- 27" Wide Lamination at 16 FPM
- Patented Rollers, Warm Up < 5 min.
- Laminates all film grades -10.0 mil 1 side or 2
- Lightening Quick, Sustainable Thermal Response
- Variable Speed Control, Reversible
- Laminates/Mounts Thru .25" Thick
- Affordable Price and Considerable Energy Savings
- 12"dia.+ Film Roll Capacity
- Digital Temperature Read Out + Control
- Lower Cooling Fans
- Ultra Duty Welded Steel Stand Standard
- Exclusive Micro Adjustable Slitter Assembly
- The Industry's Most Affordable Professional Grade Laminating Machinery
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Pro-Lam PL-227HP Roll Laminator Review
Are you looking for a versatile roll laminator for your workplace? If you are, then you need to check out the Pro-Lam PL-227HP, a laminator with a lot of special features. Check out its strengths (and weaknesses) so you can learn everything you need to know about it.
The PL-227HP can laminate items that are from 6 to 27 inches wide. You'll be able to laminate a wide variety of items including photographs, letter-sized documents, signs, and more.
You can use laminating film made from different materials including vinyl, polyester, and plastic. Both thermal and pressure-sensitive film are compatible with this machine and the film can be from 1 to 10 mil thick. The core thickness of the roll can be up to 6 inches if you don't use the included stand or 11 inches if you do. You can also use mounting boards with this machine.
This device is capable of three different processes: one-sided lamination, encapsulation, and mounting. This makes the machine really versatile because you'll be able to use it for almost all of your document finishing needs.
The PL-227HP warms up incredibly quickly. It will be ready for use in less than 5 minutes and it can laminate up to 16 feet of material in 1 minute so you can get your work done much sooner.
This machine has a lot of terrific advanced features including 2 micro-adjustable slitters, 4 cooling fans, and a DC high-torque gear motor. Also, the temperature will stay consistent throughout the entire process and the quick warm-up time will help you save on energy costs.
As mentioned above, the PL-227HP comes with a stand made from welded steel. This is a good thing because the laminator is pretty big, measuring 38" (width) x 20" (depth) 16" (height). The stand will enable you to keep your work surfaces clear for other things.
The PL-227HP's rollers as covered by a 3-month warranty while the rest of the device is covered for a year.
Finally, this is one of the most affordable roll laminators available. It's a great value, especially when you consider how many features it has.
Since the PL-227HP can only laminate items that are 6 inches or wider, you'll need an additional device if you want to process smaller documents, such as business cards. This could be inconvenient if you work with a lot of small items.
Obviously the size of this device is a bit of an issue. This isn't a good machine to use if you have very limited space.
The Pro-Lam PL-227HP is the machine together if you want a roller laminator with great features. It's great that this device is compatible with so many different types of laminating film and that it can process documents ranging from 6 to 27 inches wide. This is a very versatile laminator and it's great for a variety of uses. Just be aware that it's pretty large and you'll need an additional machine to process very small documents. If this sounds like the right laminator for your workplace, check out the PL-227HP today.
The PL-227hp 27" laminator is designed specifically for those looking for a high performance commercial quality laminator at an affordable price. The PL-227 is a carefully designed and appointed commercial laminating system capable of consistently rendering professional performance and superb finish quality. Whether you need to laminate thin film on one side for a book cover, run a thousand menus with 3 mil. or mount and laminate medium format digital output, the PL227 is up to the task. The PL-227hp laminates polyester, nylon, polypropylene, vinyl, and plastic films . The standard PL227 includes a stand, two side slitters and 3" mandrels. A table top version is also available. The standard model PL-227hp laminator is manufactured as a 240 volt model. This machine is available by special order as a 120 volt model, however, it suffers a significant performance penalty. Accessories such as extra slitter heads, stand wheels, liner take-up winder and extra mandrels are available to meet the special needs of some customers.
Warm Up Time:
The PL-227 is capable of maintaining a temperature range of just a couple of degrees from set point. Few if any machines in or even near the price range of the PL-227 are capable of coming close to this temperature accuracy. Having to guess what an unstable temperature control system is going to do next is extremely difficult to predict, resulting in a poor quality finished product due to over and under heating. The warm up time of a laminator is indicative of its ability to replace heat in the laminating cycle. Laminate and the material being laminated draws heat away from the rollers. A fast warm up time equates to higher and more predictable performance levels. Rapid and accurate thermal response and controllability is necessary for the best possible finish and maximum yield. It also makes the operators job much easier. Most laminators in this price category take from 15 to 20 minutes to warm up, some even longer. In fact we know of no other laminator in any class that comes close to our exclusive heated roll technology A lengthy warm up time often results in machines being energized all day long. When left on for extended periods, not only is the laminator trying to heat the room, the air conditioning system is trying to cool it. Running a heater and an air conditioner simultaneously doesn't make a lot of sense. When you or a customer needs a job laminated in a hurry, the PL-227hp is up to the task because of the fast warm up time and high performance envelope of the machine.
The PL-227hp is a 27" laminator capable of laminating films less than 1 mil thick thru 10 mils. This laminator can laminate both thermal and pressure sensitive films (cold). All PLS laminators are capable of laminating polyester, polypropylene, nylon, vinyl, and even exotic and less common materials. Many laminating professionals and even some laminating film manufacturers have a common comment; "If it can't be laminated on a PLS machine, it can't be laminated." There are three laminating processes. Two-sided (encapsulation), one-side laminating, and mounting and/or laminating. All Pro-Lam machines are capable of doing these processes with equal perfection. In addition to this these machines are often utilized in, what some think of as uncommon, it is not unusual to see our laminator in a sign shop being used to apply masking for vinyl sign layout A typical application of the PL-227 is one-side laminating for book covers. These are usually printed, utilizing an inkjet or laser printer, on cover stock. For the best one-side results we recommend nylon laminates. For one-side applications, nylon based films are mandatory to ensure the flattest possible finished product. Laminates other than nylon may cause curling, warping or "window-shading". Our machines are the most accommodating in their ability to laminate a myriad of substrates using a seemingly endless array of films. Some substrates have a coating that renders lamination either difficult or impossible. For these difficult applications we will be happy to help you find solutions to your lamination needs. Our technical department can advise you on substrate/film combinations that are known to work well. If you have applications that we are not familiar with, we can test them for you.
Considering thermal response characteristics, Pro-Lam heated roll laminators are possibly the fastest laminators in existence. This makes these laminators incomparable to others near and beyond the price range.
Every Pro-Lam Laminator is equipped with an American made, high torque DC gear reduction motor and an infinitely variable solid state motor controller, both of which are heat sinked, air cooled, and feature electronic reverse. The drive train includes hardened steel gears, sprockets and drive chain. This robust industrial configuration is common to all Pro-Lam laminators. They do not utilize plastic drive components, cheap AC motors , or integrated electronics.
The PL-227HP is capable of laminating and mounting on one side or two using 1 mil through 10 mil films on materials up to 1/4" thick. Due to the extremely rapid thermal response of their exclusive laminating rollers, PLS laminators are perfectly suited for mounting or laminating, short runs or long. This unique thermal response is only one of the features that set PLS laminators apart from the rest that use heated rollers. Many other laminator manufactures produce laminators that "run out" of heat after a few turns of the rollers, sometimes only a couple of feet. The PL-227HP offers rollers that are not only designed to produce consistent and perfect thermal output they actually get "used to" the project that they are working on.
Professional Laminating Systems Inc. manufactures some of the finest laminating machinery in the world. The PL-227hp, like all Pro-Lam machines, is composed of a unique combination of exclusive design, innovative patented technology, state of the art manufacturing techniques and high quality components. These features and others combine to make PLS Laminators and related equipment the best value on the market today.
The film roll capacity of the Pro-Lam laminators is often described as "huge". The standard roll diameter is about 11" on a laminator with slitters and stand. Without slitters, the capacity is approximately 12". Lower mandrel capacity is 22" when used with a stand. When a laminator is sold as a table top model (without stand) its film capacity is about 6", due to the placement of the lower film roll under the feed table. If only one sided lamination is desired the upper position of a table top model is 11" dia. roll of film . Keep in mind when ordering film that a large film roll may weigh a considerable amount.
Approximate film roll diameter vs. length
|Thickness||6"dia, 3" core||11" dia, 3" core||6" dia, 1" core|
|1.2 mil||1,200'||5,800' ( over a mile!!)||1,800|
1 mil = .001 inch / / dia = diameter
Every Pro-Lam laminator features a digital display, a solid-state temperature control, and solid state relay that is isolated, heat sinked and air cooled. In conjunction with a temperature sensor that is located just below the surface of our laminating rollers these components are capable of a temperature hysteresis within several degrees. Don't let the simplicity of the control knob on our machines fool you. We use an analog input for our digital temperature control interface, this provides even casual operators a certain "feel" that is often associated with their stove at home. The truth is, the operation is just that simple. The digital display indicates the temperature of the laminating surface. This provides important feedback to the operator and is accurate to within 1 degree.
Laminating film cooling on the PL-227HP laminator is achieved with two high performance 110 cfm axial fans. Cooling fans allow higher process speeds and provide for a better laminate finish. The PL 227 hp and other Series II Laminators provide cooling for all critical electronic components utilizing these cooling fans. This practice is common in all high quality industrial equipment designs.
Adjustable Side Slitters:
Our exclusive micro-adjustable slitters are regarded by virtually all who use them as the finest in-line slitters available. The side slitters on this unit are: micro adjustable, offer quick set, overload release, blade angle adjustment, quick change blades and use standard number 11 blades. The unique blade angle adjustment allows for a perfect edge cut without curl. The slitting process takes place over the cooling fans. This cools the blade preventing build-up of adhesive on the blade. These slitters are standard with every PLS 12" and 27" high performance laminators and as an option for every laminator we make. This system allows for a minimum cut as narrow as 3".
42"W x 24"D x 40"H-w/ stand