FINISHING SOLUTIONS

Finishing Solutions can range from directly enhancing the printed product itself to providing different types of packaging and kitting options.

 

ALG offers a wide range of finishing solutions because our customers have a wide range of label and decal needs. With so may options to consider, the  ALG team can recommend the best finishing options to meet your specifications in terms of  production efficiency, quality and cost.

BACK SLITTING

 

Back slitting is the process where the liner of a pressure sensitive label or decal is slit, separating the label from the liner and exposing the adhesive layer for quick application.

 

 

A back slit product speeds up the application process by:

 

  • Providing quick release of the liner. No fumbling or struggling trying to remove the decal or label backing.

 

  • Assisting with faster positioning of decal. For larger decals, slits can be placed in strategic areas so that one corner or edge can be "tacked" in place, ensuring the correct application location and placement.

ALG's Back Slit Standard: Center of decal & vertical to copy. The slit location can vary +/- .5".

AUTOMATIC BACK SLITTING

Automatic back slitting is used for large volumes to provide quality cuts and speeds of up to 5,000 sheets per hour.  With 5 slitter blades, the operator has many options in setting the depth of cut and placement.

SEMI-AUTOMATIC BACK SLITTING

Semi-automatic back slitting is used for small volume runs. With the same cutting placement and depth options as automatic equipment, a skilled operator can produce a significant volume.

HAND BACK SLITTING

Hand Back Slitting is used to slit large press sheets that cannot fit on any other equipment. Slits are made by using a square guide that aligns the sheet and a hand cutting device that allows for adjustments in depth of cut.

CUTTING

DIE CUTTING - STEEL RULE, CLAM SHELL

This process is used to cut a variety of materials by using a die that outlines the desired label. It can also cut perforations, slits and more.

 

DIE CUTTING - STEEL RULE, HIGH SPEED

Fast and efficient, a die outlines the desired area and cuts a shape, perforation or back-slit as the sheet of material with the printed label runs

through at a rapid fire pace.

DIE CUTTING - THERMAL

Thermal die cutting works best when kiss cutting on vinyl.  This process uses controlled heat to displace tiny portions of material as it moves through a die that is chemically etched. These dies have amazing precision allowing for intricate patterns and designs.

DIGITAL CUTTING

 KISS CUTTING, FULL CUT

  ALG offers a unique digital finishing solution for short run jobs, samples and prototypes that utilize optical registration for kiss and full cutting.

 

This digital solution requires no cutting dies and less labor.  It provides tight tolerance cutting and cost efficient finishing of small quantity production runs.

 PLOTTER CUTTING

  ALG has multiple Vinyl Plotters that are fully automatic for low cost manufacturing of small and large production runs of ready-to-apply decals. These decals are kisscut to the liner, weeded and pre-masked for easy application to a wide range of surfaces.

 ROUTING

  ALG's Routing equipment offers the ability to rout rigid substrates like aluminum and multi-layered plastic. This digitally routed cutting process offers tight tolerances, smooth edges and consistency for short run jobs. This process is excellent for serial plates, nameplates and placards. 

GUILLOTINE CUTTING

This machine allows for the precise use of cutting aluminum nameplates as well as a variety of other more rigid materials, leaving a straight

and clean edge.

HYDRAULIC STAMPING

Stamping is a finishing process using a male and female die set in a hydraulic press to "stamp" out a finished part.  This process is used for larger run production of aluminum plates.  It provides smooth, consistent and tight tolerance cutting process and allows ALG to stamp out very rigid screen printed products.

 

 

DOMING

Doming in an enhancement of an image by laying a clear, flexible "bubble" of urethane as the top layer of material after the printed substrate, adhesive and backing have been assembled.  This process not only gives a unique look to the finished product but also provides a rugged layer of material that is waterproof, rustproof, and has scratch, fade and chemical resistant properties.

HOLE PUNCHING

One of ALG's finishing options for aluminum nameplates, hole punching is an ideal way to secure these type of products seen in use on heavy equipment as well as in extreme outdoor conditions.  Holes can be punched to your size and specs, as well as number of placements.

KITTING

This finishing process is a fulfillment method that allows for the assembly of individual labels into ready-to-ship sets or kits. This allows the end user to save time during the application process since all of the labels or decals needed for a specific piece of equipment, are all packaged together and accessible.

 

This is a cost effective process since it reduces multiple production set-ups,  eliminates the misalignment of multiple decals, greatly reduces the number of SKU's and prevents the chance of overlooking the application of a decal.

LAMINATING

This process requires a protective film be placed over the final decal to insure that label can withstand the environmental conditions it requires.   This topcoat can vary in thickness to withstand greater extremes. This film is fused to the label and provides a finish that resists exposure to abrasions and chemical environments.

ROUND CORNERS

Round Cornering Machines are an alternative to die cutting as this process does not require tooling and requires little setup time.  Round corners on a decal are easier to apply as they eliminate the sharp edges and also prevent

people "picking" at the sharp corners.

 

It is a cost efficient process to round corner decals for short and medium size decal runs.  ALG has a large inventory of corner radius tooling to provide the radius you desire.

 

ALG Labels and Graphics is a custom manufacturer of pressure sensitive labels and decals celebrating over 50 years in business.  Our focus is delivering value to our customers with responsive service, quality products and low cost production.  Our mission is to make it easy for you to do business with ALG.

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