How do I laminate something using my School Laminator?

posted this on Jul 21, 2015

Most schools have a roll laminator that is used to laminate murals, name tags, student work, maps, and so on. In fact, these machines are often called school laminators due to their popularity with educators. Although these devices are easy to use, many people need some help in learning how to operate them. Here are some step-by-step instructions for laminating documents with your school laminator:

  • Turn on the laminator. The power switch is usually located at the back of the device.
  • Take a moment to ensure that the heat shield and feed tray are properly positioned. If these parts aren’t in the right place, you won’t be able to use your laminator.
  • When you turn on your laminator, chances are it went to its default setting. Depending on how thick your laminating film is, you’ll need to adjust the speed and heat settings. Thicker films require the machine to be on a slower setting while thinner films need faster settings. You should consult the machine’s instruction manual to see which settings are best for your needs.
  • The laminator will need some time to warm up. Some devices can take up to 10 minutes to warm up, so it’s a good idea to turn on your laminator ahead of time. When the machine is ready, the “ready” light will go on.
  • Place your materials on the machine’s feed plate. Make sure they are centered.
  • Press your laminator’s “run” button to begin the process. Once the machine’s rollers start moving, you can push your materials into the nip area. If you have multiple things to laminate, you can continuously feed them into the device. Make sure that the items don’t overlap.
  • When you’re done laminating, stop the machine. If the laminator has a film cutter, use it to free your items. You can do this by pressing down on the cutter’s handle.
  • Turn off your machine unless you have more items to laminate. Depending on your machine, it might have a standby mode that will kick in, which will conserve energy in between laminating jobs.
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