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How do I use a carrier with my Pouch Laminator?
In general, pouch laminators are easy to use, even for beginners. In most cases, you can just turn the machine on, let it heat up, and then send your document or photograph through the device for processing. However, sometimes people skip oneof the most important parts of the laminating process: using a carrier. Using a carrier is essential because it prevents the interior of your machine from getting gummed up with adhesive. This makes it possible to enjoy hassle-free lamination and it keeps the machine is good shape. Here is some information about how to use a carrier with your pouch laminator:
- First, you will need to make sure you have a carrier. Check your package or box of laminating pouches to see if there’s one in there. The carrier looks very much like a regular file folder and it will be approximately the same size as the pouches. If you don’t have a carrier, it’s possible to buy one without investing in a new package of pouches.
- Once you have a carrier, you will need to make sure that it’s large enough to accommodate the laminating pouch that’s holding your document. The carrier should be a little bit larger than the pouch to ensure that the adhesive won’t leak out into the machine. If the carrier is way too large for your machine or document, you can easily trim it down with a rotary trimmer or a pair of scissors.
- Turn on your laminator and let it warm up. When the machine is ready to go, place the pouch containing your document in the carrier. Insert the folded edge of the carrier in the machine’s feed opening. The laminator will process your document and the carrier will come out on the other side of the machine.
- Leave the document in the carrier as its cools off. Re-use the carrier for any other documents you need to laminate.
Using a carrier is an essential part of the laminating process. Luckily, it’s also easy to do. Be sure to start using a carrier with your pouch laminator so you can enjoy hassle-free laminating.
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