Posts Tagged ‘Materials’

FAQ – How Do I Find Out More About Your Label Materials?

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

When it comes to picking the perfect labels for your labelling project, you might need to know a bit more about the materials used to make your labels. For example, you might want to know more about the type of adhesive used, you might want to check the thickness of a particular label (to make sure that your printer is capable of processing your label sheets), or you might want to know if a particular material is suitable for your label application.

If this is the case, there are TWO really easy ways to find out more about the Label Planet labels you are interested in.

Firstly, you can visit our website. Each label product that we supply has its own dedicated range page, which provides the following information:

  • Key Facts: this lists the label material, printer compatibility, label adhesive, and waterproof status of the labels in question.
  • Product Information: this gives a brief description about the labels, including information about the material and adhesive along with some of the most popular uses for that particular type of label.
  • Common Uses: a short list of applications for which the label range is commonly used or particularly well-suited.
  • Material Specification Sheet: this sheet contains more detailed information about the material and adhesive used to make each label range – along with information about the weight and thickness of each material.

Secondly, if you don’t find the answer to your particular question or query on the range page of the labels you are interested in, you can always in get in touch with our Customer Service Team who will be more than happy to help. You can give us a call or send us an email – or you can even pop a note in the post – and no question is too big or too small (or too silly!).

Visit our LIST OF ALL MATERIALS page to find links to all of the range pages for our labels or visit our CONTACT US page to find out all of the ways you can get in touch with.

Label Planet’s Guide To Avery Labels

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

You may have noticed that we describe some of our products as being “Avery Compatible” and list “compatible Avery codes” for customers to use when printing the labels they have bought from us. This blog aims to provide a quickfire guide to what Avery labels are and why we mention them in connection with our products.

  1. We don’t sell Avery labels.
    The first thing to point out is that we DON’T supply Avery labels; none of our products are made or endorsed by the Avery Dennison Group and we have no affiliation whatsoever with the Avery Dennison Group.
  1. We do sell some label sizes that are compatible with Avery label sizes.
    Some of our label sizes are made using the exact same label size and layout as those used by Avery. We call our products “compatible” with those of Avery because they are the same (in terms of the size and layout) – however, the materials used to make our products may differ from those made by Avery.
  1. We supply Avery compatible labels because they are STANDARD label sizes that are suitable for a variety of label applications and they are cost-effective.
    While the name “Avery” has become synonymous with labels, it is important to remember that there is a whole labelling industry apart from Avery who all make their own label sizes and layouts. The reason that many of these companies use the same label sizes and layouts as Avery is that these sizes are the most economical sizes that can be produced on A4 sheets (making them more cost-effective) and they are useful for a range of applications. Standard sizes of labels supplied on A4 sheets have their dimensions determined by the sizes that are naturally created by dividing an A4 sheet into the required number of equal sized rows and columns to create the required number of labels per sheet. When label layouts are created with blank edges around the sheet – known as selvedges – or gaps between the rows and/or columns (to ensure the label sheets can be printed accurately), the spaces are generally kept as small as possible to reduce the amount of waste material that is created on each sheet.
    These sizes are manufactured regularly and in large volumes, which means that they incur lower manufacturing costs than more unusual sizes or bespoke labels that are made as and when they are requested.
    We therefore sell a number of the same label sizes and layouts as Avery (and other manufacturers and suppliers do) because these products are easier to print accurately, are readily available, and allow us to pass on better prices to our customers.
  1. We list compatible Avery codes so that customers can choose to use our label templates or a built-in Avery template to print the labels they have bought from Label Planet.
    Where one of our sizes is compatible with an Avery size you can print our labels using a template you have downloaded from our website OR using an Avery template that is built into the software you want (or need) to use to design and print your labels.We list any compatible Avery codes for our label products on the product packaging, product page, and template information page for that particular item.
  1. We list multiple Avery codes (where applicable) because of the way Avery named their products (and templates).
    Every Avery product has its own unique product code that is also used for the template that can be used to print that product. This creates multiple compatible template codes because Avery supplies many of its label sizes in different materials; each material has its own code BUT the templates used to print these products will be exactly the same because they share the same label size and layout. For example, many of Avery’s label sizes are available as both a paper product for inkjet printers (with a unique Avery code, for example J8654) and as a paper product for laser printers (also with its own unique Avery code, for example L7654) – however, you can print either of these products with either template (J8654 or L7654) because they are exactly the same. You could also use either of these templates to print onto any of our label products that have a code beginning with LP40/45 – which use the same label size and layout as the Avery products.
  1. We do not supply any labels that are compatible with American Avery label sizes.
    Avery supply DIFFERENT product ranges for the UK and US markets; this is because the US uses a page size of American Letter (8.5 inches x 11 inches or 215.9mm x 279.4mm) and label sizes that are measured in inches, while the UK uses a page size of A4 (210mm x 297mm) and label sizes that are measured in millimetres. You may have noticed that when you use built in Avery templates, the label vendor is given as “Avery A4/A5” – with another option for “Avery US Letter”. If you are using software that was developed by (and for) an American company, you will need to find an American label supplier that can ship to the UK. Alternatively, if you are able to shift away from American label sizes, you can convert your label measurements from inches to mm and you should be able to find a suitable UK label size that either matches or is close enough to the dimensions you want to use.
  1. We do not match Avery’s product list.
    We have selected a range of label sizes that we feel offers our customers the best possible choice for a range of label applications but we do not aim to match Avery’s complete product list. This means that there may be some label sizes that Avery supply but that we do not. We do not offer a bespoke label service and the only label sizes we can supply are those listed on our website.
  1. We sell label sizes that Avery do not supply.
    Of course, you may also be aware that Avery’s range of label sizes is smaller than those offered by other label manufacturers and suppliers (including Label Planet). Therefore, you will see that a number of our label products do not have any compatible Avery codes listed along with their product descriptions; this is because Avery simply do not supply labels in this size. We supply label templates (in both Word and PDF formats) for all of our label sizes so you don’t need to rely on a built in Avery template to get your labels designed and printed.

To find out if your Label Planet labels have a compatible Avery code you can check the product packaging, product page, or template information page (you can find this by clicking on the “Label Templates And Printing Information” link on the product page OR by visiting our Template Section). You could also visit our cross-index pages, which list all of the Label Planet label sizes that have compatible Avery codes and all of the Avery label sizes that have compatible Label Planet codes.

Picking The Perfect Labels For Your Summer Foodie Projects

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Summer is the perfect time for making all sorts of sweet and savoury goodies to enjoy while you (try to) enjoy a bit of summer sun. Whether you’re a home-baker or home-brewer making a few seasonal delights for friends and family or you’re a restaurant or café looking to create a selection of succulent snacks to satisfy summer shoppers, you’ll probably need a few extra labels to get all of your ingredients and products labelled up before they’re handed out.

This blog takes a closer look at the Label Planet labels that are just perfect for labelling food and drink products.

Freezer Labels
Best For: Frozen Foods
If you’re making ice creams or desserts that need to be stored in freezer conditions then our freezer labels are the ideal choice. These paper labels are made with a special freezer adhesive that is suitable for use in temperatures ranging between -40°C to +60°C and was specifically developed for deep freeze label applications (in which other standard adhesives tend to fail).

These white labels can be handwritten or printed using a laser printer; we don’t recommend using an inkjet printer, as the water-based inks will be likely to run and smudge when they are exposed to condensation.

We have eight label sizes available to order for same day despatch from stock, with a further thirty-six label sizes available as made to order bulk boxes.

Water Wash Off Labels
Best For: Labelling Ingredients / Reusable Containers
Water wash off labels are a brilliant solution to the problem of needing to securely label a container (so that the contents can be identified at all times) before removing the label without damaging the container (so that the container can be cleaned and reused).

Our wash off labels are paper labels with a special “wash off” adhesive; this is permanent adhesive creates a strong bond with a surface BUT also breaks down when it is exposed to water (so it doesn’t leave behind any adhesive residue or damage the surface). This means that you can safely and securely label food and drink containers so that their contents are clearly identified and then wash the labels off before reusing and relabelling the containers as required.

Again, we have eight label sizes available for same day despatch from stock, with thirty-six additional made to order label sizes.

Waterproof Labels
Best For: Labelling Drink Bottles
If you need labels for drink bottles that are likely to be exposed to condensation or ice, you may want to consider using waterproof labels; these labels will not be damaged by exposure to water or other liquids, which will allow your labels to remain firmly in place and completely legible for the entire length of the application.

These labels need to be printed with a laser printer in order to produce waterproof print and we have a variety of materials options to help you find the perfect label for your products. You can choose between white labels or transparent labels and we also offer options for a gloss finish (a shiny finish) or a matt finish (a dull, non-shiny finish).

We supply seventeen label sizes of waterproof labels as stocked items (packs of 25 sheets available for same day despatch), with a further twenty-seven label sizes available as made to order items (boxes of 500 sheets).

You can view ALL of our label materials on our All Materials page, download a label template from our Label Templates home page, and you can also Request A Sample of any of our label materials to make sure that you pick the perfect stickers for your summery snacks.

FAQs – Which Label Adhesive Should I Choose?

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Visitors to our website may have noticed that we offer a range of label adhesives to suit a range of label applications; while this should provide our customers with the perfect label for their unique requirements, it can be a bit tricky to make sure you’ve chosen the right one – particularly if you don’t really know very much about adhesives.

With this in mind, we’ve put together a flowchart to help guide you in the right direction when it comes to choosing the right adhesive for you. Simply follow the arrows and answer TWO easy questions to find out what kind of label adhesive is best suited to your needs.

The one exception to the first question is short term label applications that involve temporarily applying labels onto clothing (e.g. name badges worn for a networking event). In this case, we would recommend using a standard permanent adhesive; fabrics have very unusual surfaces that removable adhesives will struggle to bond with properly, while permanent adhesives will have enough strength to hold your labels in place but won’t form a solid and even bond – allowing them to be safely removed from clothing.

Remember, if you’re still not sure, you can always Request A Sample to try a few different products for yourself to make absolutely sure that they’ll do the job that you need them to do. Simply fill in our online Sample Request Form or get in touch with our Customer Service Team.

You can find out more about all of our label adhesives (and place an order for the ones you need) by visiting our LIST OF LABEL ADHESIVES page.

Summer Is Here But Never Fear We’ve Got Labels For All Your Gear!

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Today saw the arrival of the summer solstice, which means that today is officially the longest day of the year with a whopping 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight available for whatever plans you’ve got to hand.

Obviously, here at Label Planet, we think it’d be really amazing if you used some of your extra daylight to buy some summer labels for whatever projects you’re working on – but don’t worry, we’ve made it quick and simple to order labels from us, so you’ll be done in a jiffy with plenty of time to fit as much into your day as possible.

At Label Planet, we have over 100 label sizes available in over 30 material options and we aim to stock as many of the most popular combinations as possible so your labels can be despatched same day. Our website features all-inclusive prices so you simply pay the price you see – you can also opt to upgrade to a guaranteed next day delivery option if you need to receive your labels in plenty of time for looming deadline.

Our website provides information about all of the label materials and label adhesives that we supply, contains free Word templates and PDF templates for you to download and use to print your labels, and plenty of help and advice to guide you through the process of designing and printing your own labels.

Suitably Summery Labels From Label Planet

Coloured Labels: we supply self-adhesive labels in FIFTEEN different colours so we’re sure to have an option that will add a touch of summer fun to your project, from pastels that add a subtle bloom of colour to fluorescents that add a vibrant burst of colour, along with luxurious gold labels and silver labels, and a crafty brown ribbed Kraft paper that has a subtle touch of pattern and texture.

Gloss Labels: gloss labels are a brilliant way to add a subtle summery shimmer to your labelled items and we have both a full gloss and a semi-gloss finish available – you can also choose between gloss paper labels and gloss polyester labels (which are ideal if you want waterproof labels that can survive the occasional summer shower).

Transparent Labels: transparent labels are a wonderfully decorative way to label any item or even to make your own window stickers and you can choose between a gloss finish or a matt finish to make sure your labels stand out or blend in, depending on the effect you want to create.

Waterproof Labels: perfectly suited to the summer months, we supply a range of waterproof labels, which can be used for both indoor and outdoor applications that may involve exposure to water. We particularly recommend our Marine Labels (MWP, MWPE, and MWPO), which are all made with super tough synthetic materials and a marine adhesive, which means they’ll survive in all kinds of conditions – perfect for the ever-changeable British summer.

Freezer Labels: if you’re looking to perfect some homemade delicacies or you’re a supplier of delicious summer delights, our freezer labels are designed specifically for use on items that need to be stored in deep freeze conditions.

Water Wash Off: another recommended product for customers making food and drink products over the summer months; these labels can be used to safely and securely label containers that hold food stuffs and ingredients BUT can also be removed simply by washing the containers so that you can clean and re-label them time and time again.

Visit our full List Of Label Materials to find out more or to buy any of the label materials available from Label Planet OR visit our full List of Label Adhesives for more information about the adhesives used to make our self-adhesive labels.

You’ll find plenty of tips and advice on our Help Pages and you can head on over the our Template Home Page to download a template and get printing!

Remember, you can also Request A Sample of any of our label materials and adhesives to make sure that the labels you buy from us won’t give you the summertime blues!

Get Creative With Gloss Clear Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

This week, we’re taking an in-depth look at one of our synthetic self-adhesive labels, GLOSS CLEAR POLYESTER INKJET LABELS, which have a few useful features that make them perfect for all kinds of creative purposes.

GIVE ME A G! (GLOSS)
These labels have a high gloss finish, which means that they are very efficient at reflecting light and so have an attractive bright and shiny appearance. This makes these labels extremely popular for any label application that requires the use of a decorative and/or professional looking label – but one that avoids being too overpowering or colourful.

GIVE ME A C! (CLEAR)
Our GCP labels are made with a transparent polyester and a transparent adhesive, which means that – once applied onto a solid white or coloured background – they can be seen through quite clearly. While our transparent labels are not frosted or translucent, they are not “glass clear”; in other words, when a label is applied onto glass, the adhesive will cause some bubbles of air or dust to be trapped beneath the label which prevents it from having a truly 100% transparent appearance.

These labels are a brilliant way to add branding or additional information onto all kinds of items because they won’t obscure or detract from any existing designs on the surface being labelled. They’re also ideal if you are having trouble colour matching labels to your existing print or design.

GIVE ME A P! (POLYESTER)
Polyester is a synthetic material that is extremely tough and durable, which means these labels can be used in a wide range of environments and for all kinds of applications. The labels themselves are waterproof and long lasting, which makes them ideal for both short term or long term applications.

Polyester does have a strong memory (i.e. when the material is distorted in some way – for example, by bending it around a narrow curve – it will try to return to its original flat state), which means that these labels may not be suitable for labelling extremely curved surfaces such as very narrow cylinders.

GIVE ME AN I! (INKJET)
GCP labels are designed specifically for use with inkjet printers, which means that they can be used to produce extremely high quality label designs – including reproductions of photographs and high resolution artwork.

It should be noted that, while the labels themselves are waterproof, most inkjet inks are water-based and this means that the print will run or smudge if it gets wet or is handled a lot. To create waterproof printed labels using GCP you would need to either purchase a protective spray to cover the print or you would need to apply a second label over a printed label in order to protect the print from exposure to water.

GIVE ME AN L! (LABELS)
Our range of GCP labels is extremely popular for a variety of label applications including decorative address labels, product labels and packaging labels, promotional and marketing labels, and decorative window stickers.

They can also be used to create mini dry-wipe boards that can be written on using a dry-wipe marker pen before wiping clean so you can use them again and again (and again and again!).

To find out more or to buy your own marvellous GLOSS CLEAR POLYESTER INKJET LABELS simply visit the GCP range page or fill in our online SAMPLE REQUEST FORM to try before you buy.

Last Minute School Labels For The End Of The Summer Term

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

The approach of summer brings with it all kinds of important school events; exams, sports days, summer concerts and performances, end of year reports, and – of course – preparations for September when the new school year starts.

If you’re a school in need of some last minute labels for any of your end of term events, projects, or general administration, Label Planet has got plenty of self-adhesive labels to help you get organised before you shut down for summer.

Many of our labels are available for same day despatch from stock and we offer special delivery options to help make sure your labels arrive in plenty of time.

We also offer schools the opportunity to request a School Invoice, which provides 30 days for payment; simply send us an official school purchase order (or a signed order on the school’s letterhead) via email or fax and we’ll get your order processed and despatched along with a School Invoice.

SELF-ADHESIVE LABELS FOR SCHOOLS

Paper Labels
Ideal for getting organised, our paper labels come in a variety of label sizes suitable for a wide range of applications in schools including; Target Setting & Assessment (e.g. progress labels, “I can” labels, and self-assessment and reflection labels), Marking & Feedback (e.g. marking conventions and criteria, feedback labels, merit labels or reward stickers, and effective marking labels), Lesson Planning (e.g. lesson objectives, success criteria, and WALT and WILF statements), Pastoral Care (e.g. names on student files, behaviour comments on student files and/or planners, and merit labels), and General School Administration (e.g. labelling books, files, equipment, library books, and storage containers).

Coloured Labels
Perfect for busy school environments, coloured labels are a quick and easy way for teachers and members of staff to get stuff colour coded, sorted, and organised AND they’re a fun way to provide children with rewards and feedback on their progress.

We supply seven pastel colours and five fluorescent colours that can be used to colour code items according to all kinds of criteria including indicators for specific classes, subjects, levels of achievement, or behavioural issues. They’re ideal for clearly setting out targets and achievements, providing feedback and charting progress, defining important information and criteria for specific subjects, and as reward stickers or merit badges.

Gold & Silver Labels
Our metallic gold labels and silver labels are ideal for use as part of your school’s reward system and can be used to create individual reward stickers and merit badges OR as part of certificates that are handed out to pupils who have shown particular improvement or success in a subject or event.

Gold, Silver, & Bronze Stars
Brand new this year, our star stickers are a brilliant way to give feedback to pupils about how much they’ve achieved – whether you are rewarding academic achievement or achievements in extracurricular activities such as sports or performing arts. You can use them on classwork and homework, end of term/end of year reports, or on certificates being produced for end of year presentations or events like sports days.

We supply our star stickers in packs of gold stars, silver stars, bronze stars, or an assortment of the three colours.

Visit the SCHOOL SECTION of our website to find out more about how Label Planet can help you to order, design, and print your own school labels OR take a look at our LIST OF LABELS to find out more about all of the different labels available from Label Planet.

If you need any help ordering or choosing the right school labels, remember you can always contact our Customer Service Team who will be happy to help!

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!