Wide Format Laminators
Make a statement: use wide format laminators to ensure that your message is seen by a large audience.
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Wide Format Laminators are machines that use a set of rollers that utilize heat and / or pressure to apply lamination film and mounting adhesive to printed media. Laminators come in sizes from 38” – 65” wide to meet the needs of a variety of digital printers, sign shops and print service providers.
Wide Format Laminators are unique in their application versatility as they can not only apply laminating films and mounting adhesives to flexible graphics but also mount these graphics to a rigid substrate.
Wide Format Laminators are an essential component of the print finishing process. They allow print service providers to transform printed images into sellable, finished graphics used in applications such as outdoor signage, trade show graphics, vehicle graphics, window graphics, mounted displays, banners, posters and floor graphics.
Check out our options below to learn more about our wide format laminator options.
The 44” Wide Format Laminator is ideal for anyone looking for a productive laminator with a slew of additional features – all while not breaking the bank. The Spire III 44T was designed with versatility in mind with dual heated rollers, an adjustable temperature setting and a 20 foot per minute laminating speed. The 44T can laminate prints with both thermal and pressure sensitive films while also being able to mount to up to 2” thick substrates. The optional roll-to-roll capability along with additional unwinds and rewinds can be added later to complete the Spire III 44T’s robust capabilities.
The Spire III 64T combines all of the versatile capabilities of the Spire III 44T with a 64" working width to create the ultimate economical laminator. This 64” Wide Format Laminator gives the width necessary to complete the widest of lamination jobs. The Spire III 64T’s is outfitted with dual thermal rollers, an adjustable temperature setting and a 20 foot per minute laminating speed. Like the 44T the 64T can laminate prints with both thermal and pressure sensitive films while also being able to mount to up to 2” thick substrates. The optional roll-to-roll capability along with additional unwinds and rewinds can be added later to complete the Spire III 64T’s robust capabilities.
Please visit our sister brand SEAL for a wider range of wide format laminator offerings.
Wide format lamination supplies work in tandem with your wide format laminator to deliver the complete print finishing solution. Wide format supplies are unique in their variety of finishes and textures providing endless application possibilities.
Thermal laminating film must be used on a heated roll laminating machine as they require heat to make the adhesive "sticky." Thermal lamination film activates at different temperatures depending on the film thickness, but most activate from a range of 190 degrees - 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Thermal Laminating film provides durability and rigidity to all types of projects and come in a variety of finishes, both standard and specialty. Thermal films are also more cost effective than their pressure-sensitive counterpart.
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Not feeling the heat? No need to worry – you can still laminate with GBC pressure-sensitive film.
Pressure-sensitive films do not require heat to activate the adhesive. Instead, they use pressure to create a strong bond between the laminating film and the document being laminated. During the lamination process, a release liner is slowly pulled away from the laminating film as it is applied to the document you are laminating. A take up/rewind is required as part of this process. Pressure-sensitive films are also available in standard and specialty finishes.
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Mounting adhesives are used to permanently or temporarily affix a printed image to a substrate. Depending on what kind of application is being created, the image will either have mounting adhesive applied to the back or front of the image using a roll laminator. The type of carrier for the mounting adhesive will also play an important role as it can either be opaque to block the colors below it or optically clear for mounting to clear acrylics, plastics and glass.
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Print media is one of the key factors in the look and feel of the finished image. Print media is specially coated to be receptive to different ink types and is used in conjunction with a wide format printer to create the printed image. Print media is available in a wide variety of different materials for use in a multitude of applications.
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