How to Use the GBC HeatSeal H220 Pouch Laminator

Published: 16th March 2012
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If you need to protect your documents, using a pouch laminator is one of the best ways to achieve it. The GBC HeatSeal H220 is one machine that can definitely help you with this task. This laminator looks sleek and has an easy-to-read user interface, making it very easy to use. This article will take you through the process of using the HeatSeal H220 so you can laminate your important documents. Let's get started....

  • The first thing you need to do is plug in the laminator and turn it on. You then need to either press the "3 mil" or "5 mil" button to tell the machine which pouch you're going to use. ("Mil" refers to pouch thickness and 5 mil pouches offer more protection than their 3 mil counterparts.) After you make your selection, wait for the machine's "ready" light to go on. You won't be waiting long since the HeatSeal H220 is one of GBC's QuickStart models.

  • While you're waiting for the machine to get ready, insert your document into a laminating pouch that's large enough to encapsulate it. One edge of your document should meet the pouch's folded edge, leaving a border along the remaining edges. If you choose to use a carrier, place the pouch in one. The main benefit to using a carrier is that it will prevent adhesive from leaking out of the pouch, which reduces pouch jams. It also keeps the machine clean.

  • When you hear a beep, you'll know the the HeatSeal H220 is ready to go. Feed your document into the machine, making sure that the folded edge of the pouch or carrier is going in first. The item will move through the machine and come out the back when lamination is complete. Set the document aside so it can cool off.

  • If you need to laminate more documents, just repeat the above steps. If you need to use a thinner or thicker laminating pouch, just press the corresponding button. The machine will adjust its settings and then beep when you can continue laminating. Be sure to turn the laminator off when you're done.

  • You can use the HeatSeal H220 as a cold laminator if you need to process photographs and other heat-sensitive items. (Be sure to have pressure-sensitive pouches on-hand for this type of lamination.) After you turn the machine on, you can begin laminating right away without waiting for it to heat up. This feature can help you save time during a busy workday.

  • Finally, this laminator has a release button that you can use in the event of a pouch jam. Press the button and tug on the pouch to remove it. Afterward, clean the rollers with the cleaning sheet that came with the device. Run the sheet through the machine a couple of times and then continue laminating with a new pouch.

The GBC HeatSeal H220 is a pouch laminator that's incredibly easy to use. Now that you know how to operate it, you'll be able to produce great-looking laminated documents. Good luck!

Jeff McRitchie is the Vice-President of Marketing for He regularly writes articles, reviews, and blog posts on topics related to bookbinding, laminating, paper shredding, and office equipment. More than 2,500 of his reviews have been published in thousands of locations on the Internet. If you're looking for information about pouch laminators, his articles are a great place to start.

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