Interview series: What are the current challenges in the die-cutting of labels?
No self-adhesive label is produced without being die-cutted after the printing and finishing. From rotary or semi-rotary die-cutting up to laser die-cutting a range of technologies can be used for this part of label production. NarrowWebTech asked a range of companies to name 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.
Survey conducted and article written by Rosina Obermayer
Take a look at a whole range of opinions by different companies, discussing pro and contra of rotary, semi-rotary and laser die-cutting:
- Part 1: AB Graphic: Tony Bell, Sales Director: “As label finishing technology improves with higher levels of productivity and the demand for more complex labels increases, die-cutting technology is presented with new challenges.”
- Part 2: Berhalter: Dalibor Schuman, Managing Director die-cutting & Member of the Board: “As materials become more complex, thinner and more sensitive, and quality demands grow stricter, a perfect die-cutting solution is more important than ever before.”
- Part 3: Cartes: Virgilio Micale, Sales Director: “In the eyes of label printers, laser technology looks like the perfect digital printing complement, even if not always affordable and convenient.”
- Part 4: ETI Converting Equipment: Maxime Bayzelon, President: “Laser die-cutting is a good emergency solution, but a rotary technology with quick changeover remains the best solution in real-life production settings, even for short run applications.”
- Part 5: Grafisk Maskinfabrik A/S: Uffe Nielsen, CEO: “We see a combination of a conventional die cutter with a small powered cost efficient laser as a good compromise between the two worlds.”
- Part 6: Kocher+Beck GmbH + Co.: Martin Stierle, Sales Director/Management: “Which system, in your opinion, is most suitable for the modern single-pass label printing? This depends on the process as well as the application.”
- Part 7: Labeltech: Gabriele D’Onofrio, Co-owner: ” Laser die-cutting can give great advantages on certain jobs and make companies much more competitive but cannot be the main solution as there are too many limitations.”
- Part 8: Lemorau: Susana Teixeira, CEO: “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.”
- Part 9: MPS Systems: Hans Poortinga , Printing technology expert: “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. “
- Part 10: Rotometrics: Keith Laakko, Vice President, Global Marketing and Business Development: “Rotary remains the most suitable method of die-cutting labels.”
- Part 11: SMAG Graphique: Stephane Rateau, General Manager: “In my opinion the best performance nowadays is achieved with the semi-rotary die-cutting process that provides an excellent cutting quality level coupled with low cost tooling at a standard speed of 60 m/min to 70 m/min (196 to 230 fpm).”
- Part 12: Wink: Dr Andre Gysbers, Marketing Director: “Laser cutting is rather a complement than a replacement for conventional die-cutting and has its strengths especially in very short-run digital printing.”
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