Archive for April, 2012

Green Office Paper Cutters Made from Recycled Materials

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Carl Green Rotary Paper Cutters Made from Recycled Plastic & MetalRegardless of whether you are a conservationist, an environmentalist or you simply want to support companies that use recycled goods; you may want to consider using a Carl paper cutter or trimmer (found here). About a year ago, Carl completely revised their cutters from the ground up. Most of their cutters and trimmers are now made from 100% recycled metal and plastic materials. This is a pretty cool endeavor on Carl’s part and is a first for any paper cutter manufacturer that I’m aware of.

Carl paper cutters really find their mark in small business and home use. My own wife uses a Carl RT-200 for her scrapbooking projects. They can be used to cut and trim down photographs, paper, card stock and more. Their cutters include features such as a grid on the baseboard, easy-to-replace cutting blades and more. Many of their cutters are capable of being used with optional patterned blades, scoring wheels and perforating wheels.

While not all Carl paper trimmers are “Green,” you can identify which are made from recycled material by the color of the paper clamp. If they feature a fluorescent green-yellow clamp, they are made from recycled wood and plastic. While this clamp is a great identifier, it also serves a very useful purpose. The green paper holder is made from a special acrylic material that helps gather and focus light, making it easier to see the object you are cutting.

At ABC Office, we currently offer 7 different green paper cutters from Carl. These include:

  1. Green Environmentally Friendly Rotary Paper CuttersCarl RBT-12 Rotary Trimmer (found here) – This is one of the smallest and most compact trimmers offered by Carl. It is designed to be compact, very portable and ideally used for light-volume cutting. It also includes a swingout ruler for added accuracy.
  2. Carl DC-95N Rotary Trimmer (found here) – This compact paper trimmer can cut paper and photos up to 6″ long. It is small enough to fit in many purses and is perfect for photo trimming.
  3. Carl RT-200N Professional Cutter (found here) – This is one of our bestsellers. It is cheap, made from recycled materials and can be used with optional cutting blades such as a scallop, pinking and squiggle cut blade.
  4. Carl DC-300N Scrapbooking Trimmer (found here) – This is considered by many to be a scrapbookers dream come true. It cuts most paper (up to 20 sheets), has all the guides and rules you want and even includes a convenient carrying handle.
  5. Carl DC-210N Heavy-Duty Rotary Trimmer (found here) – This cutter is ideal for professionals, photographers and others who need accuracy and cutting capacity. It has a 12″ cutting length and a 36 sheet cutting capacity. With common cutting patterns on the base and a razor-sharp cutting wheel, it can be used for cutting paper, card stock and photos.
  6. Carl DC-220N Rotary Trimmer (found here) – Similar to the DC-210N, this heavy-duty rotary trimmer can cut up to 36 sheets and is made from 100 percent recycled materials. It includes a paper guide, luminous clamp and a cutting grid.
  7. Carl DC-238N Heavy-Duty Trimmer (found here) – This cutter is almost identical to the DC-210N, but has a nice 18″ cutting length. It cuts 36 sheets of 20# bond paper and includes the handy luminous cutting clamp.

We are excited to offer these green paper cutters on our site. We are always excited to add more recycled products to our site. These cutters make great at-home cutters, gifts and more. They sit on just about any tabletop or desk and are extremely easy to use. Do your part to support this great company and by your Carl rotary paper trimmer today! Please call 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

Is Your Paper Drill Burning Your Paper? Solutions Found Here!

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Paper Drill MaintenanceIf you drill stacks of paper per day, you may have run into some rather hot issues. The problem many people find is that once they begin drilling paper, using a hollow spindle drill press, their paper drill (found here) may begin to start generating smoke or they may begin to smell burning wood. There is a reason for this and a rather simple solution. Here are a few tips that may help you out.

Paper drills use special drill bits for drilling through paper. These bits are hollow, allowing drilled particles of paper to travel up the shaft into a repository. These bits are made using special alloys that are designed to increase the sharpness and the longevity of a drill bit. One byproduct, however, of drilling paper over and over is heat. While the bits are designed to help channel heat, much like a heat sink, they will eventually succumb to friction.

What happens is as the bit spins through the paper, often at hundreds to thousands of revolutions per minute, friction begins to generate heat. This heat can get hot enough to generate smoke and will sometimes even begin to scorch the paper. I have seen drills cause the holes to turn tan to even dark brown from scorching. Have you ever seen someone start a fire using a bow and stick? It is the same concept. So what can be done to decrease the heat?

Two things cause paper drill friction-based heat. Heat is generated on the sharp rim of the drill bit by friction generated by cylindrical walls of the bit. There are two things you can do that will almost always cut down on heat and return your drilling back to normal.

Eliminate Paper Drill Bit Heat:

Paper Drill Bit SharpenerStep 1 – The first thing I recommend doing is sharpening the drill bit. As the sharp rim of the bit dulls, it begins to generate a lot more heat. Luckily there are many drill bit sharpeners out there that will help you easily re-sharpen the bits without having to buy a new one. At ABC Office, we offer 5 different paper drill bit sharpeners found here.  The sharpener you use will depend on the style of drill bit you are using and how often you sharpen the drill. Some feature tabletop designs where others are simply held in your hand. Most paper drill bits can be re-sharpened over and over without needing to be replaced.

Drill Ease Wax Sticks for Paper DrillsStep 2 – The second thing I recommend is using drilling wax. This wax goes by the name Drill-Ease wax and it is extremely cheap. You can buy a Drill-Ease wax stick (made by American Grease Stick Co.) for just $3 at the time of this article. This wax is applied to the drill bit and quickly reduces heat by a huge factor. You can find our AGS W171 Drill-Ease wax lubricating sticks here.

Following these two steps will eliminate smoke and smell from your paper drilling operations. It will also help product clean and professional results every time. If you still have questions about paper drills, please contact one of our Paper Drill Specialists at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of paper drills here and drill bits here.

Duplo DF-920 Automatic Tabletop Folder Video Demo

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Duplo DF-920 Paper Folding MachineIf you are in the market for a programmable paper-folding machine and need something that is easy to set up, is extremely accurate and creates professional folds as good if not better than the competition, consider the Duplo DF-920 (found here). This machine has been around for years and is a favorite with printers, businesses, government agencies and more. One great way to learn more about this machine is to watch the Duplo DF-920 video demo that we just added to our site.

Before I show you the DF-920 video, I would like to cover just a few main points on what this machine is, what it does and why you may want to consider using it.

What is the DF-920? The Duplo DF-920 is an automatic paper-folding machine. It features a digital control panel, self-adjusting folding plates and is considered by many to be one of the best automatic paper folders available. It uses a friction-feed system that uses rubber rollers to pull paper in for folding.

What does the DF-920 do? This machine is designed to quickly take your paper and fold it into a letter fold, accordion fold, single fold and much more. It is built with 6 pre-programmed common folds and allows you to set up custom folds as needed. The feed tray holds 500 sheets of paper (about a ream) and has a powered exit conveyor that keeps paper neatly stacked as it is folded.

Why should you consider using the DF-920? You may want to consider using this machine for your business if you need to fold hundreds to thousands of sheets of paper per day. If you need a reliable machine that will hold up for years, this is the machine you need. Considered a commercial / industrial folding machine, it can be used with paper up to 11″ x 17″ in side and can be used with paper ranging from 16# bond up to 90# index. It is robust enough for high-volume folding, yet compact enough to be used on just about any desk or table.

This is a video demo of the DF-920 Fully Automatic Tabletop Folder:

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As you can see, this is clearly one of the most professional and easy-to-use machines out there. It creates crisp and professional folds every time. Duplo has been around since 1951 and has one of the best reputations in the industry. If you need a quote, have questions or simply need to place an order, please don’t hesitate to speak with one of our Paper Folding Specialists at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here. Have a great day!

Introducing the Formax FD 6102 Envelope Inserting Machine

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Formax FD 6102 Envelope Inserting MachineWhen it comes to automated mailing equipment, few manufactures come close to what Formax has to offer. Formax’s line of envelope stuffing machines, often called folder inserters, are excellent for mass mailing invoices, newsletters, promotional material and much more. We are happy to announce that we have just added their latest machine, the Formax FD 6102 (found here), to our site.

Folding and inserting machines are often a bit of an investment for a business. Formax, who manufactures some of the best medium and high-volume machines, also makes a great entry-level machine. The FD-6102 is a desktop envelope-stuffing machine that replaces both the FD-6100 and the FD-6150. This machine has a duty-cycle of about 5,000 pieces per month (at a rate of 1,360 per hour) and is a huge improvement over manually folding and inserting paper into envelopes.

One of the biggest improvements you will find with the FD-6102, over previous versions, is the touch-screen interface. This interface, which happens to be in color, is easy to navigate and makes setting up the type of folds and easy to do. A step-by-step job wizard helps guide you through the setup process. This machine will also allow you to set up, name and store 15 frequent jobs, making setup even easier later down the road.

An enhanced feeder design helps to make paper feeding more seamless and toner resistant fold rollers help cut down on jams. This, however, doesn’t mean that this machine, which uses friction rollers, will work with all glossy or coated paper. If you will be using glossy or coated paper, please send in samples for testing purposes.

Each of the feed trays can hold up to 100 sheets of 20# bond paper, the BRE / Insert tray can hold up to 100 pieces and the envelope hopper holds up to 100 outgoing envelopes at a time. If needed, the 2 sheet feeders can be linked together, doubling the sheet capacity to 200. When the first feed tray (100 capacity) empties, it will then move on to the second feed tray (in linked mode). In the event that you don’t what to set up any special jobs, you can simply manually feed a stack of up to 5 sheets via the drop-in feed system.

This is a video demo of the Formax FD 6102 in action:

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This machine will automatically, depending on the feed trays being used, pull a sheet off of each sheet and BRE feeder, fold them and insert them into an envelope. It will even seal the envelopes shut. The sealing function can be turned off if you prefer to leave your envelopes open.

In comparison to other folding and inserting machines out there, the FD 6102 is remarkably quiet. This makes it great for use in the office, in a mailing room or other location where people work.

This machine can be used with #10, #9 and 6″x9″ envelopes. It can be used with paper up to 14″ long and will create letter, half and double parallel folds. As documents leave this machine, the catch tray can be adjusted to accommodate the various sizes of envelopes that you are using.

If you still have questions, please give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. Our Mailing Specialists are more than happy to help answer your questions. You can find our entire selection of envelope stuffing machines here.

Recommended Martin Yale Paper Folding Machines

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Martin Yale Paper Folding MachinesIf you’re shopping for a folding machine (found here), there are about a half-dozen manufacturers out there that produce some pretty good products. Few paper folder manufacturers have the reputation or the clout of Martin Yale. Martin Yale has been around since 1940 and has manufactured some of the best-selling machines of all time. I would like to go over a few customer favorites you may wan to use in your own office.

Martin Yale currently offers a lineup of about a dozen different machines. Some of these machines have been around for over a decade and use time-tested technology where other machines have a more modern finish and include digital keypads, self-adjusting folding plates and more. The machine you use for your business will ultimately depend on the type of fold you want to create, how many sheets you are folding per day and the type of paper you need to fold.

Recommended Martin Yale Paper Folding Machines

  • Martin Yale P6200 AutoFolder (found here)– This affordable desktop letter-folding machine is designed to help an administrative assistant fold the occasional invoice, bill, receipt or letter. It sits nicely on the side of a desk and doesn’t require any special setup. Simply place your paper in the top of the machine and it will do the rest. It is designed for use with letter size (8 ½” x 11″) paper around 20-24# bond thick.
  • Martin Yale 1501X AutoFolder (found here) – The 1501X, sometimes called the CV7, is a auto-feed folding machine. This means you can place a stack of paper in the feed tray (in this case about 160) and the machine will automatically feed the paper into the machine and fold it. The 1501X features manual-setup folding plates and can be used to fold paper in accordion, letter, single, double parallel and more. This machine has been around for a decade and is very popular with small businesses.
  • Martin Yale 1611 AutoFolder (found here) – This folding machine is relatively new to Martin Yale’s lineup of folding machines. It has been wildly popular with our customers. While the folding plates are manually adjusted, this machine is extremely easy to use. It is affordable and includes high-end features such as a drop-in feed system (no pre-fanning required) and a powered exit conveyor that helps keep paper stacked as it leaves the machine.
  • Martin Yale 1711 AutoFolder (found here) – This is one of the most affordable automatic folding machines available. By automatic, I mean that the setup is completely automated. Simply select the fold you want from the control panel and the machine will automatically adjust the folding plates. The 1711 features a drop-in feed system, a powered exit conveyor and works beautifully on a desk or table.
  • Martin Yale 2051 SmartFold (found here) – If you need a folding machine with a little more folding power, consider the Martin Yale 2051 SmartFold. This machine, formerly called the Intimus 2051, features a variable speed motor capable of running at a speed of 15,000 sheets per minute. It can handle small paper, large paper (up to 12″ x 18″), has a drop-in feed system, automatic folding plates and a nice powered exit conveyor system. This machine is perfect for medium to higher-volume folding.
  • Martin Yale Mark VII Pro (found here) – If you are a printing press or have need of a high-speed commercial folding machine, the Martin Yale Mark VII Pro is a great option. This replaces the popular Model 959. While it does have manually-adjusted folding plates, it runs at blazing fast speeds of up to 35,000 sheets of paper per hour. This is perfect for mailing literature, brochures, invoices and much more.

These six machines are some of our customers’ favorite Martin Yale folding machines. These six machines will provide you with trouble-free operation and all of them feature a great warranty. You can find our entire selection of Martin Yale folding machines here.  Please don’t hesitate to call one of our Paper Folding Machine Specialists at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

Best Way to Clear out a Jammed Pouch Laminator

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Clear Pouch Laminator JamsPouch laminators (found here) are wonderful machines to have in the office or even at home. They can be used to protect, enhance and preserve a wide variety of documents. Many people like to laminate photographs, their business cards, menus, signs and more. So what do you do when things go south and your pouch laminator jams? Here are a few tips that may help you get your laminator back up and running.

I would like to break this article don into three categories. I would first like to cover why jams occur and what you can do to prevent them, how to fix a jam if one occurs and what not to do.  While these tips aren’t a guarantee, they should at lest help put you on the right track.

Why do laminating jams occur? The most common reason a laminator experiences a jam is a misfeed. This occurs when a pouch is fed into a laminator at an angle. As the laminating film continues its progression through the laminator, the incorrect angle worsens until the film is crashing into the side of a laminator. If the laminator is not stopped, this can result in permanent damage to the laminator’s gears or motor.

The second most common reason for a laminator jamming is the lack of using a carrier. Laminating pouches are floppy and have almost no rigidity until they are laminated. For this reason, carriers are typically used. Carriers look like manila folders. The lack of using a carrier can often result in the film wrapping under a roller, which can result in the pouch lodging itself in the laminator. While many laminators today claim they are carrierless, I still recommend using a carrier.

How can you fix your jammed laminator? If your laminating pouch is feeding in crooked, try flipping the reverse switch and backing it back out. This will allow you to re-position the pouch. Many laminators, especially those made by Fellowes, include a release lever that releases the laminator’s roller pressure. If your laminator isn’t equipped with a reverse button or a clamp release, turn off the motor and try gently tugging on the pouch. If it moves, try pulling it a little more until you have it released. If the pouch doesn’t move, don’t try forcing it. At this point you’re either going to have to remove the cover of the laminator you’re your going to have to call our Service Technician at 1-800-658-8788.

If the film is wrapped around the rollers inside your laminator (as a result of not using a carrier), you are going to have to remove the cover of your laminator. This will give you access to the inside of the laminator, making film wraparounds easy to remove. Be sure the laminator is unplugged and cool before attempting this. If the idea of using a screwdriver to remove your laminator’s cover is a bit intimidating, please don’t hesitate to call our Service Department at 1-800-658-8788.

Things you should never do. Never under any circumstances try forcing a stuck pouch out of the laminator. This can result in stripped gears and other broken parts. Also, never try using a knife or a pair of scissor to try and “fish out” a jammed pouch. This will often only result in damage to the delicate silicon rollers inside the machine.

If you need additional tips, or would simply like some advice, please call our Service Department at 1-800-658-8788. They are more than happy (and equipped) to help you fix your roll or pouch laminator. They can also provide you with replacement parts. If your laminator is at its end, consider one of our new pouch laminators found here.

Overview of the Akiles WireMac-E 2:1 & 3:1

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Akiles WireMac-E 2:1 & 3:1 Pitch Wire Binding  MachinesProfessionals that frequently use binding machines (found here) know that not all binding machines are created equal. Some book binding machines have simple function features that are pretty straight forward, they have one style hole-punch, and one style of binding, and only fit one style of document. While other book binding machines have more complex bells and whistles in order for user to customize the machine for the unique specifications of a particular book or document.

If a company is only in the market to purchase a single binding machine then the purchasing agent needs to be aware of these differences so they don’t purchase a machine that is so basic that it won’t accommodate all their book binding needs. Likewise, it wouldn’t be prudent to purchase a machine with a lot of superfluous “whiz-bang” features that may never be utilized.

Fortuitous for purchasing agents, there are binding machines like the Akiles WireMac-E (found here) that offer an alternative to the ultra-simple and ultra-complicated. The Akiles WireMac-E is a heavy-duty twin-loop wire binding machine that offers a complete system of functions that are useful for every common book binding task and improve the end-user experience.

The hole punch mechanism of the Akiles WireMac-E binding machine can be easily adjusted from a 2:1 to a 3:1 pitch ratio to handle the capacity size of the document, booklet, journal, prospectus, report, guide, manuscript or periodical being bound together. The lower ratio will generally be the better choice for documents with a large number of pages.  In fact, the recommended capacity for the 2:1 ratio is over 250 pages, or 1 1/4 inch width, compared to the 225 pages or 9/16 of an inch width for the 3:1 ratio.

The Akiles WireMac-E binding machine is constructed with heavy-use die punches. Each of the punch dies can be engaged or disengaged to ensure that each punch will be clean and complete regardless of the size of paper being used. Some user features that the Akiles WireMac-E binding machine uses to make operation easy and concise include the side margin control, diameter scale and punching margin control. These features ensure that each punch will be consistent throughout the document, reducing the probability of user-error. The open punching throat enables various sizes of papers to be used in the machine. This paper compatibility feature is a real time saver and improves operator productivity.

The Akiles WireMac-E binding machine is designed to punch through 20 sheets of paper per punch and is built to handle commercial volume workloads. As such, the hole-punch mechanism is electric and operated by foot pedal. This allows the operator to free up his or her hands to continuously feed stacks of paper into the hole punch, or being attaching the binding wire.  The diameter scale on the binding machine helps to eliminate waste and improve production by indicating which size binding element that should be used to complete the document, based on its size.  The wire holder and wire closer control features on the Akiles WireMac-E holds the binding wire in place and makes the insertion through the pages of the document a much easier  process for the operator.

The Akiles WireMac-E binding machine was developed and produced by Akiles Products, Inc.  Based in California, Akiles Products manufactures some of the top selling binding and laminating equipment on the market.

Get the features you need without paying for the features you don’t. You can find the Akiles WireMac-E by visiting us here. Please don’t hesitate to call and speak with one of our Binding Machine Specialists at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

Affordable Stack Paper Cutter Alternatives

Friday, April 20th, 2012

If you print, manufacture or handle hundreds to thousands of sheets of paper per day, chances are you’re going to need a pretty nice paper cutter. There are several highly reputable manufacturers out there that make some top-notch cutters. Brands include MBM Triumph by Ideal, Dahle and many others. One you may not be aware of, or perhaps may have considered, is Intelli-Cut (found here).

Intelli-Cut stack paper cutters are designed for cutting hundreds of sheets of paper in a single pass. They use a specially designed handle, tough gears and a razor-sharp guillotine-like blade to slice through paper. Many of these cutters are even capable of cutting an entire ream of paper. Intelli-Cut stack paper cutters range from manually operated to electric powered designs. We have had customers use these cutters to cut chipboard, card stock, standard paper and much more.

While there are currently about 16 different Intelli-Cut cutters out there, I would like to highlight two of our customer favorites.

Intelli-Cut 530D Stack Paper CutterIntelli-Cut 530D (found here) – This paper cutter is extremely popular because of its price and capabilities. Using this cutter is fairly easy. First off you need to adjust the backstop, which is manually adjusted. This is done by turning the hand crank located on the front of the machine. Clockwise brings the backstop closer and counterclockwise takes it back. You can tell where the backstop is located thanks to a digital display located on the front of the machine. If you need your paper to be 5″ long, set the backstop to 5″. It’s that easy.

Once you have made your adjustments, you can place your paper inside the cutter. Bring down the clear Plexiglas safety cover, pull the chrome-plated clamp lever down, flip the cutting safety lever and bring down the cutting arm. While this may seem like a lot of steps, the process is remarkably easy to do and will probably only take you a few minutes. This cutter has a 17″ wide cutting width and can cut up to 1 ½” of paper at a time. It also features an optical cutting line that makes it easy to determine exactly where the blade will make its cut. This cutter is very similar in operation to the Tamerica GuilloMax Plus and the MBM Triumph 4305.

Intelli-Cut 550MS Electric Stack Paper CutterIntelli-Cut 550MS (found here)– This stack cutter is a semi-automatic machine. While the clamping mechanism and the clamp are electric powered, the backstop is still manually adjusted. Simply adjust the backstop to where you want the cut to occur and insert your paper. Once the paper is in place, press a button to bring down the clamp and blade. In just seconds you will cut through 1 ½” of paper. This cutter features durable metal construction, an optical cutting line and a safety blade change tool. This cutter is perfect for print shops, copy centers and other businesses that need to cut paper.

One thing all of our Intelli-Cut paper cutters have in common is safety. These cutters feature clear plastic guards that protect you from harm. Electric cutters feature safety keys and buttons while manual cutters require a safety switch be flipped before the blade can be brought down. Stands are available for each of these cutters and are an optional accessory.

As mentioned earlier, we offer about 16 different Intelli-Cut models (found here). Please stop by and check them out. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call one of our Paper Cutter Specialists at 1-800-658-8788.

April 2012 Discount Coupon Code from ABC Office

Monday, April 16th, 2012

If your business is looking for ways to save money, improve production and streamline operations, you should consider office equipment from ABC Office. For a limited time, we are offering a coupon code that can be applied to any equipment or supplies on our site. This coupon code will be good for two weeks.

Our lineup of equipment includes equipment such as binding machines, paper cutters, time clocks, folding machines, shrink wrap machines and much more. Popular supplies include laminating pouches, lamination rolls, binding combs, spiral binding supplies and staples. You can find our entire selection of office equipment and supplies by visiting us here.

The coupon code you will want to use this month is APR0512. Simply mention this coupon code over the phone (800-658-8788) or use it in our shopping cart.

April 2012 Coupon Code

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We are always looking for ways to save our customers money and get them office products that streamline operations and ultimately save them money. We have been in business since 1980 and have been online since the mid 90s. Needless to say, we have developed a great reputation for our customer service and low prices.

If you are having trouble finding a piece of equipment, need a custom quote, want to price match a product or need a quantity discount, feel free to call one of our helpful representatives at 1-800-658-8788.

This coupon code is good for 5% off your order up to $200 in savings. You can read more about our coupon code terms and conditions here.

Ten Things to Consider When Buying a Laminator

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Roll LaminatorsLaminators come in all shapes and sizes and isolating the model that will work best for you can be a challenge. The two most popular types of laminators used today are pouch laminators (found here) and roll laminators (found here). These are both commonly used in businesses for laminating a wide variety of documents. In order to purchase the right machine, you will want to ask yourself a few questions.

Here are 10 things you will want to consider before purchasing your laminator:

  1. What is your budget? While a budget shouldn’t hold you back from correct laminator you need, it will still play a role in narrowing down the field. I recommend speaking with a Customer Service Rep (800-658-8788) for help narrowing down the field once you know what you want. They are very good at working within your budget.
  2. What will you be laminating? What type of material are you laminating? If you are laminating something that is temperature sensitive, you may want to consider going with a cold laminator (found here) like those from Ledco or Xyron. If you are laminating photographs, consider a laminator with at least four rollers or more. The more rollers, the more professional the results.
  3. What is the largest size you will be laminating? Don’t just take into account what you are laminating now, but also what you will laminate later down the road. Remember, wider laminators (both pouch and roll) can be used with smaller laminating pouches or rolls. Also be aware that most pouch laminators max out around 14″ wide. If you need to laminate something wider than 14″ (perhaps a poster, banner or map), I recommend going with a roll laminator. They range in size anywhere from 12″ up to 70″ wide.
  4. How much will you be laminating? As a general rule, pouch laminators are ideal for small to medium volume laminating and roll laminators are good for medium to high-volume laminating. I consider laminating a few dozen to a few hundred items a day to be small to medium and a few hundred to a few thousand items a day to be medium to high volume.
  5. What thickness of film would you like to use? Laminating film (found here) is measured in mils, which is a thousandth of an inch (0.01″). The larger the mil thickness, the thicker the pouch or roll. Film usually comes in 1.5, 3, 5, 7 and 10 mil thicknesses. The most common used with pouch laminators is 5 mils and the most common used with roll laminators is 1.5 and 3 mils.
  6. Who will be using the laminator? While it is best for only an adult to use a laminator, pouch laminators are by far the safest for children to use under supervision. I do not recommend children using a roll laminator. There are far more exposed “hot” components in a roll laminator.
  7. Where will you be keeping your laminator? Space is always an issue and roll laminators take up far more space than pouch laminators.
  8. Will the laminated documents be used indoors or outdoors? This applies more to film than the laminators themselves. If you plan to use your laminated documents outside, be sure to use UV laminating film. UV film will filter out damaging UV rays that cause color prints to fade. If you don’t expect your laminated items to be outside more than a week or two, you may be fine with standard film.
  9. Do you need to mount pictures on foam core board? If you need to mount posters, maps and pictures to foam core board, you will probably need to use a roll laminator. Most roll laminators will specify if they can mount, and if they can, it will usually let you know what the maximum thickness is.
  10. Which brand is the best? There are a lot of great brands out there. As far as pouch laminators go, I have had great luck with Akiles, Banner American (now out of business), GBC and Tamerica. As far as roll laminators go, I have had great luck with Ledco, GBC, Banner American (now out of business) and Tamerica.

Hopefully these ten tips have helped you out. If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to call one of our experts at 1-800-658-8788. You can also find our entire selection of laminators and film here.

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