Labeling in the Cold

Labeling in the Cold


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Cold weather can create some of the most challenging conditions for labels. Whether inside a freezer or outside during winter months, whenever your labels are exposed to low temperatures you need them to be durable and long-lasting.

Label Problems Caused by Cold

Cold conditions can cause several problems for label performance, both during and after application. These problems can include:

Labels Fall Off – If the label wasn’t applied in the right environment, or the wrong adhesive was used, labels can fall off.

Labels Curl or Pucker – Differences in humidity that often go hand-in-hand with cold weather can lead to temporary curling or puckering.

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Label Use Conditions

In addition to cold temperatures, you may also have additional factors to consider when choosing a durable label.

Indoor or Outdoor. Labels that need to perform in cold outdoor conditions could also need to stand up to wind, rain, snow, and UV exposure. All of these conditions could affect the choice of label material as well as the most appropriate ink and print process.

Exposure to Moisture. If the label will be used in a cold and wet environment it could affect the choice of substrate. For example, a paper label that holds up well to cold, dry conditions could deteriorate when exposed to moisture.

Freezing and Thawing. Does the label need to perform after thawing? Some labels will perform well while frozen, but the adhesive or substrate may deteriorate when thawing due to the moisture that can be created by thawing frost.

Time from Application to Freezer. The right label for you will vary depending on how quickly the items will go from labeling to freezer. Certain adhesives require time to form a permanent bond between the facestock and substrate. Even items that have been appropriately labeled in a warm environment may fail if they are placed in the freezer before this bond has happened.

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Cold Label Application Conditions

How are your labels being applied? Is it necessary to use specialized adhesives to ensure adherence? We can help you determine the exact right label for your situation.

It’s important to consider the following:

  • Will the labels be applied in an environment below 40 degrees? Certain adhesives are not as effective at cold temperatures, and as a result, will not stick.
  • What material will the label be applied to? Some materials become very slick in cold conditions, which will make adhesion more difficult.
  • Will the application surface be dry or will there be moisture or frost? Most standard labels are not strong enough to adhere to frosty or wet surfaces – necessitating the need for specialized labels or adhesive.

Additionally, it is important to consider the temperature of the labels themselves. Even in situations where the labels are being applied in a warm area, to a warm dry product, applying a label that has been in cold temperatures could cause issues. If labels have been sitting in a delivery truck in freezing temperatures or are stored near a shipping dock or in an unheated room, it is important to allow time for the label to warm up before application.

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When to Use Cold-Resistant Labels

It may be obvious that a frozen food company requires labels that can withstand cold temperatures. However, there are also instances where you might need to consider special cold appropriate labels. Do you use labels in any of the following scenarios?

  • Refrigeration/Freezers
  • Vehicles
  • Outdoor Signage or Labels
  • Outdoor Equipment
  • Refrigerant Pipes
  • Cold Storage or Shipping Conditions

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How Can We Help You with Efficient Labeling?

If you have a cold labeling challenge you would like help solving, please give me a call.  Put my 35 years of experience to work for you.  Give us a call at 888.972.5234,  Email Us or schedule a Discovery Call below.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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