A survey of the die-cutting of labels: Part 9 with MPS
What are the current challenges for the die-cutting of labels? Which role does digitization have in this regard and how does laser die-cutting fits into today’s label industry? In part 9 of our die-cutting survey Hans Poortinga from MPS Systems answers these questions.
(Survey conducted by Rosina Obermayer)
Printing technology expert
- What are the current challenges for the die-cutting of labels?
Hans Poortinga: There is a range of challenges regarding the die-cutting of labels. Polyester and polyproplylene (PP) liners are becoming more and more popular, instead of paper-based liners. The die-cutting of thin materials requires more attention, because the speed of the presses is increasing year by year. Moreover, multi-layer labels are being used more and more. As these labels are thicker, it is more difficult to die cut. Also there is a growing demand for special labels on flexo presses with die-cutting through the material, or with different heights of the die.
- 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?
Hans Poortinga: Laser die cut technology has been on the market for a long time, but is still not ready to die cut all types of materials. Semi-rotary die-cutting is, at the moment, very suitable for digital jobs, because of low tooling costs and quick change over. The length of jobs printed on digital and hybrid presses is increasing, so rotary die-cutting is also a good option.
- In general: what are your preferences for certain applications? (Semi) rotary die-cutting or laser die-cutting?
Hans Poortinga: See answer question 2
- Laser die-cutting is a rather new technology: where do you see the opportunities and limitations of this process?
Hans Poortinga: Regarding laser die-cutting the limitations lie in the type of materials – not everything is possible, but in the automated workflow it is very useful, because you send the shape of the label together with the print file to the press.
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