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What Accessories Should I have to Make Laminating Easy?
Some sort of cutting device. One of the most helpful things to have around when you’re laminating is a cutting tool of some kind. This is because some of your laminated documents are likely to have some excess film around them. You can trim this film away to make your work look better. You can use scissors or Zippy knives if you have a steady hand. Or a rotary trimmer is a great option, especially if you want a perfectly straight cut. Another option is a trimmer that you can attach to your laminator. These can be really convenient, but they’re also pricey, so you may want to consider other options first.
A laminating workstation. Depending on how large your workspace is, you may find that your laminator takes up a bit too much room. (This is especially true if you’re using one of the larger roll laminators.) If that’s the case, a laminating workstation can be a terrific solution. A lot of workstations have space that’s large enough for your machine and there are usually casters on the bottom, so the cart can be rolled out of the way when you’re not laminating. Some workstations have storage space for your supplies so everything’s in one place. All in all, a workstation can make life easier.
A cleaning kit. Laminators of all kinds can become dirty over time. This is usually a result of melted adhesive coating the rollers although dust and dirt can also cause problems. A cleaning kit will have what you need to get your laminator spic and span. These kits usually contain some kind of cleaning solution as well as scrubbing pads that are soft so they don’t damage your machine’s rollers. Sometimes a foam pad is included so you can also clean the device’s heat shoes. These kits are must-have items if you want to keep your laminator in terrific shape.
< Over the years, a number of customers have asked me whether they can use twin loop wire with their plastic comb binding machine. These customers often don’t want to have to buy a brand new machine but like the look and feel of twin loop wire binding. However, the answer to their question isn’t as simple as it seems. You see, they actually do make twin loop wire that is designed to work with the plastic comb binding hole pattern. With that said, if you want to use these wires you are going to need a way to close the wires. What is Spiral-O Wire? Let me explain a little bit more…There is a product that we carry called Spiral-O Wire. This wire has 19 loops and is designed to work with the hole pattern from a plastic comb binding machine. Spiral-O Wire is sometimes called Wire Combs or Ibico Wire and was originally designed for use with some of the older Ibico binding machines. A number of the older Ibico plastic comb binding machines also included a twin loop wire closer on the front of them to allow users to use both plastic combs and wire. This 19 loop wire was designed for this purpose. What Equipment is Needed? As the Ibico brand has been phased out by GBC and all of the older Ibico plastic binding machines have been replaced with new models, they no longer have the twin loop wire closer on the front of them. This presents a problem in trying to use these spiral-o wires since you can’t use the wires without a way to close them. One of the only options left is to purchase a Twin Loop wire closer. However, since twin loop wire closers are not incredibly cheap this option usually only appeals to users who have larger electric plastic comb binding machines. Otherwise, it is often advisable to simply buy a low end 3:1 pitch twin loop wire binding machine (the supplies are cheaper). This being said, if you have one of the older Ibico binding machines that has a wire closer included you are in luck. The Spiral-O binding supplies that we carry will work perfectly with your machine and you will be able to use both plastic combs and wire depending on your needs. These Spiral-O binding supplies are available in Black, Silver, White, Blue and Red and in sizes up to 1″ in diameter. If you aren’t sure what type of wire binding supplies that you need to work with your machine simply give us a call. Our trained sales representatives will be glad to help you find the correct supplies for use with your machine.(Read More)