The terms “lamination” and “encapsulation” are often used interchangeably and this is not correct. It is sometimes difficult to tell the difference between encapsulated and laminated printed materials, there are clear differences between the two in both appearance and intention.
Lamination is where the film is adhered to the document which is then trimmed to size; the face of the document is protected and can be wiped. Laminating film is usually thinner than that used for encapsulation so it is not as durable as an encapsulated document nor is it completely water or oil proof. Lamination can be applied to one side or both sides. Lamination is often used for aesthetic reasons and gives printed media a luxurious finish.
Encapsulation uses a sheet of clear plastic again but is always applied to both sides of your print. It extends beyond the edges of the printed paper by around 5-10mm sealing the paper within the sheet of plastic. It is more protective than a laminate and is waterproof. You’ll usually find encapsulation for items like ID badges or menus – any environment where you want to ensure long-lasting prints with the ability to wipe clean and sanitize too.
Make sure you discuss with our consultants or your print supplier what exactly you need from the finished product before choosing your finish and your film.
Primary Benefits of Lamination and Encapsulation
- Lamination and encapsulation increases the durability of print materials, allowing them to withstand frequent use.
- Lamination and encapsulation adds protection against fingerprints and smudges, stains and spills, tears and wrinkles, marks and abrasions, plus oil, grease, dirt, moisture, and other contaminants.
- Lamination and encapsulation improves appearance by enhancing the ink colours of the printed piece. This creates a more professional look and holds attention longer.
- Lamination and encapsulation adds strength and stiffness, providing an impression of higher quality and importance.
- Lamination and encapsulation is completely transparent and does not impair or blemish the printing in any way.
- Lamination and encapsulation increases the longevity of print materials, saving costs on reprinting.
Popular uses for lamination
Lamination extends the life of printing that is handled frequently, such as:
- Catalogues and Brochures
- Shopping bags
- Carton Boxes
- Book covers
Lamination protects printed pieces used in dirty or damp environments…
- Menus and Pricelists
- Machinery Warnings
- Maintenance Procedures
- Operating and Safety Instructions
- Signage and Rules
- Reusable Hang Tags
Press Products holds an extensive range of OPP, PET, Speciality Laminating Films and Pouches. Have a look at our full range here or contact our highly knowledgeable consultants who can talk you through and guide you on the best solution for your perfect print finish.