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Creative Print and Pack (CPP) has been using trending technologies that help our customers metamorphose their products from the horde. CPP is consciously investing heavily in upgrading its technology infrastructure to meet its customers’ expectations in terms of quality, price, and service delivery and also to facilitate conducting its other business operations with zero latency.
CPP’s state-of-the-art infrastructure includes the following.
- Keyline and Designing
- Physical Sampling
- Layout Preparation
- Expose The Plate in AMSTRONECTP
- Develop the Plate in G&J Processor
- Artwork Finalization & Printing
We are using workflow software for giving perfection for your design.
We offer state-of-the-art printing facilities for various products in different industries. And we have Heidelberg CD 102 machine with 6 colors of printing and coating. We can print non-absorbent substrates like PET, Trump cards with UV printing with Drip off/Texture effect.
To achieve high quality and make the printed product stand out in the market, the printed media must undergo special effects & treatment. We offer what a printed substrate needs for the enhancement of its quality. These in terms of improve the self-life of print and protects from sunlight and moisture also give a greater appearance to the product.
- Online Texture and Gloss UV
- Hot Foil Stamping
- Varnishing and Graining
- Met-Pet Printing
- U.V Coating/Spot U.V
- Lamination - Gloss/Matt/Velvet
We offer a wide variety of finishing operations, to give shape to the final product. We use laser Die to cut the Paper Board and specialty rules for cutting and creasing in die making.
- Window Pasting
- Hand Made Box Making
- Side Lock Bottom Pasting
If the carton surface requires no further refinement, the printed sheets or rolls proceed directly to the grooving, creasing, scribing, and die-cutting stages.
The cold glues used for die-cut packaging adhere securely to the uncoated areas of the carton. For this reason, the areas to be glued should not be coated or laminated. Otherwise, they will have to be mechanically roughened before gluing.
If the customer wants an additional finish to the box's surface, further production steps are necessary. A popular form of finishing is full-surface or partial pressure coating. This process usually takes place directly after printing in an additional inking unit or in digital printing with an inline or adjacent finishing system and can be carried out in a single pass in glossy, satin, matte, or textured surface.
The simplest and oldest method of coating is to apply an oil-based coating under pressure. A coating is applied to the box not unlike printing ink. The coating will then dry through oxidation. Quite a large variety of coatings are available. In offset printing, it is also possible to apply metallic coatings on all or some of the surfaces in the fountain units.
When pressure coating with UV coating, it cures in a fraction of a second as the liquid binder components are exposed to UV rays. UV coatings consist of polymerizable binder components and photo initiations and are characterized by a particularly high gloss combined with high mechanical protection, also against chemical effects. In addition to digital printing, UV coatings are also used in web offset printing and screen printing. UV coating is not recommended for food packaging because it can emit odors.
Pressure coating with water-based dispersion coatings is a technique in which a water-based dispersion coating is applied via a dampening unit with textile-covered dampening rollers. The drying technology used is important. The dispersion coating is based on various polymer dispersions.
While the first printed cartons at the end of the 19th century featured a discreet black-and-white screened print image, cartons now get all sorts of refinements and finishes. On the one hand, there are of course functional reasons, such as barrier properties, which allow box manufacturers to dig deep into their bag of tricks, but the main reasons for this evolution lie mainly in the requirements of modern product marketing.
The raw material of the folding carton is printed in a sheet-fed offset printing machine. Any motif or color is possible and either the entire or part of the surface can be printed. If desired, the printed sheet can then be finished in another printing unit with a high-gloss or silk-matte coating. These two operations are carried out in one operation.
Why are finishes so important?
In the past, it was the transport and protective functions of packaging that were key, since longer distances had to be covered. A carton with a lid had to be stable, stackable, and resistant to outside forces. As industrialization progressed at the beginning of the 20th century, beautiful cartons were given additional tasks, such as convenience (dimensioning the products into sales units). At the same time, packaging increasingly came to be used to promote sales. This function only grew with the emergence of supermarkets, self-service, and branded goods. The packaging is now intended to attract buyers by catching their eye as they survey the wide range of goods on offer.
Since the 1990s, the requirements for packaging materials have again changed. As consumers' environmental awareness has grown, attention has turned to questions of disposal and recycling. More information has to be displayed on the cartons' surface and packaging that is easier for an aging population to open and close has also become important. Folding boxes can only do justice to this variety of functions with product design and finishing opportunities.
Which finishes are available?
There are various options for refining packaging. In addition to coatings, finishes include laminating, protective laminates, hot foil stamping, cold foil stamping, blind stamping, etc.
Laminating: Lamination is a process in which the printed material (paper, cardboard, paperboard) is glued flat with a glossy, matt, transparent, or structured plastic film. This lamination with foil changes the appearance of the folding carton surface. It also protects the carton contents from dirt, moisture, abrasion, and chemicals. Film lamination is primarily used when products are to be protected for the long term and/or the customer wishes to enhance their appearance. Lamination makes folding cartons even more resistant than conventional UV coatings.
Protective laminate: A protective laminate is a transparent adhesive film that offers protection and refinement in one. The protective laminate offers the product a long service life because it protects the digital print against UV radiation and mechanical influences. But it is also used for finishing. A glossy laminate gives the printing inks a higher brilliance. A matte laminate prevents reflections on the surface of the print. Protective laminates are frequently used for vehicle lettering or adhesive films that are exposed to mechanical loads, high solar radiation, or strong weather conditions.
Dispersion Coating: Dispersion coating is used as a finish and also protects against yellowing. It also makes the print job resistant to stacking and rubbing. Finishes with dispersion coatings are mainly used for menus, business cards, packaging, flyers, brochures, etc. The dispersion coating is water-based and is applied inline via a coating unit in the offset printing press, achieving a matte to medium glossy look. The drying phase is very short due to the high water content, which evaporates quickly.
UV Coating: UV coatings are cured using UV rays, making them much more complex to use than aqueous coatings. However, UV coatings can create thicker layers to make the box highly resistant to abrasion and give it a very high gloss. It is also possible to create textures with the coating to produce different haptic effects. A UV coating can also be used on only part of the package to highlight specific areas on the box.
Hot foil stamping: In hot foil stamping, and embossing foil is transferred to the material with the aid of heat, pressure, exposure time, and embossing die. The foil can create different motifs, surfaces, contours, and writing. This process also has no waiting times for drying and curing. There are different color foils, but also structured and gold or silver foils to choose from. Due to its visual appeal, hot foil stamping is particularly suitable for folding cartons that are intended to convey a high-end look, for example, jewelry or cosmetic product packaging. Hot foil stamping has its origins in traditional blind embossing. This reshapes the material without applying any ink.
Cold foil stamping: Relatively new to packaging printing is cold foil embossing. By transferring an aluminum layer and a protective coating that is detached from a carrier foil, a wide variety of metal effects can be achieved. The cold foil adheres to the box via an adhesive layer pressed onto the surface. The optical effect of cold foils is similar to that of stamping foils. Iridescent and reflective surfaces, such as metal, water, or glass, can be created. Starting from only one standard silver foil, almost any metallic color can be produced by overprinting. Since cold foils are sensitive to mechanical stress, additional surface protection (dispersion or UV coating) or film lamination must be subsequently added.
Blind (Braile) Embossing: The most traditional and oldest variant of the finish is blind embossing. Pressure is applied to the printed products, creating a sculptural deformation. By the way: blind embossing can be combined with most finishing techniques, in particular with foil lamination. It creates a colorless, but special feel that has a very refined, subtle effect.
Form Punching: A specially manufactured punching die can be used to mechanically cut out any shape from a substrate. For example, certain pictorial elements or a window can be emphasized in this way. Because this technique requires a custom die, it is more common on higher print runs. The design must take the underlying surface and the cutting edge into account. Materials such as coated, uncoated, and long-fiber papers of all grammages, foils, metals, and cartons are suitable for die-cutting. Punching out part of the surface will, of course, cause it to lose some of its stability.