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Monday, October 24, 2011

How to Choose a Pouch Laminator

If you need to make your important documents last longer, it's a good idea to process them with a pouch laminator. Choosing a laminator that will fit your needs is easy as long as you think about the following things:

  • Size. Laminators come in various sizes and you need to choose one that will be able to accommodate your materials. Generally speaking, a machine with a 9-inch feed opening is suitable for letter-sized documents and smaller items.
  • Pouch thickness. These laminators use laminating pouches as opposed to laminating film. You need to pay attention to pouch thickness which is measured in mils (0.001th of an inch). Pouches can be up to 14 mil thick and you need to choose ones that your laminator can handle.
  • Cold lamination. If you want to laminate heat-sensitive documents like photographs, get a machine that can do cold lamination. (And don't forget to pick up some pressure-sensitive pouches.)
  • Reverse mode. The laminator you choose should have a reverse mode. You can use the reverse mode to re-center your document or remove it from the machine in the event of a pouch jam.
  • Other features. There are some other features to look for such as automatic shutoff, a quick warm-up time, and double-walled insulation. These features make using the laminator safer and more convenient.

Choosing the right pouch laminator is easy. Just consider the items listed above so you can select the right laminator for your needs. Happy laminating!

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