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Formax FD 320 Paper Folding Machine Review

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Formax FD 320 Paper Folding MachineDo you need a fast, durable and no-nonsense paper folding machine? Whether you’re folding letter-size paper or legal-size documents, the Formax FD 320 paper folding machine (found here) may be just what you need. This is my review.

I say “no-nonsense” when talking about the Formax FD 320 because it’s a fairly simple paper folding machine. Simply put, there aren’t buttons and dozens of settings you have to mess with. If you already have experience using a paper folder, using the FD 320 will feel like second nature when using.

This folding machine uses traditional folding plates. This means you will have to manually adjust two separate folding plates. Folds are clearly marked on the plates, making it easy to determine where they need to be set. Both plates can be removed for easier access.

The FD 320 itself weighs in at 55 pounds, making it solid enough to handle the tough jobs, but light enough to be used on most tables and countertops. The exact dimensions of the FD 320 are 38″ L x 18″ W x 11″ H (97 L x 46 W x 28 H cm). Keep in mind that the length includes the exit tray, which can be folded up.

It is primarily designed to be used with standard copy paper, up to 11 ¾” x 18″ in size. A convenient conveyor system helps keep the paper organized and lined up when leaving the machine. This is especially nice for people who want to keep folded documents alphabetized or in numerical order.

Once the plates have been set, paper can be dropped in the feed tray. No fanning is required. The tray can hold up to 250 sheets of paper. One thing I personally really like about the feed tray is that it uses three friction rollers to pull paper in. This helps keep paper even and straight as it enters the machine, making the folds cleaner and more professional.

Folding is started by turning on the dial located on the front of the machine. This same dial allows for variable speed control. The Formax FD 320 can be used to create letter folds, accordion folds, half folds, gate folds and more. Because the folding plates are manually adjusted, custom folds are pretty easy to set up.

The only downsides I can think of is that this folding machine really isn’t designed to fold card stock. It would also be nice to have some sort of batch folding and paper counting capabilities.

Overall I consider the FD 320 to be a solid little machine. It is probably one of the best manual setup paper folding machines available.  Best of all, it’s made in the USA.

You can find the Formax FD 320 paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Pressure Folder Sealers vs. Paper Folding & Inserting Machines

Friday, October 15th, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

Formax FD 305 Desktop Letter Folding Machine Review

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Formax FD 8500HS Level 6 High Security Paper Shredder Review

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Formax FD 8500HS Level 6 High Security Paper ShredderLevel 6 paper shredders provide the highest level of security available for shredding paper. If you are in need of a shredder with high security shredding capabilities for use in a department or office setting, you should take a look at the Formax FD 8500HS high security paper shredder (found here). This is my review.

To begin with, most businesses are going to be fine with a Level 3 or Level 4 paper shredder. However, if you are shredding top secret and extremely sensitive documents, you may need a higher security level. Level 6 paper shredders are designed for shredding the most sensitive material. This type of shredder is almost entirely used by the government, Department of Defense (DOD) and military.

The Formax FD 8500HS uses a shredder blade capable of cutting paper down to a 0.79 x 4.8 mm particle (1/32″ x 3/16″). Break out a ruler and measure that on a piece of paper. That is an extremely small particle of paper and is impossible to re-assemble. The FD 8500HS is able to do this to 4-5 sheets of paper at a time.

While the sheet capacity may seem small, keep in mind what is involved. Because a sheet of paper is being cut into such small particles, a lot of surface area is cut at once. This puts a lot of strain on the cutting head, resulting in fewer sheets being shred. This is the case with all high-security shredders. This is also why most strip cut shredders can cut more paper than their cross cut counterparts.

A couple of features that I personally really like about this shredder is the wide 16-inch shred opening and the 26 gallon bin. Because the opening (throat) on the shredder is so wide, it is able to accept most sizes of paper. The 26-gallon bin is able to hold a lot of paper and requires few bag changes.

Unlike many paper shredders of this size, the FD 8500HS has no special power requirements. It is designed to work with a 110V, 50/60 Hz power supply.

Formax shredders are known for their all-metal construction, great built quality and longevity. This shredder will have no problem keeping up with office demands. It can be used all day long without any issues. For the price, you’re really getting a lot of shredder.

Here is a video demo of the Formax FD 8500HS:

Overall I consider this shredder to be a great fit for government and military applications. You can find the Formax FD 8500HS high security paper shredder here. You can find our entire selection of high security paper shredders here.

Do you still have questions? Call 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our paper shredder specialists.

Improve Press Sheet and Digital Printout Drying Time

Monday, September 20th, 2010

MBM AJ-700 Air Paper JoggerDo you run, operate or own a printing press? Are you looking for a machine that allows press sheets and digital printouts to be air-dried immediately? If so, you may be in need of an air jogger.

Normal paper joggers use vibrations to align paper. Air joggers not only use vibrations to align paper, but also use air to align and separate paper.  This has many benefits. Because air separates the sheets, it keeps them from clumping together and creating double feeds and jams. This is also extremely beneficial because the air helps the ink on press sheets and digital printouts to dry faster.

We currently offer two different models of air joggers:

  1. MBM AJ-700 Air Jogger – The MBM AJ-700 air jogger forces air between sheets to reduce jogging time and eliminate powder buildup. Press sheets and digital copies can be air dried immediately to prevent offset. This significantly reduces misfeeds and double feeds in printers, folders, and collators.
  2. Formax FD 402A1 Air Jogger – The FD 402A1 High-Capacity Air Jogger is ideal for print shops and production houses as it aligns and dries printed sheets as a single process, while removing static electricity.

These joggers are both considered to be commercial / industrial paper joggers. They can be used all day long and don’t require any special “cool down” period of time.

You can find our entire selection of paper joggers here.

Formax FD 8400HS High Security Paper Shredder Review

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Formax FD 8400HS High Security Level 6 Paper ShredderHigh security paper shredders are some of the most sought after paper shredders by both government and military. If you’re in the market for a tough high security paper shredder, you may want to consider the Formax FD 8400HS high security paper shredder (found here). This is my review.

To begin with, Formax makes a wide variety of office equipment and products. This includes paper folding machines, folder inserters, bursters, paper shredders and more. Formax currently makes two different high security paper shredders. This includes the FD 8400HS and the FD 8500HS.

The FD 8400HS is a high security paper shredder designed for departmental use. It is rated at a security level 6 (NSA/CSS specification 02-01 approved). This means it can be used to shred the most sensitive and confidential documents. This is also why this paper shredder is so popular with the U.S. government and military.

The particle size is 0.79 x 4.8 mm. That’s small. That’s so small that it is impossible to re-assemble. Upon first glance, the shredded particles almost appear to be dust.

The Formax FD 8400HS rings in at just over $2,000. While there are Level 5 shredders that cost less, this price makes the Formax FD 8400HS one of the least expensive Level 6 shredders available today. This is also another reason why the shredder is so popular with our customers.

The FD 8400HS has a shred sheet capacity of 6-7 sheets. While that may not seem like many sheets, you need to consider the security level involved. Level 6 shredders are not known (or able) to shred large volumes of paper at a time. This is due in large part to the complex nature of the cutting blades. It does, however, have a continuous duty motor, which allows this shredder to be used all day long.

The 20-gallon shred bin holds a lot of paper. Because the cut particles are so small, they really compact well in the shred bin. This means fewer bag changes.

The shred opening on the FD 84000HS is 10.25-inches wide. This means that it will easily handle 8 ½ x 11-inch sheets of paper. I find shredders with 10+ inches easier to use because you don’t have to worry so much about the paper going in straight.

Overall the FD 8400HS is a solid shredder. I would have no problem recommending this shredder to a friend for high security shredding. We also have a Service Department and are able to service this machine and honor the warranty.

You can find the Formax FD 8400HS high security paper shredder here. You can find our entire selection of Formax paper shredders here and high security paper shredders here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any paper shredder questions.

Formax FD 1500 AutoSeal Pressure Sealer Review

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Formax FD 1500 AutoSeal Pressure SealerDo you need to fold and seal invoices, bills, w-2s and other information for mailing purposes? It sounds like what you need is a pressure seal. If this is the case, one model you may want to consider using is the Formax FD 1500 AutoSeal pressure sealer (found here). I have used one of these and this is my review.

To begin with, pressure sealers are wonderful machines to have on hand for mailing purposes. They use special cut sheet paper with pressure-activated pockets of glue. You can use this paper in just about any inkjet or laser printer. Once the invoice, bill, direct mail or other piece is printed, simply run it through the pressure sealer. The sealer will then letter-fold the document, sealing it along the edges.

How does this work? The pressure-activated glue, found along the edges of the paper, bursts open when run through the pressure sealer. This creates an “instant” seal for mailing. The edges of the paper are perforated in such a way that the sealed document is simple for the recipient to open up.

This is exactly what the FD 1500 AutoSeal does. The FD 1500 AutoSeal is designed to fold and seal up to 20,000 pieces of mail per month at a speed of about 85 pieces per minute. This isn’t bad. This particular model is considered to be a low volume pressure sealer. This involves using pressure seal paper up to 8 ½” x 14″ long.

While 20,000 pieces may not seem low volume to you, there are higher end pressure sealers capable of folding and sealing hundreds of thousands of documents per month. One of the biggest benefits of the FD 1500 AutoSeal is that it is affordable.

What are some of the most mailers sealed with the Formax FD 15000? Here is a list:

  • Invoices
  • Appointment Notices
  • Payroll/Checks
  • Grade Reports
  • Utility Bills
  • W-2s
  • Direct Mail
  • PIN Mailers
  • Rebates

The Formax FD 1500 AutoSeal uses a three-roller system to pull paper through the machine. Why is this nice? This is because the three rollers evenly pull paper into the machine. This helps keep the registry dead on and prevents jams. The hoper holds up to 150 sheets of paper.

I have personally used this folder sealer. I helped unbox it and set it up. My very first impression as I lifted it out of the box was, “this thing’s heavy!” This is because the machine is pretty much all metal. It weighs in at 90 pounds shipped. This is a plus. The build quality is excellent. I opened the machine up and can tell you it is solid. This is almost always the case with Formax machines.

Do I recommend this? You bet. This is a great option for low-volume folding and sealing operations. This pressure sealer is fun to use and Formax (as a company) is great to work with.

You can find the Formax FD 1500 AutoSeal pressure sealer here. You can find our entire selection of pressure sealers here. These machines may seem a little complex at first glance, so please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. Have a great day!

Formax FD 150 Cut Sheet Check & Document Signer Review

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Formax FD 150 Cut Sheet Document & Check SignerAre you looking for a fast and accurate way to sign checks and documents on a massive scale? One machine you may want to consider using is the Formax FD 150 cut sheet check and document signer (found here). This is my review.

In case you are not familiar with Formax, they are one of the best-known manufacturers of high-end office equipment in the United States. Their products include folding machines, envelope inserters, bursters, shredders and more. Their products are considered to be some of the best-built and many of them are made in the USA.

The Formax FD 150 check and document signer is an example of an American-made product. This machine is our highest-end document signer. It is primarily used to sign checks, but can also be used to endorse documents, and put logos / seals on cut-sheet documents.

This machine is very easy to set up and use. Four programmable job settings make it easy to set this machine up for frequent jobs. You will find the Formax FD 150 in a wide variety of government facilities, businesses, schools and more. It is especially popular for payroll purposes.

The FD 150 is designed to be used with cut-sheet paper. Cut-sheet paper is the most commonly used type of paper found in offices today. This usually consists of 8 ½ x 11-inch sheets.

When compared to signing documents by hand, the FD 150 is like a supersonic jet. It is hundreds of times faster than manually signing documents. It is available with monochrome, tri-color and ultraviolet ink (for added security).

The machine itself is secured under lock and key to protect the signature plates. It includes both a resettable and non-resettable counters for maximum audit capability.

The Formax FD 150 runs at a speed of up to 300 documents per minute. The feed tray can hold up to 200 sheets of paper. Paper can range in size from 2.75 to 14-inches wide and 3 to 14-inches long.

This document signer weighs in at 40 pounds. That is pretty light considering what the FD 150 does. It is compact enough, and light enough, to be used on most tables, desks and other surfaces.

I consider the Formax FD 150 to be a great machine. It is perfect for medium to high-volume document signing jobs. We have a great relationship with Formax and have our own Service Department. This means we can provide you with parts, service and support.

You can find the Formax FD 150 cut sheet check and document signer here. You can find our entire selection of automatic document signers here. Call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our document signing specialists.

Formax FD 312 Desktop Paper Folding Machine Review

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Formax FD 312 Paper Folding MachineDo you need a durable paper folding machine that can be used on your desk for mailing letters, folding brochures and other jobs? One model you may want to look at is the Formax FD 312 paper folding machine (found here). I have used this folding machine and this is my review.

Formax is a leading manufacturer of paper folding machines and paper folder inserters. They also manufacture a wide selection of paper shredders, bursters and other paper handling equipment.

The Formax FD 312 is compact, simple and extremely easy to use. It is about the size of a desktop printer (exact dimensions are 11.6″ L x 14″ W x 14.5″ H). It uses two folding plates to fold paper. These folding plates are manually adjusted. Setup time shouldn’t take more than a few minutes. Once the folding plates are set, the rest is quick and easy.

The FD 312 is designed for light to medium volume use. While not ideal for high-volume folding jobs, it is a solid machine. The feed tray can hold up to 200 sheets of paper and it is designed to fold standard 20# paper. It cannot be used to fold card stock. It can, however, be used to fold 11 and 14-inch long paper.

You can use the Formax FD 312 to create letter folds (C fold), half folds (V fold) and accordion folds (Z fold). The folding plates are customizable, so you can use this to create your own unique folds.

The control panel is simple. There are no adjustments or LCD screens to look at. It has a green “go” button and a “red” stop button. It really is a simple “no-nonsense” folding machine.

This machine is ideal for use in schools, churches, copy centers and other businesses that need to fold brochures, letters and other material. The construction is exceptional, so you shouldn’t experience any quirks or issues with it.

I personally like this folding machine and recommend it. Keep in mind, however, that it is not designed for heavy-volume usage.

You can find the Formax FD 312 paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Still have questions about the Formax FD 312? Call us up at 1-800-658-8788 and speak with one of our paper folding machine specialists.

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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