DEFINITION: As used here, laminating refers to the process of coating both sides of paper or card stock with a plastic film. This is normally done to improve appearance, as when used for book covers or sales presentations, and it is done to improve durability, such as for items like drivers licences, restaurant menus, trespassing signs or video club membership cards, etc.. Laminating on wood or metal for display purposes is a different process, and a market which we do not serve at this time.
Pouch laminators are commonly used for protecting Business Cards, Membership Cards and other small items, although Pouch Systems are also available to handle documents up to 15" X 18" in size. Pouch Laminators are inexpensive, have a fast warm-up time and are very easy and nearly fool-proof to use. Pouches come in a wide range of sizes and thicknesses with rounded corners. They may be ordered with slots that are used to attach straps for luggage tags or convenient name tags. There is a wide range of hardware, Badge Clips, Neck Chains, etc. for many uses, such as ID badges at conventions or trade shows. Pouch Laminating Machines are frequently used for over the counter sales in copy shops where their fast turn around is a big advantage, or in offices, bowling alleys or video clubs that issue ID badges or membership cards. Often this process is used with the photo identification system which is included as a separate page in this section. When considering purchasing a pouch laminator it is wise to reflect a moment on the uses that the machine will be put to. Many customers purchase the smallest 4" size and end up wishing they had invested a few more dollars in a machine with a 12" throat. Most users, once they start operating a pouch laminator, quickly discover that there are many valuable uses for the equipment that they had not foreseen. The added flexibility of the larger machine takes on a new value. It should be noted that a 12" machine can handle all the duties of a 4" machine at a faster rate (two or more ID cards processed at the same time for example).