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How do I fix a jam in my pouch laminator and how do I prevent them?
Pouch laminators are very popular these days because they make it easy for people to laminate important documents without leaving the home or office. These devices offer simple operation but there is a chance of experiencing a pouch jam. Here are some tips on how to prevent jams from occurring as well as how to fix them….
The best way to deal with a jam is by preventing them in the first place. You can do so by using a carrier, for one thing. The carrier prevents melted adhesive from causing problems with the machine’s gears. Another thing that can help is by never laminating metallic items and three-dimensional objects. These items can damage the rollers, leading to jams. Using the proper temperature and speed settings will also help, as well using pouches that your device can handle.
If a pouch jam does occur, it’s not the end of the world. Before you do anything else, turn off (or unplug) your laminator so the motor doesn’t burn out. You can then take a look at things and try to determine what’s causing the problem. Chances are good that the pouch has become wrapped around the machine’s rollers. If that’s the case, there are a few things you can do to try to fix the problem:
- If your laminator has a reverse mode, turn the device back on and give this a try. If the pouch starts coming out, be sure you don’t pull on it too hard. This can make the problem worse and could possibly damage the interior of the machine.
- Your machine might have a pouch jam lever. If it does, try using this feature to solve your problem. Some laminators are designed much like fax machines in that they can be opened up. If your device is designed in such a way, go ahead and open it up when the power is off. (Make sure you let the device cool off beforehand so you don’t burn yourself.) You should be able to remove the pouch pretty easily. If you need to cut the pouch in order to remove it, make sure your cutting tool doesn’t touch the rollers. They can be easily damaged by sharp utensils.
- Finally, if you can’t get the pouch out, you may want to consider calling in a professional. (This is especially true if you own a high-end device.) Trying to fix a complex problem on your own could possibly void the machine’s warranty which is inconvenient to say the least. If the pouch is totally jammed and your laminator wasn’t particularly expensive to begin with, you might just want to get a new one. It will save you time and it’s often cheaper than getting professional help.
- As a last resort, you could try dismantling the device to fix things. However, this shouldn’t be done unless you really know what you’re doing.
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