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Encapsulation Roll FilmLaminating

Laminating is in our roots, it’s how Presco first started back in the early 1980s as a large trade laminating company supplying printers with finished laminating services. We stock everything from laminating pouches and laminating films (both thermal films and specialist digital films with stronger adhesives) for fast next day delivery because we remember how urgent some jobs can be!

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What is Laminating?

Laminating is a process of covering a document or other materials with a protective layer of plastic film. This film, known as laminate, adds durability, protection, and often a glossy or matte finish to the underlying material. It is commonly used to preserve and enhance the appearance of various items, such as documents, photos, posters, and cards.

The process typically involves the following steps:

  1. Preparation:
    • Ensure that the item to be laminated is clean and free of dust or debris.
    • Choose an appropriate laminate film based on the size and type of the item.
  2. Laminating Machine Setup:
    • Turn on the machine and allow it to reach the specified operating temperature.
    • Adjust the settings on the  machine, such as the heat and speed settings, according to the type of laminate being used.
  3. Loading the Laminate Film:
    • Feed the laminate film into the machine, ensuring it is correctly aligned.
  4. Inserting the Item:
    • Place the document or material to be laminated between the layers of the film. Ensure there is sufficient space around the edges to allow for proper sealing.
  5. Laminating Process:
    • Feed the laminated item into the machine. The machine uses heat and pressure to bond the layers of film to the material, creating a sealed and protected surface.
    • The heat activates the adhesive in the laminate, which adheres to the surface of the document.
  6. Cooling and Trimming:
    • After the process is complete, allow the laminated item to cool and set.
    • Trim any excess film from the edges of the  item for a clean and finished appearance.

It serves several purposes, including:

  • Protection: The plastic film provides a protective barrier, safeguarding the document or material from moisture, stains, tears, and other environmental damage.
  • Durability: Enhances the durability of items, making them more resistant to wear and tear.
  • Appearance: Will add a professional and polished look to documents, photos, or displays, and it may offer a choice of glossy or matte finishes.

Common applications include preserving important documents, creating durable ID cards, protecting educational materials, enhancing visual displays, and more. Laminating is widely used in offices, schools, print shops, and various industries where preserving and enhancing materials is essential.

What is the difference between Laminating and Encapsulating?

Laminating applies a thin layer of plastic film to one or both sides of a document, sealing the edges with a small border exposed. Encapsulating fully encloses the document within a plastic pouch, providing complete sealing around the entire item. Laminating is common for general purposes, while encapsulating is chosen for higher environmental protection needs.