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Re: [BKARTS] Xyron laminators?

Hi, Ben
The Xyron laminator applies a clear plastic film that is coated on one side
with a contact glue which forms a firm bond with the substrate. The film comes
in a disposable cartridge. Cartridges are available loaded with single-sided
laminate; double-sided laminate; laminate which has contact glue on both sides
(for making signs which stick to a wall), etc. The lamination machine has a
crank on the side which rolls the substrate between two rolls, firmly applying
the laminate to the substrate. At the same time it removes a protective film
from the adhesive. There is a cut-off blade built in, but it is not very
accurate, so the covers come out with different lengths.
    I use the Xyron 8500, which applies lamination which covers 8.5 inch wide
cover stock, plus about 1/8 inch on each side. They also make machines which
take 4", 12", and even wider stock.
    I use single-sided lamination, which adheres well to book covers. I never
use coated stock for book covers which are to be laminated unless I am
printing a photo on the cover. The laminate adheres well to coated stock, but
some coatings adhere less well to the substrate. Usually I use index card
stock, which is not coated.
   I have not found Xyron lamination to cause curl. However, when you laser
print cover-weight stock, the fuser temperature causes it to curl temporarily.
This is because the heat takes more moisture out of one side of the paper than
the other. Storage of the freshly printed items, unwrapped, in a room with
about 50 percent humidity, for 24 to 48 hours, will remove almost all of the
curl. Do not laminate the stock before it has uncurled or the lamination will
tend to retain the curl.
    The bond between the lamination and the cover stock is tighter with Xyron
than with the hot laminations I have tried, but there are many types of hot
laminators and hot lamination film which I have not tried.
    I printed song books which have been used weekly by the local Exchange
club for three years. The non-laminated books are a mess, with coffee stains,
ink marks, etc. The ones with laminated covers still look like new. No
scratches. I have never heard of anyone using nylon or mylar for book covers.
     The 8.5 inch wide single laminate costs about $25 for 100 feet. That is
about 25 cents per pocket book cover; less than 50 cents per 8.5 x 11" book.
The cost is less in quantities. Hot laminate is cheaper per square foot, but
the laminator is much more expensive, there is more waste, and the bond is not
as good.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Book_Arts-L: READ THE FAQ at http://www.philobiblon.com
>[mailto:BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU]On Behalf Of Ben Wiens
>I am very curious about the Xyron laminator that Rupert Evans mentioned
>again. I checked back and Rupert had mentioned the Xyron before but I
>thought it was just like any other laminator. Now I see that this laminator
>applies a layer of cold glue but rolls the paper and plastic laminate
>together. It seems to be more versatile than hot laminating and can laminate
>a huge variety of things. I would be very interested to know the following
>about the Xyron laminator:
>   1. Does the one sided lamination result in curling of book cover card
>   2. Does the Xyron cold glue hold stronger on card stock than the typical
>hot lamination? Is it hard to delaminate from card stock? What about heavily
>coated stock?
>   3. I understand that the Xyron plastic lamination is polypropylene. I
>have heard this is softer than Mylar or Nylon, but is the Xyron
>polypropylene acceptable for books in terms of scuffing and scratching?
>   4. Is the Xyron lamination more expensive that hot lamination or other
>lamination systems? I figured the Xyron lamination would cost about 80 cents
>US for a 8.5 x 11 inch book format. I want to use it for semi production
>book binding.
>   5. Is it possible to buy Xyron lamination supplies in bulk for a lower
>cost when my volumes go up?
>   6. What other neat things could I do as far as book covers go with this
>Xyron cold lamination system?
>Ben Wiens...applied energy scientist

Rupert N. Evans
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