Printing on plastic bags has become more popular than ever because of marketing campaigns. One of the important applications of plastic bags besides the packaging is the promotional purpose through brand printing on the bags. It is suggested that those of you who have reusable plastic bags should consider adding a creative touch to them to make them stand out.
It is no matter whether you have a small business and are trying to build a brand, or you have a certain flow of clients and want them to remember your brand, printing on plastic bags will help spread the word! In this post, we will show you some methods of printing in general and how the printing process is made in Hanpak.
This is for printing large quantities for commercial purposes and is used in Hanpak’s factory. The printing is done on a large scale, so this method is time and cost-effective. With this printing method, your design is impressed on a printing cylinder. An uncut roll of plastic passes between rollers with an adhesive.
When the design is fully imprinted and dried on the material, the plastic film goes through the rollers again to be separated into freshly designed individual plastic bags.
This method is ideal to create labels and plastic coverings of day-to-day products, allowing the usage of multiple colors as opposed to screen printing.
Screen printing is the ideal choice for shorter runs of plastic bag printing. It can even be done at home, with no need for heavy-duty equipment. The only issue with this process is that it is a little labor-intensive but it is worth it. In screen printing, individual plastic bags, which are different from uncut plastic rolls in flexography. And usually, one color is used for the design.
The plastic bags are placed on a flat surface, and it is crucial to ensure that the bag is stable and secure. A metal screen is lowered onto the bags and apply ink on them by dragging a squeegee along the length of the screen. Once the design is printed, it is placed on a surface to dry.
The interesting thing about this method is that it can be done at home. So, if you are looking to advertise your brand on bags or try it as a hobby, it is unnecessary to start doing this on a commercial scale.
The printing method of heat press is often used on plastic bags with thicker material, which allows them to tolerate a certain amount of heat. Using a heat press is reasonably straightforward, but there are a few points to keep in mind while choosing to use a heat press machine. You need to choose the right machine and the right temperature when printing.
The heat press uses a machine to print designs onto the material using heat and pressure. It is commonly used on fabrics.
How does Hanpak have your plastic bags printed?
– After the order confirmation, we will start to make pre-production samples for you to check. In this stage, we will ask you to provide us with the artwork for the printing (often in the AI or PDF format)
– We will make an artwork copy and send you to confirm the final artwork. We will inform you if there are any issues with the color Pantone or artwork structures in this stage.
– After the artwork is confirmed, we will order the printing plate, which is a carved mold and cannot be changed. This takes around 7-10 days depending on the complication of your artwork.
– The whole process until the final printed samples takes around 15-20 days.