It can be difficult choosing the right laminator, as there are so many different types and models on the market. A quick scan of the available models on the Internet shows hot laminators, cold laminators, thermal laminators, pressure laminators, pouch laminators, single sided laminators, double sided laminators… It’s enough to confuse anyone, especially if they don’t have experience using laminators in the first place.
Yet getting it right is important. If you choose the wrong machine, it can be an expensive and frustrating mistake. For a start, not all materials can cope with the high temperatures of a hot laminator (which is, incidentally, the same as a thermal laminator) and even for those materials that can, you need to have the right film to get the best out of the job.
On the other hand, a film laminator may not be your best option in the first place. If you are encapsulating documents and want an easy and convenient machine to use, a pouch laminator may be a much better choice. Whereas, if you have kids around and are using the machine at home, a cold laminator may be safer.
The best way to be sure that you get the lamination machine you need for your particular purpose is to ask a knowledgeable local stockist. A good GMP will make it easy to choose the machine that suits you, without paying for features you don’t need.