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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.

Types Of Forms Bursters / Detachers

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Forms Bursters / Forms DetachersForms bursters (found here) still play an important roll in tearing apart and detaching perforated paper. So which type of forms burster should you get? There are two primary types of bursters. These are cut sheet and continuous forms bursters. Here is a little more information about them.

Types of Forms Bursters:

Continuous Forms Bursters – Continuous forms paper is a type of paper that is continuously connected, much like the paper that was used in dot matrix printers. The paper is organized in an accordion-like pattern. This type of paper usually has ½-inch perforated side margins with tiny holes used to help run the paper through printers. Continuous forms bursters are designed to tear this paper apart.

Cut Sheet Bursters – Cut sheet bursters tear paper apart at the perforation, but the paper itself is not continually connected. It is typically separated into single 8 ½ x 11-inch sheets that are stacked on top of each other, much like standard copy paper. Cut sheet paper does not have perforated side margins.

Possible Forms Burster Options

Side Slitters – Continuous forms bursters often have side slitters designed to trim off the perforated side margins. This is usually available with continuous forms bursters by default.

Center Slitters – Some perforated paper has a perforation going down the middle, requiring a center slitter. Center slitters are not common, but they can usually be factory installed upon request.

Check Signers – Many bursters can be interfaced with check signers (found here). This allows the seamless operation of signing a check and having it bursted apart, all in one single pass.

Common manufacturers of bursters include Martin Yale, Duplo and Formax. You may find our entire selection of forms bursters here. Still have questions about bursters / detachers and how they work? Post your questions in our comment field. Have a great day!

Duplo V-350 Forms Burster Review

Friday, March 10th, 2006

Duplo V-350 BursterA few days ago I set up the Duplo V-350 in our show room to shoot an online video demo. I have used the Martin Yale 970A burster (found here) in the past. I used this to help gauge the performance of the V-350. I was surprised how easy it was to set up the V-350 for operation. Setting up the machine required a few simple adjustments. Once the adjustments were made, I fed the paper through the machine. This was easy to do thanks to a jog button.

After feeding paper through the machine I was able to see the paper being burst apart. Using the jog button I was able to run the machine with the protective cover open as I made sure things were operating properly. Once I let up on the jog button, the machine ceased to operate. Pressing the button forward allowed the machine to operate in continuously without having to keep the jog button pressed in. The machine cannot operate continuous mode unless the protective cover is down. This helps prevent personal injury.

I ended up running three different sizes of paper through the machine. The first stack I ran through the machine didn’t have tractor feed on the sides. The paper was perforated every four inches. I set the machine up for four-inch burst intervals. The V-350 ran flawlessly. The second stack of paper had tractor feed on the sides that was slit off using the V-350’s side slitters. It was burst every 11-inches along the perforations. The last stack of paper I ran through the machine was some billing forms that a customer had sent in for testing. The billing forms were burst every four-inches and had the side tractor feed slit off.

The machine created little mess and the papers came out the other side of the machine in order and organized, thanks to a conveyor-style exit tray. This was especially nice in comparison to bursters that throw bursted paper into a catch bin, leaving the paper unorganized.

To sum things up, I would rate the V-350 a solid five out of five stars. The components that are used to make the machine are high quality and the rubber rollers used to pull paper through the machine are very solid and should last a long time. You can find the Duplo V-350 here. The demo we shot should be available in a couple of weeks.

Do You Remember Those Old Dot Matrix Printers?

Thursday, August 12th, 2004

Forms BurstersDo you remember those old dot matrix printers that were so loud you almost had to wear earplugs? They used a ribbon, like a typewriter, that cycled while printing. One of the most annoying things was the paper they used. It has what I liked to call “tractor-feed” holes along the edges. I don’t know if that was the correct term for the paper, but that’s what I called it. I think it is called computer form paper.

I remember trying to load that paper into the printer, trying to get both sides to line up. If you didn’t get the sides lined up, the paper would be gobbled up and you had a serious jam on your hands. If you were lucky enough to get the paper loaded correctly you would print out your job, again waiting for a few minutes as the screeching print head did its thing. You then had to tear the sheet of from the printer. After that you would tear the sides off. The final product looked like a normal sheet of paper.

Weren’t you glad when printers were created that took cut sheet (individual sheets) paper? You simply opened up the package of paper and plopped it in the printer. We would never go back to the old computer paper would we? Believe it or not, people still use that tractor-feed paper. A lot of people still use that paper. Banks, schools and other businesses use this paper every day. Many businesses print their checks on this style of paper. The paper is inexpensive and the printers are cheap. But what about all the tearing and ripping apart?

Machines have actually been created to tear this paper apart for you. They are called bursters. You put your paper into the machine and it pulls the papers apart. It also cuts the side tractor-feed off the paper. The end result is a single sheet of usable, readable and functional paper. Bursters do this quickly and handle a wide variety of paper sizes and thicknessess. Feel free to go take a look and see what one of these machines look like here: Forms Bursters.

If you need any additional information on bursters, take a look at our site, https://www.abcoffice.com, or call one of our sales associates, (800) 658-8788.

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