What Print Projects Are Best for Digital Printing

 Print Projects That Work Best for Digital Printing

Digital printing offers many benefits like sustainability, flexibility, and incredible clarity. It can even help save time and money while giving you excellent results, making it a great option when it comes to various printing needs! While this is an excellent print option, some print projects are better left to other printing processes. In today’s blog, the experts at Label Solutions Inc. are here to talk about what print projects work best with digital printing

Creative Projects

If you are looking to create prints of your design on a variety of substrates, digital printing can give you the flexibility and customization you need. Without all of the extra cost and material, you can easily make adjustments to different design elements before you decide on the final product. And the best part is you don’t have to limit your color palette or break the bank!

Projects on a Deadline

Since digital printing does not require the setup that some print jobs require, it makes a great option for projects on a deadline, or even projects that are needed right away. 

Variable Data or Direct Mail

If you need variable data like barcodes, names, addresses, and phone numbers, the absolute best way to go is digital printing. This method also allows you to make personalized messages and custom designs for different demographics without having to use extra materials. 

Low-Volume Jobs

Digital printing costs significantly less than offset printing, making it a great option for low-volume print jobs. This type of printing doesn’t require custom plates or an extensive setup process, allowing you to print as few or as many pieces as you need!

Digital Printing at Label Solutions Inc.

No matter the project you are looking to print, you can count on Label Solutions Inc. for a variety of digital printing capabilities. With our team, you will leave feeling happy with the results and timeliness of our services. To get started on your next print job, call us at (800) 299-9200 or request a quote online today!

What Are the Latest Trends in Digital Printing?

The Latest Trends in Digital Printing

The labels you use on your products represent your brand and create a first impression for consumers. Because of this, it’s important to keep up with design trends! In 2019, one of the biggest trends in label design is the shift to digital printing. In today’s blog, the experts at Label Solutions Inc. talk about the digital printing design trends that are making lasting impressions in 2019.

Sustainability

Sustainability is one of the biggest trends we are seeing this year in almost any market. Consumers and companies alike are looking for ways to be more environmentally conscious. Digital printing offers a sustainable alternative to other printing methods by using less ink and less wasteful materials. 

Minimalism

Gone are the days of bright and busy labels. In 2019, design and digital printing trends are leaning towards a more minimalistic approach. With plenty of white space, clean and elegant design, and text that is short and sweet, minimalism will give the audience the honesty and simplicity they crave in their products today. 

Custom Calligraphy

Custom calligraphy is a trend that is big this year in digital printing and design. It can add a customized, organic look that goes perfectly with a minimalistic approach while adding a flare that will stand out among other labels. 

Digital Printing at Label Solutions Inc.

If you are looking for ways to create a sustainable and trendy new label in 2019, digital printing can be the perfect solution. Digital printing at Label Solutions offers fully customizable, full-color, and high-quality imaging to help you achieve the look you want. We can help with an extensive array of digital printing services for almost any project. To get started, call us at (800) 299-9200 or request a quote online!

A Brief History of Label Printing

What Is Label Printing? A Brief History

Everything you buy as a consumer comes with a label. Whether it has instructions on how to use a product, nutrition information, or just a design to catch the consumer’s attention, each label has its own unique role in the product. With such a large number of products on the market today, there is a high demand for label printing services. So, how do label printing services work? In today’s blog, the experts at Label Solutions Inc. are here to explain the details about label printing, including a brief history!

What Is Label Printing?

Label printing is the process of printing custom labels through various methods. These methods include digital printing, flexographic printing, and wide-format printing, all of which yield different results in the look, feel, and purpose of the label. 

A Brief History of Label Printing

Some of the earliest adhesive labels date back to the 1800s. These were paper labels with an adhesive gum on the back that you had to lick to activate, and they were adorned with eye-catching designs. The first labels were used to label crates of fruit traveling across the states and provide information on drug containers. With the emergence of lithography, early label makers were able to commercialize this process by transferring an image made of oil-based ink onto treated paper over a flat surface.

In the 1930s, R. Stanton Avery invented the first self-adhesive label. During this time, manufacturers started including health benefits, ingredients, and slogans on labels to better market their products. 

The 1950s brought about the use of flexographic printing, a modern version of the letterpress where rotating reliefs are used to print fluid ink on flexible material like film or vinyl. Labels also shifted from being word-heavy to creative and eye-catching for consumers. 

Label Printing Today

Today, flexographic printing has continued to advance and thrive, and the 1990s brought about a new process of label printing—digital printing. Today, this process has evolved with the addition of inkjet technology, creating high-quality, full-color labels with a less labor-intensive process and less waste. 

Choose Label Solutions Inc.

Whether you are looking for high-quality imaging or a simple logo for your product, Label Solutions Inc. can help design and print the right label for you. To get started, call us at (800) 299-9200 or request a quote today!

What Makes a Poorly Constructed Label?

Label Solutions - Common Problems with*** Non-Compliant Label Providers

Whether it’s oil or gas, production facilities thrive on being safe and efficient. The equipment and products in these facilities need durable and compliant labels that withstand extreme conditions. When production sites use labels that are poorly constructed, you begin to see problems. Today, Label Solutions Inc. identifies some common problems with non-compliant label providers. 

Cheap Adhesives 

The first common issue is that label providers use cheap adhesives instead of high-quality ones. You can recognize a cheap adhesive when the following situations occur:

  • It quickly loses its hold on the application surface. 
  • It fails to stand up to different seasons and temperatures. 
  • It becomes so brittle that it begins to flake and chip. 
  • The label is damaged or falls off during delivery, especially outdoors. 

Poor Quality Label Substrates 

The label substrate is a resilient material that is coated with adhesive on one side and receives ink or other design elements on the other side. A common issue for substrates is peeling and bubbling due to condensation. Substrates can also fade, tear, curl or tarnish due to temperature, abrasion or moisture. If you see a yellowish, orange tint beginning to discolor the label’s edges, the substrate is tarnished and was poorly made. 

Unprotected Inks

At Label Solutions Inc., we utilize advanced, proprietary ink formulations that maximize protection for your label integrity. Other companies might use a UV protected formulation, except they commonly use water-based inks that are not appropriate for outdoor use. These inks will fade out. Within 3-5 years, moisture will affect the label, causing it to fade to the point where branding, instructions, and safety information is unreadable. This is why we work with each customer to select the most appropriate ink and substrates of their needs.   

Non-Compliant Labels

Lastly, non-compliant label providers don’t specialize in Compressed Gas Association (CGA) guidelines. These companies are usually slow to adapt to industry changes, and they don’t proactively inform their customers of any label changes prior to placing the order. Also, the provider doesn’t have in-house regulatory compliance staff. 

For example, the words “Non-Flammable Gas” must be printed on one line instead of two. These guidelines will change from time to time, but providers must still adhere to them. At Label Solutions, we’re dedicated to staying in compliance. We have a trained regulatory specialist on-site to assist you with any questions or concerns. 

Label Solutions Can Help

If you’ve encountered some of these issues in your production facility, it’s time to readjust your labeling strategy. Label Solutions Inc. offers full-service label printing that produces consistent quality and performance at a competitive price. For more information, call 1-800-299-9200 today or contact our team online. 

Label Solutions Explains More About Regulatory Compliance

Regulatory Compliance: The Governing Bodies Explained

You might know that DOT stands for the U.S. Department of Transportation, and you might even know that CGA stands for the Compressed Gas Association. But there are other regulatory compliant terms and governing agencies that you should know, and Label Solutions is here to help. In today’s blog, we explain more about the regulatory compliance governing bodies and how they might apply to your business.

What Is OSHA? 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a governmental agency that imposes standards to assure safe working conditions for men and women. OSHA hires inspectors who enforce the GHS guidelines and administer fines to businesses who fail to comply (by improperly labeling cylinders). 

Label Solutions wants to help you avoid OSHA (& DOT) fines relating to your cylinder labels. If you’d like more information, you can get in touch with our on-site regulatory specialist who will assist you with any questions or concerns.

What Is GHS?

GHS stands for the Global Harmonization System. It’s a United Nations standard that classifies and defines the hazards of chemical products, such as compressed gas. GHS has a system that communicates safety information on labels and the new Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

How Does GHS Apply to Me?

It’s essential for everyone in your facility to be trained on the new Globally Harmonization System and understand it. You’ve probably seen the words WARNING and DANGER in all caps on chemicals. These are called signal words, which GHS uses to indicate how severe the hazards are for products. WARNINGS mean that there is a lower hazard level, while DANGER demonstrates high risk.

Pictograms are symbols that convey specific information, and hazard statements describe the nature and degree of the hazard. It’s crucial for your workers to recognize these signal words, hazard statements and pictograms within GHS, so they can take the proper precautions to protect their health and safety.

What Does the NPGA Stand for?

The National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) is the national trade association that represents the United States propane industry. Label Solutions partners with FEI, RMI, and Meeder Equipment to deliver fully compliant propane labels and signage. 

What Does the NFPA Stand for?

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a U.S. trade association that creates private, copyrighted codes and standards for local governments to use. If you’re looking for fire extinguisher tags and labels, Label Solutions is your destination. We will work with you to supply fully compliant fire extinguisher labels.

What Does the NACD Stand for?

The National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) is an international group of chemical distributors and supply chain partners. Member companies formulate, transport, and market chemical products for many customers. One of our top priorities is helping you stay compliant with regulatory requirements in the chemical distribution industry.

In-House Services at Label Solutions

Label Solutions is committed to helping our clients stay in compliance with all of these governing bodies. To learn more about our in-house regulatory compliance advisory services, contact us today.