Posts Tagged ‘Paper Folding Machines’

Martin Yale 1611 AutoFolder Folding Machine Video Demo

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Martin Yale 1611 AutoFolder Paper Folding MachineWhen it comes to paper folding machines, there are literally dozens of different models to choose from. While there are some tied and true machines out there, it is tough to know which will hold up and which will do a good job. One such machine I have personally used is the Martin Yale 1611 AutoFolder (found here). I would like to share a new video with you that we just added to our site and discuss why I personally like this machine.

Martin Yale has been around for years, well longer than the 13 years I have been with ABC Office. They manufacture a wide variety of products including paper folders. To be honest, I’ve never been a huge fan of their folding machines (such as the 1501X and the 1217A). My opinion of their machines changed with the introduction of the 1611 and 1711 AutoFolders. These two machines are solid.

The 1611 is the replacement of the older 1601. They took the 1601, worked out some of the kinks and issues people were having and released the 1611. For the price, and considering the capabilities included, it is a great deal. Here is a video of the 1611 and 1711 folding machines in use:

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So why do I like the Martin Yale 1611 so much? A lot of it boils down to price, features and simplicity. Here are just a few things I really like:

  • Folding Plates – While this machine is still manually set up, adjusting the folding plates is as easy as loosening a single thumbscrew, sliding the plate to the correct position and tightening the screw back up.
  • Drop-In Feed Tray – Unlike the older 1501X (aka CV7) and the 1217A that require the paper to be pre-fanned, the 1611 utilizes a drop-in feed system. This means you can take your stack of paper and drop it into the feed tray without any fanning or special adjustments. This also results in much fewer paper jams.
  • Multi-Sheet Folding Capabilities – The 1611 is built with a multi-sheet feed slot that can handle up to 5 sheets of stapled or unstapled paper. This slot is located in front of the standard feed tray. The multi-sheet stack does have to be manually fed into the machine, but the results look great.
  • Stacking Wheel & Conveyor – Unlike most paper folding machines in this price range, the 1611 comes equipped with a powered exit conveyor and stacking wheels. This essentially takes the folded paper, slows it down and helps keep it organized as it leaves the machine.
  • Maintenance – I should mention that this machine is easy to maintain. It is designed to make the rollers easy to access and clean. This helps prolong the life of the paper folding machine.
  • Adjustments – While this machine lets you easily adjust the folding plates to accommodate the fold you need, it also has skew adjustment capabilities via a dial, making it easy to get the fold completely registered and crisp every time.

I should mention that this machine is a friction feed paper folding machine. This means it will not handle slick, glossy or coated paper will. It will handle standard finish paper just fine in thicknesses ranging from 16# bond up to 70# index. It can also handle paper sizes ranging from 3 ½” x 5” up to 8 ½” x 14” (legal).

I hope this information helps you in making an educated buying decision on a paper folding machine. We have sold a lot of 1611 folding machines and have had great luck with them. If you have additional questions, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-878. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Folding Stapled Sheets of Paper

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Folding stapled sheets of paperDoes your business or organization need the ability to fold stapled sets of paper in a quick and professional manner? Doing this quickly and accurately can be difficult, especially if you are trying to do this by hand. Most people who need to fold hundreds or even thousands of sets of stapled paper per day need to use a special type of paper folding machine (found here). Not all folding machines can handle multiple sets of paper at a time. I would like to cover some machines that should work and answer some common questions.

Multi-sheet folding is the method of folding more than one sheet of paper at a time. Often times these sets of paper are stapled prior to folding. Unfortunately over the years I have found that many people purchase a folding machine thinking it can do multi-sheet folding. This is not the case. Only a small percentage of machines are capable of doing this. Let me explain why this is so difficult.

Most paper folding machine have a feed tray where the paper is loaded. The folding machine then takes a sheet of paper from the stack, runs it through the machine, bounces it off of some folding plates (which determine where the crease will be made) after which the paper comes out of the machine folded. Due to the fact that most paper folding machines only have one tray, and due to the way that the machines are designed, it is only physically possible to fold one sheet of paper at a time. Some manufactures have come up with a clever way to bypass this problem.

TABLETOP PAPER FOLDING MACHINES

Martin Yale 1611 AutoFolder Paper Folding MachineMany manufacturers use a multi-sheet bypass slot to fold multiple sets of paper (stapled or unstapled). A great example of a machine that can do this is the Martin Yale 1611 (found here) and the Martin Yale 1711 (found here). Mechanically both of these machines are almost identical except that the 1611 requires the folding plates to be manually set where the 1711 has plates that set themselves.

Both of the above mentioned Martin Yale folding machines have a bypass feed slot for multi-sheet folding. This isn’t quite as convenient as simply dropping a large stack of paper into a tray, but it is still significantly faster and much more accurate than manually folding multi-sheet documents or stapled sets of paper. Simply take your stack of papers (up to 5 20#bond documents) and feed them into the bypass slot. The folding machine detects the paper, pulls it in and folds them all together. The results are impressive.

Here is a picture that shows you where that bypass slot is located:

Multi-sheet bypass slot on a Martin Yale 1611

Here are some other machines that have a multi-sheet bypass:

Here’s a video of the Martin Yale 2051 folding 5 sheets of paper at once:

DESKTOP LETTER FOLDING MACHINES

Martin Yale P9400 Desktop Paper Folding MachineIf you are folding just a few dozen sets of paper per day, you may want to consider something basic like a tabletop letter folder. These machines require the paper to be manually fed in regardless of whether you are folding a single sheet or multiple sheets of paper. These machines are also still significantly faster than manually folding paper. The Martin Yale P6200 (found here) and Martin Yale P6400 (found here) are both examples of tabletop letter folding machines that can multi-sheet fold up to 3 sheets (letter fold) or 5 sheets (half fold). Both can handle stapled or unstapled documents.

ENVELOPE INSERTING MACHINES

If you need a more automated way of multi-sheet folding paper, you may want to consider using an envelope inserting machine (found here). These machines have multiple feed trays. While they are designed to fold paper and insert it into envelopes, the envelope inserting portion of the process can be disabled. The only downside to this method is you cannot use it with stapled sets of paper.

I hope this information helps you with your multi-sheet folding needs. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We have decades of experience with folding machines and multi-sheet folding. We would love to help you out. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Options for Folding Packing Slips & Lists

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Packing List Evenlope SleeveIf your business ships products out of a warehouse on a daily basis, you are probably familiar with packing slips. These slips of paper typically include an address, a list of items shipped and other pertinent pieces of information.  These are sometimes placed in the box and other times are inserted into an adhesive plastic bag and stuck to a box. Regardless of the type of packing slip you use, you probably want it to look professional. Paper folding machines (found here) offer a professional and effective way to do just that.

As mentioned earlier, packing slips typically included on the outside or inside of the box being shipped. This is often for the warehouse to ensure everything has been properly packaged and also for the customer to see that everything was shipped at the right price. When it comes to folding these, I have seen several different types of folds used. The type of fold depends on the way thePacking Slip / List Folding Machines business or organization does things.

While there are sophisticated machines out there that interface directly with a laser printer, fold the packing slip and insert it into a bag, many small or medium-size businesses don’t need something that sophisticated or on that large a scale. This is where a paper-folding machine is a great option. Paper folding machines can be used to fold a few dozen to a few hundred (or more) packing slips a day.

There are three very common folds used for packing slips.

Letter Fold / C FoldLetter Fold – A letter fold (aka C fold) is THE most common fold used today. This fold consists of three equal panels and two folding points. When used on letter-size paper, the fold ends up being about 8 ½” x 3.6”. A packing list folded like this can be easily placed in a box and is sometimes placed in a larger packing envelope sleeve.

Cross Fold – A cross fold (aka French Fold) consists of a sheet of paper that has been half or letter folded and then folded in half again. This makes the sheet of paper very small. This is what most businesses do when using 5.5” x 7” packing list envelopes. Not all paper folding machines can create a cross fold, so be sure to check before purchasing a machine.

Cross Fold / French FoldManual Cross Fold – A manual cross fold involves creating a letter fold on a paper folding machine and then manually folding it in half again. This is probably one of the most affordable ways to create a cross fold. You can purchase a cheaper machine that can’t do a cross fold and then manually finish the job. The end results still look very professional.

In each of these scenarios the paper-folding machine is used to fold the paper and the slip is then manually inserted into the plastic sleeve envelope or placed in a box. The plastic sleeves are usually 5.5” x 7” in size although some people use larger sleeves that eliminate the need for a cross fold.

If you are looking for a packing list folding machine, or if you have a few questions, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. Don’t worry, we won’t pressure you to buy a machine. We just want to help you out. We have over 30 years of experience and can either help answer your questions or point you in the right direction. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Martin Yale 1611 Vs. the 1711 Paper Folding Machine

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Martin Yale 1711 Paper Folding MachineTwo very popular paper folding machines used by businesses today include the Martin Yale 1611 and 1711. Both of these models are very similar in appearance and design. I just spoke with a customer today who was wondering what the differences are between the two models. I would like to discuss both the similarities and the differences between these two machines in this article. You can find all of our paper folding machines here.

To begin with, Martin Yale is one of the oldest and best known manufacturers of paper folding machines in the industry. You may be familiar with some of their time tested classics such as the CV-7 (aka 1501x) and the 1217a. Their machines are used in mailrooms across the country. The 1611 replaces the 1601 and the 1711 replaces the 1701. Both of these two new machines implement modern technology into an affordable machine.

Having personally used both of these machines, I can safety say that I actually really enjoy using them. Some of Martin Yale’s older machines used to frustrate me because you had to adjust the tension and fan the paper prior to putting it in the machine. The 1611 and 1711 feature drop-in feed systems. This means you don’t have to fan the paper and you don’t have to adjust the tension. Simply press down on the spring-loaded tray, drop in the paper and release the tray. It is that easy.

The internals on both of these machines are actually pretty much the same. The speed on both machines is 9,000 sheets per hour, the sheet capacity is 150 and both handle a paper thickness ranging from 16# bond to 70# index. Both of these machines also feature the same paper size range, with is 3 ½” x 5” up to 8 ½” x 14”. Both machines are built on the same metal frame. Both of these machines also feature a manual bypass slot that allows you to fold up to 5 sheets of stapled paper at once (aka multi-sheet folding). Both machines also feature powered exit conveyors with stacker rollers.

While both of these machines are very similar visually and mechanically, there are some fundamental differences between the two. Here are the biggest differences:

  • Martin Yale 1611 Folding Machine (found here) – This machine is a manual setup machine. This means both of the folding plates have to be manually set to the fold you want to create. This isn’t hard to do, and folds are clearly marked on the machine, but there is some manual involvement required.
  • Martin Yale 1711 Folding Machine (found here) – This machine is an automatic setup machine. This means all you need to do is select the fold you want to create from the control panel and the machine will automatically adjust the folding plates. Little motors actually adjust the plates to the precise points needed for whichever fold you need.

Ultimately, when deciding between the two machine, you need to decide if you are OK with manually setting the machine or if you would like something more automated. As of this article, you are looking at about $434 more for the automation feature in the 1711 over the 1611.

Both machines produce folds of equal quality. The 1611 is very affordable fore what you get and the 1711 is one of the most affordable automatic paper folding machines money can buy. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here. If you have any questions about either of these machines, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-658-8788.

What is a Letter Fold?

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Letter Folding MachineIf you are in the process of setting up a paper folding machine (found here), you may have noticed that there are several different types of folds available. These include the letter fold, accordion fold, half fold, double parallel fold, cross fold and many others. One of the most common types of folds is the letter fold. I would like to take a few minutes and help you understand what a letter fold is, why it is used and how to set your paper folding machine up to create it.

The letter fold is the most common type of paper fold, followed by the accordion fold (aka Z fold). The letter fold is often revered to as the C fold because when opened up it makes a letter C (when vied from the side). This is the fold that most businesses use for their invoices, letters, bills and other documents.

A standard letter folded documents consist of three equal panels. On an 8 ½” x 11″ sheet of paper, each of these panels are about 3 5/8″ in width (3.66″ to be precise). These panels can be adjusted if you wish to create an uneven letter fold, which is a type of custom fold. While these measurements are based on 8 ½” x 11″ paper, larger sheets of paper can also be letter folded.

Here is a picture of a letter folded document:

Letter Folded Paper

There are several reasons why the letter fold is so popular. Here are just a few:

  • Size – This size works very well with #10 envelopes, fitting in nicely and without too much effort on behalf of the worker or machine inserting the paper into the envelope.
  • Look – The even three-panel design of the letter fold looks very professional. It has been around for years and is very recognizable. This paper format is also easy to handle, open and use.

Almost all paper folding machines are able to create a letter fold using 8 ½” x 11″ letter-size paper. In fact, I can’t think of one that doesn’t. Some larger machines can even create a letter fold using larger 8 ½” x 14 Legal, 11″ x 17″ and 12″ x 18″. Check your paper folder’s manual to see which sizes of paper it can handle. If you are shopping for a machine, be sure to check the specifications to make sure the machine handles your paper.

When setting up a paper folding machine, the first plate (usually the longer folding plate) is set at about ¾” of the length of the document. On an 8 ½” x 11″ sheet of paper, is at about 7 3/8″. The second folding plate (usually the shorter of the two) is set about 1/3″ of the way up the page, which is usually around 3 ¾”. The letter fold is one of the most clearly marked and one of the most easy to set up on a folding machine.

Here are a few things to look out for when shopping for a machine that letter folds paper:

  • Paper Thickness – Most folding machines handle a standard 20# bond paper thickness. If you need to fold card stock or thicker paper, be sure your machine is capable of handling it.
  • Paper Type – About 80% of the folding machines out there use a friction feed system. This means they use some sort of rubber roller to grab the paper and pull it in. If your paper is slick, glossy or coated, you may need an air feed system as the friction rollers could potentially slip and jam.

If you need more information on letter folding machines, or simply need some questions answered, you are more than welcome to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

To Stack or Not to Stack – Paper Folding Machine Options

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Intelli-Fold DE-112AF Paper Folding Machine w/ Metal Stacking Wheels and ConveyorIf you are a business and plan on folding hundreds to thousands of sheets of paper today, you may want to consider using a paper folding machine equipped with an exit conveyor and stacking wheel. There are many reasons why you might want to consider using one. At ABC Office we offer a great selection of paper folding machines (found here) equipped with this technology. I would like to explain exactly what it does.

Paper folding machines have been around for decades. What do these engineering marvels do? They take a stack of paper and quickly fold it into various patterns. The most common fold used today is the letter fold, also known as the C fold. Other common folds include the single fold (aka V fold), accordion fold (aka Z fold) and the double parallel fold. Paper folding machines fold paper into these various patterns at a speed of hundreds to often thousands of sheets of paper per hour.

One of the biggest complaints associated with paper folding machines is the disorganization often involved. Because paper is pulled into them machine at a fast rate of speed, it also leaves the machine at a high rate of speed. Many machines simply have a catch tray where the folded paper is essentially tossed. I have seen machines that do a good job with catching paper, and others that leave the folded documents in complete disarray. This can especially be a problem if you need to keep the paper in order.

If you need organization to your paper folding, what you need is a stacking wheel and conveyor. This combination of stacking wheel and conveyor helps to slow down paper as it leaves the machine, acting kind of like a brake. As the paper is slowed down by the stacking wheel, sheets of paper are nicely fed under each other as a powered conveyor carries the folded documents the rest of the way out of the machine. The order of the documents is typically reversed for a top feed machine and the same for a bottom-feed machine.

Here is a picture of what a stacking wheel / conveyor combination look like:

Paper Folding Machine w/ Stacking Wheel and Conveyor

Stacking wheels usually come in pairs and rest on a metal or plastic support. These wheels are adjusted to accommodate the side of the paper. Manual paper folding machines have these wheels manually adjusted where fully automated machines will sometimes adjust these wheels for you.

The powered exit conveyor usually consists of two or three bands that run in sync with the motor. The speed of the conveyor is usually automatically synced with the motor to keep the folded documents properly spaced. Once the documents have been carried along the conveyor, they usually come to rest at a catch where they can be easily removed from the machine.

Some paper folding machines, like those made by Formax, feature telescoping conveyors, designed to hold several hundred sheets of paper. This helps increase throughput and decreases the amount of times the machine needs to be stopped.
I personally like stacking wheels and a powered conveyor on my paper folding machine. It really makes the machine feel 100% complete.

Here are a couple of very affordable models under $1,000 we offer that include stacking wheels and a conveyor:

We offer a huge selection of other paper folding machines found here. Many of these machines include stacking wheels and conveyors. If you still have questions, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788.

Intelli-Fold IF300 vs. the Martin Yale P7200 Paper Folding Machine

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Intelli-Fold IF300 Paper FolderIf you’re a small business and are looking around for a cheap automatic feed paper folding machine, you have several options to choose from. Martin Yale and Intelli-Fold both make some very affordable machines that can be used for the tabletop folding of letters, invoices, brochures and more. Two of the most popular entry-level paper folding machines is the Intelli-Fold IF300 (found here) and the Martin Yale P7200 (found here). So which of these two machines should you use with your business?

At first glance, you may want to simply go with the Martin Yale simply due to the slightly lower price. There is a lot more than price, however, when it comes to a paper-folding machine. You might be surprised just how much more you can get for just a few more dollars.

So what do these two machines have in common?

  • Martin Yale P7200 Paper Folding MachineBoth the IF300 and the P7200 can be used to create a half fold (aka single fold), accordion fold (aka Z fold), letter fold (aka C fold) and a double parallel fold.
  • Folding speeds are very similar.
  • Both feature a compact tabletop design.
  • Both use manual setup folding plates.
  • Both can be used with 8 ½” x 11″ paper.

What do these two machines not have in common?

  • The IF300 can be used with thicker 50# index paper.
  • The IF300 has a digital display with a paper counter.
  • The IF300 has a variable speed motor.
  • The IF300 can be set up to fold a specific amount of sheets.
  • The IF300 has a feed tray that holds up to 100 sheets of paper, double the capacity of the P7200.
  • The IF300 feature stand and catch tray that allows it to be used anywhere on a desk.
  • The P7200 uses an overhanging catch tray requiring the machine to be used on the edge of a table or desk.
  • The P7200 has a multi-sheet bypass slot that allows for multi-sheet folding of up to 3 sheets of paper.

While both are great entry-level machines, my recommendations to customers is if you don’t need the multi-sheet folding capabilities of the Martin Yale folding machine, I recommend going with the Intelli-Fold IF300. It is a better overall machine and I think it is a better value for your money. If you have any questions about  the Intelli-Fold IF300, please give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire lineup of paper folding machines here.

Intelli-Fold DE-112AF Paper Folding Machine Video Demo

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Intelli-Fold DE-112AF Paper Folding MachineIf you are interested in the Intelli-Fold DE-112AF (found here), or if you simply want to see an in-depth video of a paper folding machine, you’re in luck. We just finished filming, editing and making live a video for the DE-112AF. This is currently one of our best-selling paper folders due to its great low price and reliability. The video is about nine minute long and I will be posting it directly in this post.

There are many reasons why the DE-112AF is so popular. To begin with, it costs less than $1,000 (as of this article), it includes a powered exit conveyor with stacking wheel, has an adjustable speed motor and features an impressive 500 sheet capacity. Having used this machine myself, and having seen the end results, I have to say this is by far one of the best manual setup paper folding machines we offer. It is an upgraded version of the DE-102AF.

The DE-112AF just recently had a few new features added designed to help make setup easier.  This includes the addition of indicator lights and dedicated on / off buttons. The lights on the side of the machine now let you know when the cover is properly closed, when the two folding plates are properly seated and when the feed tray is full or empty. Knowing the folding plates are correctly seated helps to eliminate paper jams.

Here is the video demo of the Intelli-Fold DE-112AF:

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As you can see from the video, this is a very versatile machine. I have personally used it to create letter folds, accordion folds, half folds and gate folds. One thing I find impressive is how accurate the skew is. The edges of the fold line up very well and the crease is straight and even. It is about as professional a fold as you can get. This type of machine is excellent for folding invoices, bills, letters and more.

Because the folding plates are so customizable, it is easy to create custom folds. Simply loosen the screws on the folding plates and play around with them. It is easy to make variations of the letter and accordion fold. It can be used with paper ranging in size from 3/5″ x 5″ up to 8.5″ x 14″ and it handles paper thicknesses from 16# bond up to 50# index.

The  build quality on this machine is excellent and much better than many comparable machines. The outer shell is made of plastic, but the folding plates and most of the internal components (including the chassis) are made of metal. It is extremely easy to service and very easy to clean. We have a Service Department here at ABC Office that can provide support and parts if needed.

Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 if you have any questions about the DE-112AF. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

MBM 307A Paper Folding Machine Video Demo

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

MBM 307A Paper Folding MachineWhen it comes to automatic paper folding machines, the MBM 307A (found here) is in a class of its own. It is often used for folding letters, invoices, brochures and more. We recently had a chance to play around with one and film a video of it in action. After having used this machine, I can safely say that it is probably one of the best paper folders we offer. I would like to cover a few of the MBM 307A’s benefits and include a copy of the video that we shot.

As mentioned earlier, this machine is automated. That means that all you have to do is select a fold from the control panel and the machine will automatically adjust its folding plates to the appropriate locations. The actually adjustments take just a few seconds to complete. I was amazed at just how quiet the machine was. The mechanical components of the folding plates are self enclosed, which helps to muffle out the sound during the folding process.

Here is the video demo we shot of the MBM 307A.

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Another thing that I am very impressed with is the build quality. This machine features high-end electronics and many durable metal components. Another impressive part of this machine is the three-wheel friction feed system. These wheels do a great job of quickly and evening grabbing the paper. The skew seems to be extremely accurate and the folds are remarkably precise. The feed tray holds 450 sheets of paper and the motor runs at 11,520 sheets per hour. This machine is very fast and excellent of commercial-volume paper folding.

Out of the box, the 307A can be used to create a letter fold, a half fold, an accordion fold, a double parallel fold and a half accordion fold. The MBM 307A can even be used for custom folds and can be used to store those folds in the memory. It can be used with paper as small as 3 ½” x 5″ or as large as 11″ x 17″.

The exit tray on this machine features a powered conveyor system with a stacking wheel configuration. The stacking wheels help organize, align and stack paper as it leaves the machine. This is nice for organization purposes and also for keeping invoices, bills and other material in order.

This kind of paper folding machine is commonly used in businesses, churches, copy shops, printing presses and others for folding large amounts of paper on a daily basis. Overall it is a very solid machine and is a great choice if you are looking for a high-quality paper folding machine. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Create a Half Fold Using Letter-size Paper Along the 11″ Side

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Half Fold Paper Folding MachineThere are many reasons why you may want to half fold paper along the 11″ side of a letter-size sheet of paper. Some USPS mailing applications require it, some literature looks good with this fold and there are many other reasons that come into play. Many people ask, “Is there a machine that can half fold letter size paper along the 11″ side?” The answer to this is yes. There are many machines that can do this. Let me explain how and exactly which machines can do it.

Half Fold - Single Fold - V FoldThe half fold, often called the single fold or V fold, is essentially a sheet of paper folded in half. The fold goes down the entire center of the width of a sheet of paper. About 99% of people that half fold paper do it across the narrow width of the paper, regardless of whether the paper is letter size, 11″ x 17″ or 12″ x 18″. Every so often people ask if a single fold can be done along the widest axis of a sheet of paper using a paper folding machine.

This type of fold is often done manually, but when it needs to be done on a scale of hundreds to thousands per day, a folding machine simplifies and speeds up the process. There are a few requirements you will need in a paper folding machine in order to do this. The first is you need a paper folding machine that can handle at least 11″ x 17″ paper. This is because you need to feed the letter-size paper with the 11″ side facing the friction feed wheels (or air suction apparatus if using a pneumatic folding machine).

MBM 207M Paper Folding MachineThe first folding plate needs to be completely blocked off, which is the process when single folding letter size paper along the 8 ½” width. The second folding plate needs to be set at 4.25″, which is half of the 8 ½” length. These two settings should allow your 11″ x 17″ or 12″ x 18″ paper folding machine to complete the fold.

Not all paper folding machines are capable of handling letter size paper fed in the “wrong” way. I recommend having us either test a sheet of paper on the machine you would like to use or let us confirm compliance with the manufacturer prior to making a purchase. This way we can ensure the machine works properly.

I have tested the half fold on 8 ½” x 11″ paper along the 11″ side on four machines and can confirm that they will work for you. These machines are:

  1. Intelli-Fold DE-202AF
  2. Intelli-Fold DE-172AF
  3. MBM 207M
  4. MBM 307A

All four of these paper folding machines are some of the best available and can easily handle larger sheets of paper, making them perfect for folding letter size paper along the 11″ side. The results are clean, crisp and professional. All four of these machines are also capable of folding paper on a large scale, up to hundreds or even thousands a day.

If you are curious as to whether one of our machines will handle your unique half fold, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788. We are more than happy to answer your questions. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

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