Options and opportunities for digital print finishing

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Digital print-on-demand color label printing today is carried out with liquid toner, dry toner and inkjet engines which print on a web of, predominately, self-adhesive label stock in four or more colors. Once printed, the web needs to be die-cut to produce the individual labels for rewinding and subsequent label application. This die-cutting operation may be undertaken in-line as part of the digital label press or off-line as a stand-alone digital finishing operation.

While digital label printing and finishing is already well established, digital printing and finishing of folding cartons and flexible packaging webs has, to date, only been a very small part of the digital printing revolution, and predominately undertaken with narrow-web presses. Laser-cutting technology for labels – and, now incorporated into digital finishing for folding cartons – is much newer in terms of take-up and installations and will undoubtedly have a much more prominent place in the future.