How Does the GBC Magnapunch 2.0 Binding Punch Work?

The GBC Magnapunch 2.0 modular binding punch is a heavy-duty machine designed for high-volume output. In addition to being powerful, the Magnapunch 2.0 is also highly-advanced, with a user-friendly LCD screen that provides helpful feedback to enhance productivity, such as error messages and operating instructions. The machine also senses the placement of the paper as it is inserted, to prevent misalignment during punching. For added versatility, this model has a total of 13 interchangeable die options to suit a wide range of binding styles.

How Do I Install a Die Set on the GBC Magnapunch 2.0?

The GBC Magnapunch 2.0 is a heavy-duty modular binding punch that offers the utmost in precision with a unique LCD interface that gives users complete control over the binding process. The intuitive display provides instantaneous feedback, including error alerts and instructions, to help improve productivity and reduce operator mistakes. While the machine is advanced in its design and function, it is not difficult to use – providing consistent, professional results on a variety of projects with minimal setup. With its high-capacity, interchangeable dies, the Magnapunch 2.0 binding punch can electrically punch up to 49,000 sheets per hour.

Below is a step-by-step guide to installing a die set on the GBC Magnapunch 2.0 modular binder:

  1. Lift the desired die set up to the Die Set Slot (located on the right side of the machine), placing your fingers into the die set’s handle to keep them clear of potential hazards.
  2. Align the leading edges of the Die Set Support Rails (located along the bottom side of the die) with the leading edges of the Guide Rails on the Die Set Slots.
  3. Push the die into the Die Set Slot, ensuring that all of the punch pins are properly seated before inserting it into the machine.
  4. When the die is fully inserted into the machine, you will hear a “click.” This indicates that the Automatic Locking Mechanism has been engaged. The Automatic Locking Mechanism keeps the die securely in place while the machine is in use. Note: If the die is not correctly inserted into the machine and the locking mechanism is not engaged, then the machine will not operate.

Lamination Depot Receives Second Honor as Orange County Business Journal Fastest-Growing Company

The Orange County Business Journal has released its annual Fastest-Growing Private Companies list, which recognizes Orange County-based companies that are experiencing the highest growth in revenue. Lamination Depot makes its second appearance on the list – ranking no. 102 after debuting at no. 110 in 2012.

To evaluate the growth of a business, the Orange County Business Journal compared the revenue generated from July 2012 through June 2013 to that of the same period two years ago. Lamination Depot had a two-year revenue growth of 62.2%, increasing sales from $2.5 million to $3.4 million.

“Orange County is home to such a diverse and impressive range of businesses, including emerging brands, long-established ventures, and everything in between,” says Paul Godfrey, Founder and President of Lamination Depot. “It is an honor to be included amongst this distinguished group of businesses for two years in a row, particularly in a time that has been challenging for many industries. By staying focused on our core business values – customer service, fast turnaround, and exceptional value for money – we’ve been able to continue to grow our customer base both locally and nationwide.”

To learn more about the Orange County Business Journal or their annual Top 150 Fast-Growing Private Companies list, visit www.ocbj.com.

Lamination Depot Makes Back-to-Back Appearances on Inc. 5000 List of Fast-Growing Companies

Inc. magazine has ranked laminating and binding supply company Lamination Depot in position 3,411 on their 2013 Inc. 500|5000 list, which recognizes the fastest-growing, privately-owned companies. Lamination Depot ranks no. 274 among all companies listed in the Business Products & Services category and no. 41 among Business Products & Services companies within California. This is Lamination Depot’s second appearance on the list, after their debut on the 2012 Inc. 500 | 5000.

Over the course of the evaluation period, which spanned from 2009 through 2012, Lamination Depot increased their revenue by 91%. Among the contributing factors to this growth are the additions of new product lines, an expanded outside sales force, and an increased international presence. 

Many of the company’s enhancements over the past year have been fueled by customer feedback. A broader range of shipping options have been implemented, allowing clients to select the most economical option based on their delivery needs. In addition to reducing shipping rates overall, a new promotion gives customers who place order totaling $199 or more complimentary ground shipping.

“To make the list of the fastest-growing companies two years in a row is an achievement that we hold in the highest regard – especially in a time that has been challenging for many businesses,” says Paul Godfrey, Founder and President of Lamination Depot. “We’ve stayed true to our goal of providing the best possible experience for each of our customers – from the breadth of products we carry to the ease of ordering to the time it takes an order to arrive – and that has allowed us to continue to thrive in the current economy. The feedback provided by our customers has been an invaluable resource in shaping our business for the future.”

A complete list of all Inc. 500|5000 honorees is available on Inc. magazine’s website, at www.inc.com/inc5000/. To view Lamination Depot’s complete profile, visit www.inc.com/profile/lamination-depot.

Bind Hardcover Books Using Your Fastback Binding Machine!

Binding hardcover books with the Powis Parker Fastback binding system revolves around binding a group of pages (referred to as a “book block”) with an endleaf in both the front and back using either LX Strips with the Fastback 9 binding machine or Super Strips with the Fastback 20 binding machine.

Since the inserted endleaves are glued to the cover while the spine itself is not, it creates what is referred to as a “floating spine,” which adds longevity to the book by preventing creasing and cracking along the glued edge.

Pre-fabricated Fastback hardcovers are available in both portrait and landscape orientations with either “composition” covers or “suede” covers in a variety of attractive colors.

Though there are only page maximums when it comes to the binding strips, it is important to match the thickness of a book’s block to the appropriately-sized hard cover spine to ensure a proper fit.

For a highly-customized, full-color hardcover book, one might consider the Image Wrap process. A laminated printed sheet is cut to size using the appropriate hardcover guide then wrapped around covers with pre-applied adhesive with the help of the Powis Parker Image Wrapper. After endleaves are added to each side of the “book block” and the double sided adhesive sheets included with the covers are applied to each side of the cover’s interior, the “book block” is then inserted.

Neither type of cover actually goes inside the machine – only the “book block” bound with either the LX Strips or Super Strips.

To give your hardcover book a truly professional finish, create an indentation near the book’s spine using the Pro-Bind Hardcover Crimper to allow for easy page turning and to prevent unsightly creases on the cover.

If you have any questions about Fastback binding or how to make your own hardcover books, feel free to ask us within the comments section – we’re happy to help you!

Upgrade Your School or Office Security with Expiring Visitor Badges!

Identifying authorized visitors is vital to both student and staff safety. Security and staff members can easily identify authorized visitors with expiring, color-changing visitor TIMEbadges.

Lamination Depot now offers a variety of manually-issued, time-elapsed visitor ID badges. Choose a one-step adhesive-backed badge that is activated by removing the release liner and pressing the front and back sides together, or create a secure, highly customized badge by combining your choice of FRONTpart and BACKpart.

We even offer a badge specifically designed for schools which consists of an adhesive-backed badge (that says “School Visitor,” “Student,” “Substitute,” or “Volunteer”) and a time-elapsed cover that lasts either 4 hours (half-day) or 8 hours (one-day) – more customization translates to higher security!

Some TIMEbadges have a “clip-on” option. Though clips are sold separately, we do have a few options to choose from – the most popular being our metal clips with clear PVC straps.

If you are looking for ways to increase security on your school campus or within your offices, we have solutions for you. Feel free to ask us which badge combination is right for you within the comment section!

Laminating & Binding Leader Hosts Free Educational Event for Businesses

Laminating and binding supply company Lamination Depot is the leading laminating pouch and roll laminating film supplier in the industry, with more than 450 combined varieties in stock. They also stock a huge selection of binding and laminating machines, totaling more than 400 machines from 18 manufacturers. To help local businesses learn more about the wide variety equipment that they offer, they’re holding free Open House at their office on Friday, March 15th.

This event, being held from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, will feature hands-on equipment demonstrations, free product samples, giveaways valued at more than $1,000, and a complimentary light lunch. Featured manufacturers include Powis Parker, Rhin-O-Tuff, RENZ, Ledco Inc., and Dry-Lam, all of which will have representatives on-site to answer questions and provide in-depth overviews of their binding and laminating equipment.

“These days, businesses of all types are looking for ways to cut costs and increase their efficiency, but bringing their binding and laminating projects in-house is a huge opportunity that is often overlooked,” says Paul Godfrey, Founder and President of Lamination Depot. “This event gives business owners a chance to see the latest innovations in binding and laminating, to get a hands-on education in document finishing, and to discover how much they can save compared to outsourcing. With all of the new developments that manufacturers have made in the world of document finishing, I think that attendees will be surprised by how easy and affordable it has become.”

Lamination Depot invites individuals and organizations to attend their Open House on Friday, March 15th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. R.S.V.P.s are requested, and can be submitted via email at rsvp@laminationdepot.com or by calling 1-800-925-0054. The first 50 people to R.S.V.P. will receive a $10 Starbucks gift card upon arrival to the event. Lamination Depot is located in the Las Palmas Business Park at 1505 East McFadden Avenue in Santa Ana, California (near the intersection of the 5 and 55 freeways).

Finding a Replacement for an Existing School or Office Roll Laminator

If you’re looking to replace a broken roll laminator in a hurry and it is either no longer under manufacturer warranty or repair costs are too steep, here are some starting points before beginning your research and making a purchase:

“How frequently am I laminating?” Budget weighs heavily on decision-making, but it is also important to evaluate the return on investment: a roll laminating machine‘s price may initially be attractive, but not after it is replaced yet again in a short period of time due to heavy usage or high-volume workload. If your needs exceed your existing laminator’s capabilities, you might need to consider an upgrade – in some cases, maybe even a commercial-grade laminating machine.

“What kind of film am I used to purchasing?” If you have a large supply of previously-purchased roll laminating film and want to use it with your replacement machine, gather the film’s specifications to ensure future compatibility. In summary, you need film thickness, width, and core size of your existing film. Some machines can only laminate up to 3 mil, whereas others can handle 5 or 10 mil. Though the most popular widths for a school or office roll laminator are either 25″ or 27″ and most machines in this category have a 1″ core, there are exceptions. If you’re not sure what your machine’s specifications are, try referring to the manual; otherwise, we can absolutely help you!

For an even quicker shortcut, ask us within the comment section which machine is a suitable replacement for you, and we can provide you with a specific recommendation.

Automated Lamination with the Fujipla ALM3220 Laminating System

An excellent way to cut down on your labor costs during high volume laminating projects without sacrificing a quality end product is to utilize a commercial laminating system. The Fujipla ALM3220 automatic laminator is an exemplary piece of laminating equipment; it automatically feeds, laminates, and trims projects, virtually unattended!

Aside from some of its great features (including the ability to toggle between encapsulation or single-sided lamination, an ultra-quick warm-up time of less than 5 minutes, a footprint of less than 3 square feet, locking roller casters that enable portability, and a feeding tray capacity of up to 200 sheets), this fully-automatic laminator offers major cost savings when compared to traditional pouch laminating or roll laminating used in conjunction with a manual paper trimmer.

Speed

An economy pouch laminator can laminate up to 12″ per minute while a roll laminator laminates 36″ per minute. The ALM3220 has a top laminating speed of 48″ per minute. Pouch laminating doesn’t require trimming after laminating (since laminating pouches are pre-cut), but roll laminating does; for this example, we’ll assume 100 sheets are trimmed per hour. The Fujipla ALM3220 trims projects while they are being laminated, so there is no additional time added to the project in that respect. The total time to produce 1,000 finished sheets by pouch laminating is 15 hours when the pouches are loaded and fed by hand; the speed of lamination is directly affected by the time involved to manually load and center paper into the pouches. Roll laminating production time, which requires hand-feeding the project into the machine and hand-trimming afterwards, takes a total of 14.5 hours to create 1,000 finished sheets. The ALM3220 finishes 1,000 sheets automatically in just 3.13 hours!

Labor Cost

Aside from the physical production time being reduced, the ALM performs all of the required tasks to finish a project all by itself, which eliminates labor cost completely since it can operate unattended.

Other Factors to Consider

When compared to the results of pouch laminating, the finished documents produced by the ALM3320 are superior. Only encapsulation is possible with pouches; they cannot be trimmed to be flush with the edge of a project (since it would come apart over time). Pouches with adhesive designed for toner-based output are limited in size and finish, expensive, and sometimes hard to come by.

Operator fatigue will greatly reduce speed of a project completed with a roll laminator due to the feeding and trimming aspects. The accuracy of trimming can be inconsistent, since it is done by hand. Job sizes of more than 25 sheets are often discouraged due to high labor involvement.

The ALM3220 overcomes all the above mentioned obstacles:

  • No labor is required beyond the initial job set up, which takes less than 5 minutes.
  • It produces a uniform finished stack.
  • The versatility of this machine allows for complete encapsulation, flush cut, or one-sided laminations.

The Fujipla ALM3220 automatic laminator presents not only a great return on investment, but becomes a profit generator for any high-volume work environment that demands high-quality lamination fast!

Cut Corners with a Corner Rounder!

One of the many conveniences of using laminating pouches is that the pouches are not only pre-cut to desired dimensions, but they also come with rounded corners. The rounded corners add an extra touch of professionalism to any project that you laminate and also eliminate the sharp edges that can be created when laminating with 7 mil or 10 mil pouches.

Unlike with pouch laminating, projects that are laminated using a roll laminator generally require trimming after lamination. While many large-format projects like posters and display graphics may not require rounded corners, smaller documents (or those that are frequently handled) will have a more polished and finished appearance if the corners are rounded. The major benefit of rounded corners is comfortable handling of your finished project. Since laminating film is essentially plastic, leaving a sharp, square corner on your project (particularly one that is using a thicker laminate like 7 or 10 mil) could potentially cause the end-user to get scratched or cut if he or she does not handle it with care. The secret to achieving a perfectly-round corner on your project? Using a corner cutter!

Manual tabletop models like the Akiles Diamond-1 or the Lassco Wizer CR-20 corner rounder are excellent choices for occasional to moderate usage. They provide an affordable means for creating consistent round corners in a variety of diameters. If you’re looking for a machine that will be used frequently in a high-volume environment, consider an electric model like the countertop model Akiles Diamond-5 or the floor-standing CR-50 series of Lassco Wizer corner rounders, which feature convenient foot pedal operation.

If you would like to ask us which corner cutter is best for you and your project needs, please do so in the comment section. If you have a favorite corner rounding machine that gets you through even the toughest jobs, we’d love to hear about it too!