Repositionable Labels - What does repositionable labels mean?
Labels that can be removed and reapplied either in the same place or in another position. Repositionable labels are usually made with microsphere adhesives (particularly acrylic-based microsphere adhesives) that have relatively low initial tack and low ultimate adhesion; this means that a label can be removed without damaging the label or the substrate and has enough tack to be reapplied successfully. While there should be no limit to the number of times a repositionable label can be reapplied, most adhesives do eventually build to permanent adhesion; some repositionable labels will be made with an adhesive that has been treated in order to either extend the time taken to reach ultimate adhesion or to prevent an adhesive from ever reaching ultimate adhesion.
Repositionable labels are usually used as temporary labels that can be applied for a short period of time and then removed when the information is no longer needed or is out of date; unlike removable temporary labels, however, repositionable labels can then be kept and reused. They are also used for applications that require a high level of positional accuracy; the label can be applied and, if it is slightly crooked or wrinkled, it can be removed and reapplied until the required position is achieved. While most repositionable labels use a microsphere adhesive, static cling labels can also be used when a label needs to be repositioned and/or reused.Go Back to Glossary