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Assembling the Multi-roll Adapter (MRA)
The multi-roll adapter has been designed to allow as many as 4 independent rolls of film to be threaded into a Think & Tinker, Ltd. laminator at the same time. This is especially useful when adding an adhesive backing to flex circuitry or a sealing layer to a membrane keyboard. The multiple arrays of holes located in the side and back panels will allow you to mount a host of possible accessories. The rated capacity of 200 lbs. (actually closer to 400 lbs., if the truth be known) should accommodate just about anything you might consider mounting. What ever your application, the many degrees of freedom offered by the MRA will extend the capabilities of your laminator.


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Locate the bottom plate of the Multi-Roll Adapter (MRA) and remove the 4 screws. Gather up the two black side panels of the MRA. Turn them upside down and slide the bottom plate into the bottom channel on each side. Move the plate to the two rear-most holes and re-insert the screws. The arrow on the bottom of the plate should be pointing to the back of the MRA (the big slots in each side panel faces front) For now, do not tighten the screws.

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This is a good time to mount the 4 rubber feet to the side panels. These are screwed into the threaded holes on the bottom of each side panel. Only tighten the internal screws enough to cause a slight bulge at the base of each foot.

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Turn the assembly right side up. Locate the back panel and remove the 6 socket head screws. Mount the back panel to one side panel with the model number label facing forward and in the bottom right-hand corner when the MRA is viewed from the front.

Note:
The back panel for the Series 3000 MRA (for 25" wide laminators) must be installed with an 1/8" spacer on each side. These spacers are needed to compensate for a change in the frame width of the Model 3000 laminators.

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Locate the polished idler bar with a Delrin ® dowel pin sticking out of each end. Slide one of the Delrin ® washers onto each pin and mount the assembly into the first hole in each side panel as shown. This idler can be mounted in other locations in the MRA if you find it necessary to move it. Secure the other side of the back panel to the side panel and tighten all 6 socket head screws. This will serve to lock the idler in place while allowing adequate freedom of movement to insure that it spins freely.


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With the idler located in this position, it will be accessible to a roll loaded in any one of the 4 possible elevations. Needless to say, the idler can be positioned in any one of the 30 or so holes provided for that purpose. Multiple idlers can also be installed if you need to accommodate a more complex threading path.

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Turn the MRA over and tighten the screws securing the bottom plate. Once all of the screws are tight, flip the unit upright with the front facing forward.  Mount the shaft (mandrel) hanger to the left side panel. If this is already mounted, move on to the next step.

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Referring to your laminator manual, install the tensioning clutch into the right side panel, opposite the mandrel hanger near the front. The leather washer should be installed with the smooth face against the MRA side panel.

For the time being, only tighten the knurled knob enough to hold the assembly in place. Generally speaking, you will always operate your laminator with the tensioning clutch set to the minimum resistance needed to insure that the film feeds into the lamination rollers without wrinkles.

Set the MRA in position (the location that you plan to use it).


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Mount your laminator on top of the MRA and thread your films as shown in the laminator manual and MRA threading guide (label on the bottom plate)

Your multi-roll capable lamination engine is ready for use.
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