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Top Reasons to Add Automated Folding to Your Wide Format Print Process


various rolled architectural plansHave you ever thought about how your wide format documents impact your business and if they are a positive reflection of your organization? 

Wide format printers and copiers generate various sizes of documents that can be difficult to handle, file and store. These engineering and architectural-sized documents range in size from 11" x 17" to 36" x 48". Although printing and copying CAD and various technical drawings to their full size makes reading and amending drawings easier, it also causes storage and retrieval to be cumbersome. Additionally, rolling wide format documents actually hinders quick search and distribution and causes wear and tear on prints. Crisp, precise fold packets present a more organized, professional image.

Folded prints are easier to handle, file, transport and use in manuals and books.

Folded documents in sizes similar to standard office documents are easier to manage and distribute. Stacks of rolled documents take more storage area in comparison to documents that are precisely folded and either stacked flat or placed in file folders or binders. Also, folded wide format prints can be combined with other documents for user convenience and easier distribution.

Yet, hand folding isn’t the best answer. Consider the time and labor involved and loss of productivity.

In a distributive print environment where documents are being sent from a variety of employee workstations, there may also be a variety of uses for the large prints being generated. In a mixed-use distributive environment, the option to either stack or fold a wide format print is not only convenient and more productive, but cost effective as well. Prints can safely and conveniently accumulate on a wide format stacker and then be folded, as required, on an offline wide format folder. Or, depending on volume, an online wide format folder can be used.

With the current state of decentralized printing, where everyone is responsible for their own print output, engineers and architects can be more productive and cut costs associated with the wide format print process by adding automated finishing solutions. You may want to ask yourself and your fellow employees the following questions to discover the process improvements and budget reductions available by using automated wide format folders and stackers.

  • What percentage of prints is made by clerical staff versus engineers or other professional staff?
  • Who does the folding?
  • How often do you fold your prints?
  • What percentage of prints requires folding?
  • Can your printer handle a large amount of prints and print sets without making a disorganized mess on or near the floor or do inadequate printer catch trays make it necessary to “man” the printer?

Can you afford to have your engineers and managers babysit your wide format xerographic or inkjet printer and then have to hand fold their prints?

So, what are your options for folding your wide format technical documents? Check Tameran’s blog post next week to discover what type of folder best fits your print output requirements.

Contact Tameran for More Information For more information on products that improve your wide format print process, contact Tameran today.


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