April 18th, 2013
We often get sample requests from customers who want to check that a certain adhesive will work for the purpose that they have in mind. Perhaps they need an adhesive that can stick to an unusual or a curved surface, or perhaps they need a removable label that won’t leave behind unsightly residue marks. We are always happy to send out samples for customers to test, but we also have a tip for how to test the labels effectively when comparing or testing adhesives.
Obviously, the first test people will do is to place the labels in the situation in which they will be used. However, if you don’t want to damage the surface you will be applying the labels to, or if you want to compare adhesives, a great way to test adhesives is to take two labels and (partially) stick them together (leaving yourself a strip that you can use to peel them apart), and then compare how easily they come apart.
Label Planet has a range of special adhesives available, including two removable adhesives (super removable and removable), an extra strong adhesive (high tack), and two specialty adhesives (freezer and marine quality).
You can see all of the special adhesives we have available in our handy “Special Adhesives Table”, which can be found on our website here.
You can also request a sample to test on our Request A Sample page.
April 16th, 2013
Our gold and silver paper labels are perfect for adding a decorative touch. The textured, semi-gloss finish is an attractive addition to all kinds of items.
They are ideal for use as return address labels (to make sure the recipient notices your details) or as name tags on presents and gift items (to let the recipient know how special they are!). We also have customers who use them on products, personal invitations to birthdays, weddings, and christenings, as decorative name badges, and as certificate stickers in books that are awarded as prizes. They’ve even been used as opaque or block out labels, to disguise errors or update information without the need to reprint entire brochures or leaflets.
In fact, we love our gold and silver labels so much, we use them ourselves! Each order that is sent out in a small box is sealed with our very own branded gold or silver labels.
Our gold and silver labels are supplied on A4 sheets in eight different sizes, and are compatible with laser printers and photocopiers.
Please visit our Gold Labels Range Page or our Silver Labels Range Page to find out more or to buy.
April 11th, 2013
We’ve had a revamp of our Delivery Information page to make it even easier to find out what you need to know about how and when your order will be delivered.
Simply visit our Delivery Information page and select the destination that applies to you to find out how your labels will arrive (post or carrier) and the despatch estimate for your order.
Delivery Information for:
Islands With UK Postcodes
All Other Destinations
April 9th, 2013
We’ve re-opened after our extended Easter holiday!
All orders placed during this time have now been processed and normal service has been resumed. We are still working through email correspondence that was sent to us while we were away, but we hope to be up to date by the end of today.
If you want to get in touch, you can find all of our contact information here.
March 28th, 2013
A happy Easter to all of our Label Planet customers!
We will be closed for an extended Easter break and will re-open on Monday 8th April.
All orders placed online during this period will be processed upon our return.
March 26th, 2013
Here at Label Planet we’ve updated our Address Labels range page to make it even easier to find the perfect address labels for you.
Now you can view all of the materials available for address labels, click on the one you want, and simply select from the five standard sizes available:
- LP4/99: 4 per sheet (99.1 x 139mm)
- LP8/99: 8 per sheet (99.1 x 67.7mm)
- LP14/99: 14 per sheet (99.1 x 38.1mm)
- LP21/63: 21 per sheet (63.5 x 38.1mm)
- LP65/38: 65 per sheet (38.1 x 21.2mm)
To celebrate we’ve written a short article entitled:
“Address Labels: The Movie”
Astonishingly there may be plans to make a full length movie about address labels. It will be an artistic challenge to make an interesting film about something so boring.
The plot of the film will be similar to Ocean’s 11 but the target for the robbers will be a label factory, which manufactures all kinds of address labels for the main carriers in the USA. By stealing the labels and labelling equipment the gang are planning to stop most parcel shipments across America in the week before Christmas.
The robbers are being paid millions of dollars by one of the carrier companies whose evil owner will still have address labels and thus be able to corner the market. As one would expect in a movie of this type there have been years of planning; customers have been switched from the standard paper address labels and onto coloured and transparent address labels so they are reliant on the labels produced by the factory.
Several label companies have been consulted in secret about different types of labels, surprisingly there are hundreds of sizes and materials, and companies such as Label Planet sell them online in packs of 25 sheets as well as Stikins name labels.
Like Ocean’s 11 there is a clever twist at the end of the movie because the robbers double cross the evil owner and make even more money by supplying address labels at hugely inflated prices to the desperate victims.
The film may be released early next year, or then again it may not.
March 21st, 2013
Label Planet has a range of coloured labels available, including a vibrant yellow. We usually describe this colour as “Canary Yellow”, but with Spring in the air we’ve noticed that it also bears a strong resemblance to the bright shade of daffodils.
So, to celebrate the arrival of Spring (even if the weather hasn’t quite made up its mind yet!), why not purchase some bright yellow labels and add a decorative burst of colour that matches the renewal of the season?
All of our coloured labels can be found here.
March 19th, 2013
Most laser printers have a specific “labels” setting that is to be used when printing labels. This setting will make certain key changes to how the printer works to ensure the best print results for labels.
Printers that are intended for office or home use will be designed with printing onto paper as the primary purpose. This means that the default settings will be set to provide the best print results on standard paper (80gsm). However, the printers will also be set up with additional, specific settings that can be used when people need to print other materials and items, such as labels, envelopes, or card.
These settings can usually be applied by clicking on the “Printer Properties” or “Printer Settings” button/link that appears on the print preview screen that can be seen before you print.
When the “labels” setting is applied, the printer slows down and the temperature of the fuser unit is altered. This supplies more energy to the labels, which allows the toner to bond correctly with the labels.
For more tips when printing, you can read our Printing Labels Guide, which can be found on our website here.
March 14th, 2013
We advise all of our customers to use the media bypass or general purpose tray on their printer when printing labels.
Using the media bypass tray instead of the normal paper tray has significant advantages when it comes to getting the best print results.
1. Unsurprisingly the paper tray is designed specifically for paper. More specifically, the tray is designed to take materials that are fairly standard in terms of the density or weight (known as grammage) of the paper. Generally speaking, paper used for everyday printing has a grammage of 80gsm. Sheets of labels will inevitably have a higher grammage overall because they are made up of three layers; the face material, the layer of adhesive, and the backing sheet. For example, our standard sheets of white paper labels have a face material of 70gsm and a backing sheet of 58gsm – in total this gives a weight of 128gsm – which is clearly more than the 80gsm of standard paper. So, whether you are using standard paper labels or a thicker, more specialised material, you will need to use a tray that is designed to take materials of a higher weight.
2. The media bypass tray tends to be positioned just above the paper tray. When printing from the paper tray, paper will usually be directed through the printer by a number of sets of rollers. The position of the media bypass tray means that your labels will go through fewer sets of rollers during the printing process. This is a benefit when printing labels as the sheets are at risk of rotation as they go through the rollers. With fewer rollers to go through, the chance of rotation is reduced which improves the accuracy of the positioning of the print.
For more information and tips about printing labels, please visit our Help & Advice section of our website.
March 12th, 2013
We often get requests for American sizes of labels. When this happens we will find the closest compatible size that we have available, but we will also advise the customer that American sizes are simply tricky to find in Europe. Quite often these sizes will be available as a “bespoke” option, which means either finding someone who does have these exact sizes available or having them made to order – both options are likely to end up costing more than buying a compatible size that is commonly stocked by European suppliers.
Sometimes a customer has to use American sizes because they are despatching items to America or using American software/templates that cannot be altered. In these cases, we suggest that the customer should look into sourcing the labels from an American supplier – not only will they have the exact sizes that are required, but it may well just end up being more cost effective.
You can find a list of the sizes we have available on our website – listed by width or listed by height.