Whether at home or when it comes to product retail manufacturing, all businesses, trades as well as people make use of a self adhesive label to ensure greater security of their products. Thus these labels play a crucial role especially when it comes to a smoother and more secured transition of your valued merchandise in transit.
What are these Sticky Pieces of Paper?
A self adhesive label in the simplest terms is a piece of paper having glue on the underside that will only require the pressure of a finger or your hands to be applied on the concerned surface. It is believed that the first ever label to be invented and used was the postage stamp during the middle of the 9th century. Since then the idea of a label with an adhesive underside that can be affixed to other objects has been extended to a number of application domains.
Now, coming back to self-adhesive labels from postage stamps, these labels mainly play a two-part role:
1. They seal cartons or boxes and
2. They secure the product in the process.
When it comes to a broader perspective, these labels are used for the purpose of strengthening the degree of security of confidential products. These labels also come in handy when it comes to temporary protection of goods that are being leased between the ‘lessor’ and the ‘lesse’.
Additionally, security labels which are a kind of a self adhesive label help in the identification of people involved in misplacing stolen goods. When such a scenario takes places, these people tracked and found with such goods are duly fined and punished on charges of theft.
How Are these Labels Made?
Self adhesive labels are comprised of mainly three elements;
2. Face Materials
3. Release Liners
The label adhesive as stated earlier is the glue that aids in affixing the label to the surface of the goods. Although the most commonly utilized adhesives in trade and commerce are the permanent kind, there are other types of label adhesives such as:
• Freezer Adhesives- Meant for usage in temperatures that render the utility of the normal kind ineffective.
• Marine- Meant for Chemical Labelling
• Lastly, Security Labels- Meant for Indication of Theft or Tamper.
A face material as the name suggests is the frontal part of the adhesive. This frontal appearance of the label will vary according to the purpose as well as the ultimate place of usage. The different types of face materials include:
• Paper- Commonly used in packaging
• Polypropylene- Used for printed product labels
• Polyester- Used mainly for strength
• Vinyl- Used for outdoor purposes
• mrPVC- Used for custom designs
• Polyethylene- Used to meet the purpose of flexibility.
A release liner quite simply put is the back end of the label that is gently removed when the label needs to affix. A release liner needs to ensure that there is zero tear as well as residual remnants of it on the adhesive label after it has been removed.
As you can make out after reading this piece that a self adhesive label is a fairly simple product but its complexity comes into play when the choice of product, as well as the purpose of it, needs to be determined to get the job done successfully. However, with the variety of labels that are available in the market, you can be at peace knowing that no matter your line of work, you will find your desired label.
Posted on 24th Jun, 2019