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MBM 93M Tabletop Paper Folding Machine Review

Monday, January 24th, 2011

MBM 93M Tabletop Paper Folding MachineDo you need to speed up your paper folding operations? One great way to do this is to use an automated paper folder. One machine you may want to consider is the MBM 93M paper folding machine (found here). This is my review.

If you are a fan of the MBM 87M paper folding machine, you’re probably going to love the 93M. This is because the 93M is the replacement for the now discontinued 87M. While the MBM 93M has made a few improvements, the quality and functionality is very similar.

The MBM 93M is a tabletop paper folder designed for low to medium-volume paper folding. Weighing in at 46 pounds shipped, the 93M is light enough to be used on most desks and tables. Setup only takes a few minutes.

The 93M utilizes two manually adjusted folding plates. This means you will have to adjust both of these plates by loosening a thumb screw and sliding the plates into the correct position. While this may sound a little intimidating, it is really easy. Settings are clearly marked (color coded) on both plates.

The MBM 93M can be used to create most common folds. This includes the letter fold, accordion fold and single fold. Because the folding plates are manually adjusted, it is possible to create custom folds.  The 93M is also able to handle 16 to 80 lbs thick paper.

The feed tray on this machine holds up to 150 sheets of paper. The 93M can fold all 150 sheets in just a few minutes. Unlike many folding machines in this price range, the exit tray on the 93M is powered. This means paper is kept organized the entire time. The powered conveyor system makes keeping paper in numerical and alphabetical order easy.

One feature I really like is the auto-stop. When the machine has finished folding the paper placed in the tray, it will automatically stop. This save wear and tear on the motor and makes it possible to leave the machine while it is folding paper.

The control panel is very easy to use. It includes a digital display that provides a paper count. Batch paper folding is built into the 93M.

For the price, few paper folding machines come close in features and quality. I would easily recommend the MBM 93M for small office, church and school paper folding operations.

You can find the MBM 93M paper folding machine here and our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Paper Folder Is Folding Crooked. Why?

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Duplo Paper Folding MachinesI had a customer inquire today as to why their Duplo paper folding machine was folding paper crooked. There are several possible reasons for this. Upon further discussion, we figured out what was wrong with the machine and fixed the problem. Here are the questions I asked our customer that will probably help you out as well.

What Type Of Paper Are You Folding?

  • I have found that folding paper that is thicker than what your machine can handle, or glossy paper on a friction feed machine, can cause paper to be folded crooked. If this is the case, you may need to change the type of paper you are using or get a machine that can handle the paper you need folded.

Does Your Machine Use Manual Folding Plates?

  • If your machine uses manual folding plates, it is possible that the plate has been locked into place crooked. This is probably one of the most common reasons paper is folded crooked. If this is the case, re-adjust your folding plates.

Is Your Feed Tray Aligned Correctly?

  • A malaligned feed tray will cause paper to be feed at an angle, resulting in a crooked fold. Be sure your feed tray side guides are straight and aligned.

Does Your Machine Have A Skew Adjustment Wheel?

  • Some higher-end paper folding machines have a skew adjustment wheel that can be turned and adjusted, which easily straightens out crooked folds.

Have You Cleaned Your Folding Machine Recently?

  • Folding machines accumulate dust and ink on the rubber rollers after prolonged use. This causes paper to slip and be folding incorrectly. I recommend cleaning these wheels (using roller cleaner rejuvenator) every week (if being used daily and continuously).

These are a few of the most common questions I ask when a customer is having paper folding issues. Hopefully these helped you out. If you are still having problems, even after going using these suggestions, you may need your paper folding machine serviced. We have a Service Department that should be able to help. For paper folding machine repairs, contact our Service Department by calling 800-658-8788.

If for any reason you need a new machine, you can find our great selection of paper folding machines here.

Best Legal Size Paper Folding Machines

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Legal Size Paper Folding MachineDo you need to fold legal size 8 ½” x 14″ paper, but all the machines you are looking at are designed for standard 8 ½” x 11” paper? I have come up with a list of some popular legal size paper folding machines (according to our customers). Not only do these machines fold legal size paper, they are good at it.

Legal size paper, as you probably already know, is as wide as standard paper, but slightly longer. This means the folding machine has to have slightly longer folding plates to accommodate the added length.

These paper folders have proven themselves time and time again to handle legal size paper well. These machines will allow you to letter fold (C Fold), accordion fold (Z Fold) and single fold (V Fold) legal size paper.

Best Legal Size Paper Folding Machines (Friction Feed)

  1. Intelli-Fold DE-102AF Paper Folder
  2. MBM 87M Paper Folding Machine
  3. Intelli-Fold DE-202AF Paper Folder
  4. Formax FD 312 Paper Folding Machine
  5. Tamerica TPF-42 Letter Folding Machine
  6. Intelli-Fold DE-322AF Paper Folder
  7. MBM 207M High Speed Letter Folder
  8. Martin Yale 959 High-Capacity Paper Folding Machine

These paper folders have proven themselves time and time again that they are capable of quickly and professionally folding legal size paper. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

How To Set Up Folding Plates On A Folding Machine

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Paper folding machines are wonderful to have whether you are letter folding documents, accordion folding brochures or single folding booklets. Many people out there have fears about setting up folding machines that use manual folding plates. No worries. These types of folding machines are actually pretty easy to set up. Here are a few tips that may help you out.

Friction Feed Paper Folding Machines

I would say that about 60-70% of the paper folding machines out there use manually adjusted folding plates. Manual folding plates cut down on manufacturing costs, which is why these types of machines typically cost less than automatic machines.

Most paper folding machines have two folding plates. The first folding plate, usually the longest one, typically sits about where the folded paper comes out of the machine. The second folding plate, usually the shortest one, typically sits below the feed tray. The position of the fold plate may vary, but this is the most common setup.

Friction Feed Paper FoldersEven automatic paper folding machines utilize two folding plates. The only difference is that automatic paper folding machines use a motor and a computer to adjust the folding plates.

Many of our Intelli-Fold paper folding machines utilize a “<” folding plate design. In this setup, folding plate 1 and 2 are on the same side of the machine, creating a < design.

Folding plates typically have the most common folds printed directly on the folding plate. Simply look at the guide (typically on the folding plate) and make the proper adjustments. Once you grasp the idea, setup will take less than a couple of minutes.

Friction Feed Paper Folding Machine Plates

Most folding plates have two thumb screws per plate. It is very important that the folding plate be aligned correctly, with both thumb screws tightened at equal positions. If the folding plate is a little crooked, the folds will be crooked as well. Keeping the folding plate even, however, is pretty easy as the guides help keep things in line.

Folding Plate Guide

One thing I really like about manual folding plates is that they can be set up for custom folding. Simply play around with the plates until you get the custom fold you want. You can even mark the folding plates with a marker to make custom folds easier to set up later on.
Most manual friction-feed folding machines require that one of the plates, either the short or the long plate, be turned around for a V fold (aka single fold). This blocks off the plate entirely. Some folding machines simply require the folding plate to be pushed all the way towards the machine, activating a metal plate that blocks of the tray. This is because only one folding plate is required for a V fold.

My best advice for people looking for a folding machine is to not be scared away by the term “manual setup.” These machines are easy to set up and often cost less. We offer manual setup machines that can even be used for high-volume paper folding.

You can find our entire selection of manual setup friction feed paper folding machines here. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any paper folding questions. Good luck!

Martin Yale 959 Heavy-Duty AutoFolder Folding Machine Review

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Martin Yale 959 AutoFolder Paper Folding MachineDo you have high-volume paper folding needs and are in the process of shopping around for a machine? There are a lot of machines out there to choose from. One model that you have probably seen around is the Martin Yale 959 Heavy-Duty AutoFolder paper folding machine (found here). I have used this machine several times over the past 10 years and this is my review.

To begin with, the Martin Yale 959 folding machine has been around for some time. I remember this machine being around when I first started with ABC Office 10+ years ago. It features a time-tested design that has undergone few changes. This is because the formula works.

This folding machine is considered to be a heavy-duty machine and is the toughest friction-feed folding machine that Martin Yale offers. Martin Yale also makes an air-feed version of the 959.

The specs on this machine are very impressive, especially compared to what’s out there. While many machines tout the largest size of paper they can fold, which is 14″ x 20″ on the 959, few brag about the smallest sheet they can handle. The Model 959 can handle paper as small as 3 ½” x 3 ½”. This means you can use the 959 to fold paper large enough for restaurant menus or paper small enough for a wedding invitation.

The Martin Yale 959 can also handle an impressive range of paper thicknesses. It can handle card stock up to 110 lb. index or paper as thin as 9 lb. onion skin. While the 110 lb thickness is impressive, I am almost more impressed with its ability to handle the extremely thin stuff.

The 959 utilizes two manually adjusted folding plates. These plates are very easy to adjust and paper folds are clearly marked, making adjustments easy. Once set up, the folding plates stay in place. Folds are always registered correctly and the skew is dead on.

This is a tough folding machine, so I definitely would not consider it a desktop model. It weighs in at 108 lbs shipped. You will need a table, counter or work surface capable of handling this weight. Most desks are capable of holding this machine.

The Model 959 AutoFolder can handle the toughest, simples and most common folds out there. It can easily handle a letter fold (C fold) or an accordion fold (Z fold). It can also handle the difficult cross fold (French fold) and the Baronial fold. Because the folding plates are manually adjusted, custom folds are very easy to set up.

The exit tray on the 959 includes a conveyor system. This conveyor keeps folded material in order, which is ideal for alphanumerical documents.

A quick-release journal shaft can hold perforating, scoring and slitting wheels. This means you can perforate, cut or score paper while folding it. Few folding machines are capable of doing this. This is especially ideal for custom folding jobs, mailers and other material. It includes a 7-tooth perforating wheel and 2 scoring wheels.

I think the term “old school” sums up the Martin Yale 959. It is as tough as a steam engine and just seems to keep on going and going. I have always been impressed with this machine and consider it to be the best Martin Yale has to offer.

You can find the Martin Yale 959 Heavy-Duty AutoFolder paper folding machine here and our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Do you still have questions regarding the Martin Yale 959? Feel free to call one of our folding machine experts at 1-800-658-8788. They all have detailed experience with this machine and should be able to answer all your questions.

Have a great day!

Best Brochure Paper Folder / Folding Machine

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Intelli-Fold DE-102AF Paper Folding MachineDo you need to fold brochures, but don’t know exactly where to start? While you can always fold a brochure by hand, machines are available that will get the job done in literally a fraction the time. These machines are paper folding machines. There are three ways you can create brochures with a folding machine.

Top Brochure Folding Methods

The first and most popular way to create a brochure is by using a letter fold. This is often referred to as a C fold. This makes literature easy to view, while maintaining a compact layout.

This is an example of a letter (C) fold:

C Fold (Letter Fold)

The second most popular way to create a brochure is by using an accordion fold. This is often referred to as a Z fold. Much like a letter fold, an accordion fold makes brochure easy to open, easy to mail and easy to display.

This is an example of an accordion (Z) fold:

Z Fold (Accordian Fold)

The third most common fold used for making brochures is the double parallel fold. This fold has a unique look to it and creates a very compact brochure.

This is an example of a double parallel fold:

Double Parallel Fold

While most folding machines can create a letter fold or an accordion fold, not all machines can handle a double parallel fold. Most folding machines will specify the types of folds they can handle, making it easier to find the right machine.

You can find our entire selection of brochure paper folders here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with your brochure folding questions.

Need A Dynafold? Consider An Intelli-Fold.

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Intelli-Fold Paper Folding MachinesAre you looking for a paper folding machine and have been considering a DE-102AF, a DE-202AF or a DE-322AF? Before you consider getting a Dynafold, I highly recommend you consider the Intelli-Fold line of folding machines from Intelli-Zone. There are several reasons for this.

To begin with, Dynafold paper folders have been around for some time and have established a great reputation. While currently available Dynafold paper folders have since moved manufacturing plants (perhaps in an effort to save on building costs), Intelli-Fold paper folders are still made in the original manufacturing plants using the same high-quality process.

If cost is an issue, you may want to consider the Intelli-Fold line. Intelli-Fold paper folders almost always cost less than Dynafold paper folding machines.

Dynafold and Intelli-Fold paper folders are so similar that parts can actually be swapped between models. Here is a quick guide to help you determine the Intelli-Fold equivalent of a Dynafold folding machine.

Dynafold to Intelli-Fold Guide

Dynafold DE-102AF –> Intelli-Fold DE-102AF
Dynafold DE-202AF –> Intelli-Fold DE-202AF
Dynafold DE-322AF –> Intelli-Fold DE-322AF
Dynafold DE-262AF –> Intelli-Fold DE-262AF
Dynafold DE-302AF –> Intelli-Fold DE-302AF
Dynafold DE-8 –> Intelli-Fold DE-8

Intelli-Fold paper folding machines are customer favorites and some of our best-selling paper folding machines. The build quality is excellent, they have a great track record and folds continue to be clean, crisp and extremely professional.

I personally recommend using Intelli-Fold for all your folding needs. They can be used to create letter folds, accordion folds, single folds and a wide variety of custom folds. These machines are easy to setup and should easily last you for years to come.

You can find our entire line of Intelli-Fold paper folding machines here.

MBM 307A Programmable Paper Folding Machine Review

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

MBM 307A Programmable Paper Folding MachineIf you’re a big fan of the popular MBM 207M paper folding machine, chances are pretty good you’re going to love the MBM 307A programmable paper folding machine (found here). Build using a similar design, the 307A is one of the most popular automatic letter folding machines on the market. Popularity isn’t always everything though. So is this machine worth buying? This is my review.

To begin with, MBM is one of the leading manufacturers of high-end office equipment around. They make the Destroyit paper shredder line and the very popular Triumph and Kutrimmer lines of paper cutters. In line with their other products, the MBM paper folding machines have become a classic.

The MBM 307A, first and foremost, features an all-metal build. The machine has some heft to it (weighing in at 82 pounds shipped). The build quality becomes quite apparent once you start using it. This machine is built for the long haul. I don’t foresee anyone having issues with this machine.

A total of three friction wheels and two folding plates help create the folds. The feed tray holds up to 450 sheets of standard copy paper. Once on, the machine pulls a sheet off the stack and bounces it off of those two folding plates, causing the paper to be folded between the internal rollers. The end result is a clean, crisp and accurate fold.

The 307A is an automatic folding machine that has been pre-programmed with 6 common folds. This means setting up the 307A will take just seconds. Simply select the fold you want and the folding plates will self adjust themselves. It is that easy. Once set, folding is as easy as pressing the “start” button.

While this folding machine can create 6 common folds, including a letter and accordion fold, it can also be used to create custom folds. Simply make fine-tuned adjustments on the control panel. Up to 18 custom folds can be stored in the built-in memory. This machine can even handle the elusive cross fold (aka French fold).

The MBM 307A boasts some pretty impressive features. This includes the ability to fold paper as thin as 12 lbs up to 80 lbs card stock. It is also able to handle paper from 3 1/2″ x 5″ to 11″ x 17″ in size. The motor runs at a speed of about 11,520 sheets per hour. A built-in LED screen keeps count of folded sheets. An optional perforator and scoring wheel can be added in the factory upon request.

The exit tray uses a conveyor style system. This means as the paper is ejected from the folding machine, it is collected by a moving conveyor. This helps to keep the paper neat and organized. A conveyor exit tray is a must-have feature for those folding invoices, bills and other paper that needs to be kept in alphanumerical order.

Overall the MBM 307A automatic programmable tabletop folding machine is an impressive piece of engineering and is a great machine to use in just about any businesses, church, school or other organization. I personally love this machine and highly recommend it for medium to higher-volume jobs.

You can find the MBM 307A programmable paper folding machine here. You can find our entire lineup of paper folding machines here.

Do you have a question about the MBM 307A or one of its features? Give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We are more than happy to help you out.

Folding Glossy Paper – The Do’s and Don’ts

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Paper Folding MachinesSo this is the question posed to me on an almost weekly basis. Can a paper folding machine handle glossy paper? They can, but you have to have the right machine. Here are a few tips to help you find a machine that will properly handle your glossy and coated paper.

There is a lot of love out there for glossy paper. This paper does have a professional look to it and is very popular for brochures. Most people who fold glossy paper don’t need anything fancy. They usually need something simple, like a letter fold or an accordion fold.

There are two types of paper folding machines. These types are friction-feed and air-feed. Here is a quick breakdown on what they are:

Friction Feed – Friction-feed paper folding machines use rubber rollers to pull paper into the machine for folding.

Friction-feed paper folding machines make up about 90% of the machines used today. This is because they are typically more compact and less expensive. The only problem is that the friction wheels slide around on glossy paper like ice-skates on a lake.

Air Feed (aka Air Suction or Pneumatic) – Air-feed paper folding machines use air to suck paper into the machine.

Air-feed paper folding machines suck glossy paper into the machine just as easily as standard non-glossy paper. They have absolutely no problem handling coated and glossy paper. The only downside is that they have a built-in compressor, making them a little bigger, and I have found that they tend to make more noise.

So can you use coated or glossy paper in a friction-feed folding machine? The official answer is no. The unofficial answer is sometimes. If the paper is coated, but not too slick, it can often be used in a friction-feed folding machine. The only problem is that there are no guarantees.

If you are on a budget, and can’t afford an air-feed paper folding machine, feel free to send in your paper and we can run it on one of our machines. While I can’t guarantee it will always work, I can at least let you know if it is compatible. Call us at 1-800-658-8788 to set up sending in samples.

You can find our entire selection of friction-feed paper folding machines here and our air-feed paper folders here.

How To Use A Paper Folding Machine

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Paper Folding MachinesPaper folding machines make letter folding and other types of paper folding quick, simple and easy. These machines literally save hours upon hours of time over manually folding paper.

The most commonly used paper folding machine is the friction-feed folding machine. This guide will help you learn how to set up your machine.

Whether you have recently lost your manual or are interested in purchasing a paper folding machine, this guide will help you get up and going and become familiarized with the general idea of the friction-feed paper folder. I have personally found that once you know how to use one folding machine, it is generally pretty simple to set up and use another.

To begin with, here is a general breakdown of the standard fiction feed paper folding machine. Keep in mind that this is a basic diagram and may not apply to your machine.

Paper Folding Machine Cross View

Now I will show you how to set up your paper folding machine and start letter folding in just 7 easy steps. You’ll be surprised just how little work is needed to get one of these machines running.

Using A Paper Folding Machine In 7 Easy Steps

Step 1. Look over your machine and familiarize yourself as to where the power switch is, folding plates are located and how the feed tray works.

Folding Machine Step 1

Step 2. Most folding machines have a grid or diagram printed somewhere on the machine to indicate where the folding plates need to be set for certain types of folds. Find this and determine where the folding plates need to be set for your fold. In this case I am creating a letter fold.

Folding Machine Step 2

Step 3. Adjust your folding plates. This will involve two separate plates, usually located on opposite sides of the machine.

Folding Machine Step 3

Step 4. Now you’ll want to adjust the side guides on the feed tray to accommodate the paper you are using. In this case I am using standard 8 ½” x 11″ letter-size paper.

Folding Machine Step 4

Step 5. Place your stack of paper in the machine. Most folding machines will handle at least 100 sheets, with some high-end models capable of holding up to 500.

Folding Machine Step 5

Step 6.
Turn your folding machine on for a few seconds and examine the end results. Some folding machines have a “test” button. If the fold is off, make adjustments to the folding plates. If everything looks good, turn the machine on and let it fold the paper.

Folding Machien Step 6

Step 7.
Once completed, you are ready to load another stack of paper.

Folding Machine Step 7

Not too bad, right? While the amount of time will vary from machine to machine, I’ve found that the entire process generally takes about 10 minutes. This of course depends on the experience of the operator.

You can find our entire selection of new paper folding machines here. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any paper folder questions. Have a great day and happy folding!

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