Paper folding machines are one of the most valuable time- and money-saving office tools. These machines cut back on tedious employee tasks, prevent paper cuts and increase accuracy.
A paper folder is a great way to create efficiency in banks, churches, schools, print shops and other businesses that mail out documents and letters. Choose between automatic and manual models and consider options with a higher speed and capacity if your organization requires it.
Consider Automatic Versus Manual Setup
Some paper folders are designed for quick and automatic setup, requiring the user to simply push a button so the machine will automatically adjust the folding plates -- the parts responsible for the folding operation. A paper folder with a manual setup requires adjustment of the folding plates by hand, with the help of guides that specify the style.
An auto batch feature will help the user process a precise number of sheets at a time.
Does Your Office Need a Heavy-Duty Paper Folder?
Large organizations and corporations benefit the most from a fast, high-capacity folding machine. Consider models with a feeding capacity of as much as 800 sheets or more, reducing the need to refill the tray frequently.
High-speed models can fold as many as 15,000 sheets per hour. Keep in mind that more heavy-duty options may require a larger dedicated space and emit more noise.
Choose a Compact Model for Small Offices
Small churches and businesses with a limited mailing list may prefer a more compact letter folder, with a capacity of around 160 to 250 pages and a speed of up to 1,800 sheets per hour. Lighter-duty models can fit easily on a desk and offer quieter operation.
If your office needs to use a paper folder continuously, it's important to have a machine that can handle ongoing, high-volume operation.
Multiple Fold Types and Paper Sizes
Paper folders may offer some or all types of fold styles, such as letter, half, Z, double-parallel and baronial. For custom folds, some models offer the ability to adjust the fold range on the first and second folds.
Some folding machines may be limited to 8.5 x 11-inch paper, while others additionally support sizes as small as 3.5 x 5 inches or as large as 11 x 17 inches. If processing a set number of sheets, some folders incorporate a counter mechanism that will pause the operation between sets.
Improve Folding Efficiency
Some paper folders increase productivity by automatically organizing the output into a neat stack. For additional convenience, a feeding system offers easy loading without the need to fan the pages.
To make paper folding tasks even simpler, consider additional tools and options to speed things up. For tasks such as brochures, greeting cards and CD covers, a paper creaser prevents tearing and prepares a document for a clean and accurate fold.
For maintenance purposes, be sure to use a roll cleaner, which conditions and cleans the rollers for top performance, keeping them from drying out and cracking. A static eliminator and dust removal kit ensure the machine operates efficiently.
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