Label Manufacturing Process

The process of manufacturing labels.

In our article, What is a Label Manufacturer, we briefly touched on what a label manufacturer does. In this article we have an in depth look at how the process of manufacturing labels actually works.

There are four stages in a traditional label manufacturing process, these are:

1. Preparing label stock

Preparing the label stock involves deciding on what label material to use, either paper or film. Read more about these in our article, Types of Material a label manufacturer uses. A typical pressure sensitive label will be made up of the release liner (or backing paper) at the bottom, the adhesive, the facestock and the lamination on top. There are however a variety of adhesive labels available. These can either be pressure sensitive, heat sensitive or gummed paper. A label manufacturer will determine what the most effective materials are for a particular label. Read more about these in our article, Types of Printed Labels.

2. Printing

The next step a label manufacturer goes through is printing, or laying down the ink or graphics of the label. In order for a label to print well, the images need to be high resolution Vector images. This is important for images as well as barcodes, for barcode labels. Label manufacturers will make sure that the images are high resolution enough before printing but it’s always important to make sure yourself by zooming in by 500%. If the image is then pixelated it is not high resolution (res) enough.

3. Converting

Converting is the process used by the label manufacturer of cutting the label to shape to either a die cut label roll label, a butt cut roll label, sheeting or marginal punch labels. A label manufacturer will guide a client on what the right converting option is for their product and this will be decided before the label goes into print. It’s important to understand the measurements of each label that is being manufactured, in order to create the most effective product. Labels are usually measured in width x length.

4. Finishing

Finishing of the label involves determining what the copy position or roll direction preference is. The roll direction can either be wound out or the roll direction can be wound in. Finishing also involves determining the label roll size. This will rely on the number of labels needed on one roll and is measured by the outside diameter of the label roll and the inside diameter of the label roll.

A label manufacturer will be able to advise what the best label for your product is. That is why it is a good idea to outsource your Label Printing needs to the experts. Read more about how outsourcing to a label manufacturer can benefit your business.

Rebsons Labels manufactures, stocks and supplies a variety of Printed Labels. All printed labels are produced to the highest quality and standard. Standard as well as fully customised options are available. Speak to one of our sales consultants today to fulfil your printed labelling requirements.

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