Catena 35/65 Laminator INSTALLATION &

Catena 35/65 Laminator
INSTALLATION & OPERATION MANUAL
Document Number: CBT10000 Rev A
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1. Safety
YOUR SAFETY, AS WELL AS THE SAFETY OF OTHERS IS
IMPORTANT TO GBC. IN THIS INSTRUCTION
MANUAL AND ON THE PRODUCT ARE IMPORTANT
SAFETY MESSAGES. BEFORE YOU INSTALL OR USE
THE MACHINE, READ AND FOLLOW ALL THE SAFETY
NOTICES CAREFULLY IN THIS CHAPTER.
Observe all the safety information provided.
Observe all safety warnings. Never remove safety
warnings or other information from the equipment.
Read all of the instructions and save these
instructions for further use.
The safety alert symbol precedes each safety
notice in this manual. The symbol indicates a
potential personal safety hazard to you or others, as
well as cause product damage or property damage.
This safety alert symbol indicates a potential
electrical shock. It warns you not to open the paper
cutter and expose yourself to hazardous voltage.
THE FOLLOWING WARNINGS ARE FOUND ON THE
CATENA 35/65 LAMINATOR.
This means you can be seariously hurt or killed if you
open the product and expose yourself to hazardous
voltage.
Do not open. No user servicable parts insides. Refer
servicing to qualitfied service personal.
This safety message means that you could be burned
and your fingers or hands could be trapped and
crushed in the hot rollers. Clothing, jewelry long hair
could be caught in the rollers and pull you into
them.
This safety notice means you can cut yourself if
not careful operating the trimmer.
WARNING: Do not attempt to service or
repair the laminator.
WARNING: do not connect the
laminator to an electrical supply or attempt to
operate the laminator until you have
completely read these instructions. Maintain
these instructions in a convenient location for
future reference.
General Safeguards
 Use this laminator only for its intended
purposes as according to the specifications
outlined in the operating instructions.
 Keep hands, long hair, loose clothing and
articles such as necklaces or ties away from
the front of the rollers to avoid
entanglement and entrapment.
 Avoid contact with the rollers during
operation or shortly after the laminator has
been turned off. The rollers can reach
temperatures in excess of 300ºF.
 Keep hands and fingers away from the path
of the sharp film cutter blade located at the
film exit.
 Do not place the laminator on an unstable
cart, stand or table. An unstable surface
may cause the laminator to fall resulting in
serious bodily injury. Avoid quick stops,
excessive force and uneven floor surfaces
when moving the laminator on a cart or
stand.
 Do not defeat or remove electrical and
mechanical safety equipment such as
interlocks, shields and guards.
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Do not insert objects unsuitable for lamination.
Do not expose laminator to liquids.
Electrical Safeguards
This laminator must be connected to a supply voltage
corresponding to the electrical rating as indicated on
the serial plate located on the rear of the machine.
Unplug the laminator before moving it, or when it is not
in use for an extended period of time.
Do not operate the laminator with a damaged power
supply cord or plug.
Do not overload electrical outlets as this can result in
fire or shock.
Do not alter the attachment plug. This plug is
configured for the appropriate electrical supply.
The unit is intended for indoor use only.
CAUTION: The receptacle must be located near
the equipment and easily accessible. Do not use an
extension cord.
Disconnect the attachment plug from the receptacle to
which it is connected and keep the power supply cord
in your possession while moving the laminator.
Do not operate the laminator with a damaged power
supply cord or attachment plug, upon occurrence of a
malfunction, or after laminator has been damaged.
Contact an authorized GBC service representative for
assistance.
GBC Technical Service
To order replacement accessories, service, parts,
or an Equipment Maintenance Agreement, please
contact GBC Technical Service and Support at:
United States
ACCO Brands GBC Technical Service and Support
4 Corporate Drive Lake Zurich, IL 60047-8997
www.gbcconnect.com
1-800-723-4000
Canada
Ontario and Quebec – 1-800-268-3310
All other Provinces – 1-800-268-3447
Local 905-595-3100
Callcentre@GBCCanada.com
Mexico
(55) 1500 5778
Lada SIN costo: 01 800 759 6825
serviciotecnico@acco.com.mx
2. Warranty
Limited 90 Day Labor Warranty; USA, Mexico, and
Canada
ACCO Brands USA LLC, ACCO Brands, 4 Corporate
Drive, Lake Zurich, IL 60047 (in Mexico, ACCO Brands
Mexicana,Neptuno 43, Fraccionamiento Nueva
Industrial Vallejo México 07700 D.F. México), (in
Canada, ACCO Brands Canada Inc., 7381 Bramalea
Road, Mississauga ON L5S1C4) (each, respectively,
“ACCO Brands”) warrants to the original purchaser
that this ACCO Brands product is free from defects in
workmanship and material under normal use and
service for a period of: ninety (90) days for parts and
labor after purchase.
ACCO Brands’ obligation under this warranty is limited
to replacement or repair, at ACCO Brands’ option, of
any warranted part found defective by ACCO Brands
without charge for material or labor. Any replacement,
at ACCO Brands’ option, may be the same product or a
substantially similar product that may contain
remanufactured or refurbished parts. This warranty
shall be void in the following circumstances:
(i) if the product has been improperly installed or
misused,
(ii) if the product has been damaged by negligence or
accident, or
(iii) if the product has been altered by anyone other
than ACCO Brands or ACCO Brands’ authorized agents.
Without limiting the generality of the previous
paragraph, ACCO Brands’ obligation under this limited
warranty does not include:
(iiii) damage caused to the rollers by knives, razors, or
other sharp tools; by any foreign objects falling into
the working area of the laminator; or by cleaning the
laminator with solutions or materials that harm its
surfaces;
For warranty execution, please contact ACCO Brands
at: 800-723-4000 or www.gbcconnect.com in the USA
800-263-1063 or www.gbccanada.com in Canada (55)
1500 5578 or www.accomexico.mx in Mexico
TO THE EXTENT ALLOWED BY APPLICABLE LAW,
THIS WARRANTY IS IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER
EXPRESSED WARRANTIES. REPRESENTATIONS OR
PROMISES INCONSISTENT WITH OR IN ADDITION
TO THIS WARRANTY ARE UNAUTHORIZED AND
SHALL NOT BE BINDING ON ACCO BRANDS. TO
THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAWS,
ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES (IF APPLICABLE) ARE
LIMITED IN DURATION TO THE DURATION OF
THIS WARRANTY. SOME STATES AND
JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON
HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS, SO
THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO
YOU. TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE
LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL ACCO BRANDS BE
LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE,
EXEMPLARY, CONSEQUENTIAL OR SIMILAR
DAMAGES, WHETHER OR NOT FORESEEABLE.
SOME STATES AND JURISDICTIONS DO NOT
ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF
SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY,
CONSEQUENTIAL, OR SIMILAR DAMAGES, SO THE
ABOVE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION MAY NOT
APPLY TO YOU.
FOR CONSUMERS WHO HAVE THE BENEFIT OF
CONSUMER PROTECTION LAWS OR
REGULATIONS IN THEIR JURISDICTION OF
PURCHASE OR, IF DIFFERENT, IN THEIR
JURISDICTION OF RESIDENCE, THE BENEFITS
CONFERRED BY THIS WARRANTY ARE IN
ADDITION TO ALL RIGHTS AND REMEDIES
CONVEYED BY SUCH CONSUMER PROTECTION
LAWS AND REGULATIONS.
To the extent permitted by law, this warranty is
not transferable and will automatically terminate
if the original product purchaser sells or
otherwise disposes of the product.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights. Other
rights, which vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction,
may exist. In addition some jurisdictions do not
allow (i) the exclusion of certain warranties, (ii)
limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts
and/or (iii) the exclusion or limitation of certain
types of costs and/ or damages, so the above
limitations may not apply.
3. Specifications
Model
Catena 35
Catena 65
Operating Speed
Variable
Variable
Speed 1 - 10
1 ~ 8.5ft./min.
1 ~ 8.5 ft./min.
Warm-up Time
< 10 Minutes
< 10 Minutes
Maximum Film Width
12”
27”
Maximum Film Roll Diameter
5”
5”
Film Supplies Supported:
1. Film Thickness
Nap I; Nap II; PET/LDPE; PET/EVA
 1.5mil / 3mil / 5mil / 10mil
 Cold films with rewind
accessory
Nap I; Nap II; PET/LDPE; PET/EVA
 1.5mil / 3mil / 5mil / 10mil
 Cold films with rewind
accessory
Optional Accessories:
Dimensions:
2. Width
3. Height
4. Depth
5. Weight
Electrical Requirements
• Voltage
• Receptacle
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2.25” Shaft
Rewind kit
Machine:
23” (58.4cm)
14” (35.6cm)
21” (53.3cm)
81lbs (36.7 kg)
Shipping:
28” (71.1cm)
18” (45.7cm)
26” (66.1cm)
86 lbs (39.0 kg)
Electrical Requirements
• 120V, 60Hz
• NEMA 5-15R
Figure 1. Catena 35/65 Dimensions
2.25” Shaft
Rewind kit
Machine:
Shipping:
35” (88.9cm)
41” (104.1cm)
14” (35.6cm)
18” (45.7cm)
21” (53.3cm)
26” (66.1cm)
111lbs (50.3kgs)
116 lbs (52.6kgs)
(52.6kgs)
Electrical Requirements
•
•
120V, 60Hz
NEMA 5-15R
FCC Class B Notice
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

This device may not cause harmful
interference.
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This device must accept any interference
received, including interference that may
cause undesired operation.
NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found
to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device,
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits
are designed to provide reasonable protection
against harmful interference in a residential
installation. This equipment generates, uses, and
can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not
installed and used in accordance with the
instructions, may cause harmful interference to
radio communications. However, there is no
guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this equipment does cause
harmful interference to radio or television reception,
which can be determined by turning the equipment
off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct
the interference by one or more of the following
measures:

Reorient or relocate the receiving
antenna.
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Increase the separation between the
equipment and receiver.

Connect the equipment into an outlet on
a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.

Consult the dealer or an experienced
radio/TV technician for help.
Disposal
At the end of its useful life, your product is
considered to be Waste Electrical and Electronic
Equipment (WEEE). As such, it is important to note
that:

WEEE is not to be disposed of as unsorted
municipal waste. It is to be collected
separately such that it can be disassembled
so its components and materials can be
recycled, re-used, and recovered (burned
for energy content in electricity
production).

Public collection points have been set up by
municipalities for the collection of WEEE,
free of charge to you.

Please return your WEEE to the collection
facility nearest your home or office.

If you have difficulty locating a collection
facility, the retailer that sold you the
product should accept your WEEE.

If you are no longer in contact with your
retailer, please contact ACCO for assistance
with this matter.

Recycling of WEEE is geared toward
protecting the environment, protecting
human health, preserving raw materials,
improving sustainable development, and
ensuring a better supply of commodities in
the European Union. This will be achieved
by retrieving valuable secondary raw
materials and reducing the disposal of
waste. You can contribute to the success of
these goals by returning your WEEE to a
collection facility.

Your product is marked with the WEEE
symbol (wheelie bin with an X through it).
This symbol is to inform you that WEEE is
not to be disposed of as unsorted municipal
waste.
Canada Class B Notice - Avis
Canada, Class B
This Class B digital apparatus complies with
Canadian ICES-003.
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme
à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
Modifications
Any modifications made to this device that are
not approved by ACCO Brands may void the
authority granted to the user by the FCC and/or
by Industry Canada to operate this equipment.
Toutes modifications apportées à ce dispositif
et non approuvées par ACCO Brands annuleront le
droit accordé à l’utilisateur par le FCC et/ou par
Industrie Canada de faire fonctionner cet
équipement.
4. Installation
Service
WARNING: Do not attempt to service or repair
the laminator. Failure to observe this warning could
result in severe personal injury or death.
Disconnect the plug from the receptacle and contact
GBC Technical Service when one or more of the
following has occurred.
 The power supply cord or attachment plug is
damaged.
 Liquid has been spilled into the laminator.
 The laminator is malfunctioning after being
mishandled.
 The laminator does not operate as described in
these instructions.
Installation
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Shipping damage should be brought to the
immediate attention of the delivering carrier.
Place the laminator on a stable flat surface
capable of supporting 150 lbs.
The surface should be at least 30” high to
assure comfortable positioning during
operation. All four rubber feet should be on the
supporting surface.
Connect power cord to an appropriate power
source. Avoid connecting other equipment to
the same branch circuit to which the laminator
is connected as this may cause nuisance
tripping of the circuit breaker or blown fuses.
The laminator should be positioned to allow
exiting film to drop freely to the floor.
Accumulation of laminate as it exits the
laminator may cause film to wrap around the
rollers, causing a jammed condition.
Avoid placing laminator near sources of heat or
cold. Avoid locating the laminator in the direct
path of forced, heated or cooled air.
Caring for Catena 35/65
The only maintenance required by the operator is to
periodically clean the rollers. Keeping the rollers clean
ensures that your finished items will not be damaged by
dirt and adhesive build-ups.
CAUTION: the following procedure is performed
while the laminator is hot. Use extreme caution.
WARNING: Do not apply cleaning fluids or
solvents to the rollers.
WARNING: Do not attempt to laminate
adhesives marked ‘Flammable’.
WARNING: Do not expose laminator to liquids.
 Remove the film from the laminator following the
procedure outlined in the section FILM LOADING
AND THREADING.
 Clean the top and bottom rollers with a clean,
damp lint-free cloth. If there are any adhesive
build-ups, you may use isopropyl alcohol instead of
water.
 To remove difficult debris Preheat the laminator
until the READY LAMP () illuminates.
 Push and hold the SLOW Backward button to
rotate the upper and lower rollers with the safety
shield open.
 Follow the procedure in section FILM LOADING
AND THREADING, Method Using Film Threading
Card to reload the laminator.
Note: Do not use metal scouring pads to clean the heat
rollers!
Note: Covering machine when not in use will reduce
dust build-up on the rollers and film which can lead to
poor lamination quality.
WARNING: Do not laminate glitter and/or
metallic items. Damage to the rollers may result.
The side covers and feed table can be cleaned with a
lint-free cloth and a mild detergent.
5. Feature Guide
i. READY – Machine is ready to use when
machine beeps and the  Icon LED turns
GREEN.
ii. WARM-UP – Machine is warming up when
the  Icon LED is AMBER.
Figure 2
1.
POWER: Applies power to the laminator and fan.
The ‘ON’ position is indicated by the ‘I‘ symbol.
The ‘OFF’ position marked ‘O’ symbol (figure 2).
a. MAIN POWER SWITCH – Located at the back of
the machine, applies power to the laminator.
b. FAN POWER SWITCH – Located at the back of the
machine, applies power to the fan.
c. CIRCUIT BREAKER – Protects machine from power
surges. To reset push the circuit breaker
Figure 3
2.
CONTROL PANEL:
a. TEMPERATURE DISPLAY – Shows the set point
temperature that the machine will maintain during
operation.
b. ON/OFF BUTTON –Used to put the machine in
Standby mode or wake the machine up from
Standby mode. Status indicators (b2) tell you the
status of the machine.
iii. STANDBY – When
icon is illuminated
AMBER, machine is in Standby mode.
Press the ON/OFF button to wake the
machine and warm-up to operational
temperature.
c. TEMPERATURE ADJUST – Toggle the
temperature up and down. If pressed and held
temperature will increment by 10 instead of 1
once it reaches a 10’s number (i.e. 238, 239,
240, 250, etc.)
d. TEMPERATURE READING – press to display
current machine temperature.
e. HOT/COLD OPERATION – Toggles between
Cold and Hot mode. Hot mode default is 230 F
(110 C) while cold mode default is 70 F (21 C).
f. PRESETS (1-3) –Select desired temperature and
film thickness settings. Push preset button for 5
seconds to save values.
g. FILM SELECTION –Press the film selection
button to toggle between films less than 3 mil
(75mic), between 3-5 mil (75-125mic), and
greater than 5 mil (125mic)
h. SPEED CONTROL – Controls the speed of the
laminator when the run button is pushed.
i. AUTOSPEED – Machine runs at optimum
speed for the film type selected. PUSH the
speed dial to turn this feature ON/OFF.
GREEN LED will illuminate when ON.
ii. MANUAL SETTINGS 1 THRU 10 – Operator
can manually select the speed 1 – 10. The
speed will increase as you adjust from 1 to
10. AUTOSPEED must be turned OFF to
manually adjust speeds.
i. RUN – Push the RUN button to run the
laminator in the forward direction.
j. SLOW FORWARD/REVERSE – Press and Hold to
run the machine slowly in Forward or Reverse.
Using SLOW Speed will allow the machine to
run even when Heat Shield is open.
k. STOP – Used to Stop the laminator. There are
two stop buttons one on front panel and one
on back of the machine.
Figure 7a
9.
Figure 4
3.
4.
HEAT SHIELD: (figure 4) Prevents inadvertent
contact with the heat rollers. The HEAT SHIELD
must be lowered for the RUN operation to work.
FEED TABLE: (figure 4) The Feed Table is used to
position items for lamination. Feed table must be
closed and latched for laminator to operate.
Figure 7b
GAPPING: Gaps the heated nip rollers and pull
rollers allowing mounting boards to be fed for
mounting applications. To adjust pull and rotate
handle to desired position (Figure 7b).
10. PULL ROLLERS: The Pull Rollers are located at the
back of the laminator. They simultaneously pull
the film through the laminator and provide tension
as the film cools to ensure quality lamination.
Figure 8
11. REAR SLITTER: (figure 8) Used to cut the film when
it exits the rear of the laminator.
Figure 5
5.
FEED TABLE LATCHES: (figure 5) Used to unlock
and lock the FEED TABLE.
6.
FEED TABLE GUIDE: (figure 5) Aligns items as they
are fed into the laminator. Helpful on longer items
to reduce skew. The guide can be moved by
loosening the knob and sliding the guide to the
desired position and then tightening the knob.
12. AUTO SHUT-OFF: After two hours of inactivity the
laminator will enter Standby mode reducing
temperature and conserving energy. After three
hours of inactivity the machine will shut down. To
activate the laminator, ensure the Main Power
button is in the ON position (‘I ‘) and press the
ON/OFF button on the front of the machine.
Figure 9
13. AUTOGRIP SHAFTs: The Catena 35/65 use two
autogrip shafts (figure 9) to hold laminating film.
Figure 10a
Figure 6
7.
HEATED NIP ROLLERS: (figure 6) Heats the film to
activate the adhesive and provides pressure to
ensure film adheres to the media.
8.
IDLER BARS: (figure 6) The Idler Bars, located near
each supply roll, are used to direct the film to the
NIP ROLLERS. The lower Idler Bar is attached to the
Feed Table to facilitate easy film loading.
Figure 10b
14. FILM BRACKET AND HOLDER: Film supply is
loaded into the holder (figure 10a) and bracket
(figure 10b).
15. BRAKE TENSION KNOBS: Adjust tension on the
film. Turning clockwise “+” indicator will increase
tension, while turning counter clockwise “-“will
decrease tension.
7. Operation
FILM LOADING
CAUTION: the following procedure is
performed while the laminator is hot. Use extreme
caution.
TIP: Film loading is easiest when machine is in a
Ready State or while warming up.
Figure 11
Figure 12
Figure 13
Figure 14
Figure 15
Figure 16
Step 1: Lift Safety Shield and lower feed table by
pushing down on table latches (Fig. 11)
Step 2: If reloading film, cut the remaining top and
bottom film webs between the supply rolls and the
idler bars (Fig 11). Skip this step if no film currently
on the machine.
Step 3: Remove old rolls of film (Fig. 12)
a. Remove autogrip shafts from machine by
lifting up from the film bracket and lightly
pulling out of film holder
b. Remove spring clip from one end and slide
empty film roll off the shaft.
Step 4: Install new film rolls (Fig 13)
a. With the feed table in the open position, rest
the new roll of film on the idler bar and edge
of the feed table.
b. Ensure one spring clip is set in the proper
grove based on film width.
c. Slide the roll of film on the shaft, ensuring
film is in proper orientation. Reference
Figure 16 for top and bottom roll.
d. Replace the second spring clip on the other
end of the film and ensure it fits in groove on
film shaft to prevent film from shifting.
Step 5: Thread the film (Reference Fig. 14 and 16)
a. Unwind top and bottom film rolls allowing
enough slack for threading.
b. Drape Lower supply roll (Role 1) over the top
idler bar allowing enough slack to close the
feed table.
c. Drape the Upper supply roll (2) over the film
from the lower roll.
d. Ensure top and bottom film edges are
aligned.
Step 6: Close the feed table and the Heat Shield.
Turn the top supply roll an extra ¼ turn to create
slack in the film of the top roller. (Fig 15)
Step 7: Using the film threading card included with
the film, push the film into the NIP of the Heat
Rollers. Continue to push the threading card while
the Forward button is hit in step 9 (Fig 15). If
reloading and film is left from previous rolls you can
adhere the new film to old film and threading card
is not needed.
Step 8: Using the Slow Forward button push and
hold while watching the film thread through the
Heat & Pull rollers and observe the film exiting the
back of the laminator.
OPERATION
1. Move the Main Power switch to the ‘ON’ ( )
position (figure 1).
2. Ensure the proper film is selected.
3. Manually adjust or select preset for proper
temperature setting.
4. When the laminator reaches operating
temperature, the green ready indicator () on
the control panel will illuminate.
5. Position the item(s) to be laminated on the feed
table.
6. Press the RUN button
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7. Slide the item(s) to be laminated into the Heated
Nip Rollers.
8. When the laminated item(s) exit the rear of the
laminator, hit the Stop Button
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9. Use the Rear Slitter located at the back of the
laminator to separate the laminated item(s) from
the film web.
10. During use watch the film exit to ensure film is
not drawn back into exit to prevent film wraps.
Note: Continuously feeding similar size media in the
same location will create a wear spot. Mixing up the
feeding location will give heat rollers longer life.
BRAKE TENSION ADJUSTMENT
Allows the operator to independently increase or
decrease film web tension as needed to reduce curl
and wrinkles. To increase tension “+” rotate
clockwise and to decrease tension “-“ rotate
counterclockwise. Refer to the trouble shooting guide
for tips when to adjust tension.
FAN
The Catena 65 includes a fan which can be turn on
independently of the machine using the switch on the
back. The Fan assist in cooling the film before
entering the pull rollers. Recommended when
running large jobs, using higher speeds or running at
higher temperatures. Refer to the trouble shooting
guide for recommendations when to turn the fan on.
CLEARING A JAM
Film jams may occur if the laminator is not positioned
to allow exiting film to drop freely to the floor.
Accumulation of laminate as it exits the laminator may
cause film to wrap around the roller, causing a
jammed condition. To clear a jam it is necessary to
rotate the rollers in a reverse direction.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Immediately stop the laminator by hitting
the Stop Button
Open the Heat Shield and the Feed Table
Cut the top and bottom film webs by the
Idler bars
Grasp the loose ends of the web and pull
toward the front of the machine while
pushing and holding the Slow Reverse button
.
When the film has cleared the Heat Rollers
stop the laminator by letting go of the Slow
Reverse Button
Re-thread the film following the FILM
LOADING instructions earlier
LAMINATION SPEED GUIDE
When using AutoSpeed the machine will operate
at a recommend speed based on film thickness
selected. The speed will adjust automatically
based on changes in the roller temperature to
ensure quality output.
Turn-off AutoSpeed by pressing the Speed Control
dial and manually set the speed based on the
reccomendations below.
Temperature & Speed
Recommendations
Film Thickness
Temperature
Speed &
<5MIL (125MIC)
5MIL (125MIC)
>5MIL (125MIC)
Board Mounting
220-230F
105-110C
220-230F
105-110C
195-205F
90-95C
260-270F
125-132
4
3
2
2
Lamination Tips
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Do not attempt to laminate abrasive or
metal items such as staples or paper clips as
they will damage the heat rollers.
Do not force items into the nip area of the
rollers. An item that is not easily drawn into
the laminator is probably too thick to
laminate.
Wrinkles may result if an attempt is made to
reposition an item once the rollers have
grasped it.
Do not stop the laminator before an item
has completely exited the rear of the
laminator. Even a momentary stop will
cause a mark (heat line) to appear on the
laminated item.
Adhesive will be deposited on the Heat
Rollers if:
o
o
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Only one roll of film is used. The top and
bottom rolls must be used for problem
free lamination.
One or both rolls of film are allowed to
run completely off the core.
Top and bottom roll film edges are not
evenly aligned
5.
Running Boards:
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2.
3.
4.
Check film for wrinkles by running some
through the machine
Make sure the gap setting is all the way closed
and film is coming out of the back
Verify that there are no wrinkles in the film
and use the side guide to place the board right
before the nip of the heat rollers
i. Use a proper gap setting based on the
thickness of your board
After gapping push the back of the board until
6.
7.
8.
it enters the nip
i. Keep an eye on film coming out of the
back of the machine so that it doesn’t
bunch up
As board gets close to pull rollers begin
pushing the back of the board again to
prevent a stall or stop that will create a heat
mark on image.
Check for any problems with film tension
and/or marks on images
As the board is about to leave the pull rollers,
disengage gap handle and start applying
manual pressure by pushing the gapping
handle toward the Close position. This will
help prevent air bubbles.
Use the trimmer to cut finished board loose.
SYMPTON
Machine will not turn ON
TROUBLE SHOOTING
POSSIBLE CAUSE
The Main Power switch on the back is
not in the ‘ON’ ( I ) position.
Laminator is not connected to power
source
CORRECTIVE ACTION
Move the main power switch to the ‘ON’ (
I ) position
Insert plug into appropriate receptacle
Reset the circuit breaker
The Fuse has been blown
Machine is ON but will not
run
Heat Shield or Feed Table are not fully
closed to activate safety switch
User can put the machine in normal
operational mode by pressing the on/off
button or recycle power to the machine
Ensure the Heat Shield and Feed table are
fully closed.
Machine rollers stop/stall
while laminating
Media is too thick
If possible use thinner media.
Look for film wrap around rollers
If film is wrapped around roller use
procedure outlined in Clearing a Jam.
Too much pressure
Check gap setting
Excessive film tension
Threading card is too short or flimsy
Make film tension looser
Use a different threading card
Down curl
Adjust pressure, loosen the bottom roller
by hand for threading card
Up curl
Use a finger deflector to help guide film
into pull rollers. Loosen top roller by hand.
Ensure ready light is on. Ensure that
temperature set point is correct for the
film being used. Increase set temperature
if needed.
Machine is in full sleep mode
Film doesn’t reach pull roller
or wraps around pull roller
Film doesn’t stick to media
Film or Media appears cloudy,
milky or silvering (very small
dots typically seen in dark
areas)
Machine not hot enough
Running too fast
Try slower speed setting
Wrong Film Setting
Confirm proper film thickness selected
Adhesives will not stick to select
Inks/Toners/Toner Oils/Coatings
If possible print document on another
printer
Not enough pressure
Machine not hot enough
Check gap setting
Ensure ready light is on. Ensure that
temperature set point is correct for the
film being used. Increase set temperature
if needed.
Running too fast
Try slower speed setting
Wrong Film Setting
Confirm proper film thickness selected
Adhesives will not stick to select
Inks/Toners/Toner Oils/Coatings
If possible print document on another
printer
Machine can also be too hot
If above does not resolve try letting the
machine cool and use a lower set point.
Long Ripples appear on the
Film and/or Media
Film is too hot when exiting the pull
rollers on the back of the machine.
Slow down the laminator
Common on longer lamination runs. Turn
the fan on, or try shorter runs. Stop to let
cool if problem will not go away.
Waves on one side of the film
or media
The film is walking during lamination due
to uneven tension
Try swapping the top and bottom film rolls
Waves appear outward from
the trailing edge of media
(Boat Waking)
Will occur on thicker media
Use thinner media when possible
Loss of tension on the edges of the film
in the pull rollers
Machine is too hot
Slowing down will reduce amount of boat
waking
Ensure Ready light is on
Appearance of small dimples
on media and film (Orange
Peel)
Lower the set point
Turn on fans
Confirm proper film thickness selected
Allow machine to cool / Run some film
without media to extract heat from rollers
Media and film have little
square patterns on the output
(Checker boarding)
Film is too hot when exiting the pull
rollers on the back of the machine.
Gap/Air Pocket between the
edge of the media and the
film (Tenting)
Typically found when thicker media is
used
Slow down the laminator
Common on longer lamination runs. Turn
the fan on, or try shorter runs. Stop to let
cool if problem will not go away.
Try running slower
Ensure ready light is on and proper
temperature set point.
Use smaller gap setting is possible
Film has bubbles
Uneven tension across the width of the
film
When possible use thinner media
Swap the top and bottom rolls
Debris in film and/or on the media or
roller
Wipe them down with a lint-free cloth
Cut or divot in the heat roller silicone
Use caution when slitting film for roll
changes or jams to prevents cuts into the
rollers. Damaged rollers should be
replaced by trained service technician.
No tension on film
Film curls opposite directions
on the edges as it exits the
back.
Media has curl when
lamination complete
Film supplies not properly matched
during manufacturing process
Film rolls have too much tension or drag
on them.
Increase tension on the film
Swap the top and bottom rolls or try
different rolls of film.
Adjust tension setting with the Brake
Knob. Reduce tension on the film roll that
the output curls towards (if the output
curls up, reduce tension on the upper roll).
In general, tension should be even
between the top and bottom for flat
output.
Film Rolls have different amounts of
tension
Wrinkles in film as the film
enters the Heat Rollers
Not enough tension on film rolls
Excessive Adhesive build up
on the Heat Roller edges
The Top and Bottom roller are not
aligned.
Try swapping top and bottom rolls to
change the tension.
Operator should use rolls of film that are
approximately the same diameter.
Increase tension with the brake tension
knobs.
User should verify that top and bottom
rolls are aligned before and during use.
Ensure spring clips for top and bottom
rollers in same grove and film is flush
against the spring clips.
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