A closer look at some of the award-winning labels from the 2015 competition.
Category: Non PS - All Processes/Cut & Stack - Color Process - Prime. The ready-to-heat food container presented special challenge in the manufacturing printing process because it is a full coverage IML container. In order to successfully print this label so that the container could be molded, Inland needed to ensure that its diecut tolerance capabilities were extremely tight.
Category: Flexography - Color Process - Prime. The team at Yerecic Label had to reverse print the back before laying down two whites and process colors. Getting the proper color on the back without being visible through the white was a special challenge.
Category: Gravure - Line/Prime. The customer required extremely tight application tolerances so diecutting and slitting required tight controls. A trim and perf diecut system was used to prevent movement. Energizer wanted to promote its new Eco Advanced alkaline batteries made from recycled content, so the typical silver material was replaced with ink to avoid waste from metalization.
Category: Non-PS - All Processes/Cut & Stack - Line & Screen/Tone - Prime. The process was extremely difficult due to the base web plastic thickness of .015. Also, the final product needed to be laminated with a .00048 laminate to protect the inks. A special heat releasing varnish was added to help in the sealing process at the packer's facility.
Category: Wine & Spirits - Flexography/Letterpress - Color Process - Non-Prime. This non-prime label utilized process printing with multiple reverses, very tight register, gold foil and rotary screen tactile doming.
Category: Roll to Roll - Color Process - Prime. A custom white plate was created to knock-out certain graphics to the silver substrate. The bag was hand-formed with gussets and a 45 degree seal. Hole punch, tear notches and zipper were added to finish the product.
Category: Digital Printing / Toner - Color Process - Prime. Syracuse Label utilized the variable data capabilities of its HP WS6600 in printing the words Heritage Dry in the flavor box. The customer wanted a handwritten look with multiple signed Heritage Dry variations.
Category: Flexography - Line & Screen/Tone - Prime. The challenge was in developing a design that resembles a cigar wrapper band.