Differences between a Hot and Cold Laminating Machine

Difference Between Hot and Cold Laminating

If you are looking for a laminator, then you have a lot of options to consider. One of the biggest of these decisions is choosing between a hot and cold laminator.  Knowing some of the key differences between the two will get you the best laminator for your business.

Hot Laminators

Hot laminators are probably the ones that you are most familiar with. Hot laminators work by heating an adhesive material and binding it to a surface. This is a very durable method of lamination and it is used in many different offices around the world. One of the major disadvantages of hot lamination is that the temperature of the machine can reach as much as 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Some materials can be damaged at such high temperatures, or colors may appear to fade out due to the high heat. Special protective covers and specific types of lamination pouches can help reduce this effect. Only specific materials should be used with a hot laminator.

Cold Laminators

A cold laminator uses pressure and adhesive to sandwich materials between sheets of plastic film. Cold laminating machines are less expensive than hot laminators because they don’t require a heating apparatus. Many people find a high-quality cold laminator is a superior choice for their business because they are so easy to operate. Items that have a lot of ink coverage often look better when laminated using a cold laminator because colors don’t run.

If you want to laminate larger items such as vehicle wraps and banners, then a cold laminator is a great choice. The pressure used to laminate items comes from rolling items through a set of rollers that creates a lot of pressure, which ensures that items come out with no air bubbles or flaws.

Liquid Laminators

The liquid laminator requires the user to fill it with a special liquid that coats items you wish to laminate. This easy to use cold laminator can be used most anywhere and cleans up in minutes. Wax coaters are another type of adhesive system that is easy to set up and use. Materials are protected with a smooth coating of wax.

For high quality laminating machines, Daige is the way to go. We have been manufacturing adhesive systems for over 45 years and are dedicated to friendly customer service and full support. Contact us at (800) 645-3323.

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Category: Laminating Equipment

Posted On: 18 Mar 16


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