New GBC Catena 65 27" Roll Laminator - 1715845
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New GBC Catena 65 27" Roll Laminator - 1715845

Part #: 1715845
Brand: GBC
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  • Variable Speed: 1 - 8.5 ft/min
  • Film Thickness: Up to 10 mil
  • Film Width: Up to 27"
  • Core Size: 1" (included), 2.25" (with optional core adapter)
  • 90 Day Warranty
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Product Description

This new and improved GBC Catena 65 roll laminator encapsulates and mount jobs up to 27” wide, making it the perfect choice for small print shops, universities and large offices. Plus, its increased 1/4” mounting gap ensures that mounting to foam core is quick and frustration-free. This new GBC Catena 65 has a faster lamination speed by up to 3.5ft/min than the old model. Equipped with new easy-to-use features including an open design, pivoting table, AutoSpeed and programmable presets, the GBC Catena 65 is now simpler than ever to operate-even for first-time users. Ideal in laminating posters, signage, charts, graphs, placemats,certificates, and POP displays.This New GBC Catena 65 27" Roll Laminator tackles your most demanding jobs with unmatched ease, versatility and efficiency. Old model number: 1715840

Product Details

  • Easy to Use
    • AutoSpeed takes the guesswork out of laminating and ensures the best output every time.
    • Pivoting table and heat shield provide easier access when changing film.
    • AutoGrip aluminum, lightweight shafts make it simple to remove and add film.
    • Pivoting table offers a place to rest heavy film rolls while inserting film on the shaft, simplifying the film prepping process.
    • Redesigned, easy-to-use control panel makes key buttons easier to find.
    • Additional stop button on the back of the machine allows users to easily stop the machine while viewing output.
    • Programmable preset keys store your most commonly used temperature settings.
    • Rear trimmer makes trimming after lamination hassle-free.
  • Quality & Versatility
    • Designed for thermal encapsulation and mounting applications.
    • Mount to boards up to 1/4" thick.
    • Optional rewind kit separates the release liner and enables the use of PSA films for cold applications.
    • Adjustable temperature control up to 302F degrees.
    • Variable laminating speeds from 1' - 8.5' per minute.
    • Removable shaft hooks on the back of the machine extend the exit, reducing the likelihood of film wraps.
    • Open design with improved rollers increase ease-of-use and produce better quality output.

Item Specifications

  • Product Number: 1715845
  • Warm-up Time: <10 Min
  • Variable Speed: 1 - 8.5 ft/min
  • Film Supplies Supported:
    • Film Thickness: Up to 10 mil
    • Film Width: Up to 27"
    • Core Size: 1" (included), 2.25" (with optional core adapter)
  • Film Type:
    • Thermal: Nap I; Nap II; PET/LDPE; PET/EVA
    • Cold: PSA (with optional rewind kit)
  • AutoSpeed: Yes
  • Slow Forward/Reverse: Yes
  • Fan: Yes
  • Rear Stop Button: Yes
  • Rear Trimmer: Yes
  • Fan: Yes
  • Ready Light Indicator: Yes
  • Temperature Display: Yes
  • Programmable Temperature Preset: Yes
  • Energy Saver:
    • Standby: 2 Hrs without use
    • Auto Shut-off: 3 Hrs without use
  • Rewind Kit: Optional
  • Warranty: 90 days
  • Dimensions: 35" (88.9cm) x 14" (35.6cm) x 21" (53.3cm)
  • Weight: 111lbs (50.3kg)
  • Power Requirements: 120V, 60Hz

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Demonstration Video

Transcript: Catena 65 Basic Operations. Located at the rear of the machine, you have the fan switch, the power switch and a 15 amp circuit breaker. When you turn on the Catena 65, it will automatically default to 32 degrees at speed 5. When you hit the Hot Button, it will automatically default to 230 degrees Fahrenheit. To increase the temperature, hit the Up Arrow Key. To decrease the temperature, hit the Down Arrow Key. To increase the speed, hit the Up Arrow Key and to decrease, hit the Down Arrow Key. When you hit the Measure Button, this will indicate how hot the rollers are. The Reverse Button is to ... Read More

Catena 65 Basic Operations. Located at the rear of the machine, you have the fan switch, the power switch and a 15 amp circuit breaker. When you turn on the Catena 65, it will automatically default to 32 degrees at speed 5. When you hit the Hot Button, it will automatically default to 230 degrees Fahrenheit. To increase the temperature, hit the Up Arrow Key. To decrease the temperature, hit the Down Arrow Key. To increase the speed, hit the Up Arrow Key and to decrease, hit the Down Arrow Key. When you hit the Measure Button, this will indicate how hot the rollers are. The Reverse Button is to reverse the rollers. The Run Button is to make the rollers go forward and the Stop Button is to stop the rollers.

This setting here marked 3/16 is for foam board. If you are using High-Pressure Laminate, you want to go all the way down to the 6:00 position, this is for thermal encapsulation. When you are done, you want to raise the handle back up to the 12:00 position to gap your rollers. If you do not gap your rollers, it will be a flat spot in the heat roller.

Transcript: Catena 65 Loading the film. Poly in means that the adhesive is wrapped on the inside of the roll of film. You can tell by looking at the film, it has a dull side to it; that's the adhesive side, which is on the end. If I turn the film around, this is your shiny side. This is the side that's going to be laminated. So, there's a difference. You want to make sure to put your roll on your machine, the dull side is facing you and the shiny side is against the roller.
As you see on your film shaft, you have little indentations where you can line up your film when you put it on the film shaft itse ...
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Catena 65 Loading the film. Poly in means that the adhesive is wrapped on the inside of the roll of film. You can tell by looking at the film, it has a dull side to it; that's the adhesive side, which is on the end. If I turn the film around, this is your shiny side. This is the side that's going to be laminated. So, there's a difference. You want to make sure to put your roll on your machine, the dull side is facing you and the shiny side is against the roller.
As you see on your film shaft, you have little indentations where you can line up your film when you put it on the film shaft itself. You slide this all the way to the end because we are going to load a 25 inch film on this machine. Tighten the thumbscrew, it will go right into the indentation and it will prevent the core adapter from sliding from left to right.

Now simply take your roll of film and your film shaft, slide your film shaft onto the roll of film. Make sure that the end of the film reaches the end of the core adaptor and do the same on the other side of the film shaft, sliding this core adapter on. Make sure they're tight and go ahead and finish up by tightening down the thumbscrew.

Okay, before you want to load your film on your machine, you want to take and remove your safety shield and also remove this feed table tray. To remove this feed table tray, there is a latch located on the left-hand side underneath here. You have to pull the lever towards the right of the machine, lift it up and slide the table out. Notice, this is a spring-loaded latch on the bottom.

Now that you have your film on your film shafts, you can go ahead and place it into the machine. You'll see this brass bushing on the end here. This bushing goes into the side train on the right. The left side of the machine, there is a socket that the film shaft locks into. Alright, now do the same form your top roll of film. Make sure you're brass bushing goes into the hole and slide and the hex goes into the socket and locks into place.
Okay, now that we have our film on the machine, we are going to go ahead and load it up on the front of the rollers here. We want to make sure that the dull side is facing you and the shiny side is against the rollers. Also, it's important that you make sure that you go underneath this chrome idler bar. Do the same for the bottom, take your roll of film, go underneath the idler bar, pull your film up like so; drape it over the top roll of film that you have. Give yourself a little bit of slack so you can move your idler bar into the adjacent panel. This provides tension on your roll of film.

Next, we'll go ahead and insert our feed tray and we'll go ahead and put our safety shield on. Make sure that the interlock switches on each of the corners are made with the safety shield. If it's not made and these interlock switches are not down, you will have no motor, the machine will not run.
Next, we'll take our laminating card and push it up against the rollers. Go ahead and hit the run button and the threading power will automatically feed into the rollers.

Transcript: Catena 65 Basic Operations. Located at the rear of the machine, you have the fan switch, the power switch and a 15 amp circuit breaker. When you turn on the Catena 65, it will automatically default to 32 degrees at speed 5. When you hit the Hot Button, it will automatically default to 230 degrees Fahrenheit. To increase the temperature, hit the Up Arrow Key. To decrease the temperature, hit the Down Arrow Key. To increase the speed, hit the Up Arrow Key and to decrease, hit the Down Arrow Key. When you hit the Measure Button, this will indicate how hot the rollers are. The Reverse Button is to ... Read More

Catena 65 Basic Operations. Located at the rear of the machine, you have the fan switch, the power switch and a 15 amp circuit breaker. When you turn on the Catena 65, it will automatically default to 32 degrees at speed 5. When you hit the Hot Button, it will automatically default to 230 degrees Fahrenheit. To increase the temperature, hit the Up Arrow Key. To decrease the temperature, hit the Down Arrow Key. To increase the speed, hit the Up Arrow Key and to decrease, hit the Down Arrow Key. When you hit the Measure Button, this will indicate how hot the rollers are. The Reverse Button is to reverse the rollers. The Run Button is to make the rollers go forward and the Stop Button is to stop the rollers.

This setting here marked 3/16 is for foam board. If you are using High-Pressure Laminate, you want to go all the way down to the 6:00 position, this is for thermal encapsulation. When you are done, you want to raise the handle back up to the 12:00 position to gap your rollers. If you do not gap your rollers, it will be a flat spot in the heat roller.

Staff Review

GBC Catena 65 Roll Laminator Review

By all appearances, the GBC Catena 65 offers in-plant print facilities, copy shops, and other businesses that do laminating in-house a flexible and reasonably-priced choice for professional laminating. We took a close look at this machine recently. Here is a quick overview of what we consider to be the Catena 65's strengths and weaknesses.

Strengths:

  1. One of the major strengths of the Catena 65 is the machine's superior mounting abilities. This machine can mount prints onto Gator board, foam core, and Sintra boards that are up to three sixteenths of an inch thick. There are few laminators on the market with that kind of capability.
  2. The Catena 65 gives you a lot of different options when it comes to adhesives. We found that the machine worked great whether we used pretreated board or hot mounted adhesive. This kind of versatility is awesome, and is part of why we think there are a lot of businesses out there that should take a serious look at this machine.
  3. Adding to the versatility of this machine, we were pleased to discover that the Catena 65 is able to handle a remarkable variety of laminating films, including 1.5, 1.7, 3, 5, and ten mil thicknesses. You can adjust the speed and the temperature on the Catena 65, which is great for working with materials of different thicknesses and types.
  4. The Catena 65 comes with integrated one inch core adapters which will work for most standard projects and film types. Of course there are some types of films that will only operate correctly on core adapters that are two and a quarter inch, but for those kinds of projects, you can buy adapters separately.
  5. We found the Catena 65 to be of very durable construction. The feed tray is all metal, and the sides of the machine appear to be made of a high quality plastic. To keep your machine running cleanly and correctly, you should always remember, however, that the rollers need to be handled carefully during cleaning, and you should never let any sharp object touch them. Also, there are some objects that simply shouldn't be run through the machine (or really any laminator) such as any items that contain glitter or any other abrasive materials.

Weaknesses:

  1. Unfortunately, it seems that the Catena 65 cannot accept film on a three inch core. This won't affect too many projects, but there are some specialty types of film that are only available in three inch cores.
  2. The Catena 65 is a professional grade machine, and as such you may find that it is a little more difficult to master and configure than your average school or similar machine. This is no reason not to purchase it, just something to consider. There is a little bit of a learning curve involved in mastering the Catena 65.
  3. The 25-inch capacity is almost certainly going to get you through most projects, but for wider items such as posters, etc., you will need to move up to a wide format laminator.

Old vs New Model




Old Catena 65

New Catena 65

New Features/
Improvements
Core Size1" & 2.25" (with adapter)1" & 2.25" (with adapter)
Max Working Width25”27”27” offers even more versatility
Gapping3/16" (5mm)1/4" (6mm)Now mount to boads up to 1/4" Thick
Film Type: ThermalNap I; Nap II; PET/LDPE; PET/EVANap I; Nap II; PET/LDPE; PET/EVA
Film Type: ColdPSA (with rewind kit)PSA (with rewind kit)
Warm-Up Time<10 min<10 min
Speed1.5 - 5 ft/min1 - 8.5 ft/minFaster lamination by up to 3.5 ft/min
Film ShaftsStandard SteelAutoGrip Film shafts (Aluminum)Lighter weight aluminum shafts make it simple to remove and add film
Pivoting TablesNoYesPivoting table and heat shield provide easier
Attached Idler BarNoYesThreading is easier than before
AutoSpeedNoYesNo need to determine which speed setting to use
Rear Stop ButtonNoYesMachine allows users to easily stop the machine while viewing output
Extended Exit w/ Shaft HooksNoYesFilm wraps are less likely
Open DesignNoYesEasier to change film
Programmable Preset KeysNo)YesStore your most commonly used temperature settings
Slow Forward/Reverse ButtonNo* (reverse only)Yes
Ready Light IndicatorYesYes
Rear TrimmerYesYes
FanYesYes
Optional Rewind KitYesYesSeparates the release liner and enables the use of PSA films for cold applications
Edge GuideYesYes
Standby ModeYesYes2 Hrs without use
Auto Shut-offYesYes3 Hrs without use
Warranty90 Days90 Days
Dimensions39" W x 17" H x 18" D35" (88.9cm) x 14" (35.6cm) x 21" (53.3cm)
Weight84lbs111lbs (50.3kg)
Power Requirements120V, 60Hz120V, 60Hz

Questions & Answers

Yes. Low Melt starting at $154.70 / 2 rolls 25" width or $165.41 / 2 rolls 27" width; smaller width also available https://www.mybinding.com/1-7-mil-gloss-low-melt-roll-laminating-film-1-core.html

Answered by MyBinding
1 years and 6 months ago ago
Thank you for your question. I am sorry to hear you are having issues with your Catena 65. To address technical issues the best first step is to contact the manufacturers technical support department. The manufacturer is GBC and their phone number is 1.800.723.4000. If they are not able to assist, we are based out of Oregon, our service area is OR,WA, IL and southern CA. If you are in one of those areas contact us and we can set up a service call. If you are not in our service area we would refer you to a 3rd party nation wide service provider Serv Right, their phone # is 1-800-642-6015. Please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns.

Answered by MyBinding.com
3 years and 10 months ago ago
Thank you for your question. The New GBC Catena 65 27" Roll Laminator only has a 1" mandrel/bar. They do offer a optional adapter to be able to use a 2.25" core film but unfortunately there is not a adapter to be able use a 3" core film.

Answered by MyBinding
3 years and 10 months ago ago
Thank you for your question. Unfortunately GBC's documentation does not give a full temperature range for the Catena 65. The last page of the user manual ( found here ) gives a breakdown of the tempratures and speeds you would want to select based on the thickness of the stock and laminate that you are using.

Answered by MyBinding
5 years ago
To address technical issues the best first step is to contact the manufacturers technical support department. The manufacturer is GBC and their phone number is 1-800-790-7787 .

Answered by MyBinding.com
5 years and 8 months ago ago
This laminator can do a 10 mil roll or converted in to microns it equals 254. If you need help placing your order or have any other questions, feel free to contact us at 800-944-4573.

Answered by MyBinding.com
5 years and 10 months ago ago

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