How Humidity and Moisture Affect Adhesive Labels

Adhesive labels must achieve two missions. They must convey the right messaging, and they must remain durable on the substrate for as long as possible without degrading. In today’s blog from Label Solutions, we explain how humidity and moisture affect adhesive label performance.

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Affixing Labels

Some adhesive labels are hard to affix to surfaces in high heat and humidity. If possible, you should attach labels in a carefully controlled environment before the items leave your facility. Improperly affixed labels can fall off. On certain products, retailers can’t sell them without a label. You lose money because the retailer has to either return the product or throw it away.

Adhesive Label Storage 

It is important to always store adhesive labels in a climate-controlled environment. Maintain relative humidity as close to 50% as possible. Room temperature should be around 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 Celsius). Although you might need to affix labels to products or containers that are cold, storing labels in the proper conditions lets them last longer. 

Problems Due to Humidity

Adhesive labels face several issues due to high humidity. Edges may lift or curl. Lifting and curling could make the label fall off eventually. Added moisture can cause labels to fade quickly, rendering them useless. Soft pressure adhesives may fail altogether, while ink may smudge or smear in high humidity.

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Problems Due to Heat

Humidity and heat go hand in hand. Because adhesive labels absorb moisture more readily than the substrate, high and low temperatures affect the labels first before the substrate. Quick changes in temperature could lead to curling and peeling. Low temperatures could turn moisture into ice crystals, which then quickly cover the label in moisture when the temperature rises quickly. Sudden temperature changes degrade the labels faster than gradual changes.

Solutions

A viable solution to mitigate humidity and temperature problems is to go with adhesive labels that aren’t made of paper. Polypropylene and vinyl are two common materials that resist moisture and temperature swings. Another way to combat degradation via environmental conditions comes from acclimating the labels to their surroundings. Before affixing labels, store them at the same temperature as the substrate for several hours.

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Label Solutions and Adhesive Labels

Label Solutions can help you mitigate or eliminate problems of moisture and temperature for your adhesive labels. Our team can design labels with sharp graphics, outstanding adhesives, and high-tech products that stick to many types of substrates. Contact Label Solutions today or call toll-free 1-800-299-9200 for more details.

Label Solutions: Your Source for Industrial Labels

Industrial labels work well in a myriad of extreme settings. Think of quick-release adhesives, low-temperature performance, bar codes, tags-on-a-roll, and Applikits where you need multiple labels on the same equipment. Today’s blog from Label Solutions examines the selection of industrial labels we can help design for you.

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Clean-Peel Labels

Our proprietary Clean-Peel industrial labels come off without leaving a residue behind. These labels work perfectly in the industrial gas and medical gas industries. Clean-Peel comes in handy for lot codes and keeps cylinders looking sharp due to the thin construction. This industrial labeling solution comes in handy when you fill a gas container with a different kind of gas after it’s empty.

All-Temperature Labels

All-temperature industrial labels securely hold up at room temperature and when exposed to cold. Label Solutions’ all-temperature products are fantastic for refrigerated foods such as meats and dairy. They’re also great for beverages, bakery items, and prepared foods.

BOPP

BOPP stands for biaxially oriented polypropylene. These labels are thin, have excellent moisture resistance, and come in white or clear. White BOPP is glossy and makes colored print pop. Clear BOPP produces the illusion that there isn’t a label, which is perfect for when you want the color and texture of your products to stand out.

Variable Data and Barcode

Label Solutions can produce a wide range of variable data and barcode labels. We can print barcode labels for sequential, inventory tracking, or lot tracking. We can also change what the label says without changing the design to save on your costs. All you do is provide the variable information to use in a CSV format, and our designers do the rest. Our team can take tiff or jpg images and print them in vibrant colors on industrial labels.

Tags-on-a-Roll

Sometimes, you need convenient and quick tagging on industrial labels. Our team can print massive amounts of tags-on-a-roll that work for indoor or outdoor applications. We have two sizes of tags for medical post valves and industrial cylinder caps. We can print them in any color, and we have perforations available.

Applikits

We can design complete Applikits that come in a single sheet. Multiple die-cut labels on a single sheet are ideal for multiple labels on the same machinery or package. Think warning labels, branding, instructions, and phone numbers to call in case of a breakdown.

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Label Solutions & Industrial Labels

Label Solutions prints custom industrial labels for whatever application you need. We collaborate with your team to produce the perfect label made to your exact specifications. Contact Label Solutions or call 1-800-299-9200 to request a free quote for industrial labels.

Label Solutions Explains What Makes a Great Label

Whether it provides nutrition facts or reveals crucial health and safety information, each product label serves a distinct purpose. A good label strikes a balance between eye-catching design and practical information, ensuring that consumers engage with the product. Read today’s blog from Label Solutions Inc to learn more about what makes a great label. 

Appearance

Great labels are visually appealing, unique, and readable. They truly stand out from the rest, so the product jumps off the shelf.   

Uniqueness

A great custom label has an eye-catching design that is clean and engaging. You can choose a simple design or a detailed design, so long as it’s unique and attractive. At Label Solutions Inc, our graphic design team can create any label you need to promote your brand in a distinctive way. Reach out to our department if you have any questions!  

Readability 

Is the label too cluttered? Do the colors clash and make it difficult to read? It’s crucial for the label to be readable with just a moment’s glance. This includes everything from font choice to logo design, from regulatory compliant warnings to nutrition facts on a food product. A cluttered, illegible label could be a major turnoff for a customer who seeks assurance about buying a particular brand. Clear labels not only inform consumers about the product, but they also persuade customers to engage with the product and make the purchase.

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Performance

A label should look good, but it also needs to perform well. Performance refers to the label’s durability and the strength of the adhesive.

Durability

How long with the label last before it starts to peel off the bottle or package? Prolonged outdoor exposure can cause labels to crack, fade, and lose strength. At Label Solutions Inc, our labels are guaranteed to last, and we’re proud to offer in-house durability testing. Our QUV Accelerated Tester simulates the damaging forces of weather and sun exposure, so you can be sure of the quality and performance of your label.

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Exposure to Elements 

Whether it's during storage or application, exposure to various temperatures can significantly impact a label's performance. Label Solutions provides labels that will handle all types of temperatures. In particular, our industrial labels feature a high-pressure sensitive adhesive that’s secure in both room temperature and colder temperatures.

Label Solutions Inc: Capable, Committed, and Trusted

Labels Solutions Inc offers an array of high-tech printing options for your label. Whether you need a banner, a window graphic, or something unique, our digital printing capabilities are extensive. When you order from us, we’re confident that you’ll be pleased with our timely, exceptional results. Request a quote online or call 1(800) 299-9200 today.