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What are the strengths and weaknesses of a pouch board laminator?
Many sign shops, graphics studios and print shops who are looking to laminate and mount wide format documents are really impressed by the price point offered by Pouch Board Laminators. However, is most cases a pouch board laminator is not a good fit for these users. Here is why.
Pouch-board laminators are designed to do one thing well. These laminators are great for running pouch boards. Using pouch laminating boards with these laminators makes mounting easier than ever. You simply put your document between the foam core and the special pouch sleeve on it and feed it through the laminator. In a few minutes you have your mounted document. No messy adhesives, laminating rolls or other materials needed. It is really very simple.
If all you will ever need to do is mount posters, blueprints, signs, or documents onto a board, a pouch-board unit will be a perfect fit for you. However, most sign businesses, copy shops and graphics studios also need to do other types of laminating. If you ever believe that you will have a need to do other types of laminating, a board laminator is not a good option for you. Specifically, many sign shops, graphics studios and print shops need to do encapsulation in addition to mounting. This is not a good application for a pouch-board laminator.
Although large format laminating pouches are available for use with these machines, these laminators are not designed for this application. Even when you run the large format laminating pouches through your pouch board laminator on the provided sleds, the documents often have problems with curl and it is sometimes difficult to get bubble free and wrinkle free lamination. Additionally, the supplies for encapsulation with a laminator are extremely limited and can be more expensive than supplies used with a regular roll laminator.
< 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)