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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 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!

Why Try Before You Buy? Request A Sample To Make Sure You Can Apply And Rely On The Labels We Supply!

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Here at Label Planet, we firmly believe in doing all we can to help our customers find the perfect label for their particular needs and a big part of this is our sample request service.

Allowing our customers to request a sample means they can buy labels from us knowing that they are the right labels for the job.

Whether you need to check if a material or adhesive is the right one for your application, you want to look at a few different colours or finishes to pick the best one for your project, or you want to practice printing your own labels, requesting a sample is a quick and easy (and free) way to make sure you pick the perfect label.

To request a sample you can get in touch with our Customer Service Team OR you can use our online Sample Request Form.

We ask that you give as much detail as you can about your application and preferences so that we can send the best options for your requirements. We also recommend that when you print and/or test your labels you replicate the actual application as closely possible to make sure that those labels will work for you.

All of our samples are sent out in C4 envelopes with your samples packed into plastic bags printed with a few of our top tips for trouble free label printing. We recommend that you read these tips to make sure that you get the most out of your sample labels.

You can find free templates for all of our label sizes (in Word and PDF formats) on our website, along with a Help Section that contains Step By Step Guides To Designing & Printing Labels, more Top Tips, and a Troubleshooting Guide – just in case you run into any issues.

Remember, you can always get in touch with our Customer Service Team if you need any help and advice on choosing, ordering, and printing your perfect labels; alternatively, you can simply visit our website now to request your free sample or to access our help and advice pages (including our Template Section).

A Quick Post Easter Update From Label Planet

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

We’re open again after taking an extended Easter break last week.

We’ve been working through all of the orders, emails, and sample requests that we received over the break and we’re delighted (and relieved) to announce that we’re – almost – all caught up.

Orders placed over the Easter Break (14th-23rd April) have now been despatched (stocked items) or have been processed for production (made to order items). We’re working our way through emails and sample requests so don’t panic if you haven’t heard back from us – we’re getting there!

If you do have any urgent concerns or queries about placing an order or about an order you’ve already placed, please do get in touch and we’ll do our best to help.

Wishing You All A Hoppy-Happy Easter Weekend From Label Planet!

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Yes, this weekend is the Easter Weekend and, whatever your plans, we hope you have a wonderful time!

Whether you’re taking the family on a hunt for chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies or you’re simply looking forward to a long weekend, we hope you enjoy the break.

Here at Label Planet, we will be closing for a short Easter holiday; our office will close at 5pm tomorrow and we will re-open on Monday 24th April at 9am.

Orders of 500+ sheets will be processed up to 3pm tomorrow but may not despatch until after Easter depending on stock availability. Orders of stocked items (25 sheet packs) will be processed and despatched up to 4:30pm tomorrow.

Any orders placed over the break will be processed and despatched upon our return. If you have any questions or queries during this time, please send us an email and we’ll respond as soon as we can once we’re back.

Wish You Could Wash Away Your Labels When You Want? – Now You Can With Water Wash Off Labels!

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

This week, we’re taking a closer look at one of our newest products – Water Wash Off Labels.

Water wash off labels are a pretty ingenious solution to the problem of labelling re-usable containers that need to be emptied, cleaned, and re-labelled on a regular basis – such as ingredient containers in a professional kitchen or bottles and jars used to store homemade condiments and drinks. In any case, it is important that each container is clearly (and securely) labelled AND that those containers aren’t damaged when you remove and replace the labels.

In these applications, using a permanent adhesive would hold your labels firmly in place BUT would damage your containers each time you remove the old labels, while using a removable adhesive would prevent your containers from being damaged BUT would also run the risk of your labels coming off earlier than you’d like.

Water wash off labels offer a perfect alternative; they are permanent labels made with a special wash off adhesive, which creates a permanent adhesive bond that breaks down when exposed to water. This means that these labels will be completely permanent (provided the containers are stored in dry conditions) until you decide you no longer need them, at which point you can simply wash the labels away.

In the office, we like to call these labels “Wish Wash Labels”- because when you wish they would wash off, they will! These labels are perfect for all kinds of food and drink applications, because they allow vital information to be securely added to containers AND will wash cleanly away without damaging the containers in the process.

Our water wash off labels are made with paper and are supplied on A4 sheets; they can be printed using inkjet printers and laser printer or they can be handwritten. They are best suited to solid surfaces (such as plastic and glass) and should be stored carefully to preserve the effectiveness of the adhesive.

We have 8 label sizes available to order for same day despatch from stock, along with a further 36 label sizes available to order.

To find out more about our wonderful Water Wash Off Labels or to place an order today, simply head on over to our Water Wash Off range page.


We’d also like to mention that we will be shutting down for an Easter break again this year. We will be closing at 5pm on Thursday 13th April and re-opening on Monday 24th April. Any orders placed online during this period will be processed and despatched upon our return. If you have any questions or queries, please send us an email and we’ll respond as soon as we can once we’re back.

Get Ready For #WorldBackUpDay On 31st March With #labelplanet Media Labels

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

The 31st March is WORLD BACK UP DAY – a day designed to promote awareness of the importance of having a backup plan for all of your digital data. While some of you may already have a backup (or three!) of your important data, many people either don’t know what a backup is or keep putting it off as something to do when they have the time to get around to doing it…probably.

Unfortunately, many people have also found themselves learning about the importance of backing up when it’s already too late – whether they’ve been suddenly confronted with the ever alarming “blue screen of death”, a device that simply refuses to turn on, or have been the unfortunate victim of a phishing scam or malware attack.

While backing up isn’t the most thrilling thing to do, it can save a lot of time, money, and heartache – especially if the data you lose is of significant emotional or financial value to you or to your business.

And This Is Where Label Planet Comes In!

While we aren’t suppliers of backup software or experts on how to create the perfect backup plan, we do have a few label products that can help you get your digital data organised.

We supply a range of self-adhesive labels that are specifically designed for labelling all kinds of media devices, from the small to the even smaller. These labels are supplied on A4 sheets and can be printed with laser printers and inkjet printers or handwritten as needed. They are all label sizes that have been specifically selected with storage devices in mind and can be used to add a subtle reminder of the contents of a device (OR a GIANT reminder to keep that particular device safe and sound so you know exactly what stuff you’ve got stored and where).

We supply Word templates & PDF templates for all of these labels (Visit “Templates For Special Use Labels”) so you can download the template you need immediately and get on with backing up your all-important data.

Visit our MEDIA LABELS page now to order brilliantly useful labels for backing up lots of important data.

Spring Is Here (& So Is The Rain) So Why Not Try Some Colour (ed Labels) To Make Your Things A Little Less Duller?!

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Monday brought the Spring Equinox and with it weather that feels anything but spring-like so we thought it was a good time to take a closer look at our coloured labels – perfect for adding a burst of colour to brighten up even the gloomiest of “spring” days.

Here at Label Planet, our coloured labels remain some of our firm favourites because they’re a really simple way to add a bit of decoration (and fun) to any labelling application – and we’ve got colours to suit all sorts of projects, whether you’re looking for a luxurious finish, a natural homemade feel, a gentle bloom of colour, or an eye catching display that won’t go unnoticed.

All of our coloured labels are supplied on A4 sheets and are suitable for printing or for handwriting.

Our colours include:

SEVEN PASTEL SHADES

Crimson-Red, Orange-Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Cream, Pink

Our pastel coloured labels are made with a coloured paper with either a permanent adhesive or a removable adhesive. Both are suitable for use with inkjet printers and laser printers or for handwriting. We have 20 label sizes available for same day despatch from stock (in 25 sheet packs) and a further 43 label sizes available to order. These labels are ideal for adding a gentle burst of colour that adds a subtle touch of decoration to any labelled item.

FIVE NEON FLUORESCENTS

Red, Orange, Lemon (Yellow), Green, Magenta

Our fluorescent labels are made with a fluorescent coloured paper and a permanent adhesive; these labels are suitable for use with laser printers only or for handwriting. We have 8 label sizes available for same day despatch from stock and a further 51 label sizes available to order. These labels are perfect if you want to create eye-catching, attention-grabbing labels that are impossible to miss.

TWO SEMI-GLOSS METALLICS

Gold, Silver

Our metallic labels are made with a metallic colour paper with a textured, semi-gloss finish and a permanent adhesive; these labels are suitable for use with laser printers only or for handwriting. We have 9 label sizes available for same day despatch from stock and a further 15 label sizes available to order. These labels are a lovely way to create high quality, luxury labels or to add a glimmer of a shimmer to extra special items.

PATTERNED KRAFT

Brown Ribbed Kraft Paper

Our Kraft labels are made with a brown kraft paper with a ribbed finish and a permanent adhesive; these labels can be printed with inkjet printers and laser printers or can be handwritten. These labels are a brilliant way to add natural colouring with a subtle touch of pattern and texture; our Kraft labels are especially popular for labelling homemade or gift items.

You can find ALL of our coloured labels on our COLOURED LABELS page. Remember, you can also request a sample of our labels so you can make sure that you’ve found the perfect colour for you!

High Tack Vs Super Tack: Which Sticky Label Has The Stickiest Stick For Sticky Situations?

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

One of our newest label products is our range of SUPER TACK labels, which form one half of our “Very Sticky” group of labels (along with our HIGH TACK labels). Both of these ranges feature paper labels (suitable for printing with inkjet and laser printers or for handwriting) with very strong permanent adhesives that are designed to stay firmly in place on a variety of surfaces.

Our High Tack labels and Super Tack labels were designed to be suitable for applications that require labels that are extremely difficult to remove, that can sustain an adhesive bond over a long period of time, that can adhere to materials and/or surfaces that standard permanent adhesives fail to bond with properly, or for applications that may involve (temporary) exposure to lower temperatures.

So what’s the difference between High Tack and Super Tack?
The only difference between our High Tack and Super Tack labels is the adhesive; both are made with very strong permanent adhesives but the adhesive on our super tack labels has been specially formulated and manufactured to maximise its initial tack and ultimate tack.

What’s “initial tack” and “ultimate tack”?
Our labels are all made with “pressure sensitive adhesives” – i.e. adhesives that only require the pressure of a finger or hand to create an adhesive bond. Pressure sensitive adhesives have two stages of adhesion – the initial tack and the ultimate tack. The initial tack describes the strength of the adhesive bond that is created at the moment of contact between the adhesive and a surface, while the ultimate tack describes the strength of the adhesive bond once it has fully strengthened and set.

Therefore, if a standard permanent adhesive has “good” initial tack and “good” ultimate tack, our high tack labels offer “very good” initial tack and “very good” ultimate tack, while our super tack labels offer “excellent” initial tack and “excellent” ultimate tack.

So why choose High Tack Labels or Super Tack Labels?
The strength of the adhesives used to make these labels makes them an ideal choice if you want your labels to remain firmly in place for a long time – even if the label application will involve exposure to lower temperatures. They’re also perfect if you find that standard permanent adhesives struggle to bond with the surface or material that you are trying to label; for example, standard labels may struggle to adhere to curved containers (such as bottles and jars) and fabric or plastic items (such as material swatches and samples or plastic bags and boxes).

Our HIGH TACK LABELS are available in fourteen stocked sizes (available for same day despatch in packs of 25 sheets) and thirty made to order sizes (available to order in boxes of 500 sheets), while our SUPER TACK LABELS are available in eleven stocked sizes and thirty-three made to order sizes.

Remember, you can always use our free sample request service to request a sample of our high tack labels and/or super tack labels to find out which of our sticky labels have enough stick for your sticky situation!