4 Questions To Ask Before You Buy A Roll Laminator

23 February 2015
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Are you looking for a roll laminator for your business? If your organization does any amount of lamination, a roll laminator can certainly make the job easier. It may seem like all laminators are the same, but that's definitely not the case. There are a number of different features that could help you decide whether a specific laminator is right for your business. Here are a few of the most popular laminator features. Compare these to your needs and your budget to find the laminator that's right for you.

Document size. Laminators come in a variety of sizes. The simplest and least expensive can sit on a counter or desk and can only laminate a standard-sized office document. Larger ones have their own legs, may need considerable space, and can laminate documents that are several feet in both width and length. You want a laminator that can accommodate your biggest jobs. However, price usually increases with size, so don't overspend on a big machine if you don't need.

Thickness is another important size consideration. If you're only laminating paper, then a lower-priced machine may work. However, if you're laminating thicker stock for things like signs and poster boards, then you may want a machine that allows for thicker materials.

Speed. If you'll be doing a lot of laminating, then speed should be an important consideration. As is the case with size, faster laminators are usually more expensive than slower laminators. The biggest factors with laminator speed are how fast the rollers push the document through the machine and how fast the heaters work to seal the material. If you use a laminator as part of your office's regular, day-to-day work, it may be worthwhile to invest in a faster machine. You'll be able to get jobs done quickly and work more efficiently.

Heat control. The machine's heat directly impacts the quality of the laminating job. You want enough heat to smoothly seal the laminate, but you don't want so much that it damages the document or sign. In some cases, it can be tricky to find that balance. The least expensive laminators usually just have one heat setting, so you're at the mercy of the machine when it comes to document quality.

Higher-end machines, though, have adjustable heat settings so you can customize the heat specifically for your document. This could be a very important feature if you're laminating a variety of different documents. You also may want a machine with an adjustable heat setting if you're laminating documents that have graphical or design purposes, like signs and display materials.

To learn more about which type of laminator may be best for you, talk to a laminator dealer. They can gain an understanding of your needs and then recommend a model that's best for you.