US - A new die-cutting technology, called Avery Dennison ThinStream(TM), developed by pressure-sensitive label material manufacturer Avery Dennison, allows the die-cutting of labels with a liner as thin as 12 microns, half of the current minimum in the market.
Previously, die-cutting liner with calipers below 23 microns was impossible. With conventional kiss-cutting, the die can cut through the liner and cause operational and quality problems during converting and dispensing.
Avery Dennison's ThinStream technology overcomes this challenge by separating the face stock from the liner before die-cutting, cutting the label shape through the adhesive and then reassembling the label.
In addition, the TM technology also eliminates die strikes, one of the industry's top quality concerns. Liner waste is reduced by up to 50% with this technology.
The patented technology for ThinStream has been licensed to the Switzerland-based Gallus Group, which has created the Gallus Cold Die Unit to accomplish this advanced die-cutting technology.
Commenting on this latest joint effort, Klaus Bachstein, CEO of Gallus, says, "We see a continuing trend of label printers seeking out and using thinner label materials to meet the environmental requirements of brand owners around the world. We are delighted to partner with Avery Dennison to develop the Gallus Cold Die Unit and bring this exciting new technology to the marketplace."
Avery Dennison's ThinStream technology and the Gallus Cold Die Unit will be of special interest to label printers with large-volume print jobs on PET liner and can be integrated into a Gallus printing press or operate in a stand-alone version.