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How To Use a Roll Laminator?

Jeff McRitchie posted this on Mar 21, 2016

If you laminate quite a bit of larger documents, such as posters and banners, chances are you need a roll laminator. Roll laminators are excellent for the rapid lamination of materials and range in size from 12 inches up to a few feet wide. Depending upon the size you choose, you can use a roll laminator to preserve artwork, posters, banners, maps, and more. Or you can simply process multiple smaller items at once. Whatever application you need, this video will walk you through how it works and how to operate a roll laminator. Still have questions? We'd love to hear from you in the comments below or feel free to contact us by phone or email.


Here is the audio transcript for this video:

Welcome to MyBinding's How To videos. This video will help you understand how a roll laminator works and how to use one. Harder and more complex than standard pouch laminators, roll laminators can be a bit intimidating. But understanding how one works takes the fear out of it. The controls are generally pretty simple on these laminators.

First, there's a power switch and there's also a selection between hot or cold lamination, if it's possible, and what size thickness of laminating materials. When you're actually ready to laminate, there's going to be a switch to start the rollers. The initial set up of a roll laminator can be a little tricky, so let's keep a couple of things in mind. When installing your laminating rolls, you have to make sure the adhesive side of the laminating roll is always faced away from the roller. You don't want to glue or the adhesive to actually touch the roller. It will heat it from the outside in, so to speak. The adhesive side always needs to be facing inward so that it grabs tight to your materials. You'll need to do an initial run with the laminating rollers. For this you can use cardboard or small, very thin board or very thick cardstock to push through. It gathers both sides of the laminate together. Let it run for a couple of feet so all bubbles, all wrinkles are straightened out and the two rolls are lined up together and working in unison. And you can simply trim this board and use it again the next time around. Guide fences are helpful, especially with larger projects that push right near the edge of the laminated material. When everything is set and ready to go, the advantage of a roll laminator is the speed. You can process multiple projects at once, one right after another, right after another, right after another, simply trimming at the end. And roll laminators are especially wide, so you can do things in landscape or portrait, as well as oversize and poster size documents. And there it is, that's how to use a roll laminator. Happy laminating! For more demos, reviews, and how tos, check out MyBinding.com.