GBC Foton 30 Automatic Pouch-Free Laminator with Feeder and Trimmer and Film Cartridges
- Continuous, automated laminating
- Easy cartridge change-out (pouch-free)
- 98% faster than manual-load pouch laminators
- Automatic trimming
Starting at: $53.19
• Double-Side/Encasulate Laminating
• Small Desktop Footprint
• Walk-Away, Automatic Feeding, Laminating, & Trimming
• 3-4 Minute Warm-Up
• 29.1 Inches / Minute
|Manufacturer Part Number||FOTON|
|Dimensions||22.7" x 9.6" x 18.8"|
|Manufacturer's Warranty||2 Year Limited Warranty|
|Digital Laminating (Low-Temp)||No|
|Speed||Up to 29.1" per Minute|
|Warm-Up Time||3-4 Minutes|
|Maximum Mil Thickness||5 Mil|
|Capable of Mounting||No|
|Maximum Thickness||5 Mil|
|Capable of Foiling||No|
|Integrated Cutter||Yes; Automatic Lengthwise Trimming|
Foton 30 Expert Review by Mallory Morsa
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I RECOMMEND THIS FOR:
The Foton 30 is unique in its ability to fil the needs of both mid-sized and larger operations. From those who laminate in batches every now and again, to those who laminate hundreds of documents every day – this unique machine can fit the bill. Take a look at our videos to see some of the variety of users this machine is popular for; you will see corporate facilities, print shops, and schools raving about it.
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT IT:
There are so many things to like about this laminating machine, that I am not quite sure where to start. For one, it is incredibly easy to use. Loading film cartridges is quick and doesn’t require any threading, and operating the machine once loaded is just as simple.
It is also automated (an incredibly unique feature!), so you load a stack of sheets into the feed and it will automatically pull them into the machine to laminate, trimming between each page as they exit. It does all of the hard and time-consuming work for you, so you can spend your valuable time elsewhere. In fact, just the walk-away automatic laminating feature alone can save your users as much as 98% of time that would normally be spent standing beside a traditional laminator, loading, exiting, and trimming. This, of course, equates to a significant reduction of staffing costs.
The machine itself is also completely affordable, less than every traditional roll laminator that I have ever encountered, and right on-par with office-level pouch laminators that don’t offer anything near the time and cost saving solutions that the Foton 30 does.
The GBC Foton 30 pouch-free laminating machine is affordable to operate as well, which means your staff can use it for large production-level jobs, as well as short-run, on-demand needs. It has an 11” wide feed, to handle the most common paper sizes, as well as a quick 4 minute warm-up time and 29.1 inch per minute run speed. This powerful little machine takes up barely any space on your work top, and easily fits into the budget of nearly any user.
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
There are a couple of things to keep in mind before you buy the Foton 30 laminator. First, is that this machine uses model-specific cartridges, so you are limited to the cartridges available. Though this is not an issue for most users, it can be for some. For example, the Foton 30 does not do single-side laminating or cold-laminating, as there are currently no cartridges available for these style. You will also want to keep in mind that this system is built for letter size pages (8.5x11) and smaller, so laminating sheets wider than 11” is not possible.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
The GBC Foton 30 laminator is a fantastic machine. Small in stature, but impressive in speed and output, this unit can free up the time of your valuable staff members, while making their previous lives by the laminator hassle-free. Simple, automatic functions make this unit completely unique, and unmatched by any other pouch or roll laminator out there. I highly recommend this machine for users of all kinds and all levels.
Yes! The Foton 30 easily laminates 11" wide and 17" long sheets.
No. Currently the only cartridges available are two-sided laminate films.
No. Currently the only cartridges available are in a 3 mil or 5 mil thickness.
No. Only the GBC Foton 30 cartridges will work with the GBC Foton 30 laminator.
Yes, the Foton 30 is perfect for small or large laminating jobs with the simple load-and-go operation.
The automatic cutter will only trim left-to-right (perpendicular to the machine), so you would need to manually trim the other edges.
Yes, you can laminate odd shapes with the Foton 30. The minimum paper size is 5 in x 6 in and you would use the manual feed and manual trim Operation Mode for those types of applications.