Support - Tips and Tricks
Helpful Hints and FAQ's
GBC Presentation and Finishing Solutions give your presentations the most impact. We can help you stand out from your competitors, impress potential clients or employees, and create a consistent brand image across your communications. Our expert consultants will work with you to create the right solutions for your company, your industry and your unique project needs. A complete range of options and solutions lets us give your work a unique and more professional appearance.
Below is a brief list of hints, suggestions and answers to frequently asked questions to help you achieve a great document presentation and a quality finish.
How to avoid laminator film wrap-up?
By allowing 10-15 cm of lamination film to hang out of the laminator as you start your lamination job and by making sure the back of the laminator is not up against a wall, cabinet or other obstruction, you should assure wrap-free operation. Most GBC laminators have a wrap-free feature, but it is always good to allow that clearance.
Lamination turning out bubbly?
If you are using a thermal (heat) laminator, then the heat setting may be too high for the item being laminated. If the machine has a control to adjust the heat, try lowering the temperature. Also, if using a thermal pouch laminator, make sure that you are using a "carrier" for the pouch - and the correct carrier.
Cloudy lamination is usually the result of insufficient heat. If the machine has a control to adjust the heat, try increasing the temperature. Also, if using a thermal pouch laminator, you may be using a laminating pouch that is too thick for the machine (some machines have pre-set temperatures designed to work with standard pouch films - usually 3 and 5 mil).
How to get adhesive off pouch laminator rollers?
While the pouch laminator is still hot, run a sheet of copy paper through without a carrier or pouch. This will remove any adhesive buildup. The best way to prevent adhesive from getting on the rollers is to use a carrier all the time when laminating.
Why won't thermal film stick to ink jet output?
Providing the laminator temperature and speed settings are correct, the most likely culprit is your image. Ink jet prints that are not completely dry can prove to be impossible to laminate. Inks contain Glycol to prevent the ink from clogging the nozzels. Glycol is an oily-type solvent that is not compatible with thermal adhesives. Now, what can be done to improve adhesion? First, make sure you are properly using the ink limiting setting during your RIP. Ink limiting will reduce your drying time. Next, choose the proper media to print on. High gloss papers are difficult to laminate because most of the ink rests on the receptive coating of the paper. Matte papers absorb more moisture and are therefore, easier to laminate. Remember, your prints must be completely dry before laminating, and highly saturated prints will take longer to dry.
What causes silvering?
In thermal films, silvering is caused by the adhesive not "wetting out" properly. This can be solved by either increasing the temperature setting, or slowing down the speed setting. Sometimes you may need to do both. This will promote a better adhesive flow. The same principles apply to cold laminates. A temperature setting of 110oF will help wet out the adhesive and accelerate the initial bond.
How long will ink jet image last if protected with a U.V. overlaminate?
Generally speaking, overlaminates with U.V. inhibitors will extend the life of your image by 3-4 times. Dye-based inks, when subjected to high levels of U.V. radiation, can fade in as little as a few days. This means that even with a protective overlaminate, your dye-based image can be damaged in as little as 2 weeks. Pigmented inks last significantly longer than dye-based. Laminated images printed with pigmented inks can expect a six to twelve month outdoor lifespan without experiencing significant U.V. fading.
Helpful Hints Binding
What to consider when selecting a binding style?
There are many factors to consider when choosing a binding style. We recommend that you answer the following questions to help you determine which binding style is most suitable to your needs.
What are the elements of an attractive presentation?
How to determine what size of binding element to order?
GBC Canada recommends sheet capacity ranges for each binding style during on-line ordering. These capacities are based on 20lb. bond paper. Thicker paper stocks, covers and index tabs should also be taken in to consideration. If the sheet capacity of your document is close to the high end of the recommended range, GBC suggests ordering the next larger size.
What customization is available to enhance documents?
GBC Australia offers free consultation services on a comprehensive range of custom products and services. Choose from screenprinting, embossing and foil stamping to dress up your documents. Add your company logo and vision statement to support your overall corporate identity. Print your name and logo on the spine of the plastic combs to give your document the corporate image.
What is Modular Binding?
Several years ago, GBC pioneered the design of tabletop binding equipment that separated the punch and bind function for greater productivity. Previous equipment designs integrated both functions into one "combo" unit. Our modular binding product line includes three tabletop punches and three stackable bind stations for plastic binding, colour coil and twin loop wire.
How can GBC help with my next meeting or presentation?
Binders and index tabs are just the beginning. GBC is your complete source for document and presentation solutions, ranging from pocket folders to media packaging and tote boxes. From concept to the delivery of final product, we can package your presentation just the way you want it.
As the world leader in binding solutions, GBC has everything you need for success. With our easy-to-use binding systems, you can make presentations right in your office or at your desk. Whether you only want to bind a few internal documents, or you need a system that can handle high-volume projects fast, we offer a variety of ways to customize your message and get your work the attention it deserves.