Thevarious items that we use n our day to day life operate throughdifferent mechanisms that may be complex, yet appears simple to theeyes. The machines we use to make our work easy have different partsthat if we understand them would help use to use the machines fortheir intended purposes. An office setting s one of the places withmany simple machines and at times, some appear to be of less valueand people often overlook them. However, it is worth noting that someactivities may not take place in the absence of these machines. Oneof these items is the hole-punch.
Ahole punch commonly referred to as a paper punch has the main purposeof making holes in papers for easier filing. The storage documentslike spring files among others store documents in a pile-up mannerand hold them together through the springs that run through the holesin the papers. They are then fastened using a cord to keep themintact (Brennan, 2015).
Atypical paper punch has several important parts. They include thelever, spring, the guides, the blade and the hole. Before makingholes into the paper, a user has to place the right amount of paperson the board that is below the blade. The papers have to be correctlyput atop of each other to ensure uniformity placement of the holes.The lever acts as the arm on which the user holds onto as he pushesit downwards to lower the blade. The size of eh lever depends on thesize of the paper punch. The amount of energy applied on the arm isalso directly proportional to the amount of papers placed on theboard.
Theblade runs through the two guides and the spring. The guides hold thespring in position, and they compress it or let it expand to changethe position of the lever. When one pushes the lever down, the springcompresses and the lever forces the blade through the paper. Apartfrom the amount of force applied depending on the number of paperplaced on the board, it also depends on the elasticity of the spring(Brennan, 2015). The guides connect to the outer board such that theydo not move. When not in use, the spring relaxes, and this keeps theblade and the arm in position.
Theblade has a sharp edge on the lower part. It is round and measuresabout a quarter inch n diameter. Its top end attaches to form a pivotwhere it meets with the lever. The distance between the blade and thepuncher is about four inches. When the lever moves downwards, it cutthrough the paper and pushes the extract through the hole located onthe board.
Theholes are strategic in position, and the allows the blade to movethrough it. Different hole punchers have a different number of holesdepending on the size and number of blades. The common ones haveeither one, two or three holes. Punching occurs when a user places agiven number of papers atop each other and upon depressing the lever,he drives the puncher into the paper. The blade fits tightly n thehole. The pressure applied forces the blade to the hole, and itshears the unwanted part of the paper. The holes on the paper takeafter the ones in the paper punch (Chan, 1999).
Belowis a complete diagram of a paper punch complete with the main parts.
Figure1.Parts of a hole punch Figure2.The common types of office paper punch. (Office Depot, 2015).
Thelever connects with guides in the hinges. The hinges allow the levermovement. Since there is a motion whenever punching takes place, theymay require some lubrication to avoid a lot of friction that mightlead to wearing. All the waste papers collect in the cover below theholes. The surface, commonly referred to as the paper, holds thepapers to avoid dirtying the working area. When full, it can beemptied and attached back to the paper punch (Chan, 1999).
Paperpunches occur in different shapes, sizes, and colors. Color issubject to preference while the size depends on the number of paperto punch. When in need to punch a large number of papers, one mightuse a more powerful and big puncher that the one used in an officefor simple fillings. The number of blades and holes in the paperpunch depends on the method of filling. Some files may require thereof more holes, and this would determine the type of paper punchapplicable. When buying a paper punch, one should consider themethod of filing that suit sis/her needs best. The various colors inthe market provide an array to choose from depending on the taste andpreference.
Conclusively,the paper punch is important office equipment and without it, itwould be hard to make paper filings using spring files or otherstorage materials that require punched paper. As we work, we shouldnot regard it as among the least valuable machines in our offices.
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Chan,Y. K. (1999). U.S.Patent No. 6,000,139.U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: Washington, DC.
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