Labels may be small and seem like 'pieces of paper' in your daily business processes, however, they play a more critical role than you could ever imagine. Choosing the right label directly impacts your overall expenditure as your business will generally buy them in the thousands. It is imperative to choose the right labelling for your business environment as there are many different types of labels and, ideally, you would want them to last as long as possible under the circumstances
A label is not just an item that you stick on and pull off. You have to think carefully about where, when, why and how you want to use it. Are your stock items exposed to drastically fluctuating temperatures? Are they kept inside or outside?
The following labels types serve as a guide:
Thermal or laser-printed –Thermal labels make use of heat to print, while laser-printed labels use ink. There are different types of thermal labels available. The cheaper the thermal paper, the easier it is to mark the label and damage it. The more high-quality the thermal paper, the more it relies on heat to produce a mark.
Coated or uncoated labels – coated labels are slightly more durable and resistant to tearing than uncoated. If a label is uncoated, it is easier to mark. Uncoated labels are cheaper than coated labels.
Coloured papers – coloured paper can be useful for colour-coding and maintaining organization in your warehouse for different sections. Colour may affect the contrast of a barcode, making it harder to scan. White is usually the best option.
Paper labels with wet-strength capacity – these labels are resistant to water and damp making them a useful choice for a items that might be exposed to small amounts of water such as in refrigeration.
Gloss and matte coated papers – glossy coatings are not commonly used simply due to the fact that they reflect light and may end up affecting how effectively a barcode can be read. Semi-gloss is preferred as there is not as much light reflection
Our Choice of Labels at Cradle Technology Services
Direct Thermal : Does Not require a ribbon. Cheap thermal ribbons are difficult to mark which is why it is better to purchase high quality thermal labels. High quality thermal paper is difficult to mark without heat. It does not scuff. It should have a matt finish and should be very smooth to offer good reflection of the scanner light.
Thermal Transfer: Fas transfer plus is our preferred label.
Semi-gloss produces a good-looking label; however, it requires a ribbon with more resin to prevent smudging. Vellum or standard paper is a cheap paper which is very thin, rough, and not ideal for barcoding. It will also reduce the life of a thermal printer's printhead. If it seems cheap, don't use it on your printer.
Polypropylene: These are more expensive and more durable. They can withstand all types of environments, including temperatures of up to 100 degrees Celsius. When you require chemical resistance or resistance to rubbing and cleaning, polyster is ideal. Asset labels are most frequently made from polyester.
Anodized Aluminium labels: Aluminium tags can be made to any size and thickness.
Mainly used for asset labelling such as machinery.
Special Labels: These labels are designed for unique labelling requirements. Labelling wood bundles stored outside can be done with Plastag or Tyvek. Nursery tags are typically Tyvek material.Special Dayglo colours are available for hi-visibility requirements. Another type of label that is useful for reuse and traceability is piggyback material.
Although there are a wide range of label sizes across the globe, at Cradle we stick to the following standard sizes:
50 x 25 mm
100 x 50mm
100 x 100 mm
100 x 150 mm
The label size general has to do with the amount of space you have on your racks as well as the typical visibilty you are looking for. It is unnecessary to choose a larger label size if visibility is not an issue. Our preferred label size is 80 x 30 mm as it is a rare size to find anywhere else and it enables your business to 'purchase more for less'.
For more information on label types and sizes suitable to your business needs visit : www.cradle.co.za