Posts Tagged ‘Pressure Sealers’

Formax AutoSeal FD 2002 Pressure Sealer Product Review

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Formax AutoSeal FD 2002 Pressure SealerWhen it comes to single sheet mailing, there are few methods as affordable, professional and effective as a pressure sealer. These remarkable machines use special pressure seal paper to quickly fold and seal mail shut, eliminating the need to use envelopes and creating a tamper-proof piece of mail that can be used for invoices, checks, W-2s, PIN numbers, billing purposes and much more. One such machine is the Formax AutoSeal FD 2002 (found here). This is my review.

There are a lot of manufacturers out there who make pressure sealers, but none (in my opinion) come close to the quality that you will find in a Formax brand machine. Formax manufactures a dozen different pressure sealers and they are very well known for their envelope inserters, paper folding machines and paper shredders. Their machines are designed for serious professional use in a business environment and are excellent for daily operations.

The Formax AutoSeal FD 2002 is a desktop pressure sealer designed to fold and seal up to about 8,000 pieces of mail per hour with a monthly duty cycle of 50,000 pieces. This machine uses pressure seal paper, which has tiny pockets of glue around the edges. When run through this machine, those pockets of glue are burst open, causing the form to self seal. The seal is permanent and the only way to access the mail’s contents is to tear off the perorated edges.

The pressure seal forms (found here) and checks (found here) are tamper proof. That means there is no way to access the contents without obvious signs of tampering. I personally like the fact that no envelope is needed. The form is completely self-contained, is USPS approved and can be easily mailed out. You have probably received these types of forms in the mail in the form of a check, PIN number, statement or other type of mailer.

The FD 2002 is a mid-level machine from Formax. It is best used for light to medium-volume use. It features a drop-in style feed tray that can hold up to 250 pressure seal forms at a time. It can be used to handle pressure seal checks and forms up to 14” long. It is set up and used much like a standard paper folding machine.

This machine uses two feed trays that must be manually set in order to accommodate the desired fold. While they are manually set, they are very easy to adjust. I have also found that most businesses only require one or two types of folds, so usually once the plates are set they don’t need to be re-adjusted. This machine can create a C, Z, V, uneven C, uneven Z and several custom folds. A sound-dampening shield covers both of the fold plates. The sound cover can easily be lifted up, allowing access to the plates.

The control panel on this pressure sealer is extremely easy to use and a series of LED lights let you know when the power is on, cover is open, if the paper runs out and if a fault has occurred. Buttons let you start the machine, stop it and test samples.

You can buy this pressure sealer in two different configurations. You can buy it as the standard desktop version or with an exit conveyor and cabinet.

If you still have questions about this pressure sealer, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We would love to help you out. You can find our entire selection of pressure sealers here.

Affordable Ways to Fold and Mail Accounts Payable Checks

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Pressure Seal ChecksIf your business is looking for an affordable way to mail accounts payable checks, one great option is to use a envelope inserting machine (found here). While these machines do a great job, another more affordable option you may want to consider is to use a pressure sealer (found here). So which of these two technologies is best for you? Having used both, and having a lot of experience with both types of machines, I would like to share some advice and experience with you.

Mailing checks is an important part of any business’s operations. Whether it is accounts payable, rebates, paychecks or other checks. Before you settle on any one type of machine, there is one important question you will want to ask yourself:

How many pages will you be mailing at a time? If you are mailing just one sheet at a time, with the check, either a pressure sealer or an envelope inserting machine will work for you. If you need to mail more than one sheet at a time, you will have to go with an envelope inserting machine.

Now that we that question answered, here is a brief description of each type of machine and why it may or may not work for you:

  • Envelope Inserting MachinesEnvelope Inserting Machines (found here) – Envelope inserting machines have feed trays, much like a copy machine, that pull a sheet of paper from the tray, fold it and insert it into an envelope. Reservoirs of water inside the machines are used to wet the glue on the envelope flap and seal it shut. Envelope inserting machines, often called folder inserters, can come with multiple feed trays. This makes it possible to fold and insert two, three, four or more sheets of paper at a time. Envelope inserting machines are excellent for mailing invoices, letters and yes, even checks.
  • Pressure SealersPressure Sealers (found here) – Pressure sealers are designed to fold and seal pressure seal paper. Pressure seal paper (found here) and pressure seal checks (found here) have small pockets of glue along the edges and in strategic places that help keep the folded letter sealed shut. This special paper can be used in any copy machine or printer. Solid metal rollers in the pressure sealer break these pockets open, resulting in a tamper-proof seal that is excellent for mailing purposes. If you are mailing a single check, this is a great option. When the recipient receives the check, they simply tear off the perforated sides to gain access to the enclosed check. Another nice perk of the pressure sealer is that there is no need to use an envelope, saving even more money.

My personal recommendation is that you use a pressure sealer if you only need to fold and seal a single sheet / check. The machines cost a lot less money, there are fewer moving parts and you don’t have to use any envelopes. If you need to fold multiple sheets, our Formax envelope inserting machines still do a great job and are excellent for mailing much more than just checks.

Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 for answers to your envelope inserting or pressure sealing questions.

Can A Paper Folding Machine Be Used With Pressure Seal Checks?

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Pressure Sealing MachinesIf you’re a business that uses pressure seal checks or other pressure seal forms, you may be wondering if you can use the folding machine in the mailroom to fold and seal those checks. This is a common question and one that I completely understand where it’s coming from. Who wouldn’t want their folding machine to have multiple purposes! The answer to the question, however, is no. I’ll explain in this article.

Pressure seal checks use special pressure activated pockets of glue. These pockets of glue typically lie along the perforated sides and edges of the pressure seal check. As pressure is applied to these pockets, they burst open and seal the mailable check shut. It is an efficient and tamper proof system that is used by businesses around the world. The amount of pressure required to burst these pockets of glue open is significant.

Paper folding machines use silicon or rubber rollers in the folding process. These soft rollers are designed to absorb vibration, reduce noise and help feed paper through the machine. Unfortunately these rollers don’t have near the amount of pressure required to fold a pressure seal check and activate the pockets of glue. Trust me, I have tried it and can confirm it does not work.

Pressure sealing machines, designed to fold and seal pressure seal checks, use solid metal rollers that apply huge amounts of pressure to the rollers, bursting the pockets open. These metal rollers are used in conjunction with rubber rollers. These machines are louder than your standard paper folding machine due to the metal roller configuration. Formax is probably the best-known manufacturer of pressure sealing machines (found here) and they offer a lineup of basic tabletop pressure sealers all the way up to industrial machines designed to output hundreds of thousands of forms a month.

Pressure Sealer Rollers vs Folding Machine Rollers

Setting up a pressure sealer is very similar to a standard folding machine. They both use folding plates to create letter folds, accordion folds and single folds. If you have used a paper-folding machine, setting up a pressure sealer should be like second nature to you.

We have been selling paper folding and pressure sealing machines for well over a decade, so please call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. We can help you answer questions, look into leasing, e-mail you quotes and much more.

Overview of the Formax FD 1200 AutoSeal Pressure Sealer

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Formax FD 1200 AutoSeal Pressure SealerPressure sealers save money by eliminating the need for envelopes and creating a tamper-proof letter that can be used for mailing bills, invoices, checks and much more. One of the most affordable pressure sealers money can buy is the Formax FD 1200 AutoSeal. Being that this machine is so affordable, will it get the job done? I will answer that question and more in this article.

To start off this article, I would like to explain why Formax is considered to be such a reputable manufacturer. Formax, based out of Dover, NH, has been making envelope stuffing machines (aka folder inserters) for over a decade now. They are also well known for their paper folding machines and paper shredders (many of which are made in the USA). These machines are considered to be the best in the industry. As you might expect, their pressure sealers are considered to be equally reputable.

The FD 1200 is the least expensive entry-level pressure sealer Formax offers. While it isn’t the most robust machine offered, it is very good at what it does. It can be used to fold and seal invoices, notices, checks, grade reports, rebates, utility bins, basic forms, PIN mailers, direct mailers, W-2s and much more. It can be used to fold and seal pressure seal paper up to 8 ½” x 14″ in size.

While perhaps not the fastest pressure sealer out there, it can be used to fold and seal forms at a speed of about 35 sheets per minute. This is about 1 every 2 seconds. It has a duty cycle of 10,000 forms per month, which is pretty good considering the size and price.

Having set up this machine myself, I can vouch for how easy it is to get up and running. It has two folding plates that are set up much like a manual paper folding machine. By adjusting 2 folding plates, this machine can be set up to fold and seal paper in a Z fold, C fold, uneven Z, uneven C, half and custom fold patterns. Once the folding plates are set, getting the machine started is as simple as pressing a big green button.

This machine is insulated to help dampen sound, but it will still make noise. I would consider it to be slightly louder than your typical paper folding machine. This is due in part to the heavy steel rollers that are literally bursting open glue pockets found in pressure seal paper.

The build quality of this pressure sealer is exceptional. It weighs 55 pounds and is made out of all metal construction. It definitely has some heft to it, but it can be used on most desks and tables.

Remember, while this is a great machine, it is designed for entry-level applications. As of the writing of this article, Formax offers well over a dozen different models of pressure sealers, with some capable of folding and sealing over 40,000 sheets per hour. That should give you an idea of the range of machines that are out there.

You can find the Formax FD 1200 here and our entire selection of Formax pressure sealers here. If you have questions about using a pressure sealer, which machine you need or even where to find supplies, please feel free to contact one of our mailing specialists at 1-800-658-8788.

Formax FD 2030 AutoSeal Pressure Sealer Video Demo

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Formax FD 2030 AutoSeal Pressure SealerIf your business handles or deals with mailing bills, rebates, invoices, statements and other documents, you may want to consider using a pressure sealer like the Formax FD 2030 AutoSeal. This amazing pressure sealer is quick, fast and easy t operate. It can be used with 8 ½” x 11″ and 8 ½” x 14″ pressure seal forms and doesn’t require an envelope. A few months ago I got a chance to play around with the FD 2030 and we shot a video demo of it.

If you’re not familiar with pressure sealers, you’re probably not alone, however, you have probably received or handled mail sealed using a pressure sealer. Pressure sealers take special pressure seal paper and fold it shut. This special paper, from manufactures like Relyco, has tiny pressure activated pockets of glue along the seams. This glue is activated as it runs through the Formax FD 2030. The glue bursts and quickly seals the sheet of paper shut.

A pressure sealed form is tamper proof and can only be opened by tearing off perforated margins and opening perforated seams. Pressure seal paper is completely laser printer and copy machine compatible, and because no envelope is involved, pressure seal forms are actually less expensive to use / mail than traditional envelope-based mail.

The Formax AutoSeal FD 2030 operates at a whopping speed of 9,000 sheets per hour and is designed to fold and seal up to 75,000 pressure seal forms per month. Having handled this machine myself, I can tell you that the build quality is extremely high. Just about everything in it, including the shell, is made from metal. It is made in the USA.

This is a video demo of me using the Formax AutoSeal FD 2030 pressure sealer:

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I cannot stress how easy this machine is to use. It takes less than a minute to set up and the end results look profession and accurate. The control panel doesn’t take a rocket scientist to operate and the feed tray is as easy to use as a copy machine.

You can find the Formax AutoSeal FD 2030 here and our entire selection of pressure sealers here. I understand that this may not answer all your questions, so please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

Formax’s Impressive Office Equipment Warranty

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Formax FD 1500 Pressure SealerIf you’re shopping around for a pressure sealer or envelope-stuffing machine, there are a few reasons why you may want to consider using Formax product. To begin with, Formax products simply have a great reputation. Many of their machines, including their pressure sealers and paper folding machines, are made in the USA. While these are all great reasons to get a Formax office machine, the warranty and initial purchase perks are some best in town.

Formax goes above and beyond when it comes to customer satisfaction. Many Formax products feature free on-site installation and on-site training. This is a huge benefit and ensures that your employees are using the products correctly, right out of the box. How many other manufacturers include that?

Installation and training are covered on:

  • Pressure Sealers (FD 1500, FD 1500 Plus, FD 200, FD 2030, FD 2052, FD 2000IL, FD 2052IL, FD 2094, FD 2084, FD 2200-10 and FD 2200)
  • Folder Inserters (FD 6100, FD 6202, FD 6304, FD 6402, FD 6602, FD 6900, FD 7100)

Not only do these models feature on-site installation and training, but they also carry a 90-day service agreement and a one-year warranty. How many other manufacturers offer this much customer care on an order? Not many.

You can view our entire selection of Formax pressure sealers here and Formax folder inserters here. Please feel free to speak with one of our Customer Service Reps with any questions regarding Formax and their warranty.

Formax AutoSeal FD 2030 Folder / Pressure Sealer Review

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Formax AutoSeal FD 2030 Paper Folding / Pressure Sealing MachineYou’re probably familiar with envelope stuffing machines, or at least the concept of folding paper, placing it in an envelope and mailing it out. While this is still one of the most common ways to mail out material, another method is quickly gaining in popularity. If you are only mailing out one sheet of paper, perhaps an invoice, check or bill, you may want to consider using a machine like the Formax AutoSeal FD 2030 pressure sealer (found here). I recently had a chance to use this machine and this is my review.

Pressure sealers use a special type of pressure sensitive paper. This paper has tiny pressure-activated glue pockets located in special areas around the paper. This paper (found here) can be easily run through a laser printer, inkjet printer or copy machine. Once it is ready to be mailed, it can be fed in to a pressure sealer where it is folded, subsequently bursting open the pockets of glue and sealing the mailer shut.

The FD 2030 is a great mid-grade pressure-sealing machine. It can be used with paper up to 8 ½” x 14″. I have personally run both 8 ½” x 11″ and 8 ½” x 14″ on this machine and the results turned out great. You simply need to adjust a couple of folding plates prior to operation.

By mid-grade I don’t mean to convey that this is a light volume machine. It is in fact capable of folding and sealing up to 75,000 forms per month and runs at a speed of about 9,000 sheets per hour. By mid-grade I mean that it is neither on the low end nor on the highest-end of the pressure sealer spectrum.

The control panel on the AutoSeal FD 2030 is extremely easy to use. The right side of the control panel features a paper counter and right to the left of it is a reset button that can be used to reset the counter. To the left of the control panel you will find a start button, a stop / reset button and a jog button. The jog button is used to test a few sheets prior to firing up the machine for full-blown use.

Placing paper in the feed tray is extremely easy and works pretty much like any paper folding machine. The hopper holds about 25 sheets of 24# (90gsm) paper. No pre-fanning of the paper is required. Folded and sealed paper exits out the other side of the machine. An optional 18″ conveyor exit tray may be used.

This is a video demo of me using the Formax AutoSeal FD 2030 and should give you a great idea as to how it operates:

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The Formax AutoSeal FD 2030 can also be purchased with an optional locking cabinet or with a 4’ high capacity conveyor w/ photo eye. If you need a feature that you aren’t seeing in this machine, call us at 1-800-658-8788. It is possible that we may be able to get some features factory-installed or we can find another machine that meets your needs.

The build quality on the FD 2030 is exceptional. Everything that can be metal is made out of metal. It is a hefty machine, weighing in at 88.5 pounds. I have removed the folding plates, checked out the inner workings of the machine and can safely say that it is solid. Formax products in general have an excellent track record.

In conclusion, I have to say that if the paper size and speed specifications meet your needs, this is definitely the machine for you. I thoroughly enjoyed using it and feel confident in saying you will too.

You can find the Formax AutoSeal FD 2030 pressure sealer here and our entire selection of paper folder pressure sealers here. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

Manufacturer Spotlight: Formax

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Formax Office ProductsEvery so often I like to throw the spotlight on a manufacturer that has proven to be reliable and produce great office products. As an online office equipment dealer, we at ABC Office truly appreciate what it is like to work with a reliable manufacturer. This not only helps us, but also helps our customers. Today I would like to introduce you to Formax, one of our most reliable manufacturers.

Formax, a division of Bescorp Inc, is a leading manufacturer of office products. They are well known for their pressure sealers, folder inserters, paper shredders, folding machines and much more. One remarkable thing about Formax is that many of their products are manufactured in the USA. Their line of products are considered to be reliable and have a great track record with our customers.

Formax was originally founded in 1987 and has been in business for over 24 years. They originally specialized in direct sales and service of paper processing equipment around the New England Area.

Formax is currently based out of Dover, New Hampshire and have a manufacturing facility plant in Turlock, California. The actual “Formax” name was established in 1993 right around the time they began to offer industrial bursters, decollators and mergers.

In 1996, thanks to a great reputation and an established network of dealers, Formax introduced one of their most popular brands, AutoSeal. AutoSeal pressure sealers utilize Formaxes patented technology that dramatically simplified pressure-sealing operations. Models today include desktop machines all the way up to industrial pressure sealing machines.

In 2002 Formax began manufacturing high-end paper folding machines and in 2003 Formax acquired a main vendor in FTI (Formax Technologies Incorporated), formerly known as the FHE Division of Tab Products in Turlock, CA.

At ABC Office we offer a huge selection of products from Formax. These products include:

We enjoy working with Formax, love selling their products and expect to have many more years of success selling Formax office machines to customers around the world. You can find our entire line of Formax products here.

Because we are an authorized Formax dealer, we are also able to provide servicing, repairs and provide parts for all Formax products. To request repairs and service on your Formax machine, you can contact our Service Department by filling out this form.

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