Offset printing with a varnish used to produce plastic cards for small-format presses.
This method is optimal for the issuance of short-run plastic cards, but the cost of maps made in such a way that is somewhat higher than the laminate.
The technology of offset printing with a varnish requires borderless printing on pre-cut blanks of plastic cards. The method of offset printing with a varnish spread is less than the lamination, and has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Among the main advantages of coating is necessary to note the minimum "package" of equipment. If lamination is needed for at least the large offset press, vyrubschik, press laminator, then this technology is enough small-format printing unit, which is able to independently carry out printing and coating of the workpiece. Savings on materials and present - no need to buy an expensive laminate.
But you can not ignore the weaknesses of this method. First of all, it's much shorter life spans lacquered coating in comparison with the laminate and, consequently, these plastic cards more quickly wear out and fail.
The process of manufacturing a plastic card offset printing method, followed by varnishing is almost identical to the same procedure with lamination, except for some minor details. The essential difference is only that the final treatment, varnishing - is not separately but as an additional step staining. Only instead of one more layer of paint is applied to the card surface gloss or matt lacquer.