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August '21

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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 A U G U S T G R A P H I C S P R O 5 5 Kala's laminators come with auto calibration, which means that based on the project the ma- chine is working on, it will control the pressure and roller position left and right in case the laminate shifts position. "Our machines come with five shafts that can be used in any position and any direc- tion," says Frank Romanello, also of Kala Finishing Systems. "Traditionally, laminators have different shafts for take-ups, rewinds, and unwinds. We've gone with all the same shaft so we can load in any direction, which is efficient and easy." WORKTABLES Application tables are laminators, but they can also be used for mounting, cutting, and weeding. CWT Worktools USA (CWT) has application tables that are 10' to 12' long, but the glide beam moves the length of the table, saving space and time in a shop's finish- ing room. Laminators take up more space, between 16' and 20'. In the past, a laminator operator "had to be a skilled artist at that position. Now, the operator can be anyone in the company (because the) table is so simple to use, anyone can do it," says Mike Osman, CWT. The tables make it easier to apply application tape and apply tape to vinyl. Some models have a heated top roller that goes to 140-degrees, which reduces silvering in lamination, says Osman. Silvering is usually a byprod- uct of the cold lamination process but adding a little bit of heat will "emulsify the adhesive to get the impurities out of it," he adds. Application tables are outselling the com- pany's laminators by a wide margin, Osman notes. "It is a lot easier to put a board on a table and move the roller over it versus feed- ing the board into a laminator," he believes. Most customers do shorter projects, Os- man continues. The exception is shops that do fleet graphics or car wraps where the pan- Some tabletop mo- torized laminators mount and laminate materials up to 2" in thickness and are avail- able in multiple widths. (Image courtesy Coda Inc.) - chine is working on, it will control the pressure and roller position left and right in case the laminate shifts position. "Our machines come with five shafts that can be used in any position and any direc- tion," says Frank Romanello, also of Kala it easier to apply application tape and apply tape to vinyl. roller that goes to 140-degrees, which reduces silvering in lamination, says Osman. Silvering is usually a byprod Some tabletop mo- torized laminators mount and laminate email us at info@gfpartnersllc.com to find a dealer near you. Visit www.gfpartnersllc.com Year Anniversary Discover the Gfp difference Proven performance. Professional results. Affordably priced. No space for a proper finish? Look again. This table is a perfect fit for any shop. Roll the FT48 Finishing Table up to any laminator and get a flat transfer surface at a fraction of the cost of a Flatbed Applicator. Use one side to feed prints for laminating or mounting. Use the other side as a cutting mat for trimming and weeding graphics. When you're done, fold the table 90 degrees, roll it away, and enjoy all the advantages of your high-speed roll laminator. Add a Finishing Table to the front and rear of your Laminator to improve workflow. Features you need…and affordably priced • Two-sided work surface: choose cutting or feeding • Roller ball transfer surface • Cutting mat • Lightweight, space-saving portability • Simple set-up and operation • Better workflow • Available through dealers nationwide Pivots 90 degrees

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