EXPRESS ENCAPSULATION & LAMINATION Hot or Cold Laminating Machine: Knowing the Difference and Your Need Whether you are planning to open your laminating and binding business or just want to get a laminating machine for your company, knowing what kind you should get is very important. Little do we know that there are different types of laminating machines and getting the wrong one will result in wasted time, effort, and money? And none of us can afford to get them back. So whether you are going to laminate film for printed media or large banners, you need to know which will serve your purpose best. Hot laminating machine: This is the most popular form of laminating machine, and more often than not, this is the type that we are used to. The first laminating machines produced uses hot temperature to heat an adhesive material in one side of a laminate film. Once it is heated, it melts and binds to a surface of a material or another laminate film. The advantage of using a hot laminate film is that it is very easy to operate. It also produces a very durable material. With exceptional durability comes amazing preservation features allowing you to retain the condition of the laminated material for longer periods. Unfortunately, hot lamination also comes at a price. Temperatures can go as high as 300ºF and has the potential of melting away an entire laminate film unless it is turned off from time to time to let the machine cool. With high temperatures, it can also potentially alter the print material like melting, fading, and mixing the colors of the print media. Cold laminating machine: This laminating machine is made for larger laminating purposes. It uses intense pressure to make a laminating film stick to the surface of a print medium. Instead of melting an adhesive, the cold laminator uses a laminate with an attached adhesive that immediately sticks to a surface upon contact. But upon contact, immediate pressure is also applied to make sure that it pushes out air to prevent air bubbles from forming. This is great for those who prefer having thinner more flexible print media. This is great for materials that you can hang. Though it is not as durable as hot laminators but many find this more versatile and superior. Cold laminate is the answer to large materials; it also uses light laminate film for print media and perfect for other business documents that need an extra layer of protection since it doesn’t melt or alter colors in any way. Whichever you need, hot or cold laminate serve the same purpose, add a protective layer to your print media.
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