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Pressure Sensitive Label Liners- Save Some Face (Stock)!!

This weeks blog is brought to you by Mike Szymanski. Mike has a wealth of knowlege in label printing and often times can point out simple solutions to complex problems.

It is very important how to remove a label from its liner. The proper way to remove a label from its liner is to peel the liner away from the label, not the label from the liner. Pulling the label from the liner can result in a weakening of the adhesive, a breakdown of the fiber in the face material, causing a permanent curl in the label.

Proper removal of the label from the liner and application to the substrate are important in obtaining proper adhesion. Curl put into the label during removal from the liner will contribute to the edges of the label lifting later. This problem is eliminated with automatically applied labels by peeling the liner from the label and dispensing a flat label onto the substrate. The same principle of removing the liner from the label versus the label from the liner should be used with hand-applied labels. 

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While pressure sensitive materials need no special activating agents to make them work, they do need pressure to properly bond. Labels should be applied to the substrate and then thoroughly rubbed down on the substrate. Pay particular attention to make sure the edges of the label are down.

Proper label removal from the liner and correct application to the substrate will eliminate many potential problems and greatly improve label performance. Use both approaches every time for improved label performance.

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Topics: label application machine application Label Liners

Flexo 101: Please Be Kind and Give Me the Rewind (Code)?

Are you new to the world of machine application? Do you wonder what your co-packer means when he talks about rewind codes? Wondering what the core size should be or even the maximum outside diameter is for your roll? If you have any of these questions look no further! You are in the right place! 

Many growing companies who have a product that requires a label will sometimes find that switching over to machine application of labels can save them time and money in the long run. There are essentially two ways that business owners can proceed with machine application if they are tired of putting labels on by hand or just no longer have the time to do it. One- they can hire a copacker, or two- they can buy a machine and do it themselves. By the way, if you are looking for a recommended co-packer or labeling machine we can help you make a good choice

Copackers already have the labeling equipment in place so if you are a small business you might not want to shell out 30K on a new labeling machine and let a good copacker help you grow. On the other hand, if your company is growing like unwanted garden weeds you may want to consider investing in your own pressure sensitive labeling equipment. 

When you put a roll of labels in to an applicating machine there are certain things to take in to consideration. The most important things are how the label is placed on the product, which direction the text and art should be facing, and how the consumer is going to see what the label says or displays. If your copacker is asking you what the rewind code is then he is referring to the direction that the label comes off of the roll it is on. Here is a helpful chart for figuring out rewind codes!

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There are usually two more questions that a copacker or even a label manufacturer may discuss with you. Core size refers to the size of the core that your machine or your copackers machine is set up for. The majority of machine application labels will be on a 3 inch core but sometimes another size will be requested such as 1 inch. Lastly, you may be asked what the "Max-OD" of your roll can be. Simply put this is referring to the maximum outside diameter that your machine can hold such as 8 or 16 inches. 

Thanks for tuning in this week to Label Tech Inc's Flexo 101. We look forward to bringing you more helpful information soon!

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Topics: rewind code automatic label application label application machine application Label Applicator core size max od copacker

Color Match Issues for Food Labels Conquered by Label Tech Inc Again!

Virginia Chutney is a family owned company based in Rappahannock county, VA. The company has been making specialty chutney's ranging in flavors from Balsamic Fig to Spicy Plum, Rhubarb and many others since Clare and Neville Turner founded the company and settled in VA. 

As a manufacturer of specialty chutneys the company grew and eventually needed a line for filling jars. Once the line was set up to run it was time to order food labels. Filling jars that are hot fill can be tricky when it is time for labeling. When the product is filled in the jar, often times the jar remains hot for some time. Placing a label on a hot jar may sound simple, but if your flexographic label printer isn't adhesive savy, it can make for messy labels. Their label problems didn't end with poor adhesive selection. 

Virginia Chutney was also experiencing issues with consistent label color. If your label printer is sending you inconsistent labels with every shipment, chances are either one of two things is going on: one, he's not printing the labels for you and he's subbing out the work to other printers each time for to find the best margins to make money off of you. If you are buying from a print distributor instead of going direct to a label manufacturer you are most likely paying 15-30% more than you should be for your labels. Or two- he doesn't know what he's doing. If you combine the issues that Virginia Chutney was having with their labels, chances are that's enough for you to look at a new vendor. 

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Label Tech Inc is also a family owned and operated business and they were ready to make a difference for Virginia Chutney. 

Solving color issues is something we are very familiar with. Virginia Chutney has many different products that are all run with the same size label. This allowed Label Tech Inc to switch them over to a digital press for superior four color process label printing and unmatched color consistency. Our HP Indigo Digital press sits in a climate controlled room and our press operators mark down all the color readings on the job ticket. This allowed our press operators to match color exactly on all future repeat orders for Virginia Chutney. 

Freezer grade adhesive allowed us to run hot fill labels for them with no bubbling or peeling of the label after it was applied to the hot jar. Simple solutions are easy once you've been down that road before. Here is what Clare Turner had to say about Label Tech Inc's most recent order for Virginia Chutney: 

Just wanted to thank you for doing such a wonderful job with the Cranfiggy labels - we asked for a rushed job on a small amount of labels and then sent you the wrong UPC and yet you still managed to get them to us well ahead of time.

Our experience with printers has always been complicated but working with Label Tech Inc is a joy and we will recommend you at every opportunity we get.  We will be at the Fancy Food Show (Booth 3026) next week and if you plan to attend please try and visit us.

Thanks very much

Clare

Clare Turner
The Virginia Chutney Company

Label Tech Inc has over 25 years of experience in the label manufacturing business. We have been ISO Certified since 1998 and have a quality control procedure in place for every thing that we do. Please allow us to fix your label problems or take a look at us as a new vendor. 

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Topics: four color process 4CP labels label tech inc digital printing hot fill labels glass jar labeling bubbling labels label not sticking label application multiple sku printing Color match issues for labels color consistency color inconsistency labels in line labeling chutney labels labels peeling Pressure Sensitive Labels food labels flexographic label printing food label printer
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