Posts Tagged ‘Maintenance Tips’

Roll Laminator Maintenance – Cooked / Baked Film Cleaning Tips

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Roll Laminator Maintenance - Baked,  Burnt and Cooked Laminating FilmIf you own a roll laminator, you probably understand that proper maintenance and care are required to keep things running smoothly. No matter how hard you try, accidents may happen. One of the worst accidents that can occur with a roll laminator is overheating and baked laminating film.

Baked laminating film typically occurs when a roll laminator is left unattended for too long or the temperature is turned up too high. I can remember several years ago we used a Banner American Easy Lam II and someone turned the temperature up WAY too high. About 10-15 minutes later we all noticed a pungent, strong smell of burning plastic.

Upon entering the showroom, it looked like the laminator was on fire. It looked like an indoor laminator BBQ. There was literally smoke coming out the top of it. We quickly unplugged it and wheeled it outside the building. After an hour or so, we brought it back in. At that point the damage was clear. There was baked, charred and burnt laminating film all over the heating boots and rollers.

At first I thought the laminator was a complete loss. I figured there was nothing that could  done. Our talented Service Technician was able to breathe some life back into it and clean it up to a point that it was completely usable again. Here are some tips on cleaning up and fixing your fried roll laminator.

Removing Film – To begin with, do not use a knife or scissors to remove the burnt film. This WILL cause damage to the Teflon coated boots and the silicon rollers. If this happens rollers and boots will have to be physically removed and replaced.

One way to remove burnt film is to actually turn the laminator back on, but to a barely warm state. Basically turn the laminator on as low as it goes, or even let it be on for just a minute or two. This will help warm up glue and make it easier to peel off. Be careful when doing this though. You don’t want to burn yourself.

Cleaning Burnt Glue – Once the film has been removed, it is very important to remove the cooked glue. This must be done to renew proper operation. There are a few ways to do this.

Our Service Technician says she prefers to use Martin Yale’s roller cleaner and rejuvenator. This helps break down the glue and makes it easier to clean. This is her number one tip. You can find our roller cleaner rejuvenator here.

Laminator Cleaning KitsAnother tip is to use our laminator cleaning kit. These kits include Xenit foaming cleaner and other tools to help clean up rollers and Teflon boots. You can find our laminator cleaning kits here.

Try not to use rubbing alcohol to clean the silicon rollers. While rubbing alcohol can be used to break up glue and clean the Teflon boots, the alcohol can potentially cause the rubber rollers to dry out and crack, rendering them useless.

Once most of the glue has been cleaned, a non-abrasive cleaning pad, like a Scotch-Brite green pad, can be used to clean up excess glue and charred material. The pad needs to be non-abrasive though, or it can potentially damage the Teflon coating on the boots.

These are just a few tips. If you need a replacement laminator, you can find our entire selection of roll laminators here and roll laminating film here.

Good luck!

Bent, Stuck and Dull Binding Machine Punching Pins and Dies – What To Do

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

So your binding machine has suffered a catastrophic failure. This may be a the result of a bent pin, a stuck pin or a dull pin. All three of these scenarios result in an unusable binding machine. What can you do, if anything? Luckily, in most situations, your binding machine can live a second life with a few simple replacement parts. Here are a few solutions to your broken binding machine:

Stuck Pin / Die:

To start with, a stuck punching pin can usually be fixed without any parts being replaced. If your binding machine does have a stuck pin, don’t force it out by pushing up on the punching handle. This may bend the pin.

If the pin isn’t bent, it may freed by removing the housing and carefully freeing-up the pin. This type of maintenance isn’t for everyone and may require a chat with our Service Technician.

Bent or Dull Punching Pin / Die:

A bent punching pin, unfortunately, cannot be bent back into place. It usually requires the pin itself to be replaced. A dull punching pin cannot be filed and re-sharpened and must be replaced as well. Luckily, most binding machine manufacturers sell replacement pins.

GBC is one of the only binding machine manufacturers that I am aware of that doesn’t offer replacement punching dies for most their machines. Most GBC machines are made from a “throw-way” design. If it’s broken, you toss it. GBC does, however, offer replacement pins and parts for their VeloBind machines.

Most manufacturers such as Akiles, Tamerica, Renz and others make it easy to replace punching pins. Some replacement pins are available individually, while others are available in sets. Some punching pins must be purchased as complete unit.

Binding Machine Punching Pins and Dies

Most of the tools and skills required to replace punching pins can be done by anyone. Our Service Department is more than happy to get you the replacement parts and provide phone support for changing them out. You also have the option of sending your machine into our Service Department for repair.

If your binding machine cannot be repaired, or is in dire need of a replacement, your in luck. We have one of the widest selections of binding machines available online. You will find our entire selection of book binding machine here.

How To Keep Your Binding Machine Punching Pins and Dies Sharp

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Coil Binding Machine Punching Pins / DiesAs with any piece of equipment, eventually it will need to be repaired or replaced. The same goes for binding machines. I have had several customers ask me if it is possible to sharpen a punching die after it becomes dull. Unfortunately there is no way to sharpen a binding machine punching die, but there is a way to help it last longer. Consider this preventative care.

I was talking with our Service Technician a few minutes ago and she informed me that there is a way to possibly keep binding punches sharper for a longer period of time. Now I can’t say for sure if this will work on all binding machines. She told me that many of our customers will punch a piece of wax paper once or twice a week.

Supposedly the wax will help keep the binding punches lubricated, cutting down on wear and tear. Our Service Technician told me that she has spoken with customers that swear by this and claim that this simple process has helped them keep their binding machines going five-plus years. This will supposedly also help cut down on stuck punching pins.

This is the first time I have heard of this, so I can’t say it will definitely work for you, but it seems to make sense. I hope this helps you out. You will find our entire selection of binding machine here. You can contact our Service Department by filling out this form.

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