Encapsulated Vs. Laminated Maps


What is an Encapsulated Map?

Probably the most often asked question is what does encapsulated map mean?  Once I tell them that it’s also known as lamination they usually get it, but then followed up by what’s the difference?  So I explain that encapsulated is when the paper map is sandwiched between 2 sheets of thick clear plastic protecting the map as well as adding to its value.  Lamination is when the printer applies a thin plastic finish to either one or both sides of the map at the time of printing.  Not as durable as encapsulation but still giving a better quality finish.  As you can imagine, I get bored to keep repeating this mantra so when we had a student here on work experience we got him to make a short video which you can see here:

Alan Smith is the Managing Director of Global Mapping Ltd