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Akiles ProLam Plus 330 Pouch Laminator Review

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Akiles ProLam Plus 330 Pouch LaminatorAre you in need of a quality pouch laminator capable of getting the job done right the first time? One laminator you may want to consider using is the Akiles ProLam Plus 330 pouch laminator (found here). I have had the chance to use this machine and this is my review.

Akiles is one of the best known and most highly recognized manufacturers of book binding machines. Many people don’t realize this, but they also make a great line of pouch laminators all branded as the ProLam. These laminators are very popular and even rival the GBC HeatSeal line.

The ProLam Plus 300 is one of Akiles higher-end pouch laminators. You’ll know as soon as you pick it up that it isn’t a cheap plastic laminator. The build quality is exceptional. The user-interface is simple, but provides all the features you will probably ever need.

The ProLam Plus gets the “Plus” tacked onto its name thanks to the dual heat system. The ProLam Plus uses heated rollers and a heated plat to warm up the laminating film. Why is this advantageous? Laminating film enters and exits a pouch laminator in just seconds. During that short period of time, adequate heat is needed to properly warm up the glue. Incorrectly heated laminators result in many types of flaws and blemishes.

While often overlooked, the Akiles ProLam Plus is an attractive machine, featuring a dual color metal cover. This “look” allows the ProLam Plus to fit in with existing furniture and does not stick out like a soar thumb.

One of my favorite features of the Akiles ProLam Plus is the control interface. It has broken up what many laminators do in one switch into three different switches. This means you can turn the heat on and off, turn the laminator on and off and adjust the motor’s forward / reverse function independently. This allows the laminator to last a lot longer because not everything has to be running simultaneously between jobs. It also has an adjustable temperature control knob.

You can use the ProLam Plus 300 to laminate photographs, menus, signs, cards and much more. The heat distribution is so precise that the film comes out crystal clear every time. No more bubbles, cloudiness or waves. The 13-inch wide mouth accepts all standard paper sizes. This wider format also helps cut down on misfeeds and jams.

To conclude, I have to say the ProLam Plus 300 is one of my favorite pouch laminators in the market today for high-volume commercial pouch laminating.  This laminator has a great track record with our customers.

You can find the Akiles ProLam Plus 300 pouch laminator here. You can find our entire selection of pouch laminators here.

Akiles Pro-Lam 230 Pouch Laminator Review

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Akiles Pro-Lam 230 Pouch LaminatorAre you looking for a pouch laminator that is about nine-inches wide or perhaps big enough to laminate a document up to 8 ½ x 11-inches? There are a lot of models out there. One you may want to consider is the Akiles Pro-Lam 230 pouch laminator (found here). Here is my review.

To start with, the Akiles Pro-Lam series of pouch laminators really don’t get the credit they deserve. They have been around for years, but often get passed up for “prettier” laminators from manufacturers like Fellowes. What it all comes down to is that the Akiles Pro-Lam laminators are solid machines, capable of daily, continuous use.

The Pro-Lam 230 (aka PL-230) weighs in at 20 pounds. That means that 20-pounds of heavy-duty metal have been packed into a smaller nine-inch pouch laminator (9.10-inches to be specific). That just goes to show you how heavy duty it is.  Even the gears in this laminator are made from steel when many comparable laminators use plastic or nylon gears.

The Pro-Lam 230 uses a total of four rollers, which ensures even pressure and heat distribution. The extruding aluminum heat plates also better distribute the heat. The end result is cleaner, clearer laminated material. This also helps cut down on cloudiness, bubbles and ripples in the film.

The Pro-Lam 230 uses electronic circuitry to adjust the operating temperatures. This means the temperature you set the laminator to is the temperature you get. The temperature varies from 230 to 356 degrees Fahrenheit. This laminator is hot enough and tough enough to easily handle 10-mil (4/6) lamination.

Although the manufacturer says you don’t have to use a carrier with the film, I still recommend it. Sometimes when the pouch gets heated up, excess glue will spill out the sides when run through the rollers. A carrier will help catch this glue and cut down on glue messes gumming up the rollers.

Overall I am very impressed with this laminator. Simply put, it is a workhorse. It is designed for commercial use throughout the day. You can find the Akiles Pro-Lam 230 pouch laminator here. You can find our entire selection of pouch laminators here.

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