EHG’s Beginner’s Guide to Cut & Stack Labels

POSTED 06/10/2014
Beginners Guide for Customized Labels by EHG

If you’re new to the world of custom label printing, you’ve probably had a bunch of terms thrown at you that you don’t really know what to do with: pressure sensitive labels, in-mold labels, flexographic printing, and many more! The mother of them all, though, are cut & stack labels. You may be wondering exactly what cut and stack labels are—everyone talks about them, and they’re a huge part of the custom label printing world, but very few actually take the time to explain what they are and how they might be a good fit for your business.

If other discussions of this versatile product have left you confused, then you’re in luck, because today our custom label printing specialists at Epsen Hillmer Graphics are going to tell you everything you need to know about starting your next consumer product labels project with cut & stack labels!

Just What are Cut & Stack Labels Anyway?

There are a few things that make cut and stack labels different from other label products that we print here at Epsen Hillmer Graphics. Cut & stack labels are, for instance, an extremely cost-effective choice for high-volume applications because of the way they’re printed—roll-fed printing presses are used to print your cut & stack labels on large sheets, and afterward those stacks of label sheets are either cut with a die into any custom shape you desire, or cut into rectangles and stacked (if you were wondering where the name comes from, now you know!).

Cut and stack labels are applied to your cans or bottles by wrapping the rectangular label around the cylindrical surface and gluing the label to itself (the edge of the label to which the glue is applied is called the lap). You end up with a label that wraps all the way around your bottle or container, allowing for maximum label area on which to put logos, designs, nutrition information, and more.

In some cases, cut and stack labels are just glued to the surface of the bottle and not to itself (lap). When this process is used, the cut and stack labels are usually die cut into a smaller shape. This would cut down on material costs because you do not need to fully wrap the container; however, it makes the application process more complex with more glue needed to adhere the label to the surface of the glass bottle or plastic container.

What Can You Do with Cut & Stack Labels?

Cut and stack labels are incredibly versatile and can be used on a wide array of products. Since this printing process allows us to manufacture cut & stack labels using many different material options (such as paper, plastic film, metallized, and wet-strength), we can create labels to match the exact specifications of your particular project.

Our enormous Heidelberg offset printing press also allows us to create high volumes of cut & stack labels with the highest image quality available anywhere. If it’s important for your products to have labels with high-impact graphics that draw in customers and increase sales, you need to give Epsen Hillmer Graphics a call today.

Who Would Benefit from Cut & Stack Labels from EHG?

This is an easy one! Anyone looking for high quality labels with intense graphics and a cost-effective printing process would benefit from a partnership with Epsen Hillmer Graphics. We work with many co-packers who are looking to cut costs while maintaining a high quality standard, and cut & stack labels often provide a way to do just that. With the low material costs and minimal waste associated with manufacturing cut and stack labels, as well as our ability to perform combination runs with your print jobs, Epsen Hillmer Graphics is your best bet for high-quality labels at the best prices in the Midwest.

Contact Epsen Hillmer Graphics Today at (402) 342-7000!

Here at Epsen Hillmer Graphics, our custom label printing specialists know cut & stack labels inside and out, which makes us the best choice for your next consumer product labels project. We hope that we’ve answered all of your questions about how you can use cut and stack labels, but if you have a question we haven’t answered here, feel free to call us at (402) 342-7000 or fill out our online contact form. We’ll answer your questions and get you on the road to fantastic cut & stack labels for your products!