A survey of the die-cutting of labels: Part 8 with Lemorau
A range of companies joined our survey pointing out the current challenges for the die-cutting of labels and talking about the role of digitization in this regard and how laser die-cutting fits into this industry. In part 8 Susana Teixeira, CEO of Lemorau, talks about the die-cutting systems they are using and preferring and explains why conventional systems are still more suitable than laser die-cutting for the company’s need.
(Survey conducted by Rosina Obermayer)
- What are the current challenges for the die-cutting of labels?
Susana Teixeira: We have been using the conventional system (rotary/semi-rotary) and we have been successful and satisfied with the process. At the moment, most of our machines have the rotary and semi-rotary mode in one unit. This allows our customers to use either according to their project. We have been receiving excellent feedback.
- 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?
Susana Teixeira: Even living in a digitised production world, in my opinion, I would still rather use the conventional system as I find it less limiting for our needs and requests.
- In general: what are your preferences for certain applications? (Semi) rotary die-cutting or laser die-cutting?
Susana Teixeira: In general, I prefer the rotary/semi-rotary die-cutting system. It fits the demands of using a wider range of different materials as customers have different requests from their clients. The rotary die usually cuts through any substrate at approximately the same speed, so it’s perfect for big production runs, as it can cut at a faster rate and ultimately at a lower cost.
- Laser die-cutting is a rather new technology: where do you see the opportunities and limitations of this process?
Susana Teixeira: Some of the advantages of laser cutting is that you can upload a drawing quickly and beginning cutting. It also can cut through intricate, tricky patterns, however, it has difficulties in cutting through some materials. For us that is a big limitation. Laser cutting also moves at a slower pace. It has to adjust its cutting speed and depth with each cut, not ideal for big runs. In general, for our needs, we still find the conventional system more suitable.
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This survey was first published in NarrowWebTech, issue 3-2018.