Pressure Sensitive Label FAQs
What are the parts of a label?
- Release Liner – the label is attached to a liner; the liner usually has a silicone coating to allow easy removal of the label.
- Adhesive – there are many different types of adhesives for just about any application – the most common label adhesives are permanent, removable and all temperature. There are also many others, understanding the environment and use of the label will help us identify the correct adhesive for your application.
- Face Sheet - this is the actual label itself. There are many types of face materials. Materials will be chosen based on the application and environment that the label will be used.
What label material can be ordered?
There are hundreds of label materials. Usually, labels are made from paper, vinyl, polyester, and polyethylene and other specialty materials. We can help you choose the material that will work best with the printer you will be using to print your job; dot matrix, thermal transfer, or laser printers.
What different adhesives can be ordered?
There are many types of adhesives that can be ordered. Your label requirements will dictate what adhesive you will need. The most common adhesives are permanent, removable or all temperature.
What is a Carrier?
- Carrier Width – the actual size of the liner – not the label- a 4x6 label would have a 4.125” carrier width.
- Carrier Length or Repeat - the length of the liner – a 4x6 label would have a 6.125 carrier length or repeat - Repeat is measured from the top of one label to the top of the next label.
What is corner radius?
Corner Radius is the measurement of the amount of curve a corner has. This is usually measured in decimal form or in millimeters. The higher the corner radius, the more curve. Most common corner radius is 3mm or 1/8”
What is a matrix?
The matrix is the material that is removed from between the labels, this makes the labels easier to remove from the liner.
What is wind direction?
Wind direction is the way the labels come off the roll. Which way the labels are printed and wound on the roll. For instance does the label read right to left or top to bottom coming off the roll.
What is a die?
It’s the same idea as a cookie-cutter. A die cuts the shape of the label out of the label stock. We have a large die library and will likely have the die shape you are looking for; however, we can create a custom die for your application.
What is the difference between die cut and butt cut?
Die-cut labels have round corners and spacing between each label on the roll. Butt-cut labels have square corners and no spacing between each label on the roll.
What is Flexographic Printing?
It is high-resolution printing using polymer plates which image your label artwork directly on to the label material. Flexographic label printing is fast, economical and widely used in the label industry.
How do I know my quality will be good?
We guarantee your 100% satisfaction with our labels. This guarantee covers the quality of the production and materials.
How long will my custom label quote take?
We will answer most custom label quotes within the hour, unless additional information is needed from other vendors, such as tooling costs, or special material costs. All quotes will be answered within 24 hours.
How long will my order take?
Typical lead times are between 7 to 10 business days depending on whether new tooling is needed.