Archive for March, 2013

Extended Easter Holiday

Thursday, 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.

Address Labels: The Movie?

Tuesday, 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.

Celebrating the arrival of Spring with yellow labels

Thursday, 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.

Set Lasers to “Labels” – printer settings

Tuesday, 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.

Why use the Media Bypass Tray?

Thursday, 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.

An American Label in Europe

Tuesday, 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.

Laser Labels – Best Practices

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

When using a laser printer, toner is bonded to the item being printed on using heat. Labels that are designed to be used with laser printers will be designed with the laser printing process in mind.

Laser labels contain moisture, which helps the toner to bond. If the amount of moisture in the labels is reduced then the toner will not bond properly and will simply rub off.

With this in mind, there are certain things you can do to prevent your labels from losing moisture:
– Storage: keep unprinted labels in their wrapping to prevent the labels from drying out.
– Printing: don’t feed laser labels through the printer twice. The printing process decreases the moisture content, so if they are fed through a second time the toner will not bond properly. Using the “Labels” or “Heavy Paper” setting when printing, will also slow the printer down and adjust the temperature to create better print results.

For more information, visit our Help & Advice page.

Labelling Anything That Moves

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Generally speaking, anything that has to be moved needs to be labelled. Whether you’re moving offices or moving house; transferring stock between factories and warehouses, shops and individual homes; or just simply keeping track of important items, using a label to identify what an item is, who owns the item, and where that particular item is supposed to end up can prevent objects from going missing.

We have a variety of labels that can help, whatever the reasons for your move. Why not try:

HIGH TACK LABELS: high tack labels are perfect for adding labels to items that either have an unusual surface that normal adhesives struggle to adhere to or that need to be tracked over a long period of time – meaning it is extremely important that the label remains on the item.

REMOVABLE & SUPER REMOVABLE LABELS: these labels are used when a temporary label is required. This could be during an office or house move, in auction houses during storage and sale, or during the manufacture and storage of products. In each case, identifying information can be applied to an item as needed before being removed without damaging the item. The super removable adhesive is ideal for use on delicate and glass items, as it doesn’t leave residue behind when removed.

RECTANGULAR AND SQUARE LABELS: rectangular and square labels are ideal for adding barcodes and QR codes to boxes or individual items so that they can be quickly identified when the code is scanned. This also allows a lot of information to be encoded into a small image and applied to an item on a single label.

COLOURED AND FLUORESCENT LABELS: these labels can be used to colour code items, by destination, owner, item category, or any other number of classifications. They make it easy to identify items quickly, and to group items as required.

FREEZER LABELS: these labels are designed to be used on items that will be stored in deep freeze conditions, making them ideal for labelling items such as food products that will be transferred from the manufacturer, to shops, restaurants, and individual homes, or medical samples that may be stored over a long period of time or moved from lab to lab as required.

MATT WHITE POLYESTER AND POLYETHYLENE LABELS: these labels have a marine quality adhesive and are waterproof, which makes them ideal for tracking items that are stored or used outside.

You can request a sample of any of the labels above by visiting our Sample Request Page on our website.