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There are few types of label and ribbon combinations for your usage depending on the product, surface, duration and environment. If you are unsure, here is the basic guide to help you decide what type, material or any other features on your label.
The main difference between a tag and a label is the tag's lack of any adhesive.
Labels/tags can be supplied:
separately/on a roll/on a sheet
Many labels are pre-printed by the manufacturer. Other have printing applied manually or automatically at the time of application.
Some labels have protective overcoats, laminates, or tape to cover them after the final print is applied. This is sometimes before application and sometimes after.
Labels are often difficult to peel and apply. Most companies use a Label dispenser to speed up this task.
Specialized high speed application equipment is available for certain uses.
they can be roughly divided to 3 types labels with different cost and application
most commonly used label material because of the cost and availability. Paper based media are used widely from retail to shipping but mostly indoor application. When compared to other materials, paper are not suitable for rugged and high moisture environment
plastic material which is more durable than paper and can be used for rugged environment due to it’s water resistance nature. It would not tear thus making it very suitable to be asset labels. It is used indoor mostly and cost would be slightly higher compared to paper media
material for extreme environments because it is the toughest material but comes with highest cost. It is normally used for outdoor or environment with extreme temperature, chemical and harsh conditions. Mostly used for vehicle label or chemical manufacturing environment
Pressure sensitive label adhesives are commonly made from water based acrylic adhesives, with a smaller volume made using solvent based adhesives and hot melt adhesives. The most common adhesive types are:
Typically not designed to be removed without tearing the stock, damaging the surface, or using solvents. The adhesion strength and speed can also be varied. Full adhesion can be nearly instant, or developing in minutes or hours.
Adhesion is fairly strong and will not fall off in normal circumstances, but the label can be removed relatively easily without tearing the base stock or leaving adhesive behind on the old surface. The adhesive is usually strong enough to be applied again elsewhere.
Designed principally for use on book covers and glass, when removed these adhesives labels do not leave any residue whatsoever. Adhesion is weak and only suitable for light duty applications. Normally these labels have very little adhesion to anything once they've been removed.
Most permanent and peelable adhesives have a service temperature limit of -10 degrees Celsius, whereas freezer adhesives have a service temperature -40 degrees Celsius and are suitable for deep freeze use.
A type of permanent adhesive that exhibits a high initial grab to the application surfaces, and is commonly used at higher coat weights to enable labels to adhere strongly to difficult, rough or dirty surfaces.
This is not actually an adhesive at all. PVA has a static charge to enable its adhesion to flat, smooth surfaces such as glass. It is commonly used for window advertising, window decorations, oil change labels, etc.