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Martin Yale 1217A AutoFolder Folding Machine Video Demo

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Martin Yale AutoFolder 1217A Paper Folding MachineAre you looking for an effective and efficient way to speed up your in-house paper folding operations? One great way to do this is to use a paper folding machine. These machines can be used to fold letters, brochures, pamphlets and much more. One paper folding machine that has been around for some time, that you may want to consider buying, is the Martin Yale 1217A AutoFolder folding machine. I have used this machine personally on many occasions and had the chance to film a video demo.

To begin with, the Martin Yale 1217A is an automated folding machine that requires manual setup. Manual setup? Don’t let that scare you off. It literally takes minutes to set up and no additional adjustments are required unless you need to create a different type of fold. Let me explain.

While a motor and multiple silicon wheels are used in the folding process, a total of two folding plates play one of the most critical roles in the process. As the paper passes through the machine, it literally bounces off these two plates, deflecting the paper back into the machine for folding by the silicon rollers.

The length of these plates determines the fold. You can manually adjust the length of the plates by sliding a bar forward or backward. This bar, located on the plates, can be locked into place by use of a thumb screw. These plates will allow you to create a letter fold, half fold, Z-fold, double parallel fold, right angle fold and baronial fold. The 1217A AutoFolder can also create several custom folds.

This is a video demo of me using the Martin Yale 1217A folding machine:

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Overall I like the 1217A. The build quality is nice, it deals nicely with statically-charged paper and the end results look great. My only quibble with this machine is the feed rollers. You have to pre-fan the paper prior to placing it in the machine. Non-fanned paper will cause the machine to jam. Most modern paper folding machines actually require that the paper not be fanned prior to placement in the feed tray. That’s nice.

A great affordable alternative to the Martin Yale 1217A is the Intelli-Fold DE-172AF (no pre-fanning required). If you don’t need to fold 11″ x 17″ paper, the Intelli-Fold DE-102AF and Intelli-Fold DE-112AF are also great alternatives.

You can find the Martin Yale 1217A AutoFolder folding machine here and our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

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.

    Martin Yale SP100 Score and Perf Machine Review

    Friday, May 20th, 2011

    Martin Yale SP100 Scoring & Perforating MachineAre you the kind of person that likes to make creative cards, produce tickets or are in the business of creating literature? One highly valuable tool is a paper perforator or a paper scorer. Paper scorers are great for creasing card stock and paper perforators can be used for creating tickets, coupons and much more. The Martin Yale SP100 score and perf machine (found here) makes scoring and perforating easy. This is my review.

    Martin Yale currently manufactures a wide selection of paper cutters, folding machines, business card slitters and more. Their lines of paper handling equipment have a great reputation.

    While there are a lot of manual scoring machines and perforating machines out there, they are limited by the speed of the user. One great way to speed things up is by using an electric perforator and scorer like the Martin Yale SP100. The SP100 hits a nice price point. It is electric, so it’s fast, but it won’t cost you several thousand dollars like many higher-end machines.

    Using the SP100 is easy. It contains one 14-tooth perforating wheel and one scoring wheel. Both of these wheels are fully adjustable. Simply use the included wrench to loosen the wheels and adjust them where the cuts need to be made. If you only need to perforate, move the scoring wheel out of the way or vice versa. Both the perf wheel and scoring wheel can be used simultaneously.

    While this particular machine can’t make multiple perforations or scores in a single pass, paper can be re-fed for multiple perforations or scores. It’s that easy.

    The feed tray on the SP100 can be adjusted to accommodate paper ranging from 3 ½” up to 12″ wide and it can handle paper ranging from 20 lb. to 100 lb. cover. This is very impressive, especially considering how affordable the SP100 is.

    I have used this machine myself and have to say that while it is pretty simple in construction, the end results are very professional.

    This is a video demonstration of me using the Martin Yale SP100.

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    The build quality on the SP100 is very nice. It features great metal components and seems to hold up well. The machine itself measures in at 8″ x 15″ x 6″ and weighs 23 pounds.

    My only problem with this machine is that the friction wheel that pulls the paper in has to be properly adjusted to accommodate the paper being used. Initially I had a few problems getting it set up, but once I figured out how it worked, setting it up became a fairly fast process.

    If you need an affordable electric / semi-automatic scoring and perforating machine, the Martin Yale SP100 may fit the bill. It is an affordable alternative and is great for low to medium-volume use.

    You can find the Martin Yale SP100 score and perf machine here and our entire selection of perforating machines here and scoring machines here.

    MODEL: SP100
    UPC Code: 0-11991-00100-6

    What is a Cardboard Perforator?

    Thursday, April 21st, 2011

    Martin Yale / Intimus PackMate Cardboard ShredderHave you ever heard the term cardboard perforator used before? I hadn’t either until I was writing up some descriptions for a couple of HSM ProfiPack cardboard shredders. HSM refers to their cardboard shredders as cardboard perforators. It makes sense, especially when you look at the cardboard shredding process.

    If you’re not familiar with cardboard shredders, they are used to cut down cardboard boxes into either strips or into “waffle-cut” pieces for a variety of reasons. Waffle-cut cardboard does have more of a perforated than a shredded appearance to it. Most of our customers who own cardboard shredders use shredded cardboard as box filler or as cushioned packaging for mailing and shipping packages.

    Shredded cardboard is remarkably effective at absorbing high shock impacts. Products packaged with shredded cardboard often turn out better than other packages using peanuts or air pockets. This is due in part to the sponge-like properties of shredded cardboard and the fact that shredded cardboard doesn’t move much during shipping.

    Cardboard shredders are primarily purchased for the following reasons:

    • Free Packaging
    • Cardboard Recycling
    • Freeing Up Space

    As previously mentioned, we offer three different cardboard shredders (perforators):

    1. Martin Yale PackMate Cardboard Shredder
    2. HSM ProfiPack 400 Cardboard Perforator
    3. HSM ProfiPack 425 Cardboard Shredder

    All three of these models are solid machines. One unique feature that I personally like about the Martin Yale PackMate is that it can be used to not only shred cardboard, but newsprints and computer printouts. While shredding computer printouts is a great way to recycle paper as packaging, it is by no means confidential, so be sure your computer printouts do not contain any sensitive information.

    I personally think that every warehouse should have a cardboard shredder. They are effective machines, easy to use and really help free up space in the warehouse.

    Martin Yale 1632 Electric Letter Opener Review

    Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

    Martin Yale Model 1632 Letter Opening MachineAre you tired of trying to pry open envelopes with a pen or cutting them open with a knife or scissors? Try increasing your envelope opening speed with an automatic letter opener. One affordable model you may want to consider using is the Martin Yale 1632 electric envelope opener. This is my review.

    Martin Yale currently manufactures a wide range of office equipment and machines. This includes paper folding machines, paper cutters, envelope openers and much more. Martin Yale has been around for decades and is known for their affordable office products.

    The Martin Yale 1632 is an electric envelope opener. That means rather than manually opening letters, an electric motor is used to pull in envelopes and open them. This description may seem a little simplistic, but it really is that easy. I will go into more detail on exactly how this happens.

    The 1632 has a fed tray where you can place a 1 ¾” stack of envelopes. A rubber belt, driven by an electric motor, pulls in one letter at a time and slits them open. This is done without damaging the contents of the envelope. The opened envelope then comes out the other side into a catch tray. The entire process takes a split second.

    While the motor on the Model 1632 operates at a speed of up to 7,000 envelopes per hour, I would not recommend using this machine continually to open that many envelopes. This is because the Model 1632 is designed for light to medium-volume letter opening and is ideal for small to mid-size businesses.

    It only weighs in at 11 pounds, so it can easily be used on most desks and tables and can be used in most mailrooms. It is also light enough to move from one location to another. A built in catch tray folds into the machine for added portability.

    Having handled this letter opener myself, I have to caution that it is not designed for high-volume use. Customers who buy this for low to medium-volume use are almost always happy with it and I can say over the years that it has a  great track record.

    Overall the Model 1632 is a good little electric letter opener. It features the quality that Martin Yale is known for, and if properly cared for, should easily hold up for years.

    You can find the Martin Yale 1632 electric envelope opener here and our entire selection of letter opening machines here.

    Martin Yale 1611 AutoFolder Folding Machine Review

    Friday, March 4th, 2011

    Martin Yale 1611 Ease-Of-Use AutoFolder Paper Folding MachineAre you looking for a well-built manual paper folding machine that can hold up to some of the toughest folding jobs? There are a lot of options out there. One affordable option you may want to consider is the Martin Yale 1611 AutoFolder paper folding machine (found here). This is my review.

    Martin Yale recently redesigned the popular Model 1601 paper folding machine. The old 1601 is now the Martin Yale 1611. While this new folding machine is essentially the “next generation” 1601, Martin Yale has really gone out of their way to make some significant improvements.

    One thing I like, although not functionally important, is the new design of the 1611. The black color and the well-rounded design looks great. It fits in well with most business environments. While looks aren’t everything (especially with office equipment), it is still nice to have an aesthetically pleasing piece of office machinery.

    Looks aside, the Martin Yale 1611 is also packed with a wide range of features. To start with, the 1611 has a nice 150 sheet (20# paper) feed table capacity. While this isn’t enough to hold an entire ream of paper, it is still leaps and bounds better than manually inserting paper. The 1611 folds 150 sheets in just minutes. It is a fast machine. It is also relatively quiet for the size.

    As far as build quality is concerned, the 1611 AutoFolder gets high marks. Even the folding plates are more robust than they used to be. If you remove the folding plates, you will notice that they are thick and extremely durable, versus many other manual setup folding machines. While you still have to manually set up the fold plates, it takes just seconds to a few minutes (depending on the operator’s experience).

    The Model 1611 can handle a nice range of paper sizes. It will fold paper ranging from 3 ½” x 5″ up to 8 ½” x 14″. Unlike many manual setup folding machines, the Martin Yale 1611 can create most folds with the larger legal-size 8 ½” x 14″ size. This includes letter folds, Z folds, single folds and more.

    Unlike folding machines of 10+ years ago, you do not need to fan the paper prior to placing it in the machine. This is a huge plus in my book. Fanning paper, at least for me, often led to paper jams. The “drop-in” system the Model 1611 is very efficient and dramatically cuts down on paper jams.

    One very unique feature of the 1611 AutoFolder is the bypass tray for multi-sheet folding. You can manually insert a stack of up to 5 sheets of paper into the feed bypass for quick multi-sheet folding. The process is very simple.

    For low to medium-volume paper folding, the Martin Yale 1611 AutoFolder is a great choice. It is affordable, features a great build quality and can be used on just about any table or desk in the office.

    You can find the Martin Yale 1611 AutoFolder paper folding machine here and our entire selection of Martin Yale paper folders here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding 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.

    Martin Yale J1824 Giant Padding Press Review

    Thursday, February 24th, 2011

    Martin Yale J1824 Giant Padding PressPadding presses are cool little devices. They make it easy to recycle paper, create notepads and scratchpads. So what do you do if you need to pad thousands of sheets of paper at a time? What you need is a giant padding press like the Martin Yale J1824 Giant Padding Press (found here). This is my review.

    Martin Yale is probably better known for their shredders, paper cutters, forms cutters and paper folders than for their padding presses. While Martin Yale doesn’t make dozens of padding presses, like they do paper cutters, they certainly hold up well.

    The Martin Yale J1824 Giant Padding Press is called giant for a reason. It can pad a stack of paper up to 19 ¾” high by 17 ¾” wide. Now break out a ruler and take a look at those dimensions. Big, isn’t it? Not only can the J1824 pad larger paper, it can also be used to pad two separate stacks of letter-size 8 ½” x 11″ paper (or A4 paper) at a time.

    This padding press can be used to pad paper, carbonless forms, note pads, scratch pads and more. Paper thickness doesn’t really matter. This makes it possible to pad notepads with chipboard on the bottom, with card stock and much more.

    The J1824 is a pretty simple machine, and that’s by design. The first thing you will want to do is put your paper in the padding press. The padding press tips back, which in turn helps to jog the paper being padded. This keeps everything squared up and aligned.

    Once the paper is in the Martin Yale J1824, two sets of wing screws are tightened down. This helps apply pressure along the back of the paper stack. This helps to produce a neat and professional pad of paper. Once the screws are tightened, glue can be applied. Once the glue has dried, the wing screws can be loosened.

    Depending on how thick the pad of paper is, you may want to consider using a padding knife to cut the separate stacks of paper apart. Once everything has been removed, you are able to use the padding press again. You are really only limited by the glue drying time as far as padding speed is concerned.

    The build quality on the J1824 is exceptional. Unlike many pressed wood padding presses out there, the J1824 is made from sturdy steel construction. This makes the J1824 durable, reliable and easier to clean up.

    I would personally recommend the J1824 to anyone interested in light to medium volume paper padding projects. Weighing in at only 26 pounds, this padding press can be used on most tables and desks.

    You can find the Martin Yale J1824 Giant Padding Press here and our entire selection of paper padding presses here. Good luck and happy padding!

    Martin Yale 2051 SmartFold Paper Folding Machine Review

    Thursday, February 10th, 2011

    Martin Yale 2051 SmartFold Paper Folding MachineDoes your business or organization have the need for a high-volume paper folding machine that can keep up with your daily operations? You may need an automatic commercial paper folder. One model you may have looked at is the Martin Yale 2051 SmartFold paper folding machine (found here). I have used this machine and this is my review.

    As far as paper Martin Yale paper folding machines are concerned, the 2051 SmartFold is relatively new to their lineup. It is currently called the Martin Yale 2051 SmartFold, however, it has also been called the Intimus 2051 SmartFold. Martin Yale owns Intimus and it seems they can’t make up their mind as to which brand they want to put on their machines.

    Martin Yale has several folding machine hits under their belt. This includes the ever popular 1501X (CV7), the 1217A and the 959. Martin Yale paper folding machines have been around for some time and have proven to be reliable machines. The 2051 SmartFold has several improvements that I personally prefer over their older machines.

    To begin with, you don’t have to fan paper prior to placing it in the 2051 SmartFold. This saves time and prevents paper jams. The paper hopper on this folding machine holds 500 sheets of 8 ½” x 11″ paper (20# thick). The thicker the paper, the fewer the amounts of sheets you can place in the 2051 SmartFold.

    The Martin Yale 2051 SmartFold can handle a wide range of paper, which is really nice if you are folding a variety of different sizes and thicknesses. It can fold paper ranging in size from 2.5″ x 5.2″ to 12″ x 18″. It can fold paper ranging in thickness from 18 lb. bond to 90 lb. index. These specs are very impressive for a paper folding machine.

    The 2051 SmartFold is what’s referred to as an automatic paper folding machine. This is because no manual setup is required apart from pressing a few buttons. There is no need to remove and manually adjust the folding plates. Simply select the fold you need, from the list of 7 common preset folds, and the machine will adjust itself. This is especially nice for speed and accuracy. It is capable of storing up to 10 custom folds.

    Many paper folding machines sound like a machine gun going off when they are running at full speed. While it is impossible to completely silence a paper folder, the 2051 SmartFold has been designed to run quieter than other comparable machines.

    A total of 7 different sensors and indicators have been placed throughout the machine to alert you to any jams or possible issues. This is nice for diagnostics purposes and will help extend the life of your machine when a jam actually does occur.

    The exit tray on the Martin Yale 2051 SmartFold features a powered conveyor. This is ideal for keeping paper organized. Unlike many cheaper machines that simply have a catch tray, the 2051 SmartFold keeps paper in order.

    Overall I like the 2051 SmartFold. It has a sleek design that blends in well with just about any office. The fact that it is automatic and easy to set up is a huge plus in my book. I would rate this machine about 4 out of 5 stars.

    You can find the Martin Yale 2051 SmartFold paper folding machine here and our entire selection of paper folding machines here. Do you still have questions? Speak with one of our folding machine specialists at 1-800-658-8788.

    Martin Yale 1711 AutoFolder Folding Machine Review

    Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

    Martin Yale 1711 Electronic Ease-of-Use AutoFolder Paper Folding MachineAre you in the market for an affordable automatic paper folding machine? There are several models out there, many of which may break the bank. One affordable alternative you should take a good look at is the Martin Yale 1711 Electronic Ease-of-Use AutoFolder (found here). This is my review.

    For the past few years Martin Yale has been re-designing many of their paper folding machines. Their latest upgrades are the 1611 and 1711 paper folding machines. The 1611 replaces the 1601 and the 1711 replaces the 1701. These newly revamped folding machines now have a similar look to the Martin Yale 2051 SmartFold.

    The 1711 has a smooth black housing that really makes this machine stand out. I personally like the look of the 1711 a lot more than the older 1701. Much of the functionality between the 1701 and the 1711 remain the same.

    The Martin Yale 1711 is a fully automatic paper folding machine. That means that there is little manual effort required to get this machine set up. This machine comes pre-programmed with 6 of the most common folds used today. This includes the letter fold, half fold, Z fold, double parallel fold, right angle fold and the baronial fold.

    Simply select the fold you want to create and the 1711 will automatically adjust itself. After a few seconds the folding plates are set and the machine is ready to start folding paper. This is extremely convenient. Custom modifications can be made to the fold plates from the control panel in the event you want to create a custom fold.

    The 1711 can be used with paper of various sizes, up to 8 ½” x 14″ large. While many machines out their struggle with folding legal-size documents, the 1711 handles them without any issues. This machine can handle paper thicknesses ranging from 16 lb. bond to 70 lb. index.

    No pre-fanning of the paper is required with this paper folder. Simply take your paper, up to 150 sheets, and place them in the feed tray. While you don’t need to fan the paper, it is still a good idea to keep the paper jogged prior to folding.

    A powered exit conveyor helps to keep paper aligned, versus other folding machines that simply spit the folded paper out into a tray. This is especially nice for folding documents that need to be kept in order.

    Overall I really like the 1711. I would consider this to be a great option for medium-volume paper folding. The machine is compact enough to be used on most desks and tables and should be a great addition to any office.

    You can find the Martin Yale 1711 Electronic Ease-of-Use AutoFolder here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

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