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Business Card Laminating Pouches – 5, 7 & 10 Mils

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Business Card Laminating PouchesWhile many thought business cards would go the way of the dinosaur with the rise in popularity of electronic gadgets, they are still just as popular as ever. With so many types and styles of business cards out there, one great way to set your card apart is by laminating it. It just so happens that there is pouch-laminating film that is in the business card size. At ABC Office, we offer business card laminating pouches in 5, 7 and 10 mils thick (found here).

A business card laminating pouch measures in at 2 ¼” x 3 ¾”. While the standard business card is 2″ x 3 ½”, the laminating pouch is slightly bigger. This size difference allows ample room for the business card being laminated and provides a nice 1/8″ border around the entire card. This border can be removed with scissors or with a paper cutter, but most people like to have it. The border also keeps the business card waterproof.

As mentioned earlier, our business card size laminating pouches come in three different thicknesses. These are 5, 7 and 10 mils. A mil is a thousandth of an inch thick, which means 5 mils is 0.005″ thick. The higher the mil thickness, the thicker the pouch. Also be aware that the thickness mentioned is for just one side of the pouch. Pouches have two sides. This means a 5 mil pouch has 10 mils total thickness, a 7 mil pouch has 14 mils total thickness and a 10 mil pouch has 20 mils total thickness.

A credit card is about 30 mils thick, so laminating your business card with a 10 mil thick pouch makes it very thick. Most of our customers go with a 5-mil pouch, but it ultimately depends on the look and style you’re going for. Price also comes into play as the thicker the pouch the more money it will cost.

At ABC Office, we offer our business card laminating pouches 100 per box. Each box of film comes with a carrier. While not all laminators require them, many need the pouch to be placed in a carrier prior to insertion in the laminator. This gives the pouch added rigidity and helps to prevent jams. Our laminating pouches are compatible with most pouch laminators including those made by GBC, Tamerica, Intelli-Lam, Banner American, Laminators Specialties, Akiles and others. Just be sure the mil thickness of the pouch is compatible with the laminator you are using.

Because we are the source for many of our laminating pouches, we are able to provide you with a great low price. We even offer price discounts when you buy 5 boxes of film or more. If you have questions about our lamination film, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-658-8788.  You can find our entire selection of pouch lamination film here and pouch laminators here.

5 Mil Laminating Sheets – Great Prices & Sizes

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Pouch Laminating SheetsIf you were to ask me today which thickness of pouch laminating sheets is most popular, I would have to answer with the 5 mil laminating sheet. With so many different sizes available, why is it that this particular thickness is so popular? I’ll cover a few reasons why 5 mil laminating sheets may be what you want to use with your pouch laminator.

To begin with, laminating sheets are commonly available in four different thicknesses. These are 3 mil, 5 mil, 7 mil and 10 mil. On occasion, you may be able to find a 1.5 or a 15 mil laminating pouch, however, they are pretty rare and most people don’t want them.

So what does the term “mil” mean? It is a thousandth of an inch. A 5-mil pouch is 0.005 inches thick (one side). Both sides of a 5-mil pouch add up to 10 mils thick (0.010″). The smaller the mil thickness, the thinner the pouch. For this reason, 3 mil and 10 mil pouches are the least common sizes used by customers. There are two reasons for this.

Three mil laminating sheets aren’t quite as popular as 5 or 7 because many people think it is too thin, and 10 mils is too thick for many people’s taste. The 10-mil thickness also requires a laminator capable of handling that thickness.

Five-mil laminating pouches are popular simply because they provide enough stability along with a nice finished look, not to mention they cost less than 7 or 10-mil thicknesses. At ABC Office we offer 19 different laminating sheet sizes in a 5-mil thickness. They are as follows:

Clear Glossy 5 Mil Laminating Sheets (Standard Sizes)

  • Business Card     —      (2 1/4″ x 3 3/4″)
  • Credit Card     —    (2 1/8″ x 3 3/8″)
  • Driver’s License     —      (2 3/8″ x 3 5/8″)
  • IBM     —     (2 5/16″ x 3 1/4″)
  • Key Card      —    (2 1/2″ x 3 7/8″)
  • Military     —    (2 5/8″ x 3 7/8″)
  • School Card     —     (2 1/2″ x 3 5/8″)
  • Jumbo     —     (2 15/16″ x 4 1/8″)
  • Luggage Tag (w/o Slot)     —     (2 1/2″ x 4 1/4″)
  • Luggage Tag (w/ Slot)     —     (2 1/2″ x 4 1/4″)
  • Index (File Card)    —      (3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″)
  • Circulation Card     —    (3 15/16″ x 5 11/16″)
  • Postal Card     —     (3 9/16″ x 5 5/16″)
  • Extra Circulation Card     —     (3 15/16″ x 6 7/8″)
  • 4″ x 6″     —    (4″ x 6″)

Clear Glossy 5 Mil Laminating Sheets (Large Sizes)

  • 6″ x 9″ Laminating Sheets
  • 9″ x 11 ½” Laminating Sheets
  • 9″ x 14 ½” Laminating Sheets
  • 12″ x 18″ Laminating Sheets

As you can see, there are a lot of options out there for 5 mil laminating sheets. Because we buy direct from the source, we are able to offer some of the best prices available online for 5 mil laminating sheets.

You can find our entire selection of laminating sheets here. Please feel free to contact one of our laminating experts at 1-800-658-8788 with answer to any questions you may have about pouch laminators or laminating sheets.

Best Laminating Sheets & Film Explained

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Laminating sheets, sometimes referred to as laminating pouches, are commonly used to protect and preserve business cards, report covers, photographs and much more. What are the different types of laminating sheets and which types are the best to use? Here are a few recommendations.

Laminating sheets come in a variety of different thicknesses. These typically come in 3, 5, 7 and 10 mil thicknesses. A mil is a thousandth of an inch. A 10-mil pouch has two 10-mil sides equaling a total of 20 mil. This means that 3, 5, 7 and 10-mil pouches are 6, 10, 14 and 20-mil thick once laminated (not counting the material being laminated). A credit card is 30-mil thick. Hopefully this hasn’t confused you too much.

The most common sizes of laminating sheets purchased today are 5 and 7 mil thick. A 10-mil sheet is very thick once laminated and is typically only used to laminate extremely thin documents. Five mil thick laminating sheets are probably the most common size used for laminating photographs.

Most pouch laminators can handle 5-mil thick laminating sheets, but not all can handle 10-mil thick sheets. Be sure you know what your laminator can handle prior to making a purchase.

You can find our entire selection of pouch laminating sheets here.

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