The lamination lingo:

Posted by Amy-Louise Strevens on

With over 25 years of lamination experience, we understand the world of lamination. It's simple once you know what you want and how to ask for it. 

Take note:

  • Microns 
  • Roll breakdown / Construction  (see below) 
  • Lamination process, film finishes & qualities
  • Pouch or roll film
  • What laminator? Double, single or encapsulator? 

Before you commit you need to consider... 
-Will you be using it frequently? Heavy duty? One off? Is it cheaper to get it done out of house? Do you know what size laminator? Will it always be the same size?  Would it be better to prepare and get a larger sized A3 incase?Pouch or roll film? Digital, pressure sensitive or litho lamination? Wide format?

Below is simply what you need to know when you go to order: 

  • Width of the film needed
  • The length of the film, consider the size of the job and whether you'll need more film for the future or to cover mistakes. 
  • Core sizes generally come in standard sizes 26' 58' & 77mm (1,2,3 inch) 
  • Being a conversion house, we offer a range standard roll film and pouch sizes and customized film rolls, made to fit your machine and needs. Please call us (+44 2392 809 288) or email (enquiries@ggsupplies.com) if you would like any more information.

 Roll Film Width Microns Core Length

Film Construction:
Below is an example of the breakdown of a standard lamination film roll, construction is measured in micron and is made up of adhesive and polyester. 

Construction Film layer Adhesive Polyester Lamination & Encapsulation

Microns are simply how the measure the film. For example thin gauge film is '25 micron'   and a thicker gauge is '40 micron'. The higher the micron the thicker the film, the higher the polyester count the more rigid the film, it's that simple.

Three ways to laminate:

  • Roll lamination 
  • Pouch lamination
  • UV coating, something that isn't down in-house as it is a complex and more expensive way to laminate but comes with it's unique qualities.

 Different films available. Depending on what you're trying to laminate and how you're trying to laminate it will depend on what process you use to laminate it. You have have to consider the material, ink and the final product use. 

Take note. Difference between encapsulation and lamination, encapsulation provides a transparent seal around the edge against humidity with 100% protection of your prints and lamination just adheres to the print, can be both single and double sided. 

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Lamination process above (showing double sided lamination). 

Encapsulation film coverage 100% encap UK lamination film GMP

Encapsulation process above, providing 100% coverage. 

Digital film: 
Simply used on digital ink, getting the right film is important to adhere to heavy ink coverage. Available in Gloss, Matt & Silk.  Alongside digital film, you can also get Sleeking film (for digital ink) similar to foiling, adhering to the toner. 

Single-sided laminating film: 
An OPP film, ideal for litho print, available in both Matt & Gloss.

Cold (pressure sensitive) film: 
Ideal for general graphic use, these films use no heat in the process. Available in Gloss, Matt and Embossed textured film, having high adhesion qualities to provide your prints with long life of up to 10 years indoor life and outdoor up to 3. 

Encapsulation film laminating film: 
There is a wide range of encap film available in both gloss and matt. When looking at encap films you're looking for low tension and flat anti-curling qualities. Using the encapsulation process you would expect similar results to lamination pouches. 

 Laminating pouches: 
Again offering a wide range of Gloss and Matt pouches of different micron and sizes from A1 to A6. Perfect thermal encapsulation for 100% lamination coverage ideal for smaller run jobs. Be careful not to buy pouches that are too thick for your machine as it can cause damaged to your machines and prints. Unlike roll they come in pack sizes rather than a roll length, generally thicker 200 and 250 micron are the most common, offering the perfect encapsulation and strength to your prints. 


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