Saturday July 25 05:34 am
Flexographic Sticker Printing -- Quick Sprout
* Stickers are everywhere you look. They are on the things that you buy and the things that you drive. * Flexographic printing is one of the most popular way to make stickers, like this 2-color quick sprout sticker. * First we prepare the artwork, and create color separations for each color. This sticker has a green impression and a gray impression. * After the artwork is ready to print we use computers to send the artwork to a digital plate-making machine that makes this flexible photopolymer printing plate. * The flexible nature of the plate is why this printing method is called flexographic. * This large flexible printing plate is comprised of many different sticker jobs, so the Quick Sprout sticker is cut out individually. * Once the plates are separated from the large sheet they are put into a job jacket and sent to the printing press. * The plates are inspected by the press operator and quickly mounted on small steel cylinders. * Fresh vinyl printing stock is loaded onto the printing press and fed into the machine. * The steel cylinders with the printing plates are mounted on the press, and carefully adjusted to ensure proper alignment. * Most flexographic presses run a continuous sheet of printing stock. Printing on a continuous roll of stock is referred to as web printing, since the printing stock snaking through the machine can resemble a spiders web. * This machine prints the image on the sticker first. * Then the stock is cut to the desired size and the extra waste is removed to be recycled. * The result is a very large roll of stickers with stickers lined up 2 to a row which is then mounted on this machine where the large roll is split in 2 and wound onto small rolls for easy dispensing. * The job is done and sent to the shipping area to be packaged for shipping. The rolls are put into protective boxes to prevent damage in shipping or storage. * A shipping box is prepared and the job is sent via conveyor belt to be labeled for shipment. * These stickers will arrive at Quick Sprouts headquarters in 2 days.And that is how StickerGiant makes Quick Sprout stickers on a flexographic printing press. Find out more on our blog http //www.stickergiant.com/blog/flexographic-sticker-printing-quick-sprout/.