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What should I know about a paper jogger?
The phrase “paper jogger” is a curious one but its meaning is really simple. A paper jogger issimply a machine that can vibrate a stack of paper to line up all the sheets for further preparation, such as punching, binding, and cutting. These are great machines to use in busy offices, copy shops, and other environments in which a lot of paper is processed on a regular basis. If you don’t have one of these devices, you should considering getting one so you can save a lot of time. Here are some things you need to consider when deciding which one to get.
- A good jogging capacity. Probably the most important consideration is how many sheets the device can handle at a time. You’ll need to think about how much paper you’re going to be processing and choose a machine that meets this need. A lot of jogger only have one bin but there are some that have multiple bins so you can work with as many sheets as possible.
- The size of your materials. The size of your materials is also incredibly important since not every jogger can handle all sizes of paper. Most of the ones on the market can easily accommodate letter-sized sheets (8.5” x 11”) and there are some that can work with larger ones, such as those that are tabloid-sized (11” x 17”).
- If you work with specialty items or not. Something you need to know about paper joggers is that not all of them can handle items such as envelopes, glossy stocks, and oddly sized documents. Luckily, there are specialty joggers that can process these materials. One thing that’s incredibly helpful is a flat jogger. You’ll have to hold your materials as they’re jogged which can be a bit inconvenient, but it will get the job done.
- If you want to reduce static. Static electricity can build up easily and make it difficult for you to separate your sheets. However, you can solve this problem by using a jogger that shoots compressed air. This eliminates the static for easier processing. Granted, these devices can be a bit more expensive, but you may find that the extra cost is worth it.
- How much space you have. The available space you have will definitely influence your decision. Tabletop joggers tend to be smaller so they’re ideal if you don’t have a lot of room in your workspace. If you have more space to spare, a floor-standing unit may be just what you need.
< Over the years, a number of customers have asked me whether they can use twin loop wire with their plastic comb binding machine. These customers often don’t want to have to buy a brand new machine but like the look and feel of twin loop wire binding. However, the answer to their question isn’t as simple as it seems. You see, they actually do make twin loop wire that is designed to work with the plastic comb binding hole pattern. With that said, if you want to use these wires you are going to need a way to close the wires. What is Spiral-O Wire? Let me explain a little bit more…There is a product that we carry called Spiral-O Wire. This wire has 19 loops and is designed to work with the hole pattern from a plastic comb binding machine. Spiral-O Wire is sometimes called Wire Combs or Ibico Wire and was originally designed for use with some of the older Ibico binding machines. A number of the older Ibico plastic comb binding machines also included a twin loop wire closer on the front of them to allow users to use both plastic combs and wire. This 19 loop wire was designed for this purpose. What Equipment is Needed? As the Ibico brand has been phased out by GBC and all of the older Ibico plastic binding machines have been replaced with new models, they no longer have the twin loop wire closer on the front of them. This presents a problem in trying to use these spiral-o wires since you can’t use the wires without a way to close them. One of the only options left is to purchase a Twin Loop wire closer. However, since twin loop wire closers are not incredibly cheap this option usually only appeals to users who have larger electric plastic comb binding machines. Otherwise, it is often advisable to simply buy a low end 3:1 pitch twin loop wire binding machine (the supplies are cheaper). This being said, if you have one of the older Ibico binding machines that has a wire closer included you are in luck. The Spiral-O binding supplies that we carry will work perfectly with your machine and you will be able to use both plastic combs and wire depending on your needs. These Spiral-O binding supplies are available in Black, Silver, White, Blue and Red and in sizes up to 1″ in diameter. If you aren’t sure what type of wire binding supplies that you need to work with your machine simply give us a call. Our trained sales representatives will be glad to help you find the correct supplies for use with your machine.(Read More)