11 ½" x 185' 3 Mil GBC Foton 30 Laminating Film Cartridge Item#18GBCFC003B
69.99 NewCondition InStock

11 ½" x 185' 3 Mil GBC Foton 30 Laminating Film Cartridge Item#18GBCFC003B

Item #: 18GBCFC003B
Brand: GBC
FAQ: 7 Questions, 7 Answers
  • Continuous, automated laminating
  • Easy cartridge change-out (pouch-free)
  • 98% faster than manual-load pouch laminators
  • Automatic trimming
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Overview

The innovative new GBC Foton 30 laminating machine is the only one of its kind. It features an automatic feed system so you don't have to stand around and load pouch and after pouch; just place your stack of sheets onto the feed tray, press "run", and walk away while the Foton does the rest. It also includes an integrated trimmer that automatically cuts each sheet lengthwise. Quick-loading film cartridges are self-winding and just snap into place. These combined features save users an average of 98% of time over the manual alternatives. The Foton 30 laminator has three mode run options for laminating letter size pages, over sized sheets, and odd-sized shapes.
  • Pouch-Free System for Continuous Laminating
  • Double-Side/Encasulate Laminating
  • Small Desktop Footprint
  • Walk-Away, Automatic Feeding, Laminating, & Trimming
  • 3-4 Minute Warm-Up
  • 29.1 Inches / Minute

Specifications

Item #04GBCFOTON30-GRP
ManufacturerGBC
Manufacturer Part NumberFOTON
Dimensions22.7" x 9.6" x 18.8"
Manufacturer's Warranty2 Year Limited Warranty
Size11"
ColorBlack
OperationAutomatic
Double-Sided LaminationYes
Single-Sided LaminationNo
Thermal LaminatingYes
Digital Laminating (Low-Temp)No
Cold LaminatingNo
SpeedUp to 29.1" per Minute
Adjustable SpeedYes
Warm-Up Time3-4 Minutes
Maximum Mil Thickness5 Mil
Adjustable TempNo
Maximum Width11"
ProgrammableYes
Capable of MountingNo
Maximum Thickness5 Mil
Capable of FoilingNo
Integrated CutterYes; Automatic Lengthwise Trimming
Auto-Shut OffYes

Description

As an official dealer, we are so excited to share with you the brand new Foton 30 laminating machine from GBC. The first of its kind, the Foton 30 features automated functions without the price point you would expect with an automatic laminator. The automatic feed tray grabs from a stack of pages you place down, and pulls them into the lamination system. It spaces them perfectly for the least amount of laminate waste, and even automatically trims between each page. So what you get on the other end of the laminator are perfectly laminated, ready-to-go sheets.

Yes, you read that right; the GBC Foton 30 feeds, laminates, and trims your pages automatically. In fact, it even has automatic film detection, automatic film cartridge winging, and automatic shut off. All you have to do to use the Foton 30 is load in your film cartridge by opening the lid, sliding in the cartridge, and closing the lid. Then place the pages you want to laminate on the feed tray, press "run", and walk away! Simple and incredibly fast, this innovative laminating machine can save 98% of your time previously spent with manual alternatives. You don't have to stand there and manually feed your pages into pouches, and then the pouches into the machine; just load your film cartridge, load your sheets, press start, and walk away to perform your other tasks.

Key Features:

  1. Automated Loading - Saves 98% of your time as compared with typical manually-loaded laminating machines. The Foton 30 does the work for you, so you can drop in your stack of paper, and walk away to perform other duties.
  2. Automated Laminating - Incredibly convenient, just place up to 30 sheets onto the auto-feeding tray, press "run", and walk away.
  3. No Pouches Needed - No more standing by and manually inserting individual pouches. The convenient laminating film cartridges easily install for quick change-out, and offer the benefits you would get from continuous roll film, without the hassle. Cartridges will laminate an average of 230 documents each, depending on the size.
  4. Up to 11" x 17" Laminating - Easily laminate documents up to 11" wide and 17" long.
  5. Automatic Film Detection - The Foton 30 detects the film cartridge and knows what mil thickness is installed
  6. Automatic Trimming - Lengthwise trimming between pages is automated.
  7. Automatic Skew Correction - If pages are placed on the tray askew, the Foton 30 will automatically align them prior to laminating.
  8. Manual Feed and Trim Override - When working with extra small sheets, you may want to use the manual feed and manual trim override to eliminate as much waste as possible.
  9. 3 Mode Settings - The Foton 30 laminator has three mode run options for laminating letter size pages, over sized sheets, and odd-sized shapes.
  10. Auto Shut-Off - Low energy requirement and energy-saving mode.

Videos

Foton 30 Laminator Test and Reviews

Transcript: See For Yourself - From concept to reality, GBC designed Foton 30 to help eliminate the key pain points in lamination today. Learn how Foton 30 came to be, hear testimonials from real users and discover how the Foton 30 laminating machine will change the way you laminate.
See For Yourself - From concept to reality, GBC designed Foton 30 to help eliminate the key pain points in lamination today. Learn how Foton 30 came to be, hear testimonials from real users and discover how the Foton 30 laminating machine will change the way you laminate.

GBC Foton 30 Automatic Pouch-Free Laminator with Feeder and Trimmer

Transcript: Are you ready for a revolution in laminating? With the new Foton 30 from GBC you can save 98% of time! Instead of standing by and manually loading in each sheet to laminate them, you just drop a stack of up to 30 pages into the automatic feed tray, hit the ‘run’ button, and walk away. The Foton 30 will do the rest! Automatically grabbing each sheet, laminating it, and even trimming between each page.

• The Foton 30 automatically feeds, laminates, and trims your pages, giving you the time...
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Are you ready for a revolution in laminating? With the new Foton 30 from GBC you can save 98% of time! Instead of standing by and manually loading in each sheet to laminate them, you just drop a stack of up to 30 pages into the automatic feed tray, hit the ‘run’ button, and walk away. The Foton 30 will do the rest! Automatically grabbing each sheet, laminating it, and even trimming between each page.

• The Foton 30 automatically feeds, laminates, and trims your pages, giving you the time to focus on other tasks
• Pouch-free design lets you place pages into the tray, hit run, and walk away. Once it is warmed up, it will automatically begin running.
• The Foton 30 film cartridges are auto-threading; just slide them in, close the lid, and they’re ready to go.
• 3 mode settings allow for laminating letter size, over-size, and odd-shaped items.
• Laminate up to about 230 sheets per cartridge. A sensor in the Foton 30 controls spacing to minimize film waste and prevent jams.
• Automatic skew correction ensures pages feed straight.
• Automatic shut-off to save energy
• Quick warm up within 4 minutes
• 2 Year limited manufacturer’s warranty

GBC Foton 30 Print Shop Customer Testimonial

Transcript: We understand that automation is key for facility managers and print service providers. GBC redesigned lamination from a manual process to a fully automated one with a machine that feeds, laminates and cuts – all at the push of a button – making lamination an easy service to provide.

Video Transcript:

My experience with the Foton 30: I absolutely loved it. It was the first time that I embraced laminating jobs, something that historically was always a manual process and making it automatic ...
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We understand that automation is key for facility managers and print service providers. GBC redesigned lamination from a manual process to a fully automated one with a machine that feeds, laminates and cuts – all at the push of a button – making lamination an easy service to provide.

Video Transcript:

My experience with the Foton 30: I absolutely loved it. It was the first time that I embraced laminating jobs, something that historically was always a manual process and making it automatic and automatic in what I do makes life easier for everyone.

We got a request for approximately 100 data sheets. We were excited to try out this job requests on the Foton 30. We were able to get it done in about 20 minutes. Usually a job that size would take about 3 hours. As we were delivering it, we got notification that there was a revision that was made, and asked us how quickly we could get it done again. We said, “no problem, we'd love to do it again”.

What normally would be a horrible project turned out to be something that we were excited to provide for the customer.

Product Reviews

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Expert Reviews

Expert Reviewer: Mallory, Editor at Binding101 Foton 30 Expert Review  by Mallory Morsa
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Foton 30 5-Star Expert Review

 

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.
 

Frequent Asked Questions

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Will it laminate 11" x 17" pages?
Asked by Customer
A

Yes! The Foton 30 easily laminates 11" wide and 17" long sheets.

Answer by Binding101
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Can I laminate 1-side only?
Asked by Customer
A

No. Currently the only cartridges available are two-sided laminate films.

Answer by Binding101
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Do you have thicker laminate film cartridges than 5 mil?
Asked by Customer
A

No. Currently the only cartridges available are in a 3 mil or 5 mil thickness.

Answer by Binding101
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Can I use other laminates with this machine?
Asked by Customer
A

No. Only the GBC Foton 30 cartridges will work with the GBC Foton 30 laminator.

Answer by Binding101
Q
Is it good for small laminating jobs?
Asked by Customer
A

Yes, the Foton 30 is perfect for small or large laminating jobs with the simple load-and-go operation.

Answer by Binding101
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Can I laminate and trim smaller paper, such as half size 8.5" x 5.5"?
Asked by Customer
A

The automatic cutter will only trim left-to-right (perpendicular to the machine), so you would need to manually trim the other edges.

Answer by Binding101
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Can you put through small items such as cutout shapes or letters for use with school bulletin boards?
Asked by Customer
A

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.

Answer by Binding101

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