The short-to-medium print run solution.
High-quality labels at low prices.
Digitally printed labels offer a fast, cost-effective alternative for your customers. The digital printing process doesn’t require plates or dies. This provides the possibility for smaller runs (as low as 100 labels) and quicker turnarounds. Digital printing also allows for variable data, which makes it easier to produce multiple versions, barcodes or consecutive numbers.
DLSdigital utilizes a fleet of digital presses including including HP Indigo 6900, Colordyne aqueous inkjet and INX UV inkjet equipment to help you build your short run business with up to 7 color process printing and Pantone® matching options. We can provide high-quality, digitally printed labels in thicknesses from 0.5 to 18 pt., up to 13.39" wide, in virtually any length and ANY shape. And DLSdigital offers a wide variety of face stocks, adhesives, laminates and varnishes to suit all your customer’s needs.
The HP Indigo 6900 utilizes HP’s proprietary Liquid Electrophotography (LEP) process. This process leads to exceptional print quality and color matching options, while still allowing for the flexibility of digital printing. LEP uses HP ElectroInk, a special liquid ink that is electrically charged to control its placement onto a photoconductor plate. The image is transferred from the photoconductor plate to a heated blanket, where the image dries completely into a very thin ink layer. The complete image is then transferred onto the media. Because the rubbery blanket conforms to the topography of the substrate, the image mirrors the texture and shine of the label stock. Also, because the image is completely created and dried on the blanket, it is possible to have a very high print resolution and quality regardless of the media. Learn more about the benefits of HP Indigo printing in our blog post.
In this process, drops of ink are sprayed onto label stock to create graphic and font images. These presses use 4 color process printing (CMYK) to produce a color spectrum. Some devices also image a label with a PMS match ink color. The image is air dried, usually with some heat added to adhere the image to the label stock. This means the face stock needs to be receptive to ink. This is accomplished by either purchasing coated material from the raw material manufacturer or having the label converter apply a primer during the manufacturing process. Often, the image will then be varnished or laminated to provide an additional level of protection and durability. Not all papers and films are compatible with aqueous printing.
Using the same process of spraying droplets of ink onto label face stock, UV inkjet differs from aqueous in that the ink is cured to the face stock by exposure to UV light. This creates a very durable image. Because the image is cured to the sheet, UV printing allows for the use of a wider selection of face stocks than aqueous inkjet production.
Mark Andy and Colordyne have partnered up to engineer an analog/digital label converting system. This is a labeling converter designed to add full color digital inkjet printing capabilities to existing flexographic presses. This system combines a 10-inch-wide, 4 color Mark Andy flexo press with the Colordyne 3600 water-based process color digital press.
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Technology is quickly reshaping the label landscape, and Diversified is leading the way with digital label production. With our in-line precision laser die cutter, there is no need to create dies. That means any shape, no matter how complicated, can be produced literally at the speed of light. You can say “yes” to those unique labels that would have been too costly to produce in the past.
In addition to our laser die cutting capabilities, DLS is equipped with flexible semi-rotary magnetic dies and a vast collection of traditional dies. No matter what shape label your customer needs, DLS can help you provide an affordable die cutting option.
Due to our investment in advanced equipment, we’re also able to offer services such as:
Consider DLSdesign your personal label design team for this project. We are happy to work under your name as we go through the design process. We are your silent partner. All proofs and communications will be branded with only your company info. Our fixed price concept development and design model was created to make it easy for you to provide high-quality graphic design services to your clients. For a single low price, you receive up to 3 design concepts based on the information provided by the customer on our form. We will never contact your client directly unless otherwise specified. All communication goes through you.
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We offer three different types of digital printing technologies: Liquid Electrophotography, aqueous (water) based inkjet and UV inkjet. With these technologies, you can offer a broader selection of digital labels to your customers.