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[25/04/2010] Pouch laminator

Pouch laminator uses a lamination pouch which can be found sealed on one of the sides.

What happens inside of the lamination pouch?

LaminatorsLamination pouch is coated with a heat activated material which adheres to the item (usually paper) being laminated while it runs through the laminator.
The substrate side of the board contains a heat activated adhesive which bonds the paper to the substrate. This could be a board product or any other sheet of laminate. The pouch containing the print, laminate, and substrate is passed through a set of heated rollers under pressure, this is necessary to ensure that all adhesive layers bond to each other.

Pouch laminators are designed for moderate use in the office or home. These inexpensive machines are very effective. However, for continuous, large-volume lamination projects, a roll laminator performs more efficiently.

Pouches can be bought with different thicknesses in micrometres (referred to as MIC). Standard home or office machines normally use 80-250 micrometre pouches, it depends on the quality of the machine. The thicker pouch makes the cost higher.

In the United States, lamination pouch thickness is measured in mil, it equals one thousandth of an inch. The most popular pouch thicknesses are 3, 5, 7 or 10 mil.

Certain pouches such as Butterfly Pouches can be used with a pouch laminator to form ID cards. Butterfly pouches are available with magnetic stripes embedded.



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[27/03/2011] What laminators are suitable for school use?


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