5 things to consider when choosing which label material is right for your product.
When selecting label materials for your application there are a number of elements to consider. These include:
- Face stock or film
- Pressure-sensitive adhesive
- Release liner
- Printable topcoat
- Actual print – images, text, barcodes etc.
In addition to this, you will need to consider the following points before you select which material is right for the individual job.
Step 1: Know Your Application
How will the label be used? What is its purpose? Simply identifying the application for the label is a great place to start.
Some questions to consider include:
- Do the labels need to be permanent, removable or repositionable?
- Do you need your label to track assets that require high quality bar codes?
- Will the labels be applied manually or automatically?
Answers to these questions are important and will most certainly inform material selection.
Step 2: Environmental Considerations
The next factor to think about is the environments in which the labels will be used. This is critical to label material selection.
Will the labels be used indoors or outdoors? Will they be exposed to extreme heat or cold? Will the labels be exposed to chemicals?
Answers to these questions will help you pick the right material.
Step 3: Surface Properties
Always consider the surface to which the labels will adhere. Specifically, you’ll want to think about the surface material (glass, plastic, stainless steel) and the surface characteristics (smooth, rough, flat, curved)
Then you need to select the correct adhesive to match your requirements.
Step 4: Regulatory Requirements
Is your product subject to regulatory requirements for labelling as many items are?
It is important to understand these regulations when selecting a label material, especially if there are testing and qualification requirements at the customer level. Choosing the wrong material could be costly and time consuming.
Step 5: Printing Technologies
The final factor to consider when choosing a label is the print technology. To achieve the best results, it’s important to match the print technology with the application and environment.
In summary, selecting the best label materials for your application needs can be complicated. These five steps are a great way to identify the most important elements that will affect your label’s success.
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