Laminating pouches are ideal for providing all-around protection for papers such as pictures, ID cards, multi-use documents, and other such items. Placing your documents in lamination pouches and sealing them with a pouch laminator is called pouch lamination.
Most of us grew up with lamination pouches. These have been around for many years now and have always been the go-to method of safeguarding important documents, photos, etc. The process of sealing a document in a lamination pouch is easy, fast, and satisfying.
What is the difference between laminating sheets and pouches?
A “laminating sheet” described is a piece of pressure sensitive film that is neither sealed or joined to another sheet. Single-sided lamination can be done using a laminating sheet. They self-stick, which means they don’t need any heat or a machine to laminate. Instead, they rely only on pressure. A paper liner will cover the adhesive, which you slowly peel off to as you apply the sheet to your document. The adhesive is aggressive and unforgiving. You want to take your time to prevent wrinkling the sheet during application.
A “laminating pouch,” is two layers of laminate film with a sealed edge at one end that connects the two pieces together to form a pouch or pocket. The pressure sensitive sheets may be processed by hand without the aid of a machine. Whereas to seal pouches it’s a thermal process, you’ll need a heated pouch laminator.
What can lamination be used for?
This clear coating gives the printed parts strength, stiffness, and protection, extending their life. By deepening and enhancing the ink colors, lamination improves the printing look.
The primary benefits of pouch lamination include:
- Lamination extends the life of printed goods and allows them to endure repeated usage.
- Fingerprints and smudges, spills, and stains, rips and wrinkles, markings and abrasions, as well as oil, grease, dirt, moisture, and other pollutants are all protected against by lamination.
- Bar and restaurant menus.
- Maps and bookmarks.
- Training materials.
- Business and membership cards.
- Rules and signage.
The uses for laminating pouches are countless and will probably be around for a long time. Few methods of protecting posters, certificates, documents, etc. are this effective or this easy.