is any kind of tag attached with adhesive to something
so as to identify the object or its contents. Labels come in many forms
and can be
differentiated by the type of base material, called stock, that
they are printed on, and by the adhesive type that they use. The most
common type is made with a paper stock and a colloquial term for it is a
All About Labels
Labels have many uses, from product identification to
name tags. A special type of labels, digital labels (printed through a
digital process) can also have special applications such as; RFID tags,
security inks, and sandwich process labels.
Litho - one of the most common base stocks
Latex - a litho stock with some added latex allows the label to be much
more flexible and form around certain curved objects more easily than
Various plastics such as acetate,
vinyl, and PET film allow a variety of features, such as greater strength,
flexibility, transparency, resistance to tearing, etc.
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Ben Franklin Press & Labels
480 Technology Way,
Napa, CA 94558,
21 Executive Way, Napa, CA 707 603-2500
Doran's Printing & Typesetting
385 La Fata, St Helena, Ca. 94574 707
Herdell Printing Inc.
340 Mc Cormick, St Helena, Ca. 94574 707
J K Graphics
1807 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 707 577-0806
Le Blanc Design & Illustration
17 Rosedale Rd., Calistoga, Ca. 94515 707
Pyramid Label Co
918 Enterprise Way # K, Napa, CA 707 256-1800
Schieck Printing Inc
3117 Redwood Rd, Napa, CA 94558 707 252-1212
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require special equipment and printing methods (ultra-violet curing is
common) as they do not normally print well with conventional ink. A
bumper sticker is usually a vinyl label with a very strong, durable
adhesive and Lightfast Inks.
has the shiny properties of a metal foil.
Thermal - direct thermal label stock will change color (usually
black) when heated. A heating element in the shape of letters or
images can be used to create an image on the label. Custom labels can
be easily be made on location in this way. A disadvantage is
durability, because another heat source can ruin or obscure the image,
or it may fade completely over time
The stock type will affect the types of ink that will print well on
Corona treating or "zapping" makes a substrate more receptive to inks.
Permanent - Typically not designed to be removed without
tearing the stock or using solvents. The adhesion strength and speed
can also be varied. For example, full adhesion can be nearly instant,
or the label can be almost removable for a short period with full
adhesion developing in minutes or hours. This is considered the most
popular and cheapest option by many self-adhesive paper manufacturers.
Permanent labels may also be referred to as "pressure-sensitive", as a
slight amount of pressure will cause a label to immediately bond to
almost any surface.
Removable - Adhesion is fairly strong and will not fall off in
normal circumstances, but the label can be removed relatively easily
without tearing the base stock or leaving adhesive behind on the old
surface. The adhesive is usually strong enough to be applied again
Semi-permanent - aka repositionable - Adhesion strengthens
fully after application (approx 48-72 hours), allowing the label to be
removed easily if placed incorrectly and still be a permanent label.
Freezer permanent- special type of removable adhesive that
remains fully permanent under certain temperatures. This is useful for
labeling objects that are to be stored in a freezer for any length of
Tamper evident- special types of label-stocks that comes in
different guises; example 1 is a weak material, that breaks into tiny
pieces (Frangible) or example 2 could be a material that uses a
two-stage adhesive that will reveal any attempt of removal or
Ink and base stock color choices commonly conform to the Pantone
Matching System (PMS) colors. The Pantone system is very dominant in
the label printing industry. Additionally specialty inks such as
metallic, UV ink, magnetic ink, and more are available. Ink is usually
transparent however it can be made opaque. It has been known for
certain companies to patent "their own" color. Digital labels
use process colors to replicate Pantone solid colors.
are made from combining two layers of adhesive substrate. The bottom
layer forms the backing for the top. The label can be applied to any
object as normal, the top layer can be a removable label that can be
applied elsewhere, which may change the message or marking on the
remaining label underneath. Often used on Express mail envelopes.
Asset Labels / Tags are used for marking fixed and non-fixed
assets. They are usually tamper-evident, permanent or frangible and
usually contain a barcode for electronic identification using readers.
Blockout labels are not see-through at all, concealing what
lies underneath with a strong gray adhesive.
Holographic stickers are used for authentication and protection
against counterfeit. They can be used on ID cards, credit cards,
products such as CD/DVD's, etc.
Radioactive labels The use of radioactive isotopes of chemical
elements, such as carbon-14, to allow the in vivo tracking of chemical
Laser Labels are generally die cut on 8.5" x 11" sheets, and
come in many different shapes, sizes, and materials. Laser label
material is a nonporous stock made to withstand the intense heat of
laser printers and copiers.
Inkjet Labels are generally die cut on 8.5" x 11" sheets, and
come in many different shapes, sizes, and materials. Inkjet label
material is a porous stock made to accept ink and dye from your inkjet
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