The Label Academy has unveiled two new online training modules and supporting books to its current course list. The addition of ‘Die-cutting and tooling’ and ‘Brand protection, security labelling and packaging’ means the Label Academy is now offering a total of nine courses geared towards the learning needs of those working in the label and package printing industry.
One of the most critical areas of label converting and finishing, the die-cutting and tooling module gives a comprehensive guide to the manufacture and use of cutting, embossing and foiling dies, anvils and cylinders. It summarises the complex and vital role they play and explores the sophisticated technology it uses to enable the production of quality die-cut and converted labels and their application to multiple surfaces, using a wide variety of substrates, on many different presses.
The new brand protection, security labelling and packaging module and associated publication tackle a broad range of subjects including anti-counterfeiting, theft and tampering. With hundreds of effective solutions explained, it also outlines the latest hi-tech methods, such as RFID, taggants, electronic article surveillance (EAS) techniques and holograms. Guidance on developing brand protection and security labelling systems and procedures is also provided for those involved in producing or using labels or packaging of all kinds.
Mike Fairley, founder of the Label Academy, commented: “The new courses provide an in depth focus of what are two very important subject areas and will ultimately help enhance the service offered by printers. Although die-cutting is not particularly new, it can be an overlooked discipline despite the ways in which it can be applied constantly evolving. The die-cutting book and course will give students a much greater understanding of how they can improve production standards and significantly reduce costly downtime due to pressure-sensitive quality faults.
“Security labelling and brand protection is also hugely topical. If you look at counterfeiting alone, which is a global problem, it is estimated to be worth $1 trillion of lost revenue every year. Indeed market data published last year by Smithers Pira, forecasts the combined global market for security printing and brand protection to exceed $45 billion by 2026, up from $27 billion in 2016, so this emergent technology is incredibly significant and offers huge growth for the sector.”Supported by related text books, the self-study modules also give students access to further content including free related articles and videos and conclude with an optional certified assessment. Students can enrol in the Academy at www.label-academy.com or purchase the Academy’s publications directly from Amazon.com.