The Lamination process applies a clear plastic film to printed pieces. The laminating film can be either glossy or matte and is available in 1.5mil, 3mil, 5mil, and 10mil thicknesses to suit different applications. Laminating protects prints and documents from stains, smudges, moisture, grease, tears and anything else that might shorten their useful life. Additionally, lamination adds strength and rigidity to the print or document. Documents and prints that are handled frequently are most suited to being laminated. Lamination is also recommended for printed pieces used in dirty or damp environments such as machinery warnings and operating instructions, safety and emergency signage,factory rules, reusable tags, etc. Heat activated lamination is generally the preferred method as it creates superior adhesion between the printed menu and the laminate. In addition, laminated menus can be made with square or rounded corners.
Uses for Laminated Printing.
Some of the more popular uses include:
- Restaurant & Bar Menus
- Book Covers & Pages
- Flip Charts
- Business Cards
- Counter, Tabletop and POS Displays
- Educational & Training Materials
- Maintenance Procedures & Checklists
- Maps, Charts & Diagrams
- Operating & Safety Instructions
- Presentation Materials & Sales Aids
- Price & Part Lists
- Hang Tags & Reusable Cards
- Data & Instruction Sheets
Benefits of Lamination:
- Lamination increases the durability of a poster or document, allowing it to withstand frequent use.
- Lamination protects against spills, stains, smudges, tears, wrinkles and abrasions, as well as moisture, grease, and other contaminants. It also makes the document very easy to clean.
- Lamination enhances ink colors, making the content more vibrant and appealing. This creates a more professional appearance and grabs attention.
- Lamination adds strength and stiffness, providing a higher quality image.
- Lamination is completely transparent and does not impair the printing in any way.
- As lamination increases the longevity of the printed item, it is an extremely cost effective way if increasing the ROI on your printing jobs.
Sealed-Edge Lamination (Encapsulation)
Encapsulation, or Sealed-Edge lamination, is a process by which a document, poster or image is laminated on both sides and includes a sealed edge. This lip creates a strong bond around the print to ensure that fluids and dirt never contact the edge of the printed paper substrate. The finished item is totally sealed, or encapsulated in plastic, offering ultimate durability and protection against moisture and contaminants. Encapsulation is most commonly used for the below applications: