What is the “throat” of a laminator, and how is it used in the lamination process? Read on to learn more about the throat’s purpose.

The throat of the laminator is the opening where documents are inserted to be laminated. Its overall width is considered to be the “size” of the throat, indicating how many sheets can be placed into the laminator at one time. This is how it works for both the roll and pouch laminating machine:

Roll Laminator

With a throat size that can measure anywhere from 12 inches wide to 60 inches wide, the roll laminating machine offers a wide scope of possible laminating opportunities. Schools and smaller print shops often only use laminators nearing the 27 inch scale, as smaller letter-sized documents are the most frequently laminated items in these establishments.

Pouch Laminator

Another mechanism centered around the average letter-sized sheet, the pouch laminator is frequently used for its 9 inch to 12 inch throat. It can be used for laminating smaller documents, such as ID cards or business cards.

With an understanding of throat size for lamination machines, you can more easily determine which laminator would work best for your specific needs.