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Jan 1, 2008 12:00 AM

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Wide-format laminator

Distributed by Neschen Americas (Elkridge, MD), the SEAL 62 Pro Series offers a professional laminator with industrial performance. Featuring fully adjustable temperature, speed and pressure settings, the 62 Pro is said to be ideal for an experienced user who requires a highly versatile laminator.

The SEAL 62 Pro Series is capable of running a wider range of media and can generate higher process speeds. This series is capable of mounting, laminating and encapsulating prints up to 61 inches using SEAL laminating films, adhesives and substrates. The SEAL 62 Pro Series features unique design elements such as combi-material shafts and flip-up pull rollers for maximizing versatility and minimizing waste without compromising its user-friendliness.

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Digital lamination

D&K Group (Elk Grove Village, IL) has introduced the Double Kote Digital, a laminator designed to meet the demands of the digital marketplace. Double Kote Digital features a fully automated system on a single chassis. On-demand styling and ease of operations accommodate hand-fed jobs or the use of the feeder system. It can run stock films up to five mils thick. The lamination working width is up to 22 inches wide to handle a variety of digitally printed stock. The inline guillotine style cutter is accurate to within +/- 1/16 inch.

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Laminate large jobs quickly

The GBC (Addison, IL) Delta is designed for one-sided finishing in the publishing, printing and copy shop markets. Operator-controlled from one side, this integrated system with a built-in feeder and separator laminates large jobs quickly and efficiently at speeds up to 65 fpm. GBC's polyester, polypropylene and Lay-Flat films apply easily to a variety of paper stocks from 80 lb. to 24 pt. The compact Delta requires just 33.9 sq. ft. of floor space.

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One- or two-sided laminator

Autobond (West Granby, CT) has released the 41-inch Mini 105 TPHS (Thermal Perfector Heidelberg Stacker), a one- or two-sided laminator. The Mini 105 can laminate print from 8.5 × 11 inches to 41 × 30 inches, one and two sides in one pass, at speeds up to 265 fpm. The rising pile, back separation Heidelberg Speedmaster 102 feed head and vacuum feed table allow continuous, accurate feeding of a large variety of print.

The Mini 105 features a quick-release airshaft for fast changeover of film and makeready times of less than five minutes requiring only two sheets. The laminator can apply matte or gloss OPP, PET, nylon and acetate film onto print ranging from 70 lb. to 24 pt.

For digital printers, Autobond offers the Mini Digital 36 TP. Users can one-pass laminate sheets up to 14 × 22.5 inches at speeds of 100 fpm.

Autobond also debuted Edgemaster 76, an edge sealing machine. Equipped with a Heidelberg SM 52 feed head, the encapsulator can handle stock from 5.5 × 8.5 inches up to 30 × 41 inches in weights from 40 lb. to 24 pt. Rated speed is 200 fpm.

Remote diagnostics

Siemens electronics enable Autobond to include modem-based, remote diagnostics on its machines. Starting in December 2007, all new Autobond laminators incorporte a wireless Webcam and Skype phone facilities so the company can provide instant advice if customers experience problems during production. Laminators are equipped with a wireless Panasonic network camera that is clipped to the side of the machine when not in use. When required, the operator can pick up and move the camera around as instructed by the engineer. A Skype telephone provides free, unlimited calls over the Internet to an Autobond engineer.

The system also has a built-in microphone so the engineer can listen to the sounds the various parts of the laminator make. The engineer also will be able to determine within moments if a machine part has become worn or damaged, in which case the part can be couriered directly to the customer's premises or brought when the engineer makes a visit.

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Making it easy for operators

Advanced Greig Laminators' (AGL) (DeForest, WI) Compadre heat assist laminator comes with a built-in trainer designed to make the operator's job easier. The Personal Video Trainer (PVT) feature is loaded with how-to videos. The Compadre is pneumatic and accommodates the following processes: over-laminate solvent inkjet prints on PSV; pre-mask vinyl graphics; pre-coat boards with adhesive; mount vinyl decals; create paper decals for mounting; apply colored vinyl backgrounds; over-laminate banners; and mount paper prints. Compadre has a 61-inch working width and variable speed control to 15 fpm. Additional features include: a heated top roll; two unwind supply shafts; a product windup shaft; a release liner windup; auto grip core chucks for tool-free material changeover; high release silicone rollers for easy cleaning; a new film tension limiting brake to avoid distortion and necking; a self checking electronic control panel; a swing-up feed table; and rotary dial shim stops for preset gap adjustment from -1/16 to 1 inch.

Encore, encore!

AGL also manufactures the Encore laminator, capable of mounting and laminating up to 62-inch-wide laminates. This unit features pneumatically actuated nip pull roll assemblies. There is a dial-in shim assembly for mounting and laminating several different thicknesses of products as well as a mechanical unwind tension system for repeatability.

The Encore series is available in four models:

  • Encore Maxim Dual bidirectional heated rollers.
  • Encore DHR Dual bidirectional heated rollers.
  • Encore SH Single heated roller (top) for pressure-sensitive, one-sided, heat-activated films and mounting.
  • Encore NH No Heat cold unit for pressure-sensitive films and mounting.

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It's not too early

The Specialty Graphics Imaging Assn. (SGIA) will hold a finishing workshop to help users avoid costly mistakes in the finishing room. “Laminating & Finishing: Profits in Post-Print Finishing” will take place September 17-19, 2008, in Fairfax, VA. From surface lamination and encapsulation to mounting of large-scale graphics, this hands-on workshop will discuss important aspects of the post-print finishing industry and how it can be most profitable for your company.

Attendees will gain in-depth application knowledge and learn about film and substrate compatibility. The workshop also will cover how and when to use thermal or pressure-sensitive laminates, first and second surface mounting techniques, proper machine webbing for specific applications, production scheduling and inventory selection, troubleshooting techniques and procedures, and waste reduction and time-saving production formulas.


Mistakes can cost you

In “Troubleshooting wide-format laminating mistakes” (Jan. 2004), AMERICAN PRINTER teamed with finishing guru David Goetter to identify and solve the top five laminating mistakes. The article covers film distortion, infeed waves, print curl, silvering and blistering. It takes readers through common problems and lays out the solutions.

Goetter, a former screen and digital printer, developed the wet transfer process in wide-format electrostatic printing and has helped design laminators.