What is cold lamination? A simpler way to laminate!
Schools tend to buy the same hot laminators over and over again and all they do is break. And they buy maintenance agreements and insurance contracts because they know they’re going to break. So they pay for the machines not once but over and over again. Not to mention, the warm up time, the heat, odor and tremendous waste. With a cold laminator, we’ve ended all of that!
Cold Lamination’s main benefits:
First, there is no electricity so there is no heat or warm up required. When you’re ready to laminate, so is your cold laminator. No electricity makes it a green tool and much safer for the environment and the operators.
Second, lamination is as simple as turning a handle. Move your materials through as fast or slow as you want. Because a cold laminator is gear driven rather than motor driven and there are no heating elements yo break, there are no maintenance issues or break down like a hot laminator. We don’t offer extended warranties or maintenance contracts for cold lamination systems because there is nothing to break. Add it up – no extended warranties or insurance contracts like hot laminators is a giant savings benefit.
Third, These are simple to operate hand crank machines. Because you start and stop laminating your materials where you want and trim it where you want, there is no waste! This is an adhesive based system so everything it touches it seals to. That means you can easily trim into items and up to edges and it will never peel up. You don’t have to leave room between documents anymore. Anyone who has operated a hot laminator knows there is a tremendous amount of waste – documents peeling apart, waste in the front, waste in the back, rippling, pulling documents, etc. Not with cold laminators.
There’s more: Cold laminate is thicker than typical hot laminate – almost 5 mil Vs. typical 1 1/2 mil. Because there is no heat needed, there is no odor to stink up the building. Kids can operate the laminator without a concern of burning themselves. The handle easily goes on and comes off which means when it’s off, no one can operate the laminator without permission. With a cold laminator. customers get choices of a different films and adhesives – double side laminate, single sided laminate only, single sided laminate with adhesive backs and adhesives only, not to mention high tack and re-positionable adhesives.
Over all, cold laminators laminate faster, easier, safer, seal better, the film is thicker (about 5 ML) and can laminate just about anything including heat sensitive thermal paper.
The Cost – Cold lamination machines are usually substantially less expensive than hot laminators. However, the laminate replacement is more expensive than hot laminate refills. But, because there is no electricity, no maintenance issues or breakage and there is no waste, it’s cheaper to operate. And because you start and stop the laminator where you want and trim it where you want, you actually use less less laminate. When you add it up, even though the film is more expensive, the fact is your overall cost to operate is less and most importantly, you use less laminate Vs. hot lamination.
Cold lamination is On Demand lamination. Whenever you need to laminator, your machine is always ready.
Xyron offers 3 different size commercial cold laminators:
Xyron is the manufacturer of almost all the cold laminators and private labels their machines for other companies like Scotch/3M and Varitronics®. Although these machines may be identical in looks, some like Varitronics® ProFinish and the Variquest™ 2510 models use proprietary laminate roll sets. For the most part, identical machines and identical laminate but unique differences makes their laminators and laminate refills much more expensive than purchasing the same laminator under the Xyron brand. Other models like the 3M or Scotch LS 1050, eCool and CoolLam machines may be called by a different name, but they are still the Xyron 2500 and capable of using the same 2500 refills we offer for a lot less. If you own any of the models listed, please ask us for help. We’ll direct you to the right laminate refills for a lot less.
Neither the 1255 or the 2500 laminators use electricity to operate, however the Xyron 4400 does because of the weight and width of the laminating rolls. Just about all the same films used with the 1255 & 2500 machines – double sided, single side, single sided with adhesive backs and adhesive only – is available for the 4400. To learn more about the different types of laminate refills available, please selct the machine of interest above. .
Need Laminate refills for your cold laminator? Select the machine you own from the list below:
- Variquest® Cold Laminator 2510 Laminate Refills