How We Print the Highest Quality Printed Labels

A good sticker must be attractive, but above all it must fulfill the function for which it was designed. Stickers are an important part of packaging for various industries. There are various companies that manufacture bottle labels in plastic and paper that goes around med bottles, alcohol bottles, shampoo bottles etc.

It is essential to correctly choose material, adhesive and inks to achieve maximum quality adhesive labels, at the lowest cost.

The printing of flexographic labels is recommended for larger runs, offers more quality and allows special finishes: special inks, reliefs, textures, etc. When printing so many labels the price per unit is usually greatly reduced, and compensates for the initial costs and the longer terms.

Types of papers for labels:

  • Coated or coated paper: Coated paper or also known as coated paper is perhaps the most common support used in printed labels for consumer products. As for its quality it is the most standard and offers an excellent quality-price ratio. It is a paper that has been applied a layer of stucco, a formula that combines adhesives and mineral pigments, which allows printed colors to stand out more.

  • Placed paper: The laid paper is a classic paper, with good performance and resistance to rubbing. Its finish is characterized by having transverse marks of variable thickness on its surface, which can even be seen against the light. Its appearance is rustic and widely used to dress wines and liquors.

  • Metallized paper: Metallized paper is recommended for high quality labels and especially for use in wet and cold conditions. This type of papers have a metallic sheet on which the printing is made. They are usually gold or silver and there are different gloss or matte tones.

Sharpness and readability

Print clarity increases when the resolution increases. Resolution affects the quality of the printed image and the amount of information contained in a given area. So a printer with 300 dpi resolution will print a crisper code and with a smaller size than the one printed at 203 dpi.

Print speed

Print speed and resolution are inversely proportional factors, the more the resolution increases and the speed decreases.

Label format

The smaller the print, the more we should use high resolutions for text and barcodes to be readable. Think, for example, of labels with sizes smaller than 20 mm x 10 mm applied on electronic boards: to produce readable texts and barcodes we should certainly choose a resolution from 300 to 600 dpi.

Considerations on creating the label layout

Achieving perfect print quality is the combination of a combination of factors including the choice of label material, thermal transfer ribbon, print head maintenance, print speed, and design layout label that must be synchronized with the printer dpi. The barcodes must comply with precise proportions and if the design is not carried out with the specifications of the printer the quality of the label will be deteriorated


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