At Midwest Label Supply we perform custom label die cutting services for prime labels, food, beverage, advanced medical applications and additional industrial needs. We perform precision rotary die cutting, flatbed die cutting, plotting, cutting, patterned adhesive laminations and flexographic or digital print with die cut to meet your custom cut label dimensions. Additional applications include laser cutting, laminating, cold forming, embossing, slitting, rewind, shear and crush cut slitting and “soft strike” die cutting for auto-dispense applications.
Our most entry level die cutting is actually a plotter cutter which cuts by tracing the die line of the label. This machine also performs laminating. The nice thing about this type of die cutting machine is that it can perform very small lots of die cutting, such as die cutting of one label or more. Another nice thing about this die cutter is that it is off line and roll to roll. If a die cutter is inline it means that your typical print manufacturer will only bid out projects that do both printing or die cutting. We can do either printing or finishing or both. This means we can sub-contract just die cutting for other label printers and co-packagers. Cut multiple depths within the same cut file for perforations or multi-layer applications as well kiss cutting. We can work with your digital registration to identify cut points.
Our die cut converting is done "on-demand". In fact our entire label, sticker and vinyl printing process is done on-demand. Most label manufacturing can be done in less then a single shift. Our customers can create labels test them and iterate on them for rapid production and prototyping. We only do die cutting on pre-printed rolls of labels. We do not do label blank die cutting.
Because we are able to do small runs, we are a great partner for label prototyping and MVP creation as you grow. Combine die cutting with our ability to do variable and individualized QR codes and Data Matrix label applications.
Depending on your needs, you should call around to a few label manufacturers. With advances to die cutting, opportunities for fast digital turnaround can occur. For instance laser die cutting can be done fairly quickly. Custom cutting dies usually cost $50 to $4000, depending on size and complexity. The typical lead time for a die can take one week.
A custom die cut refers to the label material cut out. For instance if you want your label to be a plain circle, there are often off the shelf circular labels available. If however you want your label sticker to be a particular shape you, i.e. the shape of your logo, you may need the label to be custom die cut.