How to Use a Laminating Machine
Laminating machines, in particular pouch laminators, are far easier to use that you might think. Many people get frustrated by all the dials and buttons. Don’t worry. You can have your laminator set up in less than 60 seconds with these easy-to-use instructions.
To start with, just keep in mind that a laminator is simply a glorified heater with a motor. All a laminator does is melt glue and apply pressure for sticking it to paper, photos, cards and other documents. I have spoken with people that went extremely retro and simply used an iron and a towel to laminate documents. While I don’t recommend the iron approach (although some people swear by it), it really is that easy.
Here are 5 easy steps to get you laminator up and running.
- Step 1 – Plug in the machine and set the temperature. If there is no temperature dial, set the switch to the pouch thickness you are using. Common pouch thicknesses include 3, 5, 7 and 10 mils. The higher the number, the thicker the pouch.
- Step 2 – Turn on the motor.
- Step 3 – Insert your document into the pouch folder and then place it in a carrier folder.
- Step 4 – Place your pouch into the machine and wait for it to run through.
- Step 5 – Remove your document and repeat the process (if needed).
Sometimes seeing something in action is easier than following a step-by-step list of instructions. Here is a video demo of a pouch laminator:
While there are minor differences between pouch laminators, they all pretty much operate in a similar manner. I have personally found that once you know how to use one, the rest are all pretty easy to figure out. At ABC Office we offer some of the best prices and selection on pouch laminators. You can find our entire selection of laminating machines here.