Laminator wide-format Laminers Lamination Protects printed graphics, doubling their outdoor life, shielding them from fading caused by UV solar radiation and element degradation.
For anyone creating large format printed graphics, lamination is a crucial phase in the workflow to produce a ‘finished’ product. With a laminating machine, you can laminate prints, install prints on substrates, hot laminate prints, add transfer tape and more. Cold laminators use rollers to add pressure-sensitive films to your media as fed.
Good for quick-drying ink printers like latex or aqueous, as these prints are ready for lamination immediately. In heat-assisted laminators, a heating element warms the top roller, speeding the ink-drying and outgassing process, so that solvent prints can be processed faster (an hour or two vs. a day). Heat also allows faster adhesive environment.
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Wide Format Laminator
Wide Format Laminators are devices that use heat and/or pressure rollers to apply lamination film and mounting adhesive to printed media. Laminators come in 38″-65″ large sizes to suit the needs of a range of digital printers, sign shops, and print service providers.
Wide Format Laminators are unique in their flexibility of operation as they can not only apply laminating films and mounting adhesives to versatile graphics, but also mount these graphics to a rigid substratum.
What Is A Wide Format Laminator?
Wide-format laminators are an important component of print finishing. They allow print service providers to convert printed images into sealable, finished graphics used in applications such as outdoor signage, trade show graphics, vehicle graphics, window graphics, mounted displays, banners, posters and floor graphics. Check our options below to learn more about our big laminator options.
Why Would You Use A Wide Format Laminator?
Why Would You Use A Wide Format Laminator?
The 44″ large format laminator Chevron Icon is perfect for those looking for a productive laminator with a slew of additional features – all while not breaking the bank. The Spire III 44T was designed with dual heated rollers, adjustable temperature setting and 20 feet per minute laminating speed in mind. The 44T will laminate prints with thermal and pressure-sensitive films when mounting up to 2″ thick substrates.
The optional roll-to-roll capability with additional unwinds and rewinds can be added later to complete the robust capabilities of Spire III 44T. Spire 364T Chevron Icon The Spire III 64T incorporates all the flexible capabilities of the Spire III 44T with a 64″ working width to create the ultimate economical laminator.
This 64″ large format laminator gives the width required to complete the widest lamination work. The Spire III 64T’s is fitted with dual thermal rollers, an adjustable temperature setting and a 20-foot laminating speed per minute.
Spire Iii 64T
Spire Iii 44T
Wide-format lamination Wide-format lamination supplies operate in combination with the wide-format laminator to provide the full print finishing solution. Wide-format supplies are unique in their range of finishes and textures, offering endless applications.
Thermal lamination Pressure-sensitive filming Adhesives mounting Printing media Thermal lamination Chevron Symbol Thermal laminating film must be used on a heated roll laminating machine as it needs heat to make the adhesive “sticky.”
Thermal laminating film activates at varying temperatures depending on the thickness of the film, but most activates from a range of 190 degrees to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Thermal laminating film provides longevity and rigidity for all forms of projects. Learn more
Spire Iii 64T
Pressure-sensitive filming Not feeling the heat? No need to worry – you can still laminate with GBC pressure-sensitive video. Pressure-sensitive films do not need heat to trigger the adhesive. Instead, they use pressure to create a tight bond between the laminating film and the laminating document. During the lamination process, a release liner is slowly extracted from the laminating film as it is added to the laminating document. Learn more
Spire Iii 64T
Adhesives mounting Chevron Icon mounting adhesives are used to permanently or temporarily adhere a printed image to a substrate. Depending on the type of application being made, the image can either have mounting adhesive applied to the back or front of the image using a roll laminator. The type of mounting adhesive carrier will also play an important role, as it can either be opaque or block color.
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Printing media Chevron Icon Print media is one of the key factors in the look and feel of the finished product. Print media is specially coated to be sensitive to various ink forms and is used to produce the printed image in combination with a large format printer. Print media is available in a wide range of different materials for use in a variety of applications.
Wide Format Lamination Supplies
Close up Wide-format laminators Royal Sovereign provides a broad variety of wide-format roll laminator solutions for colleges, libraries, government agencies, and sign and print industries. Our line of roll laminators includes hot thermal roll laminators, cold pressure sensitive roll laminators, and roll laminators ranging from 15″ wide to 65″ wide.
Thermal Laminating Film
Although the basic concepts of laminating remain much the same, refinements can be seen in creating modern machines and technologies. Laminating is a very common and surprisingly flexible procedure, usually used as a large format printing finishing stage.
Its most familiar use is to put a transparent protective film on printed paper or vinyl. But that’s just the start of what you can do if you have a laminating machine, a stock of different films, and some experience and ingenuity to produce finished goods that add a lot of value to the print stage.
These can require a fair bit of manual labor, but the higher margins they can control are more than balanced. Although running the machines is easy, the main thing is for the operator to learn the techniques and procedures required for what can be very complex material preparation and implementation sequences.
Suppliers provide training courses and tutorials, but YouTube also has plenty of useful videos on basic procedures for various laminating work. Laminating machines can add special effect films or can be used to mount printed or plain materials to board and other rigid materials. Such materials can also be hand-mounted, but a laminator makes it much simpler and helps to minimize damage and errors.
Pressure-Sensitive Laminating Film
A Drytac Jetmounter laminator applies transparent film from a roll to a printed sheet, winding the release paper to the top roller. At the heart of each laminator is a pair of rubber (or rubber-like) rollers with a variable gap between them.
They are used to force two materials together, with a layer of adhesive between them. The aim is to apply a smooth, even pressure so that both materials attach properly, without bubbles or creases.
Depending on the sophistication (and cost), laminators may have motorised rollers that drive the media through the gap, plus feed rollers for rolls of self-adhesive laminating film, and take-up rollers for the backing paper (“release liner”) as it is peeled away. Even with sheet-fed laminators the film is continuous, so either hand or machine trimming is needed to separate the finished items.
In most large format laminators, the roller gap is set by screws at both ends by hand (these must be carefully levelled), but a few companies sell pneumatic roller controls that automatically coordinate with the media (and are controllable so they won’t crush fragile foam boards, for example).
Laminators may also be used with hand-fed pre-cut sheets or boards or using an operated feeder for high-volume versions. Normally, the laminator controls provide a foot pedal to allow both hands to position the materials as they are directed into the rollers.
The roller speed can vary, and the direction can be reversed to allow some trial and error. If fingers or clothes get too tight, safety detectors in the roller nip area can stop the machine (or refuse to start it).
For higher volume roll fed large format work, the target media can have a roll feeder and take-up roller, but most of this work appears to be with pre-cut sheets and hand feeding. Laminators used for signage, show or vehicle wrap work tend not to need very high throughput and you can get a decent machine between €5,000 and €10,000 or €15,000 if you really need the best.
Most manufacturers sell a variety of widths, such as the Easymount series, ranging from a basic 650 mm wide desktop model to advanced 1.6 meter Air 1650 SH with pneumatic roller pressure control. Some large format laminators are supplied with trays or tables as they are directed into the rollers to hold long sheets and boards and to avoid them dropping on the floor as they emerge.
If not, setting up something of your own is simple enough, ideally with locking castors so they can be wheeled in and out as needed. Cutting mats are common to these, so they can also serve as working tables.
Thermal Laminating Film
Expression® (EXP) 42+ Laminator is designed for multi-purpose lamination and print mounting up to 41″ high. The EXP 42+ features heavy-duty silicone rollers with separate heat adjustment up to 300°F.
This large format laminator includes a foot pedal, slitter kit and release liner take-up for laminating with pressure-sensitive products, including the use of optically transparent adhesives for face mounting to acrylic displays.EXP 42+ laminators includes a stand, fan bank for cooling thermal films, variable speed motors and self-locking supply shafts.
Proper lamination and finishing is an important step in wide-format printing. Lamination protects prints from moisture and abrasion, adds light fade resistance and ozone effects, improves rigidity, and increases esthetic value.
Finishing (mounting, trimming, inserting grommets, etc.) ensures printing meets application specifications. We’ve gathered some information that we find describes large format lamination specifics in a way that every user understands.
These tips and recommendations are focused on years of lamination industry experience, but you should still test individual applications to ensure best performance. (101.com binding) There are several considerations in selecting the right large format laminate for your application.
The film is engineered for various temperature ranges, different thicknesses, substrate grades, surface characteristics, and film-to-adhesive ratios. To decide the best method for your application and laminating equipment, verify the correct material with the laminate manufacturer and be sure to test all products before finishing the actual job.