Die-Cutting is a process of using a die to shear webs of low-strength material such as pressure-sensitive labels. There can be rotary or flatbed die cuttings. We use the Rotary process.
- Using a cylindrical die on a rotary press.
- Feeds through the press in a station and either cuts shapes, makes perforations or creases or cuts through the sheet or web into small pieces.
- Rotary dies can be solid engraved, adjustable or magnetic.
Types of Die-Cuts
- Die-Cut (round corner rectangle, circle, oval, burst, etc.)
This cuts through face stock and adhesive but not the liner; Removes the matrix (waste) and leaves the label on the adhesive.
- Pin Feed - Used commonly for adding variable data.
- Butt Cut - Rectangle shape with square corner label separated by straight cuts.
No gaps or extra liner; Cuts through face stock and adhesive but not the liner; No bleed
- Sheeted - Rectangle shape with square corner label sheeted individually
Cuts through face stock, adhesive and the liner; A top or back score is added to peel the liner from the label; No bleed; Individual label