Flatbed Applicator Table or Upright Cold Laminator

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Lars
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Flatbed Applicator Table or Upright Cold Laminator

Post by Lars » Tue 29 Oct, 2019 7:38 pm

Placing aside the issue of cost, space and adhesive material types. Which of the two options would provide the flattest most micro bubble free application time and time again to mount photos and prints which are non tolerant to heat onto ACM and Foamboard using a quality Cold Mount Pressure Sensitive Adhesive.

Flatbed Applicator Table or Upright Cold Laminator?

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Re: Flatbed Applicator Table or Upright Cold Laminator

Post by Richard Photofusion » Fri 01 Nov, 2019 6:04 pm

Laminator - you're going to have trouble applying a selfwound adhesive on an application table (unless there is a trick that I've missed), as I believe they are designed for laying down self adhesive materials to substrate (mainly Vinyls, cut or printed). And as you'll be working at the nip, the best chance of getting to dust spotlets, before they meet the adhesive, or worse, the print.

But, as you have no constraints on cost or space, go for both, but upgrade the laminator to one with a heated top roller, so, should you choose to laminate the images, you can be silvering-free from the get go. The Applicator table gives you other working options, not least of which is the underlit table (don't be greedy, nothing much bigger than 10x5), which I crave for precisely aligning prints onto ACM or Aluminium. Strangely, the leading brand is called Rolls-Roller, though I hear excellent things about Mounter's Mate tables and laminators.

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Re: Flatbed Applicator Table or Upright Cold Laminator

Post by Lars » Tue 05 Nov, 2019 11:15 pm

Thanks Richard,

The feedback is appreciated.
We are use a twin release type of cold adhesive (Lions 6980) which allows us to a remove small section of release paper and then carefully align the adhesive before rolling this out whilst removing the remaining release paper. I have never been a fan of single sided as the exposed sticky side runs the risk of attracting dust and grit.
I am currently waiting on three suppliers to source some further information as to the quality of finish that can be obtained (suitable for our industry, not signage) from both types of machines.

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