MyBinding Knowledge Base
How do I care for my school laminator?
Schools really only have one main responsibility when it comes to taking care of their laminating machines. Since even the most careful attention will result in some adhesive deposits on the rollers where the edge of the film is usually positioned, the heat rollers must be cleaned from time to time. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to clean the adhesive deposits off the rollers.
First of all, never use blades, knives, or other sharp objects to clean the rollers. They are expensive and easily compromised if they are damaged by a blade. Because the hardened adhesive can be so difficult to remove, it can be helpful to rotate the rollers very slowly. You will also see much better results cleaning if you do it regularly. Older, harder adhesive is harder to remove.
Follow these steps to remove adhesive buildup from your laminating machine:
1.Ensure there is no film in the laminator. Because you have to clean the machine when there is no film in it, you may want to make a habit of cleaning the machine each time the film is changed.
2.Preheat the laminator until the light is on indicating the machine is hot. Be careful not to burn your hands while cleaning the machine.
3.Use a 3M Scotch Brite green scrubbing pad and other cleaning supplies to clean the rollers. Do not use metal pads or Brillo pads, as these will damage the rollers. Scrub the rollers while they move at a very slow speed. Continue scrubbing until all of the hardened adhesive is gone. You may need to clean one area at a time if you can’t move the rollers because the heat shield is not engaged. It may take a while to finish cleaning your machine, but your patience will pay off in scrubbing away the adhesive residue.
4.When you are finished cleaning, install new laminating rolls and be sure to check to see that the feed table is fully engaged.
A good rule of thumb for laminators is to clean them at least two to four times annually, based on usage. If film is wrapped around the rollers or inserted backwards, you will have to clean the machine (following the same procedure) before attempting to laminate anything else.
You can prevent some laminator problems by being careful about how you use your machine. You should not laminate metallic or glittered items as the glitter gets stuck in the rollers and may make the machine inoperable. Additionally, you shouldn’t laminate heavily textured items such as coins, wooden objects, and the like. Doing so is very likely to break the laminator.
< 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)