Labels Clearly Identify Contents

Innovations include expanded forms and durable materials.

Pressure-sensitive roll labels for healthcare and pharmaceutical compliance packaging can be custom designed and engineered by a specialty supplier in partnership with the client. The company converts a variety of pressure-sensitive papers and film materials with a range of adhesive characteristics. Labels are printed with up to eight colors plus varnish by means of flexographic, rotary letterpress, and ultraviolet processes. All are inspected and machine counted to meet strict GMP standards. Pharmagraphics, Itasca, IL.

Thermal-transfer and direct thermal labels are converted by a company that also supplies labeling equipment. Labels for secondary packaging and pallet labeling are offered, as are labels for such specialized uses as microplate labeling. Specialty stocks and adhesive patterns are available; these include synthetic labels and crimped adhesive labels. Equipment suitable for the application of corner-wrap, adjacent-panel, single-panel, product, and pallet labels is available. Fox IV Technologies Inc., Pittsburgh, PA.

Temperature- and smudge-resistant labels for reusable plastic containers remain legible and securely affixed even under challenging environmental conditions. Printed with variable data, the labels can be used to route, track, and otherwise identify pharmaceutical products. They provide a good surface for both bar codes and human-readable data printed by thermal transfer. The labels leave no adhesive residue when removed and require no solvent or hand tools for removal. They are available fanfolded or in rolls. Avery Dennison VIP Converted Products, Philadelphia, PA.

Expanded-content labels can be printed on a 13-color press that applies up to six colors on each side of the web stock, plus a UV varnish on one side, in a single pass. The accordion-fold booklets containing as many as nine pages of printed text tuck into the product label and are removed from the package by pulling away the perforated edges. The press is capable of multicolor letterpress printing, silk-screening, flexographic printing, rotary hot stamping, and UV flexographic and UV screen-printing; and it has a 10-in. web span. It can print films ranging from ½ mm to 12-point board. All folding and printing operations are conducted in-line for speed and efficiency. Label Graphics Manufacturing Inc., Little Falls, NJ.

Durable synthetic label materials are available for difficult applications, including harsh environments. Techno Therm SF-series films include SF100 glossy polypropylene face stock for labeling rigid and semirigid surfaces, SF200 matte white face stock made of polyolefin film, and versatile SF300 film distinguished by its heat and chemical resistance and high tear strength. SF100 is suited for indoor applications; SF200 for indoor and outdoor use, including general material tracking; and SF300 for demanding environments. The thermal labels are designed to work well with printers made by other companies as well as with the manufacturer's own printers. Standard labels are in stock, and custom sizes are available by request. Sato America Inc., Sunnyvale, CA.

Multiple-panel labels enable a great deal of product information to be affixed to the container itself, eliminating the need for a carton and an insert. Offered in a variety of materials and in eight configurations, InfoPlus Multipanel labels consist of up to 13 folded panels beneath a pressure-sensitive cover label that peels away. Resealable, one-time-use, and single-page, folded, and book-style constructions are available. Labels can be printed in many colors on panels as large as 9 x 7 in. that can be opened to a maximum length of 39 in. Options include face-cutting, perforations, consecutive or variable numbers, thermochromic ink, and flexographic applications. Labelad, Markham, ON, Canada.

Thermal-transfer ribbons of the wax, wax-resin, and near-edge wax-resin type are suitable for a range of applications that includes medical labels and warning tags. The ribbons have undergone scratch, smudge, and durability tests involving five popular label stocks to establish that they provide print clarity and bar code scannability in accordance with ANSI standards. The manufacturer routinely tests its ribbons for compatibility with new and existing materials used in the automatic identification and flexible packaging markets. Its lab will perform ribbon compatibility testing with any material at a customer's request. Sony Chemicals Corp. of America, Mt. Pleasant, PA.

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