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Paper Collators / Collating FAQ

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Paper Collators

We have compiled a list of the most common paper collator questions from our customers and have put them in this useful paper collator FAQ. If you are trying to learn more about paper collators, or are in the initial stages of looking for a machine, this FAQ is perfect for you. Feel free to read through this. Give us a call at 1-800-658-8788 for more information on paper collating equipment.

Why would I want a collator?

Collators speed up the process of taking one sheet of paper, from multiple stacks of paper, and combining them into a single organized stack. Collators automate this process, which can increase output over manual collating by anywhere from 2-20 times, depending on the machine.

Are there any manual collators?

Manual collators do exist. One example would be the Martin Yale CL-6 collator. This collator allows the operator to insert up to six different stacks of paper. The operator then pulls a lever that grabs a sheet off the top of each stack. You can see a video demo of the Martin Yale CL-6 here.

Can collators work with up to 20 different stacks of paper?

This is possible by using a multi-tower collator (two 10-bin systems). A multi-tower collator is made up of two different collators that are linked together for synchronous operation. This type of machine is ideal for high-volume jobs.

Can a collator be used with a booklet maker?

Some collators can be used with a booklet maker via an interface. Not all collators can do this. You will want to be sure and ask ahead of making a purchase whether or not the collator you want can do this.

Are collators easy to set up?

Controls have been simplified over the years, making collators very easy to use. Operation usually only involves a couple of buttons and inserting paper into the machine.

Are there any collators with built-in staplers?

Some collators are available with a corner stapler. This is standard in some collators and optional in others.

Can collators be used with glossy paper?

It depends on how slick the surface is. Most collators operate using friction to pull paper through the machine. If the surface is too glossy, a jam may occur. It is recommended to send in samples of glossy paper for testing prior to making a purchase.

Which is the best paper collator?

There is no "best" paper collator, however, MBM is very popular with our customers.

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