Symco Group client has Bell and Howell Mailstar 400 and PF300 (GBR 420) for immediate sale

Symco Group has an enduser client who wants to sell a Bell and Howell Mailstar MS400 with Bell and Howell PF300 (GBR 420) feeder. The inserter has six pocket insert stations and a turnover. It has approximately 5,800 usage hours and has received consistent preventative maintenance since purchased by enduser client.

For more information or to purchase the Bell and Howell Mailstar MS400 and PF300 feeder or to purchase the PF300 (GBR 420) alone, please contact Symco Group at 800-878-8002 or email us at

Bell and Howell MS400 Features and Benefits:

  • The centralized control panel with error detection indicators simplifies operator setup and shortens recovery procedures.
  • Easily adjustable guides make job setup and changeover quick and simple.
  • Vacuum system provides more accurate paper handling, reducing operator intervention
  • Add four and six station trailer modules – up to a total of 18 stations, as your number of inserts increase.
  • Add an electronic Automated In-line Mailing (AIM) system to accumulate personalized multiple-page documents.
  • Wide range of available adjustments on the insert and envelope hoppers, and on the track supports a variety of material sizes.
  • Adjustable speed control allows operator to increase or decrease speed for the most efficient handling of a given application.
  • Options such as vacuum- or knife-style envelope flap opener, elevator or shuttle-feed envelope hopper increase system capabilities.

Bell and Howell MS 400 Specifications:

  • Cycling Speed Stations:
    • Up to 10,000 per hour
  • Stations:
    • Up to 18 stations (in four and six-station modules)
  • Envelopes:
    • Maximum Size – 9 1/2″ x 6 1/4″ (241mm x 159mm)
    • Minimum Size – 6″ x 3 1/4″ (152mm x 830mm)
    • Flap Depth – 1″ x 1 3/4″ (25mm x 44mm)
  • Inserts:
    • Maximum Size – 9″ x 6″ (229mm x 152mm)
    • Minimum Size – 5 1/2″ x 3″ (140mm x 76mm)
    • Paper Weight – 20 – 24 lbs (75 to 90g/m2)
  • Maximum accumulated thickness:
    • Stacker or Turnover Option – 3/8″ (10mm)
    • Meter or Conveyor Delivery Option – 1/2″ (13mm)
  • Power:
    • 208/240Vac, 30Amp, Single Phase, 50 or 60hz, 4 Wire
  • Temperature:
    • 64 to 90 degrees F, 18 to 32 degrees C
  • Humidity:
    • 40% to 60% (non-condensing)
  • Dimensions:
    • Width – 34″ x Height 46″ x Length (4 station – 80″ or 6 station – 100″)

PF300 (GBR 420T) Overview:

As a speed of up to 30,000 documents per hour, the PF300 (GBR 420T) reads a wide variety of optional codes to accurately assemble documents into address-matched sets, up to five for a letter fold and seven pages for a half fold. The address matched sets are then folded for inserting directly into the gripper arm or open feed station of an inserter. With the added features of up to twelve stations of intelligent selection, dual metering with postal weight calculation and divert, envelope suppression and sequential start-up and shut down, it is easy to see why the PF300 (GBR 420T) is the premier intelligent folder for the mail industry. The PF300 (GBR 420T) can also operate off-line by simply purchasing the off-line conveyor option.

PF300 (GBR 420T) Features and Benefits:

  • High folding capacity, up to five pages for a letter fold, seven pages for a half fold
  • Advanced touch screen for BCR multiple job set-up and recall
  • Up to 30,000 documents per hour
  • Runs on-line with conventional, non-intelligent inserters
  • Up to twelve intelligent station selection
  • Intelligent read systems (OMR, 3 of 9, 128 and 2 of 5 interleaved barcodes)
  • Envelope suppression and sequential start-up and divert
  • Operates off-line with conveyor option
  • Cut-sheet or optional continuous form feed

PF300 Specifications:

  • Speed: Up to 30,000 documents per hour
  • Paper Sizes: 7″ x 7″ minimum; 8 1/2″ x 11″; 8 1/2″ x 14″; 11″ x 8 1/2″ (optional)
  • Paper Weight: 20-24 lb. bond
  • Fold Types: “C”, “Z”, “V” and Double “V”
  • Power Source: 110v single phase, 60z, 15amp; 220v single phase, 50/60hz, 10amp optional
  • Dimensions: 120″ L x 26″ W x 52″ H
  • Weight: approximately 400 lbs
  • Read Systems:
    • OMR Line Code Read System
    • Industry standard barcodes: 3 of 9, 128 and 2 of 5 interleaved
    • 2-D barcode – DataMatrix; OCR/2-D barcode
  • Other features:
    • Large capacity top-loading, bottom feeder (approximately 1,500 sheets) and optional BSA 5000 bulk loader increases loading capacity to approximately 6,500 sheets
    • Four plate folder with accumulation station for up to 5 pages for a letter fold or 7 pages for a half fold
    • Ultrasonic double detect and non-read fixed count operation
    • Intelligent error display including misfeed and jam detection
    • Counter modes: total count, batch count, resettable count
    • Output conveyor options:
      • Shingling output conveyor / stacker
      • Intelligent transfer conveyor interface to gripper arm or open feed station of inserter

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Profold Barracuda Mail Inserter

The patented BARRACUDA inserting system provides a scalable system to meet the needs of small mail shops to large service providers. Configurable from entry level, 2 inserting stations, to nearly unlimited expansion and all field upgradeable. This revolutionary approach to envelope inserting removes the need for set up when envelope sizes change and practically eliminates jams. The high capacity auto-load feeders reduce operator intervention saving time, money and labor. Understanding the high cost of ownership involved with inserters the BARRACUDA novel design has significantly fewer moving parts and is calculated for serviceability; enabling an extraordinary reduction is cost of ownership.

THE BARRACUDA low cost of ownership, quick set-up, and speeds of 13,000+ filled envelopes per hour make the BARRACUDA the most significant technological advancement to your bottom line profits available in today’s market.


Profold Barracuda Mail Inserter Control Panel

  • 20” Touchscreen with unlimited programmable jobs. Production monitoring with interactive display.
  • Optional Camera Match System for Inserts and Carrier Envelopes
  • Scalable up to 48 Insert Stations
  • Sequential Start up & Shutdown
  • 13,000+ Stuffed Envelopes Per Hour
  • Station Toggle – Optional
  • Eliminate Lengthy Setup Times
  • Openfeed Station
  • Expanded Insert Capacity
  • Production Monitoring Center
  • Significantly Lower Maintenance Cost
  • Shuttle Feed Vacuum Insert Stations
  • Eliminates Empty Envelopes
  • High Capacity Autoloader for Inserts
  • Servo Drive
  • Job Recall for Easy Set-up
  • Envelope Vacuum Shuttle Feed with Pile Height Sensor
  • High Speed Envelope Vacuum Transport
  • Open Feed Station
  • Adjustable Momentary Detection Check
  • High Capacity Autoloaders: Standard 2, 4 & 6 Stations. Options: Up to 48 Stations, Camera Match/Verification Systems for 100% Integrity of Mail.
  • Envelope Insert Station: Utilizes Air, Product Guides and Pusher Fingers for Complete Product Control During Insertion Process.


Profold Barracuda Mail Inserter Feeder

  • Operator Interface:Touchscreen Control
  • Speed: #10 Envelope – Up to 13,000+ Filled Envelopes / Hour (Product Dependent)
  • Minimum Size Envelope:
    6” x 3.25”
  • Minimum Size Insert: 5.5” x 3” Standard, Optional Small Insert Kit Available for 3” x 2”
  • Maximum Size Envelope:
    9” x 12.5”
  • Maximum Size Insert: 8.5” x 11”
  • Insert Stations:
    Minimum 2 Stations
    Maximum 48 Stations
  • Envelope Hopper: Holds up to Minimum of 500 #10 Envelopes. Option to Extend
  • Emergency Stop: 2 on Board Barracuda and Capable of Integrating with Other Equipment
  • Station Toggle: Option
  • Sequential Start/Stop:Standard
  • Diagnostics I/O: Standard
  • Envelope opener: Knife with Air Assist
  • Insert station: Pusher Finger with Air Opening
  • Batch Count Inserts: Optional
  • Open feed Station: Standard
  • Insert Detection: Standard – Miss and Double detection
  • Motion Control: Servo Driven
  • Electrical: 220 VAC, 20A, 1PH,
  • Air: 80 PSI