Sign & Digital Graphics

April '17

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DIGITAL PRINTING AND FINISHING DIGITAL GRAPHICS F I N I S H I N G E Q U I P M E N T T I P S Taking steps now to keep your laminator running up to spec helps avoid headaches later on B Y B I L L S C H I F F N E R 38 • April 2017 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S P rinting and finishing equipment are hugely important elements in today's sign shops. But if that equipment isn't properly maintained, there can be disruptions in production workflow and a shop owner could lose money very quickly. Following proper equipment maintenance schedules is key to keeping your business run- ning smoothly. Such is the case with film lami- nators. Like all the equipment in your business they need to be maintained to ensure that they run at optimal efficiency. Most laminator manufacturers highlight in their manuals regular maintenance instructions and intervals, which include regular cleaning of all parts. A well-maintained laminator can help save money and avoid problems in the long run. Bill Schiffner is a free- lance writer/editor based in Holbrook, New York. He has covered the imaging industry for 29 years and has reported on many evolving digital imaging tech- nologies including wide-format print- ing and newer electronic digital sig- nage. He was the editor for a number of imaging publications and websites. He can be reached at bschiffner@ Most laminator main- tenance involves basic common sense. A tech- nician at AGL checks the chain tension on a model 64I lamina- tor. (Image courtesy of Advanced Greig Laminators) 101 Laminator Maintenance

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