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Reviewed: Tamerica TPF-42 Paper Folding Machine

Posted by: Office Zone on September 15th, 2011

Tamerica TPF-42 Paper Folding MachineIf you organization sends out fliers, mailers, invoices, statements or any kind of business correspondence then you need a paper folder.  Those documents aren’t going to fold themselves to fit in the envelope, and why would you want to waste valuable labor hours paying a bunch of minimum wage employees to fold them slowly by hand? The Tamerica TPF-42 Paper Folder is an excellent choice for companies that would rather have one employee folding thousands of sheets an hour than several employees folding hundreds of sheets per hour. The Tamerica TPF-42 paper folder can handle rapidly folding large stacks of paper into every common type of paper fold.

The Tamerica TPF-42 Paper Folder has a high folding capacity, can be set to produce custom folds and is the easiest paper folder on the market to set up. These ease-of-use features makes the Tamerica TPF-42 Paper Folder a top choice among banks, brokerages, law offices, investment houses, credit unions, insurance companies, churches, schools, print shops, government agencies, publishers, direct mail marketers and other organizations that send out thousands of sheets of paper throughout the month.

The Tamerica TPF-42 Paper Folding Machine is a friction style folder that automatically feeds the paper through using a friction roller and conveyor system. The Tamerica TPF-42 Paper Folder can handle a wide range of bond paper ranging from 12# to 60#. Along with custom folds, this paper folder can do single, letter, Z, double parallel, half accordion, and gate folds. The Tamerica TPF-42 Paper Folder is a high output machine that has variable speeds so you can adjust the folding speed based on the size of your stack. It has a maximum folding speed of 8,000 sheets per hour. It would take dozens of grumbling employees to match that output.

The TPF-42 Paper Folding Machine is the product of made by Tamerica Products Incorporated, located in California. For almost 30 years, Tamerica Products Incorporated has been manufacturing and distributing top quality office equipment, including paper folders, binding machines, laminating equipment and other office supplies. According to their website, Tamerica Products Incorporate takes pride in providing quality products and honest customer service to its customers.

The setting controls on the Tamerica TPF-42 Paper Folder are designed for easy adjustment. It has an auto jam detector and auto shut off sensor. This is a high volume paper folder that has a feed tray able to hold a 500 sheet stack of paper. It has a test sheet button that enables the user to try out a test fold before beginning the full stack.  This eliminates incorrect folds that don’t line up correctly in windowed envelopes. The only downside of the Tamerica TPF-42 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-feed paper folder.

You can get the best price on a Tamerica TPF-42 Paper Folding Machine, along with other office equipment, at Office Zone.  You can find Office Zone’s entire selection of paper folding machines here.




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Best Shredders Under $100

Posted by: Office Zone on September 15th, 2011

Fellowes P-35C Cross Cut Paper ShredderSome businesses believe that they need to invest hundreds of dollars in a paper shredder for their company. While this may be the case for some companies, it isn’t the case for all. There are several good paper shredders that can be purchased for under $100. It doesn’t make sense to spend $1000 on a paper shredder if you don’t require the unique features on a high-end paper shredder. Before purchasing any shredder, you should remember some key considerations.

What is your security level? Not every company has papers containing sensitive information that need to be shredded into tiny bits of confetti. And even among those that do, it is not necessary to have a high security paper shredder at every desk or in every office. Many companies will keep their high security shredder in a central location, and will have standard cross cut or strip cut paper shredder for general use.

The volume of use is another good consideration. If you’re only shredding dozens or even hundreds sheets of paper in a day, then a $100 or less shredder will be more cost effective than a high volume paper shredder that can shred thousands of pages a day. The amount of paper that a paper shredder can destroy at a time is also something to consider. If you shred documents that are six pages or less, then spending $100 on a low volume paper shredder makes more sense than spending $800 on a shredder that can destroy 2—30 page documents.

Here are four of the best paper shredders for under $100.

  1. GBC SC032 Paper Shredder – The SC032 Paper Shredder by GBC is available for $58.69. It is a desk side paper shredder that is perfect for light office or home use. The SC032 Paper Shredder is a low-volume strip cut style shredder that can shred six sheets of paper at a time. The blades can handle shredding any standard-size paper, and can even handle destroying plastic cards, like expired credit cards or ID cards.  The SC032 Paper Shredder has a four-gallon bin, which is a good size shred bin that does not need to be emptied often depending on your shredder usage. The GBC SC032 Paper Shredder is easy to use and requires minimal maintenance.
  2. Fellowes P-35C Cross-Cut Paper Shredder – The P-35C Cross-Cut Paper Shredder by Fellowes can be purchased for $65. Fellowes has a reputation for high performance and durable office equipment, so this is a real deal.  The P-35C Cross-Cut Paper Shredder is cross-cut style low volume paper shredder that can shred up to 5 sheets of paper into tiny 5/32″ x 1-1/2″ particles. So it is a good choice for people that want added security at a bargain price. The P-35C Cross-Cut Paper Shredder has a compact design, so it will fit easily at a desk in a business or home office.
  3. Fellowes W-11C Cross-Cut Paper Shredder – The W-11C Cross-Cut Paper Shredder by Fellowes retails at $83. This is a paper shredder for under $100 that is designed for more rugged home office or business office use. The W-11C Cross-Cut Paper Shredder has a 9 inch shred opening that can handle shredding 11 sheets of paper at a time. This cross-cut paper shredder has a Level 3 security ranking, which means the shred particles are smaller than lower level printers. This will appeal to those who are concerned with protecting their or their clients’ private information.
  4. HSM Compact Multishred Shredder – The Compact Multishred Shredder by HSM can be purchased for $93, and is the most versatile shredder that can be purchased for under $100. The Compact Multishred Shredder is a cross-cut shredder that can destroy 8 sheet stacks of paper with each pass. It is a Level 3 security shredder that is able to turn paper and also thin plastics into tiny bits. This includes laminated sheets of paper, floppy disks (assuming you’re still using them), credit cards, and ID cards. It’s compact design makes it ideal for individual use at home or at the office.

Each of these quality paper shredders can be purchased at OfficeZone.com. You can find Office Zone’s entire line of paper shredders here.




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Reviewed: Akiles Diamond-5 Corner Rounder

Posted by: Office Zone on September 15th, 2011

Akiles Diamond-5 Electric Corner RounderMany companies like adding rounded corners to their stationary, cards and other paper media to give them a more finished and refined appearance. Companies who prefer the rounded corner look can either have an employee take a pair of scissors and manually cut the rounded corners, or they can spare themselves the frustration of griping, sore-fingered employees by purchasing an Akiles Diamond-5 Electric Corner Rounder.

The Akiles Diamond-5 Electric Corner Rounder is a popular choice used by print ships, design houses and other businesses. The rounded edge look is a common practice in the business world when making office paper products and marketing materials, such as business cards, greeting cards, invitations, announcements, notebooks, post cards, awards, certificates or office stationary.

The heavy duty design of the Akiles Diamond-5 Corner Rounder can also cut rounded corners on heavier materials such as plastics, PVC, polyester and even leather. This is advantageous for making a nice, smooth, rounded edge on credit cards, id cards, plastic id covers, pouches, licenses, signs, or even leather book covers.

The Akiles Diamond-5 Corner Rounder is a simple corner cutting machine to operate. The machine does most of the work itself. All the operator has to do is adjust the sizing tools to accommodate the size of the material being cut and then place the paper, plastic or leather sheets in to the cutting area. After the sheets of cutting material are set the operator just pushes a button and the machine electronically brings the cutting blade down, creating a clean rounded edge.

The Akiles Diamond-5 Corner Rounder Corner Cutter is designed to handle standard 8 ½ x 11 sheets, but it can be extended to handle a larger size of paper or plastic sheeting. The Akiles Diamond-5 Corner Rounder is designed for heavy-duty office use, and can actually handle cutting a stack of paper that is 2 inches thick.

The Diamond-5 Corner Rounder is a product of the of Akiles Products, Inc. Akiles is a leading manufacturer of quality book binding, book making, and accessory equipment in the Binding and Laminating Industry.

The Akiles Diamond-5 Corner Rounder has several features that make it a practical choice among corner cutters. Since it is electric it can handle a larger capacity than a manual corner cutter can. It has interchangeable cutting blades so you can choose whether you want cuts measuring 1/8 inches, 1/4 inches, 3/8 inches, or 13/16 inches.  The included L-guide on the cutting area makes rounding the corners on smaller product simple and easy. The versatility of materials that can be cut, and the 2 inch cutting capacity makes this a more practical and convenient corner rounder than smaller or manual corner cutters.

The Akiles Diamond-5 Corner Rounder is a good choice for print shops, publishing houses, book stores, offices that print their own business cards or marketing collateral, or make their own id cards. It’s also a practical choice for schools, banks, plastic card manufacturers, factories, human resource management companies, churches, government agencies, law offices and other organizations.

You can purchase the Akiles Diamond-5 Corner Rounder at very competitive prices at Office Zone. You can find Office Zone’s entire selection of corner rounders here.




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Types of Counterfeit Detection and What You Need

Posted by: Office Zone on September 15th, 2011

Counterfeit Bill DetectorsCounterfeiters are clever and are always looking for ways to work the system. While the US government is always looking for newer and more clever ways to battle counterfeit money, you should still be on guard. Criminals that counterfeit money are often clever, using the latest in technology to produce near-perfect duplications. Luckily there are several methods of catching counterfeit bills. I will discuss a few of those methods in this article.

One of the best ways to combat counterfeit money is by using a counterfeit bill detector. There are literally dozens available. The model you use will depend on a lot of factors.

  • Bill Counter with Counterfeit DetectionSpeed – If speed isn’t an issue, you may be able to use most of the machines out there. If you need to scan a bill on the fly, you may need a machine capable of detecting counterfeit bills in just seconds.
  • Quantity – If you need to scan hundreds to even thousands of bills in a day, you probably aren’t going to need a handheld scanner. You are probably going to need a high-speed bill counter with counterfeit detection capabilities.
  • Location – Where do you need to use you bill counter? Is an outlet available? While most counterfeit bill detectors are portable, not all can run on batteries. If you aren’t going to be near an outlet, I highly recommend using a battery-powered machine. Some can use both an outlet and batteries.
  • Lighting – Some of the more manual counterfeit detectors will only work indoors. Sunlight can often make it difficult to visually inspect the results of a counterfeit bill detector.

Now that you have answered these questions, you may want to familiarize yourself with the different types of counterfeit detection technology.

  • UV – UV scanners use ultraviolet light to detect the UV strip found in legal U.S. currency. This strip will light green / yellow under a UV light. This is one of the most common and popular counterfeit detection methods used today.
  • MG – MG (magnetic) detectors are able to scan the magnetic properties of ink used in legal bills. This may be done automatically or may require you to physically rub the bill over a sensor, depending on the machine being used. Magnetic detection is also one of the most common counterfeit detection methods used today.
  • WM – WM detection (watermark) is essentially a backlight that allows you to see watermark properties in bills. Most US bills incorporate a watermark face. While you can hold a bill up to a light to get the same results, the power of the light may affect the outcome. WM detectors use bright white light, which leaves little room for error.
  • Size Detection – Many modern bill detectors can detect whether or not a US bill is the right size or not. While this method isn’t going to detect everything, it is an excellent extra layer of protection.
  • Magnifying Glass – Many stand-alone counterfeit detectors have a magnifying glass that makes it easy to read micro text and other microscopic features incorporated into legitimate US tender.
  • Pen – The pen used to be one of the most popular counterfeit detection method used. Ink in the pen would react with starch found in standard paper, causing a visible reaction. While this is still a good way to catch many counterfeit bills, it won’t catch everything out there.

This is an example of a standard desktop counterfeit money detector:

These are by far the most common counterfeit detection methods used today. At Office Zone we carry a great selection of counterfeit bill detectors (found here) and an excellent selection of bill counters (found here) that incorporate counterfeit detection technology.

Do you still have questions? Please feel free to speak with one of our knowledgeable experts at 1-800-543-5454.




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Reviewed: Akiles CoilMac ECI PLUS Plus Binding Machine

Posted by: Office Zone on September 15th, 2011

Akiles CoilMac-ECI Plus Coil Binding MachineThe Akiles CoilMac ECI PLUS is a top-quality coil binding machine that will give all your manuscripts, reports, notebooks, proposals and other documents a sharp, professional look. The Akiles Coilmac ECI PLUS coil binding machine is a popular book binding machine choice among large corporations, colleges, churches, print shops, schools, law firms, court houses, government agencies, accounting offices, publishers and other organizations due to its reliability, functionality and output capacity.

By using the Akiles CoilMac ECI PLUS to bind the pages of a document into a spiral bound book all the individual pages are secure, easy to turn through, and show your target audience that you take your business seriously.

The Akiles Coilmac ECI PLUS coil binding machine is very simple to operate and can produce as many books in an hour as the operator can run through it. The Akiles Coilmac ECI PLUS  has two sections that are used to prepare and bind the documents. The first part that is used is the paper punch, and the second part of the binding machine is the coil feeder.

To bind the documents into a spiral bound book, the user first sets the stack of document pages in order on to the hole punch section of the book binding machine. The operator then simply pulls down on the lever, piercing the pages. The hole punch leaves a series of oval-shaped holes in a 4:1 pitch along the margin of the pages. Once the holes have been punched through the document the binding machine operator runs the complete document through the coil feeder. The coil feeder briskly applies the metal or plastic coil through the holes in the pages, binding the pages together into a sturdy, professional looking spiral-bound book.

This is a video demo of the Akiles CoilMac ECI Plus coil binding machine:

The Akiles Coilmac ECI PLUS book binding machine has a rugged metal frame and an industrial grade roller motor. This solid construction ensures that it will provide years of reliable use, giving you more bang for your binding machine buck. The hole punch features a super strength punch mechanism with exclusive “Precision Guiding System” Blade Set that has a 20 sheet stack capacity to handle thicker books. The insertion roller on the Akiles Coilmac ECI PLUS is a full length heavy-duty electric coil inserter with a double roller mechanism to make coil inserting faster and easier.

The CoilMac-ECI PLUS book binding machine is the product of Akiles Products, Inc. Akiles is a leading manufacturer of quality book binding, book making, and accessory equipment in the Binding and Laminating Industry.

The Akiles Coilmac ECI PLUS book binding machine has a heavy duty, high volume design that is able to bind books more rapidly than similar coil binding machines. The oval shaped holes in the paper, combined with the double roller system, will speed up insertion time by 50%. The two sections of the machine can be separated so you can use the punch and inserter side by side with two people operating it, one punching the other inserting. This enables you to get through more books faster if you’re up against a deadline, or have a larger order to bind.

You can purchase the Akiles Coilmac ECI PLUS coil binding machine at Office Zone. You can find Office Zone’s entire selection of coil binding machines here.




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Top 10 Best Pouch Laminators 2011

Posted by: Office Zone on September 15th, 2011

Pouch LaminatorIf you’re in the market for a pouch laminating machine, you may be a bit confused by the wide selection. Some sites out there feature dozens to even hundreds of different models. I can tell you from personal experience that you need to get a high-quality pouch laminator. Having used pouch laminators and laminating pouches for over 10 years, I have a pretty good idea on what works and doesn’t work. Here are a few tips.

Purchasing a bad laminator can lead to some dramatically bad results. It can also lead to ruined documents and valuable material such as photos. Bad laminators can create cloudy splotches, ripples and bubbles. Many of these artifacts cannot be removed, even with multiple passes. It is horribly frustrating and can result in one bad day.

Even if you don’t take my advice on laminator models in this article, please at least try to find a pouch laminator with at least 4 rollers. That’s right. Four rollers is the magic number for a good pouch laminator. Some higher-end laminators feature 6, 8 and even 10 rollers. Stay away from 2 roller laminators unless you’re simply shopping around for a paper weight.

There are many brands out there, but I have personally had excellent luck with Intelli-Lam, Fellowes (some models), Akiles, Tamerica and Banner American. Now to the list.

Top 10 Best Pouch Laminators 2011 (Sorted by Price – Lowest to Highest)

  1. Intelli-Lam IL300 – This is the least expensive of the recommended pouch laminators. It features four rollers, can handle 10-mil thick film and is perfect for laminating signs, business cars, ID cards and much more. This laminator is a great value for the price.
  2. Tamerica TCC-230 – Tamerica (aka Tahsin) laminators have a great reputation with our customers. The TCC-230 is a feature-rich laminator and has an incredibly quick warm-up time.
  3. Intelli-Lam IL400 – The IL400 is one of the best deals available online for a 13″ pouch laminator. It features four rollers, the ability to handle 10 mil thick film and is extremely fast.
  4. Tamerica TCC-330 – The TCC-330 is a time-tested classic that has a proven track record for being reliable and producing high-quality results.
  5. Akiles iLam 240 – While relatively new, this 9″ laminator has quickly become a favorite. Akiles has a great reputation for producing high-quality equipment that lasts for years.
  6. Akiles iLam 340 – This laminator is perfect for the no-nonsense operator. This 13″ wide pouch laminator is extremely easy to set up and produces top-quality results.
  7. Banner American PL135-4 – The PL135-4 has been around for more than a decade and used to be one of the most affordable 4-roller laminators. This laminator is solid, time tested and you won’t be disappointed.
  8. Tamerica C-Lam – This laminator is cool to the touch, easy to operate and produces some of the most professional results of any laminator listed here. A total of 6 rollers produce crisp results.
  9. Banner American PL12A – This classic is by far the most popular commercial pouch laminator available. It utilizes 4 rollers and is designed for daily use.
  10. Akiles Pro-Lam 320 – The Akiles Pro-Lam line of laminators are fast, effective, easy to use and can handle just about any pouch laminating film out there. A total of 4 rollers quickly and evenly distribute heat.

So there you have it! My list of the top 10 pouch laminators for 2011. These laminators have proven themselves time after time and I’m confident you will be impressed as well.

We have been selling laminators for years, so if you have any questions, please feel free to call one of Office Zone’s laminating experts at 1-800-543-5454. You can find Office Zone’s entire list of pouch laminators here.




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Semacon S-520 Coin Counter / Sorter Review

Posted by: Office Zone on September 14th, 2011

Semacon S-520 Coin Counter & SorterCoin sorters are a very important piece of office equipment for businesses and organizations that receive large volumes of coinage. As there are several types of coin sorters it is important to verify the type of sorter you’re purchasing. If you’re looking for a heavy-duty coin sorter that will count, value and sort the coins, then you should strongly consider purchasing the Semacon S-520 coin counter and sorter. This coin counter and sorter is designed to be multifunctional, operator-friendly, and portable. The capabilities of the Semacon S-520 coin counter make it an ideal choice for companies that want more than just a standard coin sorter.

Using the Semacon S-520 coin sorter and counter is as simple as pushing a button. The Semacon S-520 coin counter has several sorting, counting and batching functions that the operator can program in to the machine. This makes the coin counting more efficient, and gives the user exactly what they require.

Unlike some lesser styles of coin counter, there is no need to presort the coins before placing them in the machine. The Semacon S-520 coin sorter can sort while counting all five types of US coinage. This feature can be a real time saver. Once the piles of coins are placed in the hopper the machine does the rest. The Semacon S-520 automatically feeds the coins through the coin sorter. As the various coins are sorted, the machine displays each of the denominations sorted plus the value and the total of all denominations.

The Semacon S-520 coin counter has a very good processing capacity that will work well for companies that need a medium-duty counter. The Semacon S-520 is able to count 450 coins a minute, and has a hopper that can hold 500 assorted coins at one time. As the coins are processed through, the Semacon S-520 sorts the coins, separating the quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies into coin drawers for easy storage. The coin drawers have a high capacity that can hold 150 pennies, 80 nickels, 250 dimes and 200 quarters. It also has an optional coin bagging or coin wrapping attachment that will automatically fill the coin rolls.

This coin counter is produced a Semacon, a manufacturer that specializes produces a product line of Currency Handling and Coin Handling Equipment to solve the money handling needs of a wide variety of businesses. They produce high quality financial equipment used internationally by banks, credit unions, casinos, vending operators, amusement operators, retail stores, restaurants and other companies that need high-quality Currency Counters & Coin Counters for high-volume or mid-volume money counting environments.

The Semacon S-520 coin counter has a compact design. This enables it to easily fit on an office or bank desktop or tabletop, and is easily moved between departments if necessary. Though the Semacon S-520 may not be as large as other coin counters, it provides all the functionality and performance of larger counting and sorting machines, and at a much lower price.

You can purchase the Semacon S-520 coin counter, and other currency counting products, at Office Zone.




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Reviewed: MBM Kutrimmer 1046 Guillotine Paper Cutter

Posted by: Office Zone on September 14th, 2011

MBM Kutrimmer 1046 Guillotine Paper CutterSchool teachers, professors, print shop workers, or scrapbookers have to cut a lot of paper for art projects, assignments, books, marketing material and other print media. Most use some sort of table top guillotine style paper cutter that can make precise cuts, like the MBM Kutrimmer 1046 guillotine paper cutter. This paper cutter can cut sheets into precise strips or angles so the projects won’t look like it was cut by a knight with his helmet on backwards.

The Kutrimmer 1046 paper cutter is a good choice for any school, church, print-shop, in-house design department, publishing company or any other business that trims and cuts large amounts of paper. The MBM Kutrimmer 1046 has several features that make it perform better and make it safer to use than old style table top paper cutters. The design of the Kutrimmer 1046 Paper Cutter makes the paper cutting action very easy and requires little force or effort.

Using the Kutrimmer 1046 Guillotine Cutter is pretty straight forward. The user begins by placing the single sheet or stack of paper to be sliced on the cutting board. This paper cutter is designed to cut sheets of all sizes and can handle thin novelty paper or heavier bond paper. The Kutrimmer 1046 is a medium-duty paper cutter than can accommodate cutting a stack of 30 sheets of paper. The user then adjusts the paper on the board to match the desired measurement that will be cut.

The precision, automatic clamp holds the paper firmly in place will cutting, to prevent it from moving and ruining the paper while cutting. For convenience, the scale bar used for measuring the length of the cut shows both inches and centimeters. Once the paper is positioned and secured, the user pulls down on the cutting arm of the Kutrimmer 1046 Paper Cutter and slices through the paper, making strips or smaller sheets.

The safety features on the Kutrimmer 1046 Paper Cutter eliminate most of the risk of injury that your old grade school teacher used to warn you about. The blade is shielded by a plastic safety guard. This keeps it out of the way of fingers while cutting. The safety shield also doubles as a cutting line indicator, ensure the cut will be in the right spot.

The Kutrimmer 1046 Paper Cutter is a product of the MBM Corporation. According to their website, MBM has been producing state-of-the-art finishing equipment for the graphics and printing industries for over 75 years. MBM is the leading manufacturer of small format paper cutters in the world and have one of the best warranty packages in the business.

There is a lot to like about the Kutrimmer 1046 Paper Cutter that makes it a good purchase option. The safety features can’t be beat, and the ability it has to cut such narrow, precise strips of paper make it ideal for craft shops, schools, and print shops. Its all-metal construction, and cutting blade that can be re-sharpened make it a durable choice that will provide years of use.

You can purchase the MBM Kutrimmer 1046 guillotine paper cutter at Office Zone. You can find Office Zone’s entire selection of guillotine paper cutters here.




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Reviewed: Martin Yale P7400 Paper Folder

Posted by: Office Zone on September 14th, 2011

Martin Yale P7400 AutoFolder Folding MachineFolding documents by hand is a pain. It’s tedious, busywork that reduces productivity and increases paper cuts. Why waste valuable labor hours having multiple people folding statements, bills, invoices or business correspondence when you can have one person folding stacks of paper in minutes? The Martin Yale P7400 AutoFolder Paper Folder is an excellent choice for companies that want to put their employees to more productive tasks. The Martin Yale P7400 is a reliable, automatic paper folder that can handle large stacks of paper at a rapid pace, and produce every common type of paper fold.

The Martin Yale P7400 Paper Folder is commonly used by banks, investment houses, credit unions, insurance companies, schools, printers, government agencies, publishers, direct mail marketers and other organizations that fold and distribute hundreds to thousands of sheets of paper on a monthly basis.

The Martin Yale P7400 Paper Folder is designed to handle standard bond paper, ranging from 16# to 28#. It is adjustable so it can accommodate folding various paper sizes, from 3 ½ inches x 5 inches to 8 ½ inches x 14 inches. The Martin Yale P7400 Paper Folder can perform all the common paper fold styles, including Letter fold, Z fold, Double Parallel fold and Half fold.

Most paper folders have issues with folding sheets that are stapled together. This isn’t an issue with the Martin Yale P7400 Paper Folder. It has a manual bypass slot that allows the operator to manually fold up to three stapled or unstapled sheets at a time. This is a real time-saver, and helps you keep your sheet together. The Martin Yale P7400 Paper Folder has variable speeds you can adjust according to the size of your stack, with a maximum fold speed of 4,000 sheets per hour. The Martin Yale P7400 Paper Folder is a friction style folder that rapidly feeds the paper through using a friction roller and conveyor system.

The P7400 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.

The setting controls on the Martin Yale P7400 Paper Folder are designed for easy adjustment.  It has an auto jam detector and auto shut off sensor, so it won’t munch up and destroy all your papers. The feed tray is able to hold a stack of paper that is 50 sheets thick. The only downside of the Martin Yale P7400 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-feed paper folder.

You can get the best price on a Martin Yale P7400 Paper Folder, along with other office equipment from the Martin Yale line, at Office Zone.  You can find Office Zone’s entire selection of paper folding machines here.




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How to Oil a Paper Shredder

Posted by: Office Zone on September 14th, 2011

Paper ShreddersPaper shredders are important to any business or home. Not only do paper shredders help conserve garbage space, but they also help prevent fraud by keeping your private information secure by destroying documents with sensitive information.

Paper shredders can provide years of use so long as they are properly used and maintained. Since paper shredders have engines, cutting blades and other moving mechanical parts that can heat up and wear out, it’s important to keep the paper shredder properly oiled. Proper lubrication will extend the life and functionality of the paper shredder, and will allow it to run quieter. Failure to do so will drastically reduce the operating life of your shredder, and cost you more in the long term through premature replacement.

The way you oil a paper shredder, and how often it needs to be oiled, will depend of the type of paper shredder you own.  Low volume and low use paper shredders don’t require as much maintenance. Low volume paper shredders that are regularly used should be oiled once or twice a month. High volume paper shredders or paper shredders in constant use will require regular oiling, sometimes every four hours depending on how heavy it was being used. As a general rule of thumb, you should oil the paper shredder each time you replace the catch-bag or empty the bin.

Paper Shredder OilBefore adding oil or other lubrication (found here) to your paper shredder it is recommended that you review your owner’s manual. Liquid oils are the most common type of lubricant used to oil a paper shredder, although there are aerosol options also. It is recommended that you only use oil that is specifically made for lubricating paper shredders. Using WD-40, motor oil or other types of lubricant can actually damage the machine because it isn’t designed to adhere to the moving parts of the paper shredder. Using oil not designed for lubricating a paper shredder may also void your service warranty.

To begin oiling your paper shredder, begin by unplugging the paper shredder from the wall electrical outlet. You wouldn’t put your hand in a car engine while it’s moving, and paper shredder accidents can be equally as nasty. There are two ways to add oil to your paper shredder; the direct way and the indirect way.

For the direct way, you’ll apply the oil directly to the cutting blades by squeezing the bottle to squirt the oil through the paper feed opening. This will coat the lubricating oil on to the cutting blades of the shredder. Be sure to spread the oil along the length of the blades. Once your fingers or any dangling clothing is clear, plug the shredder back in and turn it on to the reverse setting. Let it run in reverse for 15 seconds. This will work the oil into the motor and on to the different parts of the paper shredders cutting head. Once this is done you should feed a few sheets of scrap paper through the shredder. This will remove any excess oil from the blades and will prevent potential messes.

The indirect way to oil your paper shredder is by adding oil to paper and running it through the shredder. The proper way of doing this is by spreading a small amount of paper shredder oil in a wide zig-zag pattern down the length of the paper so each blade will be touched by the oil. Make sure the oil is zig-zagged over the over the entire sheet, but don’t soak the paper. Soaking is unnecessary and will waste oil. After the paper is properly oiled, feed it through the paper shredder like you would any other document. One the sheet is completely fed through, switch the paper shredder to reverse mode. This will work the oil into the motor and on to the different parts of the paper shredders cutting head. Depending how heavily the paper shredder is used, this process may need to be repeated two or three times. As with the direct lubrication method, you should feed a few sheets of scrap paper through the shredder to remove any excess oil from the blades to prevent potential messes.

Once oiling is complete, your paper shredder will run quieter, faster, and will not wear reduce the wear and tear on the motor, gears, blades and bearings. You can find Office Zones paper shredder oil here and Office Zone’s entire line of paper shredders here.