Label printing technologies that are currently used in the UK take two forms: EP digital and UV flexography. Marick Labels manufacture custom printed self- adhesive labels in both forms and our friendly experts are on hand to guide you to the right solution no matter the application.
The two different label printing methods have advantages. In recent years digital label printing has risen in popularity because of production speed. UV flexo label printing is more suited to brand/spot colour accuracy and for larger runs where the unit price of each printed label is important.
Marick Label Printing clients can have the best of both worlds with all label printing requirements easily met effectively dealt with by our expert label printing team.
Label Printing Process
UV Flexo Label Printing
UV Flexography uses traditional plate printing process used to print labels formed of many different substrates including traditional paper in both matt and gloss finishes, cellophane, plastic and metallic films. It is particularly well suited to printing non-complex, solid colour labels for product packaging and particularly well suited to various types of food packaging.
UV Flexo label printing process has three main stages which are:
- Plate making
- Label Printing
The first phase of printing labels is plate development. Using a light-sensitive polymer, film negatives are placed over the plate before it is exposed with UV light, hardening the polymer. The polymer hardens where there is light passing through the film forming the basis for the label printing plate.
The plate making process is repeated for each colour to be printed, before it is combined in a cycliner and placed in the printing press. To make a complete graphic, the layered plates are consolidated to guide the colour placement on each label. These guide marks are dots and crosses and can frequently be seen on most graphical designs of your label that may be encountered in the printing process. Although it sounds complex, the Marick label printing process makes it easy and once the plate has been made and mounted, the process becomes far simpler for any future label printing requirements. This is why it is best to keep your label manufacturer consistent and repeat orders are common.
A UV-flexo label print is made by setting up a mirrored image of the final mounted plates. Ink is then applied via an ink roll, fuelled by various colour tanks for the standard CMYK mix. When injected against the mounted plates, the ink is applied in precisely the right combination, forming your finished design in a series of layers. A standard thickness is achieved via sophisticated ceramix or anilox rolls which ensure a smooth texture and quality finish. A blade is then used to scrape any excessive ink away from the mirror image before the image is transferred onto the label roll in the printer. The subsequent imaged labels are then dried via an automatic dryer before the label surface is safe to touch. There is also an option to cure via UV rays in which case drying is not required. This is beneficial particuarly in fast turnaround jobs.
Digital label printing
Basic advantages of digital label printing are that it avoids the setupc costs that plate building incurs and allows graphics to move straight from digital design to print, without complex setup processes. Much smaller runs are therefore economical and digital label printing also allows for routine design changes (for example, barcode changes, ingredient changes, price changes) without any substantial extra origination costs. customers get when choosing digital label printing as their preferred method of label manufacture is that it allows them to change the designs as many times without incurring any extra origination charges at all. At a supremely high quality 1200dpi, colour labels look crisp and allows for photographic images to be printed.
Marick Label Printing have invested heavily in digital label presses serve to reduce run times with impressive printing speeds, and it also produces superb colour matching and image clarity.
Types of Labels
Specialised digital labels
There are both static and variable barcodes in a selection of 1D and 2D barcode label formats, which have variable data being one of the specialties. A combination of hot-foiled and digital range provides customers with the best of both worlds. This is cost effective digital labelling, as there is a finish with unique metallic effect in shades of silver, gold and holographic foils.
Marick Label Printing provides a combination of digital and hot foil label images in any size or shape so that businesses can achieve that highly branded feel without having to invest in long print runs. Where a standard label size is not big enough, we can create digital label printed sheets which are printed on our high quality digital printer. The sheets are available in full colour and ultra high resolution, therefore the image quality is not affected by its size.
Self -adhesive labels
Self- adhesive labels which are also known as pressure sensitive labels are made by printing onto a construction of three layers. These are:
- Backing paper
- Adhesive layer
- Face material
These are very high-quality labels that are mainly printed using the latest flexographic label printing techniques. Recently there has been an evolution in the printing industry whereby the resolution of the plate imaging is combined with plate mounting tapes this offers a superior UV flexo ink delivery.
Key benefits of Flexographic Labels:
- High quality label printing because of a range of papers and inks for all types of product labeling
- Very economical printing method especially for larger print runs because faster and larger printing machines are used
- The preferred printing method of choice for many long term requirements
Talk to us
Marick Label Printing deals with clients in a variety of markets – from food production to consumer product packaging. Our high quality machines and professional team of printers and designers can help you make the clear distinction between flexo and digital label printing so you get the exact product you require for your budget. Many of our customers come back to us job after job. Discover why and get a quote today.