Guide to buying a creasing or perforating machine

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Creasing and perforating machine buying guide

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Why pick Postroom-online as your creasing and perforation machine supplier? 
We have a wide range of creasing and perforating machines available to us. Having listed the most best models based on their reliability, flexibility and value for money. If you do not see the perfect machine for your application, please don't hesitate to call our expert staff to discuss your application in more detail. As we are experts in print finishing should you wish to see the finished result from a particular creaser or perforator, we are happy to do test runs with your material on any machine and post the results to you.

Creasing machines: 
When paper or card is manufactured, the fibres in the material lay in all directions. When folded by hand (or on thicker stocks paper folding machine) the fibers fold in various directions which break the surface, resulting into a messy unprofessional finish (aka cracking). Moreover, when printing on coloured stock this will also show through the ink. Using a creasing machine prevents these problems from occurring. Creasing machines compress the fibers in the material forming a u shaped channel. The material can now be folded without cracking.
Perforating machine: 
A perfortion is a process that creates a line of tiny holes in the paper or card. These holes act to create a join-point in the paper, strong enough to hold the material together but weak enough, so that should a deliberate pulling pressure be applied, the material will seperate in a clean straight cut. Typical applications for perforating included, tear off cheques, vouchers etc. The most common perforation sizes are 7 per inch, 11 per inch and 17 per inch aka microperf
Multi Function creaser/perforators: 
A machine that does both of the above, these tends to happen by a simple swap from crease to perforation blade or vis versa. Some multi / dual purpose models now come with splitting blades for cutting material as well as perfing / creasing it, adding additional value for money.

Bar vs wheels creasing and perforating.
This is the method used by the machine to implement the crease or perforation onto the material.  Both methods use a channel underneath the paper/card to push down into.  On the bar method a blade comes down much like a guillotine, whereas with the wheel method the stock is fed through the machine using rubber wheels with a spinning metal wheel creating the desired finish.
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Galaxy PAC 900 one of the most popular creasing and perforating machines on the market.

The Galaxy PAC 900 has more advantages and productivity than the monotonous use of a hand perforating or creasing machines. It has an electric roatary blade that spins perforating the stock when delivery to the rollers. The PAC 900 is perfect for card, high gloss covers, menus, invitations and more. Easy to set up with measure guides, paper sizes SRA3 A5 A4 and A3 with width up to 460mm. This desk top machine comes with 1 perf wheel and 2 x creasing wheel which are depth adjustable, additional wheels can be added.
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