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How do I choose the right Laminating Pouch?
Pouch laminators are really popular because they can help you produce quality laminated documents within a few minutes. To successfully use one of these devices, you need to have some laminating pouches in your office supply cabinet. But you don’t just need any pouches: you need ones that are right for your needs. To find the right ones, make sure you keep the following in mind:
1.) Size and thicknesses. You’re going to need pouches that are just the right size for your materials. Luckily, a variety of different sizes are available: small, medium, large, and every size in between. When selecting your pouch, make sure it’s large enough to give you about a 1/2-inch border around the document. This ensures that it will be properly laminated. You also need to choose supplies that are the right thickness so that they’ll be compatible with your laminator. Laminating pouches range in thickness from 1.5 to 10 mil and not every machine can work with all thicknesses. The thicker supplies will give your document more protection (which is important if they’ll be handled a lot), so be sure to choose accordingly.
2.) Finish. A lot of the pouches that you can currently buy are glossy. They help your documents and photographs look great, and are smooth to the touch. (They can also help the colors in your materials stand out.) However, documents laminated with glossy film can be difficult to read in certain situations because of glare. If that’s an issue for you, matte pouches are a good alternative. You can also write on these supplies which can be very convenient. And if you want to give your work a different look, there are some that have colored backs as well as ones with a sticky back so you can make adhesive documents. Be sure to take a look all of the available supplies to see what’s out there.
3.) Brand name and quality. Laminating pouches are manufactured by a lot of different companies and, as you would expect, quality varies greatly. As a general rule, you should avoid the “no name” products and look for ones made by companies such as GBC. Using higher-quality pouches might be cost a bit more, but your documents will look better and you won’t experience as many problems as you would when using “no name” supplies.
In a nutshell, those are the things you be looking for and thinking about when selecting your laminating pouches. You’ll want to choose ones that are the right size and thickness. (The thickness is especially important. Consult the machine’s instruction manual to see what the device can handle.) Also, finish is important because it can affect the readability of your document. (Chances are you want people to read your work, right?) And, depending on the finish, you can make stickers and more. Finally, high-quality supplies are best even if they’re a bit pricey. Shop for your laminating pouches today and get some for your office supply collection.
< 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)