How do I laminate something with a Roll Laminator?

posted this on Jun 30, 2015

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.

And there you have it! You have successfully started your path down the laminating trail. If something should go a-miss on your way, please look into some of our other how-to’s and troubleshooting articles. Good luck!

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