Which is the best Laminating Machine to Buy?
Most of the professional laminating machines are ideal any office that wants to produce high-quality laminated stock. These machines provide a larger working width and faster rolling speed for higher production rates.
Laminators are either hot or cold. A hot laminator is the most popular, but because some documents are heat sensitive, a cold machine is the most appropriate choice for some uses.
Hot Pouch Laminator
For these types of laminators, the lamination supply comes in "pouches" which are two sheets of flexible film bound on one edge. Items are placed in an appropriately sized pouch, trimmed, and then placed in a cardboard carrier. The carrier is a simple piece of heavy card stock, similar to a file folder, and it protects the lamination pouch from direct contact with the hot rollers. Once a machine is warmed up, and the item protected in the carrier, you place the closed edge of the carrier in the mouth of the laminating machine, and the rollers pull it slowly through, heating the carrier and laminating pouch. The heat reacts with the pouch, activating an adhesive which then binds to the paper, and the carrier exits the back of the machine with the newly durable, aesthetically enhanced item, ready to be placed on a wall, in a wallet, or wherever the laminated product will find its new home.
Cold Pouch Laminator
If you printed the document on an inkjet printer, came from fax, or is a photo, it may be sensitive to heat, and a hot laminating machine could cause the colours to run. Cold laminating machines use pressure to activate the special cold laminating pouches. Some don't even require electricity and operating them merely requires inserting the cold pouch and turning the crank. Safer and easier to use, cold laminating machines can be a great option, but hot machines still produce better quality and durability.
Roll laminating machines used in commercial and industrial settings where a large poster size and speed is necessary. Roll laminators don't use pouches. Lamination film is a roll that's attached to the laminating machine, and the lamination film heated before contact with the paper. This increases speed and efficiency and allows users to complete bulk laminating projects in a reasonable amount of time.
Whether you opt for hot or cold pouches, there are several other variables to consider before choosing a specific model. Pouch sizes range from ID card to poster size. Think about the projects that may spring up in the future and be sure to select a machine that can accommodate the largest pouch size you require. How heavily does your lamination need to be? Extra thick pouches are not compatible with all laminating machines as they require more intense heat than the lighter duty machines provide, so be sure to confirm the maximum pouch thickness recommended by the manufacturer. A hot laminating machine is the most common, but because some documents are heat sensitive, a cold machine is the most appropriate choice for some uses.sidered, as well. If you intend to use your laminating machine frequently, it will behove you to pay a little more for a more durable model.
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