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What should I consider about trimming my laminated documents?
Laminating your documents, photographs, and artwork is a great way to preserve your work so it can withstand a lot of handling. Whether you use a pouch or roll laminator, at some point you’re going to probably have to trim some excess laminate from your items. There are a few different tools you can use to do this including scissors, Zippy knives, rotary trimmers, guillotine cutters, and automated trimmers. This article will help you decide which tool would be best for your needs. That said, here’s what you need to consider when trimming your laminated materials….
1.) The size of your documents. This is a really important consideration because it makes sense to choose certain implements depending on your document’s size. For example, if you’re dealing with smaller things such as business cards and snapshots, using scissors or Zippy knives would be appropriate, but an automated trimmer would probably be overkill. Likewise, it would be time-consuming and inconvenient to use shears to trim a banner or poster. This is largely based on common sense, so be sure to choose accordingly.
2.) How your materials are shaped. Shape needs to be taken into account when deciding what’s the best way to trim your documents. Automated and rotary trimmers as well as guillotine cutters are great if you need a perfectly straight line, but they won’t cut it (no pun intended) if you need a curved line or if the item is otherwise irregularly shaped. So you’ll want to take a good look at your materials see which tools will give you the results you need.
3.) The thickness of your materials. The third thing you need to think about is how thick your items are. For example, if you decided to laminate a mounting board, you’re going to need something that can cut through a relatively thick material. A good choice in this instance would be a mat cutter. (A rotary cutter or pair of scissors definitely wouldn’t work.) Also, items that have been laminated with thin film (i.e. 3 mil) might be difficult to cut with a guillotine cutter or rotary trimmers, but things will go just fine if you use a Zippy knife. You might want to experiment with different tools to see which ones make trimming as easy as possible.
< 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)