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Autobond Builds Largest And Fastest Ever Laminator

The largest laminator ever constructed by UK manufacturer Autobond is due to leave the company’s Derbyshire factory at the beginning of February to begin a journey across the seas to Texas trade laminator The Lamination Center.

The new Sheetmaster 105 TP XXL can laminate sheets, both sides in one pass, at sizes up to 1,050 x 1,400 mm (41 x 55 inches) and at speeds up to 120 metres per minute (400 feet per minute), which is believed to be the fastest output in the world for a sheet-fed film laminator. At this level of throughput, the Sheetmaster 105 TP XXL could laminate 10,000 sheets of B1 (28 x 40 inches) an hour.

Like all Autobond models the new Sheetmaster 105 TP XXL offers a high degree of automation, making the laminator easy to operate. Changing film sizes is carried out quickly and easily using an airshaft, which enables make-readies to be achieved normally in less than five minutes, using only a few sheets. The Sheetmaster 105 TP XXL incorporates a Heidelberg Speedmaster 105 feed head, which has separate pick-up and forwarding suckers to transfer sheets on to the 4 inch wide vacuum feed belts and into the laminating rollers. The feed head is processor controlled and receives continuous job data from a sophisticated encoder on the laminating roller.

Features include front-lays for greater under-lap control with thin paper and a new release-liner airshaft for floor graphics. Other features include 30 mm (1 inch) thick steel side plates that ensure durable and robust construction, Siemens electronics with a touch screen control panel, plus PLC and inverter drives. There is a digital sheet counter, an adjustable anti curl bar, pneumatically adjustable in-feed nip rollers and a pneumatic air clutch to provide constant tension between the laminator and the sheeter. The Siemens electronics enables remote machine diagnostics via a modem link to Autobond technicians.

Autobond Ltd