Posts Tagged ‘Paper Folding Machines’

Need Help Repairing A Broken Paper Folding Machine?

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Dynafold DE-102AF Paper Folding MachineSymptoms of a failing or broken paper folding machine are sometimes subtle and other times dramatic. Issues can result from worn-out rollers, severe paper jams, misaligned folding plates and much more. Don’t give up on your folding machine. You may be able to fix it.

To begin with, we have a Service Department here at ABC Office that specializes in fixing and repairing folding machines. They can often help you diagnose issues over the phone and help you get the parts you need to get the folding machine up and running.

In cases where you are unable to replace the parts yourself, our Service Department offers a couple of options. Your first option is to send the machine in to our service department for repair. Your second option is to have our Service Department find someone in your local area.

Here are a few preventative maintenance tips you may want to consider using:

Roller Cleaner Rejuvenator (found here) – This is a type of cleaner that you can use to clean off paper dust and ink from the folding machine’s rollers. It also helps moisturize them, preventing cracks that tend to occur over time. Paper dust and leftover ink are two of the biggest causes of folding issues.

Static Eliminator (found here) – Static eliminator can be used on a folding machine to help cut down on static electricity. Static electricity also causes a lot of paper jams by causing misfeeds.

Unfortunately sometimes repairs are either cost prohibitive or repairs are simply not an option. We carry a great selection of both air and friction-feed folding machines found here.

Introducing Intelli-Zone™ Binding Machines, Laminators, Shredders & More!

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Intelli-Zone Intelli-Bind Comb Binding MachineAt ABC Office we are always looking for new ways to increase our product selection in an effort to give you more choices and better prices. We are happy to announce that today we are now able to offer you binding machines, paper shredders, laminators and paper folders from Intelli-Zone™.

Intelli-Zone™ offers these products under the Intelli-Bind™, Intelli-Lam™, Intelli-Shred™ and Intelli-Fold™ names. While these machines won’t be available to ship until September 2010, we are currently offering extremely low pre-order pricing. If you are able to lock in your order now, you will not only get a great price, but you will also be at the front of the line.

These are the new products offered by Intelli-Zone™:

We are excited about this new addition and expect the Intelli-Zone™ addition to be a big hit with our customers. Do you have questions about Intelli-Zone™ office equipment? Call us at 1-800-658-8788 or post your question in a comment.

Tamerica TPF-42 Paper Folding Machine Review

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Tamerica TPF-42 Paper Folding MachineIn need of a quality paper folder that can create all the folds you need all in one compact machine? There are a lot of folding machines out there. So which model should you go with? One model you may want to consider is the Tamerica TPF-42 paper folding machine (found here). I have set up and used this folding machine and this is my review.

To begin with, the Tamerica TPF-42 is clone or twin of the MBM 207M. I won’t say evil twin, because it is pretty “good” to use. I suspect they both come out of the same factory, although I can’t confirm this with 100% certainty. They are the only two paper folding machines that I am aware of that use a manually sliding folding plate. Even the batch counting and start buttons look the same. The folding plates even have the same stickers on them. Need I say more?

OK, now back to the Tamerica TPF-42. As previously mentioned, it uses a sliding folding plate. You essentially pinch a clip on the plate and slide it up or down, selecting the fold you want. I REALLY like this folding plate setup. It takes about ¼ the time of a normal folding plate and the registry (fold alignment) is dead on.

The TPF-42 can handle all common folds such as a letter fold (C fold), accordion fold (Z fold) and the single fold. It can also do uncommon folds such as a double parallel and a gate fold. I have even seen people do a cross fold on this machine. Due to the nature of the folding plates, it can also easily handle custom folds.

It is designed to fold standard copy paper, but can also easily handle card stock up to 60#. The only problem you will have with the TPF-42 is folding glossy paper. While it may be able to handle some types of glossy paper, this can’t be guaranteed. This is because friction folding machines, like the TPF-42, use rubber wheels to pull in paper. These wheels can potentially slip on glossy paper, causing a jam.

The hopper tray can hold up to 500 sheets of paper. While I don’t like to recommend leaving machines unattended, you can probably set 500 sheets in and leave it without any problems. The exit tray uses a conveyor system that keeps paper aligned and in order as it exits the machine. This is pretty nice to have, especially if you are folding invoices and alphabetized material.

The TPF-42 has a built-in paper counter and can do batch counting (if so desired). It also includes a test button, which will only pull in a few sheets. This is especially nice if you are setting up custom folds. Once you are ready, hit the start button and the machine will do the rest.

I have to say that I am VERY impressed with the Tamerica TPF-42. It gets the job done and seems to be a high-quality machine. So far I haven’t heard any complaints from customers. The price is certainly right.

You can find the Tamerica TPF-42 paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

What Is A French Fold?

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

French FoldA French Fold is a type of fold done on a paper folding machine. The French Fold is sometimes referred to as a cross fold or a right angle fold. This type of fold is probably one of the most difficult folds done on a paper folding machine, which is why only a select few are capable of doing it.

The French Fold requires a total of two passes. Typically the first fold is typically a letter, accordion or single fold, which is then folded again in half. This type of fold is very popular for invitations, including wedding invitations.

Because so many folds are involved, only some paper folders can do this. Our paper folders will indicate whether or not they can 100% handle a French Fold.

Some manufacturers will not mention a French Fold in their specifications even though they can handle it. If you are curious about whether or not a paper folder can handle a French Fold, we can run a test run on pretty much any paper folder we offer.

These are three models that can handle a French Fold:

  1. DE-322AF Paper Folding MachineDynafold DE-322AF Paper Folder
  2. Dynafold DE-262AF Folding Machine
  3. Martin Yale 959 Paper Folder

Feel free to contact us at 1-800-658-8788 if you need to have us test a French Fold out on a specific model of paper folder. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Intelli-Fold DE-322AF Paper Folding Machine Review

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Intelli-Fold DE-322AF Paper Folding MachineSo you need a machine to fold some paper and are considering going with the Intelli-Fold DE-322AF paper folding machine. The only problem is you don’t know for sure if it’s the right machine for the job. I have personally used the DE-322AF and will post my thoughts on this paper folder in this review.

To start with, Intelli-Fold makes a solid paper folding machine. They are reliable, build quality is excellent and they are easy to service (should the need arise). Intelli-Fold paper folders do require some manual set up, but if you can get past that, they do a very good job.

So what are some of the biggest advantages of the Intelli-Fold DE-322AF? To start with, this paper folder can fold paper as small as 2 x 3-inches (wow that’s small) or as large as 11 x 17-inches. Because it has such versatility with paper sizes, it is perfect for use in a print shop, for mailers or other material. Few paper folders can handle that range of paper sizes. Be aware that the Intelli-Fold 322-AF is directly comparable to the Dynafold DE-322AF.

Another big plus with the DE-322AF is the paper thickness it can handle. It can fold paper ranging from 10# (wow that’s thin) up to 110# card stock. Again, as with the paper sizes, it has an excellent range in handling different thicknesses of paper. You could almost fold tissue paper all the way up to chipboard with this thing. That is pretty cool.

The Intelli-Fold DE-322AF is also capable of creating the most common folds required today. This includes the letter fold (C Fold), accordion fold (Z Fold), single fold (Half Fold), gate fold, double parallel fold and engineering fold. Not only does it create those folds, but the plates can be adjusted for custom folds as well.

The feed tray can hold up to 500 sheets of standard paper, which is quite a bit. As the paper is folded, it exits out onto a conveyor exit tray. Conveyor systems are nice because it keeps the paper neatly lined up and in order. This is especially nice if you are folding invoices that have to stay in order. Many other paper folders have a basic exit basket where the paper is tossed, which jumbles the paper.

One downside to the DE-322AF is that it is not designed to be used with glossy or slick paper. This is because the friction rollers used in the machine can potentially slip on the paper, causing a jam. This isn’t to say that it can’t handle some glossy paper, but it isn’t guaranteed. This is a problem that occurs with all friction-style folding machines. The only way to guarantee your paper folder will handle glossy paper is to use an air-feed machine.

Overall I am very impressed with the Intelli-Fold DE-322AF. It is a solid machine. I have personally used it and would recommend it to my closest friends. You can find the Intelli-Fold DE-322AF paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

MBM 87M Paper Folding Machine Review

Monday, June 21st, 2010

MBM 87M Paper Folding MachineAre you in need of a budget paper folding machine? There are a lot of inexpensive, cheap and compact paper folding machines out there. So which model should you go with? You may want to take a serious look at the MBM 87M paper folder. Here’s why:

To start with, MBM (Ideal) is one of the best-known manufacturers of office equipment out there. They make the popular Destroyit line of shredders, Triumph line of stack cutters and Kutrimmer line of guillotine trimmers. While this may not mean much to you, all of these lines are considered to be the best in their respective markets. The MBM 87M falls right in line.

Priced in the $400 range, the MBM 87M is extremely affordable. It is considered to be a tabletop paper folder and weighs in at 28 pounds. It is designed for light to medium-volume folding. One huge benefit of this paper folder is that it can handle up to 80# paper, which isn’t common for a paper-folding machine in this price range.

The MBM 87M is manually adjusted paper folder with automatic folding capabilities. This means you will have to manually set the folding plates, but an electric motor will do the folding for you. Don’t be scared off by the manually set up folding plates. They are easy to adjust and include instructions on the fold plates for the most common fold types.

The MBM 87M can be used to create letter folds (C Fold), accordion folds (Z Fold), single folds and double parallel folds. It can also be used to create custom folds. It even has a manual bypass slot that will allow you to manually feed up to three sheets of paper at once for multi-sheet folding.

One thing you will want to take into consideration before considering this paper folder is the paper size. The MBM 87M cannot handle paper larger than 8 ½ x 11-inches.

Overall I would consider the MBM 87M paper-folding machine to be a solid little machine. You won’t be disappointed. You will find the MBM 87 paper-folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of automatic paper folders here.

Z Folding Machines

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Z Folding Machines and Paper FoldersSo you’re looking for a Z folding machine? You’re in luck. We have a great selection of Z folding machines. For those of you confused by the term “Z Fold,” don’t worry. I’ll explain.

A Z folding machine is a paper folding machine that can create a Z fold. So what is a Z fold? A Z fold is a sheet of paper folded in the formation of a Z. This is sometimes referred to as an accordion fold.

Z Fold Machines and Paper FoldersThe Z fold, along with the C fold (letter fold), are the two most popular folds created and probably always will be. Most paper folders are capable of creating a Z fold. I can’t even think of a paper folder, off the top of my head, that can’t create a Z fold.

So what are Z folds most commonly used for? These folds are commonly used for folding letters, folding fliers, creating promotional literature and much more. You will find our entire selection of Z folding machines here.

Intelli-Fold DE-202AF Paper Folding Machine Review

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Intelli-Fold DE-202AF Paper Folding MachineIntelli-Fold is considered to be one of the most reliable paper folding machines available. Regardless of what your folding needs may be, finding the right machine isn’t always easy. So what do I think about the Intelli-Fold DE-202AF paper folding machine? Read more to find out.

First off, why not go with the cheaper DE-102AF paper folder? There are a few big differences between the DE-102AF and the DE-202AF. By big I mean differences in size. The DE-202AF can handle slightly thicker paper and it can also handle larger sizes of paper.

DE-102AF vs the DE-202AF

Paper Thickness

  • DE-102AF: 16# to 24# stock
  • DE-202AF: 16# to 40# stock

Paper Sizes

  • DE-102AF: 3.5 by 5.5-inches up to 8.5 by14-inches
  • DE-202AF: 3.5 by 5.5-inches up to 11 by 17-inches

Setting up the Intelli-Fold DE-202AF is pretty simple. It does require the operator to manually adjust two different folding plates, but this is easy to do. Simply loosen the thumbscrews and slide the folding plated to the desired fold. Folds are clearly marked on the folding plates. Be aware that the Intelli-Fold DE-202AF is directly comparable to the Dynafold DE-202AF.

Once set, the Intelli-Fold DE-202AF doesn’t require much babysitting. The 500 sheet feed tray allows the operator to easily place the sheets inside and let the machine do the rest. I have never experienced any jams with the DE-202AF when leaving the machine running unattended.

Multiple feed rollers pull the paper in evenly, which keep the registry dead on and help cut down on annoying paper jams. The folds are dead on and do not have the crooked or sloppy folded look some cheaper machines may manifest.

My only complaint is that the machine is almost too simple. Although not critical for my own folding needs, the machine could benefit from a paper counter, jam sensors and batch folding options. For the price, however, you can’t really complain.

If you need a paper folder that is time tested and reliable for continuous use, I would recommend that you seriously consider looking at the Intelli-Fold DE-202AF paper folding machine found here. You will find our entire selection of Intelli-Fold paper folders here.

Save Money Making Your Own Wedding Invitations

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Marriage / WeddingSo next month I will be celebrating my 10-year wedding anniversary. At 10 years, I can’t help but reflect back on that time prior to getting married. To begin with, my fiancé and I didn’t have a lot of money. I can still remember talking about how we were going to come up with wedding invitations. We had to create hundreds of them, and it wasn’t going to be cheap.

We ended up deciding to make them ourselves. We would potentially save hundreds of dollars. Now I understand not everyone will want to go down this route, but here is what we did.

Thinking back on it now, I can’t help but laugh a little. Many of the machines we used to make our invitations I now help sell through ABC Office.

Materials Used:

Equipment Used:

These are the steps we took to create the invitation:

  1. First of all, we single-folded the navy blue cardstock in half. We didn’t fold it along the shortest part of the paper, but the longest part of the paper.
  2. We then took the light tan linen card stock and printed a picture my father-in-law took with his digital camera along with the wording, location of the reception, etc. We printed (in black & white) two invitations per one-sheet of light card stock. Once printed, we cut the light tan linen card stock on a manual stack cutter down the center of the longest part of the paper.
  3. The cut tan card stock now fit nicely into the single-folded navy blue card stock. We were lucky enough to find a copy shop that had a high-resolution copier as well as a paper folder and a stack cutter that they let us use for free.
  4. We then went on to cut a bunch of 8 ½ x 11-inch velum paper with the stack paper cutter. Now that everything was folded and cut, we were able to put everything together.
  5. We put the velum paper on top of the printed picture and slid it into the navy-blue folded cover. Once we finished this, we single-hole punched the corners of the invitations. My fiancé cut ribbon into four to five-inch lengths that we threaded through the punched corners and then tied. The ribbon helped keep everything together.

Stack Paper CutterThe invitations were a hit and we got several compliments from people on how unique they were. I think they meant “unique” in a good way. Sure we saved a lot of money, but I now also have some great memories of making invitations with my wife.

The type of equipment and supplies we used then (that I now help sell) are the stack paper cutters (found here), paper folding machines (found here), single-hole punches (found here) and the card stock (found here).

I hope this helps someone facing a similar situation. Now I need to talk with my wife and see if I can get a picture of the invitations so you can all see what they looked like.

Do you have experiences making your own wedding invitations? Post your comments here!

Intelli-Fold DE-102AF Paper Folding Machine Review

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Intelli-Fold Paper Folding Machine DE-102AFAre you in need of a good paper folding machine? Tired of your current paper folder eating more paper than it folds? Perhaps you should consider using a Intelli-Fold DE-102AF paper folding machine. Why? I will give you a few good reasons.

First off, the basic design of the Intelli-Fold DE-102AF machine is tried and true. It has literally been around for over a decade. Have you seen a Intelli-Fold paper folder? The brown and orange colors on these paper folders look like something warped in from the 1970s. Don’t be fooled though. This paper folding machine is tough as nails.  Be aware that the Intelli-Fold DE-102AF is directly comparable to the Dynafold DE-102AF.

The Intelli-Fold brand has been around for some time, so there is definitely some name recognition involved, but more than anything Intelli-Fold folding machines have developed a very good reputation. We have a Intelli-Fold DE-102AF sitting on our showroom floor and I have had a chance you use it on several occasions.

The Intelli-Fold DE-102AF paper folding machines does require some manual setup prior to use, but adjusting the folding plates is easy. Once set, the registry is dead on and the folded edges line up nicely.

Another nice feature about DE-102AF is the feeding system. The rubber rollers on this machine pull the paper in straight and evenly. Why is this a huge benefit? It prevents paper jams and creates accurate folds.

The Intelli-Fold DE-102AF also has a small footprint. It simply does not take up much space. The exit tray can be compacted for storage and you really shouldn’t have a problem using the DE-102AF on a desk or counter surface.

Who uses the DE-102AF folding machine? This is very popular for organizations that fold brochures and handouts. It is also commonly used for folding mailers. The Intelli-Fold DE-102AF can create letter folds, accordion folds, single folds and many different custom folds.

I feel the Intelli-Fold DE-102AF is one of the best folding machines in its class and price range. It is priced right, made from solid metal components and as previously mentioned it has been proven itself over and over gain to be a reliable paper folding machine.

You will find the Intelli-Fold DE-102AF paper folding machine here. You can also find Intelli-Fold’s entire line of paper folding machines here.

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