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Protecting Aesthetics

(July 2012) posted on Tue Jul 10, 2012

More than 30 sources of laminators to add the perfect finishing touch.

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The Polar line of cold laminators is available in 25- and 38-in. widths. Works with boards up to ½-in. thick, features hard rollers, silicon rubber rollers, and single-roll heat control.

Autobond’s wide-format offerings include the thermal Mini, in widths ranging from 23 to 41 in.; the 30 x 41-in. Compact; the 30 x 41-in. Edgemaster 76 E encapsulator; and the 41-in. 105 CTP aqueous coater.

Banner American Products
The MightyLam 2700HC laminating/mounting machine features heated rollers, release liner takeup, and an adjustable feed-table guide with hot and cold lamination and can accommodate digital and offset output up to 24-in. wide and ¼-in. thick. The standard 3-in. core adapters allow it to handle 1- and 3- in. core thermal films and 3-in. core pressure-sensitive films. The ValueLam 4500HC accommodates media up to 44-in. wide, and features hot and cold lamination with dual heated rollers.

The Codamount laminator is configurable as a pressure-sensitive, heat-assist, or thermal machine, in 26-, 34-, 44-, 54-, 64-in. widths. The Coda Cold-Mount System is a production machine available in widths from 14, 26, 34, 44, 54 in.; features include: automatic scrap rewind, operator adjustable tension control, self-locking 3-in. core supply and take-up mandrels, safety motor stops, two-inch roller gap, and precise roller and pressure adjustments. The Cold-Mount tabletop laminator units are also available as strictly tabletop units (same sizes).

The 3M-approved, variable speed Omega SRA comes in hot and cold models, with adjustable pressure and web-tension control. The Squeeze Roll Applicator is a heavy duty design applicator for applying vinyl down to hard substrates and extrusions.

D&K International
D&K offers hot, cold, and pocket laminators with media capacities up to 1-in. thick. The options in its wide-format Expression line include: the 62-in. Exp 62 Plus for both thermal and pressure-sensitive lamination; the 44-in. Exp 44 Twin for low-temperature laminating; the 42-in. Exp 42 Plus, a heavy duty laminator designed for laminating low-temp, thermal, and pressure sensitive films; and the 42-in. Exp 42 Pouch tabletop laminator.
The Exp 63 features an extra-wide chassis and a 62-in. working width. The Exp 65 is a cold laminator with an upper heated roller (up to 140 F); it can handle material up to 67-in. wide.