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Selective Printing On Label Substrates With Multiple Die Cuts

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000100536D
Original Publication Date: 1990-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-15
Document File: 3 page(s) / 105K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Feenstra, DD: AUTHOR [+6]

Abstract

Disclosed is a label substrate with multiple die cuts for use in an environment where a number of different labels are destined for a single assembly in a group of similar (but slightly differing) assemblies. In this environment, each assembly in the group requires labels slightly different either in size, number, or content from those of the other assemblies. The disclosed label substrate is used to replace batch printing of individual labels. Batch printing of labels in an environment requiring a variety of labels has problems of logistics and errors in where to apply each label.

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Selective Printing On Label Substrates With Multiple Die Cuts

       Disclosed is a label substrate with multiple die cuts for
use in an environment where a number of different labels are destined
for a single assembly in a group of similar (but slightly differing)
assemblies.  In this environment, each assembly in the group requires
labels slightly different either in size, number, or content from
those of the other assemblies.  The disclosed label substrate is used
to replace batch printing of individual labels.  Batch printing of
labels in an environment requiring a variety of labels has problems
of logistics and errors in where to apply each label.

      The label substrate is used in an improved system where labels
are printed on-line and on demand under computer control, and where
each label is printed "to order" at the same time.  To enable this, a
label substrate with multiple die cuts following the guidelines below
is employed.  This concept assumes that a method for digitizing,
storing, and recalling drawn label images for on-line printing is
available.

      1.  Die cut the label substrate with multiple label areas such
that every individual label required for each assembly group can be
printed.  All necessary label sizes and all needed multiples (if
required) must be included in the die cut pat         tern.  One
example of such a substrate is shown in the figure. Here, the die cut
pattern in the substrate includes label areas 1 through 7, from which
all label combinations for a multiplicity of assemblies may be
printed.
         -  The correct label set for any assembly is printed leaving
any unused labels blank.  Blank (or unprinted) labels are discarded
with an extremely minimal cost penalty.  Each individual label is
assigned a particular die cut area on the substrate.  For example,
the label set for a particular assembly may only include labels 1 and
4; these are printed and the remaining labels are left blank.
Similarly, an            other label set for a second assembly may
include labels 1, 2, and 5 with the remainder unprinted.

      2.  Die cut the substrate with no scrap material between labels
in the set so that each label abuts its neighbor.
          -  Compacting the labels in this manner minimizes tolerance
between individual labels in the set (tolerance in the die cut
operation accumulates in the spaces between die cut lines, not across
the cuts themselves--the die cutt...