LABEL PRINTING

There are several principal label printing technologies currently in use.  Some are suitable for low end domestic and office stationary use such as desktop laser/inkjet label printing, but for professional results manufacturers such as EXIGO Poligraphy use digital, hotfoil, thermal and flexographic labels printing technologies.   Letterpress and gravure label printing are still available in the marketplace, but more often used for specialist applications now as they are not economic in today’s marketplace.

The different production options can sometimes result in confusion by our customers as to which is best to manufacture labels to meet their requirements.  There is no right or wrong answer to this question as each label printing method has its own benefits, but in order of popularity we find that digital label printing is most popular, followed by hotfoil printing, then flexography  and finally thermal transfer printing.

FLEXO LABEL PRINTING

Flexographic label printing is a very popular manufacturing method, though there are more limitations that digital in some respects.  That said, the majority of label printed in the UK today are printed “flexo”.  Flexographic printing is mainly used for larger productions with colour combinations up to 6 colours in our case. The main benefits of flexographic label printing is that it is a economical printing method used for medium to long print runs as the production speeds are higher, and the inks are cheaper than digital toners.  However there is a substantial cost to “setup” each different design in man/machine hours, and you have to pay for a set of printing plates that are unique to each design.   Consequently flexo’ is usually chosen for industrial applications of simple designs and long runs of premium labels.

DIGITAL LABEL PRINTING

The most immediate benefit seen when choosing digital label printing as your preferred method of label manufacture is that allows you to change your design many times without incurring any additional origination charges whatsoever.

For customers who have many different designs of labels but also has a tight budget, then digital label printing would more than likely be most suitable for you. Our digital label printers can print short runs of process colour labels, incorporating photographic images to be printed. Customers who choose to have their labels printed digitally have the benefit of not having to pay expensive block charges, and are able to have photographic type images on their labels without having to pay any extra costs.

HOTFOIL LABEL PRINTING

Hotfoil label printing is a popular choice as it enables us to economically produce high quality labels with up to 6 spot colours including silver and gold metallics quickly and economically with a range of effects:

Hotfoil labels are frequently used by brands to advertise their products, but are equally cost effective for very short runs.  By choosing short run hotfoil label printing you can have your own design, logo and text professionally printed onto papers, synthetics or transparent or clear materials with low origination charges. You also benefit becuase if you have a special size/shape requirements for your labels you do not have to pay hundreds of pounds for a cutter, which can occur if the label is very small or unusually shaped with other processes.

THERMAL TRANSFER LABEL PRINTING

Thermal transfer printing may be the best option for some people who want short runs of simple barcode labels as it is a relatively low end technology. Usually we produce either large or very small text barcodes, with simple logos, consecutively numbered labels. They are mainly used for industrial labelling applications such as tracking. The main benefit in using thermal transfer label printing to print your labels is that it is simple and cost effective.

LABEL ADHESIVES

Selecting the right adhesive is a balance between the strength of the inital “tack” or “grab”, the final long term strength of adhesion (so the label will not fall off)  and the ability to be removed if required.  In addition, certain physical environments (eg freezers, book covers) demand special adhesives.

  • Permanent adhesives are the most common and are not designed to be removed once initial contact is made.  They work on the majority of surfaces but can have difficulty boding to some surfaces such as damp plastics.  They are not re-positionable and will leave a residue on casual removal from most surfaces.  They are very common and the default adhesive used by the majority of applications.  Choose this adhesive if you have no reason not to as it is cost effective and probably does what you want.
  • Peelable adhesives are designed to allow the label to be removed, but may leave a residue on the application surface.  The long the label is on the surface, the harder it is to remove and the more likely it is to leave a residue.
  • Ultra-peel adhesives are the weakest and are useful for marking up high value goods where the label must be very easily removed eg book covers, glass and fine chinaware.  The adhesion strength is low though and if used incorrectly they will fall off.
  • Freezer adhesives are useful for products that are stored at cold temperatures as convetional permanent adhesives become ineffective below -10 degrees C, and freezers often drop to below -30 degress C
  • Marine adhesives can withstand protracted submersion under water and are principally used for chemical labellling
  • Security adhesives have various properties that indicate tampering of the label.  We have a special security label product called Label lock such tamper evident security label applications.

Recommendations for applying adhesives

The adhesives on self adhesive labels are sensitive to temperature and moisture, and we recommend that you apply them in accordance with the following conditions:

Recommendations on how to remove labels

Many people are frustrated by the unsightly mess left behind when you remove self adhesive labels. To remove this sticky label residue try these tips:

LABEL ORIENTATIONS

Customers using automated label application machines, and some hand applicators may prefer to have their labels supplied with a certain orientation off the roll.

These are the standard orientations that you can use to communicate your preferences to our sales team.

If you cannot find what you are looking for, simply contact us.

PAYMENT METHODS

BANK TRANSFER

BANK TRANSFER

You can simply transfer total amount from your bank account to ours after we have notified you of job completion.

PayPal

PayPal

Do you have a PayPal account? We can also process your payment using the leading online payment system.

INVOICE

INVOICE

You can also pay by invoice up to a net amount of €10,000. This gives you 30 days to pay for your goods after receipt.

* Invoicing is only available up to a maximum net amount of €10,000. We reserve the right to require an advance payment in certain instances.

DELIVERY METHODS

LABEL DESIGN SERVICE

logoExigo Poligraphy have partnered with design agency artEEmio to offer a full creative label design service to our customers.

artEEmio provide Exigo Poligraphy customers with a full design service, providing innovative packaging solutions that really work from inception to product launch, controlling every aspect and provide full support.

This includes constructional packaging design and artwork from brand creation to final packaging design.

To get design samples specific to your industry or product together with a cost estimate for your label design then please email design@exigo.ie.

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LABEL PRINTING

LABEL PRINTING

There are several principal label printing technologies currently in use.  Some are suitable for low end domestic and office stationary use such as desktop laser/inkjet label printing, but for professional results manufacturers such as EXIGO Poligraphy use digital, hotfoil, thermal and flexographic labels printing technologies.   Letterpress and gravure label printing are still available in the marketplace, but more often used for specialist applications now as they are not economic in today’s marketplace.

The different production options can sometimes result in confusion by our customers as to which is best to manufacture labels to meet their requirements.  There is no right or wrong answer to this question as each label printing method has its own benefits, but in order of popularity we find that digital label printing is most popular, followed by hotfoil printing, then flexography  and finally thermal transfer printing.

FLEXO LABEL PRINTING

Flexographic label printing is a very popular manufacturing method, though there are more limitations that digital in some respects.  That said, the majority of label printed in the UK today are printed “flexo”.  Flexographic printing is mainly used for larger productions with colour combinations up to 6 colours in our case. The main benefits of flexographic label printing is that it is a economical printing method used for medium to long print runs as the production speeds are higher, and the inks are cheaper than digital toners.  However there is a substantial cost to “setup” each different design in man/machine hours, and you have to pay for a set of printing plates that are unique to each design.   Consequently flexo’ is usually chosen for industrial applications of simple designs and long runs of premium labels.

DIGITAL LABEL PRINTING

The most immediate benefit seen when choosing digital label printing as your preferred method of label manufacture is that allows you to change your design many times without incurring any additional origination charges whatsoever.

For customers who have many different designs of labels but also has a tight budget, then digital label printing would more than likely be most suitable for you. Our digital label printers can print short runs of process colour labels, incorporating photographic images to be printed. Customers who choose to have their labels printed digitally have the benefit of not having to pay expensive block charges, and are able to have photographic type images on their labels without having to pay any extra costs.

HOTFOIL LABEL PRINTING

Hotfoil label printing is a popular choice as it enables us to economically produce high quality labels with up to 6 spot colours including silver and gold metallics quickly and economically with a range of effects:

Hotfoil labels are frequently used by brands to advertise their products, but are equally cost effective for very short runs.  By choosing short run hotfoil label printing you can have your own design, logo and text professionally printed onto papers, synthetics or transparent or clear materials with low origination charges. You also benefit becuase if you have a special size/shape requirements for your labels you do not have to pay hundreds of pounds for a cutter, which can occur if the label is very small or unusually shaped with other processes.

THERMAL TRANSFER LABEL PRINTING

Thermal transfer printing may be the best option for some people who want short runs of simple barcode labels as it is a relatively low end technology. Usually we produce either large or very small text barcodes, with simple logos, consecutively numbered labels. They are mainly used for industrial labelling applications such as tracking. The main benefit in using thermal transfer label printing to print your labels is that it is simple and cost effective.

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LABEL ADHESIVES

LABEL ADHESIVES

Selecting the right adhesive is a balance between the strength of the inital “tack” or “grab”, the final long term strength of adhesion (so the label will not fall off)  and the ability to be removed if required.  In addition, certain physical environments (eg freezers, book covers) demand special adhesives.

  • Permanent adhesives are the most common and are not designed to be removed once initial contact is made.  They work on the majority of surfaces but can have difficulty boding to some surfaces such as damp plastics.  They are not re-positionable and will leave a residue on casual removal from most surfaces.  They are very common and the default adhesive used by the majority of applications.  Choose this adhesive if you have no reason not to as it is cost effective and probably does what you want.
  • Peelable adhesives are designed to allow the label to be removed, but may leave a residue on the application surface.  The long the label is on the surface, the harder it is to remove and the more likely it is to leave a residue.
  • Ultra-peel adhesives are the weakest and are useful for marking up high value goods where the label must be very easily removed eg book covers, glass and fine chinaware.  The adhesion strength is low though and if used incorrectly they will fall off.
  • Freezer adhesives are useful for products that are stored at cold temperatures as convetional permanent adhesives become ineffective below -10 degrees C, and freezers often drop to below -30 degress C
  • Marine adhesives can withstand protracted submersion under water and are principally used for chemical labellling
  • Security adhesives have various properties that indicate tampering of the label.  We have a special security label product called Label lock such tamper evident security label applications.

Recommendations for applying adhesives

The adhesives on self adhesive labels are sensitive to temperature and moisture, and we recommend that you apply them in accordance with the following conditions:

Recommendations on how to remove labels

Many people are frustrated by the unsightly mess left behind when you remove self adhesive labels. To remove this sticky label residue try these tips:

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LABEL ORIENTATIONS

LABEL ORIENTATIONS

Customers using automated label application machines, and some hand applicators may prefer to have their labels supplied with a certain orientation off the roll.

These are the standard orientations that you can use to communicate your preferences to our sales team.

If you cannot find what you are looking for, simply contact us.

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PAYMENT

PAYMENT METHODS

BANK TRANSFER

BANK TRANSFER

You can simply transfer total amount from your bank account to ours after we have notified you of job completion.

PayPal

PayPal

Do you have a PayPal account? We can also process your payment using the leading online payment system.

INVOICE

INVOICE

You can also pay by invoice up to a net amount of €10,000. This gives you 30 days to pay for your goods after receipt.

* Invoicing is only available up to a maximum net amount of €10,000. We reserve the right to require an advance payment in certain instances.
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DELIVERY

DELIVERY METHODS

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DESIGN SERVICE

LABEL DESIGN SERVICE

logoExigo Poligraphy have partnered with design agency artEEmio to offer a full creative label design service to our customers.

artEEmio provide Exigo Poligraphy customers with a full design service, providing innovative packaging solutions that really work from inception to product launch, controlling every aspect and provide full support.

This includes constructional packaging design and artwork from brand creation to final packaging design.

To get design samples specific to your industry or product together with a cost estimate for your label design then please email design@exigo.ie.

FAQs

We have put together the FAQ containing the more commonly asked questions regarding our products and services. If you cannot find your answer here or would like a more detailed response please do not hesitate to contact us.

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