Akiles ProLam Professional Foil Laminator Starter Kit with 2 Foil Colors and Pouch Carrier
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Akiles ProLam Professional Foil Laminator Starter Kit with 2 Foil Colors and Pouch Carrier

Part #: AKPROLAMPHOTO-K
Brand: MyBinding
1 x Akiles Pro-Lam Photo Six Roller 13" Pouch Laminator   + $582.35
1 x Letter Size Laminating Pouch Carrier 9" x 11.5"   + $1.64

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Product Description

Description of ProLam Professional Foil Laminator Starter Kit with 2 Foil Colors and Pouch Carrier

  • Akiles Pro-Lam Photo Six Roller Photo Laminator
  • Laminating Foil (Choose Color Above)
  • Carrier and Workstation (Choose Above)

Product Details

  • 6 Roller Thermal System (4 heated rollers + 2 Cold rollers) allows for a more professional, crystal-clear, bubble-free lamination finish.
  • Advanced Photo-Ready technology provides a balanced heat dissipation during laminating process, making it perfect for laminating photographs and other hard-to-laminate materials.
  • Variable speed & temperature control combination allows for a fast lamination of all standard pouch thicknesses (from 3 mils up to 10 mils) with the simple press of a button (no waiting period when changing thickness).
  • Exclusive "Flex-Tite" System allows the rollers to adjust themselves and maintain the proper laminating pressure with different material thickness. Perfect for hot foiling and mounting.
  • 8-bit Micro-Processor Control System precisely sets the exact temperature & speed for a fast, consistent and user-friendly laminating experience.
  • Energy Saving Stand-by Mode to conserve energy and prolong the lifespan of your laminator.
  • Overheat Protection System automatically cuts off heating power if temperature exceeds 160 Degrees C (320 Degrees F).
  • Auto Memory Function machine will remember the last speed & temperature settings before turning off, saving you the trouble of re-adjusting the settings next time you turn it on.
  • All Metal Construction for a more professional, heavy duty look & a longer lasting lifespan.
  • Silicon Rollers provide the flexibility of laminating with or without a carrier.
  • Metal Gears & Industrial Motor (1150 Watts / 12V) to guarantee strength and durability.
  • Jam Release (Reverse) Switch allows easy corrective action for jams.
  • Cold Lamination Function
  • CE & TUV certified and approved
  • Warranty: 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty

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Demonstration Video

Transcript: Welcome to MyBinding video. Today we're looking at the Akiles ProLam Photo, a six roller professional laminator. This demo video will show you how to go from this to this. Here's how to use the machine step by step.First, turn it on with the power switch on the back. There's a very helpful and simple chart on the top of the machine. This will help you select the correct temperature and speed for the size pouch thickness you're using. With your selections made, gather your materials as it warms up and begin to place them inside laminating pouches. As with all pouch laminators, make sure the cre ... Read More

Welcome to MyBinding video. Today we're looking at the Akiles ProLam Photo, a six roller professional laminator. This demo video will show you how to go from this to this. Here's how to use the machine step by step.

First, turn it on with the power switch on the back. There's a very helpful and simple chart on the top of the machine. This will help you select the correct temperature and speed for the size pouch thickness you're using. With your selections made, gather your materials as it warms up and begin to place them inside laminating pouches. As with all pouch laminators, make sure the crease end goes in first into the throat of the machine. Once it's inside, let the Akiles take over from here. It will bring your project all the way through the machine and out the other side. Once your project is completely finished, lay it flat on a surface to cool. Use the control pad to make adjustments to speed, keeping in mind the higher the number, the faster the rollers, but the less heat applied to the project. Over time, you'll master the optimum speed and temperature for each kind of pouch. Smaller projects are done in the same way and you can drop the temperature all the way down to zero for cold lamination for photos or other color sensitive materials. Pressing and holding the reverse button on the control panel backs the rollers up so that you can remove or re-center a project. Because of the ProLam Photo's extra large 13 inch wide throat, large projects can also be laminated. Pictured here are side by side documents or poster sized documents that need one full and long pouch. Just assure that you have good margins within your pouch, with the crease headed into the machine, and it will take it from there. The ProLam Photo can handle most any size document and pouch thicknesses up to 10mil. It really is that simple with the ProLam Photo six roller laminator by Akiles. For more demos and reviews of this product and many more, check out MyBinding.com.

Transcript: Welcome to MyBinding video. This is a product review of the ProLam Photo Six Roller Professional Laminator by Akiles. If you have a lot of laminating to do on a regular basis, the Akiles ProLam Photo may just be your best bet. Let's have a look at all of its features while watching it in action.
On the top of the machine is a quick reference chart that we really like. It's simple and very informative. It helps you decide what temperature and speed you need for the size pouch you're using. All selections are made with push buttons up or down and displayed on a digital screen. We really like ...
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Welcome to MyBinding video. This is a product review of the ProLam Photo Six Roller Professional Laminator by Akiles. If you have a lot of laminating to do on a regular basis, the Akiles ProLam Photo may just be your best bet. Let's have a look at all of its features while watching it in action. On the top of the machine is a quick reference chart that we really like. It's simple and very informative. It helps you decide what temperature and speed you need for the size pouch you're using. All selections are made with push buttons up or down and displayed on a digital screen. We really like the fact that you can change the speed setting at any time, including during the middle of a project. And as you can see here, there's quite a difference between the slowest and fastest speed. Speed 9 is about 60 inches per minute. Likewise, the temperature can be adjusted at any point, too. However, to be sure that you have the accurate temperature you need, you need to wait for the ready light before processing your project. Also a great selling point is the fact that you can do all different kinds of materials. Photos and other color sensitive materials can be done under cold lamination with a zero temperature setting. You'll find that jams are rather rare with the ProLam Photo. However, there is a reverse button that you push and hold to back out the rollers so you can re-center or even remove a project. The ProLam Photo's extra large 13 inch wide throat opening is a real benefit. With it you can process just about any size document that you might need to. This side by side two documents in one pouch is an example. Or a poster that's printed or created and needs to be preserved and laminated. And pouches that are three up to ten mil in thickness can be used. So, 13 inches wide or less and up to 10mil, this pretty much opens the field of play. Its only drawback is in its being so industrial. The price point is $550 is quite a lot. It's pretty much solid metal and weighs 40 pounds. It also takes up two cubic feet of space. And finally, Akiles thought really only about function in making this great machine, but it is pretty ugly to look at. With that said, we really like this machine. And if you can afford it and need a real workhorse, this could be your ticket. For more demos and reviews of this product and many more, check out MyBinding.com.

How to Foil Laminate

Transcript: This is How to Foil Laminate!

For those who are new to this, we’ll first go over the basic steps. We also highly encourage everyone to view our written knowledge base article.

Here’s the supplies you’ll need: your laminating foil, some scissors, a project printed with a laser printer, a carrier, and finally a pouch laminator.

First, open your carrier and place your project inside. Now take your foil and cut it appropriately to cover the correct portion of your project.

Take that piece and rest it in its position.

If you have other colors and places to fill, continue to do so.

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This is How to Foil Laminate!

For those who are new to this, we’ll first go over the basic steps. We also highly encourage everyone to view our written knowledge base article.

Here’s the supplies you’ll need: your laminating foil, some scissors, a project printed with a laser printer, a carrier, and finally a pouch laminator.

First, open your carrier and place your project inside. Now take your foil and cut it appropriately to cover the correct portion of your project.

Take that piece and rest it in its position.

If you have other colors and places to fill, continue to do so.

It’s important to cover the printed portions of your project that you do not want to foil. If you don’t then some of the print will transfer onto your carrier and make a mess on other later projects.

Now insert the carrier into the laminator. It’s best to either hold or get something to keep the project flat so that the foil does not fall from within the carrier.

When it’s done, remove the carrier from the back, open it up and proceed to peal off the foil and uncover your project.

Now chances are you’ll see spots in your foiled project, which means we have to go over steps for quality control.

I wish there was an easy one-and-done way to get the best quality—but there are so many factors in play that it’s going to take some trial and error on your part.

So first, when printing you have to print on a laser printer, no other printers will work. The foil adheres best with solid black projects—if you have colors, convert them to black or don’t laminate them. This also means no gradients or opaqueness. And it’s best to use vector based images—texts are vector based, and programs like Adobe Illustrator create vector based art.

The smoother the paper, the better your results. And as long as you can print it in your printer you will be able to foil it.

For choosing a laminator, it should have temperature controls for 10 mil, but preferable one that you can set the actual temperature manually to 300 degrees fahrenheit or higher. Slow down your laminator, too. And make sure the throat of your laminator is large enough to fit your projects!

When you choose not to foil part of your project, cover it with paper to avoid ink transferring onto your carrier and ruining future projects. And we’ve found that for some reason, some foils just adhere better than others.

Not every printer toner provides the best results. Some toners adhere better than others, and printers with a high dots per inch(DPI) will provide smoother edges and nicer results.

For serious professional foiling, check out foil fusers and foil stamping machines—these are expensive, commercial usage machines. Follow this information and you should be able to achieve some great looking foil laminated projects!

Item Specifications

Akiles Pro-Lam Photo Six Roller Photo Laminator Details:
  • Model: ProLam Photo
  • Throat Capacity: 330 mm (13")
  • Motor: DC 12V / 1150W
  • Laminating Heat Range: 32 - 320

  • Laminating Foil Details:
    • Color: Gold, Silver, Copper, Blue, Green, Purple and Red
    • Width: 8" or 12"
    • Roll Length: 100'
    • Core Size: 1/2"

    Letter Size Laminating Pouch Carrier 9" x 11.5" Details:
    • Compatible with all major brands of laminators on the market
    • Coated stock helps ensure that laminating pouches do not stick inside the carriers.
    • Pouch Carriers can easily be cut down for smaller pouches or custom sized pouches
    • For LetterSize Laminating Pouches (9" x 11.5")
    • Part Number: AKLPCLETTER

    Tamerica Binding Workstation Details:
    • Spacious top provides 4.5 sq. ft. of space
    • Heavy duty rigid metal construction
    • 6 easy sliding drawers for easy access to binding materials
    • Special clear plastic drawer insert for separating supplies
    • Large 2" locking casters provides mobility for optimum use

    • Product Type: Workstation
    • Material: Heavy Duty Rigid Metal
    • Casters: Yes
    • Dimensions (L x W x H): 36" x 18" x 30"
    • Part Number: TBINDINGWS

    Laminating Stand Details:
    • Heavy duty work table
    • Metal racks to hold your laminating roll film (up to 27" film)
    • Holds up to 27" wide laminators
    • Also holds your finished laminated item
    • Heavy duty wheel casters with locking switch
    • 4 bumper plastic guards
    • Dimension: 107cm x 66 cm x 75 cm (42 inch x 26 inch x 29-1/2 inch)
    • Weight: 59.3 Lbs (26.9 Kgs)
    • Warranty: 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty

Staff Review

Akiles Pro-Lam Photo Laminator Review

One of the top reasons for using a laminator is to protect your precious photographs and one machine that can help you do just that is the Akiles Pro-Lam Photo Laminator. This is one of the best photo laminators available, but it does have a couple of weaknesses that need to be considered. Please continue reading to find out all about them.

Strengths:

  • This device has six rollers for a perfect finish. Two of them are cool, while the other four are hot so the heat is distributed evenly. This configuration ensures that photographs are laminated perfectly, and you can also achieve good results with other items that are difficult to laminate, including documents printed on inkjet photo papers. The rollers are part of Akiles’ patented Flex-Tite system that forces the rollers to maintain the appropriate amount of pressure no matter what the temperature is set at.
  • This machine has a 13-inch feed opening that can handle your standard 4″ x 6″ snapshots all the way up to portrait-sized photos. The Pro-Lam Photo can even handle thin mounting boards.
  • The Pro-Lam Photo is equipped with variable temperature settings so you can do cold lamination. It can also be used with pouches ranging in thickness from 3 to 10 mil. You won’t need to give the machine a breather when switching temperatures and the device will even remember your settings so you can use them again, even if you shut off your device.
  • Every time you use this machine, you can be confident that the temperature and speed are both set correctly because this device is equipped with an 8-bit micro processor that guarantees the right setting is in place. Also, the device will shut off automatically if it reaches a temperature higher than 320 degrees (160 degrees Celsius), which will definitely keep your machine from overheating or burning up.
  • This machine has variable laminating speeds that are dependent on which temperature setting you’re using. The fastest it can go is 59 inches of material per minute.
  • There is a jam-release switch you can use to quickly and easily resolve a jam.
  • The Pro-Lam Photo’s parts and housing are made entirely of metal, so this product is incredibly durable.

Weaknesses:

  • Although some warranty is better than none at all, it’s disappointing that this product only has one year’s worth of protection. Still, the machine is built extremely well and chances are you will never have to use the warranty.
  • Like most of Akiles’ products, the Pro-Lam is very industrial-looking and lacks the style of some other laminators, such as the GBC HeatSeal series.
  • This is a pretty bulky machine that will take up approximately 2 cubic feet, so it’s not ideal if your workplace is lacking space. Likewise, this is not an inexpensive machine. It can be purchased for around $500.00, which will be too expensive for some people. However, it is an excellent choice for users who demand the highest quality output from their laminator.

Overall, the Akiles Pro-Lam Photo Laminator is a great device that has a lot of awesome features and makes it a snap to beautifully laminate your photos and paper documents. Although the price is high and the unit isn’t hip-looking, it nonetheless is a wonderful choice if protecting your photographs is a top priority.

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