Label Printing

What you should know about label printing

Looking on the internet, there are many websites that sell many types of labels… But unless you are familiar with what types of labels are about then you don’t really know what you are getting and what the quality of that product is. Here in this post are some things that we think will help you make a more educated and informed decision.

 

What types of labels should I be looking out for?

 

Coated Paper Labels

Seen as a more cost effective but quality lacking solution for labels. This label is usually comprised of paper and a separate coating that is only applied to one side. The type of coating can vary from dull, gloss or matte. When a label has coated paper it generally can produce better, brighter images and has better reflectivity than standard paper. Coated labels are usually printed on using an Ink Jet or laser printer. These labels are usually weak to tearing and ink will run once exposed to moisture.

 

Laminated Paper Labels

Classed as a step up from the regular coated paper, a laminated label is made by joining generally two layers of very thin plastic. They can be commonly found on big packs of water and discount stores. The label is prone to tear but the ink holds well.

 

Synthetic Composite

One of the newest types on the market, this label is made up of a combination of polyolefin and silica filler. This creates the look of a heavyweight paper, it has the same print properties of paper… however it is strong, durable and can withstand moisture and water without the ink running off.

 

What are the printing methods for Labels?

Ink Jet

This printing technology is more like your standard printer, this system produces images directly onto the paper using digital information, it uses streams of very fine drops of ink and the process is controlled by signals from a PC.

 

Laser Printing

 

This method of printing works by focusing a laser beam through a lens directly onto a photosensitive drum. Charged toner attaches itself to the drum, and the result is toner heated and fused to the paper. Laser printers are much faster than inkjet printers and can produce very high-quality text and images.

 

Thermal Printing

This is a more unique way of printing; this method uses flexible printing plates made of rubber or plastic. A plate is made for each of the four CMYK colours in an image, and as a result is an expensive printing method. The inked plates with a slightly raised image are rotated onto a cylinder which transfers the image to the label material. Flexography uses fast-drying inks. It is a high-speed print process that can print on various kinds of materials.

 

Offset Lithography

This print process works by transferring an image photographically to thin metal, paper, or plastic printing plates. Rollers apply oil-based ink and water to plates. As oil and water don’t mix, the oil-based ink won’t stick to the non-image areas. The inked image is transferred to a rubber cylinder that then transfers the image onto the label as it passes between it and another cylinder beneath the label. The term offset refers to the fact that the image isn’t printed directly to the label from the plates, but is instead offset (or transferred) to another surface that contacts the label.

 

Digital Press

The printing starts when electric documents are sent straight from a PC to a press, The press analyses the text as it’s being printed, adding dots to fill gaps at edges… This method creates sharp text and images that enhance the quality of the label.

 

What would we suggest?

Overall we would recommend, laminated labels with laser printing,