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Replacement 27″ Rolls of Lamination Film – Machine Compatibility List

Monday, February 11th, 2013

27" Wide Roll Lamination FilmIf you own a laminator and are looking for some replacement lamination film (found here), you may be wondering if the film you are finding is going to work with your machine. At ABC Office, we offer a great selection of affordable film, so I have taken each of our 27″ wide roll laminators and have created a list that shows which machine is compatible with our standard 27″ wide film. This list will help you find compatible roll lamination film.

The most common type of 27″ roll lamination film we offer is what’s known as thermal lamination film, meaning the glue is activated by heat. This film has a glossy finish and is totally clear when laminated. We offer our 27″ wide roll film in 1.5, 3, 5 and 10 mil thicknesses. The length of the film depends on the thickness of the film. Our 1.5 mil film is 500 feet long, where our 10 mil film is 100 feet long. The higher the mil thickness, the thicker the film. One mil equals 0.001″.

I will begin by listing our 27″ wide 1.5 mil thick film that has a 1″ core and will go up from there. Remember, I am only covering the 27″ wide film in this article. Also be aware that most 27″ laminators can use smaller width rolls.

27" Wide Roll Laminators27″ Film 1.5 Mil w/ 1″ Core (found here)
Compatible Roll Laminators:

  • EZLam School Budget
  • ARL 2700 Roll Laminator
  • Tamerica TCC2700
  • EZLam 27″ Roll Laminator
  • GBC Pinnacle 27 (Non EZLoad Version)
  • GBC Ultima 65 Roll Laminator
  • Mightly-Lam 2700 Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Compass Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Premier 4 Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Professor Laminator
  • SircleLam SRL-2700-HR
  • SircleLam SRL-2700-Plus
  • SircleLam Eclipse
  • SircleLam QuickPrint 27

ARL2700 Roll Laminator27″ Film 3 Mil w/ 1″ Core (found here)
Compatible Roll Laminators:

  • EZLam School Budget
  • ARL 2700 Roll Laminator
  • Tamerica TCC2700
  • EZLam 27″ Roll Laminator
  • GBC Pinnacle 27 (Non EZLoad Version)
  • GBC Ultima 65 Roll Laminator
  • Mightly-Lam 2700 Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Compass Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Premier 4 Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Professor Laminator
  • SircleLam SRL-2700-HR
  • SircleLam SRL-2700-Plus
  • SircleLam Eclipse
  • SircleLam QuickPrint 27

Ledco Compass 27" Roll Laminator27″ Film 5 Mil w/ 1″ Core (found here)
Compatible Roll Laminators:

  • Tamerica TCC2700
  • EZLam 27″ Roll Laminator
  • Mightly-Lam 2700 Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Compass Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Premier 4 Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Professor Laminator
  • SircleLam Eclipse
  • SircleLam QuickPrint 27

Ledco Professor 27" Roll Laminator27″ Film 10 Mil w/ 1″ Core (found here)
Compatible Roll Laminators:

  • Tamerica TCC2700
  • EZLam 27″ Roll Laminator
  • Mightly-Lam 2700 Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Compass Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Premier 4 Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Professor Laminator
  • SircleLam Eclipse
  • SircleLam QuickPrint 27

One thing you may notice as you look through this list is that there are far fewer roll laminators capable of handling the thicker 5 and 10 mil film. If you have a 27″ wide thermal roll laminator with a 1″ core, you can more than likely use all of the 1″ core film found on this page. You can find our entire selection of 27″ wide roll laminators here. If you are unsure, or have additional questions about compatibility with your laminator, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788. We would love to help you out.

Can You Mix the Mil Thickness of Roll Laminating Film?

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Roll Laminating FilmI recently had a customer, who was using a roll laminator, ask if they could mix the mil thickness of their film rolls (find our film here). They wanted to use a 1.5 mil thickness film on the back and a 3 mil on the front. He wanted to know if it could be done and if I had any advice on how to get it to work properly. This isn’t the firs time I’ve gotten a question like this. I have a little advice I’d like to share about mixed mil thicknesses and how to get the results you want

The above-mentioned customer wanted a thicker film on the front that would be exposed for added protection. He still wanted film on the back of the sign, but wanted to save money by using a thinner film. This is a fairly common reason for mixing film. The thinner film comes in longer rolls and costs less per square foot. Some people only laminate one side all together to save money.

Before you jump on board with mixing laminating film thicknesses, keep in mind that there is a little work involved in getting things properly set up. If you don’t want to mess around with a trial and error process, you are probably better off keeping the mil thickness the same on the top and bottom. If you want to try mixing film, whether it is for a certain look or to simply save money, here are my personal recommendations.

  • Roll LaminatorsCore Size – While you may be mixing the mill thickness of your laminating rolls, you cannot mix the core size of the film. If you’re laminator has 1″ mandrels, only use film with a 1″ diameter core.
  • Mandrel Tension – Because you are using film of different thicknesses, you will need to adjust the tension on the mandrels accordingly. Failure to adjust the tension can result in curled film. You want your film to come out of the roll laminator flat and flush. If the film is curing up, you may need to relieve tension on the top mandrel or increase tension on the bottom mandrel. This will involve a little trial and error work on your part.
  • Temperature Settings – Different film thicknesses (and brands) require different temperature settings. Thicker film often requires less temperature because it retains the heat longer. If you are using a 1.5 and a 3 mil film, you will have to play around with the temperature settings until you find that “sweet spot.” Most glossy laminating film has a melting temperature between 260 and 300 degrees Fahrenheit. I recommend starting low and working your way up. If the film is cloudy, you will need to turn up the temperature.

Once you have figured out what your laminator likes, I recommend jotting the settings down on paper so you can get things up and running in just minutes after the next roll change. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

You can find our entire selection of roll laminating film here and roll laminators here.

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