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Choosing a Label Manufacturer

Thinking about purchasing labels for your product or business?  There are many factors to weigh when choosing a label manufacturer.  The most important factor is their experience.  A label manufacturer that has been printing labels for many years will have a solid knowledge of the industry and the skills to properly advise you with your label needs.  There are many variables that have to be analyzed when choosing the construction of the label.  What is the surface the label is being applied to?  Will there be any temperature extremes during application or beyond?  Will the label be exposed to any moisture or humidity after application?  The construction is extremely important for the look, durability and function of the label.  A well-established company will be familiar with all these aspects and will ask you the proper questions to ensure a quality label is produced for you. 

Look for printers that have in-house customer support.  It is important for a potential print manufacturer to actually assign a customer service representative to your account so they can educate you on the label printing process.  Good communication from this representative is imperative so that you know exactly what to expect through every step of the process.  This customer service representative should also work closely with an in-house graphics department.  This graphics team should have the ability to assist with any design or digital file requirement questions that you may have.

Check to see if the print manufacturer has some type of a quality assurance program or department.  This program or department should emphasize continuous improvement, defect prevention, and reduction of variation to achieve total customer satisfaction.  An industry standard for a high level of quality assurance is ISO 9001.  ISO 9001 specifies requirements for a quality management system where an organization demonstrates its abilities to consistently provide a product that meets the customer’s needs, as well as applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

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Seek out a printer that has many different capabilities.  Some of these capabilities can include printing on the front and the back, Foil Stamping, Embossing, U.V. Flexo, Digital Printing, Extensive Die Cutting Capabilities, Consecutive Barcode, Arabic Numbering, Variable Date, Laminating and U.V. Varnishing.  A printer that has a wide array of capabilities will give you more choices and in provide a high quality label for your product or business.

If your still unsure of which label manufacturer to go with, ask for a sample kit and references.  The sample kit should have a wide variety of labels that showcases the manufacturer’s abilities.  Make sure you ask for references of past customers.  A reputable label manufacturer should have no qualms about providing you with these, and positive references from satisfied customers can surely put your mind at ease before you place your first order.

Label manufacturers have many tools at their disposal to prove their reliability.  Make sure they have been in business for many years and that the company has grown over those years.  An in-house customer service and graphics department will be able to communicate important information to you and ensure quality and service throughout the process.  A quality record of accomplishment and glowing references will assure you that your labels will be produced as close to your vision as possible.

 

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Topics: help me find a printer Label Manufacturers Choosing a commercial printer food label printer

Packaging and Flexo Labels: We have an Application for that!

Packaging and Flexo labels going on packaging are a very common subject at Label Tech Inc. The application of the label on a package can make all the difference when it comes to the printer's choice of materials such as face stocks, adhesives, laminates, and even varnishes. Is your packaging flexible or firm? Are you applying a label to a box, a jar, or a bag? What is the temperature of the product that we are putting the label on? These are all key elements in determining what materials and adhesives we will be printing on. A company that truly knows their product should be able to answer all of these questions with ease. Now let's dive a little deeper into this subject.

Typically, if we are talking about packaging and labeling, we need to discuss the preparation, transport, warehousing, sale, and end use of your product. All of this information is relevant to your business and to your label company. For instance, a label may appear to have enough protection with a simple UV Varnish on it, but if it is shipping across country with no dividers in the box separating the product the varnish may wear and cause your label to de-face. On the other hand, if your product is going to be labeled for use in a freezer then you may want to consider using a freezer grade adhesive. If you were to use a simple permanent adhesive then the label would most likely fall off of your product. If you are labeling in a freezer and then the product is going to be put in a room temperature environment then you definitely are going to want to laminate it to prevent condensation from ruining your label. Removable adhesives are popular for putting a label on a product that you want the customer to be able to easily remove- didn't see that one coming huh!? If you are going to be machine applying labels and want the ability to peel a label off that goes on crooked and then put it back on straight then you may want to consider using a "re-positionable" adhesive.

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There are many face stocks and adhesives that can be mixed and matched based on the specific need your product has. When you are choosing a commercial printer you should try to find one that has a good working relationship with their stock supplier. This can mean all the difference if you have a special label application need. The printer can easily bring in their supplier to ensure your label is going to stick how you need it to.

Other things to take in to consideration can be simply overlooked and cause big problems later for your product's label identity. For example, if your label is going to be exposed to extreme heat at some point in it's lifetime then your printer is going to need to know. An example of this type of label could be something that is going on a furnace or hot water heater. There are many things to take into consideration when talking to your printer about your label. If you are lucky, then you will stumble upon a printer with employees that are already in the know about what questions to ask about application. Who knows, the printer you are looking for may be right under your nose!

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Topics: Lamination hot fill labels glass jar labeling bubbling labels label not sticking automatic label application Varnish Protecting Inks Ink Protection Choosing a commercial printer

Flexo 101: A Survival Guide for the Pressure Sensitive Label.

Have you been struggling with designing a label? Do you have questions about what the best material is to run your label on? Do you even know what materials are available? Not sure whether to use varnish or lamination? Have you never heard of a "rewind code?" You've come to the right place. Everyone has been there before- looking for a little bit more education on pressure sensitive labels. If you are already an expert then you might not want to read on any further because this weeks blog is all about the basics of putting together flexo labels! 

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At Label Tech we have dealt with all kinds of label purchasers. Some of these people are extremely educated when it comes to flexo labels- others not so much. There are a lot of new companies out there bringing a new product to market and they are researching what the best way to label their product may be. So what did we do you might ask? We took it upon ourselves to create a "Learning Center" on the Label Tech website so that you can talk the talk when it comes to flexo labels! Right in the upper right side of our website you will find the Learning Center. Here are some of the questions you may find answered!

  • What is the best finish for your label?
  • What is a "Rewind Code?"
  • What is Digital printing?
  • What is four color process?
  • What is full bleed?
  • What is the best size for your label?
  • What are my material choices?
  • What is the ordering process?
  • What is the proofing process?
  • What are these new things called QR Codes?

Note: We feel that having this information can help customers better understand the world of the pressure sensitive label! We hope you find our learning center helpful and if you don't see the answer to the specific question you have feel free to reach out to a specialist. Thanks for tuning in this week to Flexo 101.


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Topics: four color process 4CP labels label tech inc rewind code Label QR Codes Lamination Varnish Pressure Sensitive Labels Pressure Sensitive Labels Protecting Inks Choosing a commercial printer flexographic label printing

Label Printing Company Talks Green in a Wasteful Industry (Part 2).

Thanks for tuning in for Part 2 of this blog series! If you missed Part 1 click here! If you think it's easy going green, think again! Here we continue our discussion with Plant Manager (and blog fan favorite!) Peter Mullen on the transformation of a soon to be 60 thousand square foot pressure sensitive label printing facility. We hope you like what you read!

We invited in International Paper Products to have a conversation on how to turn waste into a product that would help the environment rather than just putting it into the ground. International paper Products has a program that takes material from companies such as ours and turns it into a Biomass fuel pellet that can power facilities that generate electricity for residents in the area. This made sense, but because the company was out of state and our “recycled material” would need to be trucked 260 miles to their facility for processing we needed to get creative to make it work.

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In as little as 6 months we worked out a deal with them and found a trucking company that could handle the on call service we would require so our compactor would never be shut down. We also purchased 2 extra cans for the compactor so they could be switched out in a short period of time. To save on trucking costs and to be more efficient we haul two cans at a time to International Paper Products. Once we came up with a plan and negotiated the cost we were able to not only turn 95% of our waste into a useful product but we also would realize a savings of about 20% in waste handling cost. By the way- the other 5% goes to Waste Management’s land fill and is used to produce methane gas that in turn heats the University of New Hampshire. The students can thank us later!

This coming spring we are looking forward to building a 20,000 square foot addition to our facility and are currently exploring the idea of geo thermal for the purpose of heating and cooling the new building. If all works as planned we will incorporate the geo thermal into the existing building to supplement the existing system.

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Topics: Green Printer Energy Efficient Printing Pressure Sensitive Green Printer Choosing a commercial printer commercial printing new label printer new commercial printer

Flexo 101: 7 Helpful Hints to Choosing a Commercial Printer.

Hi, welcome back to one of this weeks label blogs! If you have been printing labels for any substantial amount of time and still have not found a printer that understands your needs then KEEP LOOKING!! Maybe there are some things that you can do to ensure you find the right company to work with. Here are some tips on choosing the right commercial printer.

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1. Have you been Shopping Price Over Quality? The old saying "you get what you pay for" can certainly, at times, apply to printing. Every client wants to save money when they can and who can blame them? If a price is unbelievably low it can be assumed that the company either does very little work or in most cases very poor quality.

2. Why Should I Check References? Most commercial printing companies that have any kind of reputation for credibility will be eager to hand over references. Look for companies that give you references openly and willingly and then- CHECK THEM!

3. Don't Just Hire Anyone for the Job! Looking into the companies that you want to do your work is almost as important as creating the project you want to print! Giving the work to just anyone could create problems for you down the line. Costs that could have been avoided could become incurred. Make sure to ask your potential printer for samples of work they have done in the past to make sure they can produce quality work.

4. Guarantee My Work! A printing company with any kind of reputation to uphold will be willing to guarantee their work to some degree. If they make a mistake, they shouldn't be charging you for it. And, if there is a problem with the quality or they ran the wrong stock then again, you shouldn't be charged.

5. Rushing Every Delivery? Needing a rush job done from time to time is totally understandable, but asking your printing company to have insane turn around times on every order is a bit demanding and could cost you a fortune in the long haul. Make sure before you start placing orders there is a clear understanding of what your needs are and how they are going to be met.

6. How Much Capacity Can be Handled? If you are ordering large runs time and time again make sure that your printer has the capacity to meet your demands. A huge mistake can be going with a company that can't handle the demand. Ask your potential printing company what percentage of capacity they are operating at. If your company is growing make sure the company you go with can handle it!

7. Don't Create too much Competition Between Commercial Printers. A little competition never hurt anybody but too much of it can ruin a good relationship. Commercial printers rely on building a great relationship with their customers so they can lend a hand when it is needed. If a client is consistent with their commercial printer then they will be less likely to be frustrated or even worse turned away from when they require quick production at the last minute!

Stay tuned for more FLEXO 101!!

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Topics: Large Run Printing label printer help me find a printer Pressure Sensitive Labels Choosing a commercial printer commercial printing new label printer new commercial printer
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