Laminators and laminating machines or presses bond together layers of materials such as plastic films on glass, wood, or other substrates. Laminating machines range from hydraulic platen presses and roll laminators to large, continuous roll laminating systems. Laminators and laminating machines can function as either hot laminators or cold laminators, depending on the application required and the materials used. Small desktop laminators and laminating machines are used to encapsulate layers of...
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Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

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Design TrendsTop

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What new technologies are influencing laminating machine design?
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Vision Alignment/Registration and Robotic Handling Integration are key drivers for large format sheet to sheet lamination applications.
~Engineering, Process/Production, Methuen, MA
Synchronizations of Servo Systems along with vision sensors.
~Shiv Dixit, Technical Support, Ghaziabad, India
The developments in adhesives are influencing the lamination process change.
~Marketing/Sales, Karachi, Pakistan
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From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative laminating machines?
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Pyradia,Inc., Adept converting Equipment, Inc.
~Marketing/Sales, Peterborough, NH
I have only worked with GBC machines. In my experience, they have been incredibly reliable with minimal maintenance.
~Jane P, Print Shop Supervisor, Victoria, Canada
Sukant Laminators brand by Sukant Electronics Pvt. Ltd. from India has range of laminating machines for various type of lamination.
~Gautam Mehta, Engineer, Mumbai 400079, India
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Applications and UseTop

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What are some of the applications you have used a laminating machine for?
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Litho, laser, inkjet print laminations on paper, card & flexible medias in sheets and reels. Small format, offset & large format prints. Polypropylene, polyester, PVC & foam laminates in web & pouch form. Combined lamination & window boxes. Metalized & holographic film laminations.
~Derek W, Company Director, Auckland, New Zealand
-1 Pair glass with sandwich resin sheet. ex. for automotive, building glass. -2 Papering machine or filming machine for all glass protection sheet on glass transportation pallet. Papering machines are some kind of laminator, I think.
~Design Engineer, Brussels, Belgium
Laminating substrates, 2 or as many as 6, for consumer products. Markets include: electronics, household goods, geotextiles, automotive, medical, protective goods, barrier materials, membranes/separation and filtration.
~Marketing/Sales, Peterborough, NH
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Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that a laminating machine has been used for.
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Laminating pressed Banana leaf to kraft. PET/Foam Animal recognition patches. Strip lamination on window boxes to avoid glue flaps. Antimicrobial surface treatment for restaurant menus.
~Derek W, Company Director, Auckland, New Zealand
Lamination of pre-pattern dry film photoresist on plastic and silicon substrate.
~Research & Development, Neuchatel, Switzerland
Strip lamination in thermal machines are used in India.
~Gautam Mehta, Engineer, Mumbai 400079, India

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Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of a laminating machine?
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Even an automated machine can miss a sheet and cause paper and laminate to start wrapping around rollers. If unattended, it can quickly lead to a lengthy cleaning process or broken parts. I have never seen it happen, but there is a risk of the operator catching clothing or hair in moving parts, or receiving burns due to cleaning the machine while hot.
~Jane P, Print Shop Supervisor, Victoria, Canada
Waste of laminating material due to improper alignment of documents.
~Angela Johnson, Office Manager, Houston, TX
Incompatible films being used on laser and inkjet stocks. Lack of understanding that dynes levels have on bond strengths. Laminating over uncured or wet inks.
~Derek W, Company Director, Auckland, New Zealand

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
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-1 Removal static-electricity or adding static electricity equipments. -2 Cutting equipment from paper roll or other roll for width / length very quick and accurate size.
~Design Engineer, Brussels, Belgium
For Roll to Sheet & Sheet to Sheet applications: a) Programmable recipes b) Vision alignment - x/y/theta control c) Robotic load/unload
~Engineering, Process/Production, Methuen, MA
A machine with cheap cost, minimum space and with latest application to develop in near future.
~Gautam Mehta, Engineer, Mumbai 400079, India
Built in static reducing air knife. Automated cleaning of pressure and heat rollers.
~Jane P, Print Shop Supervisor, Victoria, Canada
As many parameters (speed, temperature, pressure,...) modifiable as possible.
~Research & Development, Neuchatel, Switzerland
High quality guiding web, constant tension, smallest footprint.
~Engineering, Design, Montrouge, France
Energy savings, costs and ease of operation.
~Dilip S, Consultant, Designer, Mountain View, CA
To be more economical and efficient.
~Angela Johnson, Office Manager, Houston, TX
Very thick laminations (up to 2mm).
~Research & Development, Abertillery, UK
Reduced energy. Simple controls.
~Derek W, Company Director, Auckland, New Zealand
Simple
~Research & Development, Istanbul, Turkey

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of a laminating machine?
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If it is going to be your only machine, then parts availability is key. Even the most reliable machine will break and you don't want to find out a part takes 2 months to arrive.
~Jane P, Print Shop Supervisor, Victoria, Canada
Do not just believe the through-put speeds touted in brochures.
~Derek W, Company Director, Auckland, New Zealand
Alignment is crucial to conserving laminating material.
~Angela Johnson, Office Manager, Houston, TX
Demand and force manufacturers to be receptive to substantial energy savings.
~Dilip S, Consultant, Designer, Mountain View, CA
Don't go for only cheap, but see the performance and operating cost.
~Gautam Mehta, Engineer, Mumbai 400079, India
-1 Important point is supplier's majour? ex. for paper, film, thickness, cleaness, for on-line or for off-line...from my point of view. -2 Circumstance is 2nd point. If you will use paper roll, normally paper small ware powder will happen... protection type paper links to quality problem...
~Design Engineer, Brussels, Belgium
Qualified users.
~Mahmood Hussain, Manufacturer, Lahore, Pakistan

Buying AdviceTop

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Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using a laminating machine?
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Demand energy efficiency, shorter time cycles and lower costs. Approaches for as much as 90% energy are commercially available, but manufacturers are not receptive to ideas and actually they do their best to block them.
~Dilip S, Consultant, Designer, Mountain View, CA
Research what kind of support the manufacturer and dealers provide and really think about what future materials you may want to use. If you will be using multiple types and sizes of rolls, then ease of cleaning/changing rolls and readily available replacement rolls will be important.
~Jane P, Print Shop Supervisor, Victoria, Canada
I can write the following information, some are general...when imaging putting paper or film from roll. -1 max speed of putting -2 cutting accuracy -3 static electricity -4 clean level of circumstance around machine -5 easiness of changing roll -6 meandering possibility and how to adjust and easiness of adjusting -7 how to detect paper when cutting or putting -8 tact of putting paper or so on.
~Design Engineer, Brussels, Belgium
Find out if the company or salesman has any actual laminating experience as a contractor...
~Derek W, Company Director, Auckland, New Zealand
Machine should have Complete Automation including servo package and vision sensors.
~Shiv Dixit, Technical Support, Ghaziabad, India
My advice is cheap in cost with latest requirements and safety features.
~Gautam Mehta, Engineer, Mumbai 400079, India
Check cost of laminating reel supply prior to purchasing.
~Angela Johnson, Office Manager, Houston, TX
Maintain your product at all times.
~Mahmood Hussain, Manufacturer, Lahore, Pakistan

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