Brian Franks, vice president of marketing for GBC Films Group, is eyeing several fronts for PRINT 01 attendees with laminating gear on their “to buy” list. “The number one thing is ease of operation,” Franks points out. “The demands on the operators today have changed. Productivity is expected to be greater.” Along with speed, productivity and ease of operation, he feels reputation of the manufacturer, quality of output and serviceability of the equipment are all also important.

“Price pops in there someplace, but you really get what you pay for,” he adds.

At PRINT 01, GBC is introducing the Cyclone, which Franks says is a technologically advanced laminator. “It was designed from the bottom up from a user’s perspective,” Franks announces. Operators just punch in the sheet size and the feeder/laminator/sheet separator adjusts itself. Film is automatically centered, so it can be easily used by employees not necessarily from the postpress department of a company, giving it more versatility.

While primarily designed for book jackets, Franks says the Cyclone can also be used for laminating packaging jobs, commercial printing, or anything that is normally laminated.

GBC Films Group produces a variety of laminating equipment and films for the commercial printing and wide-format imaging markets. The GBC Orbit 2000 is said to be ideal for the on-demand market. With a built-in feeder and separator, it runs sheets from 8×8˝ up to 14×20˝ at speeds up to 65 fpm.

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The previously mentioned GBC Cyclone provides high-speed lamination at speeds up to 300 fpm, and runs sheets up to 32×40˝. Also, the GBC Voyager is a mid-range system that handles sheets up to 31×40˝ at speeds up to 130 fpm.

Providing the graphic arts industry with laminators that meet its ever-changing needs presents a number of challenges for manufacturers. This includes keeping up with the advances in printing technology and changing print trends, says DeLong of D&K Group.

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