Cold Laminating (Pressure Sensitive)

Cold Laminating (Pressure Sensitive)

Cold Laminators, also known as pressure sensitive laminators are required when the ink or paper being used for a print or document are too sensitive to withstand the heat of a thermal laminator. Often times cold lamination is also used for one-sided laminating. This type of laminating machine applies a film or adhesive to the application using high pressure rollers. This process requires no electricity, eliminating warm-up/cool down time and confusing adjustments to tension and temperature. The cold laminators are extremely user friendly; perfect for home, schools, offices, and more. Pressure sensitive (cold) laminate is sticky to the touch, and features a removable release liner that covers and protects the adhesive.

Benefits of Cold Laminators:
  • Typically very user-friendly and easy to operate.
  • Requires no electricity, saving you money.
  • No warm-up time required allowing for quick operation.
  • Cold laminators are safe because they do not use heat.
  • Less maintenance than thermal laminators.

Limitations of Cold Laminators:
  • Most cold laminators require special laminating film cartridges that are only compatible with the specific machine, limiting the laminate options available.
  • Cold lamination film is usually more expensive than thermal laminating film.

Selecting A Cold Laminator:

Our experienced sales specialists have put together the most important questions that need to be answered before purchasing a cold laminating machine. Review the below questions to help determine what you need. Once done, feel free to browse our selection of Cold (Pressure Sensitive) Laminators or contact us at (866)537-2244 for details on specific models to meet those needs.

    1) What is your application?
    Different applications will call for different laminating machine solutions. Think about what you need your laminator to do... will you be laminating posters, graphics and signs? Will you be mounting prints to foam boards? Will you be creating pop-up displays? Will you be applying vinyls, tapes or adhesive films? Will the papers or inks you use in your prints be damaged by heat? You may need to do just one application, however some systems offer money saving multi-functional capabilities. Once you have determined what you want to achieve with your laminating machine, then we can start discussing the best machine to help you achieve those goals.

    2) What is the largest size sheet you will be laminating?
    Cold Laminators are available from 8.5" to 62" wide. Before investing in a pressure sensitive laminating machine, be sure to consider not only your immediate needs, but any possible future needs as well. You will want to get a machine that has at least an inch or more extra space on each side to ensure proper encapsulation. It is always better to have a machine that can handle larger documents to ensure you are covered.

    3) What is your volume?
    Smaller cold laminators are usually built for low-volume users, while the larger machines are meant for use with higher=production poster and sign makers.

    4) How much space do you have to work with?
    Cold laminators are available as desktop models or floor-standing models with stands. It is important to determine the space you need to work with ahead of time, and compare it to the dimensions of the machine you are considering. You should also keep in mind that you will be inserting the print on one side and it will come out of another side, so additional space on both sides is required.


With Pressure Sensitive Lamination you can create either flexible display graphics, or rigid display graphics. Flexible display graphics are perfect for retail stores, grocery stores, trade shows, hotels, etc. They are very popular as pop-ups and directional signs for hotel events. Rigid display graphics are prefect for when you want to laminate and mount in one easy step, creating a firm and durable graphic that is sure to last.
    Pressure Sensitive Film

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