Print processes: Combination press

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Technical developments within the label industry have given printers and converters the opportunity to utilise all the existing printing processes within a ‘multi-platform press’. The combination or platform printing press is a highly engineered, sophisticated machine (See Figure 8.1) which uses a system of process cassettes which are interchangeable between each base unit.

This flexibility facilitates the printing, embellishing and converting of self-adhesive labels in a single pass. Being able to apply a variety of processes onto the same label allows the designer to exploit the distinct advantages of each process in order to create innovative graphics and effects.

John Morton

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John has hands-on experience of all the major printing processes and has held operational and technical development roles at director level in the packaging sector. A qualified printer, John’s career spans magazine production, commercial print, packaging and label production.

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Robert Shimmin

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Robert has held senior marketing and business development positions in the print, packaging and label sector spanning more than 20 years.  He is a regular contributor of articles to the print and packaging trade press and has supported initiatives that seek to build awareness of the latest resear

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