A Guide To The Different Adhesive Label Types
Did you know that there is more than one type of adhesive label? Depending on the intended application of your labels, there is a type of adhesive that will ensure it remains stuck to the surface. In this article, we have outlined the many different types that you can choose from, including how they work and what they are commonly used for, to help you come to a final decision. Your printer should be equipped to provide you with all these types.
Types of Label
The paper used for these adhesive labels has been covered with a thermal coating that turns black when it has been subjected to a heat source. This type is commonly used for information cataloguing on a short-term basis where contamination is at a minimum. They are also used for point-of-sale cataloguing in store, weigh scales, logistics, address tagging and box end descriptions (to name a few).
â¢Thermal Top Coated
The paper used for these labels has been given a protective coating to defend the thermal sensitive coating image area from contamination due to fats, grease, solvents and plasticisers (usually from packaging films that they may come into contact with during storage or transportation). This type is commonly used in freezer environments for pre-packaged foods (such as meat and cheese) in supermarkets.
The paper used for these labels involves a wood-free glossy coating of whiteness. This is a universal paper that is commonly used in thermal transfer and multi-colour printing (where fine details are required).
The paper used for these labels is both smooth and white. It is machine finished and wood-free. This type is commonly used for general-purpose applications (such as barcoding and general information cataloguing).
The paper used for these labels features a clear or white gloss coated film that is used for rigid and durable applications. It incorporates waterproof materials that enable them to be used for cosmetics, toiletries and other promotional applications. A special thermal transfer ribbon is required to print onto this material, but any reputable printer should have quite easy access to this ribbon.
Types of Adhesive
This is the most common glue used in adhesive labels and, as its name suggests, is permanent (meaning that, when it is applied with pressure, it cannot be removed). This type is commonly used where information is important and should not be removed. The glue has a shelf life of around 12 months (subject to normal conditions). These conditions will be cool and dry for most applications.
This is a less common adhesive and, as its name suggests, can be easily peeled from the surface it has been applied to. This type is commonly used in promotional price marketing, as labels with price information often need to be removed without leaving a mark. When the glue has been left to sit, however, you will find that it cures (which makes it much more difficult to peel away without marks).
This adhesive is best suited to environments with cold temperatures, although it also provides tack at room temperatures. The type is commonly used for food applications in freezer environments.
We hope that this article has provided you with a clear and concise overview of the many different adhesive labels that you could invest in. We also feel it is important to note that any of the papers listed can be combined with any of the adhesives listed in order to create the perfect label for your application. If you are still unsure how to proceed, make sure you speak with your printer â they will be able to offer you plenty of advice.
Andrew Mark has been working as a freelance writer for Mpressive Label Creations. We offer our services to a variety of industries (including clothing, footwear, textiles and food) in the form of either digital or offset printing.