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Dye Sublimation Printed Pressure Sensitive Labels

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245714D
Publication Date: 2016-Mar-31
Document File: 1 page(s) / 96K

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Abstract

On-demand color printing of labels is a difficult process. Thermal printing colored labels can be done but is typically done by having colored regions preset into the label that are revealed during printing. While this allows for multiple colors on a label, the colors are not on-demand in the sense where the colors are variable to create multiple images.

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Dye Sublimation Printed Pressure Sensitive Labels

     On-demand color printing of labels is a difficult process. Thermal printing colored labels can be done but is typically done by having colored regions preset into the label that are revealed during printing. While this allows for multiple colors on a label, the colors are not on-demand in the sense where the colors are variable to create multiple images.

     This invention gives the ability to offer full color, on-demand, photo-quality, pressure-sensitive, die cut labels of various sizes. By printing labels with a card printer, dye-sublimation can print on- demand color printing on labels.

     The labels that can be used in this process could be white, silver, clear, tamper evident/resistant, or equivalents, depending on the application requirements. The labels could be matched with permanent, removable, all temp, high coat weight, etc. adhesives depending on application requirements.

     The labels could also be laminated within the card printer to improve image durability. Full color photo images can be printed alongside black bar codes on the same label. The label would then retain the ability to be removed from the line and applied via pressure-sensitive glue.

     Early experiments have proven that a top coated synthetic labels on 6-7 milimeter paper release liners can be run through card printers and will produce very high-quality full color pressure-senstive labels.

     Today they can only be fed one at a time as the overall c...