Pouch laminating machines use pouches which open up like a folder. They use the heat to melt the glue and then fuse the pouch together to seal the document. Laminating pouches are affordable and available in a variety of sizes and thicknesses.
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Roll laminators are ideal for those who laminate in large quantities and are the most economical for printers and copy shops. They are typically used for larger items such as posters and signs. These machines use two rolls of laminating film which have adhesive on one side. As the machine heats up, the adhesive melts and the two rolls come together to seal the item.
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A4 Laminating Machines
These machines laminate A4, A5, A6 and smaller items.
A3 Laminating Machines
These machines laminate A3, A4, A5, A6 and smaller items.
A2 Laminating Machines
These machines laminate large items and accommodate items sized A2 and below.
Laminating pouches are available in a wide variety of sizes and formats, from as small as 54 x 86mm up to A2. The most popular sizes are A4 and A3 laminating pouches.
The more frequently documents are handled, the thicker the laminating sheets required, to ensure adequate protection.
Laminating pouch thickness is measured in microns (1 micron = 1000th of a millimetre). The thicker the laminating pouch, the more rigid the result. Laminating pouches are available in 80, 100, 125, 175 and 250 Microns.
Before buying, make sure your laminating machine can handle the desired laminating pouch thickness.
The most common laminating pouch finish is gloss, an extremely versatile finish that is suitable for most lamination applications. Pouches are also available in a matte finish which is better suited for applications such as menus, as it’s less reflective and therefore makes items easier to read.
Jam Free & Jam Release
The Jam Free feature ensures consistent and hassle-free lamination, while the Jam Release feature helps you to quickly and easily remove a jammed pouch.
If you laminate regularly, look for a machine that warms up in a short period of time.
A feature such as Auto Sense or Hot Swap detects pouch thickness and instantly self-adjusts to the optimal laminating setting, switching to different pouch thicknesses for improved productivity.
Safety features such as HeatGuard™ reduces the surface temperature of the laminator, so it’s always safe to touch.
Energy saving features, such as Sleep Mode or Auto Shut Off, reduce energy consumption and increase safety.
Number of Rollers
The higher the number of rollers, the better the quality of lamination. Jams are also less likely to occur.