- What does laminating mean?
- How does a laminator work?
- Where are used laminators?
- Working with a laminator
- Providers of laminators
The term "laminating"
means to cover a base material with a thin layer of transparencies, fabric, veneer or felt. It acts as a class coating, in terms of materials engineering. Even though it is a tight coating, transparencies can be removed again. However, the "coating" implies a permanent bind between the base material and the upper layer. Lacquering, crome plating and galvanisation are used in manufacturing processes for permanent
- The term "laminating" means to cover a base material with a thin layer of transparencies
- Laminators are used to improve the visual quality of inexpensive base materials
- Laminators usually work automatically.
Personalized coatings. "Laminating"
is the terms used for the applying of coatings with removable materials, like transparencies. The removal of the cover layer from a laminated product is called "delaminating", for which there are special machines.
In the laminator
there is a roller with the laminate material, for example lacquer or protection film, that is clamped to the designated device. The laminate material from this roller is then pressed onto the base material using a pressure roller. Then, depending on the procedure, either adhesives, superheated steam or warmth will be added to the laminating process. As a result, one can expect a continuous production or mass production of constant high quality laminated products. It is however irrelevant, whether the production process is finished with the laminating procedure. Depending on the desired product, double or intermediate lamination is also possible. For example, during the manufacturing of security glass, the laminating process
is done as a middle stage. The adhesive film is found between the two glass panes to ensure that if the window were to break there would be no uncontrollable shattering of the glass. Laminators
are mainly used to improve the visual quality of inexpensive base materials. These materials can be turned into products of high value, with the help of a laminator that can then be used to develop a variety of final products. One of the main uses of a laminator
is to veneer pressed chip board or wood fibre panels for the furniture and laminate flooring industries. There is, however, another field where laminating is commonly used: in the production of security glass. Other examples are the lamination of wood, plastic or metal plates with warning colours, or reflective films for warning signs. Laminators
usually work automatically. For the installation and maintenance, the presence of trained and briefed worker is necessary. Due to the speed at which laminators work, the installation process has to be done correctly (especially during thermal lamination), otherwise the product can quickly be destroyed. Workers using a laminator
must be able to quickly recognise a malfunction, in order to stop it at the right time. The switching of base and laminate materials is unchallenging and can be done by any workers who have been briefed.
Known providers of laminators
: TUENKERS VORWAERTS, PAPERPLAST, ASITRADE und SAMED REBORD. Large scale sheet laminators are available from: STOCK Efficient laminators are available from: STEINEMANN