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Can You Print on Pre-Made Bags?

Kelle Vandenberg

Although the outer side of most pre-made bags is Polyester (PET) and is receptive to printing inks, Pacific Bag is not aware of any equipment that would automatically print the exterior of a pre-made bag.  In theory printing could be done on the flat areas of the face using screen printing or pad printing.  Challenges to creating an automated system are:

- Since the ink is on the surface of the bag it is susceptible to scuffing or scratching.
- Areas with creases, folds, and valves would be difficult or impossible to print cleanly.
- Quantities printed are usually low and printing pre-made bags is usually a short term project before a user can move to a pre-printed bags.  Therefore, large investment in equipment design and purchase is unappealing.

Full color printing can be applied to a pre-made bag via a printed label.  Labels can be made in relatively low quantities by your local label supplier or in very small quantities using in-house, color ink-jet printing.*  The labels can be applied in house or by PBi’s Stock Bag Custom Services.  Please see your PBi representative for more information.

Wikipedia Article on Screen Printing
Wikipedia Article on Pad Printing

*Color labels can be printed on sheets with standard desktop printers or on machines designed to print on rolls of labels. Some suggestion for roll printers are:

Primera Label
Quick Label
VIP Color

For more information, please contact us at (800) 562-2247 or email bags@pacificbag.com.