Printing Technology

ABOUT OUR PRINTING TECHNOLOGY

We are one of the only UK label printers who can produce both Digital labels and Flexographic labels in house, which means we can provide the best results, whatever your requirements.

Flexographic Label Printing

FLEXOGRAPHIC PRINTING

We currently operate with a MarkAndy P3 flexographic press. This machine is quite simply one of the most advanced narrow web presses available today and combines the latest production efficiencies with state-of-the-art technology. This press enables our printers to maximise productivity, achieve consistent quality as well as versatility and flexibility.

All of our presses are manned by an extremely well experienced and highly trained team of operatives and we pride ourselves on the quality and efficiency with which we produce our customer's labels.

ADVANTAGES OF FLEXOGRAPHIC PRINTING:

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    Low cost plate charges
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    Suitable for short, medium and long runs
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      Low cost plate charges
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      Over 2,000 cutters in stock
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      High quality labels
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      Up to 7 spot colours
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      Foiling
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      Specialist varnishes
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      Sheeting and under die cutting

    WHAT IS FLEXOGRAPHIC PRINTING?

    Flexographic printing uses flexible printing plates made of rubber or plastic to print on a wide variety of packaging materials. The inked plates with slightly raised images are rotated on a cylinder, which transfers the image to the substrate.

    Flexo, as flexographic printing is also known, is a high-speed printing process that uses fast drying inks and can print on many types of absorbent and non-absorbent materials. It is very efficient for producing longer runs. Flexographic printing is also more ideal to exact colour matching with the capabilities of colour mixing and using Pantone exact ready mixed colours.

    DIGITAL PRINTING

    Our Xeikon digital labels press is designed to produce high quality, sharp images that give product labels a quality look and visual impact. Digital labels also have the benefit of no printing plates, meaning huge savings on setup costs, and many different products can be run together to give you fantastic economy on your labels.

    Digital labels and digital printing is also suitable for variable information, sequential numbering, barcodes and other security features.

    Since installing the press in October 2009, we have been awarded the prestigious 'Best Print in Digital Printing Award' at the Flexotech Magazine Awards in 2010, we were finalists in 2011 and was also finalists in the Digital Printer Awards 2012.

    ADVANTAGES OF DIGITAL PRINTING:

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      Just in time production & extended flexibility
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      Allows customers to reduce or even eliminate stock
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      Extremely low set-up time and low set-up cost
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      Highly cost effective solution for short runs
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      No need for plates & reduced waste of base materials
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      Labels printed in 4 colour process
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      Outstanding quality, colour consistency and accuracy

    WHAT IS DIGITAL PRINTING?

    Digital printing describes the process of transferring an image or document stored on a pc or mac onto a printing media such as paper or polypropylene The image on the pc is normally automatically split into 4 basic colours - cyan, magenta, yellow and black (we refer to this as CMYK) and the print engine then prints these four colours overlaying them exactly to reproduce the image on the screen.

    These print engines are most commonly found in two basic types; the first uses dry toner powder which is fused into the substrate and the second uses electrostatically charged wet ink which is fired at the paper. These basic types are referred to as toner based or inkjet based devices. There are various manufacturers that supply digital printing machines or presses but we use Xeikon, one of the market leaders in digital machines.

    Digital printing is significantly different to the more traditional method of Litho printing or Offset printing. Litho printing requires the original image to be split into component colours (similar to the CYMK process) and then a "plate" is made for each colour (to a maximum of 8 plates) which is physically loaded into a printing press for the printing process to begin. This making of "plates" for each colour, together with the time and effort to "set up" the litho press adds relatively high fixed costs, and time, to each litho job even before and output is delivered.

    This is why for shorter runs requiring fast turnaround times digital printing is the most effective printing solution. In addition, the flexibility of personalising each and every print with a digital printing press means that for targeted direct mail communication, digital printing is the best cost effective solution.

    INKJET DIGITAL PRINTING

    UV Inkjet Label Printing System Digital flexibility and advanced color reproduction introduce a new era in label and package printing.

    Even in the label and package industry, diversified, short run printing is becoming increasingly common. At the same time, clients continue to require improved costs, shorter turnaround, and higher quality and there is the ever present question of how to create attention-grabbing products that stand out among the wide range of items available.

    The Truepress Jet L350UV delivers the inkjet technology developed by Screen over many years optimized for label printing. For label printing companies looking for high throughput, high image quality, simple operation, and stability, the Truepress Jet L350UV offers the best possible solution.

    ADVANTAGES OF INKJET DIGITAL PRINTING:

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      Just in time production & extended flexibility
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      Allows customers to reduce or even eliminate stock
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      Extremely low set-up time and low set-up cost
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      Highly cost effective solution for short runs
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      Labels printed in 4 colour process
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      Outstanding quality, colour consistency and accuracy