Could you benefit from an envelope sealer? If your business sends mail on a regular or even a semi-regular basis, then the simple answer to this question is yes - you could very much benefit.
Doing the hard work for you, these crafty pieces of equipment can help free up your employees' time, letting them get on with more productive tasks.
How Do Envelope Sealers Work?
Envelope sealer machines may seem complex and somewhat futuristic, but the way they work is remarkably simple and straightforward.
The machine accommodates sealing fluid and soft-bristled brushes (available from any postage supply store) and uses them to strongly seal the envelope flap so that it will not accidentally become undone whilst in transit.
The fluid is applied to the flap of the envelope, providing the same function as the standard envelope gum found on regular lick and stick envelopes.
The moistening brushes gently dampen the glue, just enough to make it sticky. The envelope is then passed through the machine, where pressure is used to seal the flap shut.
Low Volume Solutions
Many small business owners worry that an envelope sealer won't benefit them enough to justify the cost of the equipment.
However, there are budget models which are designed specifically to meet the needs of small business owners and those who work from a home office.
Of course, the capabilities of these machines are quite low when compared to those intended to cope with larger workloads.
The Formax FD 1500, for example, can accommodate up to 14 inch envelopes (larger models can take 17 inch envelopes) and the speed of 85 items per minute isn't going to break any records, but for a small business with low mailing requirements, you can't go wrong!
Mid Volume Solutions
Envelope sealer machines designed to meet mid volume demands include many more features than their low volume counterparts, and are ideal for saving on both time and cost in the office.
Indeed, the Formax FD 2054 was something of a revolution when it was first introduced to businesses across the United States.
Unlike Formax's earlier models, the FD 2054 is small, compact, and can fit neatly onto a tabletop. As a result, it quickly became a must-have solution for many offices.
This hi-tech envelope sealer machine accommodates envelopes of up to 17 inches and boasts 35 programmable memory slots that allow you to create settings for your most used supplies, including panel V folds and uneven panel C folds.
High Volume Solutions
At the very top of the spectrum are envelope sealer machines designed for businesses with very high mailing needs - specifically those that deal with mass mailings on an everyday basis.
Formax's FD 2200 series is considered to be a market leader, processing more than 600 envelopes per minute.
The series comprises four different models, each of which is designed to meet varying requirements, ranging from the FD 2200 to the more advanced, and far more capable, FD 2280.
Of course, these machines are designed only for very high volume needs, but they can work wonders in the right office environment.
Are They Worth the Cost?
On the surface, envelope sealer machines are quite costly, but it's important to look at the long term benefits, which include reduced time costs.
Providing you choose the right solution for your business, you should find the machine essentially pays for itself.
Low volume solutions come in at around $4,500, mid volume solutions at around $10,000, and the top-of-the-range models can set you back around $18,000.
Of course, prices will vary depending upon your supplier, so it's wise to do your research and compare a few costs.