Can you tell me about your lamination and what makes it unique?

Many of our clients want to know why our lamination is expensive and what are the benefits to what we offer as opposed to what is usually offered by the competition.


Today's printing processes are very different than what used to be the norm 10 or 15 years ago. Digital printing has revolutionized the industry in a number of ways allowing a number of individuals to set up cottage industries where they can produce their own materials. However, the advent of digital technology and the way that the inks are applied on the media brought with it a plethora of issues relating to the finishing of the printed pieces. In the past, when it came to laminating, the main question was "do you laminate and then cut or do you cut and then laminate?"


If you are looking to save money, you may seek a company that prints their materials on a laser printer and uses a "school grade lamination film". ETC Montessori uses a digital press, or an offset press that applies a UV coating. Therefore, it becomes imperative to use a higher grade lamination that will properly adhere to the printed substrate.


Beginning in 2005, in an effort to control quality ETC moved ahead to bring printing production and print finishing services in-house. This move required that we invest in quality printing as well as print production finishing machines. Our laminating machines were no exception! In 2010 we installed two professional grade laminating and post-trimming machines that allowed us to meet the increased capacity we were being faced with. On February 2012 we moved to complete the installation of a third unit.


Today many of our competitors advertise that they use 5 mil lamination, however, only ETC uses what is known as Digikote® Lamination. DigiKote® Laminating Films offer superior protection against moisture, handling and abrasion, making them ideal for classroom settings where children make heavy use of the materials. The films’ low sealing temperature helps preserve inks in digitally printed graphics, which can deteriorate at high temperatures. The UV inhibitors allow the color clarity of our digitally printed graphic to remain crisp and clear over time without risking the possibility of yellowing or peeling. Some of the additional features of this type of lamination film are:


  • Low-Melt-Point-Adhesive that conforms to the fibers of the paper and aggressively combines with the media for a no-peel advantage
  • Engineered for commercial applications that demand clarity and protection
  • Increases rigidity and strength of media
  • Preserves graphic images over time with UV agents embedded in the plastic 
  • Protects against moisture, handling and abrasion
  • Water, oil and alkali resistant
  • Can be die cut without peeling


With these points in mind it becomes evident why many of our customers who understand that "not all lamination is the same" choose to go with ETC. We could have chosen to go with what our competitors use which is known as School Grade Laminating Film, and it would have given us an even greater competitive advantage, however, we are committed not only to the beauty of our products but also to their durability and strength. For questions about our laminating process please feel free to contact our print production center by calling 877-409-2929 or if you are calling from outside the US please call +1-281-984-7213