labelling binding and laminating

Lamination is one of the easiest ways to protect documents, signs, ID cards and other materials. Lamination can provide a long lasting barrier against the environment. If it is done with quality materials, the seal between the laminating layers can be such that it will hold up against water and other hazards that might ruin the items inside the laminate.

Lamination can be done without any power or heat, simply using adhesives to fasten the sheets of laminate together. It can also be done using materials with different appearances, which allows the user to ensure that the end result has a look that either makes it easy to view and that provides a tough and resilient layer of protection.

As an alternative to laminating a piece of material, which is generally permanent, one can opt to use a sleeve into which the material is inserted. This isn’t quite as secure as proper lamination, but it does provide a great deal of protection against smudging and other forms of damage.

A laminated object can be protected from writing, tearing, yellowing with age, fading colours and smudges and smears. Laminating items such as ID cards can also make it apparent if they have been tampered with, increasing security.

Lamination is quite often used on labels that need to be used over and over again, such as those used for lockout/tag out requirements and for other industrial purposes. Lamination can also provide stable, durable labelling for items such as pipes, runs of cable and other vital equipment. These labels can be easily produced in house or they can be purchased as pre-made labels, in many cases.


Why is it Important to Keep Documents in Good Condition?

Despite the fact that most office work is done on computers, paper documents still have an important role in industry.

In some cases, paper documents provide the most reliable record of important information. Certifications, safety assessments, schematics and other important industrial documents are quite often kept in paper form.

If these documents aren’t kept safe, they could degrade quickly, potentially causing a significant problem with finding records and needed information that’s either not in digital form or not convenient to use in that form. Other information, such as employee notifications and government-mandated notices and information have to be kept safe so that they remain legible and available to anyone who needs them.

In non-industrial settings, documents might be expensive to produce and need to remain accessible for a long time. This requires that measures are taken to ensure that those documents aren’t damaged by the environment or handling.


How Can You Make Documents Last Longer?

Making documents last longer involves paying attention to the materials that they’re made of and taking measures to protect those documents after they’re created. Some papers, for instance, are made to last for a very long time, hold the ink they’re printed with well and don’t yellow over time. Others degrade quickly.

Beyond this, it’s necessary—and wise—to protect documents that need it by keeping the paper free of wrinkles and tears, by protecting the documents from handling damage and by protecting them from the environment. This usually involves binding and laminating.

Binding helps to keep the documents together in the proper order, but the covers added to the documents can also provide an extra measure of protection. The weight of the bound document can help to keep the pages flat and the ink free of smudges.

The lamination process protects the paper to an even greater degree. With proper lamination, paper can be used in wet environments without being damaged and paper documents can be wiped off as needed without smearing the ink.


What Is Laminating?

Lamination refers to layering materials together to create a stronger whole. In the case of paper documents, it means encasing the paper between sheets of plastic that preserve it.

Laminate is bonded by heat. In lamination machines, a film or a pouch may be used to provide both sides of the laminate, with the paper sandwiched in between them during the lamination process. There are many different types of machines used for lamination. Some of them are simply larger or smaller than average while others are designed for specific types of lamination. A lamination machine, for instance, may be of a size that makes it perfect for ID cards, but nothing else.

Most office laminating machines can handle paper of various sizes, making them useful for a range of different purposes. There are also options that can be used without a laminating machine. These usually consist of a pair of sheets, each with an adhesive backing. The material to be laminated is cantered on one sheet and another lay on the back of it, its edges adhering to the first sheet.


Which Materials Are Used for Laminating?

A variety of different materials are used for laminating, dependent upon the protection that the end result requires. For the purposes of laminating paper, plastic sheets of varying thicknesses are used.

These sheets are sometimes bonded by heat and sometimes bonded by an adhesive. They come in glossy and matte versions, allowing the user to customize the look of the final laminated product.


What Kinds of Techniques and Materials Exist to Keep Documents in Shape?


Alphanumeric Lettering Labels

These are self-adhering labels, consisting of letters, numbers and sometimes symbols. They are available in many different sizes, making them appropriate for everything from signage to labelling file cabinets in an office. They also come with reflective coatings and other features that make them ideally suited for particular applications.


Binding Combs

These are plastic combs in varying sizes that are used with a binding machine. The machine generally affixes the binding comb automatically and most machines have an indication of how thick of a book they can bind, expressed in the number of sheets. The binding combs can be purchased in different colours to go along with the cover they’re combined with or for other purposes.


Binding Covers

Binding covers provide the outer layer of protection for bound books of paper. They can be purchased in many different designs. Some of them are opaque and some clear. They also come in a variety of different colours. The covers provide a way to protect the sheets of paper and keep them flat.


Binding Machines

Binding machines include a diversity of products. They’re designed to punch the sheets going into a book and to apply the binding comb to the finished product.

Binding machines are usually set up so that they make it easy to keep the pages punched consistently from one to the next. This ensures that the final product—the book—goes together with even edges. The bonding machine will usually have a smaller punching capacity than binding capacity. Nonetheless, they can usually punch at least 10 pages at a time. Putting together even a long book is easy because of this.

When the pages are punched, the papers are stacked together in the machine with the covers and the comb is fastened, completing the book.


Blank Adhesive and Magnetic Labels

Blank adhesive and magnetic labels can be filled in by the user. They’re often designed so that they can be used with regular desktop printers, though some are designed to be filled in by hand.

Some of these labels are made specifically for industrial environments. Such labels are made out of materials that resist the environmental hazards commonly found in industrial facilities.

Whether the label needs to be magnetic or adhesive, there are designs available that can be used in most environments and that are easy to fill out with information.


CD and DVD Labels

CD and DVD labels are designed to be affixed to these types of media without needing to trim the label to accommodate the format. Some are blank and some are lined or filled in with information that would commonly be seen on such a label, such as the date, length of the content and so forth.


Handwritten Label Dispensing Device Labels

These labels are designed to be used with label makers that are commonly employed to make labels for industrial settings. Example uses include labelling cables and cords, panels and so forth These are usually made out of tough materials that can stand up to environmental threats, including grease, acid, solvents and other materials that might destroy other types of labels.

These usually have an adhesive backing on them. When the label is finished, the machine cuts it for the user and the adhesive backing is removed, allowing it to be fixed firmly to the desired surface.


Key Tags

Key tags are used to label keys. They sometimes come with a ring and a weather resistant sleeve and window under which a label can be inserted. They are sometimes colour coded to make it easier to visually identify keys. These are very common in hotels, industrial settings and other settings where there may be many points where access is key controlled. They can be labelled with plain or coded language, such as in a master key system.



Laminators are devices that automatically handle lamination jobs. They sometimes have a single purpose and are sometimes designed so that they can handle a wide array of different jobs and media sizes.

Some of these devices are used with cartridges that expand their capabilities. They are also able to use cartridges to make stickers, which is useful for signage purposes. These devices are usually easily portable and use adhesives to laminate materials, though some use heat for the lamination process. The designs that use adhesives instead of heat don’t necessarily need any power source to function, making them even more portable and ideal for on-site usage.


Lamination Pouches

Lamination pouches make it easy to laminate items without having to line up two pieces of film. The item to be laminated is placed in the pouch and the pouch run through a lamination device. In some cases, the edges may be pressed down manually.

The extra plastic on the end result is trimmed away, leaving a professional-looking result.


Laminator Film Cartridges

Laminator film cartridges are used with laminators and are available for different types of projects and with different types of materials used for the laminate. For example, some materials are glossy and others matte, offering a variety of different possible looks for the finished product.

These cartridges make it easy to get professional results. They may work with or without heat, depending upon the machine for which they’re designed.


Laminator Film Cartridges – Refills

These are refill material for the cartridges described above. Like the cartridges, they are sold based on the sizes of materials they can laminate.


Panel Marking

Panel marking is designed to replace particularly durable types of labels, such as plastic plates. They eliminate the need for a label holder and are usually provided with very powerful adhesives, ensuring that they stay in place once affixed. They can be used with printers designed to work with such labels. They provide a way to offer clear labelling that is resistant to the common environmental threats found in industrial locations.


Plastic Wallets

Plastic wallets provide a faster alternative to lamination and one that is not permanent. These are simply clear folders into which paper is inserted to protect it. They may be pre-punched with holes to allow them to be inserted into binders. These are fast, but they don’t provide the same level of protection that true lamination does, as the materials inside the wallet can be removed or contaminants can enter into it.


Pre-Printed Adhesive and Magnetic Labels

These are labels that come with commonly used industrial information printed on them. They can be filled in by the user, either using a printer or using a pen to manually fill in the information.

These labels come with information such as “Inspected By”, “Do Not Open” and other markings. They’re ideal solutions for industrial sites where the same types of labels need to be affixed to many different machines or on other locations.

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