A folding machine is a tool designed to fold papers. It can be very instrumental in an industrial setting, especially in the printing industry such as in a mailing firm. A letter folding machine can get over 1,000 folds done in an hour — absorbing all costs and manual labor of more than 10 workers in one, with accuracy. An auto folding machine can even come with add-ons such as a bar code scan and double-file detection that avoid mixing up folded mail files to be sent into recipients' mailboxes. While getting a paper folder to optimize production is cost-efficient, making the most of your funds requires three basic considerations: the target volume of papers to be folded, the frequency of machine use, and the complexity of the folding tasks. Below are three of the major sheet folding machine types and their features.
The manual paper folding machine is not unautomated as it may sound to be. This machine is designed to fold papers at a speed that allows it to produce about 1800 paper folds per hour and simultaneously handle three pages. The manual paper folder features can be almost all you are looking for in an automatic alternative. The key difference is the need to feed papers into it by hand. Also, this machine type is typically designed to hold and process letter-sized papers and can work well with small folding volumes.
This is a folder with the capacity to feed papers into its processing system via a plate of rollers. Simply load a ream of papers and watch it do the rest of the job at an accurate yet faster speed than the manual machines. It is suitable for mid-volume production and may require experienced hands for proper handling.
An automatic paper folder does all the work from feeding itself with the papers to be folded and printing them. Its mechanism is designed to suck in papers without manual assistance. The automatic folding machine produces at the highest capacity of all three mentioned folders, usually up to 18,000 folds per hour and so is suitable for large-volume production. Users only need to adjust paper settings from its control panel and watch it do the rest.
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