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3 Ways A Contract Labelling Service Can Improve Your Efficiency

Posted on: August 29th, 2021 by Lisa

For a successful business, you need to be efficient. From your staffing to your finances, efficiency is key in all areas of a company, and your labels are no exception. When it comes to labelling machinery and printing labels for your products, you need to take into consideration your raw materials, time, people and finances, and be able to maximise all of these to their full potential. When it comes to labels, just small adaptations to the way you do things can have a huge impact on your efficiency. Contract labelling services are a popular option for many organisations, who want professionals to handle their labelling needs on their behalf. Today, we are looking at how contract labelling can improve your efficiency and benefit your business.

When you are managing your own labelling machines, you will need to have an excellent understanding of the process in order to maximise your efficiency. The majority of companies do not have the expertise or time to learn all the ins and outs of label printing. When you use a contract labelling service, you don’t have to worry about the most efficient formats and sizes for your labelling machinery and products, as they handle all this for you. Contract labelling experts will be able to look at all the options, including roll sizes and sheets or single cut labels, and determine which is going to be best for you. When you have specialists handling this for you, you won’t have any wasted materials and they will complete your label run in the shortest possible time.

With label printing, it is often more cost effective to order large quantities in one go. A contract labelling specialist can help your business to calculate the maximum number of labels you should order in one go to optimise your expenses. They can look into the cost of various quantities, shipping prices and storage considerations in order to find the most efficient options. Trying to balance your organisations current and future requirements isn’t always easy, and a contract labelling service is there to help with these calculations. They will be able to suggest alternative materials for cost savings, how to add value to your labels without increasing the cost and recommend the most efficient ink and colour solutions.

Most companies don’t consider waste management when thinking of ways to improve efficiency, but it is a vital part of the process. Taking steps to reduce your waste can not only help you be more environmentally friendly, but also improves efficiencies and your bottom line. Contract labelling means you won’t be wasting excess materials, as they will manage all this on your behalf. Not only that, but they can offer advice and guidance on linerless label options and recycling used label liners. 

At Atwell Labeller, we offer contract labelling for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Our team of experts can help streamline your labels and improve your efficiency. Get in touch today.

4 Issues Advanced Labelling Systems Can Help You Avoid

Posted on: August 20th, 2021 by Lisa

Advanced labelling systems bring many benefits to businesses of all sizes. Whether you are printing labels for a small run of boutique products, or for a major production line, having the right labelling machinery can help. The right equipment can improve label quality, save your team time, and reduce your overheads. Here at Atwell Labeller, we are experts in labelling machines and today we are sharing four common issues that our systems can help you to avoid. 

This is a common issue for businesses who are printing labels for industrial use, and labels which provide warnings and important information. A lot of companies are guilty of under-engineering labels because they have used the same labelling machinery and processes for decades and never updated to meet current requirements. On the other hand, some organisations are over-engineering labels and paying more than they need to for advanced features which aren’t required for their application. These kinds of labels often need to be durable enough to not rip or fade with rough handling, and also withstand fluctuating temperatures, moisture and solvents. Advanced labelling systems and advice from experts can ensure your business is using the right labelling machine, materials and adhesives to meet your current requirements.

We often have clients who automatically assume their labelling machinery can’t do all the things they need, and so they make the whole process longer for themselves than it really needs to be. For example, if you need serial numbers printed onto your labels, you might assume you need to do this yourself separately. In actual fact, some advanced labelling systems may be able to handle this for you, saving you a timely job. 

If you operate in an industry where label compliance is critical, such as food production or chemicals, then your labelling machinery needs to be up to the job. Failing to create compliant labels isn’t just about using the right colours, symbols and fonts, but also ensuring your labels are intact and legible. If you have a labelling machine that is not well suited to your application, your labels could become damaged or not properly secured and result in compliance issues. Having the correct advanced labelling systems and processes in place can make sure you achieve compliance every time.

If you have grown your business recently but are still using manual application methods for your labels, then it is likely taking a lot of staff time and resources. Labelling machinery, such as automated labellers, can handle this process for you and leave your teams with more time to focus on driving sales and supporting your customers. Investing in a labelling machine might seem like a big step, but the amount of time and effort it can save will only benefit your business. 

For more information on how advanced labelling systems can help your organisation, contact us today.

Label And Labelling Machine Terms Explained: Our Glossary

Posted on: August 13th, 2021 by Lisa

When it comes to advanced labelling systems and label printing, there are many terms that you might come across which are specific to the industry. From materials and technologies to methods and processes, we are sharing all the key labelling terms that you and your team should be aware of. Whether you have your own labelling machinery on your premises, or you use a contract labelling service, you will likely come across some of these terms:

Adhesive: The adhesive is the substance which holds the labels onto a product surface. There are various types of adhesive available, and some are better suited to certain applications than others.

Application Temperature: Some labelling machines and label materials require a certain temperature during application. This can affect the success of the adhesive, and all adhesives will have a minimum temperature which must be followed.

Bleed: When it comes to label printing, you might hear the term bleed. This is an extra space added around the edge of artwork, usually 3mm, and is used to avoid outside margins appearing on the label.

BOPP: BOPP stands for biaxially oriented polypropylene, and it is a printing surface that has been stretched out flat and is resistant to acids and solvents. It is commonly used for food and beverage labels. 

Crazing: This is a common concern with plastic label stock and refers to the appearance of tiny cracks on the surface.

Die: A die is a cutting tool used to cut the shape of labels. They can work by either cutting just the face material of a label and leaving the liner intact, or by cutting through all layers to produce single labels. 

Direct Thermal: This is a printing method which uses heat to apply specially coated labels to products. Heat works to apply specific words or elements onto a surface.

Embossing: Embossing is a raised design on a label surface, adding a new dimension to label design. It is created using a set of rollers. 

Face Stock: The face stock is the part of the label which the design is printed on to. It is often made from paper, film, fabric or foil depending on the circumstances.

Freezer Adhesives: These are a type of label adhesive which work below freezing. They can be removed when bought to room temperature.

Inks: Inks are the pigments or dyes that are used to create the design on a label. They generally contain solvents, waxes or drying agents and various types of inks are suited to different label applications. 

Label Stock: Label stock refers to the roll stock, or material that the labels are produced from. It generally includes a liner, face stock and adhesive. 

Permanency: When it comes to label adhesives, their holding power is referred to as permanency. Some adhesives are more permanent and difficult to remove than others.

Pressure Sensitive: Some label stocks and adhesives are pressure sensitive and when combined they create pressure sensitive labels.

Removable Adhesive: Removable adhesives are used for labels which need to be removed and sometimes re applied. 

Sheet Form: Sheet form labels are packaged in sheets and used on sheet fed labelling machines.

Tamper Evident Labels: These are labels which make it obvious if a product has been tampered with or opened already. 

For more information on labelling machinery and common label terms, reach out to our team who will be happy to help.

Paper vs Film Labels: Which Is Best?

Posted on: August 6th, 2021 by Lisa

No matter the types of products you produce, or the industry you operate within, getting the right labels and labelling machinery is essential. Two of the most common types of labels for use in advanced labelling systems are paper and film, and many businesses struggle to decide which is best. There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing your labels and consumables so we are making it super simple and breaking down everything you need to know. 

Label Facestock Explained

Any label you put into your labelling machine will have a facestock, whether it is a paper or a film label. In simple terms, the facestock is the material which the ink and gloss is applied to. It holds the bit of the label which consumers will see when they receive your product or are browsing in store, known as the topcoat. In addition to this, labels will have their adhesive on the reverse side and the liner below this. The facestock can be made from various materials, and paper and film are the most popular options. They both have their uses, benefits and drawbacks, and it is important you understand these when deciding on your product labels.

Benefits Of Film Labels

Film labels are a type of plastic label, usually made from polypropylene or polyethene. This option offers excellent durability and flexibility for your products, making them perfect for a wide range of applications. Because film labels are fully flexible, they can fit around almost any container shape. This means they are excellent for unusual shaped containers and bottles. When you use film in your labelling machine, you can create labels for almost any style and shape.

Not only that, but film labels are available in a wide variety of styles, including clear and metallic options. This can give you total freedom when it comes label design, and help you create packaging which will stand out from the competition. Film labels are also very durable and can withstand a lot more wear and tear than their paper counterparts. As well as resistance to everyday damage, film labels can also stand up against extreme conditions including heat, cold, water and oil. 

With so many advantages, it is no surprise that film labels are often more expensive than other options for your labelling machinery. All that flexibility, durability and water resistance does mean you can expect to invest a bit more into film labels. 

Benefits Of Paper Labels

The biggest advantage of paper labels is their affordable price tag. You can get plenty of paper labels for your labelling machine and easily stay within your budget. Not only that, but paper labels often offer improved clarity and detail over film. This is thanks to the natural texture of the paper and the way the ink can hold to it. Unlike film labels, paper is only available in certain colours, and most are white with coloured inks printed on. Choosing textured paper or brown kraft paper can bring a unique edge to your product labels.

For more information and advice on choosing your labels and labelling machines, get in touch with our experts today.