5 Key Elements of a Quality Warehouse Barcode Label
When selecting the most effective custom warehouse barcode labels for your facility, be sure to understand the key factors in your vendor’s manufacturing process that affect label quality and durability.
“Warehouse label performance — from scan accuracy to longevity and durability — is directly related to the quality of the manufacturing process,” said Malcolm Aitken, ID Label’s vice president of sales. “You want to ensure that the materials, adhesives and the physical construction of the label are suited to your specific operating conditions and warehouse application.”
“Understanding the environment in which the label will be used and the surface the label needs to adhere to are vital to selecting the most effective solution.”
– Malcolm Aitken, ID Label
Key Warehouse Label Elements
A typical barcode label is made up of five key components.
- Release liner – This is the base carrier to which a label is adhered prior to its use. “Paper is the most common release liner,” Aitken said. “It’s usually coated with silicone so labels easily release from their rolls or sheets.”
- Adhesive – This is the glue that binds the finished label to a surface. Adhesives can be permanent, temporary, removable or repositionable, and formulated for all-temperature or freezer environments. “Understanding the environment in which the label will be used and the surface the label needs to adhere to are vital to selecting the most effective solution,” Aitken said.
- Base stock – This is the material on which the barcode and other label images and text are printed. “There are several different base stocks for label applications, including polyester, polypropylene, paper, film, vinyl and metal – each of which can vary widely in their ability to withstand environmental conditions,” Aitken said.
- Print image – Imagery can be applied via different print technologies, such as thermal transfer (heat), laser, ion deposition (toner), aqueous and inkjet. “These methods each have advantages and disadvantages relative to print quality, durability and cost,” Aitken said.
- Coating – Barcode labels that are required to last and withstand daily use typically feature a protective top coating, such as a film laminate or varnish. This layer is applied on top of the print image, before labels are die cut. “Lamination or varnish coatings help protect against environmental factors like physical bumps and scrapes, extreme temperatures, sunlight and harsh cleaning solutions,” Aitken said.
Advantages of Digital Label Printing
ID Label manufactures the vast majority of its products via state-of-the-art digital inkjet printing technology, which is ideally suited for many barcode label applications. Digital printing capabilities support:
- Multicolor, photo-quality labels
- Sequential barcode numbering
- Lamination for durability
- In-line die-cutting
- A variety of label shapes and sizes
- Cost-effective production of short or longer runs
“Digital label printing technology is quite advanced today,” Aitken said. “ID Label’s sophisticated digital inkjet presses allow us to produce the highest-quality warehouse barcode labels in the industry. In a single pass, we can produce finished labels that feature four-color process images with ink instantly cured by LED lighting, sequentially numbered barcodes, extremely durable lamination and die-cutting to precise customer requirements.”
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