Investing in wide format can be expensive, and you need to make sure you get the right product to suit your application. Read through our guide and gain expert advice and information to help you in your decision.

What do I need?

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Laminate? Mount? Encapsulate?

You may need to do just one application, however some systems offer money saving multi-functional capabilities...

Lamination is usually applied on 1 side only with a pressure sensitive over laminate film. These films give a quality finish. Good quality pressure sensitive over laminate film is usually between 70 and 100 micron in thickness.

Encapsulating involves a heat activated thermal film being applied on both sides of the print. The finished result is trimmed to leave a clear border around the edge of the print, therefore encapsulated. Film is available in gloss and matt finishes in a range of thickness including 38, 75, 125 and 250 micron rolls.

Mounting fixes a print to a substrate/board using an adhesive. This can be permanent or semi-permanent.

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How wide do I need to go?

There are various options on size, here are the most popular options on the market

  • 650mm (25")
  • 720mm (28")
  • 880mm (35")
  • 1100mm (43")
  • 1200mm (47")
  • 1400mm (55")
  • 1600mm (62")

Think about the maximum size you will need to go up to. It is also worth ensuring the model you choose provides an inch or so gap either side of your maximum print size

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Do I need heat?

There are a range of systems on the market offering cold, hot or double hot solutions.

The Easymount cold systems are more cost effective than hot models and can offer a very economical upgrade if you are still applying vinyls, tapes and adhesives by hand. Cold laminators use pressure sensitive film.

Single hot systems will give a high quality finish if you have graphics and signs to laminate. Applying heat will also reduce any chances of silvering on the print.

Double hot systems will laminate, mount and encapsulate so are highly flexible if you require multifunctional usage.

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Is roller size important?

At Vivid we feel roller size is very important because larger rollers give a good even pressure and longer dwell time giving crease free lamination. The heat and pressure process is also activated more quickly with larger rollers.

The Easymount range has larger diameter rollers than similar models on the market.

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What will my output be?

It is important to consider the volume you will be generating to ensure you get a good return on your investment.

Work out how many prints you will be finishing on a daily/weekly basis to give you an idea of the profit you can make.

If you are looking at producing large volumes, then you may want to ask about time saving features such as speed control and foot pedal operation.

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Do I need to have any training?

Getting to grips with something new is always a challenge. Always look out for easy-to-use features before you buy. These can include;

  • Swing out feed tray for easy loading
  • Extra mandrel holders for film
  • Simple control panel
  • Foot pedal operation

At Vivid we include training and installation with every wide format laminator we sell. However as the name suggests our Easymount range is designed for even a novice to use.

Training with a group or team of people can also be carried out by an experienced Easymount representitive.

Our service engineers are also just a phone call away for any 'teething problems' you may experience.

Consider that buying online at a 'bargain' price may sometimes be a false economy as the price may not include the training and full installation you will need.

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Do I need to meet any Health & Safety guidelines?

Always ensure any product you buy has an official CE mark (which is a legal requirement). Also look out for these important safety features (the Easymount range has all of the listed features);

  • Magic eye
  • Emergency stop buttons (preferably one each side of the laminator)
  • Protective safety shield

It is also important to update your Health & Safety policy and/or Risk Assessment to include rules and precautions for employees to follow when operating the laminator.

Only allow trained operators to use the laminator to reduce risk of incorrect use or accidental damage. Put a notice next to your laminator to clearly state this to employees, especially if you have new starters.

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Will I have enough space?

As with any new purchase of a large item, space is usually an issue for most people.

Remember you don't just need the system to fit, you need to allow a working area around it to give enough space to feed your prints in and for them to exit without being creased or crushed against anything.

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What if something goes wrong?

Occasionally problems do happen, so its good to know that if they do you have backup.

Always check to make sure the laminator you are looking to buy includes a full warranty on parts and labour for at least 12 months (the Easymount range includes this on all models).

It may also be worth looking into an extended warranty or service agreement, these can save time in the long run and ensure your laminator stays in excellent working condition.

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Considerations

When thinking about purchasing a Wide Format Laminator, the first thing to consider is what you want to achieve with the laminator. Different applications require different solutions. Think about what you need the system to do:

  • Posters, Graphics & Signs?
  • Mounting Prints to Board?
  • Pop-Up Displays/Roll-Up Banners?
  • Applying Vinyls, Tapes and Adhesive Films?
  • Outdoor Signage?
  • Vehicle Graphics?

Once you have decided exactly what you want to achieve, you can start to look at all the systems that will cover your needs.

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considerations

Our Products

Easymount EMS-650

Max. Laminating Width
650mm
Max. Mounting Thickness
15mm
Max. Laminating Speed
5m/min
Laminating Temperature
COLD
Power Consumption
50 W
Power Supply
13 amp
Dimensions (L X W X H)
850 x 300 x 470mm
Weight
45kg
Warranty
1 year
Easymount

Easymount EM-720

Max. Laminating Width
720mm
Max. Mounting Thickness
15mm
Max. Laminating Speed
3m/min
Laminating Temperature
COLD
Power Consumption
70 W
Power Supply
13 amp
Dimensions (L X W X H)
940 x 650 x 1250mm
Weight
65kg
Warranty
1 Year
Easymount

Easymount EM-880

Max. Laminating Width
880mm
Max. Mounting Thickness
15mm
Max. Laminating Speed
3m/min
Laminating Temperature
COLD
Power Consumption
50 W
Power Supply
13 amp
Dimensions (L X W X H)
1100 x 650 x 1250mm
Weight
75kg
Warranty
1 year
Easymount

Easymount EM-1200

Max. Laminating Width
1200mm
Max. Mounting Thickness
25mm
Max. Laminating Speed
6m/min
Laminating Temperature
COLD
Power Consumption
50 W
Power Supply
13 amp
Dimensions (L X W X H)
1790 x 650 x 1255mm
Weight
185kg
Warranty
1 year
Easymount

Easymount EM-1400

Max. Laminating Width
1400mm
Max. Mounting Thickness
25mm
Max. Laminating Speed
6m/min
Laminating Temperature
COLD
Power Consumption
50 W
Power Supply
13 amp
Dimensions
1990 x 650 x 1255mm
Weight
210kg
Warranty
1 year
Easymount

Easymount EM-1600

Max. Laminating Width
1600mm
Max. Mounting Thickness
25mm
Max. Laminating Speed
6m/min
Laminating Temperature
COLD
Power Consumption
50 W
Power Supply
13 amp
Dimensions (L X W X H)
2190 x 650 x 1255mm
Weight
245kg
Warranty
1 year
Easymount

Easymount EM-1200SH

Max. Laminating Width
1200mm
Max. Mounting Thickness
25mm
Max. Laminating Speed
6m/min
Laminating Temperature
0-160°C
Power Consumption
970 W
Power Supply
13 amp
Dimensions (L X W X H)
1790 x 650 x 1255mm
Weight
185kg
Warranty
1 year
Easymount

Easymount EM-1400SH

Max. Laminating Width
1400mm
Max. Mounting Thickness
25mm
Max. Laminating Speed
6m/min
Laminating Temperature
0-60°C
Power Consumption
1310 W
Power Supply
13 amp
Dimensions (L X W X H)
1990 x 650 x 1255mm
Weight
210kg
Warranty
1 year
Easymount

Easymount EM-1600SH

Max. Laminating Width
1600mm
Max. Mounting Thickness
25mm
Max. Laminating Speed
6m/min
Laminating Temperature
0-160°C
Power Consumption
1600 W
Power Supply
13 amp
Dimensions (L X W X H)
2190 x 650 x 1255mm
Weight
245kg
Warranty
1 year
Easymount

Easymount EM-2100SH

Max. Laminating Width
2100mm
Max. Mounting Thickness
25mm
Max. Laminating Speed
6m/min
Laminating Temperature
0-60°C
Power Consumption
1800 W
Power Supply
13 amp
Dimensions (L X W X H)
2650 x 650 x 1255mm
Weight
280kg
Warranty
1 year
Easymount

Easymount EM-1200DH

Max. Laminating Width
1200mm
Max. Mounting Thickness
25mm
Max. Laminating Speed
3.9m/min
Laminating Temperature
0-130°C
Power Consumption
3950 W
Power Supply
32 amp
Dimensions (L X W X H)
1700 x 758 x 1255mm
Weight
270kg
Warranty
1 year
Easymount

Easymount EM-1650DH

Max. Laminating Width
1650mm
Max. Mounting Thickness
25mm
Max. Laminating Speed
6m/min
Laminating Temperature
0-130°C
Power Consumption
5150 W
Power Supply
32 amp
Dimensions (L X W X H)
2170 x 785 x 1255mm
Weight
365kg
Warranty
1 year
Easymount

Easymount EM-1600SHW

Max. Laminating Width
1600mm
Max. Mounting Thickness
25mm
Max. Laminating Speed
6m/min
Laminating Temperature
0-130°C
Power Consumption
5000 W
Power Supply
32 amp
Dimensions (L X W X H)
1900 x 650 x 1255mm
Weight
205kg
Warranty
1 year
Easymount

Film and Finish

We offer a high quality range of encapsulating, pressure sensitive and mounting film under our exclusive BOSS brand.

Pressure Sensitive Over-laminate

BOSS pressure sensitive over laminate comes in 3 finishes – gloss, crystal matt and semi matt (lustre). These films are all available in 70 and 100 micron with a solvent based adhesive so are suitable for outdoor use. There is also a Sandtex finish available in 150 micron. Standard sizes available are 650mm, 880mm, 1040mm, 1300mm and 1520mm but we can cut down to non-standard sizes if required.

Self Wound Mount Film

Self wound mount films are filmic carrier coated on both sides with an aqueous acrylic adhesive and a single release liner. This enables you to add the adhesive to the back of the graphic at the same time as laminating the front, saving time and reducing risk. The self wound mount films are available in 1040mm, 1300mm and 1520mm but rolls may be cut down to accommodate other roller widths if required.

Low Melt Gloss Encapsulation Film

BOSS traditional low melt film uses less energy to gain the high gloss finish. The low melt gloss encapsulation films are available in a variety of widths between 230mm and 1065mm. Rolls may be cut down to accommodate other roller widths if required.

Low Melt Matt Encapsulation Film

The low melt matt encapsulation film enables you to run the materials through the system faster than traditional high melt film, using less energy to gain the matt finish. The low melt matt encapsulation films are available in a variety of widths between 230mm and 1395mm. Rolls may be cut down to accommodate other roller widths if required.

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Technical FAQs

Already have a laminator and need more advice? Click on the titles below to reveal our answers.

  • What is the difference between heated and cold rollers and what does the term 'silvering' mean?

    Some pressure sensitive films if applied cold can leave a slight 'silvering' effect on the print. If approx 40°C heat is applied on the rollers when this film is applied the silvering disappears.

    This is due to the fact the glue on the film is softened and warmed when applied and speeds up the polymerisation process. Over time the silvering when applied cold does slightly reduce but does not totally disappear.

    Not all films need heat and vinyls and vehicle wrap film work better when laminated cold. Most sign makers therefore feel that a cold machine will be fine because the silvering effect is minimal. Photographers and Exhibition graphic suppliers are more critical and therefore require a heated top roller for a perfect finish.

    Our Easymount range of laminators have silicon rubber rollers on both our hot & cold systems.

  • How do I successfully laminate an inkjet print that has high ink coverage?

    Encapsulating a high ink coverage print can be tricky as standard heat activated polyester films with a co-polymer adhesive tend to stick to the ink and not the paper. The encapsulate can then lift off darker colour areas of the print and the problem becomes more obvious when the darker areas extend to the edge of the print with no white border for the adhesive to bond to.

    Another problem that may occur with encapsulating high ink coverage is that the ink can separate from the paper at a high heat of 100-120°C and air bubbles can appear.

    A solution to this can be to change the inkjet paper and apply a heat-activated polyester laminate (please ask for details).

    The paper should be more accepting to the ink and provide a better bonding surface for co-polymer adhesives.

    Also remember that prints must be completely dry before laminating and highly saturated prints will take longer to dry.
  • How can I avoid laminator film wrap up?

    Always ensure that you have clearance behind the laminating machine before you start laminating, as with many things preparation is the key so it is best to make sure you have enough working space available and avoid backing your laminator up against a wall. Try and let 2/3” of film to appear out of the back of the laminator as you start to laminate.

  • My lamination is bubbly/rippling – what has caused this?

    Bubbling is usually caused by the heat setting on the machine being set too high so if your machine has heat control (which most do) then lower the temperature.

    It is a good idea to always run a test print through the laminator first if you are unsure.
  • My lamination is cloudy – what has caused this?

    This is usually the result of insufficient heat so if your machine has heat control, try and increase the temperature. Also, check the specifications of your machine and that you are not using a film that is too thick.

  • General tips & tricks

    Remember the foot pedal is there to help - so use it. If you want to take extra care, quickly start and then stop to get the print safely into the rollers before turning the rollers on, this should avoid the possibility of the print wrapping around the rollers.

    Push out to the sides of the print using your fingertips as you insert the print.
    Always feed the print into the laminator with the curl of the material.
    Always ensure the glue side of the film is facing the right way before you start the rollers, otherwise you may end up with glue melting all over the rollers.
    A warning about foreign bodies - all sorts of bits such as insects and debris can end up on your print and you don't want them to be laminated! Buy a cheap handheld vacuum to lightly hover over your prints and remove unwanted bits and to ensure perfect lamination.
    Don't turn off the laminator when it is still at a high heat without separating the rollers first as the heat may cause a flat spot in the rollers. Once this happens the lamination quality will not be consistent and new rollers can be expensive to replace.
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Repair & Service

At Vivid we can help you with any questions or problems you might encounter when using a wide format laminator.

Whatever your question, please fill out our enquiry form and we will get back to you within 24 hours*

Simply complete the form by clicking here.

You can of course also call us on 0845 1 30 40 50.

* 24 hour response between 8.30am - 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Wide Format Laminator Repairs

All wide format laminating systems purchased from Vivid come with a minimum of 12 months parts warranty.

Vivid ServiceCare for Wide Format Laminators

At Vivid we are committed to offering our customers a comprehensive after sales service through the provision of ServiceCare maintenance agreements and system repairs.

All our wide format laminator repair work is undertaken by our own technical team and any work required will be carried out on-site wherever possible to get you back up and running with minimum disruption.

ServiceCare maintenance agreements can be tailored to suit specific requirements with options to include parts as well as labour and the ability to choose between on-site and return to base servicing.

Priority repair and service visits for any make or model of Wide Format Laminator

All Vivid engineers are highly trained and are able to repair virtually any make or model of laminating system. We understand that at times you may need immediate help and we are able to assist you, even at short notice.

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Glossary

Yes certain words may sound technical and impressive but not much use if people don't know what they mean! Here's a run down of the main key words associated with lamination.

  • Aging - It happens to all of us - including lamination!
  • Blistering - Small air bubbles become trapped between the print and the laminate. It is important to 'Degas' to prevent this happening
  • Core/Core Size - The core is the roll that the laminating film is wound around, normally these are 1, 2 or 3". Different roll fed laminators take different core sizes so always check this when ordering film
  • Crystal - A type of laminating film with a fine 'sand' like texture to it
  • Gloss - A 'wet look' finish produced by pouch or roll laminating
  • Degassing/Outgassing - A printing term meaning to allow the solvents to dispurse after printing
  • Matt - A flat, reduced glare finish produced by pouch or roll laminating
  • Mother Roll - The manufacturers large roll of film which they 'slit and reel' from to make smaller rolls
  • Nip - The point at which the rollers press together before, during and after lamination. This is sometimes referenced as 'Insert the print into the 'nip' of the rollers'
  • Release Liner - A silicon coated protective barrier which is gradually removed during lamination to expose the adhesive and protect the rollers
  • Satin - A type of laminating film that is glossy but with a non-reflective finish, hard to describe but looks very impressive - best to request a sample!
  • Silvering - This is the when tiny bubbles and a faint pattern may appear on the print after laminating, this sometimes fades over 24 hours but applying heat is the best way of reducing this
  • Sled - A hard board that can be used to 'carry' prints as they pass through the laminator. This can also help to prevent glue from getting onto the rollers
  • Snitty - A special knife/blade used to cut the film after laminating
  • Substrate - This is the printed material being laminated or mounted
  • Tack - This refers to how sticky an adhesive is
  • Wet out - This refers to the temperature the laminating film must be before being applied. The adhesive on the film must 'wet out' before coming into contact with the print/media
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