Frequently Asked Questions

What are shrink sleeve labels?

Shrink sleeve is a 360-degree closed-loop film label (sleeve) that are supplied on rolls. The sleeves use heat during the application process, which shrinks the labels and conforms them to the container.

What are the advantages of shrink sleeves?

Shrink sleeves create shelf impact by offering 360-degree graphics, overall container coverage, and the ability to cover unique-shaped containers. The sleeves can also cover the cap of a container to incorporate tamper evidence. Multi-pack and on-pack sleeves can be used for promotional product bundling.

How are shrink sleeve labels applied?

Shrink sleeves are applied by using application equipment to place the sleeve onto a container (or placed by hand for low volumes). The sleeved containers then go through a hot air or steam tunnel that shrinks the sleeves and conforms them to the container.

What are stretch sleeve labels?

Stretch sleeves are a 360-degree closed loop label (sleeve) that are supplied on rolls. The labels are printed on LLDPE film (linear low-density polyethylene).

What are the advantages of stretch sleeves?

Stretch sleeves offer 360-degree printable marketing area, offer product resistance, do not require adhesive for application, and are 100% recyclable.

How are stretch sleeve labels applied?

Stretch sleeves are applied by using application equipment that stretches the sleeves over the container. The film elasticity and memory hold the label in place. No heat source or adhesive is required.

What are pressure sensitive labels?

Pressure sensitive labels are printed on paper or film facestock material and can be die-cut into specific shapes. The facestock material has a pre-applied adhesive on the back and a liner to cover it.

What are the advantages of pressure sensitive labels?

Pressure sensitive labels can be used for just about any product, whether you need a single label or a front-and-back label application. They can be printed on transparent film or opaque paper, and they can be applied to any product with a smooth surface to give it a “no-label look.”

How are pressure sensitive labels applied?

Pressure sensitive labels are easy to apply. Many companies choose pressure sensitive labels because they can be applied either by hand or machine, depending on your company and your available facilities. The manufacturing and application processes are cost-effective and flexible to suit your individual needs.

What are roll-fed labels?

Roll-fed labels can be printed on film or paper and are supplied in rolls to be applied to containers. Some roll-fed film labels have shrink capability.

What are the advantages of roll-fed labels?

Roll-fed labels are an economical label format and can be applied at very high application speeds, making them suitable for a variety of products that are filled at high rates of speed.

How are roll-fed labels applied?

Roll-fed labels are supplied on rolls for application. Glue is applied to the label during the application process to adhere the label to the container.

What are in-mold labels?

In-mold labels are provided as stacked labels after printing and cutting. The labels are applied during the molding process and become fused with the bottle.

What are the advantages of in-mold labels?

Because in-mold labels are fused with the bottle during manufacturing, they are very durable and will not peel, flag, or curl. When the label film used matches the resin of the plastic container, the label can be recycled and regrinded along with the container.

How are in-mold labels applied?

In-mold labeling is a process in which producing plastic packaging and labeling are done at the same time during manufacturing. The IML is placed inside the mold and fuses with the bottle to become part of the package.

What are cut & stack labels?

Cut & stack labels (also referred to as glue-applied or wet glue labels) get their name from the way they are stacked after printing and cutting.

What are the advantages of cut & stack labels?

Cut & stack labels are an economical choice for a variety of products. They can be printed on paper or film (wrap-around) material with a variety of finishing options and then custom die cut or straight cut to wrap around a product.

How are cut & stack labels applied?

Cut & stack labels are provided in cut stacks of labels, and then glue or adhesive is applied to the labels during the application process to adhere the label to the container. The labels can be applied in speeds up to 1,200 cpm.

What is flexible packaging?

Flexible packaging is non-rigid packaging that uses various material including film, plastic and paper. Once printed, the material is then formed into bags, pouches and sachets and then sealed after filled with the product contents.

What are ECL labels?

ECL Labels are extended content labels that have multiple pages and can be applied to a container or inserted in a product. The additional space is often used for promotions, instructions or multi-lingual copy. The labels can also contain variable content for contests, etc.

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