The Importance of Laminating Important Documents
Many places use a laminating machine for all sorts of different reasons, for a variety of different types of projects. The plus-side to utilizing a lamination in the first place is the protect and preserve the quality of the materials that are being laminated. Lamination offers a protective barrier against moisture, stains, fingerprints, cuts, food, and all sorts of other unnecessary messy things that have no reason dirtying up our documents. Lamination also offers added stiffness to a material that makes it easy to hold and refer to, or to affix to a wall or other surface. Home businesses, large enterprises, schools, laboratory offices, and construction offices can benefit from a laminating machine. Depending on the project, the material or object to be laminated must be within a size range and the laminating machine must be large enough to cover the whole material. In some cases, laminating large pieces with small laminating sheets may look fine. To get the best aesthetic look and the highest durability, consumers should consider the types of laminating machines available.
If we are going to keep our documents looking as professional as possible we need to make sure that we are are using the correct laminating machine so we do not ruin our documents or invest in the wrong product for our solution. Hot laminating machines are machines with heated plates or rollers. The most common process is to insert a material, usually paper, into a lamination pouch. Most pouches are sealed on one side so the document does not slide out. The pouch, with an optional laminating carrier, is run through the machine to affix the lamination to the material with heat and pressure. The carrier is useful in that it can protect the document from overheating and damage.
Some materials do not do well with heat applied, like photos, archival quality documents, vinyl, or plastics. In that case, consumers can use a cold laminator. Cold lamination uses the energy from pressure by the plates or rollers to adhere the laminating sheet to the object or material.
Small and inexpensive laminators are perfect for home offices and small businesses as they laminate standard size documents and materials. Larger businesses that require mass production or offices that need to laminate large sized materials can consider commercial laminators. These are heavy-duty, industrial grade laminators. They have more powerful motors, larger heat areas, and more features. Since having the most flexibility for current and future laminating projects is important, offices should consider wide-format laminators.
Different offices have varying lamination needs. Office personnel can review their current activities, future activities, or common laminating tasks to make laminating purchases and decisions. Once the needs are determined, consumers can evaluate laminating machines and purchase with confidence. Hot laminators can laminate a large variety of materials while cold laminators are necessary for some materials. Selecting the size of the laminator is important so the office can perform a variety of tasks and prepare for needs not yet anticipated. Many offices can use small laminating machines but others should consider commercial machines and wide-format laminators. When evaluating laminators, office personnel should consider the width of the plates or rollers, the thickness of the machine, and the speed of output. Other factors to consider are added features, which commercial machines have more of.