Adhesive Labels Saving Lives With Efficient Time to Market & COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic changed everything about our modern society, from how we interact with each other to product purchasing patterns. Label printers also had to adapt, as time to market, efficient production, digital designs, and working remotely with customers all became necessary. 

Most importantly, adhesive labels can save lives during the coronavirus pandemic. Label Solutions explains how. 

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Safety Labels

Adhesive labels go beyond the ones you see on products. What about signage throughout an office, store, or industrial facility? Custom labels for floor signage or signs affixed to shelves and doors can instruct customers and employees what’s going on or what to do. For example, you see safety labels at your workplace all of the time. 

What happens when you notice new safety labels posted around the office? You stop and look at them. New signage may say to maintain social distancing, wear a face covering, or take note of where the hand sanitizer is located. All of these things can save lives by stopping the spread of the infectious coronavirus.

Vinyl represents an excellent choice when you need long-lasting, durable labels. 

Compliant Product Labels

Product labels must comply with federal regulations, especially when it comes to ingredients, warnings, and the purpose of your product. Hand sanitizer, nutraceuticals for immune support, oxygen canisters, and disinfectants must all have the right verbiage so they’re used properly for best results. 

When your customers use your products the right way, based on the label’s detailed instructions, it can save lives. For example, instructions for using an oxygen tank are clearly marked for someone needing a boost for their lungs while undergoing treatment for COVID-19. Disinfectants must be used properly to kill germs on surfaces, which doesn’t happen without clear instructions on a product label.

Simple Stickers

Schools have had to change their learning models for the 2020-21 academic year. Simple stickers in a classroom tell students how to wash their hands, use hand sanitizer, and wear masks. Stickers come in a variety of colors, fun images, and cool verbiage. Label printing companies like Label Solutions can create vibrant stickers for your school to teach students how to take care of themselves and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Digital Printing & Time to Market

The main key to efficient time to market in response to COVID-19 adhesive labels is digital printing services. Label Solutions has a graphic design team that can send you designs through a secure, online system. Then our quick printer can take digital designs and run up to 80 labels a minute. We’ll improve your time to market with our printing process.

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Lifesaving Adhesive Labels by Label Solutions

Does your company need adhesive labels in response to COVID-19? Contact Label Solutions online or call toll-free 1-800-299-9200 to partner with us for your next production run.

What Can Winter Weather Do to Adhesive Labels?

Your products need labels that stay on and stay clear no matter what. Have you thought about what happens to labels in winter weather? Sure, they ship in a semi-trailer. But your products (or the labels) might endure frigid temperatures for several hours. What about large products, such as gas cylinders, that might also be exposed to the elements through shipping, handling, or outdoor storage? 

Today’s blog from Label Solutions talks about how winter weather affects adhesive labels.

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Problems Caused by Cold

Winter means cold temperatures. Frigid temps mean ordinary labels may not work properly. Have you ever tried to apply thermal labels in a cold environment? That’s doomed to fail. The adhesive labels don’t stick properly. The ink will likely smear. You’ll have to re-apply labels all over again, causing delays, increased labor costs, and more label printing.

Humidity

Humidity is lower in the winter. So labels lose moisture, and liners start to shrink or curl. The backing might have problems because the substrate is made of a slightly different material than the actual adhesive labels. You’ll need to make the humidity as close to room temperature conditions as possible before applying adhesive labels to your products if you don’t require special conditions for the items.

Temperatures During Storage

One unique problem you might not think about is where and how the products and/or adhesive labels are stored. Sudden temperature shifts aren’t kind to product labels. 

Review the following examples of temperature issues for labels during storage.

You store your products in frozen temperatures to maintain efficacy and preserve your valuable items. However, the labels have been stored at room temperature for a few days. The sudden change in temperature might not work well.

The opposite is also true. Your products are at room temperature, but the labels just came off of a logistics truck or were stored near a shipping dock where temperatures stayed cold. 

Adhesives become firm and brittle when they’re in unreliable temperatures. Quick shifts from cold to warm or warm to cold may cause difficulties during the application process. Firm and brittle labels lower the tack quality.

How to Solve Problems of Winter Weather Adhesive Label Applications

Test the application process first. We cannot stress this enough. 90% of problems with label applications come from insufficient QA and testing before running the entire product line through your label applicator. 

Choose the right adhesive labels for the right products. Your chosen label printer should know what kinds of adhesives, label material, and ink work well with the temperature, substrate, and humidity levels your products will endure over time.

Mitigate sudden temperature changes, if necessary. Sometimes your products must be kept cold or warm for a reason. But the labels are stored at room temperature. This is where the right label material is essential when you have no choice but to apply labels with starkly different temperatures. Otherwise, keep your products and the labels at the same temperature and humidity for a few days for best results. 

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Adhesive Labels by Label Solutions

Do you need quality adhesive labels for your products? Contact Label Solutions online or call toll-free 1-800-299-9200 to partner with us for your next production run.

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.