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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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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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