Protect Your Prints
Not only does laminating protect your printed work, it gives it a professional look. Here's a glimpse of some of the latest laminators on the market.
Banner American's Entry 4500 laminating/mounting machine is an entry-level laminator for large-format imaging services. Featuring top- and bottom-heated rollers and a 45˝ width capacity, the Entry 4500 is capable of mounting, laminating and encapsulating ink-jet output up to 44˝. The Entry 4500 laminates with all film gauges and has mounting capability up to 1⁄4˝. An optional take-up roller for pressure-sensitive liners is available. www.banam.com
Graphic Laminating offers the heavy-duty Signmaster laminators in two sizes, 44˝ and 64˝. They can apply any pressure-sensitive material, laminate (one-side) with thermal or pressure-sensitive film, mount up to 61˝ wide and mount and laminate simultaneously. The laminators come complete with a stand, casters and bottom supply roll, and have a two-year parts and labor warranty. Also in 44˝ and 64˝ sizes, Graphic Laminating has the Dual Hot Roll Digitals, which can encapsulate, single-side laminate and mount and laminate simultaneously. www.graphiclaminating.com
The economical Cold-Mount tabletop laminators from Coda are available in widths from 14˝ to 54˝. These machines come in motorized and hand-operated versions and are designed for pressure-sensitive mounting and laminating. Coda's Cold-Mount motorized laminators perform mounting tasks from simple pressure-sensitive mounting to overlaminating. The motorized option, with a speed control, allows for volume mounting and greater control. The machine also has an infrared shutoff. Coda also sells high-production thermal CodaPro laminators, including the CP64-HE with double heated rollers. www.codamount.com
Pigna America offers the entry-level ACF/TC automatic laminators. They include a paper feeder, calender and a separator, all enclosed in one station, and are ideal for limited production volumes and small paper sizes. www.americanbindingco.com
D&K's Expression 42˝ professional laminator is designed for all-in-one laminating. It features variable speed, heated rollers and a pressure-sensitive rewind. In addition, the EXP Pro accepts low-melt, thermal and pressure-sensitive films and can accommodate substrates up to 1⁄4˝ thick, as well as rolls up to 1,000 feet (for 1.5 mil and 3 mil films). The EXP Pro is perfect when laminating floor graphics, POP displays, signs, mouse pads, calendars, menus, book covers and more. www.dkgroup.com