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Clear labels – perfect for premium products

Product labeling and packaging plays a key role in establishing the brand position. However, sometimes manufacturers want the packaging to be as less obstructive as possible. When the product itself is a strong USP; there is no need of covering it in packaging.  Also, sometimes manufacturers want to show what the customers are paying for. In such cases, clear printed labels enhance the shelf appeal manifold.

Transparent labels do not block the view. They are more appropriate when label manufacturers want to underline purity. Conventional paper is not fit for this category of sticker labels. They can be printed on transparent plastic sheets or directly on containers.  Vibrant colors and attractive fonts can be used liberally because the labels do not obstruct the view.

Label Manufacturers India advocates clear labels for a sleek appearance. Label Manufacturers in Mumbai offers a wide variety of designs and patterns to fulfill client requirements.  There has been a slash in prices in the recent years due to advancement in technology.

Sticker labels that are quick and convenient

Products require smart and attractive packaging in the ferociously competitive world.  Printed self-adhesive labels have become greatly popular because of their convenience.

Types of labels

  • Standard sticker labels: It is the most primitive type where labels are printed on a sticker paper. Though it is a cheap and popular option in adhesive labels, it is less preferred for industrial purpose because of less durability.
  • Standard vinyl labels:  Since they are waterproof and extremely durable, a wide variety of industries demand vinyl stickers. They are relatively cheaper than paper stickers. Due to sustainability under extreme temperatures, they are suitable for hot and cold beverages and frozen items. The colors do not fade off easily.
  • Clear labels: They are a hot trend today. Transparent labels are printed on transparent vinyl sheet. These labels do not obstruct the view and consumers can see the product clearly.

Labels can be printed in a single color, double color and multi color labels as per requirement. Printing cost depends on the quantity and quality of printing.

UV Curing Inks and its advantages

A variety of inks are used in the label printing industry today. Few examples are ink/water balance, fountain solutions, heat-set, cold-set and energy curable inks. UV cured ink is a completely solid system that is dried using photochemical processes.  Inks that are made from fluid polymers and monomers are exposed to high intensity ultraviolet light in a reactor. The exposure to UV light releases the free radicals and causes polymerization of the substance and a dry ink film containing the pigment is left behind. The applications of UV cured inks go beyond printed labels. These inks are used in electronics, automobile glass and plastic decorations and many more areas. Labels Manufacturers in India have been using UV cured inks in speciality printing like liquid cartons, flexographic printing and cosmetic packaging.

The advantages of UV cured inks

The first advantage of these inks is that they are very easy to handle, for the simple reason that the ink is completely dry. The dry ink has many advantages like trouble free operation in the printing machine and there is no threat of ink clogging. The UV ink also does not dry on screen and this makes it possible for printers to run for extended periods of time and achieve very high production throughput.

Absence of any volatile organic compounds (VOCs) makes the ink more environmentally friendly as well. When compared to heat-set inks, the UV cured inks have no toxic solvents and thus no gaseous emissions.

The colour value of the UV inks is also excellent. Most UV inks range from being transparent to translucent. This higher degree of transparency in inks translates to a very clean colour gamut. This makes such inks perfect for processes requiring four or more colour processes graphic printing.

These advantages of UV inks especially enable printing of sophisticated and highly detailed bottle labels and self adhesive labels. UV inks are a blessing to Label Manufacturers allowing them to print high quality tags in larger numbers within shorter periods of time.

Visit www.jklabels.com to get your labels done in various types of special inks!

Thermal Direct Printing and its applications

Thermal Direct Printing is a form of printing that makes use of chemically treated substrate and applies heat (thermal energy) to it for printing something. The chemically treated substrate is called thermal paper. When the paper is fed into the thermal printer and heat is applied to different areas, those areas turn black to produce an image. Thermal direct printing is the only form of printing that involves no ink or toner.

Uses of Direct Thermal Printing

Label manufacturers have found direct thermal printing suitable for a variety of printed labels. The simplicity and the affordability of the entire process is what make direct thermal printing ideal for select types of adhesive labels. Direct Thermal Printing does not require any ink or toner. It just needs a thermal paper which is not very expensive as compared to other substrates. The direct thermal printers are also inexpensive by themselves. They are not very big in size and not too complicated either. The typical components of a thermal printer are: a thermal head where heat is applied to the paper, a spring that applies pressure to the thermal head, a platen that feeds the paper and controller boards. Label manufacturers in Mumbai use it to print bar codes, FM CG package labels and simple labels to be used in shipping.

Visit www.jklabels.com now to know more about varied label printing services that they offer.

What is Flexographic Printing?

Flexographic printing or flexography is a process that utilizes a flexible relief plate in the printer. These plates are often made of rubber or plastic. Label manufacturers use flexographic printing for printing labels on plastic, foil, paper, metallic films and other forms of substrates used in packaging industry. Among other types of substrates, flexography is primarily used to produce printed labels on non-porous substrates like plastic used in food packaging. This is why flexographic printing is synonymous with plastic printing.

The Flexographic printing process

The flexographic printing process involves the substrate being fed into the printer in roll form. The substrate then moves through different print units that only prints a single colour. The various tones and shades of colours are achieved through processes similar to that in lithographic printers where the basic shades of ink- magenta, cyan, yellow and black are overlaid.

Four basic operations are involved in a flexographic printing process: image preparation, plate-making, printing and finishing. Image preparation is where an electronic copy of the art is supplied by the customer. It is assembled onto the computer through special software and simple proof is prepared before the final printing is done. Plate-making process in flexographic printing is similar to that in other printers. It is just that the relief printer is made out of flexible material so that it can be attached to a cylindrical roller for ink application. Flexographic printing for self-adhesive labels makes more and more use of UV cured inks as they are less toxic and much easier to handle as compared to heat-cured inks. The final stage of flexography is the finishing. Here processes like cutting, folding, coating and binding etc. may be carried out. Flexography is a boon for printing bottle labelsand has found extensive usage in sticker labels meant for food packaging.

JK labels’ infrastructure includes the seven-colour UV flexographic label manufacturing machine- Gallus EM 280, manufactured by world’s best manufacturer of label printing machines, Gallus. Visit www.jklabels.com to know more about the printing service offered by JK Labels.

The Machines That Print the Labels

Product manufacturers rarely know and are hardly interested about how the beautiful and attractive printed labels that they ordered actually become a reality. This is not the ideal situation, as doing so the people who need sticker labels do not appreciate the sophisticated technology and expertise that goes into the making of the labels, and neither realizes how much more the machines and the label manufacturers can do. We shall look into a few of the machines that are currently used by JK Labels and what they are capable of doing:

Gallus EM 280

The Gallus EM 280 is manufactured by Gallus, Switzerland and is the subsidiary of Heidelberg, Germany. The Gallus EM 280 is an excellent machine to produce high quality sticker labels in small and medium sized runs. The Gallus EM 280 comes with an option of printing in seven or eight colours and includes high level of specialisation for applications like tickets, booklet and multi-web labels. The speed at which the labels are produced coupled with the UV technology makes it ideal for most types of labels.

Speedmaster XL 106

The Speedmaster XL 106 is a sheetfed offset printer, as opposed to traditional flexographic ones, and is capable of printing as many as 18000 transparent sheets per hour. The speed and accuracy of the machines is unmatched by any other and is ideal for customers requiring very large volumes of high quality UV printed labels.

If you wish to learn more about the label machines and which one is best suited for your label needs, visit www.jklabels.com now!

Rising Trends in Cosmetic and Healthcare Product labels

Plain and simple labels for the soaps and lotions used two decades back are now well and truly history. Today the labels of FMCG products are perhaps the most advanced in terms of technology and diverse in terms of materials used. It is because printed labels play a very important role in developing an attractive packaging of a product, something that can entice the consumer into trying the product out. Today a large variety of sticker labels, self adhesive labels and transparent labels are being used in the packaging of the FMCG products.

Among the rising trends, transparent labels are perhaps the most widely used today. Most transparent labels are made out of polypropylene, polyethylene and polyester. These transparent labels enable the very innovative form of packaging where the insides of the packaging are visible to the buyer. They are most frequently used together with transparent packaging bottles for products like shower gels, shampoos and other liquid products. Other products like tubes and bottles that are squeezed several times have seen increased use of squeezable self adhesive labels. These labels are usually laminated and moisture resistant so that they withstand the rough handling on the surface. The adhesive of the products also needs to be stronger than the ordinary.

Embossed labels, ‘soft touch’  sticker labels and screen printed labels for added texture are some other new trends in label manufacturing. Embossed labels are used mostly on bottles that are likely to be picked up by the consumer before buying. The embossed logo of the product can give a nice feel to the consumer and persuade him/her to try the product out. The same can be said about ‘soft touch and textured labels. The labels can indeed make the first time buyer to try the product, just because its label feels good in his/her hands.

Labels for the Consumer Electronics Industry

The Consumer electronics Industry’s label requirements are vastly different from other industries like the food and wine or the cosmetics industry. In a nutshell, the consumer electronics industry needs a very wide array of the labels serving different purposes and life spans. Factors to look for, when getting labels for electronics products are:

1.   Durability

Since the life span of a consumer electronics product is way longer than a bottle of wine or shampoo, the printed labels need to be far more durable and continue to look as new, even after use of many years. The self adhesive labels thus need to be much stronger yet look attractive and not damage the product itself.

2.   Ease of removal

The labels carrying installation and usage instructions must be easy-to-remove. Thermal logos are ideal for these purposes and can be produced to create a ‘no-label-look’. It is a label produced without any ink and meant for temporary use only.

3.   Security

This is another feature that is very important in a consumer electronics labels. Since counterfeiting is on a high, most companies now look for labels using speciality ink or holograms. The brand logos and product codes are needed to be printed so that they are very clear. Embossed product labels are often used as a method to convey the genuineness of the product too.

Consumer electronics are therefore far more sophisticated than the average printed labels. Printing them would require the services of label manufacturers with experience in this field. One such company is www.jklabels.com. They have a vast experience in this field, having served clients like Tata Sky, Voltas and Videocon.