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How The Supply Chain Crisis Has Impacted Product Labels, And How To Protect Your Business

Posted on: November 26th, 2021 by my_managed_support

The United Kingdom is currently experiencing a supply chain crisis and hundreds of industries have been affected in one way or another. From stock shortages in supermarkets to panic buying petrol, this current crisis is impacting almost every area of our daily lives. Raw materials which were once in abundance are now difficult to get hold off, and this combined with labour shortages and shipping problems, has had a detrimental effect on product labels. Many businesses are finding they have no materials to load up their labelling machinery, and this is resulting in products being unable to ship to customers and stockists. 

How Is The Supply Chain Crisis Impacting Label Materials?

Product manufacturers and label designers all across the world are experiencing an issue with supply at the minute. Some companies have been forced to push back product launches and are concerned about getting products to market before Christmas. This isn’t because of an issue with packaging materials such as plastic or glass, but instead because materials used in labelling machines is now hard to come by. Label printers are struggling to get their hands on the paper they need to produce product labels. There is a paper shortage which is affecting countries all over the world, and it isn’t just the label industry which is suffering. Book publishers, newspapers and various other industries are all in the same boat.

How To Protect Your Business From Supply Chain Issues?

Having paper to print labels on is something that most businesses have always taken for granted. Now that companies can’t fire up their labelling machines, many are realising they don’t have any contingency plans in place for these kind of supply chain issues. Now is the perfect time to set up these plans to protect your business in future. Here are some strategies which can help with the current situation, while also futureproofing your production line:

No one is able to predict when the next material shortage will hit or what areas will be impacted. As a business, you need to be prepared and ready to deal with all eventualities, so that you can continue your production as normal as possible. For more information on contract labelling services or labelling machines, contact our specialists

How Temperature Can Impact Your Label Durability?

Posted on: November 19th, 2021 by my_managed_support

Thousands of different products are subjected to hot or cold temperatures during their life cycle. When you manufacture items which are likely to be used in adverse climates, then it is essential that your labels are up to the challenge. Some products will experience varying temperatures during the label application process and when in the labelling machinery, while others are likely to be placed in hot or cold areas sometime after. Understanding how temperature impacts label durability and the role it plays in your products life is so important. In this article, we are looking at some specific issues temperature can cause with your label machines and product packaging.

Label Adhesives And Temperatures

Every single label has some kind of adhesive to stick it to the products. Whether you are using front and back labelling machines or wrapround labelling, there will be a glue of some sort involved in the process. Adhesives are one of the most important considerations when looking at temperature, as they can cause problems during application and further down the line. Each type of label adhesive will have a different minimum temperature for application, and applying in a different environment to this could prevent it from sticking. For example, for products which are exposed to high temperatures or are hot-filled, an acrylic adhesive could work well, but this wouldn’t be a good choice for colder application conditions. 

Adhesives can also fail after they have been applied. This is often the case if extreme heat or cold has occurred, such as if the product goes in a freezer or is left in direct sunlight. These extreme temperatures can cause the adhesive to break down and labels will begin to peel or fall off completely. There are some label adhesives which are designed to withstand all temperatures and environmental factors, and these are always worth considering if your products are likely to be subjected to hot or cold.

The Effect Of Temperature On Face Stock

It isn’t just label adhesive that you need to worry about, but also the stock you use in your labelling machine. Some materials cannot withstand environments which are overly hot or cold, and it is important to plan your labels accordingly. Consider how your products are likely to be used in future, and then choose your label stocks based on this. For example, are your products likely to end up in an ice cooler, or on a shelf in a steamy bathroom? Labels made from film substrates are able to handle high heats well, while paper materials can struggle in these areas.

Warping Shrink Sleeves

Shrink sleeve labels are another option for a lot of different shaped products, but there are also some considerations to make when it comes to extreme environments. If a shrink sleeve gets too cold or too hot, they are known to warp easily. This can ruin your design or destroy your product labels altogether. 

At Atwell Labellers, we are experts in advanced labelling systems and contract labelling. If you need advice and guidance on the kind of labels you need for your products, contact our team today

Contract Labelling vs DIY Labelling: Everything You Need To Know

Posted on: November 12th, 2021 by my_managed_support

Every kind of product needs a label of some kind, and each of these labels need to be applied in one way or another. There are various labelling machines available for all kinds of products and packages, but as a business it isn’t just about deciding which advanced labelling system you need. You first need to choose if you are going to handle your labelling requirements in house, or if you are going to enlist of a contract labelling service. Both options have their pros and cons, and it is important you understand these before making a final decision. 

What Is DIY Labelling?

Choosing to handle your label requirements yourself is a great option for some organisations. It means you will have your own labelling machinery on your business premises, and your team will apply the labels to your products themselves. This option can work for both small and large scale operations, because ultimately it depends on the type of labelling machine you have and the capacity of your team.

What Is Contract Labelling?

Contract labelling is when you outsource your labelling requirements to a third party supplier. This is usually a company who specialises in labels and has various advanced labelling systems and trained staff ready to go with any project. They will handle your label applications on your behalf and deliver products which are finished and prepared for sale.

Benefits Of DIY Labelling

If you are considering investing in your own labelling machine and handling applications in house, then you could benefit from:

Benefits Of Contract Labelling

Contract labelling also has many advantages which should be considered before you make a final decision:

For more information on contract labelling services or purchasing your own labelling machinery, speak with our specialists.

Bottle Labelling Machinery: 3 Questions To Ask Before Investing

Posted on: November 5th, 2021 by my_managed_support

Whether you have been using a manual labelling process for decades, or your existing labelling machinery is no longer suitable, investing in the right advanced labelling system is critical. When it comes to bottle labelling, there are various options available to you, and it is important to consider all aspects of your production line before making a decision. The right labelling machinery for your organisation will depend on the type of bottled products you are producing, your workforce and their skillsets, and how many products you need to label. 

These are three questions you should always ask before investing in a new bottle labelling machine:

What Bottle Size And Shape Are You Labelling?

Bottled products come in all shapes and sizes, and this makes a big impact on the type of labelling machine you need. The majority of bottles are cylindrical and because of this, many systems can only apply labels to round products. If your bottles are tapered, then you might need to consider a specialist applicator which is able to stick labels without skewing them. Some companies have square bottles which need to be labelled in the same way as a box, such as with front labelling or multi side labelling. 

Once you have determined the shape of your bottles, you also need to look at the size. Many businesses choose to invest in labelling machinery which can handle various sized bottles, so they can scale up or down depending on demand and future opportunities. For example, if you are producing wine, you will need a labelling machine which can work with 750ml glass bottles. But in future you might decide to expand your offering to miniatures or half bottles, and your labelling equipment should be able to handle this. 

How Many Labels Do You Need On Each Product?

Every product is different, some will only need one label, while others might need 4 or 5. This all comes down to your label design and requirements, but you need to choose a machine which meets your needs. Bottles typically use wrapround labelling or front and back labelling, but other options include tamper-proof labels, cover labels and bottle neck labels. 

Do Your Labels Require Printing?

It isn’t just about applying the labels to your products, but also if your labels are going to require additional printing. This is often the case for items which need to have expiration dates, barcodes, production codes or serial numbers. These bits of information need to be added by batch on the production line, so you might need a labelling machine which can handle this on your behalf. Another option is thermal transfer printing, which is a process where ink is melted directly onto the label to create a permanent text.

At Atwell Labellers, we offer a huge range of labelling machinery suitable for all types of bottled products. Our team would be happy to answer any questions you may have and discuss your requirements in more detail. Get in touch today.