After all, finishing issues like these delay jobs, waste film and waste stock. So how do you solve them? This post explains how.
Laminating machine problems usually go something like this…“How do I get the film to stick properly?” and “How do I stop getting bubbles under the film?”
These are 2 of the most common troubleshooting questions printers ask me about laminating, and they reflect a lot of pent-up frustration.
After all, finishing issues like these delay jobs, waste film and waste stock. So how do you solve them? In this blog post, I give basic solutions to these problems and more. Use these mini-checklists to help you streamline production and give your customers better quality.
This is particularly common with digital print, and it’s because of the ink composition and the way inks bond to the adhesive. The denser the ink coverage, the harder it is to get the film to stick.
Bubbling is generally a combination of many factors, so there’s no single quick fix.
If you’re finding fine wrinkles or waves, it’s usually because the machine is too hot.
A bit of print curl is normal but should resolve with gentle smoothing. If this doesn’t work, try to:
This is usually due to something stuck on the roll or a feeding issue causing the image to distort.
This is a particular problem with lighter films, and it’s because of the effects of static electricity. You can gently pull the wrapped film off the rear rolls by running the machine in reverse. To prevent the problem:
There are lots of pitfalls, which is why it’s good to get expert advice – particularly as ink and stock keep changing. I estimate that when I help printers troubleshoot their laminating, 60% of the time it’s operator error, 20% of the time it’s the wrong stock and 20% of the time it’s the wrong choice of film.
Get in touch for some free support if you have more questions. Give me a ring on 0117 941 4999 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m always delighted to help, and we can even send someone round to you (free, of course – no matter what machine or film you use) to help you make the right adjustments.
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