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How Does a Roll Laminator Work?

The most widely used roll laminators are thermal laminators that utilize two rolls of laminating film (clear plastic base with adhesive on one side) to encapsulate a document. The laminator is heated to a temperature that will melt the adhesive; then the rollers are turned on. The rolls of laminating film (adhesive side out) pass over heated elements called heat shoes and come together at a point called the nip, where documents are fed into the laminator. A second set of rollers pulls the laminated product out the back of the laminator.



Although this is the most widely known process for laminating, there are others. Some laminators have a set of heated rollers instead of heat shoes. Heated roller laminators are well suited for "hot mounting."