The oldest automated printing method, surface printing is printing on the outside of a film structure. Either transparent or opaque film structures can be used. Similarly, a protective varnish can be printed over the ink to prevent blemishes.
The most common method of achieving an image in printing is with process colors. The image is separated into four colors: Cyan (C), Magenta (M), Yellow (Y) and Black (K). AWT’s presses have 10 ink stations to accommodate even complex printing requirements
Glossy films are shiny and reflect light in the specular (mirror-like) direction. Matte films diffuse light in a range of angles giving it a flat appearance. To achieve both looks, a glossy film can be overprinted with a matte varnish. AWT has extensive experience overprinting with registered matte varnish.
Solventless lamination is the process of metering a low viscosity adhesive on to a multiple application roll. During this process, the lamination applies the adhesive to a first substrate, which is then mated to a second substrate using a heated nip roller. A 2-ply, 3-ply or even 4-ply structure can be created by repeating this process. AWT uses solventless adhesive lamination to produce structures incorporating various film layers.
Dry-bond lamination is the process of coating a water-based or solvent-based adhesive to a substrate. The adhesive is dried with heat and air then laminated to a second substrate by a heated compression nip. AWT uses water-based adhesive lamination to produce structures incorporating various film layers.
Ranging in a variety of sizes, stand-up pouches are typically produced with an easy open/close feature, press to close zipper, tear notch and a bottom gusset for upright shelf display.