How Do GSM Graphic Arts Manufacture Plastic Labels?
Dependent upon; where, how, why, who by and when the label that is required is used will change how we would manufacture the label.
An Example of Manufacturing for Outdoor Use
Should the label need to show a logo and be used on a piece of farming equipment we would then begin looking into the application. Chances are the farming equipment is used outdoors, therefore the label needs to be weather proof. Farming equipment can get very dirty and will be cleaned down and therefore the label needs to be water resistant and durable to cleaning products. The same applies to plastic safety labels that need to be visible and clear at all times.
These factors influence how we will manufacture the label. Under-surface or reverse printing this logo badge would ensure that the print is securely sealed beneath the material protecting it from chemicals and cleaning products. Using UV inks would ensure that the label is protected and able to be used outdoors.
Items such as lawn mowers require certain information to be included on them and print information like dates of manufacture and a serial number. Some of this information may not be known when the labels are ordered and may need to be written/added once the product is manufactured and the label secured.
For this application we can manufacture a label where there is a space to write or print the information which can then be sealed, under a clear material to create a durable barrier for the detail from outdoor elements.
An Example of Manufacturing for Indoor Use
We may assume that if a label is used within an indoor or interior location that the durability (compared to an externally located label) does not need to be as hard-wearing however, that is not always the case. Labels that are used on products such as ovens or fridges – in which case they are subjected to harsh cleaning chemicals or varying temperatures. We have materials, inks and adhesives that can be combined along with particular manufacturing methods to ensure that they meet such resistance to environments.
An indoor piece of sports equipment may need a bespoke number to identify it, especially when it is needing to be serviced. We also need to consider that the area where the label is to be applied may not be flat.
Because of these specifications we would need to print the label to incorporate a serial number or barcode to make the label fully unique, this is achieved by digitally printing the detail using specialist software to generate the numbers/barcodes if they are not supplied already. Without forming, a label that needs to adhere to a curved surface must be flexible enough to do so without peeling off from stress. To achieve this, it is important to use the correct thickness material as a thinner material may be less likely to peel away.
Overall plastic labels are a very versatile and robust option for most labelling requirements. Please contact our team to discuss your requirements further.