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How to Install New Rolls of Laminating Film on Your Roll Laminator

Roll laminators are helpful machines that make it possible for you to protect and preserve posters, maps, retail displays, and more. Perhaps the most difficult part of using a roll laminator is loading new film on to it. This article will walk you through the process so you can do it with a minimal amount of trouble:

Roll laminators are helpful machines that make it possible for you to protect and preserve posters, maps, retail displays, and more. However, a lot of people are intimidated by these machines and find them difficult to use. Perhaps the most difficult part of using a roll laminator is loading new film on to it. This article will walk you through the process so you can do it with a minimal amount of trouble:

  • First, you will need to make sure that you have the right film for your machine. Be sure to look in the instruction manual to find out what film you need. You will need to pay attention to core size and film thickness.

  • Turn your laminator on but don't let it get too hot. (You might burn yourself otherwise.) Remove the machine's feed tray. You will be replacing both rolls of film - the one on the top and the one on the bottom.

  • Grab a GBC Zippy Knife and carefully cut the film that's in between the heated rollers and the film rolls. When you do this you need to make sure that you don't accidentally cut the heated rollers. Doing so can render your laminator more or less useless.

  • Raise your laminator's safety shield and remove the rolls of film that are already installed. Removing them can be tricky, especially if the rollers are hot. You need to remove the rolls carefully so that the adhesive doesn't come into contact with the rollers. If this happens, you will end up with a mess. If you're having trouble removing the bottom roll, make sure that the locking screw is loosened. It will make all the difference.

  • Now it's time to install the new bottom roll of film. Slide a core adapter into one of the new rolls and them insert a film shaft into the core adapter. Then, place the core adapter on the shaft and return the retaining collar to its original position. Make sure the screw is tightened and then lower the bottom idle bar. The film should be able to unroll from the bottom, much like a roll of paper towels on a rack. Unroll a couple of feet of film and put the idle bar back where it belongs. The roll should be in the hex-shaped brake hub on the left and the round hole on the right side.

  • Repeat the above steps for the top roll. Again, make sure the film will unroll from the bottom or else the machine won't work properly.

  • Replace the feed tray to its original position under the bottom roll of film. Take your threading card and slide it between the feed tray and the film. Make sure you feed the card through the rollers so that the film will be properly wrapped around them.

  • Put the safety shield back into place and press the laminator's "run" button. The threading card should come out of the back of the machine. When it doesFree Articles, remove it and then continue laminating like you normally would.

There you have it: instructions on how to load film on to your roll laminator. Hopefully they will help you out so you can use your machine without any trouble. Good luck!


Article Tags: Roll Laminator, Make Sure, Feed Tray, Bottom Roll, Core Adapter

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Jeff McRitchie is the Vice-President of Marketing for MyBinding.com. He regularly writes articles, reviews, and blog posts on topics related to bookbinding, laminating, paper shredding, and office equipment. More than 2,500 of his articles have been published in thousands of locations on the Internet. If you're looking for information about roll laminators, his articles are a great place to start.



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