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<ul><li><p>How to Choose the Right Self-Adhesive Labels </p><p>Self adhesive labels supplied by RL Solutions are manufactured from our factory in Essex </p><p>with great care and attention to detail. Understanding the lifecycle of our clients self adhesive </p><p>labelling requirements is paramount to manufacturing a product that will meet and surpass </p><p>the clients needs. </p><p>Self adhesive labels unfortunately are not manufactured as a one size fits all product. Many </p><p>aspects of the makeup of the label have to be considered. </p><p>Adhesive Have you ever looked at a label and wondered about the adhesive? Probably not, but just </p><p>have a think about the adhesive on a label a moment. That wonderful stickiness has to be </p><p>right for the purpose it is being used for, otherwise the self adhesive label could be useless. </p><p>Here are a couple of adhesive types along with their pros and cons:- </p><p>Peelable </p><p>As the name suggests this adhesive is designed to allow the self adhesive label to be peeled </p><p>off the item it is adhered to. Perfect for temporary labelling where the label must be removed </p><p>at a later point. Bad if you want the label to stay on the product. There are many variants of </p><p>peelable adhesive and understanding the full life cycle of the label and the items it is to </p><p>adhere to greatly influence the adhesive type. </p><p>Permanent </p><p>A permanent adhesive is designed to stick permanently to the item or product within a short </p><p>curing period. This type of adhesive is perfect for shipping and address labelling where the </p><p>label must not fall of during its expected life cycle. Bad if its an advertising window label. </p><p>Freezer Grade </p><p>Frosty conditions, wet, cold and moist environments can all wreak havoc on label adhesion. </p><p>Freezer grade adhesive is perfect for application to frozen products with heavy condensation </p><p>of moisture and frost. </p><p>Paper Grade The grade of paper is an important decision in the self adhesive label manufacturing </p><p>process. This can be influenced by many factors including the printing method, the lifetime </p><p>of the label, the label application method, the finish of the label and of course cost. These all </p><p>have an influence on what substrate the self adhesive label will be made of. Some of the </p><p>paper types and their considerations are as follows:- </p><p>Paper Labels </p><p>Paper labels are perfect for low cost labelling. Paper labels can be supplied with all types of </p><p>finish to the surface of the label including gloss and matt. These can be supplied with a </p><p>special coating for thermal printing using a direct thermal label printer. If the labels are to be </p><p>pre printed with clients logos or photos this can influence the paper type and print method. </p></li><li><p>Plain paper labels are the standard choice for dispatch / shipping labels as they are durable </p><p>enough for the task while being very cost effective. </p><p>Synthetic Labels </p><p>Synthetic label substrates can be used for many applications. Most synthetic material </p><p>application is for label durability. If you require a label to survive harsh environments or be </p><p>legible after exposure to certain cleaning regimes or chemicals then a synthetic label will be </p><p>used. Its ability to repel moisture and not easily degrade make the material perfect for this </p><p>type of self adhesive labelling. A good example of when to use a synthetic label would be a </p><p>chemical drum. This label must be able to survive submersion into sea water. In the event </p><p>that a chemical drum somehow fell from a boat and later discovered, the label must be </p><p>legible and not erode in order for the danger of the contained chemical to be known. A </p><p>paper label simply would not survive such a harsh environment for prolonged periods. </p><p>Printing &amp; Application Method The processes after the self adhesive labels are manufactured are also vitally important in </p><p>the manufacturing and specification process. How the labels are going to be used during </p><p>their life cycle is extremely relevant to the manufacturing process. Knowing if the labels are </p><p>going to be overprinted and if so by what hardware will determine how the labels are finished </p><p>- eg core size, outer roll diameter, inside or outside wound to suit the hardware they are to </p><p>be used with. If the labels are to be automatically applied it must be ensured that they are </p><p>manufactured to suit. If auto application is involved then the backing paper must not be </p><p>perforated at any point as this can cause tearing during the auto apply process. </p><p>Visit http://www.rlsltd.co.uk/Self_Adhesive_Labels.html </p></li></ul>