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Types of lamination

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Sid Sharma, director of technical sales, Fabrite Laminating Corp.

Because fabrics come with so many finishes, print shop operators should understand the fiber composition of the fabric selected to properly select the dyes and inks that are suitable for that fiber. Armed with that information, print shops can avoid the possibility of using the wrong inks that will impact the ability to print correctly. As much as possible, laminating after printing will ensure the best print production.

Single-sided pressure-sensitive lamination

The laminating film is applied to one surface of the material using a cold-roller laminator. This process offers basic protection from water and abrasion. Most often used with interior applications.

Single-sided heatset lamination

In this form, the laminating film is applied with a heated roll laminator. Used primarily for indoor applications, the film provides limited resistance to abrasion and water.

Single-sided thermal lamination

A heated roll laminator or heat press applies the film to one surface of the material. Used in indoor applications.

Encapsulation (thermal/pressure-sensitive)

The laminating film is applied to both sides of the material and the ends are sealed. Used for indoor and outdoor applications, the encapsulation process adds stronger water resistance.

Lou Dzierzak is the editor of Fabric Graphics.

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