A catalogue is one of the most important marketing and sales materials of any company. Catalogue encapsulation ensures that this frequently used document of your business can be used for a long time. In addition to preservation, catalogue encapsulation significantly enhances the appearance of the prints and graphics of the catalogue, giving it the professional and elegant touch essential for impressing customers and clients.
Sealing any flat material in clear plastic sheets is known as encapsulation. This process can be reversible or irreversible. If you are not aiming for long run encapsulation, you can opt for reversible encapsulation. Simply by cutting the edges of the plastic sheets covering the encapsulated document, you can separate the encapsulating plastic from the printed material. Long run encapsulation involving lamination of both the sides of the printed material with laminating films is the best solution for conserving the catalogues of your company for decades.
Encapsulating Films for Catalogue Covering
For best quality encapsulation, the covering plastic film should be carefully selected. Heat activated lamination films are best suited for permanent or long run encapsulation. They easily bind to the material. However, not all types of printed materials or graphics are suitable for covering with heat-activated film. If your catalogue is printed with ink sensitive to high temperature, pressure sensitive films or cold films should be used for catalogue encapsulation. Films commonly used for encapsulation include polyester, polypropylene and nylon. Each of these films has certain advantages as well as disadvantages that should be taken into account while planning covering.
Polyester for Encapsulation
Polyester is the most popular material for double-sided lamination. Sealing a catalogue in polyester sheets significantly increases the lifespan of the document. It offers high gloss level.
Polypropylene for Encapsulation
Polypropylene is a cheaper alternative to polyester films. It offers good quality gloss. It is not affected by post lamination processes. However, polypropylene is not as firm and durable as polyester.
Nylon for Encapsulation
Currently, nylon is the most expensive encapsulation film. By absorbing water from the covered document, it reduces the risk of curling. The heat resistant property of nylon films prevents stretching during thermal-based covering operation.