Everything you need to know about lamination

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What is lamination anyway? In short it is the process of placing a given document between two sheets of lamination foil and then welding its elements. The sealing is performed by means of special device – laminator. Laminating of documents significantly affects their aesthetics. What should you know about lamination?

Many printing houses offer service of laminating documents and more and more people use this service. You can use glossy or matt foil for lamination. Such procedure has many advantages because it protects important documents against dust or moisture. Laminator became also basic office equipment and helps to protect important company documents. Laminator is also used in universities or public institutions.

What kind of materials are laminated most often?

  • cards;
  • pictures;
  • labels
  • business cards;
  • certificates
  • diplomas;
  • menu cards;
  • posters;
  • advertising leaflets;
  • health and safety instructions.

What are the advantages of lamination?

Apart from the already mentioned protection of documents, lamination also allows for savings. You do not need to make many copies of a given document which translates into additional expenses. Laminating also influences the image of your company or restaurant. Thanks to the fact that menu card is laminated it is not dirty. The laminator also prevents the colors from fading. Information displayed e.g. in a shop window gets damaged and faded after some time. Thanks to laminating they will keep vivid and deep colors and additionally stiffen the material, which prevents creasing.

How to laminate a document properly?

  1. Prepare the document to be laminated.
  2. Prepare an appropriate number of sheets. Remember to make the size of the pockets as close as possible to the size of the documents to be laminated.
  3. Place the documents in the folder with at least 3-5mm margins.
  4. Smooth the paper to get rid of any air bubbles and make the surface even
  5. Start the laminator and wait until it has reached operating temperature. This is usually indicated by an LED.
  6. Insert the T-shirt with the document into the slot in the laminator. Remember to always insert the folder with the side with the seal.
  7. Wait a minute or two for the document to cool completely
  8. If necessary, cut the film to the size of the document, leaving a 3-5 mm margin around the whole.
  9. Round off any sharp corners with scissors or a corner punch. This will prevent the document from delaminating
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How to arrange the space for lamination process?

Before lamination prepare your workstation properly. This is important when laminating a large number of documents. You need space for joining documents and shirts and for trimming after laminating. A place to store the shirts that will be laminated and also a place for the laminator – with space in front of and behind it. This allows for easy handling of the documents.

Before you start laminating it is worth to prepare your workstation properly. It is especially important when laminating larger number of documents. A few minutes spent on preparation will result not only in easier and more pleasant work but also will save a lot of time.

Which laminator should I choose?

If you want to buy a laminator for your company, start by asking yourself – “what will I laminate most often?”. Each laminator has a certain range of film thicknesses that it can handle

Laminating film thickness is specified in microns. 1 micron is 0.001 mm (one thousandth of a millimeter). Manufacturers usually specify the thickness of the front of the shirt (e.g. 80 mic) or both parts of the shirt (2 x 80 mic). The thickness of the film should be adjusted to the document that will be laminated. The thicker the document, the thicker the foil

What is the cost of laminating documents?

The price of lamination depends on the number of documents and the type of laminate. For example, the cost of lamination of an A7-size document with a 100 micron laminate ranges from 11 to 50 units and averages 0.70 gr per unit. And for lamination of A6 format document with 100 micron laminate we will pay 0.85 gr for one copy.

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