Choosing the Right Laminator

Choosing the Right Laminator

There are dozens of laminators out there ranging in size, functionality and price. That’s why we’ve put this helpful guide together—so you can make a smart decision.

The Main Types of Laminators

Pouch Laminators

Pouch laminators are the most commonly used laminator type worldwide. You take your document, put it in a pouch, and feed it into the machine. With some pouch laminators able to adjust speed and temperature, the correct machine for your requirements could be a simple choice.

Roll Laminators

Roll laminators excel in speed and flexibility. If you deal with larger volumes, odd sizes and demanding deadlines, it might be your best choice.

No Matter the Type, Consider These Factors

Size

Not all laminators cover every format. While other aspects are important, document size is critical. If you laminate standard dimensions – like letter-sized documents – a pouch laminator is probably right for you. Keeping in mind that pouch laminators range from A4 size up to A2. Roll laminators cover larger sizes giving you more flexibility.

Pouch Thickness

Laminating pouches are measured in microns (this is the thickness of the pouch). They range from 75 micron a side up to 250 micron a side and cover all paper sizes up to A2. Always ensure you are gettign what you require by confirming that the thickness of a single side of the pouch eg. 80 Micron (160 Micron both sides) or 250 Micron (500 Micron both sides). As a general rule, the more the document is handled, the thicker the laminate should be.

For roll laminators, the film ranges from 25micron and comes with an enhanced glossy finish. We offer two types of roll film – gloss or Matt, standard roll film is available in a variety of lengths.

Tip: Loading the film upside can cause the film to be “glued” to the heat rollers. This is the number one reason we get service calls for laminators. 

Number of Users/ Volume

The number of users has a significant impact on choice. General pouch machines are ideal to keep at your desk or at reception, while a roll laminators are best suited for high volume or wide format laminating. While Pouch laminating is used by more offices and homes, there are industrial pouch laminators that are able to handle high volumes up to A2 size. When you look at cutting costs roll laminting works best for big jumps when used correctly.

Need a laminator that runs as fast as your workspace? Our laminator machines always run at the perfect speed, ensuring the best possible lamination output, as the control is in your hands with speed adjustment control.

Number of Rollers

Every pouch laminator has a set of rollers. The more the machine is going to be used the more rollers are required to ensure that the quality of the finished pouch is great every time. Entry level machines generally have 2 rollers as it goes up you get machines that have 10 rollers. So you get multiple heated rollers and a set of cold rollers to ensure the best quality.

Other Considerations

Ease of Use

Pouch laminators are popular and are simple to use, but roll laminators can save you money if used correctly. We import and supply our own laminatng film and consumables, making laminating a quick and painless process for our customers.

Cost

A laminator is an investment. When choosing, consider its frequency of use and also factor in regular size you plan on laminating. These are often overlooked when considering the overall cost.