We print custom front panel overlays and labels on hard-coated polyester, polycarbonate (also known as Lexan), and other specialty materials. Our experienced graphic design and printing team can prototype your samples in 48 hours. We offer digital and screen printed graphics depending on what your design calls for.
Advantages of Digital Printing
Digital printing is an excellent manufacturing technique for complex designs with gradient effects, large numbers of colors, or small production volumes. It is also a great method to produce prototypes without investing in significant tooling or set up costs. We use digital printing to produce custom graphic overlays and labels on substrates such as polycarbonate and PET. Our digitally printed products are used by OEMs in the medical industry, laboratory equipment manufacturers, and custom control panel designers. We can produce custom graphic overlays as large as 22″ x 48″ with digital printing techniques.
Advantages of Screen Printing
Screen printing is the most economical method to produce large quantities of custom graphic overlays and labels on polycarbonate (Lexan) or PET substrates. Screen printed graphic overlays are very high quality and very durable. However there is more initial cost to screen print graphic overlays and labels when compared to digital printing. Each color in the print will require it’s own unique screen and screen positive. Each color will also require a set-up at the time of print, and a color matching. These costs will generally make screen printing less economical than digital printing if your production volumes are below 100 units. The exact point where screen printing becomes more economical than digital printing depends on the size, complexity, and number of colors that are required for your label or overlay. Contact Almax-RP today if you have questions about whether your custom graphic overlay or label is better designed as a screen printed product or a digitally printed product.
Adhesives for Graphic Overlays & Labels:
Almost all of our customers request an adhesive backed graphic overlay. This makes it easy to apply your graphic to your finished machine. You never want adhesive under a window, switch key, or LED icon. That is why we use laser and die cutting to selectively cut the adhesives before laminating the adhesives to the graphic overlays.
Selecting an adhesive for your custom label or graphic overlay is a very important step. At Almax-RP we always use 3M adhesives because of their reputation for quality and reliability. To select the correct 3M adhesive we will need to know a few details about the surface the label will be applied to. Is the surface textured or smooth? Is it a plastic surface, bare aluminum, or a powder coated metal? Once we know all the details about the surface your graphic overlay will be applied to we can recommend a suitable adhesive for the application.
Now that you understand the process, the next step is to get in touch with us! You can send your drawing to Sales@almax-rp.com or use our contact form.
Custom Graphic Overlay & Label Options:
- Clear Windows
- Colored Windows
- Dead front Windows
- Pillow Embossed Keys
- Gradient Effects
- Bright Vibrant Colors
- Your Custom Logo
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Art Work Submission
Preferred artwork formats are AI and Vector PDF. Please send a drawing for us to give you a same-day quote. DXF drawings can be used to produce vector artwork as well. If you do not have vector art work available, don’t worry! Almax-RP can produce vector artwork for you at a competitive rate. This saves you the trouble of finding an outside graphic designer to make your ready-to-print artwork.