Laminating Film Conversion Guide (Mils, Microns, Inches and Gauge)

Lamination FilmIf you have been shopping around for laminating film, pouches or lamination rolls (found here), you have probably come across terms such as mil thickness or micron thickness. There are several different ways to measure the thickness of a laminating pouch. I have come up with this conversion chart that should help you determine which pouch thickness you need and which your laminator can handle.

In the United States, lamination film is typically measured in mils and in Europe it is measured in microns (aka micrometer). One is based on English measurements and the other is based on the metric system. In between these two common measurements are other less common measuring units used for determining the thickness of film.

In the US, laminating film usually comes in 1.5, 3, 5, 7 and 10 mil thickness. The higher the number, as is the case with microns, the thicker the film. Because most people in the United States measure laminating film by mils, I am going to use mils as the base measurement.

Here is a chart that will help you with your conversions:

Lamination Film Conversion Chart Mills Microns Gauge

Hopefully this information helps you out. As far as mil thickness goes, I have found that 3 and 5 mils are the most popular for pouch laminators and 1.5 and 3 mils are most popular for roll laminators. Ultimately the thickness you use will depend on preference, budget, purpose and laminator capabilities. As you probably know, the thicker the film, the more it will cost.

At ABC Office we offer a great selection of pouch laminating film (found here) and lamination rolls (found here). Our film is extremely affordable, is made from high quality materials and produces beautiful results. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions regarding what type of laminating film you may need.

We also offer a great selection of pouch laminators (found here) and roll laminators (found 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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