Archive for May, 2017

Make Sure Your Stickers Stick By Choosing A Permanent Adhesive

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

At Label Planet, we supply a wide range of labels, which can broadly be divided into two categories: Permanent Labels and Removable Labels – which, you will undoubtedly not be surprised to learn, are made with permanent adhesives and removable adhesives respectively. This post takes a closer look at the labels that fall into the first category (Permanent Labels) and the adhesives used to make them stick.

PERMANENT ADHESIVES
Generally speaking, a permanent adhesive is any adhesive that is designed to create a strong adhesive bond that is difficult to break. This does NOT mean that permanent adhesives are 100% permanent; any label held in place with a permanent adhesive can be removed if an individual is determined enough to do so – permanent adhesives are simply designed to make the removal of a label as difficult as possible (which means that they will usually leave behind adhesive residue and may damage the surface that they were applied to when they are removed).

Permanent adhesives typically offer good initial tack (this is the strength of the adhesive bond that is created at the moment an adhesive is applied to a surface) and good ultimate tack (this is the strength of the adhesive bond that is formed once the adhesive has completely strengthened and set).

SELF-ADHESIVE PERMANENT ADHESIVES
At Label Planet, all of our labels are “self-adhesive”/“pressure sensitive” labels (made with self-adhesive or pressure sensitive adhesives); this simply means that these labels require only the pressure of a finger or hand to adhere to a surface. Other adhesives may require the presence of another substance or specific conditions to form an adhesive bond (e.g. water sensitive adhesives require the presence of water to initiate a chemical reaction that leads to the formation of an adhesive bond, while holt melt adhesives must be melted and allowed to cool back into a solid to create an adhesive bond). Pressure sensitive adhesives, however, are tacky (sticky) in their dry form at room temperature and are applied using only the pressure of a finger or hand.

DIFFERENT STRENGTHS OF SELF-ADHESIVE PERMANENT ADHESIVES
Permanent adhesives are available in a range of adhesive strengths; standard permanent adhesives, for example, will be able to form a good adhesive bond between a general range of surface types and materials, while stronger permanent adhesives (sometimes called High Tack Adhesives) will be able to form a strong adhesive bond between a wide range of surface types and materials – including curved surfaces and unusual materials such as wood, plastics, and metals.

Permanent adhesives may also be designed to provide better adhesive strength under more challenging or unusual environmental conditions, such as Marine Adhesives (designed to create a permanent adhesive bond that can survive exposure to or immersion in water) and Freezer Adhesives (designed to create a permanent adhesive bond that can survive in freezing conditions).

LABEL PLANET’S DIFFERENT STRENGTHS OF SELF-ADHESIVE PERMANENT ADHESIVES
At Label Planet, we try to offer our customers a range of permanent adhesive options so that they can find a label that is suitable for the particular requirements of their individual label application. Our range of permanent adhesives includes:

Standard Permanent Adhesive
Designed To: create a good adhesive bond on a general range of surfaces and materials
Available On: STA, GW, GWPQ, SG, MPQ, C, FC, LG, LS, BRK, GCP, GTP, MTP, GWP, SMP, SVP, TEV

Marine Permanent Adhesive
Designed To: create a strong adhesive bond that can survive exposure to or immersion in water
Available On: MWP, MWPE, MWPO

Freezer Permanent Adhesive
Designed To: create a strong adhesive bond that can survive exposure to freezing temperatures
Available On: DF

Opaque Permanent Adhesive
Designed To: create a good adhesive bond while also blocking out any existing print work beneath the label
Available On: OPQ

Wash Off Permanent Adhesive
Designed To: create a good adhesive bond that can be broken down by exposing the adhesive to water (in order to allow these permanent labels to be removed without damaging the item that they were used to label)
Available On: WW

High Tack Permanent Adhesive
Designed To: create a strong adhesive bond on a wide variety of surfaces and materials
Available On: HT

Super Tack Permanent Adhesive
Designed To: create an extremely strong adhesive bond on a wide variety of surfaces and materials
Available On: ST

To find out more about any of our permanent labels – or to place an order today – visit our List Of Labels With Permanent Adhesives page.

Keep Valuable Items Safe & Secure With Tamper Evident Vinyl Labels

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

This week we’re taking a closer look at our Tamper Evident Vinyl Labels, which are one of the two kinds of security labels that we supply. Tamper evident labels are designed to improve the security of the item they are applied to by providing visual evidence that an item has been tampered with – which allows them to act as a visual deterrent against such tampering.

Our tamper evident vinyl labels combine a strong permanent adhesive with an extremely fragile vinyl face material; this means that, once a label has been applied onto a surface, any attempt to remove the label will result in the vinyl fragmenting into tiny pieces. This makes it almost impossible to remove the label in its entirety (and extremely time consuming to remove even a small amount of the label) and produces visual evidence that an attempt has been made to tamper with an item.

These labels are ideal for use as security labels – or security seals – on high value products, product packaging, and important documents. The label can be added as an additional seal to packaging, envelopes, or parcels to ensure that an item cannot be opened without leaving behind evidence that the item has indeed been opened. They can also be applied directly onto items (if appropriate) or packaging to clearly indicate the original owner, manufacturer, or supplier of that item (preventing that item from being resold without permission).

You can leave these labels blank, handwrite a message, or you can print a design (e.g. a company logo) or message using a laser printer.

We supply 11 label sizes of tamper evident vinyl labels in packs of 25 sheets, which are available for same day despatch from stock; we also supply a further 33 label sizes as made to order items, which have a 500 sheet minimum order quantity and take up to five working days for despatch.

To find out more about these brilliantly simply security labels or to place an order today, simply visit our Tamper Evident Vinyl Labels range page and select the size and quantity you need.

Make Your Mail Magnificent With Address Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

While address labels might not be something that you spend a lot of time thinking about (or indeed spend any time thinking about!), they’re a really brilliant way to personalise your mail in a few simple steps.

Whether you’re a professional looking to smarten up your business mail, a company wanting to brand your envelopes and/or packages, or an individual who wants to make their post that extra bit special, designing and printing your own address labels is a really easy way to make your mail stand out.

HOW CAN I PERSONALISE MY ADDRESS LABELS?
You can personalise address labels in all kinds of ways, including:

  • Fonts – simply taking some time to choose the right font can be a really easy way to improve the look of your address labels. If you’re creating labels for a special event you could match the colour and style to the theme of the event, or you could replicate your company’s brand colours for a subtle way to boost brand awareness for your business or organisation.
  • Images – for an eye-catching and unique finishing touch on any postal item, you could add a photograph, company logo, picture, or even a design of your own creation.
  • Colour – adding colour to your address labels is the perfect way to brighten up any envelope or parcel and you can use colour to tailor your labels to a particular event, promote brand awareness by using company colours, or just throw in every colour of the rainbow for a bit of fun!
  • Materials – you can also enhance the appearance of your envelopes or parcels simply by choosing a different kind of label material. For example, we supply pastel coloured labels (for a subtle bloom of colour), fluorescent coloured labels (for an eye-catching burst of colour), Kraft paper labels (for a natural, home-made feel), gloss address labels (for a decorative shine), and transparent labels (for envelopes or parcels that already have a decorative finish of their own).

HOW DO I CREATE ADDRESS LABELS?
While you CAN simply type your addresses into a template (or perhaps copy and paste them from an existing list), it’s always worth considering using a Mail Merge tool, like the one available in Word, especially if you need to print a LOT of labels.

Mail merge tools are designed to create multiple documents or items based on a single template document and a data source – for example, a Word template and an Excel spreadsheet. Most mail merge tools include an option to create address labels in this way (although the tool can also be utilised to create other sorts of labels, such as product labels).

You add your design to the template and insert placeholders for the information that will be drawn from your data source (for address labels, this would be the name of the recipient and their address); your software will then merge your template and your data source to create a set of labels containing one personalised label for every recipient in your data source.

We recommend using the Mail Merge Wizard in Word – while you can complete the various steps in a mail merge yourself, we find that it is always easier to use the Wizard, which will guide you through the process step by step.

To start the Mail Merge Wizard:

  • Click on Mailings > Start Mail Merge > Step By Step Mail Merge Wizard (Word 2007 onwards + Word For Mac 2016)

WHY SHOULD I BUY ADDRESS LABELS FROM LABEL PLANET?
At Label Planet, we have a huge range of address labels available for same day despatch from stock. Our labels are available in packs of 25 sheets (or boxes of 500 sheets) and our website features straightforward all-inclusive pricing so you simply select the address labels you want and pay the price you see. We also offer next day delivery options if you want to make sure that your labels arrive in plenty of time – especially if you’ve got a big deadline to meet.

We also supply free label templates for all of our label sizes (in Word and PDF formats) and provide compatible Avery codes where applicable (so you can use built in Avery templates if you need to do so). You can also visit our Help Section for tips and advice on designing and printing your own labels and our Customer Service Team is on hand Monday to Friday (9am-5pm) to provide one-to-one advice if you need us!

Visit our Address Labels page to take a look at the different material options we recommend for address labels or to buy your own address labels today!

Make Things Clearer With Transparent Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

We supply FOUR ranges of self-adhesive transparent labels, each of which is made with a transparent polyester and a transparent adhesive, which allows all of these labels to be seen through quite clearly.

Transparent labels are useful for a number of different applications and are most commonly used when there is a need to create decorative and/or professional looking labels that avoid any potential issues with surface-matching or colour-matching.

In other words, transparent labels are generally chosen for their ability to “blend in” – so you can add a label without covering up the surface of the item you are labelling, for example:

  • Products and product packaging often feature specially created designs that are an important part of the product or company brand and shouldn’t be hidden beneath any product labels that are subsequently applied. Transparent labels are also a simple solution to the issue of colour-matching; if you are using specific brand colours but can’t find labels to match, you can use a transparent label to avoid the problem altogether.
  • Items connected with special events (such as wedding invitations or extra special birthday gifts) are often sent in decorative envelopes or wrapping that are specially chosen to suit the big event – and it would be a pity to cover up these items with a plain label. Transparent labels allow an address to be added without taking away from the look of envelopes or wrapping – and are, again, an easy way to avoid the problem of colour matching items that have been made to a specific colour theme.
  • Labels are an ideal way to add information to displays and exhibitions – from the creations of school children through to works of art being displayed in galleries. Transparent labels are a really easy way to add professional signage to such displays and allow identifying information (such as the creator or history of a specific item) to be displayed without distracting from the item itself.
  • Finally, transparent labels are a brilliant way to create window stickers for decorative or professional purposes and can be used to display information or designs without blocking out a larger section of a window than is necessary.

Our transparent labels are made with polyester, which is a tough, durable, and waterproof material that is perfect for a wide range of applications, including indoor and outdoor uses that involve exposure to water (e.g. product labels on items that are used outdoors or in kitchens/bathrooms). They can also be used to create indoor and outdoor signage, as protective covering for non-waterproof labels, or as seals on important documentation or packaging.

These labels are not “frosted” or “translucent”, nor are they “glass clear” – while they will appear almost completely see through when applied to a white or coloured surface, when they are applied to glass they may have a slightly frosted look. This is because tiny air bubbles may be trapped by the adhesive as the labels are applied, which prevents them from having a truly 100% transparent appearance when applied onto glass.
To achieve this, you would need to source an alternative type of label that do not rely on the presence of an adhesive to remain in place; for example, static cling labels use static in place of an adhesive and are capable of creating a 100% transparent adhesive.

It should also be noted that the terms “transparent” and “clear” generally mean the same thing – i.e. transparent labels may also be called clear labels. At Label Planet, we tend to use “transparent” but you will also see that our laser transparent labels have “transparent” in their product name (e.g. Gloss Transparent Labels), while our inkjet transparent labels have “clear” in their product name (e.g. Gloss Clear Labels).

The four kinds of transparent labels supplied by Label Planet are:

Gloss Clear Polyester Labels
These transparent labels have a gloss finish (a shiny finish) and are suitable for use with INKJET printers only; they can also be used to create your own mini dry wipe boards.

Gloss Transparent Polyester Labels
These transparent labels also have a gloss finish but are suitable for use with LASER printers only; this makes them ideal for use as permanent labels on items that also have a gloss surface.

Removable Gloss Transparent Polyester Labels
These transparent labels have a removable adhesive (they can be removed from a surface with damaging that surface in the process); they also have a gloss finish and are suitable for use with LASER printers only.

Matt Transparent Polyester Labels
These transparent labels have a permanent adhesive and a matt finish (a non-shiny finish) and are suitable for use with LASER printers only; these labels are ideal for use as permanent labels on non-glossy surfaces and are particularly well-suited to use as professional labels on important documentation or product packaging.

To find out more or to buy any of our transparent labels, simply visit our TRANSPARENT LABELS page today.

Ester, Ethylene, Or Olefin: Which Poly Will Make You Jolly (Happy With Your Label Purchase)?

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

If you’ve taken a look at our range of waterproof labels, you may have noticed that we offer THREE different types of Marine Labels; MWP, MWPE, and MWPO.

You may also have noticed that all of these labels are waterproof labels that are extremely tough and durable, and suitable for a whole range of label applications – including both indoor and outdoor uses.

All of which may have left you confused as to which of these waterproof labels would be the best for you – this post aims to give you a quick fire guide to the differences between these three materials to help you make up your mind.

THE MATERIALS
The principle difference between these three label products is the face material used to make the labels; MWP is made with polyester, MWPE is made with polyethylene, and MWPO is made with polyolefin. All three are similar synthetic materials but have slightly different properties that give each label certain advantages (or disadvantages) over the others depending on the application you have in mind.

The key differences are as follows:
MWP: this material is white in colour, less flexible, and thinner than the other two materials (it also offers slightly better chemical resistance than MWPE and MWPO, although all three offer excellent resistance to most common chemicals).
MWPE: this material is slightly off-white in colour, is the most flexible, and the thickest of the three materials.
MWPO: this material is white in colour, is more flexible than MWP but less flexible than MWPE, and is thicker than MWP but thinner than MWPE.

THE ADHESIVE
All three of these labels are made with a marine adhesive, which conforms to the BS5609 part 2 standard for marine immersion – this standard is awarded to adhesives that are suitable for use in marine conditions and is also considered a marker for high quality adhesives that are tough, durable, and suitable for a variety of applications and environments.

Due to the flexibility of each material type, however, under certain circumstances the adhesive strength of these labels does differ slightly – making MWPE the stickiest of the three, followed by MWPO, and then MWP. This is because MWPE and MWPO have the flexibility to allow these labels to conform better to different surface types – including rough, curved, or unusual surfaces – while the rigidity of the MWP can cause it to struggle slightly on certain surfaces. Therefore, while you would see very little difference between the three if you were to apply them all to a clean, flat metal surface, you may get different results on a curved metal surface.

THE PRINTING EXPERIENCE
While MWPE and MWPO can both be printed on inkjet printers or laser printers, MWP can only be printed using a laser printer. The MWP labels are the easiest to print, however, because the thickness of MWPE and MWPO requires a little more care when printing (with some smaller printers being unable to process materials of this thickness at all).

THE PRICE
If you are looking at smaller quantities (i.e. less than 500 sheets), there is absolutely no difference between these three product ranges so the label you choose will entirely depend on the characteristics and properties you want your labels to possess. Once you move into bulk boxes of 500 sheets, there is some slight variation in price with MWPO being the most cost-effective choice and MWP being the most expensive choice.

If you’re still confused, we’ve put together a simple table to show the differences between our marine labels (with 1 being the best option for that particular feature).

Feature

MWP  (Polyester)

MWPE  (Polyethylene)

MWPO (Polyolefin)

How Well Do They Stick?

3

1

2

How Thin Is The Material?

1

3

2

How Flexible Is The Material?

3

1

2

How Well Do They Resist Exposure To Chemicals?

1

2

2

How Easy Are They To Print?

1

3

2

How Much Do They Cost?

3

2

1

You can find all of our Marine Labels on the Waterproof Labels page or you can take a look at our List of All Labels page to find out more about all of the different self adhesive labels available from Label Planet.

If you’re still not sure which marine label is the best one for you, remember, you can always request a sample to give each one a try before you buy!