POST-PRESS

As soon as your labels are printed they get wound up on a large and heavy roll on the end of the printing machine. Such roll is then turned into smaller, more convenient rolls using a slitter rewind. We can provide rolls, bundles of cut sheets or a continuous, folded path, if you please.

ROLLS AND WINDING DIRECTIONS

Most customers want their labels delivered on rolls. This means determining how many labels each roll should preferably have and the winding direction. If the label will be applied mechanically the right winding must be ordered. In other words – the direction in which the label will come out of the machine is decisive.

There are eight possibilities and probably only one of them is the right one for you (or rather for your label applicator). Take note of the winding number from the picture below and state it in your order.

1. Inside wound. Label with the "head" out first.

2. Inside wound. Label with the "feet" out first.

3. Inside wound. Label with the right side out first.

4. Inside wound. Label with the left side out first.

5. Outside wound. Label with the "head" out first.

6. Outside wound. Label with the "feet" out first.

7. Outside wound. Label with the right side out first.

8. Outside wound. Label with the left side out first.

SHEETS

Instead of rolls your labels can be delivered on sheets. Either individually (the label is the sheet) or with several labels on each sheet – for example in order to be used in an office printer. Cut sheets get packaged into packs containing a specific, previously determined amount.

We also provide blocked sheets – this means we glue them together at the end, like a book.

WHAT IS FOLDED LABELS (Fanfold)?

The labels get manufactured in a web, which is perforated in definite intervals, folded and inserted into a carton. In this case the labels are therefore delivered in a sheaf. Folded labels are used in dot matrix printers or thermal transfer printers.
When compared to labels on rolls, the advantage of folded labels is that the printer can hardly manage to pull a large and heavy roll, and if the roll does get pulled enough and starts to rotate, its inertia prevents it from stopping after it’s been printed on, and the labels keep unwinding uncontrollably for some time.

Folded labels are pulled (not too forcefully) by the printer out of the carton (where there is a larger amount of them than what would be found on a roll), and if printing is stopped the label web also immediately stops.

Read further about

History of labeling

Printing methods

Colours

Substrates

Surface treatment

Post-press

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