only problem with shopping around for a good paper shredder is finding the right brand. I’ll be honest; a lot of the shredders out there are garbage. They may look pretty, with their plastic molded shells, but ultimately it’s what inside that counts.

I have personal experience with dozens of different makes, models and brands of shredders. Some shredders are remarkable feats of engineering genius, where others are little more than glorified garbage cans. Others are unable to run for more than 30 minutes without overheating, while even more sound like lawn mowers.

To help assist those of you who are shopping around, I have come up with a list of what I consider to be the top 5 best paper shredder brands available today.

Top 5 Best Paper Shredder Brands

  1. Destroyit – MBM Destroyit paper shredders (by IDEAL) are some of the best shredders around. They are designed and made in Germany. The cutting blades are some of the best around and these shredders are some of the easiest to use. These are perfect for continuous use in the office. There isn’t enough space in this article for me to write all the good things I have to say about Destroyit.
  2. Formax – Formax shredders are relatively new when compared to some of the other brands out there, but the build quality on these machines is excellent. Having sold these shredders for the last 5 or so years, our customers are always happy with what they receive. Formax makes some of the best office shredders around.
  3. Dahle – Sure they make paper cutters and folding machines, but they also make some excellent paper shredders too. Dahle paper shredders come in strip cut, cross cut and even high security models. Most Dahle shredders are German engineered and German made.
  4. HSM – HSM shredders are made from high quality components and are designed from the ground up to be safe and durable. HSM shredders range in size from deskside shredders to high-end commercial shredders.
  5. Intimus – Intimus, now owned by Martin Yale, still manufactures some of the best paper shredders available. This includes cross cut, strip cut, CD and high security designs. Intimus has been around for years and continues to make high-quality machines.

These shredders and manufacturers have demonstrated over the years that their paper shredders have what it takes to keep your information secure. I feel confident that you will not be disappointed in any of these paper shredder brands.

You can find our entire selection of paper shredders here. Feel free to speak with one of our paper shredder specialists at 1-800-658-8788 for answers to any of your paper shredder questions.

Formax FD 6100 Folder Inserter / Envelope Stuffing Machine Review

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Formax FD 6100 Envelope Stuffing Machine / Folder InserterAre you tired of folding letters by hand and stuffing them into envelopes manually? What you probably need is an envelope-stuffing machine, sometimes called a folder inserter. These machines automatically fold paper, insert it into an envelope and seal it shut. One great model you may want to consider using is the Formax FD 6100 paper folder inserter & envelope stuffer. This is my review.

Formax is one of the best-known manufacturers of paper folding and inserting machines. These machines are commonly used by businesses to mail out invoices, bills, bank statements and more. Formax manufacturers machines designed to fold and insert anywhere from 1 to 4+ sheets at a time.

The Formax FD 6100 is a multi-sheet envelope-stuffing machine. This means that it is designed to pull paper from one or two feeding trays at a time. This means you can easily set two separate stacks in each of the feed trays for multi-sheet folding and inserting. It even has an insert / BRE (business reply envelope) feed tray. Each feeder has a 100 sheet capacity.

If paper is properly collated prior to placement in the machine, it can be used to fold and insert up to 5 sheets of stapled or non-stapled paper at a time (20# paper). This, however, is done by manually feeding the paper. This is pretty impressive. The FD 6100 gets the job done fast and accurate. It operates at a speed of 23 pieces per minute.

The Formax FD 6100 has one slot on the back of the machine where envelopes are placed. Another couple of feed trays hold the paper that will be inserted. Setting up the machine is extremely easy. Be sure the water reservoir is filled (located in the machine) and that the fold you want has been established. It can create a letter and a double parallel fold. Once the fold is set up, the machine can begin folding and inserting mail.

It is pretty remarkable to see this machine it action. It is pretty much 100% automated once it has been set up. It will keep folding and inserting mail until it is done (or you set it up to only fold and insert a specific amount of letters.

Maintenance on the FD 6100 is extremely easy. It has a clamshell design. This means if you need to access the inside of the machine, simply press a button and the top half of the machine folds open.

The FD 6100 is designed to be used on a desk, table or countertop. The feed tray extends off of the edge of a table. This folding and inserting machine has a 3,000 piece monthly duty cycle.

For low to medium-volume envelope stuffing, the Formax FD 6100 does a great job. I have used this machine myself and have to say that it is a pretty impressive piece of engineering technology. Because it is made by Formax, it should easily last for years. Just image all the time you’ll save using this machine!

We have this machine on our showroom floor right now. We are more than happy to provide you with a live video demonstration of it over the Internet. Simply call us at 1-800-658-8788 or fill out this form to set up an appointment.

You can find the Formax FD 6100 paper folder inserter & envelope stuffer here and our entire selection of automatic envelope stuffing machines here.

Choose The Right Folding, Stuffing & Inserting Machine

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Automatic Envelope Folding, Inserting & Stuffing MachinesDo you need to speed up your paper folding & envelope stuffing operations? You may want to consider upgrading to a paper folder inserter. These handy machines take a sheet of paper, fold it, insert it into an envelope and seal it shut. With so many machines out there, which one should you get? Here are a few questions you may want to ask yourself.

How many sheets of paper do you need to insert into the envelope? The machine you get will almost depend entirely on how many sheets of paper you need to insert into an envelope. The most basic machines fold and insert a single sheet of paper.

More complex machines can fold and insert two, three and even more sheets at a time. Some machines can even include inserts or business reply envelopes. The more sheets you need to fold and insert, the more of an investment you will have to make in a machine.

How many envelopes do you need inserted per day? You will want to determine how many envelopes you need to send out on daily basis. Take into consideration how many envelopes you will need to send out later on down the road. An envelope stuffing machine is a significant investment and will last you for years. You want to be sure you get the right machine.

Most paper folding and inserting machines are rated for a monthly duty cycle. The monthly duty cycle is the amount of sheets a machine can safely fold and insert in a month without causing premature wear.

What is your budget? This may seem like a silly question, but your budget will play a huge part in determining the envelope-stuffing machine you purchase. If you need help finding a machine to fit your budget and needs, call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with an expert.

What are all the available options? If you only need to fold and insert one single sheet of paper, you have three different options available to you.

  1. Automatic Envelope Stuffing Machine – These machines do it all from start to finish. The fold, insert and seal the envelope shut.
  2. Pressure Folder Sealers – These machines fold and seal shut special pressure sensitive paper. This paper is typically perforated and does not require an envelope. You may have received a rebate, check or other form that was folded on a pressure sealing machine.
  3. Paper Folding Machine – If your monthly duty cycle isn’t huge, and you don’t need to stuff several sheets into an envelope, you may be able to use a paper folding machine to save you time. While you will still have to stuff the folded paper into an envelope, a paper folding machine will still cut your time down in half.

How much space is available? Be sure you take into account the measurements of the machine you will be purchasing. Make sure you have a desk or table that can not only accommodate the size of the machine, but the weight as well.

Which brand is the best? I have a tough time saying any one brand is the best. I can say that I have a lot of experience with Formax brand paper folding and inserting machines and they seem to be pretty solid. Formax customer service is excellent and their machines have a great rack record with our customers.

These some of the most common questions asked by our customers. Hopefully they have helped you get a better idea as to which machine you may need. You can find our entire selection of automatic envelope folding, inserting and stuffing machines here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 for answers to any questions you may have.

New Pressure Seal Checks & Mailers Now Online

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Formax Pressure Sealer MachinesToday we have just added several new pressure seal checks and pressure seal mailers that can be used with most of the Formax and Duplo pressure sealers we offer online. These pressure seal checks and forms are made by Relyco and come in a variety of styles, colors and formats. This includes Z-fold, C-fold and V-fold pressure seal paper.

Pressure sealers, often confused with folder inserters, use special pressure seal paper that has built-in pressure activated glue. As a pressure seal check or mailer runs through a pressure sealer, steel metal rollers press the paper down and activate the pressure-activated glue. This glue holds the document in place, making it easy to mail.

Relyco Ultraseal Pressure Seal ChecksYou have probably received pressure seal checks or statements in your own mail at home. They are often used for mailing utility bills, checks, rebates, school grades, statements and other material. Typically the sides and ends are perforated (which are torn off), making contents easy to access and open.

Pressure seal paper can be used in most laser printers, inkjet printers and copy machines. Once the paper is printed on, it can be placed in a pressure sealer.

Why Use A Pressure Sealer?

  • Security – Pressure seal checks and paper are tamper proof. Contents cannot be access without obvious proof of tampering. Most pressure seal checks and forms also include a colored security watermark, making contents impossible to see without opening.
  • Convenience – Pressure sealed mail is really easy to open and has a higher open rate than conventional mail in envelopes. Pressure sealers also run at a much faster speed than folder inserters, making pressure sealers ideal for bulk mailing.
  • Cost – It is cheaper to fold pressure seal checks and forms than to fold paper and insert it into an envelope. Pressure sealers typically cost less than envelope stuffing machines. Pressure sealers completely eliminate the need of an envelope, cutting down on waste and cost.

These are just a few reasons why you may want to consider using a pressure sealer. If you have a pressure sealer, our Relyco Ultraseal pressure seal checks and mailers are some of the most compatible, affordable and durable available.

You can find our entire selection of Relyco pressure seal checks here and Relyco pressure seal mailers here. You can find our entire selection of pressure sealer machines here.

Envelope Inserting Machine Problems? Consider Relyco Envelopes!

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Formax Envelope Stuffing MachineFolding and inserting machines are great for mailing bills, brochures, applications, receipts and a wide variety of other mail. These machines can insert paper into envelopes in a fraction of the time it takes to do it manually. While folding and inserting machines are great, they can sometimes be picky when it comes to envelopes.

At ABC Office we offer a wide variety of Formax envelope stuffing machines. Prior to sending out a machine, we typically require a customer to mail in envelope samples for testing. This is because some envelopes simply will not work with folding and inserting machines. Symptoms of incorrect envelopes include tearing, improper sealing and overall machine jams.

Reclyco #10 Inserter EnvelopeWhether you need to speed up your Formax inserter order or currently have a machine and are experiencing issues, you may want to consider using Relyco envelopes. We recently added several #9 and #10 Relyco envelopes to our site that are designed from the ground up to be used with Formax and other envelope stuffing machines.

Formax uses Relyco envelopes with their own inserting machines. These new envelopes include single window, dual window and bottom flap designs. They also feature a security tint that helps protect envelope contents from unwanted reading.

You can find our entire selection of envelope stuffing / inserting machines here and our entire selection of inserter friendly Relyco envelopes here.

What Is The BRE Feeder On A Folder Inserter?

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Formax Envelope Stuffing MachinesI recently had a customer ask me what BRE was. Initially I was a little confused as to what they were talking about. They then went on to tell me that they were looking at a Formax inserter & envelope stuffer and saw that some of the Formax machines had a BRE feeder.

I didn’t know it at the time, but I knew what a BRE was, I just wasn’t familiar with the acronym. The abbreviation BRE stands for Business Return Envelope. As soon as I read that I thought, “oh yeah, I know exactly what that is.”

You probably know what I am talking about. BREs are those small little envelopes that often say “no postage necessary” on them, that are included in a larger envelope. BREs are often used for renewing a magazine subscription, for applying for a credit card and many, for bills and many other mailers.

BRE Business Reply Envelopes

Many of our Formax envelope stuffing machines have multiple feed trays. Some inserters include a tray that is a little smaller, which can be used to insert BRE envelopes and small inserts. Simply place your paper in the feed tray, along with a stack of business reply envelopes, and the Formax folder inserter will do the rest.

The entire folder inserter process is remarkable to see in action. The amount of time and money saved using an automatic folder inserter is remarkable, especially compared to manually doing the work. Folding and inserting machines will probably dramatically cut back on your stress as well.

While not all our folding and inserting machines have BRE insert trays, many do. Our product pages will specify whether or not they have a BRE insert tray. If you are having trouble finding a machine with a BRE insert tray, call us at 1-800-658-8788 and one of or mail equipment specialists will help you track down a few models.

You can find our entire selection of Formax inserting & envelope stuffing machines here.

Formax FD 1400 AutoSeal Letter Pressure Sealer Review

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Formax FD 1400 AutoSeal Letter Pressure SealerIf you mail out a lot of invoices, bills and other statements, you may want to consider using a pressure sealer. These handy machines are fast, efficient and cost a lot less than a paper folder inserter. One model you may want to thoroughly look at is the Formax FD 1400 AutoSeal pressure sealer (found here). This is my review.

One downside to a paper folder inserter is that they are cost prohibitive for many people, especially people that only need to fold and mail one sheet of paper. When a customer tells me a folder inserter is out of their price range, I often recommend that they consider a pressure sealer. The end results look very similar.

Pressure activated paper doesn’t cost much more than standard copy paper. Simply run the pressure-activated paper through a printer and then run it through the FD 1400 pressure sealer.

Formax FD 1400 AutoSeal Letter Pressure Sealer

The Formax FD 1400 can hold up to 100 sheets of pressure-activated paper at a time. Once activated, and once the folding plates have been set, the machine will pull in the paper. By means of steel rollers, pressure is applied to the pressure-activated paper. This pressure causes tiny pockets of glue to burst, sealing the paper shut.

You have probably received pressure-sealed mail before. It is the mail that has the perforated sides, which once torn off, expose the letter. This type of mail is just as secure, if not more so, than a standard letter and is even more tamper proof.

The Formax FD 1400 is very fast. The motor runs at a speed of 60 forms per minute, which is adequate for most small to medium-volume jobs. It can create Z folds, C folds and single folds and can use pressure-activated paper up to 24# thick. It can use paper up to 8 ½” x 14″ in size. The FD 1400 has a recommended duty cycle of 10,000 pieces per month.

The build quality of the FD 1400 is very nice. I have handled this machine and looks are deceiving. At first I thought it looked like a basic paper folding machine; that was until I moved it. It is a heavy machine. It weighs in at 90 pounds shipped.

If you need to fold invoices, bills, mailers and other single-sheet mail, you should seriously consider using a pressure sealer like the Formax FD 1400. It is a solid piece of machinery and a great alternative to a paper folder inserter.

You can find the Formax FD 1400 AutoSeal pressure sealer here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding pressure sealers here.

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