Paper folding machines make letter folding extremely. Most folding machines can create over a half dozen different folds. While operating, running and maintaining a paper folding machine isn’t difficult, there are a few simple things you can do that will help avert a lot of issues. This article will cover some of the most common issues.
While I haven’t used every paper folder out there, I have years of experience with machines from Martin Yale, Duplo, Dynafold, Intelli-Fold, Intimus, Dahle, Formax and Standard. While each manufacturer has their own unique manufacturing process, they all utilize a similar design. These tips should be able to help you out, even if you don’t own a machine by the above mentioned brands.
Common Folding & Paper Jam Issues
Constant Jams - Manual setup paper folding machines often require the removal and adjustments of folding plates. These plates typically rest on a couple of points in the machine. If the folding machine isn’t properly seated, paper can become quickly jammed. If you continue to have paper jams, and have a manual setup machine, be sure to double check the folding plate.
Occasional Jams - If your machine sometimes works, sometimes doesn’t, you may have one of several potential issues. If the machine has been used for some time, you may have dirty or worn rollers. As paper runs its course through a paper folding machine, dust and ink begin to accumulate on the rollers. This dust and ink can cause the rollers to begin slipping on the paper, resulting in occasional jamming issues. I recommend using some roller cleaner and rejuvenator (found here). This will clean the rollers and moisturize them in the same process.
Another common problem is folding paper after it has come off a printer or copy machine. This paper is often statically-charged. Simply put, static electricity and paper folding machines don’t mix. There are a couple of things you can do to eliminate static electricity. The first thing you can do is jog the paper using a paper jogger (found here). Paper joggers quickly eliminate static and help to square up paper. Another way to get rid of static electricity is by using static eliminator spray (found here).
Feeding Issues – Feeding issues can be caused by a couple of sources. The most common source is glossy or coated paper. Friction-feed folders use friction grabbing rollers. When they try to grab glossy paper, they can often slip, resulting in a misfeed. If you are experiencing issues due to glossy or coated paper, you may need to upgrade to an air-feed (suction feed) folding machine.
Another issue that causes feeding issues is how paper is placed in the feed tray. While most modern paper folding machines don’t require fanning, some older paper folder designs (along with a few new designs) require the paper to be fanned prior to placement in the feed tray. If your paper folding machine has a retarder wheel, the paper probably needs to be pre fanned.
Crooked Folds – Crooked folds can be annoying, and in most cases, the fix is simple. The primary cause for crooked folds is an improperly set folding plate. Most folding plates (manual setup machines) need to be locked down in 2 points. If these points are not even, a crooked fold may occur. Another thing you can do, if so equipped, is you can use the skew adjustment to align paper as it runs through the machine, which fixes a lot of crooked folds.
Hopefully these tips have helped you out. With over 10 years of personal paper folding machine experience, I suspect this should help resolve about 90% of the problems out there. If you are still having issues, contact Office Zone’s Service Department at 1-800-543-5454 x129.
There are many mundane tasks in an office that are very important, but are about as exciting as watching a mime try and recite Shakespeare. Signing checks, invoices and other paperwork are one of these tasks. Business can’t continue to operate, and employees and vendors can’t get paid, without a steady flow of ink being scribbled across the signature line on documents. But no one really wants to be the one who gets hand cramps from signing each and every document. That’s where the Widmer S-3 Check Signer comes in.
The Widmer S-3 Check Signer is a handy device that automatically stamps dates, numbers, data or authorized signatures on checks, purchase orders, invoices or other documents. It is fast, efficient and never gets tired of signing, even after the 100th document. It is a must-have for banks, retail stores, restaurants, distributors, warehouses, churches, nonprofits, schools or any other large organization and business.
The Widmer S-3 Check Signer is easy to use and can handle signing as many documents as you can feed it. The check signer works in the same was as a traditional style punch clock. The user simply slides the document to be signed into the feed slot on the machine. An internal switch detects the document and automatically activates the signer. In less than a second a clear signature, date or other desired information is clearly stamped on to the document.
Users will like the convenience of not having to reset any buttons or stamp settings while feeding a stack of documents through the check signer. Another convenience is the auto advance number printer. When you’re printing a series of sequential numbers on to a set of documents, the Widmer S-3 will automatically advance to the next number in the series. This is a true time saver and eliminates the need to use pre-printed or pre-numbered forms and documents.
The S-3 Check Signer is the product of the Widmer Time Recorder Company, a New York City based company who has produced time and date stamping products since 1933. Widmer started as a repair shop for time stamps and has grown to become one of the largest manufacturers of time and date stamps products in the world.
One concern that some companies have with check signers in general is the fear that someone will abuse the machine by making unauthorized signatures on checks and documents. The good news is that the S-3 Check Signer has some multiple security locks to prevent unauthorized personnel from using it. And if The President of the United States has enough trust in check signers to use one to sign legislation, then you can rest assured that they are secure.
The S-3 Check Signer is versatile enough to handled different styles of paper. The stamping pressure can be increased enough for it to penetrate through carbon paper forms, leaving a perfect imprint on each sheet. It can also be adjusted to accommodate lighter bond paper and carbonless forms. It is made from sturdy material so it will provide years of consistent use.
Today my wife and I paid a trip to the local Costco to do a little grocery shopping. I couldn’t help but notice as we walked by the office supply section that several paper shredders were being offered. While they looked halfway decent for individual use, I couldn’t help but wonder, “I hope nobody is buying these for their office.” I have been around office paper shredders for over 10 years and know which brands to look out for.
While I won’t mention any of the brands I would stay way from by name, (although a certain James Bond movie comes to mind) I will gladly list 5 brands that I would recommend to my closest friends and family for office use. These brands have impeccable reputations and are widely used by government agencies and businesses throughout the United States.
These are the top 5 best brands I would recommend for office use. Four of these brands are made in Germany. Do you see a trend here?
Dahle – Dahle is well known for their lines of paper cutters, trimmers, folding machines and other products. They are equally as known for their German-made line of high-end office paper shredders. Dahle paper shredders come in strip cut, cross cut and even high security designs. Dahle shredders are known for their easy-to-use control panels and unparalleled sound absorption technology. Most Dahle shredders feature thermally protected motor, chain driven shredder blades and premium electronic components. You can find our Dahle paper shredders here.
Destroyit – I have a lot of respect for MBM Destroyit (by Ideal). These German paper shredders may be some of the best around. These shredders are designed to be used and abused and still function. As is the case with Dahle, Destroyit shredders feature continuous-duty motors that can run all day long without overheating. I have seen Destroyit shredders last well over 5 years without an issue. Destroyit is easily a personal favorite. We see these shredders ship out all the time and I’m not aware of anyone returning one. You can find our Destroyit paper shredders here.
Formax – Formax is kind of the new kid on the block, having only been around for a 3-4 years. While Formax is new, compared to the other brands on this list, they are some of the best value for the dollar. While some of these shredders look like something that came out of an industrial complex, they are a huge hit with our customers. As notoriety improves, we see more of these shredders shipping. Formax has done a great job making office paper shredders. If you are looking for something that will last for years, and not break the bank, consider buying one of these. Formax has a great reputation with our customers. You can find our Formax paper shredders here.
HSM – HSM is a brand that is well-known in Europe, being German, but aren’t as well known in the United States. This shouldn’t scare you off. HSM paper shredders, including their well-known Shredstar line, are some of the best available. HSM shredders look great and blend in well with an office environment. HSM makes strip cut, cross cut and high-security paper shredders. You can find our HSM paper shredders here.
Intimus – These German shredders, which used to be owned by Schleicher, are now owned and managed by Martin Yale. These are some of the nicest-looking paper shredders we offer. They also feature energy conservation technology, sound absorbing shocks and are packed with features. Intimus paper shredders are also popular with government and military entities. You can find our Intimus paper shredders here.
I am confident that you will be pleased with paper shredders from any of these brands. You can find our entire line of paper shredders here. Please feel free to call 1-800-543-5454 to speak with one of Office Zone’s paper shredder specialists.
It’s a fact. The cost of food is continuing to rise, and these cost increases are impacting the bottom line of every restaurant, deli, dinner and roadside dive that serves fresh food. The most popular method of lowering costs is to store perishable food items in a way that lengthens its shelf-life, and reduce spoilage loss. This is what makes the Minipack MVS 20 Chamber Vacuum Sealer such a good investment for any food business, or even a large household that wants to control their grocery budget or store food for emergencies.
The Minipack MVS 20 Chamber Vacuum Sealer is used to encase perishable food items, such as beef, poultry, fish, wild game, vegetables, fruits and other food items in an air-tight plastic bag. Storing food this way increases its shelf life by reducing exposure to air and other contaminants that break down stored food. The Minipack 20 is a medium volume chamber Vacuum Sealer that is designed to be able to package and seal dozens of storage bags per hour.
Even though The Minipack 20 Chamber Vacuum Sealer looks like a robot straight out of a science fiction movie, it is extremely simple for someone to be able to operate. To package and seal the food products, the user fills the bag with whatever the product is then places the open bag in to the sealing chamber. The user then sets the digital controls to indicate the amount of oxygen and needs to be removed before sealing. The more oxygen and moisture that is removed the longer the food will be able to be stored. However, if too much is oxygen is moved it can put pressure on the contents of the bag that may damage the product. The machine then expels the desired amount of oxygen and moisture from the bag and seals it closed.
The Minipack MVS 20 Chamber Vacuum Sealer is able to accommodate bags that are 13 inches wide. It has a built in memory system that can store up to 10 programs, making transitions between products faster. The Chamber Vacuum Sealer also trims excess plastic from the sealed bags to allow for better product storage. It features an electronic millibar sensor to precisely measure the vacuum level so you get optimal results. The Minipack MVS 20 Chamber Vacuum Sealer is made of non-corrosive aluminum that is easy to keep clean, and the machine itself is low maintenance. The years of production this chamber Chamber Vacuum Sealer provides, the cost savings from reduced spoilage loss, and the inexpensive price for the sealing bags helps the machine to be extremely cost effective, and will pay for itself over time.
The MVS 20 Chamber Vacuum Sealer is manufactured by Minipack America, a brand leader in packaging machines for over thirty years. Their machines tend to be easy to maintain, are energy efficient, and have a 1 year warranty.
The Minipack MVS 20 Chamber Vacuum Sealer is space efficient and won’t take up excess room in your kitchen or on your retail counter. The Minipack MVS 20 Chamber Chamber Vacuum Sealer is a must have item for food retail businesses, food service operations, food processing manufacturers, or even for avid sportsman for home use.
There’s a reason the Martin Yale 959 High-Volume Paper Folding Machine is an excellent choice for companies that require more from their paper folders than just envelope stuffing. The Martin Yale 959 is a high capacity, automatic paper folder that can handle large stacks of paper, produce several complicated folds, and also add slits, scores and perforations to documents all at the push of a button. This is an extremely convenient feature for companies that send out bills, invoices, coupons or other correspondence that requires the receiver to remove a piece of the document.
Banks, investment houses, credit unions, insurance companies, schools, printers, government agencies, publishers and direct mail marketers fold and distribute millions of sheets of paper daily. So for companies that fold through more paper than John Stewart goes through politician jokes on the Daily Show, you may as well make it as easy as he seems to.
The Martin Yale 959 High-Volume Paper Folder can handle various paper sizes, like 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ to 14″ x 20″. It also has several options for customizable folds, along with 7 preset paper folds. These include the standard single folds, letter folds, Z-folds, double parallel folds, baronial folds, and French folds. This paper folder is rugged and can handle 18 lb. bond to 90 lb. index paper, but it can also handle lighter weight paper, like onion skin. The The Martin Yale 959 High-Volume Paper Folder has variable speeds you can adjust according to the size of your stack, with a maximum fold speed of 18,000 sheets per hour. That’s a lot of sheet! The Martin Yale 959 High-Volume Paper Folder is a friction style folder that rapidly feeds the paper through using a friction roller and conveyor system.
The 959 High-Volume Paper Folder is made by Martin Yale Industries, a US manufacturer of office and mailroom equipment. According to their website they design their equipment to make work life more productive and secure. Founded in 1940, Martin Yale has a 68-year track record of designing, engineering, and manufacturing quality products for the office. They are also known for having a helpful customer service department when customers have questions or need help.
Another feature that makes the Martin Yale 959 High-Volume Paper Folder useful for high volume loads is that it has a bottom feed that enables the user to reload of documents without stopping machine. The perforator is a 7-tooth-per-inch perforating wheel and 2 scoring wheels that is equipped with a quick release journal shaft to make it easy to set-up for perforating, scoring, and slitting documents. The only downside of the Martin Yale 959 is the shortcoming that afflicts all friction-style paper folders. It shouldn’t be used to fold glossy paper. If you’re in a business that uses a lot of slick, shiny paper then you’d be better off with a suction-operated paper folder.
The Martin Yale 959 High-Volume Paper Folder is a good choice for schools, copy shops, and the printing department of large businesses.
Employee time management technology has come a long way from the days when Fred Flintstone would stick a piece of slate rock into a pterodactyl’s chomping mouth. And the David-Link W-1288PB Biometric Time Clock is at the forefront of new time clock technology. In a business environment where human resource and payroll roll managers need a time clock that can do more than just record when an employee punches in and out, the David-Link W-1288PB Biometric Time Clock delivers.
The David-Link W-1288PB Biometric Time Clock has several benefits for both the employees that use it to clock in and out, and the human resource and payroll managers that require advanced time administration features. For the employees, the David-Link W-1288PB Biometric Time Cock offers several different options for clocking in and out, including using a proximity card reader, a number pad and a biometric finger scanner. The biometric finger scanner is especially advantageous for companies that have a problem with buddy punches.
For human resource managers and payroll officers, the David-Link W-1288PB Biometric Time Clock can either download the employee records stored in the time clock directly to a computer or to a flash drive. The David-Link W-1288PB Biometric Employee Time Clock can also generate several different reports to monitor labor hours used. These reports include punches for clock in/out, lunch, breaks, overtime, holidays & absences. The administrator can also edit, add or delete records, as well as customize the settings of the David-Link W-1288PB Biometric Employee Time Clock to determine how employee is accounted for.
The W-1288PB Biometric Employee Time Clock is a product of David-Link, which is owned by the NIBO Corporation. They’ve been specializing in designing and manufacturing time and attendance systems, as well as door access control devices and other office equipment for over 15 years. Their website says that for 5 years they’ve been researching and developing technology to make biometric time clocks more user-friendly and affordable. These advances are evident compared to older biometric time clock models.
The David-Link W-1288PB Biometric Employee Time Clock is a good option for mid-sized businesses, stores, schools, government agencies, manufacturing plants or large corporations with a high number of employees. The David-Link W-1288PB Biometric Employee Time Clock is able to store up to 3,000 fingerprint records and 50,000 log records. It also includes its own time management system so there’s no need to purchase additional software. The David-Link W-1288PB Biometric Employee Time Clock mounts easily to the wall for convenient access by employees.
Along with sparing the employees the need to stick their hand in a pterodactyl’s mouth, the David-Link W-1288PB Biometric Employee Time Clock also eliminates the need for employees to slide their fingers across the scanner when using the biometric scanner. The new technology simplifies things by have the employee only touch the scanner with their finger and in one second their name appears on the digital screen confirming their identity and the time of the punch.
Precision paper cutting is of extreme importance to print shops, in-house design departments and publishing companies. No one wants the edges of their books, magazines, flyers, or print marketing pieces to look like they were sliced by a drunken samurai with a dull sword. That’s why the Dahle 858 stack paper cutter is a good choice for any business that involves slicing think volumes of paper.
The Dahle 858 Stack Paper Cutter is a guillotine style paper cutter. The off-with-their-heads style action of the Dahle 858 paper cutter makes it more practical and efficient for slicing thick reams of paper. Arm or rolling style paper cutters tend to make more jagged cuts on thicker stacks. The design of the Dahle 858 Stack Paper Cutter makes the guillotine paper cutting action very easy and requires little force or effort. It also has user convenience features that ensure that cuts will be as precise and clean as the original factory edge.
To operate the Dahle 858 Stack Paper Cutter, the user begins by placing the stack of paper to be sliced on the cutting board. This paper cutter is designed for heavy-duty use and can accommodate a stack of paper 700 sheets thick. The user then adjusts the paper on the board to match the desired measurement that will be cut. For convenience, the scale bar used for measuring the length of the cut shows both inches and centimeters. The Dahle 858 Stack Paper Cutter has an automatic cutting system that will securely hold the stack of paper to prevent shifting during the cutting process. The user will then pull down on the ergonomically correct handle to bring down the blade and make the cut.
The Dahle 858 Stack Paper Cutter has several features that make it a cut above other heavy duty paper cutting machines. Prior to user pulling the cutting lever, a laser targeting light is projected on the paper to show the exact spot the blade will touch the paper. This effectively prevents any crooked cuts and ensures precision edges. The ergonomic handle is designed to reduce fatigue and minimize the exertion needed to cut through thicker stacks of paper. There is also a built in safety cover that prevents potential injuries.
The 858 Paper Cutter is a product of Dahle North America, Inc. a fully integrated manufacturer and distributor of business machines and office products. According to their website, Dahle has been developing and manufacturing quality and durable office equipment using cutting edge technology since 1930, and is one of the top office equipment manufacturers in the world. And based there their track record they seem to know what they’re doing.
There is a lot to like about the Dahle 858 Stack Paper Cutter that makes it a good purchase option. The fact that it can cut through bricks of paper repetitively without breaking the user’s back or wearing out the user’s arms is a big plus. The built in electronic console that verifies each step of the cutting process is also a convenient touch the maker added. And after you’ve used the laser cutting guide you’ll never know how you went without it. It’s recommended that purchasers also get the optional floor stand for better performance and stability.
It’s hard to find something more frustrating to a food business than spoilage loss. It’s equivalent to throwing money straight into the garbage. And since not many organizations outside of Washington DC can throw money away and stay in business, anything a food business can use to reduce losses is a good thing. That’s where the Minipack MVS 26X Vacuum Sealer comes in handy.
The Minipack MVS 26X Vacuum Sealer is a chamber sealer that is increases the shelf life of beef, poultry, fish, wild game, vegetables, fruits and other perishable food items. The Minipack MVS 26X Chamber Vacuum Sealer is a must have item for food retail businesses, food service operations, food processing manufacturers, or even for avid sportsman for home use. This medium volume chamber vacuum sealer is able to seal and pack dozens of packages per hour. The Minipack MVS 26X Chamber Vacuum Sealer is extremely simple for a user to operate.
Even though it looks like something out of a Sci-Fi movie, the Minipack MVS 26X Vacuum Sealer is extremely simple to operate. The user places the open bag of food in the chamber, pushes a couple of buttons and the machine rapidly expels the oxygen and moisture from the bag and seals it to prevent additional air or moisture from damaging the contents. The Minipack MVS 26X Vacuum Sealer is able to store up to 10 programs, making transitions between products faster. The vacuum sealer also trims excess plastic from the sealed bags to allow for better product storage. It features an electronic millibar sensor to precisely measure the vacuum level so you get optimal results.
The Minipack MVS 26X Vacuum Sealer is made of non-corrosive aluminum that is easy to keep clean, and the machine itself is low maintenance. The years of production this chamber vacuum sealer provides, along with the money saved from reduced spoilage loss, helps the machine to pay for itself over time.
The MVS 26X Vacuum Sealer is Italian made by Minipack. Minipack has a great reputation and their vacuum sealers are considered to be some of the best available today. The 26X features a 1 year warranty.
Something to consider before you purchase a chamber vacuum sealer is the size of the chamber. Be sure to get chamber large enough to accommodate your products. Also remember to stock up on sealer bags. The Minipack MVS 26X Vacuum Sealer is space efficient and won’t take up excess room in your kitchen or on your retail counter.
Reducing the amount of food loss due to spoilage is a high priority for food producers, distributors, grocery stores and restaurants. Too much spoilage drives up the overall costs of the product and cuts into profits. To reduce spoilage, food industry businesses are always in need of an efficient and effective vacuum sealer, such as the Minipack Cyclone 30. Because of its quality, ease of use, and durability, the Minipack Cyclone 30 Vacuum Sealer has consistently been a popular choice.
The Minipack Cyclone 30 Vacuum Sealer is an external sealer that is able to package and preserve perishable foods like fruits, vegetables and meats. It’s a medium volume machine that is best used to seal and package a couple of dozen bags per day. This makes it ideal for small diners, delis, corner markets, etc. The Minipack Cyclone 30 Vacuum Sealer is extremely simple for a user to operate, and can seal bags that are 13 inches wide.
The person operating the Minipack Cyclone 30 Vacuum Sealer begins by placing the food or perishables into the plastic storage bag. The operator then places the open-end of the bag on to the sealer bar. All the controls are digital, so it’s just a matter of pushing the right button to set the type of seal. The user is able to determine the amount of air to be vacuumed out of the bag during sealing, based on the food being stored. The Minipack Cyclone 30 Vacuum Sealer has a digital vacuum sensor to ensure the air level is accurate. It also has a moisture collection basin that removes excess moisture which further increases the shelf life of the food.
The Minipack Cyclone 30 Vacuum Sealer is made of non-corrosive aluminum, so it will provide years of use. This sturdy construction, along with the cost saving benefits from reduced food loss, makes it so it won’t take long to recoup the purchase cost.
The Cyclone 30 Vacuum Sealer is manufactured by Minipack America, a brand leader in packaging machines for over thirty years. Their machines tend to be easy to maintain, are energy efficient, and have a 1 year warranty.
The benefits and usability of the Minipack Cyclone 30 Vacuum Sealer make it a good choice to purchase. The operator will like the versatility of being able to switch between automatic and manual sealing cycles. It doesn’t take up a lot of space and is easy to store. Be sure to purchase enough vacuum sealing bags to handle your volume, otherwise you’ll end up with a pricey office sculpture. You can find our entire selection of vacuum food sealers here.
There’s a reason the Martin Yale 2051 Paper Folder is called the Smartfold. It’s so easy to use that even Congress could make it work. The Martin Yale 2051 Smartfold is an automatic paper folder that can handle high volumes and produce several complicated folds at the push of a button. Even in this digital age, financial institutions, insurance companies, banks, schools, government agencies, publishers and direct mail marketers fold and distribute millions of sheets of paper daily. So if you’re going to fold and mail out paper like Congress goes through money, you may as well make it as easy as they do.
The Martin Yale 2051 Smartfold is has 7 paper folds, including letter, z-fold, half, double-parallel, gate, engineering and church fold, and can accommodate 10 custom folds that can be preprogrammed for push-button convenience. This paper folder is rugged and can handle 18 lb. bond to 90 lb. index paper, and can fold up to 15,000 sheets per hour. The Martin Yale 2051 Smartfold paper folder is a friction style folder that rapidly feeds the paper through using a friction roller and conveyor system.
The 2051 Smartfold paper folder is made Martin Yale Industries, a US manufacturer of office and mailroom equipment. According to their website they design their equipment to make work life more productive and secure. Founded in 1940, Martin Yale has a 68-year track record of designing, engineering, and manufacturing quality products for the office. They are also known for having a helpful customer service department when customers have questions or need help.
The Martin Yale 2051 Smartfold Paper Folder paper folder has a lot of safeguard features that increase its usability and reliability. The Smartfold Paper Folder has an automatic paper feeder that can hold up to 500 sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ in the hopper. There is also no need to adjust the machine when changing paper weights. It is a manual paper folder. The paper folder rollers are fully enclosed which means it will operate much more quietly, and increases the safety of the user.
To enhance productivity, the Martin Yale 2051 Smartfold Paper Folder is designed with gear-driven rollers to reduce paper jams. It also has automatic paper jam detector for the rare occasion that it does. Workers in multilingual offices will appreciate that the controls accommodate multiple languages.
This is a video demonstration of the Martin Yale 2051:
The only downside of the Smartfold is the shortcoming that afflicts all friction-style paper folders. It shouldn’t be used to fold glossy paper. If you’re in a business that uses a lot of slick, shiny paper then you’d be better off with a suction-operated paper folder. If you want a paper folder that will get more done in a day than Congress does in a year, and at a nonbudget busting cost, then the Martin Yale 2051 Smartfold is the smart choice.