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Frequently Asked Questions

Will I need to pay for printing plates or dies?
If your product meets the criteria to be run on our digital press, no plates are required. However, a flexographic printed product requires a plate for each color, and there would be a cost for these.

Commerce Label has a large inventory of dies in varying shapes and sizes. If your product can be produced using an in-stock die, there is no die charge. But, custom sized labels will require the purchase of a new die.

What information is needed to process a label order?

  • Label size
  • Type of Material
  • Number of colors
  • Quantities
  • Finishing (rolls or sheets) and number of labels per roll
  • Wind direction if finished in rolls
  • Any special packing or shipping requirements

What is the difference between digital printing and flexographic printing?
Flexographic (or Flexo) printing uses a flexible rubber or polymer plate produced with the desired image. The plate is mounted to a roller and applies the ink to the substrate. A separate plate is required for each color to be printed.

Commerce Label’s digital printer uses an ink jet process to apply the ink to the substrate, based on a digitally created art file.  Contact us to find out more about our flexographic label printing and other services.

What is the difference between four color process colors and spot colors?
Process Color, CMYK, four–color process, 4/c process all refer to the same method of achieving color in printing. To reproduce a color image, a file is separated into four different colors: Cyan (C), Magenta (M), Yellow (Y) and Black (K). Process colors are represented as percentages of cyan, magenta, yellow and black. Varying the percentages offers thousands of color possibilities.

Spot Colors (or solid colors) are created from a palette of 14 basic colors. The PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM lists each spot color according to its own unique ink mixing formula. The precision begins with the printing ink manufacturers who are licensed by Pantone to manufacture inks for mixing PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM Colors. Due to the gamut of the 14 basic colors, some spot colors will be cleaner and brighter than if they were created in the four-color process described below. Spot colors are commonly used in corporate logos and identity programs, and in one, two or three-color jobs.

Can you print variable information?
Yes. Commerce Label’s digital label printing platform allows us to perform Variable-data printing. This is a form of printing in which elements such as text, graphics , images and bar codes may be changed from one printed piece to the next, without stopping or slowing down the printing process, using information from a database or external file. For example, an order of labels, each with the same basic layout, can be printed with a different serial number on each label.

How do you verify the readability of bar codes?
Each production roll is read with a UPC verifier and graded.