How To Fold Laminated Paper

Posted by: James on June 6th, 2011

Folding Laminated PaperAlthough a rare request, we sometimes get asked if it is possible to fold laminated paper.  It sure is!  While there isn’t an automatic paper folder on the market today capable of doing it by itself, it can be done manually with the addition of a scoring machine.

What is a scoring machine?  Scoring machines will basically make a crease in your paper, thus making it easier to fold.  They are typically used for thick card stock or heavier paper.  They work similar to a rotary cutter, and utilize a fine edge blade on a rolling wheel.  Simply slide the wheel left or right, applying a small amount of pressure, and you have your desired crease.  Now you’re ready to easily fold anything you need.  Not only can you fold it easier, any wrinkles will be eliminated, which is the main reason you would want to score or crease the paper.

So, folding laminated paper can be done, but why would you ever need to do it in the first place?  I used to ask myself the same question about algebra in junior high.  Turns out it comes in handy now and then!  One great thing that you can laminate and fold would be restaurant menus.  They all need to be laminated for obvious reasons, and you often find them folded, as well.  Using a scoring machine, it can be done.

Can you use a paper folding machine to fold laminated material?  Unfortunately, the answer is no.  We do carry many paper folders that can handle heavy stock paper up to 110 lb. thick, as well as air-feed folders that will work on glossy paper, but laminated paper simply is too much for the machines to handle.

Paper Scoring MachinesYou may be thinking it would be better to fold the paper and then laminate it.  Sounds good, right?  The problem with that is the crease in the folded paper will cause an uneven surface, resulting in air being trapped underneath.  It can certainly be done, but the end result will not look nearly as professional as you would like it to be.  You will probably be okay using this on regular copy paper, but if you’re using anything thicker, chances are the end result will turn out sloppy.

If you have a large volume of scoring or creasing to do, the machines are available in manual or automatic.  You can find our manual paper scoring machines here and our automatic paper scoring machine section here.

Scoring machines almost always come as combo machine to perforators as well.  Instead of making a thick crease in the thick paper, a perforator will put tiny holes, in a straight line, across your paper.  This is ideal for making part of your paper to be easily torn aware from the rest of the paper.  This is similar to a check or a movie ticket.

If you need to fold laminated paper, score, crease, perforate, or simply fold large stacks of paper automatically, we have everything you need.  You can find links to all these folding machines here.

Also, if you would like us to test some samples for you on our showroom floor, we are more than willing and capable to do so.  Sometimes we get some really unique and creative requests, and we’re always happy to try new things for our customers.

If you have additional questions, feel free to contact our sales department at 800-543-5454.


Fellowes Jupiter JL-125 Pouch Laminator Review

Posted by: James on June 1st, 2011

Fellowes Jupiter JL-125 Pouch LaminatorHave you been searching far and wide for the right pouch laminator? If so, I’m sure you’ve encountered a giant selection. If you’re looking for a mid-volume machine for your church, office, or home, a great model to consider is the Jupiter JL-125 pouch laminator from Fellowes. This review will help you decide if it’s the right machine for you.

Whether or not you’re familiar with Fellowes, chances are you have owned or do own a product of theirs. Selling an extremely wide range of products from shredders, laminators, and binding machines to mouse pads, storage boxes, and various other equipment, Fellowes has been around the block. Out of all of these machines, I’d say their laminators is one area in which their quality comes out.

The Fellowes Jupiter JL-125 pouch laminator sports an impressive 12.5″ throat size, making it easy to laminator anything from business cards to 11″ X 17″ size paper. It also accommodates up to 7 mil thickness, which is usually more than enough for the majority of your laminating needs.

One of the great things about this model is the sleek, modern design. It fits well in any office setting and screams, “Use me, I’m awesome looking!” Well, it may actually only whisper that, to be honest.

What sets this apart from other similar models is the variable temperature control. This makes it very easy to get the right setting of heat if you’re laminating a variety of materials. Sometimes your product will not come out just right if you don’t have the correct setting for what you’re laminating. This is easily eliminated with the JL-125 model.

Another great feature that puts this model above the rest is the optional cold setting. This is used for pressure sensitive material, as well as self-adhesive pouches.

A couple other things I like about this machine is the 2 year warranty. This is considerably longer than most pouch laminators. It also has 4 rollers instead of your typical 2 roller models. Extra rollers means fewer jams and a better lamination. A reverse feature comes in handy in case you do get that rare jam. Warm-up time on this model is also extremely quick, only taking about 4 minutes. I’ve been around machines that take over 10 minutes!

Have you had it with never finding carriers for your laminator when you need it? The JL-125 does not requires carriers at all! This is my favorite feature with this machine, probably because I’ve gone around the office looking for that one lost carrier I know exists but can’t be found.

The last thing I’ll mention that is excellent with this model is the HeatGuard Technology. This feature keeps the heat inside the laminator and leaves the outside cool to the touch. No more worrying about accidentally burning yourself.

Overall, the Fellowes Jupiter JL-125 pouch laminator is an easy choice. You can find the Fellowes Jupiter JL-125 pouch laminator here. If you need to purchase one, or if you have any questions about them, contact Office Zone at 800-543-5454 or place an order via our secure shopping cart.