Mimaki unviles LA Series of wide-format heat-assisted laminators and film

The Mimaki LA 160W Laminator.
The Mimaki LA 160W Laminator.

Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, has announced its LA Series of wide-format, heat-assisted laminators and laminating film. The LA-160W model will be on display in the Mimaki USA Main Booth (1231) at the Specialty Graphic and Imaging Association (SGIA) Expo in New Orleans that began today. Here are some of new laminator’s features:

Heat-assist provides superior finishing. LA Series laminators are heat-assisted devices with a maximum temperature of 140ºF (60ºC). This heat assistance improves overlaminate film adhesion, particularly to surfaces printed with UV ink, and reduces the potential for silvering effects created by pressure-sensitive overlaminates.

Fast throughput speeds. Laminating speeds of up to 295 linear inches per minute – or nearly five inches per second – means that the finishing can keep up with production requirements while reducing bottlenecks.

Simple and reliable operation. This easy-to-use laminator includes all functions on one operation panel, with easy access to the pressure handle and foot pedal. Additionally, a take-up reel makes it easy for one person to control the entire process.

Mimaki Vision Laminate. Designed specifically for use with UV inks and LA Series Laminators, Mimaki Vision Laminate 310 (Gloss) Film offers fine finishing with a glossy feel while maintaining colour brightness of the print. This high quality, heat-assisted overlaminate is also a cost-effective alternative to cold laminating films.

LA Series Laminators with Mimaki Vision Laminate film “are the ideal companions to a UCJV Series UV-LED cut-and-print device,” said the OEM. Because UCJV prints are instant-dry, they can be immediately finished on an LA Series Laminator. This “complete, harmonized system” ensures reliable performance and quality output for those times when a protective overlaminate is preferred. Two LA Series Laminators are scheduled to be available this November – the 62.2-inch (158cm) LA-160W model, and the 66.9-inch (170cm) LA-170W model. Mimaki Vision Laminate 310 will also be available in two sizes – 310-137 (54-inch) and 310-152 (60-inch).

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.