LABEL INFORMATION: Fernqvist Guides to Right Label Choice

Label Stock Material

Paper Labels and Tags

DIRECT THERMAL LABELS: Coated paper, on a 3-inch core. Labels can be floodcoated or custom printed.

Direct thermal labels and tags do not require a ribbon to print. The paper is heat sensitive and generates images as it passes the printhead. DT labels are adversely affected by light and heat. Shelf life is limited to about one year when labels are stored properly.

FOIL LABELS: Gold or silver foil-layered paper popular in fancy-food and wine applications. Thermal transfer printing requires resin-enhanced wax ribbon. Custom print labels flexographically or digitally.

HIGH GLOSS (HG) LABELS: Attractive, extra glossy, multi-purpose material ideal for flexographic and digital printing.

PIGGY-BACK LABELS (high-gloss material): A double-layer label popular in specialty applications as direct mail when a label must be adhered for a second mailing. For special applications where the label needs to be able to adhere twice.

SEMI GLOSS (SG) LABELS: Economical, attractive, multi-purpose material ideal for flexographic and digital printing.

THERMAL TRANSFER LABELS: Coated paper stock available in white/blank, fluorescent red, orange and lime green. Labels can be floodcoated or custom printed.

Thermal transfer labels and tags require a ribbon to print. This category is subdivided into two main divisions: paper and film (poly material).

THERMAL TRANSFER TAGS (no adhesive): An economical material designed specifically for fast thermal transfer printing. A smooth, matte-finish surface that can be floodcoated or custom printed.

WINE LABELS: High-gloss foil, estate #4, estate #8, matte lithography stock used for this application.

Film/Poly Labels and Tags

KIMDURA (KIMDURA substitutes): Popular in nursery applications but more expensive than poly lyte material. Available in white (matte finish) film material manufactured by Kimberly Clark.

BOPP/POLY LYTE LABELS: Economical, water-resistant, durable, film material used when the environment requires more than a paper label can deliver (example: nursery label). White (glossy finish) and clear (requires black sensor line).

POLYESTER LABELS: Top-of-the-line film material used when ultimate durability and UL recognition is required. Printer requires a resin, UL-recognized ribbon. Primary usage is nameplates, asset tags and electronic component marking applications. Available in white, clear, and silver (metalicized) blanks or preprinted.

TYVEK: Material known for its usage in tear-proof envelopes. It is extremely rugged, durable and tear resistant. Available as a continuous strip.

V-MAX POLY TAG: Economical, water-resistant, durable, film material used when the environment requires more than a paper tag can deliver (example: nursery tag).