Fotobase Group buys high-end Autobond laminating machine from Graph-Pak

South Australia-based Fotobase Group has purchased a high-end Autobond laminating machine from Graph-Pak as the company looks to improve its speed to market performance.

The first-time Graph-Pak customer said it selected the Autobond Mini 53 TPH M model as it is a premium, high-speed laminating machine that provides stellar results and consistent performance for decades of use.

The Autobond Mini 53 TPH M is a quick make ready, thermal laminator designed specifically for half size offset, and digital format applications. It has a modular design to add options such as a perfector, automated stacker, in-line UV coating, or in-line magnet production, or an in-line foiling machine.

It runs at a maximum speed of 50 m/min and sheets are laminated top and bottom in one pass.

Fotobase Group CEO Jason Gentle said, “Speed and efficiency is always front of mind in our business – and we selected the Autobond as it is a remarkable machine. It opens the doors to increase our turnaround potential.

“The Fotobase Group is a multi-channel marketing company specialising in graphic design, digital print, photography, videography and signage. Having the Autobond machine will allow us to compete in certain spaces more effectively, given the speed at which this machine can run. That must quite simply be the best feature for us.”

Jason mentioned that the company bought the machine as it had simply outgrown its existing infrastructure and needed a new laminating machine to evolve and grow.

Graph-Pak managing director Tom Ralph said Fotobase needed a long-term solution for its laminating, but as a bonus the machine it ordered has the capability to laminate magnets from a reel to the printed sheets, then sheet them online.

“Speed to market performance, build quality, reliability, and robustness are just some of the qualities of this machine. The magnet application is an extra feature that Fotobase Group will massively benefit from,” Ralph said.

Some of the other features of the Autobond Mini 53 TPH M include:
• Cantilevered air-shaft for quick mounting of magnet roll
• Inflatable air-shaft for automatic take-up of release liner backing paper
• A Heidelberg Speedmaster 52 feed head
• A film roll perforating mechanism on the laminator, which also has a roller that is electrically heated or water-heated
• A sheeter that includes in-feed hold rollers, an adjustable anti-curl bar, and variable speed bump rollers

“Fotobase is another blue-chip partner that has joined the Graph-Pak family. It’s exciting to see growth in our business and our clients’ businesses as we continue to navigate through some turbulent times,” Ralph said.

And Jason had only good words to say about working with Graph-Pak.

“I have enjoyed the process and the open communication working with Graph-Pak. It has been nothing but seamless and Tom and his team have been excellent in understanding our requirements,” he added.

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