What is Laminating pouches?

A "laminating pouch", however, is a piece of laminate film that has a pre-sealed edge on one side, connecting it to another piece of laminate, creating a pouch or pocket. A laminating pouch is used for two-sided laminating, and comes in either cold pouches or thermal pouches. The cold ones can be made by hand without a machine, or can be used with any laminator that has a cold setting. Thermal pouches always require a heated pouch laminator to seal. Laminating pouches are perfect for all-around protection for documents like photos, multi-use documents, ID cards, and more. Since they encapsulate the page completely, both the front and back sides of your page will be protected. They also double the stability and rigidity of the document, making them even more durable and resistant to bends and tears. TIP: If your pouch comes out wavy, your laminator is too hot. If it comes out milky, it is too cold. Adjust the heat or speed settings accordingly. If there are not heat or speed adjustments, you can use or omit a laminating pouch carrier to either protect your pouch from excessive heat, or allow more heat to reach it.

What’s a pouch laminator and how does it work?

If you are looking for a laminator, you may be a little confused by the names, numbers, and terms you are running into as you shop. Here are a few of the basics to help educate you and to help you make an informed choice. What it is: Pouch laminators are essentially machines that contain and employ a source of heat and pressure. With that heat and pressure, sheets of plastic lined with a special kind of adhesive are warmed to a temperature that allows them to bond together and essentially encase the documents that have been placed inside the sheets (such as business cards, ID badges, instruction sheets, etc.) in a clear and hard plastic that both enhances the colors of the document, and protects it from everyday wear and tear. These types of laminators use a series of rollers (little wheels made of hard rubber) to move the document through the machine. On lower end machines you will find as few as two rollers and on the better machines you’ll find that there are as many as six. It is probably true that the more rollers there are, the batter your finished product will look, as the rollers can keep the documents from bubbling or wrinkling. Pouch laminators come in all sorts of sizes and capabilities. You can, in fact, find pouch laminating machines that cost anywhere from $20 to $2000. How it works: Pouch laminators received that name because they use pre-made pouches to encase documents. In order to laminate a document, you simply place it inside the pouch and place the pouch inside what is called a carrier (a card-stock like cover that comes with your pouches) and run it through the machine. Most laminators of this type take a few minutes to heat up, and running your item through the machine removes some of the heat, so it may be a minute or two until you are able to put another document through. Once the document is through the machine, you may have to trim the edges to get the look you are after. Simply wait until the document has cooled a little bit to keep from marring the surface of the laminate. Depending on the quality of the laminator in question, you will find a varying levels of controls. The most basic machines may have nothing more than an on and off switch. Higher end machines will have controls for speed and temperature, which can be very handy if you are using thicker laminating pouches on a regular basis. You will also find that laminators come in various widths. You will want to find a machine that is wide enough to do the jobs that you intend for it to do.

What are binding covers?

Thermal binding covers are for use with our range of thermal binding machines only. They all feature a coloured board back and spine with a clear front cover and come in a variety of thicknesses. Thermal bound documents look and feel very stylish and so are perfect where first impressions really count. Clear binding covers are usually made from PVC &PP of varying thicknesses and allow you to see the first page of your bound document. These can be used with the Standard or Gloss binding covers (as a back cover) and are perfect when people are being handed multiple documents so they can easily see what each one is about. Leathergrain binding covers are usually made from cardboard and can be used to suit almost any need. They can be used individually (as a back cover) or as a pair (front and back) and are usually available in a variety of bright colours as well as the more traditional whites and blacks. Various textured or smooth finishes are also available with a choice of A5, A4 and A3 sizes.  

What is binding combs?

Comb binding (sometimes referred to as "cerlox" or "surelox" binding) is one of many ways to bind pages together into a book. This method uses round plastic spines with 19 rings (for US Letter size) or 21 rings (for A4 size) and a hole puncher that makes rectangular holes. Comb binding is sometimes referred to as plastic comb binding. To bind a document, the user first punches holes in the paper with a specialized hole punch. Pages must be punched a few at a time with most of these machines. If hard covers are desired, they must be punched as well. In bulk applications, a paper drilling machine may be used. Then the user chooses a spine size that will match the document. Standard sizes are 4.8 mm (3⁄16 in) (for 16 sheets of 20# paper) up to 51 mm (2 in) (for 425 sheets). Spine lengths are generally 280 mm (11 in) to match the length of letter-size paper. The rings on the spine open and insert into the holes in the page, then rest against the body of the spine, resulting in a closure that can be opened again for making changes to the book.  

What is Laminating Roll Film?

When you’re on a roll, you don’t want to stop or slow down! Laminating film lets you run several documents through your laminator without needing to stop the machine. But what exactly is the film made out of? Let’s get technical. Laminating film is made of a base film, such as polyester or PVC, and is then coated with an adhesive. Adhesives can be activated either by thermal heat or by high-pressure. This coated film is wound around a cardboard core, which is loaded into your roll laminator. Generally, roll laminators use sets of two rolls – one on top and one on bottom. Your documents are fed in between these two rolls and the laminator uses heat and/or pressure to activate the adhesive, creating your laminated document.

What is BOPP Thermal Laminating film?

BOPP Thermal Laminating Film is mainly made of BOPP + EVA. We use extrusion-coating process to combine these two layers. In the final film one side has properties of BOPP film and the other side becomes heat sensitive surface used for dry lamination. This product has two classifications: glossy/shine/transparent and matte/opaque, both of which sees thickness from 14micron to 32micron. Its width could be from 180mm to 1880mm and length from 150m (1 inch core, 25mm) to 4000m (3 inch core, 76mm).
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