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Permanent Or Removable Adhesive Labels: Which Is Best?

Posted on: June 30th, 2021 by Lisa

Labelling is an incredibly important part of any product, as it’s going to play a huge role in pushing your customer towards making a purchase. As such, you’ll want to put some amount of effort into researching your labels, even though it may seem pretty straightforward.

There are two different types of adhesive that you can use in a labelling machine: permanent adhesive labels and removable adhesive labels. Each has its own list of benefits, but which is best for your product?

If this is something you’ve been wondering, then you’ve come to the right place. We’re the experts when it comes to labels and labelling machinery, so to help you get to the bottom of which is best for you, we’ve put together this handy comparison.

What Are The Differences Between Permanent And Removable Labels?

To get the obvious out of the way, permanent adhesive labels are permanent, removable adhesive labels are removable. You’ll be glad to know it does go a bit deeper than this, and there are some good reasons to choose one over the other.

Starting with permanent adhesive labels, one of the main benefits is their cost effectiveness. They’re a much more affordable option than removable adhesive labels, thanks to the simpler type of glue they require. The downside though is that they’re not removable without damaging the label, or even the packaging. This does make them perfect for tamper evident labelling, if your products require it.

Removable adhesive labels on the other hand offer a handful of benefits. While they are that bit more expensive, it can often be worth it for the added flexibility that they offer. If something goes wrong, then there’s the option to reapply it. In some cases they may be able to be reapplied just the once, but labels that can be reapplied again and again are also available; be sure to check this before you buy.

As an added bonus (thanks to how removable adhesive labels are so easily removed), they’re the perfect choice for anyone who’s conscious of recycling or leaving a greener footprint. Permanent adhesive labels will have to have them burned away during recycling, which just uses up more energy.

So Which Is Best For Your Products?

It isn’t quite so straightforward as one being definitively better than the other. It all depends on what you’re looking to achieve. While you’ll have much more freedom and a greener footprint with removable adhesive labels, the cost effectiveness of the permanent labels may be a deciding factor for you.

If you’d like to know more about which type of adhesive label is right for you, then be sure to get in touch and speak to our team of experts. Here at Atwell Labellers, we know all there is to know when it comes to permanent and removable self-adhesive labels, and better yet, we have all the kit and labelling machinery you need to get your labelling operation in full swing. So get in touch today and see how we can help you to take your labelling to the next level.

Top 5 Labelling Machines For Food Products

Posted on: June 23rd, 2021 by Lisa

There’s an endless array of options when it comes to labelling machines for food products. Food products come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, so it’s important to find the labelling machine that’s going to be best for your packaging.

At Atwell, we have all the self-adhesive labelling machines you could possibly need, along with the know-how. We have the perfect labelling machine for any task, so to make sure you’re able to find exactly what you need, we’ve put together this handy list of the top 5 labelling machines for food products.

Top and Bottom Labelling Machines

Top and bottom labelling machines are one of the most popular types of labelling machine available. They’re typically used when variable data needs to be printed, such as ingredient lists, expiry dates, batch numbers, or promotional info. Top and bottom labelling is often used for fresh and pre-packaged foods, although it can be used for just about anything. Depending on the requirements of the package, the top, bottom, or both can be labelled as it passes along the station, doing so with both speed and precision. Secondary packaging like outer cardboard boxes can also be labelled too.

Wrap-Around Labelling Machines

With an ever-increasing number of legal regulations surrounding our products these days, it’s becoming more and more important to take advantage of all available surface area. When it comes to a cylindrical container, then there’s nothing better than wrap-around labelling machines. One of the largest applications of wrap-around labelling machines is with beverages, where thousands of cans, bottles, and other products have their labels applied around the container.

Side Labelling Machines

Visuals and aesthetics play a huge part when it comes to label design, as it often plays a huge role in someone’s decision to buy a product. Attractive side labelling is therefore a must for certain food products and is a perfect place to contain information such as ingredients, expiry dates, or batch numbers. Since side labelling is often so much about the aesthetics, it’s important to have a good quality side labelling machine to ensure the label is perfectly placed and centred, free from any unsightly creases.

Seal Labelling Machines

While we typically think of labels as a means to get across information or branding, they’re just as frequently used to close or seal packaging—especially when it comes to convenience food. Whether it’s baked goods, sushi, sandwiches, or whatever else, labels are often used to keep the packaging secure, while also providing important information. Seal labelling, also known as over-corner labelling, tamper-evident labelling, or C- or L-shape labelling, requires special edge-pressing abilities, and only the incredibly precise labelling systems can do the job properly.

Front and Back Labelling Machines

As we already mentioned with the side labelling machines, a strong visual aesthetic is often key to selling your product. You want a label that draws the customers in, sparks their interest, and gets the brand across with a simple and eye-catching design. What you don’t want to do is overload the customer with lots of information, so for this reason, important information such as expiry dates, ingredients, or batch numbers are placed on a separate side of the package (usually the back). To achieve this perfectly and avoid any creasing or off-centre labels, front and back labelling machines are the perfect solution. Like top and bottom labelling machines, front and back machines are able to print on two sides of the product at once, making them the perfect solution to any front and back labelling needs.

For more information on advanced labelling systems and to find the right option for your products, contact our specialist team.

UKCA Mark Labels Explained

Posted on: June 17th, 2021 by Lisa

A lot has changed post-Brexit, and perhaps the hugest change of all has been the implementation of new, UK-created trading regulations. And since the UK and the EU no longer operate on the same standards, the former CE product label has had to give way to a new UKCA mark.

We’ve all seen the CE mark on just about everything we’ve ever brought, whether it’s toys, manufacturing machinery, or even PPE. Now, manufacturers need to move over to the new UKCA mark, and we are here to explain what this means, and how our labelling machines can help with the transition phase.  

The CE Mark

The number of products sold each day on the European Single Market is incredibly vast, so how can you know what you’re buying is legal, and conforms to all of the EU’s Essential Health and Safety Requirements? The CE (Conformitè Europëenne—European Conformity) mark is the answer, and it’s the manufacturer’s declaration that they’ve followed all these guidelines and legal requirements and are manufacturing something that’s safe for sale in the European Union.

The UKCA Mark

Now that the UK is no longer a part of the EU, the country will no longer be following European specifications and requirements. Instead, a new set of UK-designed health and safety requirements will be put in place, necessitating their own compliance label. The UKCA mark stands for ‘UK Conformity Assessed’, and shall replace the former CE mark for any goods either manufactured or sold in the UK. This will cover goods such as toys, machinery electrical equipment, measuring instruments, medical goods, and for the first time, aerosol products.

UKNI Labels

Northern Ireland enjoys a somewhat unique trading arrangement with the European Union, with much closer ties than the rest of the UK. Because of this, a unique label just for them has been created—the UKNI label—which will run alongside the CE mark to ensure goods can be traded freely between both territories.

Exporting To The EU

If you’re planning to export any UK-made products to the EU then you’ll still need to comply with and use the CE mark, in addition to the UKCA one. Likewise, any products manufactured in the EU to sell in the UK will also need to show both.

When Will The Change Happen?

It already has! The UKCA mark was introduced on the 1st of January this year, for all products being sold in England, Scotland and Wales. For the time being though manufacturers can continue to use the CE marking for most products, as long as they were manufactured before the 31st of December 2020, or if an EU-recognised Notification Body carried out a mandatory third party assessment.

The CE mark will continue to be recognised in the UK until the 1st of January 2022, when all products must show a UKCA mark. These can be temporarily affixed with a label, or placed somewhere in a document that’s accompanying the product. Come January 1st 2023 however, full compliance with a UKCA mark affixed directly to the product during manufacture will be required, just as is the case with CE.

Here at Atwell Labellers, we are on hand to help make this transition to the UKCA mark as seamless as possible for your business. We can provide contract labelling or labelling machinery to help you place UKCA mark labels on all products after the end of 2021. For more information on how we can help with UKCA mark labels, contact us today.

How To Choose A Label Material You Can Write On?

Posted on: June 10th, 2021 by Lisa

What better way is there to add additional information to a product than with a label? Whether it’s a use-by date, a service label, or anything else you need to communicate to customers. A major problem however is that not all labels will accept all pens, and the last thing you want is for your important information to just rub off; or even worse, not even be able to write it at all.

If you’ve been looking for a label material you can write on, then the good news is you’re in the right place. At Atwell, we know everything there is to know when it comes to labels and labelling machines, and writable label material is no exception. To help you get set, we’ve put together this handy guide on what to look for when looking for a label material you can write on.

Matte Paper Labels

If you’re looking for a label that can take just about anything, then matte paper labels are definitely the one. They’re also great for pencil, as just like regular sheets of paper, matte paper labels usually aren’t coated with any fancy gloss sheen or anything that can be prohibitive to write on. Sometimes you may find some with a varnish, which will certainly make it difficult to write on in pencil, but for the most part matte paper labels won’t cause any troubles.

Polypropylene Labels

Gloss synthetic materials like gloss polypropylene can be a nightmare if you’re trying to write in ballpoint pen. The material doesn’t like ink at all, and it’ll immediately smudge off at the first opportunity. Matte polypropylene on the other hand is great at holding ink and is a perfect option for ballpoint pens. It’s also much more durable than standard matte paper labels.

Laminate Labels

While the two above examples would be great at handling permanent markers (thanks to their thicker tips, it’s always much easier to transfer ink), laminates aren’t so much. But this isn’t necessarily bad news! The failings between laminate labels and permanent markers makes them the perfect combination for some dry-wipe labels that need frequent updates or changes.

Write And Seal Laminate Labels

Perhaps one of the most durable and robust options of all are write and seal laminate labels. These come in two parts, with a base material that you can write on and a separate (but attached) clear plastic layer that can then be adhered over the rest of the label. This gives you the best of both worlds, with a matte paper base you can easily write on, and a laminate layer to keep the label protected.

What’s The Best Type Of Label Material For Labelling Machines?

There’s no single ‘best’ type of label material, as it depends on what you need it for. Write and seal laminate labels are great for providing a receptive material to write on and a robust layer to keep everything protected, but maybe you want to be able to rub the label clean every now and then? Hopefully, by following this guide, you’re a step closer to knowing exactly what kind of label material you need for the job at hand.

For any more info be sure to get in touch, and our team of qualified labelling experts can further assist you with whatever you need.