Most common type of laminator: pouch laminators

Most Common type of Laminator: Pouch Laminators

Pouch machines are the most common types of equipment found in the office or the home. Depending on the machine, they can laminate projects from a small identification card up to an 11X 17 sheet. They use V shaped pouches. The document is placed in the center of the V and is fed into the machine. The rollers are used for heating the laminate and adhering the film to the document.  There are a few benefits to pouch machines. They are the easiest of all machines to use and are a great first laminating machine for most people.  They are also the least expensive of all equipment.  Pouches are inexpensive and the easiest way to make your documents water proof.

How they work: Pouch laminators use a lamination pouch that is sealed on one side.  When a document is placed inside and run through the pouch lamination machine, the heat activates a film inside that adheres to the document being laminated.  If you’re laminating heat-sensitive items, you may want to invest in a cold pouch laminator.  This type of laminator use pressure to directly apply adhesive to seal the enclosed materials.

Why use a pouch laminator?  Plain and simple, pouch laminators easily preserve and protect documents and are relatively inexpensive.  Typical applications include menus, book covers, business cards, identification cards, scrapbooking, and more.  Because pouch laminators come in a variety of sizes, it’s easy to find the best pouch laminator that works for your needs.

When considering which is the best pouch laminator for your home or office, be sure to consider the quality of the machine, but also know that the results you wish to achieve are dependent on the quality of the pouch laminator supplies that you purchase.  Laminated pouches and film are often sold with different types of corners and variable thicknesses which are usually measured in micrometers (or MIC).  The most common laminating pouches use 80-250 MIC pouches.  Generally speaking, the thicker micrometer of the pouch, the more expensive is the materials.  When purchasing thicker film, be sure that your laminating machine can generate enough heat to laminate the item. 

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