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Model 4200 Series Laminator Manual
Laminating Temperature and Speed
- Shutting down after hot lamination
- After laminating with the rollers at an elevated temperature, it is a good idea to let the rollers cool to below 60°C before turning off the power.
- Press the COLD button. The temperature will gradually fall and the motor will keep turning. When the temperature falls to 60°C the motor will automatically turn off.
- Turn off the power switch.
- Selecting COLD mode and allowing the rollers to drop in temperature before turning off the machine will significantly increase the life of the rollers.
When you are laminating a low temperature heat activated protective film onto a new substrate, a good starting point is the HOT pre-set function. With it´s combination of temp = 90°C and speed = 5, the HOT function should give good enough results that you can easily adjust the speed and/or temperature to achieve excellent lamination every time. The following "adjustment schedules" should help you zero in on the best combination of speed and temperature for you particular application.
- Adjusting laminating speed to compensate for changes in the thickness of the film or substrate.
- With 80 micron film as the standard, a change in 20 microns of thickness corresponds to 1 unit step of speed. If you set up you lamination process based primarily on 80 micron film with a given substrate, switching film thickness will require that you decrease lamination speed by 1 step from the standard speed of 5 for every 20 microns increase in film thickness.
- With 100 micron paper as the standard, a change in 25 microns of thickness corresponds to 1 unit step of speed. If you set up you lamination process based primarily on 100 micron paper, switching paper thickness will require that you decrease lamination speed by 1 step from the standard speed of 5 for every 25 microns increase in paper thickness.
- If the combination of film and paper is thinner than 1 step or thicker than 4 steps, adjust the laminating temperature using the following chart.
Confusing? Not really. Consider the following example:
EXAMPLE: If you want to laminate 125 micron film and 150 micron paper at a temperature of 100°C
- Temp: add 1 step to go from 90°C standard to 100°C (see table above) +1
- Paper: subtract 2 speed steps to compensate for a 50 micron increase in paper thickness above the 100 micron standard -2
- Film: subtract 2.25 steps for increasing the film thickness by 45 microns -2.25
- Total compensation is -3.75 steps. Round up to 4 steps and subtract from the standard speed (5) to yield a final speed of 1
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