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Can You Use Laminating Rolls With Pouch Laminators?

Pouch Laminators / Laminating MachinesI had a customer ask me a very interesting question today. They wanted to know if they could use roll laminating film with pouch laminators. Believe it or not, I have had this question asked several times over the pas several years. Per square foot, roll laminating film sometimes costs less than pouch laminating film. Here’s the answer I gave my customer.

To begin with, roll and pouch thermal laminating film are essentially made out of the same material. The finished results are the same, the mil thickness is the same and temperature requirements are about the same. This means that you can use roll laminating film in a pouch laminator, but there is a catch.

To begin with, you will have to unroll the roll laminating film, use scissors and create your own top and bottom layer of film. You will then need to try and keep the film in place while it runs through the laminator. A skilled operator may be able to do this without any issues, but many people will get frustrated.

Another customer asked me if they could take the roll film and cut out a square, fold it in half and make their own laminating pouch. Again, you can do this, but the seam where the laminating film is folded over may get wrinkled or laminated incorrectly.

You’ll notice on pouch laminating film that there is a seam on one side of the film. This is because during manufacturing, the factory takes two separate layers of film and seals them together on one side. This allows the film to turn out well every time.

In summary, I still highly recommend using laminating pouches with pouch laminators. There is far less hassle, the time needed to get the job done is far less and in all honesty laminating pouches don’t cost very much.

You can find our entire selection of pouch laminating film here and roll laminating film here. In case you’re in the market, you can find our entire selection of pouch laminators here.

Keith Barlow

Keith is a third generation office equipment expert. ABC Office was started by his grandfather back in 1980 and he is proud to be caring on the values that made ABC Office what it is today… unsurpassed selection, detailed information, low prices, and courteous support.

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