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Digital, Offset, or Latex for decals?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Printers' started by rm5690, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. rm5690

    rm5690 Member

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    Im trying to figure out which print method to go with for a specific job, but really any info would be helpful to take into consideration for future jobs as well.

    The specific job is for 5x6in decals that are primarily going inside fleet vehicles on dashboards.

    I know how I would do it if I were printing the job on vinyl with latex, but if I print them digital/offset I can cut them down on our hydraulic knife in a fraction of the time, not to mention eliminate the need to run them all through the plotter.

    Any insight?


    - Needs to be on vinyl or similar synthetic (so help me polyester labels are a royal pita to run though)

    - I know digital toner and offset inks might not last as long as latex...but does anyone know by how much?
     
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  2. unclebun

    unclebun Very Active Member

    How many?
     
  3. rm5690

    rm5690 Member

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    8,000.

    If I do them sheetwise I can get 5up on a 12x18 sheet, 6up as perfect cuts.
    So between 1400 and 1700 impressions...which would usually mean offset for us, but if dry toner is more light-fast than offset ink then we would stick with that.

    If I print them wide format, assuming (just to get an idea) that they print on a 54" roll with no margins at all nonstop then Im looking at at least 400 feet of media.
     
  4. CharlieA

    CharlieA New Member

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    Why don't you outsource to a Flexo House? Print Narrow Web. Like Discount Labels?
     
  5. rm5690

    rm5690 Member

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    Thats an option, I just wanted to try and figure out how I would do it in-house first or if it was even possible...

    Any good vendor recommendations?
     
  6. unclebun

    unclebun Very Active Member

    I'm guessing these are some kind of instruction or warning label, containing text and/or simple graphics? If I were doing them, I'd likely have stickers like that screenprinted. I use Stouse for that kind of stuff.
     
  7. rm5690

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    Went with Stouse. Thanks for the input err'body
     
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