Fanfold-D V5 Embosser

Index Fanfold D V5

The Index FanFold-D V5 is a high-speed, tractor-fed braille embosser that is capable of embossing up to 1000 pages per hour.

Traditional high-speed fanfold paper

By tradition continuous fanfold paper is the mostly used paper format in braille printing for high volume production. This is because it enables printing of a full box of paper continuously without being monitored.

Noise-canceling design

The FanFold-D’s noise level is the lowest among other high-speed braille printers. This has been achieved by:

  • Completely ​sealed unit including paper in and out bins
  • Ventilation through mufflers
  • Stable acoustic hood with internal damping of the noice energy

Index Fanfold-D V5 Embosser supports sideways z-folding

In addition to printing braille horizontally, the FanFold-D V5 can also print vertically. This makes it possible to print new formats with simplified binding.

Advantages with sideways z-folding:

  • More effective paper-out handling.
  • Less risk of mixing or twisting braille printout paper during manual binding.
  • Easier binding of braille document.

Light to sharpen the design

Light is an important design component in all V5 embossers and a hallmark for its technology level. It is used as a guide in the user interface and a decoration in the embosser.

Index Fanfold-D V5 FanFold-D technology

Built with all latest Index V5 platform technologies and features, FanFold-D V5 replaces the earlier tractor-fed embosser 4Waves PRO. It is better, lower priced, lighter, smaller and easier to maintain.

Less is more

FanFold-D has a straight forward design concept using the well-proven BrailleBox’s embossing platform, extended with formula tractors of the same types used in Basic-D V4/V5 all packed in an acoustic hood.

Easy on-site maintenance

Maintaining FanFold-D on site can be done without a trained technician. This major step is possible because:

  • No mechanical adjustment is required.
  • No lubrication of moving parts. This eliminates the problem of dust and reduces the cleaning need.
  • The complete mechanic printing module is accessable after opening the glass lid.
  • Only a few modules: embossing module with driver electronic board, electronic modul with power supply, CPU board, the user interface and a few sensors.
  • Sensors and firmware upgrades are shown by light-up text.
  • Web interface to monitor embosser status, etc.
  • Remote support from Index factory.
  • Exploded view drawings combined with web shop make spare parts assessable for everyone.

High resolution tactile graphics

Braille books including tactile graphics

FanFold-D makes it possible to include tactile graphics in a braille book. A high resolution tactile graphic page can be included in any position in a braille book as long as the braille editor supports this function. The only limitation is that tactile graphic page is single sided, as printing braille on the back side reduces the tactile image quality.

Old expensive graphic printing

Traditionally it was complicated to add tactile graphic into a braille book. This was because the production braille printers did not support tactile graphic, the horizontal dot distance was typically always the same, and only the distance between lines was possible to reduce.

The tactile graphics quality created in this way was so low that it was not accepted by users. Instead the normal way to add graphic has been to make it separately with swell forming. This method is expensive, manual and complicated.

An enjoyable user interface

The control panel is a local user interface which allows the user to interact with the braille embosser and provides complete embosser control.

Emboss & manage from portable devices

Index Braille V5 embossers are compatible with portable devices. With the use of your portable device and Index’s own idB (free), endless braille embossing options are available directly from your smart phone, tablet or portable PC.

Even better braille quality

The V5 solenoids (hammers) offer even better braille dot quality, a longer life cycle, higher embossing speed and lower power consumption.

idB: Index-direct-Braille

idB is a direct braille printing application built in the V5 braille embosser. It is available free of charge and compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux computers.

Affordable price

Full of truly useful features and endless braille embossing opportunities, Index V5 braille embossers still maintain the most affordable braille printer price comparatively.

Acapela synthetic speech

In V5 embossers the speech feedback is generated by Acapela synthetic speech. This enables easy feedback when controlling the embosser user interface.

Interpoint Braille

High quality Braille on both sides of the paper, known as interpoint or double-sided braille, is an Index Braille trademark.

Remote support

Get Index Braille embosser support from anywhere in the world by simply connecting to the remote support function embedded in the V5 embosser.

USB host port

Connect a USB memory stick directly to any Index V5 braille embosser via USB host port to directly print braille documents or back up and restore embosser settings.

Weight and sizes  C=calculated
Net Size LxDxH72x90x71 cm20,5×22,5×30 Inches
Net weight65,2 kg137 lb
Shipping size70x88x72 cm28x35x28 Inches
Shipping weight75 kg165 lb
Noise level60 dB (Sound level may vary with ambient conditions)
Paper characteristics  
Paper TypeTractor-fed A4, A3, Letter, 11×11,5
Paper weight120-180 gram/m2 
Supported paper sizesA3, A4, letter, 11X17 inches 
Braille characteristics  
Embossing speed1000 A4 pages per hourcorresponding  300 cps
Dot forming technology3 embossing head with 13 hammers eachForming with hardened steel for best quality Braille and life cycle
Braille Dot sizeHeight max 0.3 mmDiameter max 1,6 mm
Braille Fonts2.5 mm 
Braille cell6 or 8 dots 
Max character per line37Depending on duplexing and paper size
Tactile graphic resolutionUp to 50 DPIMinimum distance between dots 1.5 mm
Braille text buffer10.000 pagesunlimited number of copies
 User interfaceMultiple speech feedbackKeys labeled in ink and Braille + LED status
USBUSB 2.0 standard 
Network100 MB standard TCP/IPPossibly to install directly to an IP address at a LAN
Serial Interface9-pin Female 
Headphone plugStandard 3.5 mmSame asl iPod etc.
Web InterfaceEmbeddedFor embosser status monitoring and setup (not implemented in firmware 1.3.x)
Temperature 15-40 C 
Humidity 10-90%Non condensing
Voltage100-240 V AC 
Power max400 Watt 
Stand by Power5 Watt 
Eco power downmax 1.0 Watt