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Finding Growth in Finishing Services

In laminators, the Seal Image 6500 laminator ( is the company's most advanced, wide-width laminator and is engineered for speed, efficiency and maximum output. It produces indoor and outdoor applications up to 61 inches wide. it processes hot or cold materials in combination with a variety of medias, including inkjet, electrostatic and photographic materials.

Two main components in laminating machines help ensure proper throughput, points out Dan Haan, general manager, Advanced Greig Laminators, Inc. (, Madison, WI.

These are the nip roll design and the tensioning system, which work hand-in-hand to regulate the finished output.

AGL has recently introduced a new laminator, dubbed the 64i, which is an economical version of the company's 8000 series, and serves as stepping stone for entry into the industrial arena. Engineered for both pressure sensitive and thermal applications, the 64i features a repeatable film tensioning system, easy web feed table, quick load and latch film supply shafts and the unique "curl cam" assembly.

The degree of tension applied to the film is critical because it prevents bags or wrinkles being transferred to the print. Overtensioning may cause the print to curl if inherent memory in the film reverts back to its natural state. To overcome curling and waste, the 64-inch version has a lighted bar graph on the side that provides a repeatable tensioning system. This allows the operator to set the proper tensioning prior to inserting product, eliminating the "by guess and by golly" method, says Haan. The bottom line is that it provides a waste reducing component, allowing finishing services to be more profitable.

Picture Pocket Corp. ( continues to market its in-pouch laminators. The Permanator 5 inch laminator incorporates a plate-style laminating mechanism and variable-speed control knob. The Royal 12 inch Dual-Laminator serves high-demand labs, featuring a roller-style laminated mechanism that squeezes the air bubbles out for a clean finish, and can also be fine tuned for different laminating films. A no-heat option on the latter provides cold-lamination capability as well.