Heat Activated Foamboard

Heat Activated Foamboard
Heat Activated Foamboard
InSite Heat Activated (HA) foamboard features a smooth clay-coated paper on one side and a pH neutral heat activated
adhesive surface on the other. Heat Activated foamboards are designed for use in mechanical and hot vacuum presses
as well as heated roll laminators. Since InSite HA comes with a layer of smooth, evenly applied, neutral pH, adhesive that
creates a permanent bond in the press as all layers reach activation temperature. It is ready for mounting right from the
case eliminating the need for additional rolled mount tissues or film, saving both production time and money for either a
single custom mounting or large production operations.
InSite HA bonds at 160°F in 15-45 seconds in a mechanical press; at 160°F in 4 minutes in a hot vacuum press; and
280°F-290°F at a speed of 1-1/2 to 3 feet per minute (fpm) using a hot roll laminator. Available in white or black it is
ideal for heat tolerant paper, newspaper, poster images and RC photographs. It is available 1/8″ to 3/16″ thick, in sizes
ranging from 24"x36" to 48"x96".
Mounting Instructions for Presses
InSite HA is formulated to activate and bond at 160°F as the press. Thicker, larger and heavier items being mounted may
require additional time for full activation and bond. Since permanent adhesives bond under pressure while in the press all
of the layers of the mount package must reach full temperature to active and fuse. It is not advised to raise the
temperature, but rather increase the time within the press if full fusion did not occur. Any item not fully bonded after the
first run may be run a second time by adding additional time to the original setting (such as 1 minute + added time).
Excessive temperatures can damage the polystyrene foam center and should be avoided.
Mechanical Press
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Preheat press to 160°F temperature.
Reduce and control moisture by pre-drying when necessary.
Remove liner and align image face up on the adhesive side of the board.
Cover the entire board, including any exposed adhesive, with release liner.
Place in press and lock closed for 15-45 seconds.
Remove from press and cool under weight.
Trim to size and fit into frame.
Hot Vacuum Press
The draw time of a vacuum press varies depending on manufacturer and overall size of the press, but an average
draw+dwell time is 4 minutes in a vacuum press. Since InSite HA bonds with a shorter dwell time the suggested vacuum
time is 3-4 minutes. A 2 minute mount time allows for a 1 minute draw of the air and moisture from within the press and
1 minute dwell time to activate and bond the layers. Release boards are never required for any technique in a vacuum
press. Use of one will require additional time.
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Preheat press to 160°F temperature.
Remove liner and align image face up on the adhesive side of the board.
Cover the entire mount board and image with release paper to protect the platen.
Close lid, activate the vacuum and run a full 3-4 minutes (including draw time).
Remove from press and cool under weight.
Trim to size.
Mounting Instructions for Roll Laminators – page 2
WARNING: Foamboard is combustible and may constitute a fire hazard if improperly used. Do not expose to flame or other ignition source as this
product may burn rapidly. For more information and MSDS sheet call Gilman Brothers Company at 800-852-4220
(IHAI-091814)
The Gilman Brothers Company / Gilman Road. Gilman, CT 06336 USA / 800-852-4220 / www.gilmanbrothers.com
Heat Activated Foamboard
InSite Heat Activated (HA) foamboard features a smooth clay-coated paper on one side and a pH neutral heat activated
adhesive surface on the other. Heat Activated foamboards are designed for use in mechanical and hot vacuum presses
as well as heated roll laminators. Since InSite HA comes with a layer of smooth, evenly applied, neutral pH, adhesive that
creates a permanent bond in the press as all layers reach activation temperature. It is ready for mounting right from the
case eliminating the need for additional rolled mount tissues or film, saving both production time and money for either a
single custom mounting or large production operations.
InSite HA bonds at 160°F in 15-45 seconds in a mechanical press; at 160°F in 4 minutes in a hot vacuum press; and
270°F-290°F at a speed of 1-1/2 to 3 feet per minute (fpm) using a hot roller. Available in white or black it is ideal for
heat tolerant paper, newspaper, poster images and RC photographs. It is available 1/8″ to 3/16″ thick, in sizes ranging
from 24"x36" to 48"x96".
Mounting Instructions for Roll Laminator
InSite Heat Activated foamboard bonds equally well in a heated roll laminator. Manufacturer suggested temperature is
280°F at 2 feet per minute. The speed may be adjusted to better accommodate the type and weight of the print being
mounted. The temperature may be increased but it is always better to decrease the roller speed before increasing
temperature.
Hot Roll Laminator
It is important to feed the board with the sealed liner edge entering the roller nip first to ensure smooth alignment and
no ripples of the release liner.
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Warm roller to 280°F temperature and set fpm speed.
Using a sticky roller, clean the board of all dust particles.
Center image on board, adhesive side up.
Adjust rollers to substrate thickness.
Place release paper over top of the image and board covering all exposed adhesive.
Nip end into rollers and allow it to feed through on automatic.
Remove, cool and trim to size.
Laminating films may be applied over a print while mounting if the roller has that capability.
The reason that hot rollers require a higher temperature to activate and mount the same board product than mount
presses is directly related to the actual dwell time between the rollers. A dry mount press holds a the HA board under
pressure for a duration of time determined by the size and weight if the image and release paper used in the mount
package. A roll laminator required a higher temperature in order to activate the permanent adhesive as the board is
pulled beneath the heated roller which less than a second to activate the layers and create the bond. It is the shorter
duration of the exposure to the higher temperatures that protects the board and image from heat damage.
WARNING: Foamboard is combustible and may constitute a fire hazard if improperly used. Do not expose to flame or other ignition source as this
product may burn rapidly. For more information and MSDS sheet call Gilman Brothers Company at 800-852-4220
(IHAI-091814)
The Gilman Brothers Company / Gilman Road. Gilman, CT 06336 USA / 800-852-4220 / www.gilmanbrothers.com
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