I seem, slightly randomly, to be in charge of the laminating equipment - I guess it comes under "print finishing". We seem to do an awful lot of laminating, with two laminating machines in the staffroom for our classroom assistants to use. Those machines keep conking out - generally laminating pouches getting stuck and melting onto the rollers. These aren't cheap laminators from Argos, either, these are reasonably heavy-duty machines from a speacialist supplier. However, it seems they aren't quite up to our volume / style of use, so I'm looking at alternatives.
Has anyone had much experience with cold laminating systems? I understand there's systems a bit snazzier than just simple self-adhesive pouches. Do they produce decent results? Are they easy to use? The laminators are in the staffroom and free for everyone to use, so they need to be simple to operate. I've seen some cold laminators that seem to be a simple couple of rollers with a hand-cranked handle, which most people should be able to get the hang of - does that sound right?
Does anyone use continuous-roll hot laminators? So instead of individual pouches we'd have a machine that uses rolls of laminating film. Again, are they pick-up-and-use easy, or do they require training?