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Step-by-Step Process of Pressure Sensitive Labels

 Firesteed Label Rolls Walnut Pressure sensitive Label

We have one of the fastest turn-around times of pressure sensitive labels in the industry, but we are still asked why printing takes so long. Here is a step-by-step list of all that is required to print just one label.

  • The customer orders a label to be printed.
  • Digital files are created by or sent to our art department. (Film is also accepted. We also offer design, see Design Services.)
  • The art department prepares the files for printing.
  • A PDF label proof is sent to the customer for approval or changes.
  • If there are changes, the changes are made and a new proof is sent to the client for approval or more changes.
  • If it is a new wine label, proofs are made for TTB approval. This can add a few weeks to a month to the production process.
  • Once approval is given by both the customer and TTB, the files are prepared for production.
  • Any required cutting, foil, emboss or combo dies are created.

Digital Printing

  • The digital files are sent directly to the digital press.
  • A color proof is created for final color approval from the customer of any new labels.
  • Any requested changes are made and a new color proof is sent.
  • Once final approval is made, the labels are printed, foil stamped, embossed and die cut.

UV Waterless Offset

  • Film is created from the digital files.
  • If the files are process color or especially complex a color proof is created for customer approval.
  • If there are any requested changes on the label proof, new film is made and a new proof is sent.
  • Once final approval is given, the film is prepared or “stripped.”
  • The stripped film is burned onto printing plates.
  • The plates are sent to the press and the labels are printed, foil stamped, embossed and die cut.
  • All labels are then varnished for protection from scuffing.
  • The label rolls are prepared to specific customer requirements to aid in applying the new labels to their product.
  • Quality assurance is maintained throughout the production process
    and makes one final check on the finished labels.
  • The printed labels are packaged and shipped to the customer.

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