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Vinyl Label Manufacturing Process

There are many misconceptions concerned with the historical label print and manufacturing processes which lead to a lack of understanding of what is possible in terms colours, shape, size etc., so let's dispel a few straight away.

1. Can we have as many colours as we like?

Yes - We use digital inkjet technology to produce as many colours as you wish including bitmap images, there are no extra costs to cover this.

2. Can we have any size or shape we require?

Yes - You can have any shape or size you wish as we use digital plotting machines to profile the labels.

3. Are the labels suitable for indoor use?

Yes – They are suitable for outdoor use but we would recommend lamination for use in aggressive environments such as the outdoors.

4. Can you print on white vinyl using inkjet printers?

Yes – We can print white onto many types of vinyl including metallic using our 10 x colour print machine to obtain white.

Designing your Vinyl Labels

Vinyl Label Design by DecTek

Although DecTek has its own fully kitted design studio with very experienced designers, we still need to have a strong idea of what you want if you don’t have digital artwork to send us, you may want to consider the size and layout of your logo plus inclusion of your telephone number, website address or any information you deem relevant to include on your vinyl label. If you do have digital artwork, then we recommend you download our ‘Design Help for Domed Labels & Flat Vinyl Labels’ which provides information for designers and non-designers on how we would like to receive artwork to attain best results. Please note that we will only send you a proof if we deem it necessary or you request it otherwise it could seriously affect lead times waiting for your confirmation.

Printing Vinyl Labels

Setting up print runs using older technologies can substantially raise the cost of vinyl label printing which is why we use wide-format inkjet technology so that there are no screens, dies or tooling involved. We can obtain superb print results by using 4, 8 or 10 x colour inkjet machines as well as digital hot-foiling which can produce more opaque colouring.

Vinyl Labels printing on Mutoh ValueJet 1604 4x Colour Printer at DecTek
Vinyl Stickers printing at DecTek

Data Merging

By using the latest print software, it becomes easy to insert many forms of printable integratable data onto the vinyl labels as long as the data is presented in a spreadsheet and formatted correctly, this can include:

  • Variable Data
  • Sequential Numbering
  • Barcoding
  • 2D Barcoding
  • Multiple Images

Again, this can be achieved without excessive additional costs making our manufacturing process very incredibly competitive for low-medium size orders, quantities that run into much larger figures may be better served by other technologies.

Barcode Vinyl Stickers Printing at DecTek
Close up printing of Barcode Vinyl Labels at DecTek

Cutting Vinyl Labels to Your Shape

One of the many advantages of using 'Print & Cut' technology is that there are no restrictions as to the shape or size of vinyl labels as the cutting is digitally controlled from a computer through to a plotting machine which basically follows the line that is drawn on the computer. This makes complicated shapes easy to produce together with any cut-out recesses that may be required; this applies to whether the print material is vinyl or has a metallic content finish.

Digitally Cut Vinyl NHS Labels at DecTek
Barcode strip vinyl stickers at DecTek

Laminating Vinyl Labels at DecTek

Vinyl Label Lamination

If you want you make your vinyl label more hard-wearing in order to cope with more demanding situations then we would recommend overlamination which completely protects both the label and the print itself. Lamination can be undertaken on any shape or size and is available in a gloss or matt finish depending on your preference or the suitability for the job in hand. DecTek uses both hot and cold roll lamination techniques depending on the requirements of the labels.


Stripping the vinyl sticker sheets at DecTek

Stripping the labels

When the vinyl labels have been kiss-cut, the excess material is ‘stripped’ away to leave the labels sitting on the sheet ready to be peeled off and used. The labels are normally cut into suitably sized sheets to enable easy packing but we can cut to preferentially sized sheets and quantities on request.

Despatch and Delivery

Pick and Pack department at DecTek

DecTek offers several levels of next day delivery through its nominated carriers ranging from next day, pre-12.00pm and pre 9.30pm in addition to 1 & 2 day delivery to Northern Ireland, 2 Day Southern Ireland, 2 day to Scottish Highlands, Scottish Islands and the Channel Islands. We can also deliver using our international services to most parts of the world but we cannot be held responsible in the cases of loss or misrouting although we will of course liaise with our forwarders to rectify any problems. We will in most cases opt for a tracked courier service by default for obvious reasons but can despatch using Royal Mail for certain sizes/weights of orders if instructed.

Lead Times

We can normally despatch vinyl labels orders within 5-7 days as standard but please speak to our Sales Team should you need them any sooner, we will always do our level best to accommodate you.

Free Sampling

In many cases, we can offer a free sample of your designed labels as long as we can justify setting the job up twice, our Sales Team will advise you if this is possible for your order. In some cases, we may insist on providing you with a sample because we want you to be sure of the outcome before printing your labels, this will be done in consultation to ensure delivery dates are met.

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