Laminating machines provide a quick way of protecting documents. Sam's Club® carries laminating machines and supplies from Swingline, Fellowes and others that are excellent for home and office use.
When choosing a laminating machine, consider where you plan to keep it and how often it will be used. Smaller machines maximize space and handle occasional use. For busy offices with high demand for laminated ID badges and documents, a heavy-duty machine will provide long-lasting durability and performance.
If you plan on using a laminating machine for badges and other items smaller than 8.5 inches, a small to medium machine provides everything you need. For businesses laminating documents up to 12 inches, medium to large machines are a better option. There are also small personal laminators that handle larger documents. Determine the largest size the machine can handle to make sure it will work for your needs.
Cold laminating eliminates the heat used during the process, providing protection for photos and other sensitive documents. Some machines handle both hot and cold laminating, making it simple to adjust the temperature based on the items you want to protect. There are also self-adhesive laminating sheets that you cut to size. Simply peel off the backing, affix your documents and you're ready to go. There's no heat involved, so you won't have to risk causing heat damage during the laminating process.
Most laminating machines use pouches that you slip the document or ID into before feeding it through the machine. Others use laminating film that comes on rolls and feeds into the machine. For protection against minimal handling, opt for 3 mil thicknesses. Choose pouches with 5 mil thickness for moderate handling, and go with 7 to 10 mil thicknesses for documents that undergo frequent handling.