Label finishing

Once the label has been printed, we can optionally enrich it with different kinds of finishing. The most commonly used finishing processes are varnishing, lamination, cold or hot foil printing, screen printing, embossing, die cutting, rewinding and sheet cutting.

Die cutting

Die cutting is an integral part of the label finishing process. It is an integral part of the label finishing process, since it enables the separation of the label from the liner, which would otherwise not be possible. It requires a die. Please note, that if you choose a label size, that is not (yet) included in our standard label sizes, it is necessary to order a corresponding die; the same goes for die cutting of irregularly shaped labels. The maximum width of a die-cut label is 305mm; the maximum length is 630mm. In cases where the label is not printed to its outer margins, we can first cut the label strip crosswise to the preferred lengths, followed by longitudinal cutting. That way we can avoid the die cost.

Varnishing

It functions as additional protection of the ink against rubbing and mild superficial damages on one hand, and as a visual effect on the other. You can choose between gloss and matte varnish. In some cases, varnishing can even be a suitable protection against damp and mild cleaning fluids.

Cold or hot foil printing

Hot or cold foil printing for special visual effects. Gold, silver, metallic, matte, gloss, and other foil shades are available. Hot foil printing is primarily meant as a visual effect. It requires a plate.

You can choose between different shades of the foil: 

  • gold, 
  • silver, 
  • metallic, 
  • matte, 
  • gloss... 

Screen printing

It is a printing technique, that enables application of thick layers of ink or varnish. It serves as a means of achieving special visual effects or application of special inks and/or other coatings. It requires a screen printing stencil.

Embossing

A finishing technique, where a convex structure is formed by creating a depression in the paper or other substrate. A logo, pattern, etc., can, consequently, be felt by touching the label. The process requires tools, which are ordered according to the file with contours, outlining the convex parts of the label.

Rewinding

Labels are usually wound on a cardboard core. They can have different positions on the roll. After printing and finishing labels need to be rewound on a core. In order to do that, we need the following data:

  • number of labels per roll;
  • inner diameter of the core;
  • outer diameter of the roll;
  • label winding direction (see the enclosed image) .

All the above data are especially important when application of the labels is carried out using a machine. In that case, the label roll needs to be carefully adjusted to meet the requirements of the labeling machine.

Sheet cutting

Sometimes, when labels are applied individually or enclosed with the product, it is more practical to keep them in sheets for easier handling.

We achieve that with a cutting machine, which transforms the labels in a roll to sheets of required sizes.

Lamination

Additional lamination of the label functions as a means of achieving higher mechanical firmness, compactness, and protection against mechanical damage. You can choose between different visual effects (gloss or matte) and thicknesses of the lamination. It also serves as protection against various chemicals, cleaning fluids, solvents, and fats.