Waterproof Offset Printing?
April 1, 2014 12:48 PM Subscribe
How can I get waterproof offset printing for sheets of labels (not rolls, unless there's a good setup for running those rolls through a b&w laser printer)? My local printer doesn't seem to think they can do it. I can't imagine it being completely unavailable, but don't know where to start looking.
posted by redsparkler to Media & Arts (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Here's the situation: A small business currently uses their own digital printer to weekly print color labels for their products. Ingredients change weekly, so this versatility is importaint. They print about 7500 lettersize sheets per year , on a weatherproof polyester label.
Their process seemed like the most expensive way to do this, so I designed a 2-color label where the logo/etc could be printed single color by an offset printer, and they could run the sheets through a b&w laser printer to add the weekly ingredient text.
Unfortunately, these labels are applied to the product container immediately before the container is immersed in an ice bath for several days. My printer says that their offset inks won't last through a multiple day ice bath, and there is no opportunity to label the containers post-bath.
What am I looking for, here? My online searches for waterproof offset printing aren't providing results I can understand, printing 7500 digitally through a printer doesn't save us any money, and thermal printing doesn't seem like a good option. Any other ideas?
-be able to have ingredients added/changed weekly. (the business must be able to run the labels through their own printer)
-have two colors
-be able to resist several days in an ice bath