Laminators do more than just add luster to your documents.
Learn how you can make your products last longer.
LOOKING AT a flawless four-color printed piece can be an aesthetically pleasing experience. The color registration is perfect, the logo stands out and the layout is immaculate.
Even after a few days have passed the piece is fine, colors still shining bright. But after a few weeks, after lying in the sun or under other bright elements, it starts to lose its luster.
Laminating your documents could solve that insidious problem. It protects your documents, making them last longer—and making them shine.
Nels Pedersen, unit manager of Document Reproduction Services at Hewitt Associates, believes in the power of preservation.
The Lincolnshire, Ill.-based in-plant has seven laminators including a Ledco 42˝. A fairly new purchase, the wide-format laminator has fulfilled customers' needs and added value to the operation, Pedersen says.
"Investment in wide-format printing is pretty [expensive] and customers want to protect their investment by laminating," says Pedersen. "Also, on documents like banners there's always a risk of the ends being crinkled up, and the laminator keeps it looking nice."
Whether the paper you're using is a regular or premium grade, laminating adds the durability and sturdiness to make it last and, if needed, to allow it to get used over and over again. Pedersen believes that virtually anything can be laminated, although, he tries to stay away from large run lengths.
"Running [the Ledco] is fairly labor-intensive and manual. The operator has to feed each piece individually, and that could impact our ability to meet a critical time line for other jobs," he explains.
Desktop laminators, he says, are relatively easy to use. "It's just a matter of turning it on and pushing a button; it's pretty straight-forward."