A survey of the die-cutting of labels: Part 5 with Grafisk Maskinfabrik
In this interview series a range of companies names the current challenges for the die-cutting of labels, the role of digitization in this regard and how laser die-cutting fits into this industry. Read what Uffe Nielsen from Grafisk Maskinfabrik thinks about this topic!
by Rosina Obermayer
Grafisk Maskinfabrik A/S
- What are the current challenges for the die-cutting of labels?
Uffe Nielsen: The challenges we at Grafisk Maskinfabrik face is the increasing demand for shorter runs and quick turn round times which puts the pressure on us to make “smart” machines with a lot of automation and a short web path. The ability of our machines to integrate completely into the clients workflow is making the conversion into “smart production” more manageable.
- We are living in a digitized production world, in your opinion, which system is the most suitable for the modern single-pass label printing (rotary/laser) process?
Uffe Nielsen: Both tools – conventional die cutters and lasers – have their advantages. Die cutters are fast and the cutting quality is excellent. With lasers you can get the job out instantly. We see a combination of a conventional die cutter with a small powered cost efficient laser as a good compromise between the two worlds.
- In general: what are your preferences for certain applications? (Semi) rotary die-cutting or laser die-cutting?
Uffe Nielsen: For short run PP work the laser is ideal. For longer runs and heavy substrates like wine labels – the conventional way is superior.
- Laser die-cutting is a rather new technology: where do you see the opportunities and limitations of this process?
Uffe Nielsen: We are still looking for the “wonder laser” that has unlimited speed and no issues with “melting edges” and substrate restrictions. We hope to see technology advances in the substrates that will increase the use of lasers in the future.
Thank you very much for the participation at our survey!
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