What Are Harsh Environment Labels and When Should You Use Them?

If there’s a label on a product, more than likely it’s there for a reason. It can alert of dangers like ingestion, inhalation and issues associated when mixing with other substances. It can direct us on how and when to use properly and what happens if used incorrectly. 

Harsh weather conditions like rain, snow and prolonged exposure to the sun can make product or equipment labels fade, peel and crack. When it comes time to use your item, you may be unable to read the ingredients or instructions. This can lead to dangerous exposure or misuse. In today’s blog post from Label Solutions, we will explore the reasons why harsh environment labels are needed and how they are applied. 

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Temperatures

If you work in extreme temperatures, subzero to below 30 degrees, labels can take a beating. If the right adhesive isn’t applied, the label won’t adhere to the product. If the correct label and adhesive isn’t used, the label can break down faster. In either case, the likelihood of the label not keeping its integrity is reduced. When this happens, the chance of choosing the wrong product for the wrong application can be dangerous, even deadly. The same can be said for equipment warnings and mishandling. 

Label Solutions has been working with industry professionals for years  to understand the issues equipment and products go through under extreme or harsh conditions and alleviate the chance of misuse. We have developed labels proven to withstand even the harshest of conditions. 

The Right Adhesive 

One defense against labels falling or peeling off is using the correct adhesive. This is true when using abrasive chemical compounds, but also when using in harsh environments where moisture can be the number one culprit to label breakdown. 

Warning labels in medical or industrial industries may need a stronger adhesive than a food label. Label Solutions offers two different kinds of labels for some harsh environments with strong adhesives. We refer to them as white BOPP and clear BOPP. 

White BOPP is a white polypropylene film that has been proven not only to resist moisture, but also endure extreme conditions. Adhesives can stick to many different surfaces.  

Clear BOPP goes on and stays clear. Like white BOPP labels, they adhere well to many different services and carry a strong resistance to moisture and extreme conditions. Clear BOPP labels show the surface behind it.

Which you choose depends upon the overall look you need. If you’re unsure, contact the label specialists at Label Solutions. 

Choosing a Label for Your Needs 

Once you’ve identified what kind of label you need for your harsh environment, the next step is choosing how you want them to be printed.  

Label Solutions offers three types of labels. They come in rolls or single sheets and can be made with either the white or clear BOPP.

Our labels not only reduce human error when applying, but because of their proven endurance in harsh or extreme environments, they will last longer than traditional labels. 

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Harsh Environment Labels by Label Solutions

The experts at Label Solutions can help you pick out the right type of label 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 Fast Can We Print Labels? Label Solutions Answers

Digital printing services can reduce your time to market with fast, quality printing. Label Solutions can get your labels to you fast. How fast? We explain in today’s blog.

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Mark Andy Digital Series

The Mark Andy Digital Series is part of a line of fantastic label printers. At 240 feet per minute, this printer does well for long runs with digital printing. A production run with the Mark Andy digital printer creates three labels per foot and 3,000 labels can be completed in just over four minutes.

Mark Andy Evolution Series

We recently purchased a brand-new flexographic printer in the Mark Andy Evolution Series. It can print up to 750 feet per minute (three times as fast as the other Mark Andy printer) for food packaging labels, cosmetics labels, and so much more. The reason for the speed comes from the format of the labels. 

Flexographic printers use sturdy, flexible materials that easily wind into rolls. The rolls and the sturdy label material allow for very fast printing. That same run of 3,000 labels gets done in 1.5 minutes instead of four minutes, if flexographic labels are required for your products.

You Need Labels Fast

Label Solutions understands you need labels fast. We can accommodate you and your exacting requirements with digital printing services. Our team of graphic designers works with you to create a highly visual label that touts your brand and your products.

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Digital Printing Services by Label Solutions

Our digital printing services improve your time to market, so you can get your products in the hands of customers faster. Contact Label Solutions online or call toll-free 1-800-299-9200 for more information. We’ll determine the best course of action for your product label runs, work with your team, and create some world-class labels!

Label Life is Limited. Label Solutions Explains

You need the right kinds of adhesive labels for your products. You also have to balance efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and longevity. Today’s blog from Label Solutions discusses why and how label life is limited.

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Type of Adhesive

Label adhesives typically have a lifespan of 10 to 12 months. It also depends on the shelf life of whatever product the label goes on. Compressed gas cylinders might need a stronger adhesive compared to nutraceuticals, cannabis products, and food. Industrial labels for chemicals also need to last a long time when it comes to warning labels. The experienced team at Label Solutions can help you choose the right adhesive for your products.

Where You Store Products

Do you store your products at room temperature? In the refrigerator or freezer? How about outside where it’s warm? A cool, dry environment is optimal for longer label life. Hot temperatures, high humidity, and cold temperatures reduce label life. Exposure to chemicals and ionic compounds, such as salt or ammonia, can reduce label life, too. Label Solutions will tell you how to store your products to optimize label life.

Label Construction

Your label must last as long as the product it is applied to, so proper label construction is important. The details of label construction will depend on the kind of product you are labeling. 

Perishable food items may only need labels that last one month. Industrial labels or outdoor-exposure labels may need to last up to five years. Health and beauty products need labels to last a year or two. You’ll need to consult with regulatory compliance if you have certain products that need warnings or ingredients to be seen clearly.

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Adhesive Labels by Label Solutions

The experts at Label Solutions can help you pick out the right type of label for your products. Contact Label Solutions online or call toll-free 1-800-299-9200 to partner with us for your next production run.

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.