Frequently Asked Questions
How Does The Price Of A Pressure Seal Machine Compare To The Cost Of Manual Or Automated Stuffing Of Forms Into An Outbound Envelope?
There are both labour and material costs to consider when justifying the use of a pressure seal machine as compared to other methods.†
Certainly labour will be the biggest cost to consider. In a manual process, each outgoing document has to be hand folded, hand stuffed into an envelope, sealed, and stamped with postage.† A pressure seal machine which can fold and seal with the press of a button will save all of those duplicative labour costs.
With an automated envelope stuffing machine, you need to repeatedly load both the outgoing document and the outgoing envelopes into the stuffing machine and be prepared for the processing to stop when either the document or envelope needs to be reloaded. This requires twice the labour than when using a pressure sealing machine since it only has to be loaded with the all-in-one pressure seal form. And the typical processing speed of an envelope stuffing machine is notably slower than a pressure sealing machine.
Finally, pressure seal forms when purchased as a stock item from any number of local or national pressure forms dealers will be comparable in price to outbound envelopes which have been custom printed with your company return address. All our authorised distributors have partnered themselves with several forms manufacturers to ensure that its prices are competitive.
What Is The Importance Of Processing Speed And Monthly Duty Cycle When Comparing Pressure Sealer Machines?
Processing speed is most important for large volumes of pressure seal forms which need to be processed at the same time.† If you are only processing a few hundred forms at time, speed becomes less of an issue. But processing speed can be misleading since different types of machines have different feed table capacities which determine how often forms have to be reloaded. This reloading process minimizes the actual pieces per hour. Welltec Systemís pressure seal machines have been engineered so you can quickly load your forms without needing them to be "fan" separated to speed the loading process.
The monthly duty cycle is perhaps the best indicator of the quality of a pressure sealing machine because the higher the monthly volume requirements, the more durable a machine needs to be.† Each of our pressure sealing machines has been built to provide exceptional monthly duty cycles because of our use of oversized sealing rollers and related technologies.
At Welltec System E.U, we also offer industry leading "in-line" pressure seal machines which connect directly to the back of select Hewlett-Packard and other brand laser printers so there is no loading of forms necessary on the pressure seal machine which maximizes total processing speed. Our MF4000 and MF9500 pressure seal machines also exclusively feature specially designed interface units to properly receive the printed documents, sense double feeds such as two confidential checks or forms erroneously feeding at the same time and divert them if necessary, and utilize innovative static reduction technology to ensure a smooth path from the printer to our machine.† And inline machine eliminate curled forms since they documents go directly into the pressure sealing machine before the documents cool and possibly warp.
Are There Any Important Processing Features Which I Should Consider In Purchasing A Pressure Sealing Machine?
There are a number of helpful processing features which are available on pressure sealing machines today. These features include anti-jam technologies which automatically sense mis-feeds and either stop the machine or automatically reverse out the documents. Another popular feature is double-detect monitoring which automatically senses the thickness of the document being fed to detect probable double feeds and will either divert the double feeds to a special holding tray, will self-correct and re-feed, or will stop the machine. We are proud that virtually our entire pressure sealing machine range includes one or both of these features.†Most of our machines also include an innovative manual feed slot for those pressure seal forms which are already folded and only need to be sealed.†Lastly, Welltec System E.U has recently introduced angled feed technology to its OfficeMate2d and MF9500 which uniquely seals the documents with angled rollers to maximize sealing pressure.
After My Pressure Seal Forms Are Printed On My Laser Printer, The Forms Tend To Curl Slightly. Will This Be A Problem For The Pressure Sealing Machine?
Pressure seal machines which use a bottom friction feed tend to intensify the curl when each sheet is pulled from the weight of the entire stack above it. That bottom feed curl is more likely to jam in the feed rollers than a similar form which is fed through a top feed machine such as those offered by us. In a top feed machine only the top sheet is pulled from the stack so the curl is not exaggerated when pulled from the bottom of a stack.
Do I Need To "Fan" Separate My Pressure Seal Forms Before I Put Them Into The Feed Tray Of My Pressure Seal Machine?
It is always recommend to "manage" your forms before loading the IN-FEED tray of the pressure seal machine. (This is common for all types of paper handling machines including laser printers) This can be done by either using a paper jogger or by manually fanning the forms. This will be shown to you during the installation period of the machine by a service technician.
How Can I Minimise The Chance Of Document Mis-feeds In My Pressure Seal Machine?
There are a few reasons why pressure seal forms occasionally misfeed in pressure seal machines.† In some situations it is the pressure seal forms themselves that cause the misfeed because the forms have poor quality perforations which separate going through the machine, or the form stock is too easily curled during the laser printing process.† So make sure that you work closely with your pressure forms supplier to purchase the best quality form within your budget.
It is also important to regularly clean the feed and sealer rollers to eliminate possible problems from a build-up of paper dust or laser toner ink on the rollers. You will also want to work with your local dealer to replace any rollers which have worn down from normal use.
Lastly, it is possible that the fold plate setting for your pressure seal machine have slightly changed due to a loosened setting knob. Be sure to occasionally check the settings and the knob tightness before processing your forms.
Why is pressure seal glue called "co-hesive" and not adhesive?
A "co-hesive" is actually a two part process which involves a dry compound being impregnated into both sides of a form at which the seam will be created. The intense pressure of the sealing rollers in a pressure seal machine causes the two parts of "co-hesive" to combine into a secure seal.† And since that bond only occurs when the two parts meet under pressure, the "co-hesive" is NOT activated when the pressure seal form is run through a laser or impact printer.
Do Pressure Seal Forms Need To Be Stored Differently Than Our Other Office Forms And Paper?
As long as the pressure seal forms are being stored in their original boxes or other packaging in a moisture-free room or closet with normal temperature control, the forms should be okay for use within 6-12 months of their manufacture date. It is also recommended that the forms be acclimated to the room temperature if the storage space temperature is different than the area in which the laser printer and pressure seal machines are located.