Paper Folder Guide
Why use a paper folder?
Paper folders save you a lot of time and money. These machines are simple to use and easy to operate.
Folding paper by hand can be long and tedious, not to mention the painful paper cuts. Paper folders increase the number of sheets you can fold to anywhere from 4,000 to 115,000 sheets per hour depending on the machine you use.
- Increase the number of sheets folded per hour.
- Save you time by allowing you to do other things.
- Reduce physical and mental fatigue.
- Save you money by increasing output and decreasing man-power.
- Increase the types of folds you can create.
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Things to consider before purchasing a paper folder:
What kind of paper will you be using?
There are many different types of paper. Paper can be thick, thin or even glossy. Different paper folders have different capabilities. Make sure the paper folder you are using can fold the paper you use now and in the future.
How often will you use the paper folder?
Some paper folders are built to be used continually while others are only meant to be used occasionally. Some paper folders are built to withstand mass mailings. Others are built to fold an occasional sheet of paper. Be sure you get a folder that works with the volume you fold.
Is space/mobility an issue?
Some paper folders sit at the side of your desk, providing mobility and ease of use. Larger, more heavy-duty folders require a table or countertop to rest on. For heavier paper folders, use a work station with wheels for mobility and ease of use.
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What are the different types of paper folders?
Manual setup, auto-feed paper folders
Use manual setup, auto-feed paper folders for medium to high-volume paper folding. These folders have friction rollers that automatically pull the paper in from the feed tray and fold it. The only manual process required is setting up the folder. With a manual setup folder, you usually have to adjust the folding plates to the
exact fold you want.
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Manual semi-automatic setup, auto-feed paper folders
Use manual semi-automatic setup, auto-feed paper folders for medium-to- high-
volume paper folding. These folders have friction rollers that automatically pull the paper in from the feed tray and fold it. The only manual process required is setting up the folder. With a semiautomatic folder, you usually turn dials to adjust the paper fold. This is easier than manually adjusting the folding plates.
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Auto setup, auto-feed paper folders
Use auto-setup, auto-feed paper folders for medium-to-high-volume paper folding. These folders have friction rollers that automatically pull the paper in from the feed tray and fold it. The paper folder automatically self-adjusts according to the type of fold you need.
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Air or suction-feed paper folders
Use air or suction-feed paper folders for medium-to- high-volume paper folding. These folders are best used for glossy paper, where traditional friction folders typically experience problems. Use these folders with a wide variety of paper stocks. Air or suction-feed folders use air to advance or float a sheet of paper into the machine.
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Paper folders/envelope inserters
Paper folders/envelope inserters are best used for mailings. The folder/envelope inserter folds a document and inserts it into an envelope. The process is simple and fully automatic.
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Folder sealers take special pressure sensitive self-mailing paper and fold it into self-mailing forms. Folder sealers are great for mailing advertisements, flyers and other material. Folder sealers are also commonly used for mailing invoices. The most common types of folds are the C, Z and half fold. Because sealers use pressure sensitive forms, they can fold and finish mailers more quickly than traditional folder inserters. Folder sealers can only be used with special pressure sensitive forms.
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What are the different kinds of paper folds?
Single (Half, V) fold
Letter (C) fold
Z (Accordion) fold
(French, Right) fold
(Fold-out, Engineering) fold
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# The pound of paper is the thickness of the paper. Different folders can fold different paper weights. All folders can fold 20-pound paper.
Automatic feed The paper folder automatically pulls paper from a pile rather than having the user manually feed each sheet individually.
Bottom feed Roller pulls paper from the bottom of the pile rather than the top. This allows you to add more paper while the machine is running.
Catch tray Several paper folders have a catch tray. The catch tray grabs or catches the folded papers as they come out of the paper folder.
Conveyer belt Some paper folders have a conveyer belt. The conveyer belt carries folded documents out of the paper folder in an orderly manner.
Fan (fanning) Fan paper by holding onto a stack of paper with both hands and allowing the stack of paper to slightly angle. Hold the paper and bend it into a U or C shape. While shuffling one end and holding the other end of the paper, it will fan or angle.
Fold Range Different folders have different fold ranges. The fold range is the amount and variety of paper sizes a machine can fold.
Folding Plate What the paper folder uses to fold paper. Some paper folders must have their folding plates manually adjusted by the user while others automatically adjust.
Manual feed Paper loaded into folder manually one sheet at a time.
Paper tray Paper is placed in the paper tray before it is folded. Different folder paper trays accept different amounts of paper.
Paper weight The weight of a paper is its thickness. Different folders can fold different paper weights. All folders can fold 20 pound paper.
Pass When paper runs through a paper machine one complete time.
Perforate Some paper folders have a perforating feature. Perforators punch small holes in paper that allow the paper to be torn easily. Bills and checks are typically perforated.
Pound The pound of paper is the thickness of the paper. Different folders can fold different paper weights. All folders can fold 20 pound paper.
Score Some paper folders have a scoring feature. Scoring paper leaves a crease that allows documents to be easily folded.
Skew How well the paper lines up after being folded. Off-skewed documents have the appearance of a crooked fold. Some folders come with precise controls that allow you to adjust the skew.
Slit Some paper folders have a slitting feature. Slitters look like a pizza cutter and simply cut paper in half.
Stack capacity The stack capacity of paper is the amount of paper that can be placed into the paper tray.
Top feed Roller pulls paper from the top of a stack. Most paper folders feature a top feed.
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