Have you ever wondered how many functions labels perform? Or what makes labels interesting and what the differences are? There are millions of labels all around us, and each one is unique. They are primarily eye-catchers, bearers of brand logos, and used to convey product information. Some have strikingly distinctive designs, others have precise craftsmanship, and others have surprisingly specific functions. From this wide range of labels you can find a "label" that fits your product.
Graphically designed labels attract attention with their original appearance and interesting graphic designs. The whole process starts with the graphic designer who creates the design, while also taking into account the technology that will be used in the printing of the label. Individual technologies such as embossing or screen printing, for example, must be considered from the start. A graphic designer cannot work without the manufacturer’s close cooperation.
We all go to the pharmacy sometimes. Have you ever noticed that some medicine boxes are taped closed with an inconspicuous, often transparent label that shows perforation or leaves a visible trace when opened? This is a label which serves as protection and proof that no one else has opened the product before you. Labels with this function are called safety labels. Another example of goods with such labels are more expensive food products, such as quality cheeses, pâtés, and alcohol. Security features can come in several forms. The material plays the key role, which leaves adhesive traces when removed, or is designed so that it cannot be easily duplicated, e.g. a holograph. Perforations, for example, also provide a safety function.
We can also find self-adhesive labels on things that we do not often use, and may not even realize that there are labels on them. Not only are they there, but they must be there because the law requires it. A typical example is car labels. Various parts under the car hood, and also outside it, are labeled by manufacturers, workshops, and accessory manufacturers. These labels must be made from extremely durable material which can withstand high temperatures, be frost-resistant, resistant to dirt and grease, and must withstand contact with chemicals.
Another category of labels is those that require a lot of information, i.e., multiple languages, changes to the product, product composition, and other legal requirements. This brings us to labels that contain layers. The king among multi-layer labels is the so-called booklet and the sandwich behind it. These types of labels allow you to squeeze a lot of information onto even small products without impacting the label design in any way. You can recognize the booklet immediately; it looks like a book with multiple pages. Sandwich labels, on the other hand, look like ordinary labels. When you peel one off where the pictogram indicates, you will find that the label hides another page of text, with even more text printed directly into the adhesive.
Tickets & Tags
Tickets and tags are in a special category. These products are not adhesive and do not have any glue at all. You can find them in the form of classic tickets. Another example is the labels on nets of onions or potatoes in grocery stores. These are usually made of tear-resistant material. It is often necessary to reprint the expiry date or other data on this type of tag, and therefore they also have a thermosensitive coating suitable for reprinting.
The advantage of sheet stickers is that customers do not receive them in an endless strip on a reel, but in a precise format, sheet by sheet. Small stickers come already cut or laser-cut which can be easily peeled off the self-adhesive sheet. You can find sheet stickers in the form of various inserts in magazines, collector's albums, or diaries. Another example of sheet stickers are labels designed for printing with desktop printers.
As label manufacturers, we have a responsibility not only to make our entire operation more sustainable, but also to ensure that our products complement our customers' eco-friendly packaging solutions. That is why we offer a broad product portfolio of sustainable material in cooperation with our suppliers. We offer materials with FSC certification or materials with a percentage of recycled or organic waste content.
It is necessary to choose the right material to produce labels based on the product for which the labels are intended. It is important to know if the label will be applied directly on a product, e.g. a banana, or on a product that is stored in a freezer. For food labels, we use special certified materials designed for direct contact with food. For the production of labels that are glued to products with special storage requirements, we use materials which are moisture and frost resistant. This guarantees that the label will not become moldy or peel off due to frost.
Game and Prize Labels
Another category of labels are those which hide text under an embossing. Scratch embossing is a very attractive and interactive element that you can use for your discount cards, vouchers, or competition labels. Text or even a whole image can be hidden under this type of embossing. The embossing is 100% opaque, so the suspension lasts until the last moment.
Self-adhesive Rolls Without Printing
Self-adhesive rolls are thermosensitive labels that serve as refills for thermal transfer printers. They are used in logistics, pharmaceuticals, and in the food industry, for example for weighed goods, or wherever it is necessary to label goods or reprint additional data. We know how to manage the reprinting of data or how to arrange of labels and reprinting at the same time.