Troubleshooting: Pouch Lamination

Common Issues With Pouch Lamination

When it comes to protecting important documents, lamination is one of the most effective solutions. The document is placed in a plastic pouch which is then sealed by running it through a machine. This binds the pouch to both sides of the document leaving it waterproof and more durable. But even this straight forward process can incur issues from time to time. In this troubleshooting guide we address the most common lamination issues and how to resolve them.


1. The Lamination Pouch Is Wrinkled, Not Smooth

Sometimes laminated documents will come out with wrinkles in the laminating pouch which spread across the length of the document, these are called wide-coverage wrinkles. Wide-coverage wrinkles have several possible causes. The first check you should make is the laminators temperature. Pouches often wrinkle if the laminator is too hot. The temperature required will vary depending on the pouches you are using. If your machine has a temperature control adjust the temperature to the desired setting and wait for the ready light to indicate the machine is at the set temperature. If your laminator does not offer temperature control an alternative solution is to use a thicker a pouch which supports use at a higher temperature.


2. The Lamination Looks Cloudy or Has Bubbles

Similar too wide-coverage wrinkles, cloudy or bubbly lamination is caused by laminating at the incorrect temperature. This occurs when the temperature is too low. To remedy this, apply the same steps as you would to solve wide-coverage wrinkles but increase the temperature instead. If your laminator does not allow you to adjust the temperature you can use thinner pouches which work better at the temperature output of your laminator.

You can purchase new laminating pouches or a variable temperature pouch lamination machine at Glendale Presentation Solutions.


3. My Documents Are Getting Stuck in The Machine

If your document gets stuck in your laminator turn off and unplug the machine. This will prevent the motor from burning out. If the item you are laminating is too thick the gently pull it from the laminator. If this is not the case an alternative reason for the jam could be that the laminating pouch is curled up inside the machine. If this is the cause of the issue turn the laminator back on and place it in reverse mode.

Following this, if the pouch is still jammed, depending on your laminator model open the laminator. Not all models open but some will open similarly to printers. If you have a model which does open, turn of the device, open it, and remove the jam. If your laminator does not open, see if it has a pouch jam lever. If it does, use it to separate the rollers making it easier to remove the document.

The three issues discussed above will happen from time to time but they are easily resolved. If you encounter any of the issues outlined in this guide simply make the recommended checks and follow the steps outlined so you can get back to laminating quickly, or alternatively get in touch today.