Paper Machines, Cutters, Paper Handling Equipment

Are you looking for Paper Machines and Equipment? If so, take a look below for some valuable information that may help you in your search.

Paper handling machines automates tedious tasks that would otherwise be done by hand. As a result, the proper paper machines can save you both time and money.

Types of Paper Handling Equipment

Paper Cutters – Paper Cutting Machines

Paper cutters are used to cut either single sheets or stacks of paper.  There are several varieties available depending on your needs and the volume of paper that needs to be cut.  This page focuses on stack cutters.

Stack Cutters – Stack cutters are used to cut through large stacks of paper.  They are ideal for businesses, schools, and other organizations that must cut a lot of paper.  Stack paper cutters generally have a guide and a ruler to help you achieve the desired cut.  In addition, they have a clamp that holds the paper down to prevent movement and tearing.  Stack paper cutters come in manual, semi-automatic, and automatic models.  Manual versions are the least expensive and work well for smaller volumes of cutting.  Semi-automatic paper cutters automate some features such as the cutting mechanism, while others will still need to be done by hand.  Fully automatic paper cutters are completely automated and are ideal for large cutting jobs.  Some electric paper cutters are programmable and allow you to store commonly used settings.

Paper cutters/trimmers allow you to cut large stacks of paper (from 50 to 1000 sheets of 20# bond) with a variety of lengths and they allow you to meticulously trim a single sheet with accuracy and precision. Many options are available to you because paper cutters/trimmers can be either operated manually, electrically or hydraulically depending on your need and budget along with the different accompanying styles.  Here are a few examples of the types of paper cutters/trimmers.

The main types of paper cutters/trimmers are:

  • Guillotine Paper Cutters – Used for precision cutting.  They contain a large blade that can cut up to about ten sheets of paper, cardboard and textiles.  Guillotine trimmers generally have a guide, a ruler, and a grid pattern to help ensure that your cuts are straight.
  • Rotary Paper Cutters – Designed for graphic artists and photographers due to the clean accurate cut.  Rotary paper trimmers use a round cutting blade, which slides along a rail that can cut in either direction.
  • Arm Cutters – Perfect for scrap booking, school, and office use. These cutters are the most common type pf cutter/trimmer and are designed for everyday use.  They generally have a ruler, a guide and a large bladed arm.
  • Stack Cutters – Perfect for cutting through large stacks of paper.  They generally have a guide and a ruler to help you achieve the desired cut as well as a clamp to fix the paper in place to avoid tearing.

Whichever choice you make it increase productivity in every way no matter where you are – office, home, school, or photo shop.

Don’t forget to looks for these features when buying your paper cutter:

  • Maximum paper size accepted
  • Capacity in sheets
  • Capacity in inches
  • Tabletop or floor-standing

Paper Trimmers

A paper trimmer is essentially a paper cutter that is used to cut a single sheet, or very few sheets, of paper.  The most common types of paper trimmers are guillotine paper trimmers and rotary paper trimmers.

Guillotine Trimmers – Guillotine paper trimmers are the most common type of paper trimmers.  They contain a large blade that can cut up to about ten sheets of paper.  Guillotine trimmers can also be used to cut cardboard, textiles, and other materials.  They are available in a variety of sizes to meet your cutting needs.  Guillotine trimmers generally have a guide, a ruler, and a grid pattern to help ensure that your cuts are straight.

 Rotary Trimmers – Rotary paper trimmers use a round cutting blade, which slides along a rail.  Rotary trimmers are preferred by graphic designers and photographers because they provide a very clean, accurate cut.  Rotary trimmers work well for paper, photographs, and other materials.  The rotary trimmer blades are able to cut in either direction.  Electric rotary trimmers are also available.

Features to look for when choosing a paper trimmer:

  • Maximum paper length accepted
  • Maximum paper thickness accepted

Paper Punches / Hole Punches

Paper punches are used to create holes in sheets of paper.  They are used in a variety of environments ranging from schools to businesses.  Standard hole punches usually make two or three holes, but many have the ability to add additional heads to create extra holes.  In addition, most paper punches have adjustable heads that allow you to vary the positions of the holes.  Hole punches can only be used to punch relatively few sheets of paper at a time.  A paper drill is recommended for high volumes of paper punching.

Features to look for when choosing a paper punch:

  • Number of holes
  • Adjustable heads
  • Hole diameter
  • Cutting capacity (number of sheets)
  • Additional heads available
  • Tabletop or floor-standing

Paper Drills

Paper drills are similar to paper punches in that they are used to create holes in paper.  However, they are much more powerful and are designed to drill holes in large stacks of paper.  Paper drills can save a great deal of time over punching a few sheets at a time.  They use special drill bits and can usually create holes with a diameter of up to about 2.5″.  In addition, many paper drills can drill several holes at one time.

Features to look for when choosing a paper drill:

  • Maximum paper sizes accepted
  • Drill depth
  • Number of holes
  • Motor power (HP)

Paper Folders

Paper folders are used to automate the tedious task of folding your papers.  They require much less time and produce neater results.  In addition, paper folders are able to create many sizes and styles of folded documents that are ready to be inserted into envelopes.  Paper folders come in two main varieties: friction folders and vacuum folders.

Friction Paper Folders – Friction paper folders are the most common and use rollers to feed sheets of paper through the machine.  They are capable of automatically feeding sheets and can be customized to various fold styles.

Vacuum Paper Folders – Vacuum paper folder, also called air-feed folders, are generally larger and more expensive than friction folders.  They use compressed air to lift the sheets of paper and push them through the folder. Air feed folders are fast and effective and work well for glossy materials.

Features to look for when choosing a paper folder:

  • Speed (usually measured in sheets per hour)
  • Paper sizes accepted
  • Paper weights accepted
  • Single sheet or auto-feed
  • Types of folds available

Booklet Makers

Booklet makers automate the task of creating booklets. They are able to take a stack of papers, fold it, and staple the sheets together. Booklet makers have a variety of folding and stapling options.  Semi-automatic and automatic booklet makers are available.

Features to look for when choosing a booklet maker:

  • Speed (usually measured in booklets per hour)
  • Paper sizes accepted
  • Paper weights accepted
  • Page capacity

Paper Bursters

Paper bursters, also called form bursters, are used to separate the layers of forms, checks, and other multi-ply documents.  Bursters place the separated documents into stacks.

Features to look for when choosing a burster:

  • Speed
  • Paper sizes accepted
  • Paper weights accepted
  • Capacity

Paper Collators

Collators are used to separate stacks of copied or printed paper into piles. They work well for putting documents in order. Collators can be used as stand-alone units or attached directly to laser printers, copiers, and other office machines.

Features to look for when choosing a collator:

  • Speed (sheets per hour)
  • Paper sizes accepted
  • Paper weights accepted
  • Number of bins

Paper Joggers

Paper joggers are used to align the edges of a stack of paper.  A paper jogger produces a neat stack that can be easily fed into other machines.

Features to look for when choosing a paper jogger:

  • Speed
  • Paper sizes accepted
  • Number of bins