SLIDE 2: Loading a Commercial Laminator &
List of Terms Used in Lamination (A-Ad)
Run the laminator several inches so that the leader board catches into the rollers and
pulls the film down over the top roller.
Check that the release liner to pulling evenly over the take-up core and the lamination
film is taught over the top lamination roller. Run the laminator until about four to five
inches of the leader board is exposed. At this point tape the leading edge of you job to
the leader board assuring that is centered and straight. It is best to have the laminate
and printed media to be the same width or the laminate slightly narrower then your
printed media. If your printed media is rolled on a core you can place it on the bottom
supply shaft of the laminator to ensure that it will feed straight and evenly into the
laminator before taping to the leader board.
Run the laminator until the leader board passes through the rollers. Stop the laminator
and adjust the roller pressure to the appropriate setting for the printed media that you
will be running through the laminator. In most cases you will want to use the lamination
If during the lamination process you see the laminate forming vertical wave lines running
down the top lamination roller, tighten the brake pressure slightly on the laminator to
increase tension on the roll of lamination film.
Glossary of Terms______________________________________
The holding of two substrates by surface attachment.
The ability of a film to withstand rubbing without showing scuff marks.
(Noun) A substance capable of holding materials together by surface attachment, in this
case acting as the mechanism which attaches film to a graphic arts media. (Adjective)
Type of bonding interaction between a thermal adhesive and the surface of a graphics
media or film to which it is laminated.