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  • Take-up system and laminating. Advice needed please?

     John Thomson updated 2 months ago 8 Members · 9 Posts
  • Leslie Anderson

    September 27, 2021 at 2:07 pm

    Hi everyone.

    I am looking to pick your brains on using a takeup system.

    if i feed out the print onto the takeup i lose about 1.5m of vinyl and then a bit after the print has finished. my problem is i may only be printing 4 metres of vinyl but it has cost me 6 metres.
    I then load this onto the laminator and again i am losing 2 more metres of laminate.

    if i do not use the takeup system i then have issues trying to get the printed vinyl onto a card core 100% or that can run off and i waste the lot. 😣

    i know i am a newbie and the questions i ask must sound naive, but i thought it best to ask in case i am missing the obvious! how do you do this and if it must be done like this, how do you cover your losses?

    thanks in advance. 😀❤

  • Martin Cole

    September 27, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    Hi Leslie,

    Use a cardboard core with a metre or so of old vinyl taped to it and tape this to the new vinyl on the printer/laminator.

    No waste and use over and over again.

    Hope that makes sense, been doing it for many many years

  • Pane Talev

    September 27, 2021 at 3:01 pm

    Start print.

    Wait for circa 1m print to be done.

    Once print is next to take up – tape the print to your take up tube.

    Start take up system.


    • Martyn Heath

      September 28, 2021 at 5:02 am

      As pane has said 👌

  • Myles Brewer

    September 27, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    Hi Leslie,

    Everyone here was also a newbie once & we’re all still learning every day, so don’t worry how daft you think your question sounds, ask away.👍

    I tend to do the same as Pane & let the print run down to the take-up.

    If you’re careful you can tape it quite accurately onto the core so it won’t run off.

    I let it run past & in front of the core by about 300mm & then gently push the vinyl back over the core so the leading edge is just in front & the vinyl starts to loop slowly behind. With both hands on the vinyl resting on top of the core & looking at where it butts up to the black end stop on the right of the take-up you can adjust it until you see it’s running level with the end stop & core. When you have it level just tape it to the core. Then use the manual downwards take-up buttons to wind it onto the core & get the loop back in front of the core. Then you just load in the bouncer bar & press the auto take-up switch 2 (with the anti-clockwise arrow) & away you go.

    So long as you get it reasonably straight it won’t be an issue even on 10’s of metre runs.

  • David Hammond

    September 27, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    Same we just wait for it to print a meter then stick it on the takeup. Until the phone rings or you get distracted.

    We feed about 500mm through first, and before cross cutting to aid laminating.

  • Robert Lambie

    September 27, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    we are the same, allow the print to come down level with the tube and tape the vinyl onto it with a bit of masking tape.
    that said, if we are doing long print runs overnight, I rather the lads lose the metre or so at the start and get it laced up on the machine as accurately as possible. then when it’s being moved over for lamination it also makes sure everything is aligned right.

  • Martin Cole

    September 28, 2021 at 8:31 am

    I’m the only one who does it the right way then 😉lol,

    funny how you get used to ways of doing things,

    • This reply was modified 2 months ago by  Martin Cole.
  • John Thomson

    September 28, 2021 at 2:14 pm

    One metre of masking tape in the centre and at each side of the vinyl down to the take up reel……works for me.


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