Posts Tagged ‘Paper Folding Machines’

Paper Folding Machine Troubleshooting Tips

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Paper Folding Machines from ABC OfficeThere are few things more frustrating than trying to fold paper and constantly running into issues. I have used dozens of different models of paper folding machines and if there’s one thing I have learned, it’s that every machine has it’s own little quirks that you have to figure out to get everything to run smoothly.

Here are some of the most common issues I have faced using paper folding machines. I am going to touch base on some of the most common issues. Hopefully this will help you.

Machine Pulling Through Too Many Sheets

  1. This is often a result of the retarder wheel (if so equipped) being too loose. This allows too many sheets of paper to be pulled in at a time.
  2. A paper jogger may help with this issue by helping break up paper, preventing sheets from sticking together.
  3. On some paper folding machines, you may also need to fan the paper prior to placing it in the machine.

Folding Machine Won’t Pull In Any Paper

  1. This can be a result of glossy or coated paper with a friction-feed folding machine. The friction rollers simply cannot grab glossy paper properly.
  2. The rollers may be coated with dust or leftover ink. You may need to clean the rollers using roller clear (found here).
  3. Try fanning the paper. Some folding machines require paper to be folded prior to being placed in the machine.

Folds Are Crooked

  1. It’s possible that you may not have your paper tray guides properly adjusted. If the friction wheel isn’t centered, it may be pulling the paper in crooked. This often causes crooked folds.
  2. This may be a result of a badly set skew. Many folding machines have a skew wheel that can be adjusted, resulting in more precise folds.

Folds Aren’t Accurate

  1. Are you using an automatic paper folding machine? If so, turn of the paper folder and let the folding trays reset to their neutral position. Sometimes automatic folding machines get thrown out of whack and simply need to be reset.
  2. Are you using a manual paper folding machine? You may simply need to make some fine-tuned adjustments to the folding plates.
  3. You may be using paper that is too thick or paper that is glossy (in a friction-feed machine). Folding paper that is too thick causes all sorts of issues and glossy paper causes many issues with friction-feed machines.

If you are still experiencing problems, or think you may have a broken paper folding machine, you should call our Service Department. They are well-trained and very skillful at fixing paper folding machines. You can reach them by filling out this form.

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

What Is A Cross Fold / French Fold?

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Dynafold Paper Folder DE-322AF (Cross Fold Capable)I have seen an increase lately in customers asking me what a cross fold / French fold is. This type of fold is considered to be one of the toughest folds to do on a paper folding machine. These are the steps involved in creating a cross fold.

To start, you will need a paper folding machine capable of doing a cross fold. This type of fold is sometimes called a cross fold, a right fold or a French fold. These are all the same types of fold. Most paper folders will indicate in the specifications the types of fold they are able to handle.

This is an example of a cross fold:

Example of a Cross Fold / French Fold

The first step in creating a cross fold is to do a single fold (aka V Fold). This is what a single fold looks like:

Example of a V Fold or a Single Fold

The second step involves taking the single-folded document and running it through the paper folding machine again, doing another single fold. The end result is a cross fold.

There are some very elaborate variations of the cross fold. One I have seen is a letter-folded document that is then folded in half again. Keep in mind that the more folds created, the more strain that is placed on the paper folding machine.

A map is a good example of a custom cross fold:

Cross Fold / Map Fold

If you are curious about whether or not a folding machine can create your custom cross fold, you can either call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our paper folding specialists or you can have us try out the fold on the machine in question.

We stock most of the paper folding machines we sell. This means we can easily break one out of a box and try your custom fold prior to you making a purchase. This way you will know for sure that the machine will work for you.

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

Martin Yale 959AF Air-Feed AutoFolder Paper Folding Machine Review

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Martin Yale 959AF Air-Feed AutoFolder Paper Folding MachineDo you have projects that need a reliable paper folding machine but have found most machines can’t get the job done? Do you fold glossy, coated or wet paper? If any of these questions apply to you, you may want to take a look at the Martin Yale 959AF Air-Feed AutoFolder paper folding machine (found here). I have used this machine and this is my review.

To begin with, the Martin Yale 959AF is an air feed paper folding machine. In fact, it is the air-feed version of the standard Martin Yale 959. These types of folding machines are sometimes called air suction or pneumatic folding machines. Unlike friction-feed folding machines, air-feed machines can be used with glossy, coated and wet paper. Friction-feed machines jam on glossy paper and smudge wet ink .

The 959AF uses a built-in air compressor to get the job done. It is extremely customizable and has adjustable air controls that allow you to adjust the pressure and vacuum. The end result is a crisp, clean fold.

This folding machine is manually set up. This means that the folding plates are manually adjusted to get the required fold. Some people prefer a more automated system for selecting a fold, but I personally don’t mind it. Albeit I do have a lot of experience, but I can set up manual folding plates just as quickly as an automatic machine. It shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes.

The Martin Yale 959AF can be used to create letter folds, half folds, Z-folds, double parallel folds, right angle folds and baronial folds. Because the folding plates are manually adjusted, custom folds are also very easy to set up.

All is included with this folder to get it up and running. Once pulled out of the box, and set up, you can begin folding paper. It does weigh 220 pounds, so you will need a table or desk capable of supporting that weight.

As far as specifications are concerned, this is a pretty tough machine. It can handle paper up to 14″ x 18″ in size or as small as 3″ x 3 ¼. It can also handle a wide variety of paper weights, from 16# to 110# bond. The Martin Yale 959AF can definitely be considered a commercial paper folding machine.

One downside to the 959AF, when compared to the standard 959, is that the air feed version is a little louder. This is due in part to the fact that an air compressor is used during the folding process.

Overall the build quality on the 959AF is great. I am very impressed with the 959AF. If you are a printing press and need a good, solid folding machine, the 959AF is a great fit.

You can find the Martin Yale 959AF Air-Feed AutoFolder paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of air feed paper folding machines here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our paper folding specialists.

Intelli-Fold IF300 Paper Folding Machine Review

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Intelli-Fold IF300 Paper Folding Machine from Intelli-ZoneAre you looking for an affordable paper folding machine that can be used for creating letter and accordion folds? If so, you may want to look at the new Intelli-Fold IF300 paper folding machine from Intelli-Zone (found here). This compact paper folding machine is brand new and I have had a chance to test it out. This is my review.

To begin with, Intelli-Zone is a leading manufacturer of affordable office equipment. They make a wide variety of laminators, paper shredders, binding machines and paper folding machines.  You can find Intelli-Zone’s entire product line here.

The Intelli-Fold IF300 is very similar in setup and operation to the LF286, LF283, LF283B and Dahle 10560. At first glance, you’ll find the IF300 to be a very attractive machine. It features a modern office design that blends in well. Another thing you’ll notice is that it has a digital display that will tell you how many sheets have been folded.

Setup of the IF300 is manual. This means both of the folding plates have to be manually set to the fold you want to do. This isn’t difficult. Common folds are printed on the folding plates, making adjustments simple. You should be able to have this folding machine set up and running in less than 10 minutes.

The feed tray can hold up to 100 sheets at a time and will automatically fold those sheets until they are gone. It even gives you the option to tell it how many sheets you want it to fold before it stops. The motor itself is adjustable. You can choose from low, medium and high-speed options.

Keep in mind that the Intelli-Fold IF300 will not work with glossy paper. This is the case with most friction-feed folding machines. This is because the friction rollers will slip on glossy coated paper, causing the machine to jam.

I personally ran several stacks of paper through, creating a letter fold (C fold) and accordion fold (Z fold) and a single fold (V fold). It seemed to do a nice job at folding the paper. The IF300 is primarily designed to work with standard copy paper with a paper thickness range of 6 to 24# paper.

Also keep in mind that this folding machine is not designed for high volume use. It is a great folding machine to have on hand for light-volume folding. This is the case as well with the LF286 and LF283 series folding machines.

Overall I give this machine high marks for what it is designed to do. It is affordable, great looking and much faster than folding paper by hand.

You can find the Intelli-Fold IF300 paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any paper folding machine questions.

Martin Yale 1701 AutoFolder Paper Folding Machine Review

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Martin Yale 1701 AutoFolder Paper Folding MachineAre you looking for a simple no-nonsense paper folding machine that is compact, easy-to-use and simple to set up? If this applies to you, you may want to consider looking at the Martin Yale 1701 AutoFolder paper folding machine (found here). I have used this machine and this is my review.

Martin Yale has been making folding machines for years. This includes classics like the 1501X (CV7), 1217A and the 959. Both the Model 1601 and 1701 AufoFolder paper folding machines are new to Martin Yale’s lineup. So how does the 1701 hold up compared to the competition?

To begin with, the 1701 AutoFolder is an automatic paper folding machine. This means there is no manual adjustment of the folding plates. Simply tell the 1701 the fold you want to do and it will automatically set itself up for you. This is a pretty nice feature. Folding machine setup really can’t get much easier.

The Martin Yale 1701 is designed to be used with paper up to 8 ½ x 14″ large and can hold up to 150 sheets of paper at a time in the feed tray. This isn’t bad for a paper folding machine of this size and price. It can be used with paper up to 70 lb. index, which is especially nice. This means you will be able to fold normal paper and even some card stock.

Not only will the 1701 automatically fold one sheet at a time, but it also has a feed bypass slot. This feed bypass will allow you to manually feed up to 5 stapled sheets of paper for folding. This is a really nice feature and very few folding machines have this capability.

The exit tray uses a conveyor system. Unlike many other folding machines out there, that simply fold the paper and shoot it into a catch tray, the 1701’s conveyor exit system keeps folded material organized. This is especially nice if you are folding documents that need to be kept in alphabetical or numerical order.

The machine itself is pretty light. It weighs in at 39 pounds. For an automatic folding machine, this is pretty light. This means you can use the 1701 on just about any table or desk.

Overall I like the 1701. The build quality is decent and it extremely easy to set up. I would recommend using this folding machine for medium-volume folding.

You can find the Martin Yale 1701 AutoFolder paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any paper folding questions. Have a great day!

MBM 407A Automatic Paper Folding Machine Review

Friday, September 17th, 2010

MBM 407A Paper Folding MachineAre you looking for a reliable paper folding machine that won’t require a lot of time to set up and use? One machine that you may want to look at is the MBM 407A paper folding machine (found here). This high-end paper folder is great for daily, frequent use. This is my review.

MBM is a leading manufacturer of high-end office equipment. This includes stack cutters, guillotine trimmers, paper folding machines and more. German in origin, MBM is known for making some of the best office equipment available today. The MBM 407A follows right in line with the rest of MBM’s equipment.

The 407A is an automatic paper folding machine. This means that the folding plates (total of 2) self-adjust, depending on the fold you are trying to create. Do you need to create a letter fold? Simply tell the machine and it will set itself up for a letter fold. It’s that easy. The entire process takes just seconds.

While I don’t personally mind manually setting up folding plates, many people find this annoying and time consuming. The MBM 407A comes pre-programmed with 6 common folds. This includes a letter fold, accordion fold, single fold, gate fold and more. An auxiliary paper guide allows for easy cross folding and French folding. It even has the ability to store up to 27 custom folds.

The MBM 407A can be used with paper of various sizes. The minimum paper size is 3 1/2″ x 5″ and the maximum size is 11″ x 17″. It has the ability to be used with standard copy paper and can also be used with paper as thin as 12# thick up to 80 #card stock.

The paper tray can hold up to 450 sheets of standard 20# paper. It includes a conveyor-style exit tray that is designed to keep paper aligned and in order. This is ideal for folding invoices, bills and other material that has to be in numerical or alphabetical order.

The 407A runs at a speed fast enough to keep up with most jobs. The motor itself runs at a speed of 11,520 sheets per hour. This folder can be used throughout the day and should be able to handle most medium to high-volume folding jobs.

In conclusion I have to say that if you are a fan of the MBM 307M (of which I am), you are going to love the 407A. MBM makes a solid folding machine and the 407A is no exception.

You can find the MBM 407A paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of MBM paper folding machine here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any paper folding questions.

Formax FD 312 Desktop Paper Folding Machine Review

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Formax FD 312 Paper Folding MachineDo you need a durable paper folding machine that can be used on your desk for mailing letters, folding brochures and other jobs? One model you may want to look at is the Formax FD 312 paper folding machine (found here). I have used this folding machine and this is my review.

Formax is a leading manufacturer of paper folding machines and paper folder inserters. They also manufacture a wide selection of paper shredders, bursters and other paper handling equipment.

The Formax FD 312 is compact, simple and extremely easy to use. It is about the size of a desktop printer (exact dimensions are 11.6″ L x 14″ W x 14.5″ H). It uses two folding plates to fold paper. These folding plates are manually adjusted. Setup time shouldn’t take more than a few minutes. Once the folding plates are set, the rest is quick and easy.

The FD 312 is designed for light to medium volume use. While not ideal for high-volume folding jobs, it is a solid machine. The feed tray can hold up to 200 sheets of paper and it is designed to fold standard 20# paper. It cannot be used to fold card stock. It can, however, be used to fold 11 and 14-inch long paper.

You can use the Formax FD 312 to create letter folds (C fold), half folds (V fold) and accordion folds (Z fold). The folding plates are customizable, so you can use this to create your own unique folds.

The control panel is simple. There are no adjustments or LCD screens to look at. It has a green “go” button and a “red” stop button. It really is a simple “no-nonsense” folding machine.

This machine is ideal for use in schools, churches, copy centers and other businesses that need to fold brochures, letters and other material. The construction is exceptional, so you shouldn’t experience any quirks or issues with it.

I personally like this folding machine and recommend it. Keep in mind, however, that it is not designed for heavy-volume usage.

You can find the Formax FD 312 paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Still have questions about the Formax FD 312? Call us up at 1-800-658-8788 and speak with one of our paper folding machine specialists.

Martin Yale 1501X (CV7) Folding Machine Review

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Martin Yale 1501X (CV7) Autofoler Paper Folding MachineIf you are an office, a copy center or a business that needs a low-budget folding machine, you have probably found that there are a lot models to choose from. One paper folding machine that has been around for some time, and you may want to consider, is the Martin Yale 1501X Autofolder paper folding machine (found here). I have used this machine for years now and this is my review.

To begin with, a lot of people get confused with regards to the model. Is it the 1501X or the CV7? Well, it goes by both models and they are the same machine. When I first started working for ABC Office (10 years ago), it was called the 1501X, then Martin Yale called it the CV7. It seems that Martin Yale is now calling it the 1501X again. It’s all a little confusing.

The 1501X is one of the original folding plate paper folding machines. It has been around for years, and has gone through a few design changes, but continues to be one of the most popular budget folding machines.

It uses a total of 2 folding plates. One is located on the front and the other is located on the back of the machine. These folding plates are adjusted to create the various folds. The 1501X can create a letter fold (c fold), an accordion fold (z fold), a single fold (double fold) and many more. Because the folding plates are manually adjusted, it is very easy to create custom folds.

The 1501X has a feed tray that is capable of holding up to 150 sheets of paper. Once the fold plates are set, and the paper has been inserted, simply hit the “go” button and let the machine do the rest. The 1501X (CV7) is a fast little folder. It is extremely compact, yet still features a lot of metal components not found in comparable models.

We have always used the 1501X on our showroom counter, but it is light enough to use on a table or desk. Moving the 1501X around isn’t too hard. I have picked it up and moved it myself without a problem. It weighs 33 pounds.

While the Martin Yale 1501X cannot be used with glossy paper, it handles standard copy paper without a problem. A feed table bypass makes it possible to manually feed and fold up to three stapled sheets of paper.

One thing the 1501X includes, that you don’t see in many folding machines, is a copper grounding cable that helps channel and ground out static electricity. This is designed to help cut down on paper jams.

While this folding machine is very simple, it is extremely easy to use and very affordable. I have used this machine for years and consider it to be ideal for low to medium-volume folding.

You can find the Martin Yale 1501X (CV7) Autofolder paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Martin Yale Premier RapidFold P7200 Paper Folding Machine Review

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Martin Yale Premier RapidFold P7200 Paper Folding MachineAre you in need of a machine for the occasional paper folding project? One model you may want to consider looking at is the Martin Yale Premier RapidFold P7200 paper folding machine (found here). I have had a chance to use this folding machine and this is my review.

The RapidFold 7200 is a compact paper folding machine that is designed to be used on a table or desk. It is designed for light-volume use. It can be used to create letter folds, single folds and several custom folds and is capable of handling paper up to 28# thick.

Assembly is very easy. Once pulled out of the box, you will need to insert the folding plates and assemble the exit tray, but this doesn’t take long to do. I had the paper folder out of the box and running in about 20 minutes.

The RapidFold 7200 is set up by adjusting two folding plates. Adjusting the plates isn’t hard to do. Simply loosen the folding plate and slide them to the appropriate fold. These folds are clearly marked on the plate.

As previously mentioned, the P7200 is designed for light-volume use.  This means it can be used every day, but not all day long. I wouldn’t fold more than a few hundred sheets a day. If you need to do more folding, you may want to consider upgrading to a Dynafold paper folding machine or an equivalent.

One of my favorite features found in the P7200 is the multi-sheet bypass slot. This slot, located on the top of the machine, allows the operator to manually feed up to three sheets of stapled paper at a time. While not fully automatic, this saves a lot of time over manually folding up to three sheets of paper at a time.

Complaints on this folder are few and far between. The majority of the complaints come from people that are using it for more folding volume than it was designed to do. Remember, the P7200 is designed for light-volume use.

Be aware that the Premier RapidFold P7200 uses friction wheels to feed paper. This means glossy paper may not work. This is because the friction wheels can potentially slip on the slick surface and cause a paper jam. This is the case with most friction-feed paper folding machines.

Overall I really like the RapidFold P7200, taking into account what it is designed to do. It gets the job done and saves a lot of time over manually folding paper. This type of paper folder is ideal for use in schools, churches and businesses that have occasional to light-duty folding needs.

You can find the Martin Yale Premier RapidFold P2000 folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Multi-Sheet Paper Folding Machine Q&A

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Multi-Sheet Paper Folding MachineI have a few customers a day ask me if there are any paper folding machines that are able to fold multiple sheets of paper at a time. The answer is kind of a mixed bag. There are solutions to multi-sheet paper folding. Here are a few options you may want to consider.

First of all, a standard paper folding machine cannot automatically fold multiple sheets of paper at a time. They are all designed to pull one sheet off the stack and fold it. In order for a paper folding machine to fold multiple sheets, it would need to have multiple feed trays. There are machines that can do this, which I will discuss a few paragraphs down.

Many standard paper folding machines have a bypass opening, which looks like a slot, located on the top of the machine (kind of like a paper shredder). Folding machine equipped with a bypass slot can often fold up to three sheets of paper at a time, but require the paper to be manually fed. An example of this type of folding machine is the MBM 87M folding machine found here.

Paper Folder Inserters / Inserting MachinesManually feeding three sheets of paper through the bypass slot is still much faster than folding paper by hand, but it is still not automated. For automated multi-sheet folding, you will need to use a paper folder inserter.

Paper folder inserters, designed to fold multiple sheets and insert them into an envelope, can be used for multi sheet folding. Simply turn off the inserting portion of the operation so it only folds paper.

At this time there aren’t any other options. You must use the bypass slot (if so equipment) on a standard folding machine or use a paper folder inserter equipped with multiple feed trays.

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

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