Infrared Lamination

Infrared Lamination Specialists

Commonly used across the textile, Automotive and glass industries, infrared laminations are used to create a stable fusion between materials and layers. Involving both high temperatures of infrared heat and chemical reactions provides the products with further protection and durability.

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The Infrared Lamination Process

Infrared lamination creates a thin layer of molten polymer on the surface of the material. This is done by exposing it to infrared radiation and then compressing it with another piece of material. The infrared radiation is immersed in the laminating film, specifically by a heat-activated adhesive layer within the laminating film. This then causes the adhesive to soften and become tacky.

The heated laminating film is then brought into contact with the printed material or substrate. Pressure is then applied to ensure proper adhesion and remove any air bubbles or wrinkles.

The use of infrared radiation in the lamination process helps to activate the adhesive quickly and efficiently, resulting in a smooth and durable laminated product. The final part of the process involves passing the material through an embossed roller to give it our signature Archbond pattern.

The Benefits of Infrared Lamination

  • Faster Process
    Infrared lamination applies heat to help activate the adhesive, which allows for a faster processing time compared to other lamination techniques. The heat applied by infrared radiation quickly softens the adhesive, lowering the overall lamination time.
  • Energy Efficiency
    Infrared lamination systems normally use energy-efficient infrared lamps or heaters to generate heat. The lamination system can heat up quickly, is easily controlled and reduces energy consumption and operation costs.
  • Improved Adhesion
    Utilisation of infrared radiation helps to activate the adhesive consistently across the laminating film. This promotes better adhesion between the film and the printed material or substrate, creating a stronger bond and reducing the risk of delamination over time.
  • Enhanced Finishes
    Infrared lamination provides a smoother and clear finish to the laminated material. The heat applied during the process then helps eliminate air bubbles and wrinkles, resulting in a visually appealing and professional-looking end product.
  • Versatile Material
    Infrared lamination can be used with an array of laminating films, including matte, glossy or speciality finishes. This versatility allows for customisation and the ability to achieve different visual effects or desired functionalities.
  • Durability and Protection
    Laminating materials with infrared lamination presents an added layer of protection against UV radiation, moisture, dirt and other potential damages. This helps to maintain the quality and longevity of printed materials, making them more resistant to wear and tear.
  • Cost Effective
    With faster processing times and energy-efficient systems, infrared lamination can contribute to cost savings in terms of labour, energy consumption and production time. The reduced need for reworking or re-laminating due to improved adhesion also helps to minimise material waste and expenses.

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