Do you have an office or company and looking to buy a lamination machine? Here are a few factors that you should consider when buying the machine:
Type Of Machine
There are many types of lamination machines in the market with the main ones being:
Hot: a hot laminating machine works by melting the adhesive backing-not the plastic coating. The good thing with this machine is that it process heat-resistant, heat-activated and pressure-sensitive materials.
Cold: it’s ideal for heat-sensitive materials. It removes bubbles giving you a perfect, smooth finish. Experts recommend it for large projects such as maps and banners. The machine is also great for temporary laminations. For example, when you want to cover sheets of paper at the top and later remove the lamination material without destroying the underlying material.
Before you make the purchase you should do your research and identify the right machine that will handle your projects.
Easy Of Ease
How easy is it to work with the machine? Unless you have a professional machine operator to operate the machine, you should go for a machine that everyone in the office or company can use.
You should consider a number of factors such as auto-grip shafts for easy loading, pre-set controls for temperature, speed and pressure. To make your work easy you should go for a machine that comes with a detailed application settings guide.
Different lamination machines come with different rolls and pouches. The rolls and pouches come in different gauges where the gauges are measured in mils. You should note that the higher the mil, the thicker and rigid the machine. The different gauges include:
3 mil: it’s the standard size and is ideal for occasional filing, handling of photos, menus and other items.
5 mil: this is a medium gauge and is ideal for moderate handling and filing of items such as legal files, photos and recipe cards.
7 mil: the rigid gauge and ideal for daily handling and posting of items such as calendars, sales materials, ID cards and luggage.
10 mil: extra-rigid gauge that is ideal for intensive daily handling of items such as displays, signs, reference documents, posters and signs.
These are some of the factors that you should consider when buying a lamination machine. Regardless of the machine that you are buying, you should ensure that you buy it from an experienced and reputable company. The cool thing is that there are many reputable companies in the market.