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Model 4200 Series Laminator Manual
-Speed/Temperature Guild and the Art of Lamination I


Do not attempt to laminate abrasive or metal objects such as staples, paper clips and glitter, as they may damage the heat or pull rollers.

Do not force items into the nip area of the heat rollers. An item that is not easily drawn into the laminator by the heat rollers is probably too thick to laminate.

Wrinkles may result if an attempt is made to reposition an item once it has been grasped by the heat rollers.

Do not stop the laminator before an item has completely exited the pull rollers. Even a momentary stop will cause a mark (heat line) on the laminated item.

Good, consistent lamination is a result of combining proper heat, tension and dwell time. Dwell time is controlled by the speed of the motor and is defined as the amount of time the material to be laminated is compressed between the heat rollers. When one of the film gauge buttons is selected the laminator automatically sets the speed and temperature for that film and 20 lb. paper (copier paper).


As a general rule, thicker items and film need to run at slower speeds because they extract more heat from the rollers at a quicker rate. Setting the speed control at slower settings gives the laminator longer dwell time thus allowing proper lamination of thick items. Thinner items, such as standard copier paper (20 lb. bond) and tissue paper, extract less heat from the rollers and can be run at faster speeds.

The WAIT LCD may illuminate if the speed is set too fast for the material being laminated. Either lower the speed setting or press the STOP button and wait until the READY LCD illuminates.

Operation of the laminator for more than thirty minutes at a time may necessitate a lower speed setting. It is recommended that, during periods of long runs, the items being laminated are alternated between thick and thin. Do not combine thick and thin items at the same time, as this will result in a poor edge seal around the thinner material.

If you are unsure that the laminator is set at the proper speed for the item to be laminated, run a test piece (scrap) of the same or similar material through the laminator. This procedure is recommend because rotating the heat prior to lamination will more evenly distribute the heat.

The Model 4200/5200 Lamination guide provides general guidelines for suggested heat and speed settings to use with certain material and laminating film combinations. A guide is located on the left side cover of the unit and in the front of this manual. This is only a general reference guide. Different settings may be suitable as the warm up time, lamination time and materials change.

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