Who are the best pouch lmainator manufacturers?

posted this on May 30, 2016

Buying a pouch laminator can be an enjoyable process, especially when you’re armed with a lot of information beforehand. If you’ve already researched the virtues of hot lamination over cold, determined what size feed opening you need, and thought about what you need to laminate, you’re probably wondering what else there is to know. How about knowing what companies manufacture these devices? There are five main manufacturers currently operating, ranging from the famous GBC to the lesser-known Akiles, but they also have something great to offer. Here’s some background on these companies, as well as a brief look at some of their products.

  1. GBC. GBC – also known as General Binding Corporation – is probably a company you’ve heard of before, thanks to the popularity of their plastic comb binding machines. They’ve been in business since 1947 and are thought of as one of the premier laminator manufacturers. GBC makes smaller machines, such as the HeatSeal H100, that are great for use at home and at work. They also make some wonderful business-grade devices including the brand new HeatSeal H212 which offers jam-free operation.
  2. Fellowes. Fellowes is probably best known for their durable, tough-as-nails paper shredders, but they’ve also branched out into the laminating world. This company has been around since 1917 – a full 30 years more than GBC – and it was originally famed for producing banker boxes. Fellowes makes some attractive, high-quality laminators, such as the Venus VL-125, a device that can be found in offices and print shops across the country. The company recently released the high-performance Voyager VY-125, a product that proves they’re on the cutting edge of lamination.
  3. Tamerica. The California-based Tamerica has been making professional-grade machines since 1985 and they’re popular not just in the United States, but Latin America as well. All of Tamerica’s products are first-rate and they make personal-sized laminators, as well as larger ones such as the TTC330, a heavy-duty machine that can laminate documents up to 13 inches wide.
  4. Lamitek. Also located in California, Lamitek is the producer of some really high-quality laminators that have found their way into offices and other workplaces just about everywhere. Their PhotoSmart 13 is perfect for both home and office use, and it will laminate all of your photos flawlessly. And if your company needs a machine that can process posters and other large items, you’re bound to find that their SL-14 fits the bill perfectly.
  5. Akiles. Akiles is the new kid on the block, having entered the business in as recently as 1993. However, that doesn’t mean their laminators are inferior – far from it. Their product lineup features such great devices as the Pro-Lam Photo, a machine that’s ideal for the lamination of photographs. They also offer the Pro-Lam 100, a smaller device that can beautifully laminate smaller items including ID badges and luggage tags.

In addition to producing great machines, these companies also make their own laminating pouches and they all offer fantastic warranties on their products. When you choose a product from one of these companies, you can be confident you’re buying a first-rate pouch laminator that will really make your documents and photographs stand out.

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