Understanding Label Cutting Options: Traditional vs. Modern Approaches

Understanding Label Cutting Options:
Traditional vs. Modern Approaches


  Label cutting is a crucial step in the label production process. This blog post will explore and compare traditional and modern approaches to label cutting, highlighting their characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages. By understanding these options, businesses can make informed decisions when choosing the most suitable label-cutting method for their needs.

Analog Label Cutting vs. Digital Label Cutting:

A Comparison

Analog Label Cutting

  Rotary die cutting and flatbed die cutting are two commonly used methods for die-cutting materials. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Rotary Die Cutting Flatbed Die Cutting


  • Offers higher production rates and can produce a larger number of parts per production cycle
  • Provides greater precision and accuracy in die-cut parts


  • Engraved dies are expensive to purchase and maintain
  • Requires larger production runs to justify setup and tooling costs
  • Not well-suited for thicker, denser materials


  • Tooling costs are generally lower as steel rule dies are less expensive than rotary dies
  • Able to cut through denser, thicker materials
  • Allows for closer grouping or nesting of parts, reducing waste and scrap


  • Slower production rate compared to rotary die cutting
  • Longer setup times
  • Cannot perform functions like printing, perforating, or laminating

Digital Label Cutting

  There are two methods for digital cutting as well. Digital knife cutting and digital laser cutting. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Digital Knife Cutting Digital Laser Die Cutting


  • No need to make dies
  • High precision cutting for complex label shapes
  • Compatibility with various materials
  • Low initial cost and affordable startup


  • Limited suitability for materials above a certain thickness
  • Potential difficulties with certain complex label shapes


  • High precision cutting for intricate shapes
  • Creative design flexibility in shaping labels including perforation and marking
  • Smooth surface finish through vaporization
  • Fast production speed suitable for large-scale production compared to digital knife cutting
  • Design versatility for complex designs and intricate details


  • High cost in purchasing compared to analog equipment
  • Potential emission of hazardous gases, necessitating proper ventilation

Trends in the Label Market

  When choosing between the two methods, consider the advantages and disadvantages based on your specific requirements, such as the material type, design complexity, and budget constraints.

  Analog cutting requires prior die design, which leads to significant time and space constraints. For this reason, small-batch label production is not feasible with analog cutting. Nobody would create a die for just 10 labels. When analyzing the trends in the label market, it is evident that short-run product label orders hold a significantly larger percentage compared to bulk production orders.

Introducing Anytron ANY-CUT:

The Perfect Solution for Small-Batch Label Production

  In today’s dynamic label market, small-batch label production is on the rise. Traditional analog cutting methods may not be the most efficient choice for such scenarios due to the need for die design, time-consuming setup, and larger production runs. This is where digital cutting solutions, like Anytron ANY-CUT, shine as the perfect solution for small-batch label production. Let’s explore the features and advantages that make Anytron ANY-CUT stand out in the market.

Advantages of Anytron ANY-CUT:

Die-less Cutting:

One of the key features of Anytron ANY-CUT is its die-less cutting capability. Unlike traditional analog methods, you don’t need to create expensive and time-consuming dies for each label design. ANY-CUT allows you to cut labels directly from a digital file, providing unmatched flexibility and efficiency in label production.

Short-Run Label Production:

Anytron ANY-CUT is specifically tailored for short-run label production. Whether you need 10 labels or 1000 labels, ANY-CUT handles the job efficiently without wasting time or resources.

Design Flexibility:

ANY-CUT enables creative design flexibility, allowing you to shape labels according to your preferences and unique branding requirements. This versatility empowers you to create eye-catching and attractive labels that stand out in the market.

Waste Removal Function:

The waste removal function delivered with ANY-CUT ensures a hassle-free process of removing excess materials. By efficiently discarding waste during the production process, it allows for immediate utilization of the labels for product attachment.

This feature not only saves time but also promotes efficiency and reduces material waste, contributing to a more sustainable and cost-effective labeling solution. With ANY-CUT, you can maximize the usability of your labels and streamline your production workflow.

Quick and Seamless Production:

ANY-CUT enables quick and seamless label production thanks to its die-less cutting and digital technology. You can make instant changes to cutting positions, sizes, and shapes, allowing for on-the-fly adjustments and faster turnaround times.

Also, ANY-CUT contains the auto job changeover function that offers a seamless way to manage multiple cutting jobs without any interruptions. By utilizing barcode reading technology, it can automatically adjust cutting positions without the need for manual intervention by operators.

This innovative feature eliminates the need for human involvement, resulting in significant cost and time savings. With reduced labor costs, businesses can allocate their resources more efficiently. Furthermore, the automation of job changeovers ensures a continuous workflow, minimizing downtime and increasing overall production efficiency.

Embrace Anytron ANY-CUT for Efficient Label Cutting

  Anytron ANY-CUT stands as the ideal choice for businesses seeking efficient, cost-effective, and high-quality label-cutting solutions. Whether you are a startup, a small-scale label manufacturer, or dealing with short-run label production, ANY-CUT’s die-less cutting, precision, material compatibility, and design flexibility make it a game-changer in the label cutting industry. Embrace the trend of small-batch label production with Anytron ANY-CUT and stay ahead in the dynamic label market.

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