Custom Digital Graphic Overlays

Label-Aid is one of the few companies in the nation offering digital printing for graphic overlays. Known for their longevity, design flexibility and color clarity, Label-Aid Systems’ digital graphic overlays and control panel overlays are an impactful way of identifying your products, equipment and inventory. Printed with the branding and information end-users require, our digital overlay labels are ISO 9001:2008-certified and well-suited for rugged indoor and outdoor environments where durability is a must.

Advantages of Digitally Printed Overlays

Digitally printed graphic overlays, control panel overlays, front panels and decals offer optimum printing and creative flexibility without the limitations of other printing processes. In addition, digital overlays don’t require the use of screens or plates to achieve quality printing—which eliminates many set-up costs, allows for faster lead times and reduces minimum order requirements. Other advantages of digital overlays over screen printed overlays include:

  • Offset quality graphics with perfect registration (no need for traps)
  • Unlimited data, serialization and barcodes for each overlay
  • Unlimited personalization of each printed piece
  • Resolution up to 230 LPI for process images, fine vignettes and gradients
  • Affordable prototyping
  • Unlimited color use, including 4-color process and 6-color process (photo quality)
  • First- or second-surface printing (sub-surface)
  • Ability to print smaller font sizes

Label-Aid Systems’ digital graphic overlays and control panel overlays can be printed on a wide variety of substrates, including PVC, polyester, polycarbonate, vinyl, etc. Many of these substrates also contain UV inhibitors that significantly increase decal lifespan. Printing parameters are as follows: 12in X 18in sheet size, with 11in X 17in print size.

Industry Applications

Label-Aid serves a wide range of industries, and our digital overlays and control panel overlays provide high-quality designation for the following:

Properties

Label-Aid Systems graphic overlays consist of:

  • Top substrate, usually made of polycarbonate or polyester, which is five to 30 mils thick
  • Sub-surface ink graphics that are color-matched using the latest computer technology
  • Expert die cutting to critical tolerances
  • Applied adhesive custom-selected for optimum surface adherence

Most of our graphic overlays are sub-surface printed to fully protect the graphics from (1) top-surface abrasion, (2) contamination via spills, grease, moisture, chemicals and dust, and (3) weathering and UV damage.

UV inhibitors may be added to your material selection to increase label life in outdoor or high-light applications, and UL and CSA materials are available. Your custom Label-Aid graphic overlays and front panels can be manufactured from the following materials:

  • Polycarbonate
  • Polyester (more durable, more chemical resistant, more crack resistant, allowing for many more actuations than polycarbonate)
  • Vinyl
  • Various hard-coat, scratch-resistant materials

Popular Features

Customizing each label to your industry and application requirements, Label-Aid’s most requested graphic overlay features include:

Custom Feature Purpose
Selective texture Utilizes both gloss and matte texture on the same overlay
Die cut holes or cutouts Cut for plugs, connectors, pins or actuators
LED Windows Knockout printing for surface-mount LED indicators
Dead front Hidden graphics, with your message appearing when label is illuminated from the back
Transparent colors Accentuates branding and improves aesthetic design
Emboss Raised label characteristics that provide a tactile target for actuator surfaces on membrane or sub-surface mechanical switches
Deboss Die-inverted or pushed into material surface for aesthetics and feature accent
Wet Out Windows Provides an optically clear window for textured materials, while retaining the smudge and mar resistance of a textured material
Relieved or Die Cut Adhesive No adhesive around actuators, windows, or dead fronts
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