Sign & Digital Graphics

December '19

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36 • December 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S back causing the image to curl or causing premature delamination, Caruso says. Pryor says that the best way to lami- nate, regardless of whose laminating equipment you have, is to laminate roll to roll. That way an entire project gets done with the press of one button. He also recommends using films with no lining or backer to them. It makes the entire process easier because there is no waste. "This is greener and far less expensive because there is no liner," Pryor adds. His company makes both cold and top heat laminators from 30 inches to 63 inches wide. It also has one machine that is dual heat for doing pressure sensi- tive and thermal hot laminates. Coda is known for pressure sensitive mounting and laminating. "Our laminators are cold machines so we are using the pressure sensitive mate- rials," Becker says. Coda's machines have a roller gap up to 2 inches, which allows shops to run substrates through it that are 1.5 inches thick. "One of the tips we like telling people is if you are going to put overlaminate film on a graphic do that first because it requires more pressure and needs 100% contact," she says. That type of pressure could potentially crack or crush the sub- strate the graphic is being mounted to. Tabletop machines do have the option for roll feed. If shops are doing higher production runs, she recommends they get a laminator with roll feed. D&K Group, Inc. sells laminators that works on both thermal heat activated and cold pressure sensitive films. Brian Biegel, marketing communica- tions specialist for D&K Group, recom- mends that shops do test runs on similar substrates before starting a lamination job for the first time. Begin with the low- est and slowest settings. If there are prob- lems with adhesion, he says to gradually increase the heat by 10-degree incre- ments until best results are achieved. For cold films he suggests that shops use a little bit of heat to help the adhesives flow better with textured surfaces and inks. No more than 104 degrees or it could damage the films. Having a work table located nearby that is about the height of the laminating rollers is a must as well to assist in getting images into the machine and back out again without being damaged. If a shop is interested in buying a laminator, he recommends purchasing a machine one size bigger than a shop would currently use. "It gives them the opportunity to grow into other areas they may not be taking advantage of at that time," Biegel says. SDG The Patriot laminator from AGL is designed to spe- cifically address the issues associated with finishing UV, Latex and Solvent based printing technologies. Image courtesy of AGL. • Widths: 14", 26", 34", 44", 54" • Roller gap opens up to 2" • Precise pressure adjustment • Roll Feed and Floor Stand options COLD-MOUNT TABLE-TOP LAMINATOR ™ Production quality mounting and laminating at an entry level price. Made in the USA. 3 year warranty. 201-825-7400

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