Laminating | The Process

 
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Laminating is a print and production process you may be familiar with, and here at Alexander’s, we laminate every day.
We pride ourselves on quality work that supports self-published authors, franchises, and you.

Lamination Station

Our 45,000 square-foot print and production facility in Lindon, Utah includes plenty of modern equipment. The lamination station is one of our workhorses, running pretty much all day, every day.

Laminate Types

Lamination can be done single or double sided in a variety of types, each of which has its own ideal purpose.

 
  • Velvet - Velvet has a soft touch, making it great for tactile products such as bookmarks or brochures that are handled often.
  • Gloss - Glossy laminate has a beautiful, shiny finish, making it great for visual products such as posters and advertisements that hang on walls and windows. It also a great option to make products look classy, making it ideal for book covers.
  • Matte - Matte is anti-glare, making it the best for legibility. Printing a large poster that needs to be legible in a bright room? Matte finish may be your lamination of preference.

Our products range from book covers, window clings and brochures, to business cards and even the tabs between sections of content in a binder or book. Basically, if it’s less than two inches thick, we’ll help you figure out the best way to laminate your project.

The Lamination Process

We use a hot laminating machine with an adjustable thermostat which allows us to set the perfect temperature. Once it's heated and ready to go, we prepare the laminate materials, and wipe down the roller to ensure that no dust or grime gets trapped between the laminate material and the product. Even after all that, we'll run a couple of test pages to ensure that the machine is working properly.

We could continue to describe the process, or you could see it in action for yourself in our video below. Check it out.

Have a project you think would look great laminated, but aren't sure where to begin? Contact us. We'll guide you through the process.

 

Editor's note: Updated post, originally published in 2014

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