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How do I laminate something with a Roll Laminator?
Roll laminators are very popular machines that can be found in offices and schools. They offer the user the ability to protect important materials such as brochures, posters, signs, photographs, and more. These machines can also cause the colors in a document to “pop” so that the item is more pleasing to look at.
Roll laminators are made by a variety of manufacturers including GBC, DryLam, Royal Sovereign, and Ledco, and they all operate in pretty much the same way. If you’ve been puzzling over how to operate your particular machine, keep reading because this Hub will walk your through the process. Let’s get started!
- The first thing you need to do is turn your laminator on. It’s important to do this well ahead of when you want to laminate because a machine can take up to 20 minutes to warm up.
- Next up, make sure that the device’s heat shield and feed tray are positioned properly. If they’re not in the right places, you won’t be able to laminate your materials, pure and simple.
- Now it’s time to select the appropriate speed and temperature settings, if your machine has these features. (Some devices don’t allow the user to tweak these settings.) These settings should be dictated by the the type and thickness of film you’re using, and there should be instructions in your owner’s manual about what settings are appropriate. There may even be instructions printed on the laminator to help you out.
- At this point, your laminator should be ready to start processing your documents. If your machine has a “ready” light, wait until it goes on before you start laminating. When the light is on, go ahead and place your document on the machine’s feed table. Make sure it’s centered so that it will be fully encapsulated by the laminating film. The machine may start laminating the item automatically or you may have to press a “Run” button.
< 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)