Choosing the Right Materials for Your Label: A Comprehensive Guide by PaladinID

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Selecting the right label for a product involves numerous considerations. At PaladinID, we understand the intricacies of pressure-sensitive labels, which typically consist of a liner, release coating, adhesive, facestock, and an optional topcoat. This article will guide you through the material choices for each component, ensuring you receive the most suitable labels for your application.

Label Liner Material Options

Label liners fall into two primary categories: paper and film. The selection depends on the product and its environment, balancing cost-effectiveness and performance.

Paper Liners:

  • Coated with silicone for effortless label removal.
  • The most widely chosen liner material due to cost-effectiveness.
  • Available in a variety of weights and colors for customization.

Film Liners:

  • Offer increased durability and element resistance compared to paper.
  • Consistent thickness and tear resistance, reducing machine jams.
  • Less prone to environmental-induced curling.

Linerless Labels:

  • A more sustainable choice, eliminating the need for a liner and reducing material usage.

Label Adhesive Options

Choosing the right adhesive involves considering factors like bonding strength, flexibility, longevity, and resistance to moisture or chemicals. The two common adhesive types are rubber and acrylic, each with distinct advantages and limitations.

Rubber Adhesive:

  • Quick initial bonding and flexibility for curved surfaces.
  • Limited resistance to extreme temperatures and elements, prone to yellowing.

Acrylic Adhesive:

  • Superior chemical and heat resistance.
  • Longer shelf life but slower initial bonding compared to rubber.

Adhesive Strength Varieties:

  • Permanent, Semi-Permanent, and Temporary options to cater to different label requirements.

Sustainable Adhesive Options

Eco-friendly adhesive choices include water-based, low VOC, flake away/wash away, biodegradable, and repulpable options.

Facestocks: The Visible Component

Facestocks, the printed part of the label, come in paper and film varieties, each with specific benefits.

Paper Label Facestocks:

  • Cost-effective and highly customizable in terms of color and texture.
  • Ideal for high-quality print but may require a topcoat for added durability.

Film Label Facestocks:

  • More durable and suitable for outdoor, toiletry, or food products.
  • Less porous, offering better resistance to heat, moisture, and chemicals.

Sustainable Facestock Options

Options include post-consumer recycled materials, recyclable, sustainably sourced, certified biodegradable, and non-petroleum based plastic films.

Facestocks and Printing Methods

Different printing methods, like thermal transfer or aqueous Inkjet, may necessitate specific facestocks. At PaladinID, we offer a wide range of facestock options, such as Uncoated, Matte Litho, Direct Thermal, Polyethylene, Polypropylene, and more, to meet diverse printing requirements.

Label Topcoat Options

Topcoats like varnishes and laminates add protection and aesthetic appeal.

  • Varnishes provide a protective coating, available in glossy or matte finishes.
  • Laminates, a film layer, offer enhanced protection and come in various appearances like metallic or holographic.

Partner with PaladinID for Expert Guidance

Determining the optimal label material is a critical decision. Consider factors like versatility, temperature resistance, and moisture exposure. PaladinID’s team of industry experts are ready to assist in selecting the best materials for your specific needs. Contact us for personalized advice and ensure your labels stand out with the right material choices.

Enhance your label knowledge and choose confidently with PaladinID as your guide. For more information please call 888.972.5234, Email Us or schedule a Discovery Call below. We look forward to working with you.

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PaladinID develops and supports high-performance barcode labeling applications. We work with our clients to “Make Your Mark” by providing the expertise and tools necessary to create an entire product label printing solution. Located in central New Hampshire, PaladinID has been serving Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New England, and beyond for over 30 years, and in 2017, became an RFID-certified company. We look forward to working with you.

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