The PL-1200 is capable of laminating films less than 1 mil thick thru 10 mils---even thicker films are possible but not commonly utilized. This laminator can laminate both thermal and pressure sensitive films (cold). All PLS laminators are capable of laminating polyester, polypropylene, nylon, vinyl, and even less common materials. Many laminating professionals and even some laminating film manufacturers feel, “If it can’t be laminated on a PLS machine, it can’t be laminated.”
There are three laminating processes. Two-sided (encapsulation), one-side laminating, and mounting and/or laminating. All Pro-Lam machines are capable of doing these processes with equal perfection. A typical task for the PL-1200hp is one-sided lamination of book covers. Often, these are printed, utilizing a desktop inkjet or laser printer, on cover stock. For the best one-side results we recommend nylon laminates. To ensure flatness for one-side applications nylon based films are mandatory, they allow the paper to "breath" and adjust to it's enviroment. In one sided-applications, laminates other than nylon can cause curling, warping or "window-shading" and great care should be used when evaluating the finished product.
Our machines are the most accommodating in their ability to laminate a myriad of substrates using a seemingly endless array of films. Some substrates have a coating that renders lamination either difficult or impossible. For these difficult applications we will be happy to help you find solutions to your lamination needs. Our technical department can advise you on substrate/film combinations that are known to work well. If you have applications that we are not familiar with, we can test them for you.
Nearly all commonly used printers and copiers are compatible with the laminating process. We only need to make sure we combine the substrate with the appropriate laminate. You have every right to expect flawless output from our machines--- you only need to adhere to a few basic rules to ensure you get the best results possible. Just remember, “If it can’t be laminated on a PLS machine, it can’t be laminated.”