Print Capabilities

We provide multiple printing solutions

Fort Dearborn offers multiple printing technologies to best match customer production volume requirements.

Rotogravure

Shrink Sleeves – Ideal for high volumes
Ideal for printing full body shrink sleeves, shrink bundling wraps for multi-packs, or specialty items using brilliant metallics or thermochromatic inks.

Renowned for its superior quality graphics, consistency over long runs and excellent color opacity, rotogravure printing is the technology of choice for high volume product decoration.

Flexographic (Water-based & UV)

Shrink Sleeves, Roll-Fed, Pressure Sensitive Ideal for mid-volume production
A versatile printing technology, flexography offers a unique blend of high quality graphics on a wide variety of substrates (film, paper & pressure sensitive), and supports flexible production requirements.

Environmentally conscious materials, water-based inks and adhesives provide customers with a viable alternative for “solvent sensitive” applications. In-line rotary hot stamp and screening capabilities combine with UV inks for vibrant color, body and durability creating ultra high quality pressure sensitive labels.

Offset Lithographic


Cut & Stack
, Roll-Fed Economical, Short Lead Times

A variety of label substrates can be litho printed including 60# C1S & C2S, metallized, paper/poly, recycled and premium papers as well as clear, white and metallized synthetics.

Complete Finishing capabilities including: Embossing, Texturing, Standard & Specialty Die Cutting, Foil & Hot Stamping. Full range of UV and other coating options.
Our reputation for unparalleled quality and color management result from extensive research and development, joint process improvement initiatives with customers, and proactive field application support.

HiColour Printing

Cut & Stack Enhanced shelf impact and cost savings
Our 7-color process consists of cyan, magenta, yellow and black plus orange, green and violet inks. Stochastic screening is used instead of conventional line screening, providing superior visual appearance of color and imagery.

By eliminating the need for special PMS colors, your labels can be printed on combination sheets, allowing for shorter print runs, quicker lead times and lower inventory volumes.

Fort Dearborn utilizes Kodak’s Spotless workflow software to easily convert your PDF label file to HiColour so your designers can continue to use standard file formats when creating your labels.

Digital Printing

All Label Formats Sales samples, prototypes, short runs
Fort Dearborn’s digital print solutions combine state-of-the-art presses and converting equipment that are integrated with our digital workflow and color management system. Digital printing from Fort Dearborn is redefining “speed to market” in hours, versus weeks.

Digital printing is a perfect solution for your short run production needs. These labels replicate lithographic, flexographic, letterpress, rotogravure and our HiColour™ printing processes.
Several finishing options are also available for your digitally printed labels, including die-cutting, embossing, foil stamping, UV and other coatings.