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What supplies should I have with my roll laminator?
Now that you’ve got your roll laminator, you’re going to need some accessories to go alongwith it. From workstations to cleaning kits, these accessories will help you get the most out of your new machine, as well as keep it in great shape and maximize the space in your office. Here are the top three accessories you need for your roll laminator. Check them out.
1. A cleaning kit. Roll laminators can get dirty, there’s no doubt about that. Whether it’s adhesive build-up or dust, the more you use your machine, the dirtier it will get. That’s why you need a cleaning kit. These kits contain everything you need to clean things up including a scouring pad and a 13-ounce spray can of adhesive remover. There’s even a foam pad so you can clean the device’s heat shoes. Using this kit will not only keep your machine in good working order, your laminated items will look flawless from being run through a clean device. It’s a win-win situation all around.
2. A space-saving workstation. Roll laminators can take up a lot of room. If space is limited in your workplace, you should consider investing in a lamination workstation such as the GBC Deluxe Locking Laminator Cabinet. This great product has enough surface space to accommodate a laminator that’s up to 35 inches wide. The cabinet has room for all of your laminating supplies such as film and cleaners. There’s a slide-out shelf you can use if you find that you need a bigger work surface. Plus, it has rolling casters so you can move it around if you need to. There are also other workstations available including ones from such great manufacturers as DryLam and Tamerica, so you’re definitely going to find one that’s just right for your particular device.
3. A good supply of laminating film. Finally, you’re going to need film for all of your projects. Laminating film can be as thin as 1.5 mil or as thick as 10 mil. A lot of film is glossy for an eye-catching look, although there are also matte films that can be written on. There’s even film that offers UV protection so your document won’t be damaged by the sun. If you have a GBC EzLoad machine, you’ll need to purchase EzLoad film. It’s incredibly easy to load this film into your device, as the name suggests. Finally, laminating film is available from such esteemed manufacturers as GBC and DryTac. Be sure to consult your device’s instruction manual as to what film you should get. That way you won’t wind up with film that’s incompatible and you’ll save both time and money.
< 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)