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Model 4200 Series Laminator Manual
Operation I

Operation

Cold Lamination

Cold lamination relies on pressure sensitive adhesives to bond the various laminates together. It is especially useful for laminating materials that would be damaged excessive heat.

  1. Cold laminating when the ModuLam is first turned on.
    1. Turn on the power switch at the right rear of the machine.
    2. COLD mode is automatically set. (temp. = 0, speed = 0). The COLD indicator is illuminated.
    3. Set the speed to 2 or 3 manually and test your materials for secure void-free lamination. If small void exist or if the degree of adhesion is not adequate, try adding a bit of heat (30°C to 50°C) to see if the bond improves. Even heat sensitive materials can usually withstand such modest temperatures.
  2. Cold laminating with a hot machine
    1. Select COLD mode. Set the speed to 2 or 3.
    2. If the temperature is above 60°C, the ready light (REDY) will blink indicating that the temperature of the fusion rollers is above the set point. Wait until the temperature has fallen to 30°C, before testing your materials.

Hot lamination

Hot lamination usually refers to the process of bonding materials together with the aid of a "hot-melt" adhesive. Many popular laminating films are co-extrusions of a polymer with a high melting point (Mylar or PET) and one with a relatively low one (polyethylene, or polypropylene) which acts as the adhesive.

  1. Hot laminating when the ModuLam is first turned on
    1. Turn on the power switch at the right rear of the machine.
    2. COLD mode is automatically set. Select one of the pre-set functions or manually enter the desired speed and temperature.
    3. The unit is ready to use when the READY (REDY) indicator comes on.
    4. If you are using laminating pouches, place the item to be laminated inside the pouch.
    5. Gently feed into the front rollers.
    6. The laminated ensemble will pass through the rollers and exit from the rear of the machine.
    7. Examine the laminated specimen for voids and poor conformance. If the lamination is not satisfactory, experiment a little with the speed and temperature until the best results are achieved.
    8. Generally speaking, once satisfactory lamination is achieved, the speed can be increased (if desired) if the laminating temperature is also raised. Play around with a few pouches until you find the combination of roller speed and temperature that gives you the best results. Record the operating parameters inside the back cover of this manual.

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