& SYSTEMS TERMS
A pneumatically activated mandrel used to fix or lock film rolls in place during the laminating process.
A device used on a laminating system to reduce or eliminate static electricity, which often causes feeding or stacking problems in the laminating process.
A bar or rod which typically mounts below the feed table of a two-sided laminator and holds the laminating film roll.
A feeder used on laminators that feeds from the bottom of a short stack of prints or book covers; typically used in the on-demand production environment.
A forced chilled water system used to cool a laminating web after the laminating process. This is usually only typical on larger one-sided laminating systems.
Located between the nip and pull rollers on most two-sided laminators, cooling fans provide forced air to cool film quickly and prevent curling issues.
A feeding technology used on high-output automatic trimmers, which “dances” up and down to allow the free flow of the film web into the automatic trimmer.
A bar used in the one-sided laminating process; the print is typically run around this bar to counteract the natural curl which comes from applying film to only one-side of a sheet. This is sometimes used to “break” the fibers in the sheet for better flattening of sheets.
A roller used in a one-sided laminator to counter-effect the natural tendency of sheets to curl when having one-sided laminate applied.
DEEP PILE FEEDER
A top-running feeder which allows a deep stack, or “pile” of sheets to be fed from, reducing loading frequency and production interruptions.
DUAL TEMPERATURE CONTROL
Common on smaller laminators, dual temp control controls temperature settings on top and bottom rollers/heat shoes simultaneously.
An option on some laminators that allows a laminating machine to run in reverse, often used for fixing a film wraparound or jamming issue.
A small edge guide located on the feed tray of a two-sided laminator, allowing the accurate and square feeding of prints into the machine.
The infeed table used on most one and two-sided laminators, just prior to the nip rollers.
A guard that protects fingers from a hot heat shoe or heated roller while feeding prints into a laminator.
A Teflon® or non-stick coated metal shoe which allows the flow and heat-up of laminate film prior to entering the nip rollers.
A laminating roller that contains a heating element inside, typically a chrome or silicon roller, and which allows the source of heat to be more directly applied to the laminate and piece being laminated. Most heated roller applications achieve 15-20% better bond than a heat-shoe machine, often important in digital print applications.
A small bar or roller which the film web passes over or under after feeding off the mandrel. The idler bar typically helps with the even and wrinkle-free flow of film into the rollers for laminating.
A vibrating stacker or catch unit used on the back of laminating system to keep sheets jogged and flowing freely.
LAMINATING PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT
Typically found on most laminators, this adjustment is a lever or pneumatic adjustment which allows higher or lower pressure settings for the nip and pull rollers during the laminating process.
ONE-SIDED FILM SLITTING UNIT
A small but sharp cutting wheel that is attached to the film feed mandrel on a one-sided film laminator. It allows the in-line slitting of one-sided laminate films to any desired width prior to web going into the machine.
A special wheel used in one-sided laminators to punch a tiny hole all along the edge of the laminate film, allowing film to be skewed and burst (or separated) as part of the one-sided laminating process.