Qualities Your Labels Need
Any manufacturer will tell you that scrap and rework make manufacturing vastly more expensive and time-consuming. Scrap rate is the amount of product that must be thrown out and salvaged components reworked into a complete product. Rework can be so expensive, in fact, that BPI Labs will not accept certain label types. So you should keep reading to see what kinds of labels keep your jobs cost-effective.
YOU’LL READ THE FOLLOWING IN THIS ARTICLE:
- The three properties your label must have to work well in our factory
- BPI Labs tests your label to prevent labeling errors during manufacturing
- A link to download our label specifications you can share with your label supplier
MANUFACTURING YOUR PRODUCT’S LABEL
Once you have designed a label for your product’s container you will be eager to have your label manufacturer produce your label in large rolls. Before having your labels made, be certain they have the following three properties and some labels are sent to BPI Labs. We can recommend a reliable label manufacturer if you need one.
Your label needs the following three things:
A label backed with semi-permanent adhesiveness will prevent product scrap. This is because your label will peel off your personal care product’s container without leaving residue behind. Left behind residue, caused when a label backed with a permanent adhesive is removed from a container, ruins the container and the product inside must be thrown away.
Labels work best when your label is made from plastic material. When you label is made of paper, it is more likely to tear or wrinkle when applied by an automatic labeling machine.
NO DEEP DIE-CUTS
Like a cookie-cutter, die-cutters carve out the shape of your label design into the label’s plastic material when manufactured. The cutter has pierced past the plastic material and into the paper roll your labels are adhered to when a die-cut is too deep. Often a deep die-cut will cause your roll of labels to rip in half during labeling, and production can continue only after the the label machine is reset, which can take several minutes. You can imagine how long production will take if this happens every third label!
Testing Your Product’s Label
Don’t order your labels before we’ve tested them at our facility. Send your label manufacturer our label specifications sheet for them to produce a small roll of labels compatible with our automatic labeling machines. You should have your label manufacturer send roughly 10 samples of your label to BPI Labs so we can test their compatibility with your product’s container and our automatic labeling machines. We will verify your label fits smoothly onto your product’s container, the adhesive is semi-permanent, and the die-cuts are not too deep.
BPI Labs has seen many customers dismayed with how poorly their labels performed in manufacturing, and we highly encourage our customers to benefit from these experiences. Testing your labels before purchasing them guarantees you will not lose money on scrap, rework, redesign, lost time, and repurchase of labels.
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