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[27/03/2011] How to maintain a roll laminator

Laminating your documents and photos will extend their lifespan enormously and is the cheapest and most effective way to prevent them from being damaged by dust, spills, and aging. There are various makes and models of laminators on the market, but if you need one that delivers excellent performance, can handle great number of documents, and is likely to last, then make sure that you pick a roll laminator. While they are slightly bulkier and often more expensive than the pouch laminators, they are likely to give you better consistency and fewer laminations with wrinkles and air bubbles. 

The roll laminators are easy and inexpensive to maintain, but there are number of rules that you need to abide to in order to prevent them from being damaged:

  1. Always turn the laminator off when you are done. Some of the higher-end office machines will shut off automatically, but you should make it a habit to turn them off anyway. This will prolong their lives and ensure that the lamination quality stays consistent.
  2. Do not try cleaning the rollers with sharp objects. With time, adhesive might build up on the rollers, but you need to clean the rollers gently with the use of soft scrubbing pad instead of using knives or scissors. If you try using any sharp objects, you could damage the silicon on the rollers and then have to either replace the rollers or purchase a new laminator altogether.
  3. Do not laminate items, which the laminator cannot handle. Trying to laminate thicker items or items, from materials that the laminator is not meant to be used with would likely cause irreversible damage.
  4. Do not attempt to repair the laminator yourself. While un-jamming a document is fairly easy since most of the higher-end roll laminators have anti-jam protection, let a professional handle the repairs. If the laminator is under warranty, then take it back to the shop, or call the manufacturer to find out where the nearest licensed technician is.
  5. Clean the rubber rollers and the heat shoes every time you change the film – this would help you prevent adhesive build-up and takes only a few minutes. Do not clean the laminator when it is on since this could lead to serious injuries!
  6. Read carefully the instructions and make sure that you use the laminator properly – turning up the heat could result in wavy documents and unclean rollers could show repeating patterns of defect on the laminated items.

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[09/05/2010] What is the biggest size print that I can laminate?

[09/05/2010] What is a laminating pouch carrier?

[09/05/2010] What thickness laminating pouch do I need?

[09/05/2010] What size laminating pouch is the best?

[09/05/2010] How does a pouch laminator work?

[09/05/2010] Which pouch laminator is the best?

[09/05/2010] Types of laminators

[09/05/2010] Who are the big laminator manufacturers?

[09/05/2010] Why do we need to laminate?

[09/05/2010] Drytac JetMounter Laminator

[09/05/2010] Cold Roll Laminators

[09/05/2010] Heated roll laminators

[27/03/2011] What to look for before buying a laminator

[27/03/2011] How to use pouch laminators

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