HP Digital Printing Process
HP Digital Printing Process
4 Steps of the Digital Printing Process
Have you ever wondered how digital presses print your labels? Ample’s HP Digital Printing Process is a modern method of production from electronic files. HP Indigo prints in CMYK electro inks, which can print in any color imaginable including, white, fluorescent, black, and metallic inks. Which provides engaging products with endless variations for the highest valued jobs at any run length. Whether a minimalist design; or an ornate construction, each label goes through a specific process to produce an eye-catching product. Let’s look at what it takes to turn a label design into a finished product label.
Step 1: Label Quotes and Prepress
The first step in the digital process is putting together a quote, which involves gathering your label information. We will need the sizes, materials, and quantities of your desired label order. Also, the location your products will be used in (indoor, outdoor, etc.). With all the label information, we will send back a quote for the project. If everything is correct, the next step is to send in your digital artwork for final proofing.
When confirmed, your artwork is sent to our graphic design department to review your print-ready file. Our team reviews and prepares your art files by outlining all fonts, embedding all images, and labels all spot colors and Pantones (if any).
Step 2: Label Printing
When your art file is ready, it is sent to one of our high-quality HP Indigo digital printing presses. The printing phase is simple. The label substrate (material) comes in large rolls, which are fed through the printer. Unlike traditional Flexographic printing, digital printing does not require plates to transfer images onto labels. Instead, HP reads your digital files and uses electronically charged particles called electro inks to apply designs directly onto the labeled substrate. By cutting out the plating process, digital printing saves you money on both plates and setup fees. Digital also provides quicker turnarounds to save you precious time for your business.
Step 3: Label Finishing and Die Cutting
Once the labels finish printing, the labels are sent through a finishing machine right next to our digital printers. This machine applies beautiful elements such as foil stamping and protective layers like UV varnishes and laminates.
Another purpose in the finishing process is die-cutting each label for a quick and easy peel. Next, the labeled rolls are fed through a slitter portion of a semi-rotary die cutter machine with razors. This machine cuts larger rolls into smaller rolls that are easier for applicators to use.
Step 4: Label Winding and Shipping
After the rolls are split into manageable sizes, the rolls are still too long for some applicators. That is where our rewind machines come in. These machines re-roll your labels to break them up into the exact quantities you desire for your products.
After rewinding, our packaging team conducts a final check to review and ensure your labels are perfect and ready to go. Lastly, once everything is clear your labels are packed, wrapped, and shipped out to your businesses, stores, or warehouses.
At Ample Labels, we help guide you through the process from start to finish. By following these steps, we are able to Amplify Your Brand with speed and quality for all your labeling needs. Contact or call us today to print your labels on an HP Digital Press!