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Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Ask Irongate ... “What is a Pouch Laminator?”

A pouch laminator uses a lamination pouch that is usually sealed on one side. The inside of the lamination pouch is coated with a heat-activated film that adheres to the product being laminated as it runs through the laminator. The substrate side of the board contains a heat-activated adhesive that bonds the print to the substrate. This can be any of a number of board products or another sheet of laminate. The pouch containing the print, laminate, and substrate is passed through a set of heated rollers under pressure, ensuring that all adhesive layers bond to one another.
Pouch laminators are designed for moderate use in the office or home. These inexpensive machines are very effective and offer protection as well as an improved appearance.  Typical applications of lamination include menus, ID badges and signs. 
Pouches can be bought with different thicknesses in micrometres (referred to as MIC). Standard home or office machines normally use 80-250 micrometre pouches, depending on the quality of the machine. The thicker the pouch, the higher the cost. Pouches area available in a range of sizes from ID badge size up to A3 and often come with the option of either a glossy or matt finish.

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