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How Does A Paper Folding Machine Work?

Posted by: James on January 15th, 2013

Folding paper by hand takes hours and the end results usually leaves a lot to be desired. This is where a paper folding machine (found here) finds its stride. These machines have literally been designed from the ground up to take paper and fold it quickly and professionally without any flaws. So how exactly does a paper folding machine work? I would like to discus this in this article.

If you were to tear open a standard paper folding machine, you would actually be very surprised just how simple they are on the inside. Manual setup friction-feed paper folding machines essentially consist of two folding plates, a couple of rubber rollers, a motor and some friction feeding wheels. Here is a picture of the inside of a paper folding machine:

Inside Paper Folding Machine

 

Before I go into the technical details on how a paper folding machine works, I would like to describe how to set it up prior to use.

  1. First you will want to adjust the two folding plates to accommodate the fold you wan to create. Most paper folding machines are capable of folding the paper in to different points. The fold you select will depend on the sheet size and type of fold you want to create.
  2. Second you will want to put the paper in the feed tray and ensure the side guides are properly aligned. You generally want the friction rollers centered on the middle of the paper as closely as you can.
  3. If your machine is equipped with a stacker wheel and a powered exit conveyor, ensure the stacker wheel is adjusted to accommodate the paper size you are folding.
  4. Finally you will want to turn the machine on and begin folding. If the folds don’t look right or are crooked, turn off the machine and make adjustments.

I would now like to describe the step-by-step process involved in folding a sheet of paper.

  1. The machine first pulls in a sheet of paper using friction wheels on the feed tray.
  2. As the paper is pulled into the machine, it is pulled and pushed into the first folding plate. The paper bounces off that plate and makes its way to the second folding plate.
  3. As it bounces off the plates, it is forced between rubber rollers that fold the paper. The location where the rubber rollers grasp and fold the paper depends on the clearance in the folding plates.
  4. Once the paper has bounced off the plates and made its way through the rubber rollers, it will come out the exit tray.

Here is a video of a paper folding machine in use:

Now that we have discussed how a paper folding machine is set up and how it is used, I would like to cover some common paper folding issues. The most common issues are usually very easy to resolve. Here are some of the most common I hear from customers:

Paper not Feeding Properly:

  • A lot of this depends on the type of feeding system your paper folder uses. If you have to pre-fan the paper, you may simply need to adjust the retarder wheel. This is basically the amount of clearance the machine uses to pull in a sheet of paper.
  • If the machine uses a simple drop-in feed system, you may need to clean the rubber friction rollers that pull in the paper. If they get coated in paper dust, they can begin to slip on the paper.
  • If you are using glossy or coated paper, you may have to upgrade to an air-feed paper folding machine. Friction rollers don’t handle slick, glossy or coated paper well.

Folds Crooked:

  • This is often the result of the paper guides not being properly aligned. Look at the paper guides on the feed tray and make sure they are straight. Make necessary adjustments.
  • You may have the fold plates adjusted and locked down crooked. Make sure the bar on the fold plate is straight and aligned correctly.
  • If your machine is equipped with a skew wheel, try adjusting it and test a few folds to see if this corrects the problem.

Machine Keeps Jamming:

  • This can be a result of a lot of things. I have found the most common issue resulting in paper jams is either dirty rubber rollers or static electricity. If the rollers are dirty, try opening up the folding machine and clean the rollers using roller cleaner (found here). If it is static electricity, the static charge may be causing sheets of paper to stick together. Use static eliminator spray (found here) or a paper jogger (found here) to get rid of the static electricity.

Hopefully these tips and the above information has helped educate you and has helped you make an educated decision on purchasing a paper folding machine. There are a lot of paper folding machines and several different styles available, so please feel free to call us at 1-800-543-5454 with any questions. We are also more than happy to pre-test your paper samples on our machines prior to you making a purchase to ensure the machine works properly. Thank you for reading and please post comments regarding your own paper folding machine experiences. Have a great day!

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Intelli-Fold DE-172AF Paper Folding Machine Review

Posted by: James on December 28th, 2012

DE-172AF Paper Folding MachineIf your business folds hundreds to thousands of sheets of paper per day, you may want to consider buying a paper folding machine. These machines can be used to fold invoices, letters, brochures, pamphlets and much more. One machine that our customers enjoy using is the Intelli-Fold DE-172AF paper folder by Intelli-Zone (found here). I have had the opportunity to use this machine on several occasions and this is my review.

The Intelli-Fold is an upgraded version of the Intelli-Fold DE-202AF (including the Dynafold DE-202AF). While the DE-202AF is a solid machine, the DE-172AF has a few upgraded features. This includes sensors that let you know when the folding plates aren’t properly seated, when the cover isn’t closed and when the paper is out. It also includes a powered exit conveyor with a set of stacking wheels.

The added sensors are a nice addition because one of the most common culprits for a paper folding machine jam is improperly seated folding plates. Any gap or incorrect clearance in the plates can results in a fairly serious paper jam.

The inclusion of a powered exit conveyor helps bring order to the paper folding process. Many folding machines have a basic catch tray. While this works, it can lead to the paper becoming disorganized and jumbled. The conveyor, along with the stacking wheels, help slow the paper down as it leaves the machine and keeps it organized and stacked. This is excellent for organizational purposes and helps keep invoices, bills and other documents in order.

The DE-172AF utilizes a high-speed motor that folds paper at a speed of up to 6,000 sheets per hour. While it is not recommended to run this machine at full speed for hours on end, it is fast. It also features a variable speed motor. This allows it to more easily handle various paper thicknesses and adds an extra degree of control to the operator. The DE-172AF can be used with paper ranging in thickness from 16# bond up to 50# index.

The feed tray on this machine holds up to 500 sheets of standard 20# bond paper. What I appreciate is that you don’t have to pre-fan the paper. Simply press down on the spring loaded tray (paper squared up) and the machine will automatically begin pulling one sheet at a time from the top of the stack. The feed system works very well. A total of three rollers help ensure the paper is pulled in straight for more accurate folds.

I have personally set up this machine and would say it takes about 2-3 minutes to properly set up. Once set, no further adjustments are needed unless a different paper size is used. The DE-172AF can use paper ranging in size from 3.5″ x 5″ up to 11″ x 17″. All you need to do is find the sheet size you are folding on the two folding plates, determine the type of fold you need to create and adjust the folding plates accordingly. The process is very simple. If the paper seems to be slightly off skew, I recommend either re-aligning the paper guides or making fine-tuned adjustments to the folding plates.

Overall I highly recommend this machine. It is a great fit for small businesses, medium-size businesses, church, school or copy shop. It is easy to use, our customers tell us it is very reliable and it is priced right. Please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-543-5454 with any questions you may have about the Intelli-Fold DE-172AF. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

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Top 10 Recommended Office Paper Folding Machines

Posted by: James on October 2nd, 2012

Top 10 Recommended Paper Folding MachinesIf you are in need of a paper folding machine for your office, you may be wondering which model you should purchase. Let’s be honest, some paper folding machines are simply garbage and are no better than a paperweight. The good folding machines, however, are almost worth their weight in gold simply by saving you time and money. I have used dozens of paper folding machines over the last 10 years and would like to share some of that knowledge with you.

To begin with, I am writing this article with regular businesses in mind that doesn’t need anything completely automated. To that end, I will be recommending my top 10 suggestions for friction feed manual setup paper folding machines. That means these machines use rubber rollers to pull paper in for folding. These machines are more affordable than air-suction machines, but are known to choke on slick, glossy and coated paper. This is because glossy paper can slip on the rubber rollers, resulting in a paper jam. If you are using standard paper or standard finish card stock, this article is for you.

Intelli-Fold DE-172AF Paper Folding MachineMy Top 10 Recommendations for Manual Setup Office Paper Folding Machines

  1. Formax FD 305 Desktop Folding Machine (found here) – This little paper folder is designed to sit on the edge of your desk and fold the occasional sets of paper as needed. It creates a C fold and can be used to automatically feed paper and fold it or multi-fold up to three sheets of paper at a time. This type of machine is perfect for folding the occasional invoice, mailer or bill. For what it is, this is a solid machine.
  2. Intelli-Fold IF300 Folding Machine (found here) – This entry-level automatic paper folding machine can be used to create a letter fold, Z fold, double parallel fold, half fold and more. It is compact, yet has a feed tray that can hold up to 100 sheets of paper. It is cheap (in price) and even includes a digital counter. It is an excellent value for what you get.
  3. MBM 93M Compact Paper Folder (found here) – This compact paper folding machine screams quality. It has fully customizable folding plates and is one of the most affordable machines to include a powered exit conveyor with stacking wheels. It creates all common folds and can even be used to create custom folds.
  4. Intelli-Fold IF300 Paper Folding MachineIntelli-Fold DE-102AF Folding Machine (found here) – This machine is directly comparable to the Dynafold DE-102AF, but with the superb customer support offered by Intelli-Zone. This machine features some of the best build quality you will find in a manual setup folding machine. It includes three friction wheels for pulling in paper and has a feed tray that will hold up to 500 sheets of paper at a time.
  5. Intelli-Fold DE-112AF Paper Folding Machine (found here) – This is basically the DE-102AF mentioned above with a few upgrades. The DE-112AF includes a powered exit conveyor with stacking wheels, a variable speed control dial and includes sensors that will prevent operation of the machine until the folding plates are properly set. This machine is perfect for daily invoice and letter folding and can be used for custom folds as well.
  6. Intelli-Fold DE-172AF Large Sheet Paper Folder (found here) – This is a larger version of the DE-112AF that is capable of folding sheets of paper up to 11″ x 17″ in size! It is fast, versatile and includes the convenient exit conveyor with stacking wheels making it possible to keep folded material in sequential order. Need to fold restaurant menus? This is the machine for you!
  7. Intelli-Fold DE-202AF Letter Folder (found here) – This is basically the same machine as the Dynafold DE-202AF, but with the excellent support Intelli-Zone offers. This time-tested model has been around for years and has proven itself to be a reliable machine. The DE-202AF is excellent for folding paper both small and large.
  8. MBM 93M Paper Folding MachineFormax FD 320 Letter Folding Machine (found here) – Formax is known for their envelope inserting machines. Their paper folders are equally as good. This folding machine has a nice long exit conveyor and utilizes a feeding tray that doesn’t require the paper to be pre-fanned prior to placement. It features a variable speed control dial on the side of the machine and it is extremely fast.
  9. MBM 207M Paper Folding Machine (found here) – This paper folder is probably the easiest non-automated folding machine to set up. The folding plates have folds clearly marked. Rather than loosening thumb screws and sliding the folding plates, the MBM 207M uses a pinch-and-slide mechanism that makes it possible to be set up and operational in less than a minute. It also incorporates a paper counter, a test button, a powered exit conveyor and stacker wheels.
  10. Martin Yale Mark VII Paper Folding Machine (found here) – If you were a fan of the Martin Yale 959, you are going to love the Mark VII. This is the replacement for the 959. It is blazing fast (35,000 sheets per hour) and can fold paper as large as 14″ x 20″ in size. While the folding plates are manually set up, this is clearly an industrial quality paper-folding machine designed for heavy-volume paper folding throughout the day.

Each of these paper folding machines are solid and excellent for offices looking for a way to speed up letter and invoice folding operations. These machines all have an excellent track record with our customer and we completely back up each of these machines. If you are still in need of some paper folding machine advice, please speak with one of our experts by calling 1-800-543-5454. We are more than happy to help you out, provide you with quotes and guide you in the right direction.  You can find our entire selection of friction-feed paper folding machines here.

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Reviewed: Martin Yale P7400 Paper Folder

Posted by: James 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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Keep Your Paper Folding Machine Running!

Posted by: James on September 8th, 2011

Paper Folding MachinesA jammed paper folding machine can cost you time and money, not to mention it is a huge hassle. While you may not be able to avoid every paper jam, there are certain things you can do to keep your paper folding machine humming like the day you bought it. If it was a lemon out of the box, I’m afraid I won’t be able to help you much, however, if you purchased a good solid machine these instructions will help you keep your folding machine running for years.

Paper folding machines consist of a motor, a friction roller (friction-based machines), a series of silicon rollers and a couple of folding plates. While there are a few additional sensors and parts, that pretty much sums it all up. If you can keep in mind that there isn’t much to your paper folding machine, it won’t be intimidating and it will be easier to maintain.

As a paper folding machine operates, it pulls paper in and expels it out the other side. Most folded paper, with a few exceptions, is printed on. As paper runs through the machine, ink and dust begin to accumulate on the silicon rollers. As is the case with snow on a road, dust on a roller can cause it to become slippery. This causes slipping and sliding that should not occur in a paper folding machine, resulting in the imminent jam. Ink has the same effect.

I recommend using a roller cleaner rejuvenator (found here) to keep rollers clean. Roller cleaner rejuvenator not only cleans, but it also helps moisten the rollers. This helps prolong the life of the folding machine and keeps things running smooth. Never use cleaning solvents or rubbing alcohol to clean your folding machine. This could potentially cause the rollers to dry out and crack.

If you ever experience a paper jam, please do not try forcing the paper out by hand. It could cause a belt to strip. If you can’t easily get the paper back out, call Office Zone’s Service Department at 1-800-543-5454 x129 and get some advice before proceeding with anything else. Also, please never use scissors or other sharp objects to try and fish out paper! That could potentially irreversibly damage your silicon rollers, requiring them to be replaced.

Another big issue with paper folding machines is static electricity. As is the case with rubbing your hair on a balloon and sticking it to a wall, static electricity in paper causes it to stick together. The end result can be a multi-sheet feed, which almost always results in a paper jam. Electrostatic-charged paper is extremely annoying. There are a few ways to get rid of static in paper.

One method of  getting rid of static electricity in paper is by using a static eliminator spray (found here). Once sprayed on your paper folding machine’s rollers, static electricity is dramatically reduced. Another option, and perhaps the best, is to use a paper jogger (found here). Paper joggers quickly square up paper and remove static electricity.

Another common issue with paper folding machines is incorrectly seated folding plates or incorrectly set folding plates. Make sure the folding plates on your paper folding machine feel snug and that there is little to no play.

If you are still experiencing issues, you may need to contact Office Zone’s Service Department at 1-800-543-5454 x129. They are talented, kind and provide affordable solutions. Office Zone’s Service Department can repair folding machines from Duplo, Standard, Intelli-Fold, Tamerica, Martin Yale, Dahle and many others.

If your paper folding machine is kaput and cannot be repaired, Office Zone has a great selection of paper folding machines found here. Good luck!

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Intelli-Fold IF300 Paper Folding Machine Review

Posted by: James on September 8th, 2011

Intelli-Fold IF300 Paper Folding MachineA common mistake that is made when people are considering what office equipment to buy is that of over purchasing. They buy equipment that can do all sorts of cool things, but isn’t really practical for what they require. Take paper folding machines for example. Some people will buy a paper folder than can fold 30,000 sheets per minute, which is awesome! But what if those same companies don’t even send out 30,000 sheets in a year? They’ve wasted a lot of money something they didn’t need. That’s what makes the Intelli-Fold IF300 paper folder such a good choice for some companies.

The Intelli-Fold IF300 paper folder is a low volume paper folder that folds a lot of paper, and folds it very well. While it doesn’t fold 30,000 sheets an hour, it does fold 3,600 sheets of paper per minute. This makes it very practical for small business, community banks, local insurance companies, schools, churches, or other organizations that need a good, quality paper folder that meets their needs.

The Intelli-Fold IF300 Paper Folder is a friction style folder that rapidly feeds the paper through using a friction roller and conveyor system. It is an automatic paper folder than will self-feed the paper and fold it when the paper is placed in the hopper. The paper hopper can hold 100 sheets at a time.The Intelli-Fold IF300 Paper Folder can fold sheets into a Half Fold, Z Fold, Letter Fold, or Double Parallel Fold. It accommodates standard paper sizes like, 8 ½ x 11. After all the paper has been fed through the machine, the Intelli-Fold IF300 will automatically shut off after 10 seconds, going into standby mode.

This is a video demo of the IF300 in operation:

The Intelli-Fold IF300 Paper Folder is produced by Intelli-Zone. According to their website, Intelli-Zone is a manufacturer of high quality office equipment. Their paper folders and other office machines are built to be rugged, reliable, and should provide many years of use. This commitment to quality, combined with their competitive prices, make their paper folders a sound purchase choice.

Some of the features built into the design of the Intelli-Fold IF300 Paper Folder show that that company had the consumer in mind. This is foremost evident in how quiet the Intelli-Fold IF300 Paper Folder operates. Most paper folders are quite noisy as they feed, fold and stack the paper.  The Intelli-Fold IF300 operates at a lower noise level of only 65 decibels. This is so quiet that you’ll still be able to hear your co-workers carrying on a conversation about their most recent Facebook post over the sound of the paper folder while it’s operating.  It is also easy to set up and it has the option to set custom style folds.

The only downside of the Intelli-Fold IF300 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.

You can get the best price on an Intelli-Fold IF300 Paper Folder, along with other office equipment from the Intelli-Zone line, at Office Zone. You can find Office Zone’s entire selection of paper folding machines here.

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Top 10 Best Paper Folding Machines 2011

Posted by: James on September 8th, 2011

Paper Folding MachinesWhen shopping around for a paper folding machine, you want to buy the best one for your money, right? It makes sense. You probably also want a machine that will last for several years. There’s no sense in shopping around for a new machine every few months or year. Having used paper folding machines myself for over 10 years, I have a very good idea which machines you should use.

There are a lot of factors that you should consider before purchasing a paper folding machine. To begin with, you don’t want to purchase a cheap $200 machine for a job that really needs a $2,000 machine. Trust me, you’ll be out of a machine in a few days if you expect a cheap folding machine to do a commercial job.

With that in mind, be aware that while these machines are on my “top 10″ list, that doesn’t mean that each one will do the job you need. You need to consider monthly duty cycle, sheet capacities, fold types and more. I recommend calling 1-800-543-5454 to speak with a folding machine specialist for answers to your specific questions. Also be aware that these are friction-feed style paper folding machines, not air suction machines.

These paper folding machines have a great reputation, an excellent track record with customers and are known to be extremely reliable.

Top 10 Best “Manual Setup” Paper Folding Machines 2011

  1. Intelli-Fold DE-102AF Paper Folding Machine – This machine has been around for years, previously under the name Dynafold DE-102AF. This machine is a great value for the money and is extremely fast. It also creates just about any fold you could want.
  2. Intelli-Fold IF-300 Desktop Folding Machine – This machine isn’t designed for high-volume jobs, but is excellent for occasional desktop runs. For under $300, it is a great deal.
  3. MBM 93M Paper Folding Machine – This is the replacement to the popular MBM  87M. As was the case with the 87M, the MBM 93M is a solid piece of machinery that is a perfect fit between the DE-102AF and the IF-300. It isn’t too expensive, yet is robust enough for medium-volume runs.
  4. Intelli-Fold DE-112AF Folding Machine – This paper folder is almost identical to the above mentioned DE-102AF except the DE-112AF has a powered exit conveyor, which helps keep paper neat and orderly. It is one of the cheapest paper folding machines that features a powered exit conveyor.
  5. Formax FD 312 Paper Folding Machine – Formax makes some of the most solid office equipment around. They are better known for their paper folder inserters and paper shredders, but their line of paper folding machines are is equally as good.
  6. Intelli-Fold DE-172AF Paper Folding Machine – This paper folding machine has it all. It can create most popular folds, handles 11″ x 17″ paper and includes a powered exit conveyor! For the money, few competitors even come close to competing.
  7. Intelli-Fold DE-202AF Paper Folder – Once known as the Dynafold DE-202AF, the Intelli-Fold DE-202AF is a time tested classic. It has been around for years and has proven itself time after time. Its fast, has a 500 sheet feed tray and can handle larger sheets of paper.
  8. Formax FD 320 Paper Folder – This Formax paper folding machine can create all the folds you need, has easy-to-adjust folding plates and of course features Formax quality.
  9. MBM 207M Paper Folding Machine – MBM, the manufacturers of the classic Destroyit line of paper shredders, also make some of the best paper folding machines around. This is the easiest manual setup paper folding machine around. It is fast, accurate and includes a powered exit conveyor.
  10. Tamerica TPF-42 Paper Folding Machine – This paper folder is pretty much a clone of teh MBM 207M, but available to you at a lower cost. We have been selling this machine for a few years now and it has quickly become a hit.

HONORABLE MENTION

Martin Yale 959 Paper Folding Machine – If this had been a top 11 list, the 959 paper folding machine would have been included. While I’m not a big fan of Martin Yale, the 959 is a beast, designed for high-production paper folding jobs. It can be used every day without hesitation. Check it out!

So there you have it. My top 10 best paper folding machines of 2011. While there are some pretty good automatic machines out there as well, these manual setup machines are solid examples of engineering excellence. You can find Office Zone’s entire selection of paper folding machines here.

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Common Paper Folding Machine Issues

Posted by: James on August 29th, 2011

Paper Folding MachinesPaper 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.

If for any reason you need a new machine, you can find our entire line of paper folding machines here.

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Reviewed: Martin Yale 959 High-Volume Paper Folder

Posted by: James on August 26th, 2011

Martin Yale 959 Paper Folding MachineThere’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.

You can get the best price on a Martin Yale 959 High-Volume 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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Reviewed: Martin Yale 2051 Smartfold Paper Folder

Posted by: James on August 15th, 2011

Martin Yale 2051 Smartfold Paper Folding MachineThere’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.

You can get the best price on a Martin Yale 2051 Smartfold Paper Folder at Office Zone. You can find our entire selection of Martin Yale products here and paper folding machines here.