What if printing your cards and labels was as important to us as the Sistine Chapel was to Michaelangelo?
While, no, we won’t likely be revered for generations for our craft, but that doesn’t mean we don’t invest ourselves in our print projects.
We’ve trialed and errored, researched, learned, and innovated our way to optimum print processes that not only produce cards and labels that function well but also look amazing.
Printing is Tricky.
Printing on plastic is notoriously tricky. But that just means you’ve gotta find the tricks to do it right.
Plastic is a unique substrate that absorbs pigments differently than paper and acts differently in response to the environment around it.
That’s why we believe what we do is part science and part art.
Better Quality For Your Investment
Sometimes you need a “make it work” solution that solves an immediate crisis. Sometimes you need optimal quality, price, and nothing short of ideal will do.
Our expertise fitting turn-key solutions to hit major issues, customer-centric service standards is bolstered by the innovative technology we use to print cards.
We use a combination of retransfer, dye-sublimation, and lithography printing technology. This gives us all the tools at hand for any plastic card print job you have.
This process prints directly onto the surface of the card using dye sublimation. Dye sublimation is a process of converting the dye or ink from a solid state into a gaseous state back into a solid state. The color in the required design is built from the colors: Yellow, Cyan, Magenta, and Black. This is called a YMCK or CYMK color build.
Similar to the Direct-to-Card, Retransfer printing prints using dye sublimation and a YMCK print process. However, instead of printing directly onto the card, the color is built in reverse, onto an environmentally friendly PET (polyester) film and then heat-adhered to the card. This method of printing provides a “full bleed” or “over-the-edge” printing capabilities and bright professional imaging. The added PET film increases the card’s durability and life-span. This process is ideal for RFID cards as the card is heated only once and the delicate internal wires are better protected.
Lithography Offset Printing
Using a traditional printing press, sheets of plastic are printed, laminated, and die cut. Large plates are created to direct the ink to the various required parts of the card design so that the image builds onto the plastic. The ink sticks to the plastic using the same principle that water and oil cannot mix. This method is most economical when printing 1 000 or more of the same card.
By using a black or white resin or wax ribbon, thermal printing can produce incredibly crisp text and numbering. This is ideal for personalizing, pre-printed offset cards as it is an inexpensive process with ideal print results.
This is also the process we use for our label printing. Spools of sequential barcodes or warehouse management labels can be preprinted using this method for a low-cost, low investment solution.