Buyer's Guide: Selecting a Paper Folder

With the wide selection of paper folders on the market today, deciding which model to purchase can seem overwhelming. At Binding101, we strive to make the decision making process easier for you. As with all equipment investments, your applications should drive the purchase, not the initial price tag. Please consider the following before deciding on a paper folder.

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  • Volume: How often do you plan on using the machine? This is an important factor because while some folding equipment is designed to be used continuously, others are only meant to be used occasionally. certain folders can be used for mass mailing purposes, but not all are designed for this degree of use. Lower end machines are only built to handle light usage and would inevitably break under constant production. Be sure to choose a folding machine that will accomodate your specific folding requirements.

  • Fold Types: What types of folds do you need this machine to perform? Although many common folds are standard for most paper folders, some units offer a larger variety of folds including the capability of custom programmable folds. Some common folds that you might be interested in are pictured below for your review. Determine which types of folds you are seeking before making a purchasing decisions.

  • Paper Types: What kind of paper do you plan to fold? You must consider the paper size, weight, and finish when narrowing down your folder options. Each paper folder has limitations as to the size of paper it can handle as well as the weight of paper it will work with. Compare the folders' specifications with your specific needs. The specifications will generally reflect a range of minimum to maximum sheet sizes and/or paper weights any given unit is capable of running. Be sure to choose a folder that can accomodate your current as well as future folding requirements.

  • Programmable Memory: Will you have multiple reaccuring folding jobs? For some companies, this feature is essential for maximizing productivity. Programmable Memory makes it possible to record or "program" the details of any given job, therefore reducing future set-up time and improving overall efficiency. Several folders offer this feature, however some are more limited than others as far as the number of memory locations.

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