How to fix the pouch jam on my laminator?

posted this on Jul 21, 2015

Pouch laminators are some of the most helpful office and crafting tools available. From time to time, though, a pouch might get stuck in your laminator. If this happens, you need to take care of the problem quickly.

Here’s what you should do:

    1. 1. Turn off the machine and unplug it. 

Step 1 

Doing so will prevent the motor from burning out so you’ll be less likely to have to repair or replace your machine.

  1. 2. Try to gently pull out the pouch. 

Step 2

Once the laminator has been shut off, take a look to see if there’s any damage. If you tried to laminate a thick item, chances are it was too big to make it through the machine. Try to gently pull it out. Also, refrain from laminating thick and three-dimensional items in the future. They can really do a number on your machine.

  1. 3. Put the laminator in reverse mode. 

Step 3

There is a possibility that the laminating pouch is curled up inside the device. If this is the problem, turn the machine back on and put it in reverse mode to solve the problem. To prevent this from happening again, always use a carrier. It will prevent adhesive from seeping out of the pouch and causing problems.

  1. 4. Open the laminator. 

Step 4

If the pouch is really stuck in your laminator, you might need to use a more drastic way to solve the problem. Some machines are able to open up like a printer or fax machine. Trying opening yours to see if you can get rid of the pouch jam. Just be sure to unplug the device beforehand so you don’t burn yourself.

  1. 5. Check for a release lever. 

Step 5

If your machine doesn’t open up, check to see if it has a pouch jam lever. This type of lever can separate the machine’s rollers which makes it easier to remove jammed pouches. The laminator pictured here comes with a release lever.

  1. 6. Open up the laminator yourself using tools. 

Step 6

This method is okay if you have some mechanical knowledge and feel comfortable working with machines. But this shouldn’t be attempted unless you know what you are doing. If you do try this, make sure the machine is unplugged so you won’t burn or electrocute yourself.

Watch the video below for more tips. If following these steps does not resolve the issue, we have parts and repairs available. For more information, please call us toll free at 1-800-944-4573 or email us at sales@mybinding.com. 

 
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