If you’re reading this page, I’m going to assume two things. First, you don’t have a laminator. Second, you want one. You might think that the big decision on buying a laminator is whether to buy a cheap one or go pro with the industrial machine, but it isn’t. So before we get into that, let’s talk about what you should look for when buying a laminator.
I will walk you through what it’s important to look for before buying a laminator that will be a great fit for your needs.
Dimensions of the document
Consider the documents that you will be laminating. Will they all be uniform in size? Or are you going to laminate a variety of different sizes, from business cards to banners?
Pouch laminators are an excellent option if you laminate standard-size documents predominantly. Additionally, you may fit multiple little objects inside a laminating pouch. A roll laminator is likely your best option if you require greater flexibility. Our roll laminators accommodate documents with widths ranging from 9″ to 27″. While automated laminators are optimal for standard-size documents, they can also laminate tiny things and documents up to 11″ x 17″.
Consider the frequency with which you laminate and the volume of documents you will be printing at one time. If you laminate minor tasks weekly or biweekly, a bag laminator is ideal. Suppose you need to laminate a big quantity of huge papers or irregular forms. In that case, a roll laminator is your best option. Automatic laminators are ideal for large lamination operations involving standard-size documents, as well as for individuals who laminate many times a week.
The thickness of the Film
Mil is the thickness of laminating film. The higher the mil number, the more dense the laminate. Smaller mils are more malleable, whilst larger mils are more unyielding.
Pouch laminators are available in thicknesses ranging from 3 mil to 10 mil, providing a wide range of thickness options. Typically, roll laminators run 1.5 mil-3 mil films. Automated laminators can process 3 mil and 5 mil film cartridges, which makes them an excellent choice for ordinary jobs.
The number of users is critical to consider when selecting a laminator. Is it going to be utilized by a huge team, or will you use it alone?
Because pouch machines are compact and fit your desktop, they are ideal for personal use. A roll laminator is a fantastic solution if you have several users. These machines are larger and can be configured in a shared workplace. Automated laminators are adaptable and ideal for both personal and communal use. Automatic settings make it simple to transition between users.
Bear in mind that purchasing a laminator is a financial commitment. You must factor in the expense of not only the laminator but also of film supplies. Whatever type of laminator you require, we have a large selection of machines and supplies to suit practically any budget.
Whether you’re purchasing your first laminator or upgrading, it’s critical to consider the following criteria. If you know which features are critical for your needs, you may simply discover the ideal equipment.
The Laminator’s Quick Jam Release
Laminating pouches constantly jam! And attempting to pull the trapped pouch from the laminator is a pain. Additionally, it poses a significant fire threat. As a result, I usually recommend shopping for a laminator with a quick-jam release mechanism. This is typically a lever on the side of the machine that you may flick to separate the rollers, allowing you to rapidly remove stuck pouches and paper from the laminator and restart.
The Weight and Handles for Carrying
If you’re going to be transporting this laminator to and from your classroom, weight is critical. Certain laminators are meant to be lightweight and even have carry handles. However, be cautious with really hefty laminators, as some are undoubtedly on the market.
How frequently will you use your laminator? Suppose you intend to use it frequently, such as when working in a busy workplace, and expect it to perform a variety of activities. In that case, you should choose a larger computer.
On the other hand, if you want to use it at home or in a small workplace with few jobs, you should opt for a pouch laminator or another compact machine available on the market.
The durability of the Documents
Did you know that the laminated documents’ durability is determined by the type of film used? Prior to making a purchase, you should ascertain the durability of the laminated documents.
Different laminating machines utilize a variety of different laminating films. If you want your documents to last for an extended time, you should invest in machines that use thicker films.
You should keep in mind that different machines produce end products with varying quality. For instance, a pouch laminating machine produces outstanding and high-quality photos; yet, it can laminate significantly thicker documents. If you need to laminate thicker documents, a roll laminator is recommended.
Mobility and space
What kind of work environment will you have, and how big is your office? Buying a huge printer is a waste of money if you have a small office, because it won’t fit. If you plan to take your laminator on a road trip, you should go for a small machine to fit in your car.
Many high-quality, tiny laminators are available, and all you have to do is choose the one that best suits your demands.
Recognize Your Temperature Requirements
In many circumstances, a thermal laminator can also be used for cold laminating if the machine is equipped with that capability. Cold lamination is occasionally used to protect delicate papers, such as photographs. Suppose all you want to do is cold laminate. In that case, you can utilize self-adhesive laminating sheets in place of a laminating machine. However, laminators produce the best results, especially when used in the cold process. Hot laminating is the most frequently used temperature since it offers the best durability and clarity. Search for a laminating machine with both temperature settings if you want to utilize both hot and cold lamination.
The Brand’s Name
This one is self-evident. Scotch is the market leader in the laminating industry. Other brands are excellent and sufficient, but if you truly want a memorable brand name, Scotch is the brand to choose.
Pouches vs Sheets
You can get a laminator that works with lamination sheets or pouches. The larger the laminator, the more likely you’ll be using sheets rather than pouches. All commercial-sized laminators are sheet format, as sheets are far less expensive and can be purchased in bulk.
However, it is improbable that you will locate a home or school laminator that accepts laminating sheets. As a result, you’re likely to use lamination pouches.
Pouch lamination requires that you purchase a pack of pouches, insert sheets into the pouches, and then pass the pouches through a laminator. This is the simplest method and is the industry standard for home laminators. However, pouches are more expensive.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which type of lamination do I require?
There are two aspects to consider when it comes to lamination: what your laminating machine can handle and the finished product. There are a number of things to bear in mind when using a laminator, such as a maximum mil thickness and the like, which may be found in the user manual or instruction manual. Then you’ll be able to look through a list of films that are compatible with your newfound knowledge.
Typically, pouch lamination comes in two flavours: gloss or matte. The highlight circumstances we mentioned at the outset of this article may come in handy at some point. Using a matte laminating pouch may be the answer to your woes. Lighting in low-light establishments and bright industrial facilities might benefit from a pale finish, which lowers glare.
What kind of laminator can I use to laminate fragile things?
Cold lamination is the best method for securing documents that are at risk of being harmed by the heat generated by a pouch laminator. Manual lamination with the self-adhesive laminating film is an alternative to using a machine for this task.
What exactly is a carrier?
When using a pouch laminator, a carrier is essential. When you’re laminating, it resembles a Qenvelope, and the document is protected by it. Your document and laminating machine are protected by a carrier that stops the adhesive from leaking out of the pouch. Every box of pouches comes with a carrier, so you’ll never be without one.
Why do I get air bubbles in my laminated document?
This is typically a hint that the temperature of the laminator is set too low or that the laminating speed is set too fast. When a laminator does not completely heat the adhesive, air bubbles form in areas where the laminate did not attach to the design. This issue should be resolved by adjusting the temperature and speed settings.
Why does my laminated document appear milky?
Suppose your paper appears milky after lamination rather than crystal clear. In that case, this also indicates that your laminator is not hot enough to completely melt the glue. Increase the heat on your laminating machine or decrease the speed and conduct additional testing.
What’s the essence of adding a margin around laminated items?
Laminated documents should have a border of at least 1/8″ around them. This will ensure that the plastic adheres properly to both itself and your document; if you trim your project flush with the document’s edge, moisture and dirt can enter between the lamination and damage your paper, and the film will eventually peel away.