Our Packaging Process
Our process has evolved over years of experience and is constantly adapting to make best use of new technologies. Our aim is to simplify the process and bring jobs from initial enquiry to production as quickly and easily as possible without compromising on quality.
Whilst the steps below are the typical path taken to get jobs into production depending on your own level of knowledge and which stage your job is at this process is flexible.
Brief and quoting
When starting on a packaging project it is time well spent to look at the purpose of the packaging, end use and environmental impact.
We have a showroom at our factory in Welwyn Garden City where we can show examples of different styles, materials & finishes.
Once we have gathered a brief we can then provide a quote and lead time.
An essential step in all packaging projects is for our designers to create a sample to test the fit and functionality of the packaging.
It is vital we work with the actual product so that we can fit the packaging exactly and use suitable materials to fit the use.
Once the samples are approved we will send you the bespoke artwork templates.
It is important to approve the sample before starting on artwork to make sure the graphics will fit the final packaging panels exactly.
Once we receive the artwork we check it is print ready and that it matches the job spec.
We then provide PDF or printed proofs for final sign off.
Once the artwork proofs are approved the job goes into production at which point no further changes can be made.
Our printing presses use the latest Spectrophotometry to measure colour automatically and using our UV press we can print on a wide range of materials including metallic or kraft boards.
Following printing and any finishes or other embellishments. We die-cut and crease the printed sheets to shape. This requires a bespoke tooling we design to match the earlier samples.
Following die-cutting, jobs must then be stripped from the remainder of the sheet into single elements.
Gluing / fulfilment
Jobs that require gluing must then be setup and run through the automated folder / gluer machines.
For short run gluing, complex jobs or where there is some element of fulfilment this can be done by handwork department before being prepared for dispatch.