People might be familiar with the term laminating but do they know what lamination actually is? Dictionary suggests that the process of placing a material between layers of plastic and gluing them with heat or pressure is known as laminating.
Difference types of lamination can be done with the help of various lamination machines. This sounds simple but there are three different types of lamination available and those are:
Pouch based Lamination
Heated Roll based Lamination
Cold Roll based Lamination
Their main and most important function is to protect printed works. Which type of lamination is most suited depends upon what you need to laminate, its purpose and your budget.
Pouch based lamination is inexpensive and is the most popular type for general office and home use.
Pouch laminators use a lamination pocket which has a central seam which can be folded over to create a pocket to insert the material to be laminated. These might be available in different sizes.
Heated Roll Laminators
This process used is similar to pouch based laminating but Heated Roll based Laminating are used for industrial or high volume office work and for large format prints. They are quicker to laminate in volume as they use one or two large rolls of lamination film as compared to Pouch laminations.
Cold Roll Laminators
In this process heat is not used to laminate. Plastic film coated with an adhesive is used. It is activated by pressure which is passed through rollers. It is useful in laminating things which are more resistant to heat such as wax based ink or fabrics.