When running a pouch through without a carrier and it gets stuck, run a carrier through to see if it will push the pouch out.
Always refer to your machine manual.
When cleaning the rollers, run a pouch carrier or an #80 lb. cover stock through while the machine is still hot to pull any adhesive off the rollers. If there is still build up, refer to your manual.
- Binding combs are available in diameters as small as 1/4" up to 2"
- Combs can be re-used multiple times without outward signs of wear
- They are extremely durable
- Available in 8 different colors
- Combs allow pages to be easily added or removed
Squealing is usually eliminated by reducing the supply roll tension and/or speeding up the machine.
Bubbles can be caused by lack of supply roll tension, the film is not threaded correctly, if the temperature is too low, or if the laminating rollers are open.
Bubbles on the leading edge of the sheet being laminated is characteristic of what happens when the item is pushed into the nip faster than the speed of the laminator. Bubbles can be captured in the same manner when the back of the item is lifted off the feed tray or when the item is pushed too quickly as it is being fed.
If you see serious wrinkling on both sides of both film and paper, the laminating rollers probably need to be closed and locked. Check you roller opening/closing controls.
The film will wrinkle if there is not enough supply roll tension. Any laminator needs a certain amount of resistance to the unwinding of the supply rolls so that the film lays flat as it goes into the rollers.
A. Make sure the film path is correct for both top and bottom webs.
B. Make sure the film is threaded around both the top and bottom idlers.
C. Make sure the machine is up to temperature.
IF the top roll of film looks fine, but the bottom shows alot of bubbles and wrinkles, the bottom
idler is probably NOT threaded. (refer to the threading guide page in your manual)
You must have a comb binding machine that will punch and bind the documents. The machines are simple to use. Align the papers on the machine reference guide to punch the rectangular holes, once you have punched all the papers, select your binding diameter and color, then place the comb binder on the machine to open the "fingers" on the binding and place the punched paper over the "fingers" of the binder. Close the binding and you have a finished book. (Covers are available and come in a variety of styles to match the binders)
Comb binding is the most afforable binding method used, comb binding also allows you to add and remove pages easily and the book will lie flat. They are available in 10 different colors and are extremely durable.
Coil binding is a popular binding method, the book pages will flip around easily, such as that on a calendar, there are 45 different colors to choose from and pages can be added or re-moved also.
Yes, comb bindings can be recycled and re-used.
Comb binding can be used to bind reports, presentations, cookbooks, albums, scrapbooks, manuals, inventory records, sales sheets, and so much more.
Binding combs are referred to as combs because the fingers loosely resemble those found on a hair comb.
Binding combs diameters range from 1/4" (binds 20 sheets paper) up to 2" (binds 425 sheets of paper)
Choose from 45 different color selections. See our Color chart.
The oval hole pattern uses a 4:1 pitch (0.248") versus the standard round hole 4:1 pitch (0.250")
Most coil binding machines are made with round hole punches. The oval hole pattern pitch is designed to give you 44 evenly-centered holes on an 11" sheet, and make it easier for pages to turn and the additional height of the oval makes it easier to insert the coils. The hole pattern is compatible with standard 4:1 pitch coils and can increase productivity by as much as 40%.
A 4:1 pitch hole pattern is the most widely used as you are able to bind more sheets of paper; the 5:1 pitch hole pattern has a "tighter" look and works well for thinner books and presentations.
A process of printing, where a fine stencil is created in the shape of your design. The stencil is placed on the comb, the ink is then rolled on. Silk-screening creates perfect lines, without bleeds and creates an attractive and sharp image.
Yes, we can create custom printed combs with your logo or text. Contact our office for a quote at 1-800-437-4787
When trimming laminated pieces, leave a 1/8" edge around the article to help prevent moisture from getting into the piece and maintains a good seal around the material, so it will not come apart. Flush cut items tend to do this.
- Rotary Trimmer
- Zippy Knife
- Craft knife
Heat wrinkles are formed when the film has not cooled enough before coming out the back of the machine. For the best results, film should be cooled below melt temperature while it is pulled tight and perfectly flat between the rollers and the pull rollers. The major reason for fans on a laminator is to cool the film, not to cool the machine.
If the film curls up or down after it leaves the machine, review your manual for a section on the film tension, and readjust the film tension on the top or bottom. If the tension appears balanced but you notice waves or ripples toward the center of the web film as it comes out the back, the temperature may be too high or the lamination speed may be too fast for that film. These waves in the film are called "heat wrinkles."
UV film is specifically made for billboard and side of bus advertising. It will retain both the color and ink 3-5 years longer, then if you used the typical standard film without UV coating.
Film can be used for outdoor or in heavy sun exposure.
You can write on all films with a permanent marker and it will stay on the material. Dry erase markers tend to leave a smudge and wipe off. A pencil can be used on MATTE film and it will erase off the laminated piece.
Laminating carriers are heavy white card stock sheets that have a special coating on one side. The coated side is folded to the inside and the carrier is open on three sides. A carrier is used with some machines to help keep the glue off the rollers.
The main difference between laminators with a heat shoe versus heated rollers is speed. The machines with heat shoes have less moving parts, transfer more heat and therefore can run faster than machines with heated rollers. The machines with heat shoes are basically for high volume applications.
Try punching wax paper. The wax lubricates the pin dies.
36" coils that are stored in boxes should be placed horizontally on shelves or in storage areas to ensure they will lie flat and remain straight.
Choose a laminating pouch that is at least 1/8" larger than your insert card size on all four sides.
Heat shoes are an electrically-heated cylinder-shaped "shoe" with a heating element inside, which the film is pulled across and the rollers apply pressure.
Heated rollers utilize a heating element which is embedded in the center of two nip rollers; the film is heated as it comes around the nip roller.
The rollers apply both heat and pressure to the film. Heated-rollers typically offer a slightly better bond than heat shoes. Heat rollers will often increase the bond strength on digital prints.
Use a mildly abrasive cleaning pad, such as a 3M white scotch brite, and denatured alcohol or mild soapy water to wipe the rollers. * always refer to the machine manual
It means the adhesive is rolled toward the inside of the roll. (more commonly used)
A premium grade, low melt, aggresive adhesive film used for specialty items. Film runs at a lower temperature.
Because of the higher glue factor.
Refer to your Roll Laminator manual:
General Purpose Film: 1.5 mil 290-315 degrees
3 mil 275-300 degrees
Premium Film (Low melt):
1.7 mil 220-270 degrees
3 mil 220-270 degrees
5 mil 240-275 degrees
10 mil 220-260 degrees
1.5 mil is 1000' rolls and 3 mil is 500' rolls.
Depending on the model of your machine: 3 mil is 275 degrees / 5 mil is 285 degrees / 7 mil is 300 degrees / 10 mil is 340 degrees
13" Pouch machines:
2 large pouches per minute or 120 per hour
300 small pouches per hour
If the pouch is cloudy, the temperature is too low.
If the pouch is wrinkled or has bubbles, the temperature is too high.
An easy way to clean the rollers is, while the rollers are hot, for instance after a laminating job, pass an empty carrier through several times.
The adhesive will come off onto the carrier and remove some of it.
We offer a laminator cleaning kit, to help care for your pouch laminator, check it out here: Laminator Cleaning Kit.
Use a mildly abrasive cleaning pad, such as a 3M WHITE Scotch Brite, and denatured alcohol OR mild soapy water to wipe the rollers.
*always refer to the manual for this process*
Pitch refers to the number of holes per inch.
No, they are not interchangeable. They need different spaced punched die sets. See different Hole Patterns
The 4:1 hole pattern will bind about 230 total pages because the holes are spaced farther apart.
The 5:1 hole pattern will bind about 150 total pages.
Yes, a scissor can be used to cut the length down to a different ring amount, such as 15 ring to fit the 8-1/2" side of paper.
It is 5/16" from the edge of the paper to the bottom of the half moon thumb notch.
A mil is one one-thousandth of an inch (0.001" or 1/1000"). When referring to laminating film, this measurement indicates the total thickness of a single layer of the film (which includes both the adhesive and the film itself). Because most lamination applications are double-sided, the actual thickness of the film used will usually be doubled. For example, a document laminated with a 3 mil laminating pouch (or comparable roll laminating film) will have 3 mils of laminating film on each side of the paper, which is a total of 6 mils. ; 5 mil would be a total of 10 mils; 10 mils would be a total
of 20 mils.
Laminating pouches are most commonly sold in thicknesses of 3, 5, 7, and 10 mils. The 3 mil pouches are the thinnest, and can be folded easily. 5 mil pouches are slightly thicker, but are still easy to score or fold. Pouches that are 7 mils thick are quite rigid but are still slightly pliable. 10 mil laminating pouches are the most rigid