Laminate Vinyl Print Materials
Producing high-quality transfer media, graphics, and materials requires lamination to protect the product’s integrity and vibrancy. Laminator equipment makes laminating your materials easy while providing long-lasting results.
You can laminate:
- Backlit films
- Semi-rigid graphics
Laminating your materials protects your signage, wraps, and decals from warps due to weather-related heat, rainfall, UV rays, and high-tactile environments. When the quality of your prints increase, so does customer satisfaction. By investing in laminate equipment production technology, you can protect your client’s branding and marketing while establishing your company as an industry leader.
GFP Dual Heat Laminator Versus Cold Laminator
Not every laminator will suit every project, and there are two main types of GFP laminators: the dual heat laminator and the cold press laminator. Both offer premium results, but each is better suited to different inks.
While we recommend every professional digital-printing company to have both a heat laminator and cold laminator, it’s important to know which projects suit which laminator best.
Dual Heat Lamination
Heat lamination uses a heat-activated adhesive, heating it as the adhesive and substrate travels through the laminator. This can take longer to process because the equipment needs time to heat, but the laminator is intuitive to use and can provide a stunning, glossy finish to enhance your materials.
A heat laminator can also produce a range of finishes for your media, including matte, silk matte, and the aforementioned glossy finish. This gives your clients more options for their design choices and can make your products a cut above the rest.
The materials for heat-activated laminators are typically more cost-friendly. Heat laminators require a specific type of ink to maintain the integrity of the designs. For optimal results, use aqueous inks with your top heat laminator.
Cold lamination utilizes pressures to adhere your laminate materials to your designs and media. Because the equipment doesn’t need to heat up, your laminator equipment is ready to go as soon as your designs are! This can shorten production time and aid in fast-paced environments where quicker turnaround times are necessary.
Because heat doesn’t play a role in the lamination process, this lamination approach is ideal for eco-solvent inks. However, we recommend you wait for the inks to fully cure or dry before you begin the lamination process. By waiting for the ink to set, you minimize risk of smudges or blurring.
These laminators are user-friendly and work best for smaller-scale projects where you need to protect heat-sensitive materials. The use of pressure also prevents bubbles within your lamination coating or film, giving your clients a high-quality protective layer.
Premium Customer Support Service
Your business supports a range of projects and needs, so you need equipment that can keep up with your versatile workload. At Airmark, we offer superior customer support, including our multitude of Extended Support options.
Whether your equipment is within or outside of its warranty period, Airmark customizes your customer service experience so you can connect to experts when you need to. Buy with confidence with Airmark, and set your business apart from the competition!