Embossing combined with advanced printing techniques makes decals and nameplates stand out
Onalaska, WI: Empire Screen Printing, a leading manufacturer of screen printed products, announces its wide range of high quality embossing services. Embossing is a die process that creates relief in printed materials to accent artwork or provide a functional purpose, such as keyboards or Braille. Empire combines embossing with other advanced printing techniques to create nameplates, overlays, dealer ID labels and other durable products to make a great visual impression.
There are two types of embossing methods, embossing and debossing. The material is placed between two die plates for embossing and then pressed together. This process creates a relief in the material by pushing the material upwards. Debossing uses a single die plate. The debossing die hits the material on the face of the sticker, pushing the material down. Both methods create a three-dimensional design in the material.
Embossing used for industrial applications emphasizes layering for functional purposes. Polyester or polycarbonate materials provide excellent dimensional stability and high tensile strength for embossing. There are several types of embossing, including pillow (cushion), rail, multilevel, dome, LED domes, and braille. The embossing height is 1.5 times the thickness of the material and can withstand up to 1.5 million actuations for polycarbonate, while polyester can withstand 5 million actuations.
Debossing is used to highlight logos or used as a decorative quality for unique branding opportunities. Multiple textures or patterns, such as a mezzotint, create a crushed effect, enhancing the overall look of the product. Common materials for this application include shiny silver or brushed silver mylar.
Many applications combine embossing with Empire’s Crystal-line dome to achieve greater dimension and emphasize the overall appearance. Doming consists of a two-component polyurethane applied over a printed surface to create a lens-like appearance. Durable, non-yellowing coatings add shape and style to nameplates, enhancing brand identity while protecting the surface from UV exposure, dents, scratches and abrasions.
Empire works closely with its customers to design solutions that look great and meet the unique requirements of each application.
For more information on Empire Screen Embossing, visit www.empirescreen.com.