A matte waterproof label placed on a shampoo bottle.

What’s the Difference Between Waterproof Labels and Weatherproof Labels?

What’s better for your business – waterproof labels or weatherproof labels?

These two label categories have a lot in common, but they’re designed for different purposes. A waterproof sticker can withstand moisture exposure, while a weatherproof label is designed to handle a range of environmental hazards, including UV light exposure and extreme temperatures. Weatherproof label materials aren’t always waterproof but have multiple protective properties to help them survive the elements.

How do you know which type of product label is right for you? We’ve broken down the properties of these labels, so you know what’s best for your small business. Read more

An automatic label applicator applying a wrap-around label to a bottle.

The Most Commonly Used Types of Label Applicators

How many types of label applicators are there? Well, if you take into account every option, there are hundreds! Which ones are the most common? That depends largely on what you’re packaging and the size of your business.

Knowing how and where each type of label printer and applicator is used can help you narrow down your choices when you’re looking for new equipment. Here’s a breakdown of each applicator type based on how and where they apply labels.

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Bottles of bleach that meet the label requirements for cleaning products.

What are the Label Requirements for Cleaning Products?

Anything that works well removing grease and lifting dirt probably isn’t the best for the human body. Because of this, label requirements for cleaning products are especially strict, falling under the jurisdiction of international, federal, and sometimes state laws. You need to make sure your cleaning product labels are compliant – but aren’t sure where to start. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you make sure your cleaning supplies have all the needed safety information.

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Durable labels on a chemical barrel.

Do You Need Durable Labels? It’s Time to Find Out

Are your label materials getting damaged during transit or storage? Will extra precautions help keep your chemical labels legible long after they reach the customer? If either of these answers is “yes,” you may need to upgrade your labels.

A combination of certain materials ensures that durable labels stay intact and legible, even in harsh conditions. Here’s what you need to know to get the right label when testing materials for your products.

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A pressure sensitive label fixed to the neck of a champagne bottle.

4 Reasons You Should Be Using Pressure Sensitive Labels

You may be wondering, what are pressure sensitive labels?

They just so happen to be the most popular type of product labeling on the market today, and their popularity is continuing to grow.

Why?

These types of labels work on any smooth, solid surface, whether it’s the side of a box, the neck of a bottle, or the top of a recessed lid. The label application process is simple. The label materials can be customized to fit almost any use, from adding shipping addresses to providing legible information after long term storage.

Now that you know the basics of what pressure sensitive labels are, you may be wondering what advantages these types of labels have over other product label options, and why you should use them.

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Plastic bottles on a production line.

Best Practices for Labeling Plastic Bottles

While containers like glass, aluminum, steel, and cardboard are mostly uniform, plastics can be made up of a wide range of materials (in addition to variations in casting techniques, surface textures, and chemical additives).

Even if a label tests well on a sample, other issues can crop up in your production environment. Here’s how you can address these issues when labeling plastic bottles.

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Embossed label on a wine bottle.

Embossed Product Labels: Tactile Marketing

While choosing font and high-quality graphics has a big influence on customer perception, so does the feel of the label. (This is especially true of products sold through brick and mortar retail.) When consumers pick up the container, they can learn as much about the product’s segment from its feel as they can from your font and graphics choices.

Embossed stickers and labels give you an eye-catching, high end way to highlight text and graphics, as well as subtly change background colors. So, how can you implement embossing in your labels for maximum impact, and what do you need to consider for label designs and application? Let’s take a look.

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Secondary container with proper labels at a work site.

Labeling Secondary Containers: OSHA Requirements You Need to Know

A properly labeled container is a safe container. One of the last things you want to ask when you’re working with hazardous materials is “What’s in that container?” To avoid this problem, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has strict regulations on the containers used to store and transport chemicals at worksites.

If you already package chemicals, or other manufacturing supplies, offering secondary containers is a great way to add a new revenue stream. This lets customers order locally-used containers alongside supplies and bulk chemicals. When is this labeling required, and how can you make sure your containers conform to regulations?

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Technician installing a commercial labeling system upgrade.

Is It Time For a Commercial Labeling System Upgrade?

When do you need a commercial labeling system upgrade? There’s more to consider than just high speed and reliability. Your labeling system affects downtime, container options, the appearance of your products, and even your environmental impact. So, what should you consider to find the right label applicator technology to upgrade your system — and at what point do you need to replace it?

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Technician repairing a commercial labeling system.

Commercial Labeling System Maintenance and Repair

There’s no way to completely eliminate downtime and repair costs for your labeling equipment, but there are ways to reduce them. What are the most common problems you’ll encounter with your labeling machine, and how do you fix them before calling your repair service provider? Learn more about how to manage your commercial labeling system maintenance and repair.

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