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Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Ask Irongate about .. Laminators

Simple, stress-free lamination

Lamination is an ideal way to create signs, notices, reference documentation, promotional material, security badges, ID's, menus, price lists .. You can even laminate photographs now. There's a huge range of laminators available in the market, from budget models to large office and high performance models.

OK, but what actually is “a laminate”?
A laminate is a material that can be constructed by uniting two or more layers of material together. The process of creating a laminate is lamination, which refers to the placing of something between layers of plastic and gluing them with heat and/or pressure, usually with an adhesive.

And how does a laminator work?
The user places the item to be laminated inside the laminate "pouch" and turns the machine on to heat up. Once ready, the pouch is placed in the machine and rollers pull the pouch through the heat as it goes. In both cases of hot laminate machines, the two layers consist of an adhesive resin and a polyester-based layer. When the two touch and are heated, the resin melts to create the hard surface as it bonds with the polyester layer.

And why would I want to laminate?
Laminating paper or card prevents it from becoming creased, sun damaged, wrinkled, stained, smudged, abraded and/or marked by grease, fingerprints and environmental concerns.  Lamination therefore has many uses and is a widely used as a means of adding protection and improving appearance.  

Choosing the right laminator - key considerations:
  1. What is the maximum document size you will be laminating; ID, A6, A4, A3 or A2?
  2. How many people will be using the machine and how often?
  3. What is the machines "warm up time"?
  4. How fast does the machine laminate?
  5. What is the maximum pouch thickness the machine can take?
  6. Does it have an auto shut-off to prevent overheating?
  7. Does it have Heatguard technology which keeps heat the heat inside?
  8. Is a starter kit of free pouches included?
Irongate Group has a wide range of laminating machines so please use the above check list to help you find the most suitable machine for your needs.  If you are too busy to search the machines please call customer services. We will be pleased to help you find the right machine at the right price-point.

Here are a couple of popular machines:

Fellowes Venus A3   Product code: BB51114
A high performance office laminator.  Easy to use and reliable with a unique animated graphic display.  It heats up in just 4 minutes and the "Heatguard" technology ensures it doesn't get hot to the touch, so it's safe and ideal for use in offices and schools.

Fellowes Saturn 2, A3  Product code: BB572720
A portable machine perfectly suited to occasional home or office use.

Accessories - Laminating Pouches
There are a wide range of pouches available in terms of size, thickness and pack quantity.  There are also ranges for specific application; photo format, adhesive back, pre-punched, matt finish, gloss finish .... If you are too busy to search for the right pouches, or indeed any other office product, please call customer services.  We will find your laminator pouches for you.
Left to right,  Venus and Saturn

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