Posts Tagged ‘Triumph’

Solingen Steel vs. High Speed Steel Cutting Blades

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Triumph Stack Paper CutterWe recently had a customer ask us a very good question about some of the cutting blades available for our Triumph stack paper cutters (found here). Many of our Triumph stack cutters are available with either a standard replacement blade or a premium replacement blade. The customer wanted to know the difference. It ends up the standard blade is made from Solingen steel and the premium blade is made from high-speed steel. So what is the difference between these two types of steel and why would you want one over another?

  • Solingen Steel – Solingen steel is a term attributed to steel made in Solingen Germany. It is generally considered to be high quality steel and has an excellent reputation behind it. The blend used to make this steel can vary. There isn’t any specific set of specifications that define a certain type of steel as Solingen. Again, it simply means it is from Solingen Germany. That said, Solingen steel is considered to be some of the best in the world. In the case of Triumph paper cutters, it is a hardened steel that does a very  good job of cutting paper.
  • High-Speed Steel – This is considered to be some of the highest quality steel out there and is sometimes simply referred to as HSS or HS steel. This is the kind of steel you find in tool components such as drill bits and saw blades. It is superior to high-carbon steel. It is capable of withstanding high temperatures that cause other types of steel to lose its temper (aka hardness). HSS typically has a hardness rated above HRC60. Tungsten and vanadium are alloys often used in the production of high-speed steel.

So in a situation where you have the option between a standard blade (Solingen), or a premium blade (HSS), there are a few factors to consider. First off, the premium blades are about 30-40% more money. That said, the premium blades will last longer and hold their edges longer than the standard blades. It seems pretty straight forward, but we wanted a little more information, so we ended up contacting MBM to see what they had to say about the matter. This is what they said:

“A high speed blade has an inlay that makes the blade stiffer than the Solingen steel blade. It is mostly used on hydraulic cutters due to the pressure from the hydraulics.”

Most of our customers, when it comes to standard manual and electric cutters, opt for the standard Solingen steel blade. These blades are steel extremely tough, last a long time and can be re-sharpened 2-3 times. The cutters ship with the standard blade by default. My recommendation would be to use the standard blade unless you are cutting paper on a commercial level or you notice your standard blades wearing out faster than you would like.

If you still have questions about the standard Solingen blades or the HSS premium blades, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We would love to help. Also keep in mind that we are able to provide replacement blades, cutting sticks and other parts for all Triumph, Dahle, Tamerica, Standard, Intelli-Cut and Duplo stack cutters. You can find our entire selection of stack paper cutters here. Thank you for reading and have a great day!

Affordable Alternatives to the MBM Triumph 4305

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

MBM Triumph 4305 Stack Paper CutterThe MBM Triumph line of stack paper cutters are immensely popular for many reasons. They are German made, which typically means precision, and they typically hold up for years without issue. One of the most popular Triumph stack cutters is the Triumph 4305 (found here). This manually operated stack cutter is affordable and ideal for low to medium volume stack cutting. What can you do if the budget doesn’t allow for one? Are there any good alternatives?

The Model 4305 is a 100% manual stack cutter. That means that the clamping mechanism, the backstop and the cutting blade are all either adjusted or powered by manual effort. While manual may sound exhausting, this cutter requires very little strength or physical power to operate. This is all due in part to the mechanics and design. The long angled blade handle is leveraged in such a way, combined with gears, that cutting an inch of paper can be done using a single finger.

Triumph is by far one of my favorite lines of stack cutters. If the funds permit, definitely go with a Triumph. If the funds don’t permit, however, it is nice to know that there are some great alternatives out there. I am speaking of Intelli-Cut.

Intelli-Cut paper cutters, made by Intelli-Zone, are designed for precision cutting as well, but at a much lower price. Intelli-Cut paper cutters are often 25-30% less than their Triumph counterparts. Does this mean the Intelli-Cut cutters are just as good as Triumph? Having used both, I can say that I think they both have a good build quality and are both solid. I still have to give the edge to Triumph (barely), but I think you will probably be equally as happy with the Intelli-Cut.

Which Intelli-Cut stack cutters are the equivalent to the Triumph 4305? Here are two cutters that fit the bill:Intelli-Cut 530M Stack Paper Cutter

  • Intelli-Cut 530M Stack Cutter (found here) – This stack cutter mechanically and physically almost identical to the Triumph. It has a mechanical clamping mechanism, a manually adjusted backstop and a manual cutting arm. The safety features are even almost identical. You still have to have the covers in place, and lift on a safety lever, prior to making a cut. Unlike the Triumph 4305, the 530M includes a handy optical cutting line that lets you know exactly where the blade will make its cut.
  • Intelli-Cut 530D Stack Cutter (found here) – This stack cutter is identical to the 530M except for one detail. The 530D has a digital measurement display, located on the top front of the machine, that lets you know in centimeters or inches where the back stop is located. This is nice for making measurements and adjustments.

Regardless of whether you ultimately go with a Triumph or an Intelli-Cut paper cutter, I’m certain you will be satisfied with the end results. You can find our entire selection of Triumph stack paper cutters here and our Intelli-Cut paper cutters here.

Feel free to post a comment, or call us at 1-800-658-8788, with any questions.

MBM Triumph 4315 Stack Paper Cutter Review

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

MBM Triumph 4315 Electric Stack Paper CutterIf you handle a lot of paper, perhaps hundreds of sheets at a time, you may be familiar with stack paper cutters. Stack cutters quickly cut paper down into smaller, more manageable sizes. One great example of a stack cutter is the MBM Triumph 4315 stack paper cutter (found here). This is my review.

MBM (by IDEAL) is the largest and most prominent manufacturer of paper cutters in the United States. Their line of cutters includes rotary trimmers, guillotine cutters and stack cutters. They also manufacturer a huge line of paper shredders under the name of Destroyit. All these products feature precision German engineering and are made in Germany. Needless today, MBM products have a great reputation.

The MBM Triumph 4315 is what’s known as a semi-automatic stack cutter. This is because it utilizes both manual and electric functions. It is also designed for medium-volume use. You will find the 4315 in copy centers, print shops and in businesses that handle, print and cut paper on a regular basis.

As mentioned earlier, the Triumph 4315 is semi automatic. The cutting process is all electric. A motor, enclosed in the cutter, powers a German Solingen steel blade. Manual operation involves adjusting the backstop and engaging the clamp.

Solingen steel is considered by many to be the highest grade of steel available in the world. Knives, kitchen blades and other high-end cutting products are made from Solingen steel. The Solingen blade in the Triumph 4315 is not only excellent quality, but it is also razor sharp. It is designed to hold an edge for a long time. Don’t worry, however, about once it becomes dull. The cutting knife can be re-sharpened.

The manual backstop on the 4315 us adjusted by turning a hand crank located on the front of the machine. This hand crank turns a spindle that pulls the backstop forward or pushes it back. Measurements, based on the position of the backstop, are displayed on the front of the machine via a digital display. This can be toggled between inches or centimeters, depending on your preference.

Have I mentioned that this thing is accurate? This isn’t only because of the razor-sharp blade or the precision backstop. It also utilizes an LED optical cutting line. This line is calibrated with the blade, displaying to the operator exactly where the blade will make the cut. This is excellent for “eyeballing” cuts.

While I still recommend exercising safety, the Triumph 4315 is an extremely safe cutter. It utilizes a combination of clear plastic guards that prevent use when open. These guards protect all cutting aspects of the machine. The front of the machine also requires a key, a safety switch to be turned on and two-handed operation for activating the cutter. It is safe all the way around.

This is a video of the Triumph 4315 and other MBM stack cutters in action:

The MBM Triumph 4315 does not have the ability to store custom jobs, but calibrations and adjustments take just seconds. Because neither the clamp nor the backstop is electric, it isn’t recommended for high-volume cutting. It can still easily, however, handle repetitive cutting throughout the day without skipping a beat.

I highly recommend using this stack paper cutter for your cutting jobs up to 16 7/8″ wide and up to 1 ½” thick. You won’t be disappointed.

You can find the MBM Triumph 4315 stack paper cutter here and our entire selection of stack paper cutters here.

Please feel free to speak with one of our stack paper cutter specialists, regarding any questions, by calling 1-800-658-8788.

Free Shipping on MBM Machines (Destroyit, Kutrimmer, Triumph and More!)

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

MBM Office Machines & EquipmentSome of our most popular office equipment is made by MBM. This includes Destroyit paper shredders, Kutrimmer paper trimmers, Triumph paper cutters and much more. In an effort to save you money, we are offering free shipping on over half the MBM products we offer. We are excited to offer this great deal to you, our valued customer.

What you will need to do is look for our free shipping logo, which looks like this:

Free Shipping Logo

Our MBM office machines are broken up into the following categories:

These machines are solid, reliable and have a great track record with our customers. I have personally used MBM machine in each of the above listed categories and I have always had a pleasant experience.

Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions related to our MBM free shipping promotion.

Top 10 Best Manual Stack Paper Cutters

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Manual Stack Paper CuttersStack paper cutters offer a great blend of affordability and high-capacity paper cutting. There are a lot of stack paper cutters out there. Having used stack paper cutters for over a decade, I am in a position to provide you with some good shopping advice. I will provide you with some great brand suggestions and will recommend some reliable stack cutter models that you will be happy with.

In case you’re not familiar with manual stack paper cutters, they are special cutters designed to cut hundreds of sheets of paper at a time. They typically have some sort of clamping mechanism that keeps paper in place and usually have a long cutting handle (about 2-3 feet long) that you pull down to cut stacks of paper.

Now that we understand what a stack paper cutter is, let’s start off with some recommended brands. Who do I consider to be best when it comes to manual stack paper cutter manufacturing?  I have to say hands down that Triumph is THE best brand of stack paper cutters. While there are many clones, and other cheap “budget” models out there, nothing comes close to the accuracy and machine finesse.

I would have to say that Intelli-Cut (by Intelli-Zone) and Dahle come in a very close second. Both of these brands offer several manual stack cutter models that are easy to use, are extremely affordable and are very accurate.

These are the stack paper cutters that I consider to be the best in the industry:

Top 10 Best Manual Stack Paper Cutters

  1. MBM Triumph 4305 16 7/8″ Manual Stack Paper Cutter
  2. MBM Triumph 4705 18 ¾” Manual Stack Paper Cutter
  3. Intelli-Cut 530D 17″ Stack Paper Cutter w/ Digital Display
  4. Tamerica GuilloMax Plus 18″ Manual Stack Cutter
  5. Intelli-Cut 580M 18 7/8″ Manual Stack Cutter
  6. Dahle 846 & 848 Stack Paper Cutters
  7. Dahle 842 17″ Manually Operated Stack Cutter
  8. Intelli-Cut 530M Manual 18 7/8″ Stack Cutter
  9. Intelli-Cut 580D 18 7/8″ Stack Cutter w/ Digital Display
  10. Dahle 852 17″ Premium Stack Cutter

These 10 paper cutters all have a great track record with our customers, feature high-quality components and should save you time by quickly and accurately cutting hundreds of sheets of paper at a time. You can find our entire selection of stack paper cutters here.

MBM Triumph 4850 D Automatic Paper Cutter Review

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

MBM Triumph 4850 D Automatic Stack Paper CutterStack paper cutters are amazing machines. They can literally slice through a stack of paper, often times an entire ream, in a matter of seconds. The shear force involved is impressive, and most stack cutters are designed to perform repeat cuts throughout the day. One solid stack cutter you may want to consider purchasing for your business is the MBM Triumph 4850 D automatic paper cutter (found here). This is my review.

MBM Triumph, by Ideal, is probably the best-known and most reputable line of automated and manual stack paper cutters around. German engineered and built, these cutters are used throughout the United States and other countries in print shops, copy centers and other manufacturing plants. One word describes Triumph, “Solid.”

The MBM Triumph 4850 D is an automatic stack paper cutter. It is automated in that the motor and clamp are completely electric. While the backstop is manually adjusted by turning a crank handle, the backstop’s position is displayed on a digital readout in either inches or centimeters (hence the D in the model name).

This stack cutter is designed to cut paper up to a maximum width of 18 7/8″. It can also be used to cut much thinner material as well. The cutting height is a very impressive 3″. Few stack cutters can slice through paper like this machine. It’s almost like watching a hot knife slice through butter.

I have been asked how the accuracy and registration are on this cutter. I have to say that it is dead on. Once the backstop has been set, with the digital display providing you with extremely accurate measurements, the cut is straight, aligned and accurate. The electric clamping mechanism keeps paper firmly in place during the entire cutting process.

The blade on the Triumph 4850 D is made out of Solingen steel, which is considered to be the finest and highest-quality steel on the planet. This steel comes from Solingen German, and it holds up to all the hype. This blade is sharp. It is so sharp that a special blade removal kit comes with this machine so that you can safely remove the blade for sharpening without hurting yourself. Yes, the blade can be sharpened up to three times before it has to be discarded.

The stand displayed in this picture comes with the Triumph 4850 D, which means you don’t have to hassle with finding your own stand or bench to place it on. The stand is made from solid all-metal construction and even features a convenient shelf where paper and other material can be stored.

Operation of the 4850 D is simple. Adjust the backstop, place your paper in the cutter and press a few buttons. With the press of a few buttons, a motor will bring down the clamp and blade. Unlike many comparable stack cutters, the 4850 D uses a clamp that applies equal pressure along the entire width. This helps keep paper in place.

This is a brief video demo of the Triumph 4850 D in use:

The Triumph 4850 D includes a safety cutting system (SCS) package for your protection. This includes a main witch and safety lock (with key), two-handed operation, transparent safety guards and much more. While I still recommend caution when using a machine of this magnitude, it really is safe to use.

Overall I have to say that this is probably one of the best semi-automated stack paper cutters available. It can be used throughout the day, features durable metal construction and should hold up for years upon years. I can attest to the fact that this is a high quality machine. We rarely hear back from customers that select the Triumph 4850 D for their cutting projects.

You can find the MBM Triumph 4850 D automatic paper cutter here and our entire selection of stack paper cutters here. Feel free to call one of our paper cutter specialists at 1-800-658-8788 for answers to your stack cutter questions.

MBM Triumph 4305 Stack Paper Cutter Review

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

MBM Triumph 4305 Stack Paper CutterAre you in the market for a stack paper cutter, or do you use a cheap stack cutter that is inaccurate or seems to fall apart at the most inopportune times? One great stack cutter you should look at is the MBM Triumph 4305 stack paper cutter (found here). This is a great new or upgrade cutter for your business. This is my review.

MBM manufactures Destroyit paper shredders, Kutrimmer guillotine paper trimmers and Triumph stack cutters. One thing all these machines have in common is German engineering and build. From the ground up, these machines are designed to hold up and last.

The Triumph 4305 is a manual stack cutter. Don’t be fooled by thinking manual means this cutter is basic or entry level. It is geared and designed to cut up to 1 ½” of paper in a single pass. I can tell you from personal experience that the cutting handle is extremely easy to use. I have even used my own pinky finger to pull the handle and cut a stack of paper. It really is that easy.

For those of you who do not know, the Triumph 4305 is the successor to the VERY popular Triumph 4205, which was the successor to the Triumph 3905. Basically this cutter is the next in a long line of very popular stack cutters.

You can use this stack cutter to trim or cut paper, card stock, laminated material, chipboard and much more. I have personally used stack cutters to create my own business cards (on a large scale) and cut down card stock for use as report covers. You will find the Triumph 4305 in copy centers, print shops and more.

You can view a few additional details on the Triumph 4305 in this video:

The blade in this machine is razor sharp, made from Soligen steel. Unlike many comparable stack cutters, the blade can be re-sharpened up to 3 times before needing to be replaced. This is a huge money saver as new cutting blades can cost hundreds of dollars. The cuts are extremely accurate and the blade easily cuts through the entire stack.

Removing the blade from the cutter is extremely easy. A blade removal tool is included so that you don’t have to personally touch the blade with your hands, which is excellent for safety reasons. Once the blade removal handle is attached, the bolts holding the blade in place can be removed. Unlike some of the older versions of this cutter, the 4305 doesn’t require the cover to be removed.

Setting up the 4305 for cuts is very easy. It uses a spindle-driven back gauge. A specially calibrated crank, located on the front of the machine, can be turned clockwise or counter clockwise to brink the backstop forward or back. A measuring device is located next to the backstop, letting you know where it is in inches or cm.

While I still recommend taking safety precaution around stack cutters, MBM has implemented several safety features into this machine. This includes a couple of transparent safety guards (front guard is hinged), a safety catch and much more.

The build quality on this paper cutter is solid. The tolerances are tight and the accuracy is excellent. The only weakness you may find is cutting glossy or slick paper. This is because the clamping mechanism is dependent on the operator and how tight the clamp it down. If the paper is too glossy or slick, some shift could occur in the stack. I have never personally experienced this issue, but thought you may want to know.

Overall I rate this cutter a solid 5 out of 5. It is tough, durable and made out of metal components. It is excellent for daily use and can be used for light to medium-volume cutting. Very little effort is needed to operate the machine, cutting down on operator strain.

You can find the MBM Triumph 4305 stack paper cutter and our entire selection of stack paper cutters here.

MBM Triumph 4810 D Semi-Auto Stack Paper Cutter Review

Friday, April 15th, 2011

MBM Triumph 4810 D Stack Paper CutterCutting hundreds of sheets of paper in one fell swoop requires a special paper cutter. Guillotine and rotary cutters simply will not handle that much paper. What you need is what’s known as a stack paper cutter. One reliable model that you may want to consider for your business operations is the MBM Triumph 4810 D semi-automatic stack paper cutter (found here). This is my review.

If you’re in the print industry, you have probably heard of Triumph. These German-engineered and built paper cutters are considered to be some of the best available today. MBM Triumph cutters (by IDEAL) come in manual, semi-auto, fully auto and hydraulic variations in several different widths.

The Triumph 4810 is available two different designs. The 4810 D is semi-automatic and the 4810 EP is semi-automatic with programmable capabilities.  Both cutters have a large 18 7/8″ cutting width. While I will be specifically reviewing the 4810 D, this review can be used in large part for the 4810 EP as well.

This stack cutter features an electric motor combined with a manual paper clamp. The paper cutter blade can be brought down by the push of a couple of buttons (two-handed operation for safety) and the clamp is brought down using a “hatch” style handle. Combined, these two features produce extremely accurate results.

Everything about this cutter is metal, except for a few minor features. The gears are metal, the stand is metal and the frame is metal. Even the carrier that holds the Solingen steel blade is made from metal. It is designed to handle continuous cutting operations throughout the day.

The spindle-guided backstop on the 4810 D is manual, however, it is extremely easy to set up. A digital display on the front right of the cutter lets you know exactly where the backstop is located in either inches or cm. Along with digital measurements, the 4810 D also uses an LED optical cutting line that lets you know exactly where the blade will cut the paper. This cutter also utilizes dual side guides that allow for exact positioning of even small stock sizes.

Safety should not be a concern. Not only does the 4810 D utilize true two-handed operation, it also requires a key to be operated. The 4810 D also has a clear transparent safety guard that has to be down in order for the cutter to operate.

I personally recommend this cutter for cutting card stock, chip board, paper and much more. It is extremely versatile, very easy to set up and the quality is just where it needs to be. Combined with the included stand, the Triumph 4810 D is a great value and should provide you with years of reliable use.

You can find the MBM Triumph 4810 D semi-automatic stack paper cutter here and our entire selection of stack paper cutters here.

Triumph vs Dahle – Battle Of The German Stack Cutters

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Triumph Stack Paper CuttersI get asked frequently whether I prefer Dahle or Triumph brand stack paper cutters. This is a pretty tough question. There are a lot of similarities and differences between these two unique and popular brands. I’ll try and explain what features I like and dislike about each.

To begin with, Dahle and Triumph (by IDEAL) really only compete on a manual stack cutter level. While Triumph manufactures electric and hydraulic stack cutters, Dahle does not. I will only be covering the manual stack cutters by Triumph.

Both Dahle and Triumph stack paper cutters are German engineered and German made. They are also both considered to be the two best brands of stack paper cutters available today.

Dahle and Triumph make the following stack cutters that compete directly with each other.

17″ Cutting Width

All three of these cutters are excellent when it comes to cutting paper up to 17″ wide.  All three also feature a safety protection system.

Dahle 842 Profesional Stack CutterDahle 842 has a manually adjusted sliding backstop that I don’t really like and the safety guard on the 842 is metal, making it difficult to see what you are cutting. I also had trouble getting a nice accurate cut with the 842 due to the sliding backstop.

The Dahle 846 and the Triumph 4205 feature a spindle-driven backstop and a clear plexiglass safety guard. The spindle-driven backstop is a huge upgrade and well worth the extra money in my opinion.

I would personally choose the Dahle 846 and Triumph 4205 over the Dahle 842 if the budget allows. The 842 is still a nice cutter, but the benefits of the 846 and 4205 are worth it in my opinion.

I personally think the Triumph 4205 takes the crown, however, as the registry and cuts seemed more precise. The overall build quality of the 4205 also seemed slightly better.

18″-19″ Cutting Width

Dahle 846 Professional Stack CutterBoth of these cutters are exceptional and both can cut paper over 18″ wide. The both feature a clear safety guard and both are very easy to use and operate. They also both feature a spindle-driven backstop with is very accurate.

One thing I like with the Triumph 4205 over the Dahle 848 is the clamping mechanism. The 4205 has a latch-style clamp versus the lever-style clamp of the Dahle 848. The latch-style clamp is better when it comes to cutting glossy or coated paper.

If money permits, I would probably get the Triumph 4205, however, the Dahle 848 is still an excellent cutter. From personal experience, the 4205 just barely edges out the Dahle 848.

Honorable Mention:

Dahle also makes a couple of premium stack paper cutters. These are the:

The only reason I don’t feature these in a comparison with Triumph is because they are in a league of their own. Triumph really doesn’t make a stack cutter that works on the same level.

Overall I have to say that Triumph is probably my favorite over the Dahle brand stack cutter. That’s not to say the Dahle cutter is bad by any means. I would compare the Dahle to a nice Honda and the Triumph to a nice Acura. The Dahle will still get you from point A to point B without any trouble, but the Triumph is just a little nicer with a few more bells and whistles.

It is also important to point out that Dahle paper cutters are typically more affordable than Triumph paper cutters. If your budget doesn’t allow for a nice Triumph cutter, you will probably still be happy with the Dahle line.

You can find our entire line of Triumph stack paper cutters here, our Dahle stack paper cutters here and our entire selection of stack paper cutters here.

German Paper Cutters – Why Are They So Good?

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

German Paper CuttersWhen it comes to paper cutters, there is one common factor among the top brands. They are almost all German engineered or German made. German paper cutters are considered to be some of the best built and the longest-lasting lines around.

Owning several German cars (VWs), I have a certain appreciation for German engineering. While perhaps not the most popular line of cars here in the U.S., German engines are often considered so tough they can take a bullet and keep running. The same is the case with German paper cutters. They are tough.

The most popular German paper cutting brands I can think of are Dahle paper cutters (guillotines & stack cutters) and MBMs line of Triumph and Kutrimmer paper cutters (by IDEAL). These paper cutters are asked for by name and have gained an impressive reputation in the paper cutting industry and among our customers.

The only cutter I can think of that even compares to the German paper cutters is the British-made Rotatrim. As far as I know, the Rotatrims don’t leak any oil (sorry, a little car humor). Rotatrim is an excellent brand of paper cutter.

If you are looking for German-made paper cutters, these are the brands you’ll want to check out:

Dahle Paper CuttersDahle – Dahle makes a wide variety of guillotine cutters, rotary paper cutters and stack paper cutters. These paper cutters are typically the most affordable of the German-engineered paper cutters. You can find our Dahle paper cutters here.

Kutrimmer Paper Cutters and TrimmersKutrimmer – Kutrimmer (by IDEAL) is a line of guillotine paper cutters distributed by MBM. These guillotine cutters are very popular with our customers and use an arm-activated blade to cut paper, card stock, pictures and more. You can find our Kutrimmer paper cutters here.

Triumph Paper CuttersTriumph – Triumph (by IDEAL) is considered to be one of the heaviest-duty and best lines of stack paper cutters. These cutters come in manual, semi-auto and fully automatic designs. Triumph stack cutters are designed for high-volume paper cutting. You can find our entire selection of Triumph paper cutters here.

So there you have it. The kings of the German paper cutting industry. You can find our entire selection of paper cutters here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

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