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What’s In A (Product) Name? Quite A Lot Really!

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Our product codes are designed to be as simple and useful as possible, which means that (if you look closely enough) you can find out all sorts of information about our self-adhesive labels just by looking their product codes.

While a lot of label products have (random) alphanumerical codes that are easily confused and hold no meaningful reference to their products, we wanted our product codes to be as useful as the sticky labels themselves.

This is why we’ve created a system for labelling our printer labels, to incorporate the main features of each product (e.g. label size and shape, labels per sheet, label adhesive and material, colours and finishes etc) into the product code – so you know exactly what you’re getting from the start!

All of our blank label products (except for our CD & DVD labels and franking labels) have a code based on the following formula:

LP + No. of Labels Per Sheet + / + Label Width + Label Shape* + Label Adhesive/Material*

1. LP

We start with “LP” to make it absolutely clear that a code belongs to self adhesive labels from Label Planet. Some companies use the SAME product codes as other companies, which can make it impossible to know where you bought a particular set of blank labels.

2. Self Adhesive Labels Per Sheet

Next we list the number of adhesive labels per sheet, followed by a forward slash.

3. Width

Then we list the width of the label size (rounded to the nearest round number); for round labels this is the diameter of the circular labels and for  oval labels this is the widest part of each oval label.

This is where the product codes for (most of) our rectangular standard matt white permanent labels end – for example:

  • LP65/38: 65 rectangular labels per sheet with a label width of 38.1mm
  • LP4/99: 4 labels per sheet with a label width of 99.1mm
  • LP21/70: 21 labels per sheet with a label width of 70mm

The rest of our sticky labels have additional elements to indicate their shape, adhesive, material, finish, and colour.

4. Blank Label Shape

First, we add a label shape; square cut rectangular labels with a selvedge (blank strips at the top and bottom of each sheet) will have “S”, round labels have “R”, oval labels have “OV”, and square labels have “SQ” – for example:

  • LP24/70S: 24 rectangular labels per sheet with a label width of 70mm and a selvedge of 8.7mm at the top and bottom of each sheet
  • LP4/100R: 4 round labels per sheet with a diameter of 100mm
  • LP8/90OV: 8 oval labels per sheet measuring 90mm at their widest point
  • LP35/37SQ: 35 square labels per sheet with a label width of 37mm

The only exceptions are our CD labels & DVD labels, which begin with “LPCD” followed by the diameter of the round labels (e.g. LPCD117).

5. Material / Adhesive

Next we add the label adhesive and/or material; each product range has its own “range code”, which is taken from the initials of the material(s) used to make that particular product – for example:

  • DF: Paper Labels with a Deep Freeze Adhesive
  • WW: Paper Labels with a Water Wash-Off Adhesive
  • GREM: Paper Labels with a Glass REMovable Adhesive
  • GWPQ: Gloss White Photo Quality Paper Labels with a Standard Permanent Adhesive
  • MPQ: Matt Premium Quality Paper Labels with a Standard Permanent Adhesive
  • OPQ: Paper Labels with an OPaQue Adhesive
  • MWPO: Matt White PolyOlefin Labels with a Marine Adhesive
  • SVP: Silver Void Polyester Labels with a Void Adhesive
  • CRD: Crimson ReD Labels with a Standard Permanent Adhesive
  • REMCRD: Crimson ReD Labels with a Standard REMovable Adhesive
  • LG: Laser Gold Paper Labels with a Standard Permanent Adhesive
  • BRK: Brown Ribbed Kraft Labels with a Standard Permanent Adhesive

For a full list of the range codes that we use for all of our self-adhesive labels, simply visit our List Of A4 Label Materials page.

So, whether you want laser labels or inkjet labels, white labels or coloured labels, transparent labels or waterproof labels, permanent labels or removable labels, you can always take a quick look at the product code to make sure that you’ve got the sticky labels you need!

Solve The Code! Aka A Guide To Label Planet’s Product Codes

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

When it comes to the world of labels there are a lot of different codes floating around; from product and template codes through to manufacturing and supplier codes, it’s all too easy to get confused and wonder if you’ve got the right product and/or template, especially if you don’t know where a particular set of labels has come from.

Here at Label Planet, we like to make things as simple and straightforward for our customers as possible, which is why we set up all of our product and template codes according to a set pattern that never changes – and we always begin that pattern with “LP”, for Label Planet, so you always know when a code is one of ours.

So how do our Product (and Template) Codes work? Like this:

LP + No. of Labels Per Sheet + / + Label Width + Label Shape* + Label Material*

* A Label Shape indicator is not included for rectangles with rounded corners or square cut rectangles without a selvedge, and a Label Material indicator is not included for matt white paper labels with a permanent adhesive.

With our product codes you know where the labels have come from along with the most important features of that particular product, including how many labels are on a sheet, the width and shape of the labels, and the materials used to make those labels.

For example, if you see product code LP4/90OV MWP you know that there are four oval labels per sheet, with a width of 90mm, and made of matt white polyester!

We’ve even extended this simple way of thinking to our template codes; the template code you need to use will be named according to the first part of the product code of the labels you are trying to print (i.e. the LPXX/XX part). This is because the same template can be used to print a range of different products that are made of a variety of materials but share the same label size and layout.

For example, our LP2/115R template can be used to print ALL of these products:
LP2/115R (matt white paper labels), LP2/115R REM (matt white paper labels with a removable adhesive), LP2/115R C (coloured paper labels), and LP2/115R FC (fluorescent paper labels).

To further help our customers, we’ve also done extensive work to cross reference our codes with those used by other manufacturers and suppliers – and especially those used by Avery. Where our labels are compatible (i.e. use the same label size and layout) with an Avery product (or indeed products) we will list the relevant Avery code(s) along with our own product code. This means that you can use the Avery templates built in to a variety of software (including Word) to print our labels.

You can find a complete list of our Avery compatible products on our Labels With Compatible Avery Codes page OR you can use our List Of Avery Codes to see if we’ve got a product that matches the Avery code you’ve got to hand.

FAQ – Why Are There So Many Avery Codes? (AKA – Which One Do I Use?!?!)

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

We often get queries from customers who have an Avery code or need an Avery code but aren’t quite sure how these codes match up with the codes we use at Label Planet for our products and templates (or those used by other suppliers for their products and templates).

In the world of labels, there are a LOT of different codes (such as printer codes, product codes, label codes etc), with different manufacturers and suppliers often using their own unique set of codes – even when they’re talking about label templates and/or products that are actually exactly the same. So it’s not surprising that some people (including us!) sometimes get confused.

Avery codes are often used as a standard in the label industry, with many manufacturers and suppliers listing products along with their own product code AND any compatible Avery codes. Most of the confusion with Avery labels occurs because of the way Avery has coded its products and templates.

Every single Avery product has its own unique code, which is used as both the product code and the template code for that product. However, some of these products will use the same label size and layout (how the labels are arranged on a page) – the only difference between them will be the materials and/or adhesives used to make those products. For example, if Avery has a label product that is a 40mm circular label and supplies that label in six colour options, each of those colours will have its own product and template code. The key thing is that all of those label products will use the same size and layout, so you could use any of those six template codes to print onto any one of those label products.

Here at Label Planet we do use our own set of product codes (each beginning with “LP” so you know it’s a product from Label Planet) but, like other manufacturers and suppliers, we also provide customers with any relevant Avery codes that are compatible with our products.

In fact, we’ve gone through Avery’s current and historical label products to put together an extensive list of all of the Avery codes that are compatible with our products.

You can use our “Avery Codes” page to look up an Avery code that you already have to see if there is a compatible Label Planet product. Alternatively, you can use our “Avery Compatible” page to look up a Label Planet product and see if there are any compatible Avery codes to use when you print your labels.

FAQ – What Do Your Codes Mean?

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Like any other shop or supplier, all of our products have product codes, which – at first glance – might seem a bit tricky to remember and understand.

However, as we might have mentioned once or twice before, one of our primary goals is to make our services and products as easy to use as possible – and this extends to our codes.

We’ve never changed the codes that we’ve used in the ten years that we’ve been running – and they’re all based on an easy to follow formula that actually comes in quite handy when it comes to finding the labels that you need.

So how do they work?
The formula to follow is this:

LP + [No. of labels per sheet] + [Label width/diameter] + [Shape code, if any] + [Material code, if any]

  • LP
    Every product code begins with “LP”; this simply stands for Label Planet and indicates that the product code is one of ours. In the world of labelling, there are a LOT of different codes; for example, each manufacturer and supplier will have their own product codes, and there are additional codes for templates and printers, which makes it very easy to become buried under a mountain of codes – that don’t mean a great deal to you.
  • No. of labels per sheet
    The next part of the code is simply the number of labels a particular product has on each sheet.
  • Label Width/Diameter
    Next we add the width or diameter of the labels. All of our measurements are given in millimetres and we have rounded off any measurements with decimal points. For our circular products this part of the code is taken from the diameter of each circular label, while our oval products use the measurement across the widest points of each oval on the sheet.
  • Shape Code
    This part of the code is only added for our shaped label products; circles, ovals, and squares. The shape codes we use are as follows: R for round or circular labels, OV for oval labels, and SQ for square labels.
  • Material Code
    This part is added to all of our products (EXCEPT for our standard white paper labels with a permanent adhesive) and is used to indicate the particular materials used to make that range of products. These codes are as follows:
Coloured Paper: C (specific colour codes: R, B, G, Y, CR, PK) Fluorescent Paper: FC (specific colour codes: FR, FG, FY, FO, FM)
Laser Silver Paper: LS Laser Gold Paper: LG (Deep Freeze) Freezer Adhesive (Paper): DF High Tack: HT
Removable Adhesive (Paper): REM Super (Glass) Removable Adhesive (Paper): GREM Gloss White Photo Quality Paper (Inkjet): GWPQ Gloss White Paper (Laser): GW
Semi-Gloss Paper: SG Matt White Premium Quality Paper: MPQ Gloss Clear Polyester (Inkjet): GCP Gloss Transparent Polyester (Laser): GTP
Gloss Transparent Polyester with Removable Adhesive: GTR Matt Transparent Polyester: MTP Gloss White Polyester: GWP Matt White Polyester: MWP
Matt White Polyester with Removable Adhesive: MWR Silver Matt Metallic Polyester: SMP Matt White Polyethylene: MWPE

And that’s all there is to it!

What’s In A Code? Quite A Lot Actually…

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Our product codes follow a simple system to help us (and our customers) identify the size, material, and adhesive of their materials. This is especially important when customers are placing an order.

Label Planet codes explained:

1. Label Planet
All of our codes begin with an “LP” to indicate that a product is one from Label Planet

2. Number Per Sheet & Size
The next part of the code will be a number followed by a forward slash (/) followed by another number. The first number indicates the number of labels per sheet and the second number indicates the width or diameter of the labels.

It should be noted that ALL of our different product ranges will begin with this information. If you need to order a different material, adhesive, shape, or colour you MUST add extra codes to specify the particular range of labels you are ordering from.

For example, if you go to our website and order LP12/63, you will receive sheets of labels that are made of plain white paper, with 12 labels per sheet, and with each label measuring 63.5mm wide by 72mm high. If you want to order this size in a different material, you will need to add on the code for that material. For example, for LP12/63 in pink, the product code should be LP12/63 PK. For LP12/63 in matt transparent polyester, the product code should be LP12/63 MTP.

So what are the extra codes you need to look out for?

Some of our square cut labels feature a selvedge along one or more of the edges on the sheet. This is a narrow, blank strip and all of these products will have an “S” after the first part of their code. For example, LP12/105S and LP33/70S.

Our circular, square, and oval labels also have an extra letter or letters in their code to indicate that they are a different shape. After the first part of the code, circles will have an “R”, squares will have  “SQ”, and ovals will have “OV”; for example LP15/51R, LP6/95SQ, or LP14/95OV.

We currently have six pastel and five fluorescent colours to choose from, which are indicated by the following codes: R (red), G (green), B (blue), Y (yellow), PK (pink), CR (cream), FO (fluorescent orange), FR (fluorescent red), FG (fluorescent green), FL (fluorescent lemon), and FM (fluorescent magenta).

Finally, each of our product ranges has its own material code to indicate that a product belongs to a specific range and is therefore made from a particular material and adhesive. Our standard matt white paper range does have a product code (STA), but this isn’t used on our website. So, if you are buying from any other product range you need add one of the following codes to the END of a product’s code to indicate the material and adhesive you want:

DF – plain matt white paper with a freezer adhesive
REM – plain matt white paper with a removable adhesive
REMC – plain matt paper in one of six pastel colours with a removable adhesive
GREM – plain matt white paper with a super removable adhesive
HT – plain matt white paper with a high tack adhesive
GW – gloss white paper for laser printers
GWPQ – gloss white paper for laser and inkjet printers
MPQ – matt white premium quality paper with a standard adhesive
LS – semi gloss silver paper for laser printers
LG – semi gloss gold paper for laser printers
GCP – gloss clear polyester for inkjet printers
GTP – gloss transparent polyester for laser printers
GTR – gloss transparent polyester with a removable adhesive for laser printers
MTP – matt transparent polyester for laser printers
GWP – gloss white polyester for laser printers
MWP – matt white polyester for laser printers
MWR – matt white polyester with a removable adhesive for laser printers
SMP – silver matt metallic polyester for laser printers
MWPE – matt white polyethylene

You can find the full list of product codes on our Complete List of Product Material page.

What’s In A Code? – a guide to the codes used by Label Planet

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

When is a label not a “label”? When it’s a sticker, a sticky thing, a tag, adhesive paper, or any of the other words our customers commonly use. Even sizes of labels are referred to in different ways. Some people use the phrase “X up” – referring to the number of rows on the sheet. Some use the number of labels per sheet. Some use exact measurements – in mm, cm, or inches as they prefer. And that’s before we consider the various materials available. We also get queries using manufacturer’s codes, Avery codes, software codes, and even codes that neither us nor our customers are quite sure where they’ve come from or what they mean.

To help ease confusion we have our own codes for all of our labels, based on this easy to follow system.

All of our codes have two main parts to them, with further extensions as required. The first two parts are always “LPXX/XX” and apply to ALL of our products. The values are determined as follows:

LP: all of our codes start with “LP”, which simply stands for “Label Planet”, and lets us know that a product code is definitely one of ours!

XX/XX: the second part is two numbers separated by a forward slash. The first number refers to the number of labels per sheet, while the second number refers to the approximate width or diameter of the labels. Thus a rectangular label measuring 99.1mm wide and 42.3mm high, with 12 labels on a sheet, will be given the code LP12/99.

For our standard paper labels, the two part code gives enough information to identify the sizes available. For the rest we have extended codes to indicate the shape, material, or colour of the labels.

our circular, square and oval labels have a shape extension added to their codes. For circles this is “R”, for squares “SQ”, and for ovals “OV”. So a circle with a diameter of 25mm, with 70 labels on a sheet, has a code of LP70/25R; a square measuring 51mm x 51mm, with 15 labels on a sheet, is LP15/51SQ; and an oval measuring 90mm at it’s widest point and 62mm at it’s highest point, with eight labels on a page, is LP8/90OV. Some of our square cut rectangular labels have the extension code “S”, which indicates that these labels have a selvege (or blank strip) along the top, bottom, or sides of the sheet to help avoid issues with printers being unable to print to the edge of the page.

Materials: each material has its own extension code based on the name used to describe the material. Thus gloss white paper becomes “GW”, matt silver polyester becomes “SMP”, laser gold paper becomes “LG”, and matt white polyethylene becomes “MWPE” (not to be mixed up with matt white polyester, which is “MWP”).

Colours: where a label is available in a variety of colours, the general extension code of “C” indicates that there is a choice of colour. When a specific colour is chosen, the appropriate code will replace this “C”. For example, our range page for coloured round labels features a product with the code LP35/37RC. This tells the customer that there are 35 labels on each sheet, each label measures 37mm in diameter, the labels are circular in shape, and the labels are available in a variety of colours. On the individual product page, the customer can select from six colours, which are coded as follows: blue (“B”), red (“R”), yellow (“Y”), green (“G”), cream (“CR”), and pink (“PK”). For our fluorescent colours the general code “FC” indicates that different options are available, with the individual codes being FL (fluorescent yellow/lemon), FG (fluorescent green), FR (fluorescent red), FO (fluorescent orange), and FM (fluorescent magenta).

The one main exception to this coding formula is our CD/DVD labels. These codes begin with “LP”, followed by “CD”, followed by the diameter of the labels. For the two CD labels measuring 118mm, the code ends with either an “N” (indicating that the labels are compatible with the “Neato” range of CD labels and labelling software) or a “P” (indicating that the labels are compatible with the “Pressit” range of CD labels and labelling software).

Hopefully this post makes it easier for our customers to understand how we label our labels, making it easier for them to search our site and place their orders!