How to Choose Lamination Film & Office Paper?

Lamination is used to protect various documents, as well as business cards, certificates. It is about covering the surface of a document with a protective film for lamination . It provides papers with a density, gloss, and also protects important documents from the negative effects of external factors. Laminating film prevents moisture and dust from settling on documents. They enhance the contrast and brightness of colors.

Laminating films: various types and formats
First of all, A4 laminating film is used, in the form of a double bag. The paper carrier must be placed between layers of film and then processed with a laminator. Before you buy lamination film, we recommend that you take into account the main characteristics:

Thickness – it fluctuates within a wide range of 12-250 microns. A thin layer of laminating film looks neater, and a thick layer gives reliable protection to the decorated document. If you need protection against mechanical damage, then you should buy a 150 micron lamination film. If you need to protect a paper document from moisture, then 60 microns is enough for you. In this case, the letter will be thin and fits comfortably in a folder. Films for lamination of 100 and 125 microns are the most popular because they provide documents with sufficient protection against mechanical stress. Such films also significantly increase their rigidity.

Format – the choice of your film for lamination depends on the format of the documents; it is necessary to cover for protection: A4, A5, A3, A2. The most popular format for lamination is A4. It is also worth considering the length and width of the document, because the cost of the consumable depends on this.
Texture – A4 lamination film can be matte, textured, semi-matte, glossy. A matte finish on the film provides a soft surface to the document. It smooths out the transitions. The matte finish is best for textual documentation as it prevents glare. Glossy laminating film, in turn, enhances contrast and makes the image brighter and more saturated.

In addition, you can also buy film for lamination in rolls up to 200 m long. Such product is convenient to use for non-standard formats. To do this, you only need to cut a strip of the required size.

Office Paper A4 / A3 80g / m 2  is divided into three classes:

– office paper with excellent technical performance. Designed for printing documents of the highest quality (business correspondence with partners and clients, documents that are printed for the company’s management, etc.). It guarantees the maximum print quality, can be used for all printing technologies, and ensures the best performance of office equipment. The paper is ideal for printing documents on high-speed printers and copiers, suitable for both single-sided and double-sided printing (including color). Does not contain resins or other substances.

– universal high quality xerox paper, optimal in terms of price and quality ratio. Technical characteristics are slightly lower than those of class “A”. It can be used in almost all techniques, except for those that require special papers. Convenient for companies that do not need large amounts of copying.

– the most economical paper for a printer, has the minimum technical parameters. Designed for printing documents with low paper quality requirements.

The most important parameters for office white paper are density, whiteness and cut quality.

Paper weight (in g / m 2 )
determines the machine’s ability to handle paper. The most common density value for office paper grades is 80-90 g / m 2 . With a deviation to the lower side, it is possible to grip several sheets at the same time.

White paper
Is the ability of paper to reflect light scattered and evenly in all directions. This indicator provides a contrast between the image and the paper, which makes information easier to read.

The quality of paper cutting is a very important characteristic, since paper dust, burrs damage the internal mechanisms of the printing device. It is recommended to use only factory cut office paper at the papermaker’s factory, as this ensures better performance of office equipment and saves money on its maintenance.

Using good A4 paper for copying reduces service costs by 30%, as 80% of all service work is due to equipment contamination and paper dust.

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