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What Is A Release Liner And Why Is It Important?

Posted on: September 28th, 2021 by Lisa

When it comes to deciding on your labels and your labelling machinery, the last thing most manufacturers think about is the bit you throw away. These remnants or backing of the labels are known as the release liner, and they are more important than you might first think. Many businesses fail to realise that release liners can actually make a big impact on the quality of the labels and the application process. Today, we are looking at what a release liner is and why it is so important for your products.

What Is A Release Liner?

A release liner is the backing used to carry and store labels. They are usually made from either a coated paper or a type of film, so that the labels can be easily removed either by hand or by labelling machinery. Release liners are used as a way of carrying and storing the labels, allowing them to be efficiently boxed, shipped, and moved. Not only that, but release liners also provide protective covering for adhesives. This means the adhesive on the labels does not become damaged, which is essential for a high quality label.

Most labels are made up of four main layers, although this will vary depending on the label type. First there is the decoration or finish, which sits on the top of the label. Next is the label material, usually made of paper or film, followed by the adhesive. The release label is the final part of the label, making the base layer. Because they are discarded when the label is applied, many people dismiss the liners as being unimportant.

Why Are Release Liners So Important?

Most release liners are made from paper, although sometimes they are made from a polypropylene film. They are then coated in a release agent on either one or both sides, which prevents the adhesive from sticking. There are many reasons why release liners are so important and ways they can affect the final quality of the label. Some label printers will use high heats during the printing process, and this can cause thin liners to cockle. Thicker, PE-coated liners work to keep the material flat during printing and eliminate these issues.

Not only does the material and thickness of the release liner matter, but also the colour. Clear label materials must have a white or opaque liner in order to allow the labelling machine to see the design clearly. A release liner which impairs the view of label design can cause issues with advanced labelling systems. Different release liners can also impact the stability during cutting, as a thin layer might not give accurate cut lines.

When choosing your release liners, you need to consider your labelling machine, your product packaging, your label design and much more. Labelling machines need to be able to read the gaps around labels on the liner, otherwise they cannot apply them properly. This kind of equipment uses a sensor in order to read the gaps and dispense the labels in the correct position on the product. For advice and help on choosing the right release liners for your labelling equipment, contact us today.

Waterproof Labels: How To Protect Your Drinks Products

Posted on: September 20th, 2021 by Lisa

One of the most common problems faced by drinks manufacturers is how to keep their labels and packaging dry. Paper labels and liquids are not a good combination, and before you fire up your labelling machine, you need to make sure your labels are fit for the job. Whether you are selling craft beers from a local brewery or you stock major supermarkets with high-end spirits, waterproof labels are essential. Working in the drinks industry means your products are subject to moisture on a daily basis, threatening your beautifully designed labels and the overall look of your items.

Before you decide on getting waterproof labels for your advanced labelling system, you need to know the ins and outs of how these work. Unfortunately for many drinks manufacturers, completely waterproof labels are a myth. Everyone who sells beer, wine, spirits, or water would love to have waterproof labels, but the hard truth is, there is no guaranteed way to protect labels from moisture damage. Despite waterproof labels being unachievable, there are a few things you can do to make sure your labels are as water resistant as possible.

Choose The Right Materials

It doesn’t matter if you use a contract labelling service or print in house on your own labelling machinery, the materials you choose are critical. Most labels are made of either paper or film. It is fairly obvious that paper labels will not be waterproof, as the paper will breakdown and ruin when wet. If your drinks are likely to sit in an ice bucket for long periods or become damp during application, you might want to reconsider paper. Film labels are much more resistant to water, making them a more effective choice for drink products. A film label is much less likely to fall off when it comes into contact with moisture, but it is also likely to be a more expensive option.

Consider Your Adhesives

It isn’t just the material that you need to consider, but also the adhesive used on your labels. You could have the most water-resistant material in the world, but if your adhesive can’t withstand moisture then your labels won’t stick. There are plenty of moisture-resistant adhesives out there, just be sure to choose the right one for your labelling machine. You also need to consider your application process for your drink bottles. If your product will be wet before application, then you need a wet-apply adhesive.

Don’t Forget Release Liners

Many drinks manufacturers fail to consider their release labels when deciding on waterproof labels. The release liner is a thin sheet of material which carries the label until it is time to apply them. Just because it is removed before application doesn’t mean it isn’t important. The release label is what protects your labels before they go into your labelling machinery, so they need to be up for the job. Choosing a film release label will make applying and storing your waterproof labels even easier.

For more information on waterproof labels and the drinks industry, speak with our expert team.


The Ultimate Guide To Piggyback Labels

Posted on: September 13th, 2021 by Lisa

Whether you use a contract labelling service or you have your own labelling machinery on site, knowing the best type of labels for your products is crucial. Piggyback labels are a popular option for those who need to provide additional information, and you will notice they are used across a huge range of industries. In this guide, we are looking at what piggyback labels are, what they are used for and the pros and cons for your business.

What Is A Piggyback Label?

A piggyback label is a type of label which combines two layers together. It is essentially one label on top of another label, and usually the bottom layer is a permanent adhesive while the top layer can be altered. These kinds of labels are created from five layers: the face, adhesive, release line, more adhesive and a backing sheet. You can discard the top layer to reveal the bottom layer. Piggyback labels are very common, and most advanced labelling systems are able to handle them.

What Are Piggyback Labels Used For?

Piggyback labels can be applied onto any surface, and usually the top layer is designed to be removed and applied elsewhere. This could be by the customer, shipper, or business, depending on the application. You will often find piggyback labels being used for:

This kind of labelling is very commonplace and used across a range of industries every single day. There are a couple of different types of piggyback labels to choose from:

Benefits Of Piggyback Labels

There are many benefits to loading up your labelling machine with piggyback labels. If you are considering using these in your packaging design, then the benefits include:

Drawbacks Of Piggyback Labels

While piggyback labels bring many advantages, there are also some disadvantages that you must consider:

For more advice and guidance on whether piggyback labels are right for you and your labelling machinery, contact us today.

How Labelling Machinery Can Help Tackle The Skills Shortage

Posted on: September 6th, 2021 by Lisa

Many industries have been affected by the current skills shortage, and it is a problem which has been getting increasingly worse over the last few years. Construction, engineering, manufacturing, hospitality, and transport are all sectors which have been significantly impacted, and these extend onto the printing world too. Contract labelling services and label printers have all been subject to these concerns, as well as many packaging providers. Today, we are looking at how labelling machinery can help your business tackle the skills shortage and keep your production line running smoothly.

What Is The Skills Shortage And What Is Causing It?

Put simply, the skills shortage means there are not enough workers with the relevant skills to fill all the available vacancies. It can result in unskilled workers trying to do more advanced roles, or roles being left vacant for a long time. Businesses are experiencing low productivity, stunted business growth, high wages, and increased employee pressure, which are all serious issues to address.

There are many reasons for the current skills shortage including insufficient pay incentives, a lack of apprenticeships, pressure on students to stay in higher education, and new advancements in labelling machine technologies. All of these concerns have been escalated by Brexit and challenges on recruiting from abroad. In more recent months, the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent ‘pingdemic’ have caused even more of a skills shortage as workers are forced to stay home.

How Labelling Machinery Can Help?

Traditionally, businesses had no choice but to use a contract labelling service and outsource their label printing requirements. The printing industry has been a solid choice for many workers over the years, and typically has low staff turnover offering extensive experience. The current skills shortage means less and less label printing companies have the skills and new employees joining the ranks, making it difficult for them to take on large workloads.

Businesses who require labels on a regular basis can benefit greatly from investing in their own labelling machinery. Having your own equipment on site can eliminate the need for outsourcing and create more opportunities for staff within your business. Labelling machines have come a long way in recent years, making in house labelling a real possibility for many companies. These are just a few of the reasons why labelling machinery could help your business tackle the skills shortage:

For more information on labelling machines and how they can help your company, speak with our experts at Labeller.