As new technologies continue to change the look of today’s classrooms and media centers in the educational and business community, the laminator continues to be a fundamental and intricate part of these centers. In most cases you will find at least one roller laminator or pouch laminator in every public school and even in most colleges.
Now today’s laminators have certainly surpassed those of the past with the evolution of electronic technology. Although it still requires some input from the end user, most controls are processed through a main control center (microprocessor).
Heating is no longer controlled by the unreliable means of thermal fuses and thermal cut off fuses. Finding the proper temperature for your particular laminating project has become so much easier with the advent of the brains of the laminator now being controlled by a microprocessor. Your laminating temperature remains at a constant giving you the high quality laminations you require for education or business applications every time you laminate.
Even the control of the motor speed and voltages required to operate the drive motor of the laminator are now controlled by a separate processor. The need to operate the drive functions of your laminator with an AC motor are long since past. The processor now allows the motor to operate on DC voltages, making the drive motor more reliable and less expensive to replace when repairs become necessary.
In retrospect, from a service technician’s point of view, repairs have certainly become more technical in nature. A background in Electronics is now a must for anyone who plans on servicing this new generation of laminators. Repairs can no longer be easily performed by the end user, and in some instances could actually be hazardous because of the voltages they may encounter, as many of today’s larger laminators operate on 220 volts. General cleaning of course can still be performed by the end user, and can prolong the life of rollers and heating elements if performed properly, but troubleshooting electronic components should be left to a professional service technician.
As advancements in electronic technologies continue, they will continue to complement the laminators of the future, as the need for laminating will continue to be necessary whether it is for education, security or the preservation of important documents.