Laminating machines are used in both homes and offices to protect important documents by sealing them within a thin sheet of plastic. Fellowes has three categories of laminating machines: personal, small office and general office. Although there are many different models of laminators within these categories, they all operate in generally the same way. These instructions are specifically for the Spectra 95 personal laminator.
Things You'll Need
Fellowes laminating machines use laminating pouches to protect documents. These pouches are available in a wide variety of sizes and thicknesses. Before laminating any documents, browse the complete selection of Fellowes laminating supplies to find the appropriate products to complete your project.
Laminating machines are designed to preserve and protect documents of various sizes. They are also used by home crafters to make wipe-off worksheets, custom placemats and more. Laminators can accommodate standard paper, construction paper, card stock and more.
Step 1: Set Up the Laminator
To set up the laminator, place it on a table and plug in the power cord. Press the power button and wait for the laminator to warm up. Make sure nothing is placed behind or in front of the laminator to allow plenty of room for the document to pass unobstructed. A 20-inch allowance in both directions is recommended.
Most Fellowes laminator models have an indicator light that shines solid once the machine is warmed up.
Step 2: Prepare the Document
While the laminator is warming up, prepare the document for lamination. To do this, pull the two sides of the laminating sheet apart enough to center the document within the laminating sheet. Take the time to make sure that the document is straight and centered. There should be a small border of laminating sheet on three sides of the document to ensure proper sealing.
Step 3: Laminate the Document
Once the laminator has warmed up, it is time to laminate your document. Guide the document into the laminator, making sure to guide it with the sealed edge first. Keep the document straight and allow the laminator to feed the document at its own pace.
Step 4: Remove Document
Once the document has passed through the laminator, remove it and place it on a flat surface until it has cooled down. If the document has not sealed completely, repeat step 3. If trimming is required, do so with a pair of scissors or paper cutter after the document has completely cooled.
Some laminator features can vary by model. Refer to the user manual for your specific machine for variations on these instructions.