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Paper Folder Helpful Maintenance Tips

Paper folding machine requires regular cleaning and maintenance. Here are few tips for maintaining your paper folder 

  • Before cleaning your paper folding machine, be sure to turn the power off and unplug the power cord from the outlet. If the unit is not unplugged from the wall, it can be extremely dangerous. 
  • When the unit is not in use, put the machine cover in place to prevent dust, paper particles, etc. from accumulating on the fold rollers. Whenever using a paper folding machine it is essential to ensure that clothing, fingers and jewelry are kept away from the moving parts. 
  •  Some machines open-up or release the rollers for easier access to the jammed paper. Others have pop-out cartridges. You might even have a jam detector on the folder which saves you from continuous jamming. 
  •  If paper particles, dust, ink, etc. accumulate on the fold rollers; it may cause the paper to fold improperly. Clean the rollers periodically to prevent this occurrence. The best way to clean the fold rollers is to use a gentle solution of soap and water to wipe down the rollers and remove any dust or debris from the rollers. 
  •  High-End, Air Feed, Inserter, Sealers - These machines are higher-end and may have special maintenance concerns. Air-feed/vacuum folders use compressed air to pull through the sheets, so you don't have the same concerns as rubber rollers. Inserters and sealers have functions above and beyond just folding. It's advisable to ask questions of your customer service representative or dealer.
  • Testing - Not all models are able to handle various paper thickness or coated stock. Carbonless paper, glossy finish or light-weight (like onion skin) sheets can be problematic. If you have such needs then see if you can have a test done. Some better designed folders often have a test-sheet feature. 
  •  Periodically clean the paper feed tires to prevent marking. 

Consumable products include: Paper feed rubber roller, rubber brake, and paper feed separator. After considerable use these parts will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. You will know that the rollers need to be replaced when they become cracked and look worn or when they become worn smooth and are no longer efficient in grabbing paper (after they have been cleaned).