Sometimes you just have to add an over-laminate film to your wide format output, which is why Mimaki has announced its new LA Series of wide format, heat-assisted laminators and a laminating film which will be available next month.
LA Series laminators are heat-assisted devices with a maximum temperature of 60˚C, and are designed to complement the new Mimaki UCJV Series LED UV printer/cutters. This heat assistance improves over-laminate film adhesion, particularly to surfaces printed with UV-curable inks, and reduces the potential for the silvering effect created by pressure sensitive over-laminates.
According to John de la Roche of Mimaki’s UK & Ireland distributor, Hybrid Services, UCJV prints are instantly dry meaning they can immediately be finished on a LA Series laminator.
“Due to instant curing, UV inks tend to have a slightly uneven surface which can trap air bubbles during the laminating process, causing silvery specs that can take away from the appearance of the product, and this is where the heat-assist comes in deliver perfectly smooth over-laminates at speeds of up to 7.5m per minute. This means that the finishing can keep up with production and will ultimately reduce production bottlenecks,” he says.
The easy-to-use laminator includes all functions on one operation panel, with easy access to the pressure handle and foot pedal. Additionally, a take-up reel makes it simple for one person to control the entire process.
Designed specifically for use with UV-curable inks and LA Series laminators, Mimaki Vision Laminate 310 (Gloss) film offers fine finishing with a glossy feel while maintaining the colour brightness of the print.
“This high quality, heat assisted over-laminate is also a cost-effective alternative to cold laminating films,” concludes de la Roche.