MyBinding Knowledge Base
How do I use a Pouch Board Laminator?
I recently had two different customers call and ask me about pouch board laminators. Both customers were looking to laminate and mount wide format documents and were really impressed by the price point offered by both the GBC Spartan Pouch Board Laminator and the ProSeal Pouch Board laminators. Even then, neither customer ended up buying a pouch board laminator. Here is why:
Pouch board laminators such as the ProSeal 44” Laminators are designed to do one thing well. These pouch board laminators are great for running pouch boards. These boards make mounting easier than ever. Simply put your document between the foam core and the special pouch sleeve on the pouch board 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 or documents onto a board, the ProSeal laminators and Spartan laminator are a perfect fit for you. However, if you ever have a need to do other types of laminating, a pouch board laminator is not a good option for you. Both of the customers that I talked to were looking 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 the ProSeal and Spartan Laminators, 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 extensive curl and it is sometimes difficult to get bubble free and wrinkle free lamination. Additionally, the supplies for encapsulation with a pouch board laminator are extremely limited and can be more expensive than supplies used with a regular roll laminator.
This being said, no other type of laminator makes mounting easier than a Pouch Board Laminator. Provided that mounting is all you want to do with your Pouch Board laminator, it is a great option for you. Just recognize the strengths and weaknesses of the pouch board laminator and make an informed decision and you will be much happier with your choice in the long run.
< 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)