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Monthly Archives: February 2019

  • Digital and Flexographic Printing for Custom Labels

    Custom labels are a practice followed by many of the businesses to personalize them to connect more easily with their customers. There are many ways in which custom labels can be printed; however flexographic printing and digital printing methods are more popular due to the flexibility and cost-effective options they introduce.

    Digital and Flexographic Printing for Custom Labels

    Flexographic Printing

    This high-quality printing solution makes use of plastic plates or flexible rubber that print images on a substrate. The plates stick to a printing cylinder and have the ability to transfer images to a variety of substrates including metallic films, fluorescent labels, coated papers, polyester films, and vinyl labels. Flexography uses a variety of quick-dry inks ( photochromic ink, thermochromic ink, hydrochromic ink and touch n’ smell ink to name a few ) that can be used in creative packaging designs.

    Digital Printing

    Digital printing does not include plates for printing and thus requires less set-up time and mechanisms. The lesser set-up time allows operators to imbibe last-minute changes easily and quickly. With digital printing you can produce multiple batches with maximum accuracy and quick turnaround. As it is user-friendly and highly flexible, many businesses choose this method to create custom labels including customers’ personal details such as names, addresses, etc.

    Which method to choose when printing in bulk?

    When you require printing custom labels in bulk quantities, flexographic printing stands out to be a cost-effective solution. Flexography is a high-speed printing process that involves fast-drying inks and delivers the best result when printing large numbers of identical labels. It is also a better option when you need to print plastic cups, wallpapers, shopping bags, corrugated cardboard, or food packaging.

  • Tips for Choosing the Right Heat Sealer

    Heat sealers are machines that are used for mending both the sides of packaging film together so that it forms an air tight seal. The heat sealers use heat to melt and mend materials together to form a seal. However, it is necessary to understand what materials can be used with the heat sealers. Also, you need to determine the thickness of the packaging film to be used with specific type of sealers.

    Common Materials

    Many products are sealed using a heat sealer. Most of the flexible materials are measured in mils. Materials that are 1-3 mils thick are considered standard. Materials ranging from 4-8 mils of thickness are medium to heavy. The thicker materials need more heat and thicker seals to mend the material together properly.

    Shrink Wrapping

    Types of Heat Sealers

    There are two varieties of heat sealers available on the market – flat wire and round wire. The former is designed for thicker films that are up to 8 mils thick while the latter have thinner seal seams and are generally used for thinner materials.

    Round wire sealers – These offer certain benefits over the flat wire sealers. The round wire sealers cut excess film once the seal is done and they also have thinner seal seams that look better. These sealers are often used with shrink wrapping. A drawback to the round wire sealers is that they form a thin seal that limits the strength of the seal. They cannot make proper, reliable seals with films thicker than 4 mils.

    Flat wire sealers – The flat wire sealers are available in a variety of widths and can be conveniently used with thicker films carrying heavier products. These make a strong, full seal and leave the excess film on the bag itself which can either be used for hanger holes or custom printed headers. They can also be embossed for an added strength to the seal. The only disadvantage with the flat wire sealers is that it doesn’t cut down the excess film from the package. In case the film needs to be cut, you would require a separate cutter to do the job.

    Depending on the products you must pack, you can now determine which heat sealer would work best for you to refrain from packaging disasters and a bad customer experience.

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