GSM Graphic Arts can under surface digitally print standard & UL approved Polycarbonate and Polyester specialist labels, graphic overlays and fascia panels using our latest flatbed UV digital print system.
Digital printing is a process GSM Graphic Arts initially invested in many years ago but it has developed greatly and at quite a speed so much so, we have superseded the first digital printer that was used at GSM. This is why we continue to invest heavily in machine upgrades and employee training.
Different to screen printing where a mesh screen is used to push ink through to create detail – digital printing uses a PC to generate an artwork as the image is broken down into tiny pieces called pixels which are then printed onto the substrate. This enables the reproduction of photographic imagery and variable information including serial numbers and barcode/QR codes.
We can digitally print onto a range of plastic materials including (but not limited to); polycarbonate, polyester, vinyl and acrylic. Each material comes in a range of finishes and includes; gloss, matt, anti-glare and selective textures to ensure clarity of display windows.
Clear material is used when digitally printing these labels so we can reverse or under-surface print. This means that the material will create a protective barrier for the printed inks making the label, nameplate or overlay very durable.
We can also offer clear display windows, coloured led windows and secret until lit areas which can be easily printed because the digital machines are able to be selective over where they print but also due to the precision control over how much ink is deposited can offer differing levels of opaque-ness.
We may also digitally print onto a variety of metals including stainless steel, brass and aluminium. We pride ourselves on the investment we have (and continue to) put into digital printing into anodised aluminium. Anodising aluminium is the process of electrically charging aluminium which in turn opens the metals pores. Using specialist digital printing machinery, we can then print ink into the pores and seal the aluminium so that the detail is sealed beneath the anodic layer.
Large investment was made into our digital printing suite and it houses 2 out of 3 printers located in the UK that are capable of printing into aluminium are located at GSM. We are confident that we can supply you with extremely durable label that has photographic imagery on it and/or variable sequential or serialised information on it.
For further information on GSM’s digital printing capabilities please call our sales team on 01845 522 184 or request a quotation online today.