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8 Things To Look For In A Pouch Laminating Machine

Pouch Laminating MachinesIf you’re going to hand over your hard-earned cash for a pouch laminating machine, you’d better be sure you’re getting the right product. I have years of experience with pouch laminators and would like to offer you 7 simple tips you should consider prior to purchasing a machine. Once you have read through these tips, you should have a much better idea on what to look for in a laminator.

8 Things To Look For In A Pouch Laminating Machine

  1. Adjustable Temperature – I personally like to have an adjustable temperature in my pouch-laminating machine for fine-tuned precision. This isn’t a requirement, but is definitely a nice feature to have.
  2. Mil Thickness – How thick a laminating pouch do you want to use? The thicker the laminating film, the hotter and more robust your laminator has to be. Most people are fine laminating using 3 or 5-mil thick film (mil = thousandth of an inch). More robust laminators can handle 7 or even 10-mil thick film.
  3. Rollers – The number of rollers often determines the quality of the laminating job. Typically the more rollers the better.  Most cheap entry-level laminators only have 2 rollers. Commercial laminators often feature 4 rollers and some high-end photography laminators have 6 to 8 rollers.
  4. Separate Buttons – I personally like to have a separate temperature and motor switch on my laminator. This allows you to keep the laminator warm without running the motor. This is optional, but you will probably get more life out of your laminator with two separate switches.
  5. Reverse Button – A reverse button is a HUGE plus. If you feed laminating film in crooked, or the laminator begins to jam, a reverse switch can mean the difference between clearing out a jam or sending the machine in to be repaired.
  6. Width – Make sure your laminator has enough width to accommodate what you are laminating. Just because you have an 11″ laminator doesn’t mean you should laminate documents 11″ wide. Laminating something the exact same width as the laminator is a formula for trouble, especially since laminators are not very forgiving when pouches are fed in slightly crooked.
  7. Warm-Up Time – Most laminators will specify how long they take to warm up. Most laminators will warm up in under 15 minutes, but some will warm up in just a few minutes.
  8. Footprint – You may want to take into consideration how big the laminator is. Some people order a 13″ laminator not realizing how big it is, when they probably would have been fine with a 9″ laminator. This isn’t a big deal, but if counter space is in short supply, you may want to make yourself aware to the size prior to making a purchase.

At ABC Office we offer one of the largest selections of pouch laminators available online. This includes Fellowes, Tamerica, Akiles, Intelli-Lam, GBC and many others. You can find our entire selection of pouch laminating machines 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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