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Which Roll Laminator is Best?

Roll laminators are used for lamination of large materials or mass lamination of smaller materials. Roll laminators are commonly used for laminating posters, signs, banners and more.

Roll Laminating Machines use two rolls of laminating film to quickly protect and laminate items such as reports, maps, posters and other non standard size documents. Unlike the pouch laminators roll laminators are able to laminate several items at once quickly and efficiently.

Roll lamination is great for high volume lamination and the lamination of large documents or posters. Roll Laminating Machines are offered in sizes ranging from 12in. to 65in.

The type of product you're laminating, volume, and the desired finished product are all factors to consider in determining which roll laminator is best for you   

Commercial: You're in the printing business or a small business owner who makes a product that needs to be protected with a heavy laminate. Your products are no wider than 25" and are printed on an off-set press, laser printer, or small ink-jet printer. There are several laminators available   

School / Light Commercial: You're with a school or small business or professional office or governmental agency, and you primarily want to protect your documents and posters with a laminate. Most of the papers that you laminate will be printed by a laser or small ink-jet printer. There are several laminators available  

Wide Format Digital Imaging Laminators: You're in the graphic arts, or print finishing, or map-making business, and you need to protect your wide-format digital images with a laminate. There are several laminators available

Mounting Laminators: You're in the display, or sign-making, or graphic arts business, and you need a laminator to mount your products for display.

There are several laminators available  

Industrial laminators: You're in the printing, or marketing, or mass media distribution business, and you need a high-speed laminator to finish printed products no wider than 30". There are several laminators available

Roll laminators are commonly used by print shops, schools, businesses, laminating posters, signs, banners and more. Roll laminators usually take up more space and are harder to move, but lamination carts are available which make moving a roll laminator around from room to room much easier.

How Does a Roll Laminator Work

The most widely used roll laminators are thermal laminators that utilize two rolls of laminating film (clear plastic base with adhesive on one side) to encapsulate a document. The laminator is heated to a temperature that will melt the adhesive; then the rollers are turned on. The rolls of laminating film (adhesive side out) pass over heated elements called heat shoes and come together at a point called the nip, where documents are fed into the laminator. A second set of rollers pulls the laminated product out the back of the laminator . Although this is the most widely known process for laminating, there are others.