Machine Applied, Hand Applied, or Customer Imprinted?
Determine whether the label is being machine applied, hand applied, or customer imprinted
Machine Applied or Imprinted
- Determine the width and length of the label on the roll
- Are labels rewound outside or inside?
- What is the core size? (3″ is our standard)
- What is the maximum diameter size of a roll?
- Are missing labels permitted?
Thermal Transfer: Continuous roll or fan-fold
- Most commonly used variable data printing process that makes use of elements which are heated and cooled selectively. This is used for variable information printing of batch codes, date codes, sequential numbering text, diagrams and bar codes.
- Available in Black or Colors
- Shelf life typically over 1 year
- Can be used for High Density barcodes (i.e. when space is limited)
- Labels with special thermal transfer printing can be subjected to:
Direct Thermal: No ribbon with heat sensitive material
- The main process used for adding additional information, such as product description and bar codes to food product labels
- Available in black
- Popular for food industry (items are stored away from heat and sunlight with shelf life of less than one year)
Laser: Toner, sheeted, or continuous fan-fold
- A printing process that uses toner powder, high temperatures and a photo conducive drum to create an image fused onto the facestock.
Ink Jet: Liquid ink, typically sheeted
- There are two main types of ink jet printing devices: Continuous and drop-on-demand. Ink jet printing can be applied to virtually any surface. It offers a number of benefits for black and white, spot color, or full color digital printing. In order to ensure optimum ink absorption and ink keying properties, film labels must be provided with a special inkjet coating. An essential requirement for printing bar codes is absolute sharpness of image.
Other: Ink pen, Marker, Ink stamp (Any finish form)