Lacquering and laminating plant – surface coating

Lacquering and laminating plant for films

The lacquering and laminating plant enables us to bridge the gap between laboratory scale and production scale in the area of surface coating and multilayer manufacture. This small pilot scale plant offers you the opportunity to test combinations of materials before the production phase, to test application methods, to determine optimum process parameters, and to manufacture samples for application trials. A  special film guide prevents contact between the functional layer and rollers after the coating process. This means that the plant is suitable for processing particularly sensitive high-barrier films coated on one side with thin layers.

The applications range from packaging films through to ultra-barrier films for the display market. The lacquering and and laminating of several layers enable materials with high barriers and functionalities such as heat resistance, moisture resistance, scratch resistance, and UV filtering to be manufactured.

The use of our lacquering and laminating plant for trials incurs significantly lower costs for you than when using your own production equipment.

Let us help you improve the barrier properties of your films!

Our offer

 

  • Manufacturer-independent advice

  • Assistance with adhesive selection to achieve high adhesion

  • Continuous roll-to-roll processes

  • Customized testing plans and sample production for polymer films, aluminum foil, paper, and woven fabrics

  • Opportunities for combining the process with vacuum coating processes (AI, AlOx, SiOx, etc.)

  • Adaptation of your plant configuration (application and drying processes) to meet your needs



Surface coating with lacquer


Nanocoatings


Application of
multilayers


Ultra-barrier films

Your benefits

 

  • The time period to implementation in your production is shortened

  • Your production plants are not blocked for trials

  • Trials can be performed with considerable lower quantities of materials than can trials using production equipment

  • You obtain machinable quantities for application trials

  • You benefit from our scientific know-how and advanced analytical /measurement systems

  • You reduce your development costs
Reinlufteinhausung für die Lackier- und Kaschieranlage

Clean air housing / lacquering booth for dust-free surface coating processes and for bonding multilayers

Schematic representation of the lacquering and laminating plant

Inline-Messung der Schichtdicke an der Kaschieranlage

Inline layer thickness measurement on the lacquering and laminating plant

Lacquering and laminating plant – detailed information

The lacquering and laminating plant can be used with both low and high viscosity coating materials and can produce a wide range of layer thicknesses. Closed layers down to a thickness of 0.5 to 1 µm can be manufactured. To produce functionalized barrier films we can use nanocoatings or use combinations of vacuum coating and wet chemical processes. For the highest barrier requirements measures must be taken to ensure the film is dust-free. Such measures include the use of a clean air housing and web cleaning prior to lacquer application. Another key point is to avoid contact between the coated side and the guide rollers because this can damage or destroy the sensitive layer. The plant is suitable for the pilot production of ultra-barrier films up to a running length of 400 m (in combination with internally or externally manufactured inorganic layers). It is also possible to apply very viscous coatings such as starch solutions and adhesives. In addition to barrier properties it is often desired for films to have other functionalities. In many cases these can be introduced by using nanocoatings or specially cured lacquers. The processing expertise in this area has been successfully acquired by the Fraunhofer IVV during its participation in many publicly funded projects.

 

Technical specifications of the lacquering and laminating plant

  • Substrate geometry:
    • Film width: up to 480 mm
    • Application width: up to 460 mm
  • Application methods:
    • Comma blade for high viscosity coating materials;
    • Gravure roll for low viscosity coating systems;
    • Smooth roll with temperature regulation up to 80°C
  • Laminating unit:
    • 350 N/cm per 500 mm web width; temperature control up to 80°C
  • Corona unit:
    • Single-sided corona treatment of non-conducting films, corona power can be varied between 0.15 kW and 1.5 kW
  • Web control unit:
    • Web speed: max. 30 m/min
  • Special film guide for lacquering:
    • Functional layer can be transported contact-free after coating; separate servo-controlled wind-up
  • Drying and crosslinking via hot air and UV radiation
  • Dust-free coating processes due to the use of a clean air housing and film cleaning
     

Coatings

  • Solvent-based materials for surface coating: low viscosity lacquers, adhesives, high viscosity biopolymers (e. g. starch), protein-based systems (e. g. casein) and modified biopolymers
  • UV-curing systems such as acrylate-based formulations or special inorganic-organic hybrid polymers
     

Typical substrates

  • Aluminum foils, polymer films, vacuum coated films, biodegradable polymers, paper and cardboard
  • Combinations of film / film, film / paper, and aluminum film / polymer film