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Film Laminating Provides Superior Protection


Great printing deserves to last. Frequently-handled products need protection to ensure longevity. Compared to other coatings, film lamination is the most durable choice available. For jobs that must perform in the roughest conditions, there is no substitute.
Film lamination is useful for a wide variety of projects, including book covers, children's books, shop manuals, hunting and fishing guidebooks, reference charts, handy tip sheets and more. Laminating has also been a lifesaver for restaurants concerned about their image because this durable bindery technique keeps menus food- and waterproof so messes don't obscure vital information. It's no surprise that emergency medical manuals and instruction sheets destined for combat areas are frequently laminated.
We should also mention that lamination doesn't require such dramatic uses. If your printed product will never venture beyond light office use, lamination still protects against coffee spills, cake icing and greasy hands.
Beyond physical protection
Film lamination refracts light and greatly enhances the eye appeal of collateral and other printed materials. Many advertising and promotional pieces are laminated for looks first and protection second. Imagine how well your direct mail piece will look laminated, regardless of how much abuse the United States Postal Service throws its way.
In the bindery
The laminating process involves bonding a thin, plastic film by heat and pressure to a printed sheet. One-sided laminating is appropriate for posters and similar products. Two-sided encapsulated laminating is great for menus, instruction sheets and anything else that will be repeatedly handled. Your driver's license, for instance, is a prime example of a laminated product that is sealed and encapsulated within two pieces of film laminate.
Any paper coating including ink should be discussed with your finisher before going to press. Wax-based ink reduces film laminate adhesion and therefore should be avoided. Before going to press, make sure your ink is wax-free.
Recent technological advances
New laminating equipment designs offer large diameter heating and pressing rollers that are very accurate on cutoffs. Today's single and double-sided laminating machines have the added benefit of a hot knife trimming system which allows laminated products to lay flat with no bowing as opposed to other systems that have a snap or bursting edge. This can be a real time saver particularly if you have to re-feed the product.
Film laminate choices abound. Here's a brief rundown on the most common types:
  • Polyester: Considered an ideal choice for many applications due to strength and versatility. Polyester films provide high gloss, durability and excellent scratch resistance.
  • Polypropylene: A softer film that is more cost effective than other film choices. One thing to be aware of though: polypropylene is prone to scratching.
  • Nylon: Lays flatter than other film laminates because it counteracts moisture that causes curling.
  • AGS: When you need to apply foil or glue on top of film laminate, use this type of film.
  • Specialty films: Includes:
    • Film designed for toner based digital presses
    • Scuff-free matte film
    • Linen pattern film
    • Non-register holograph film.
About Seidl's Bindery
Located in Houston, Texas, Seidl's Bindery is a leading multi-shift provider of a complete range of post press services including PUR adhesive binding, Wire-O and plastic spiral binding, saddle stitching, cutting and folding, gluing and attaching, die-cutting, film laminating, foil stamping, embossing and much more. Seidl's Bindery has two PUR perfect binding lines running at least two shifts. We have the capacity and throughput to attract high volume work from all over the USA.
For additional information about Seidl's Bindery, please call Bill Seidl at (800) 380-3815 or e-mail him at bill@seidlsbindery.com.