About Us

Tony Mertlik, owner of TM Design & Engineering, LLC, has been involved in machine design with MABEG feeders for nearly 20 years.

Tony is a Mechanical Engineer with experience in development, design, and building new series, high-speed, film laminating machines. He developed new generations of machines for General Binding Corporation by incorporating new ideas and new technologies that advanced machine capabilities.

“Tony Mertlik, GBC Engineering Manager and leader of the team that developed the GBC 8500HS Cyclone, has been with the company for over 12 years and in the printing and finishing industry for over 20 years. A native of the Czech Republic, Tony is regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on laminating systems.”

Graphic Arts Online, 6/2/2008


  • Developed the Orbit 2000 laminator. A new laminator with a compact design for the Digital and Offset markets. The Orbit 2000 was a predecessor for Delta laminator that had been sold around the world.
  • Developed the new generation of 8500 Series of laminating machines designed for high volume lamination.
  • Integrated the Vision System for in-line Inspection of Laminated Sheets
  • Designed 8500 Cyclone laminating machine awarded by Guinness book of records as “The Fastest Laminator in the World” at Drupa 2008 with speed 500 ft/min exceeding current industry standard by 50%.
8500 Cycloe Laminating Machine

8500 Cyclone Laminating Machine

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GBC team sets Guinness World Record with the new GBC 8500HS Cyclone laminator during Drupa 2008

From Graphic Arts Online, June 2, 2008

Düsseldorf (GERMANY) –GBC, an ACCO Brands (NYSE: ABD) business and market leader in the manufacturing and distribution of laminating equipment and supplies, successfully achieved a new Guinness World Record at Drupa 2008 by establishing the fastest time to laminate 100 square meters of paper.

… “Mertlik, Elman, and Koepke now hold the Guinness World Record in their names. The GBC 8500HS Cyclone is a commercial laminator designed for single-sided lamination of high-volume print runs. Running at speeds up to 500 ft (150 m) per minute, this system can cut production time by one-half or more without sacrificing accuracy, control, and quality.”

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Mertlik Guiness World Record