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What new technologies are influencing laminating machine design?
13 answers
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
The materials are getting thinner, substrate handling is getting more difficult.
~Peter B, Process Engineer, TABY, Sweden
Need for speed. Digital output. Footprint size. Multiple use of films on same machine.
~Derek W, Company Director, Auckland, New Zealand
I am mainly working on approaches to improve energy efficiency by as much as 90-95% and also reducing time cycles.
~Dilip S, Consultant, Designer, Mountain View, CA
I'm limited to the use of a single kind of machine, but the biggest issues new technologies could help solve for my application are: adhesion to difficult to laminate surfaces(We use printers that require fuser oil to print) and development of materials or machines that reduce or eliminate the production of static.
~Jane P, Print Shop Supervisor, Victoria, Canada
Generally speaking, short time tact to laminate is most important issue.
~Design Engineer, Brussels, Belgium
New technologies include: military camouflage, ballistic materials.
~Marketing/Sales, Peterborough, NH
Large scale manufacturing on plastic foils.
~Research & Development, Neuchatel, Switzerland
Enhanced adhesives and films.
~Research & Development, Istanbul, Turkey
Constant pressure + IR
~Engineering, Design, Montrouge, France
Speed and saving
~Marketing/Sales, Chennai, India

From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative laminating machines?
8 answers
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
Those companies providing solutions for Solar and LCD lamination applications. Asian OEMs appear to be the innovators in these markets.
~Engineering, Process/Production, Methuen, MA
Most are concentrating on controls and other design aspects, but no one on energy saving opportunities.
~Dilip S, Consultant, Designer, Mountain View, CA
Machine builders with a history & background of service & contract laminating facilities.
~Derek W, Company Director, Auckland, New Zealand
Waleedenterprises in pakistan
~Mahmood Hussain, Manufacturer, Lahore, Pakistan
~Marketing/Sales, Karachi, Pakistan

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