The finish of a project is an essential part of any document, presentation or collateral piece, but few people consider folding an important aspect of finishing. The best way to get the perfect fold is to find a paper-folding machine that meets your needs and those of your business.
Automated letter and paper folders can not only save a great deal of time, but can give the perfect finish to flyers, bills, bulletins, insert ads and brochures, among many other projects. Automatic paper folders use pre-set, push-button folds contained in a memory chip. Because of this, you can choose a fold and paper size with the touch of a button. Manual folders are also an option, with setscrews that can be used to adjust to the proper fold and sheet size.
The majority of paper folders will fold a letter size sheet into one of several popular fold-types: letter fold, gatefold, a-z fold, half fold, engineering fold and double parallel fold. Paper folders can be used in commercial operations, small businesses, banks, schools and churches. If one of the popular, standard folds doesn't meet your needs, make sure you choose a higher-end folder with an override mechanism, so you can customize the fold to your requirements.
Set-up is also an important consideration. If your projects change from folding pattern to folding pattern, the best folder would be one that has digital plate adjustment as a feature - or at least a folder with a plate preset with a 90 degree angle to the paper's path. This way, your projects run smoother with less set up time and less monitoring.
Once you understand your folding needs, and you're ready to make your purchase, you can find selections in a variety of retail locations. You can try a retail superstore, for basic machines at low prices, but they may not have the selection, quality or knowledge you are looking for. Buying directly from a manufacturer is also another option. This option generally provides a great deal of product knowledge, but if they actually sell directly, they only sell one brand of equipment - theirs. One of the best options is an online retailer with a big selection, knowledge of a variety of products, and available maintenance plans.
No matter where you purchase your folder, however, make sure to find a retailer who will back up their sale and be available to answer questions and help you through any difficult situations.
A paper folder can be an excellent option for document and collateral finishing and one that can save time and trouble. So take the time to do the research involved to make the right decision - on the folder, and the retailer you need.
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