Applied Ceramic Labels
Discover the beauty and durability of ACL Printing.
The ACL screen printing process opens up a world of dynamic design options that are impossible with paper labels. Our process allows for freedom in design like wrapping elements around the entire bottle, coating bottles with beautiful colors and because the print is direct-to-glass, the glass itself becomes a graphic element.
Applied Ceramic Labeling (ACL) is a screen printing process in which paints are applied directly to glass bottles and cured at high temperatures. The paints are bonded to the glass through this process resulting in a permanent label that is scratch and water resistant. This durable label allows for reusing the glass many times over.
How ACL is Done
Here’s an overview of how ACL is done
Start with a great design
Our design team has over 30 years of combined experience. Simply bring us your design vision and our in-house art team can either adapt your existing label or work directly with you to create a fresh new label design
Choose your perfect bottle
We have a full range of stock and proprietary bottles for beer, spirits, wine or specialty beverages and we’ll screen print on bottles from as small as 5ml up to as large as 6L. You’ll find one that perfectly fits your product and your brand.
Time to burn
Once you approve your design, we prepress the label and turn the artwork into film separations. After a thorough quality check, our experienced screen making technicians “burn” the separate colors onto screens.
Design meets bottle
Using up to eight screens (8 paint colors), our highly skilled decorating team applies your artwork directly to your glass bottles.
Beauty baked in
Decorated bottles go into special ovens where we heat the bottle and paints to their melting points. This creates an enduring bond of the printed paint to the glass without ever compromising the quality of the glass.
After coming through the oven, the decorated bottles are inspected. Each bottle that goes through our ACL process is inspected for any imperfections. We stand behind all our products and services and have the highest commitment to quality.
Cooled and protected
We slowly cool the bottles back down to room temperature and apply a protective coating to keep your label looking great.