Wide Format Laminating is most commonly used by the printing and trade-show industries where large-scale prints need to be laminated or mounted. They range in size from 42" to 65" wide, giving you a huge range of product size opportunities. Wide Format Laminators are floor-standing models, however, some can be placed on a stand or workstation. They are built for heavy-duty and daily users who create large promotional signs, banners and more.
- Allows for high production rates
- Can be wiped clean
- Wide variety of sizes and mils
- Some machines require set-up and training.
Selecting a Wide Format Laminator
With the huge variety of wide format laminators on the market, how can you choose the right one for your specific needs? Before we dive into selecting a laminating model, we should first determine the best kind of laminator for your needs. Our experienced sales specialists have put together the most important questions that need to be answered before choosing a large format laminating machine. Review the below questions to help determine what you need. Once done, feel free to browse our selection of Wide Format Laminators or contact us at (866)537-2244 for details on specific models to meet those needs.
1) What is your application? Different applications will call for different laminating machine solutions. Think about what you need your laminator to do... will you be laminating posters, graphics and signs? Will you be mounting prints to foam boards? Will you be creating pop-up displays? Will you be applying vinyls, tapes or adhesive films? Will the applications be used outdoors, such as outdoor signage and displays? You may need to do just one application, however some systems offer money saving multi-functional capabilities. Once you have determined what you want to achieve with your laminating machine, then we can start discussing the best machine to help you achieve those goals.
2) What is the largest size sheet you will be laminating? Wide Format Laminators are floor standing models available in sizes ranging from 42" to 63" wide. Before investing in a large format laminating machine, be sure to consider not only your immediate width needs, but also any possible future needs. You will want to get a machine that has at least an inch or more extra space on each side to ensure proper encapsulation. It is always better to have a machine that can handle larger documents to ensure you are covered.
3) Do you need heat? Many wide format laminators have the capability to do both heated lamination and cold lamination (also known as pressure sensitive laminating). Cold Laminating is required when the paper or ink is too sensitive to withstand the heat that thermal laminators apply. Cold lamination is a process in which only one side of a document is laminated. Learn more about Cold Laminating here.
4) What is your volume? Speed is an important fact when choosing a wide format laminator. For example, if you are laminating high-volumes of documents at a time, then you want a machine that can laminate at high speeds, and be heavy-duty enough to power-through these large jobs. When laminating at high-output, saving seconds per print can make a significant difference and help keep costs down.
5) How much space do you have to work with? Because wide format laminating machines are floor-standing models, they require quite a bit of floor space. For this reason, it is important to determine the space you need to work with ahead of time, and compare it to the dimensions of the machine you are considering. You should also keep in mind that you will be inserting the print on one side and it will come out of another side, so additional space on both sides is required.
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