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Paper Folding Machine Glossary

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Friction-Feed Paper Folding MachineAre you shopping around for a paper-folding machine and are finding that a lot of the terms used to describe the machines are sounding like a foreign language? No worries. I have come up with a list of common paper folder terms and their definitions. Hopefully this helps you out on your quest to find a machine.

Paper Folding Machine Glossary

  • Air Feed – Air feed paper folding machines use an air compressor to pull paper into the machine for folding. This is ideal for use with glossy paper and coated paper as friction (non-air) machines tend to slip on this type of paper.
  • Automatic – Some higher-end machines feature automated functionality. This usually involves powered folding plates and the ability of a machine to adjust itself to accommodate the fold you need to create.
  • Batch Folding – Some machines allow the operator to determine a set number of folds. If you set the batch folding to 10, the machine will fold 10 sheets and stop (until you tell it to start back up).
  • Bottom Feed – A bottom feed paper folder pulls paper from the bottom of the feed tray.
  • Catch Tray – A catch tray is where folded paper is dispersed as it exits the machine.
  • Conveyor – Higher-end folding machines have a powered conveyor that helps to keep paper organized as it comes out of the machine.
  • Fanning – Some folding machines require that paper be fanned prior to placement in the machine. While most machines don’t require this, it was common in machines 10+ years ago.
  • Folding Plates – Folding plates are used to determine where a fold will occur in the paper during the folding process. Most folding machines use 2 folding plates.
  • Friction-Feed – A friction-feed paper-folding machine uses rubber or silicon wheels to pull paper into the machine for folding. This system is great with card stock and standard paper, but can slip on glossy paper (resulting in jams).
  • Guides – Most folding machines have guides in the feed tray that need to be adjusted to accommodate the paper size being folded. It is ideal to try and center the guides with the friction rollers that pull paper into the machine.
  • Manual – A manual folding machine requires the operator to manually adjust the folding plates.
  • Pneumatic – Pneumatic folding machines use air, rather than friction wheels, to pull paper into the machine for folding. These machines are ideal for use with glossy and coated paper.
  • Rollers – Paper-folding machines use a series of rollers to move and fold paper. These rollers require occasional cleaning.
  • Skew – Skew is used to define the alignment of paper. Many higher-end folding machines have a skew wheel that allows the operator to adjust the alignment of a fold.
  • Suction Feed – Suction feed is another term used to describe air feed or pneumatic feed. Suction feed folding machines use air to pull paper into a machine rather than friction wheels. This is ideal for glossy and coated paper.
  • Test Button – Many folding machines have a test button that allows 1-2 sheets to be folded. This is nice for making fine-tuned adjustments and ensuring that the folding plates are properly set.
  • Top Feed – A top feed paper-folding machine pulls paper from the top of the feed tray.
  • Weight – Most folding machines have minimum and maximum capabilities when it comes to the paper being folded. The thickness of the paper is typically refereed to as the paperweight.

Hopefully this glossary has helped you familiarize yourself with paper folding machine terminology. If you still have questions about folding machine lingo, feel free to speak with one of our folding machine specialists at 1-800-658-8788.

You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

What To Look For In A Paper Folding Machine

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Paper Folding Machines from ABC OfficeHave you decided that you’ve had enough of paper cuts, crooked folds and mind numbing hours of folding paper by hand? If so, you may need to upgrade to a paper folding machine. Paper folders are wonderful machine. They save money, create professional folds and get folding jobs done quickly.

So what should you look for when shopping for a paper folding machine? The machine you get will depend on a lot of factors. What kind of fold do you need to create? How much paper will you fold per day? These questions and more will help influence your decision.

I have spoken with literally hundreds of different customers that were shopping for a paper folding machine and I have a pretty good idea as to the questions you should ask yourself prior to making a purchase. Here are a few questions and tips that may help you out.

  • What kind of fold do you need to create? Determine exactly what style of fold you need to create, including other folds you may need down the road. Different folding machines are capable of creating different styles of folds. Most paper folders will specify on the product page the types of folds they can create.
  • What type of paper are you folding? Are you folding standard paper, coated paper or glossy paper? Be aware that friction-feed paper folders, which constitute 80% of the machines out there, cannot fold glossy paper. The slick surface causes paper jams. If you need to fold slick paper, you will need an air feed (pneumatic) paper folder.
  • How large is the paper you will be folding? Paper folding machines typically have a minimum and maximum paper size they can handle. Be sure the machine you get can handle your paper size.
  • How thick is the paper you are folding? One of the biggest limiting factors with paper folding machines is the thickness of the paper. While most can handle standard 20# copy paper, not all can handle card stock. Be sure the machine you get can handle the paper thickness you are folding.
  • How many sheets do you need to fold in a day? The amount of paper you are folding will determine the machine you need. While the paper folding speed is a good determining factor in how much paper a machine can fold, ultimately you will want to determine the machine’s monthly duty cycle. Typically the more a machine costs, the more paper it will fold. This isn’t always the case, but it is a good rule of thumb.
  • Do you expect your folding volume to increase? Don’t shortchange yourself. There’s nothing worse than getting a machine that is woefully unequipped to handle the volume you need to fold.
  • Do you need any special features? Some paper folding machines come with features such as batch folding. Other machines have the ability to store custom folds or display total paper counted. Be sure to check out the “features” of the machine prior to making a purchase. Also, some paper folding machines are completely automatic, where others require some manual setup.
  • Where will you be using your paper folder? Be sure you have ample space for your folding machine. Check the weight and the dimensions of the machine prior to making a purchase. This way you won’t be surprised when you get a 100 pound machine that doesn’t fit anywhere.
  • Be aware that paper folding machines make noise. If you will be making long runs on a paper folder, you may want to consider using it in a different room from employees.

Hopefully these questions have helped you in your quest for a paper folding machine. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here. If you still have questions or would like some assistance placing an order, feel free to call one of our paper folding experts 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.

Top 8 Most Common Types Of Paper Folds

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

When shopping around for a paper folding machine, you have probably seen under the specifications the various types of folds the machine can create. While this information is extremely useful, many of you may not be aware of or familiar with what these folds are. I have put together a list of the 8 most common folds used today.

Keep in mind that not all paper folding machines can create all types of folds. Some are limited to a couple of common fold types, while others are limited to specific sizes of paper. Most paper folding machines can handle what’s known as a letter fold (C Fold) and an accordion fold (Z Fold). Be aware that many of these common folds go by multiple names.

Top 8 Most Common Types Of Paper Folds

Letter Fold (C Fold)

Letter Fold

Accordion Fold (Z Fold)

Accordian Fold aka Z Fold

Single Fold (V Fold)

Single Fold aka V Fold

Double Parallel Fold

Double Parallel Fold
Engineering Fold (Half Accordion)

Engineering Fold (Half Accordion Fold)

Cross Fold (French Fold)

Cross Fold aka French Fold
Baronial Fold

Baronial Fold

Gate Fold

Gate Fold

So there you have the most common types of folds done by paper folding machines. While these are the most common folds performed by machines today, most paper folding machines can be set up for other non-traditional and custom folds.

You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

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.

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.

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