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Case Studies

 

Lamin8 maintains an in-house research and product development laboratory expressly for clients who require custom solutions to their laminating, coating and converting challenges. Our methodology is simple and straightforward.

We discuss the customers’ requirements and request samples of the proposed substrates, prototypes, diagrams, etc. in order to develop the best course of action to achieve a cost-effective and successful solution. This approach may include testing of coatings and adhesives and evaluation of substrates, as well as, various laminating and converting processes.

After successful laboratory testing we orchestrate a trial run to fine tune the process to be sure that we can achieve the desired results in production.

Once the sampling and trials are approved, we produce a standardized internal SOP so that each and every order will produce exacting results according to customer specifications and expectations.

We have over forty years of experience helping customers with their special and individual requirements.  We look forward to serving your needs.

Product/Service: Nylon fabric coated with pressure sensitive adhesive.

Purpose: Die cut pieces of the Nylon are used to make fabric appliqués.  The adhesive holds the appliqué in place while it is being sewn to another fabric.

Solution: Our customer had a semi-translucent nylon.  They wanted to reduce/eliminate the translucency of the fabric. Our first step was to coat the fabric with a pigmented white acrylic coating.  This made the fabric much more opaque.  We then applied an acrylic pressure sensitive adhesive to the fabric with an easy peel release liner.

Product/Service: DuPont Tyvek® treated with a flame retardant to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 302 (FMVSS302).

Purpose:  All interior materials of motor vehicles are required to pass the FMVSS 302 standard.  Tyvek® will not pass this test in its natural state.  Tyvek® is a very suitable material for usage as general purpose gaskets, labels, etc.

Solution: We apply a product specific water-based flame retardant chemical to one side of the Tyvek®.  Once applied the Tyvek meets or exceeds the FMVSS 302 standard.

Product/Service:  Radiant heat film treated with flame retardant to meet UL standards.

Purpose: Such films are used under many flooring products.  Such films generally need to meet UL testing and flammability standards.

Solution: We apply a product specific water-based flame retardant chemical to radiant heat films to meet or exceed such standards.

Product/Service: Heat seal adhesive coating onto woven or nonwovens to aide in the manufacture of non-PVC hospitality grade wallcovering.

Purpose: Most hospitality grade wallcoverings are made utilizing a 10 mil PVC film that is printed, embossed and laminated with liquid PVC adhesive to a cloth or nonwoven backing.  Many wallcovering buyers have expressed interest in purchasing sustainable wallcovering that is not made from PVC.

Solution: We apply a water-based “heat activated” adhesive to the customer’s backing.  Once the adhesive is dried at our facility, we rewind the nonwoven and forward it to the wallcovering manufacturer.  While using non-pvc films during their manufacturing process, the wallcovering manufacturers can laminate the adhesive coated backing to their non-pvc film simply using heat and pressure.

Product/Service: Paperbacked fabric

Purpose: Picture frame mat board manufacturers apply all kinds of substrates to their mat boards to make them interesting, decorative and fun.  Some of the styles include fabric (rather than films or papers).  However, fabrics don’t laminate easily during their manufacturing process.

Solution: We laminate the customer’s fabric to acid free papers to allow the manufacturer to utilize paperbacked fabrics on their production line.

Product/Service:  Barbie Fashion Designer Printer Compatible Fabric

Purpose: Mattel made a CD-ROM whereby the user of the game could custom design their own Barbie clothes.  After designing and coloring, an animated Barbie would walk down a runway (on the computer) and demonstrate what the clothes looked like. The user could then print the pant or dress patterns directly onto a piece of printer compatible fabric sheet and cut them out as custom-made clothes.  The fabric needed to be bonded to a “carrier sheet” in order to travel through the printer.  Once the clothes were printed and cut out, the carrier paper was removed and discarded, leaving the “carrier adhesive” on the paper with no residue on the fabric.

Solution: We laminated Mattel’s printable compatible fabric to a carrier sheet with removable adhesive.  Then we sheeted the fabric into 8.5”x11” sheets.

Product/Service: Thermal insulative Aerogel blanket laminated to scrim reinforced aluminum foil.

Purpose: Impart additional thermal insulative properties to an Aerogel blanket while preventing moisture from condensation wicking into the blanket.

Solution: We laminated a scrim reinforced aluminum foil to the thermal blanket material.

Product/Service: Two layers of heavy sateen fabric laminated to each other.

Purpose: Military fabric back packs are manufactured to hold field radios.

Solution: We laminated military grade sateen fabric back to back to provide a “super” cloth to be used as described.