Frequently Asked Questions about Label Source
Q: What is your delivery time for custom labels?
A: New items normally take 12-15 days, depending on what type of material, adhesive and operations need to be done. Simple custom labels take the shortest time, while more complex custom labels will take longer. This estimated timeframe starts from the time we receive suitable electronic art. Repeat orders usually take from 10-12 days from receipt of order. Artwork approval for new items is required in a timely fashion, 1-2 working days, in order to meet the shipping date.
Q: Is there a charge for Pantone® colours?
A: Label Source has a wide range of Pantone® colours to pick from. There is no charge if you pick one of these colours. There is a nominal charge if you would like a Pantone® colour not on our list.
Q: How do I find out what’s the best material to use for my application?
A: Call us to discuss this in detail. Provide the following information:
• What is the label being applied to?
• How long will it need to stay on?
• Is it being applied in below-freezing conditions or will it go into freezing conditions after?
• Is the label going outdoors or will it be subjected to ultraviolet (UV) sunlight?
• Will it be subject to harsh conditions, such as cleaning solvents, etc.?
• Is it being placed on a flat, smooth surface or small-diameter, curved surfaces?
All of these factors will determine what the best pressure-sensitive product to use is. We will also send you samples of the pressure-sensitive product(s) we recommend. It is very important for you or your customer to test these samples first before placing an order.
Q: Does Label Source use pressure-sensitive paper materials only?
A: No, we use, in addition to all types of pressure-sensitive paper materials: vinyl pressure-sensitive, polyesters, polypropylene, aluminum, latex, kimdura, tyvek, acetates and holographic films, to name but a few of the exotic material types that are available. These films meet the needs of demanding applications and applications where the label has to be permanent for many years.
Ordering labels requires knowledge of the terms and configurations available to you. If you take a few minutes to review the following, we hope you will have a clearer understanding of the elements involved in making decisions about your label order.
Parts of a Label
• Face stock
Rolls or Sheets?
• Copy position
• Cutting & layout options
• Core sizes
• Types of sheets
• Types of cuts
What are the parts of a label?
We are able to print and die-cut on a wide variety of pressure-sensitive materials, including paper, fluorescent, vinyl, aluminum, polyesters, clear acetate, latex and computer imprintable materials. Stocks can be converted in piggyback constructions, continuous pinfeeds, fanfold construction, and individual sheets.
What kind of face stock is best for your application?
That depends upon your answers to the following questions:
• Will the label have to be typed or written on?
• Will the material be going through a label imprinter? If so, what type of imprinter machine?
• Will the label be subject to abrasion, cleaning solvents, etc.?
• Does the face stock need a varnish or clear lamination?
Tell us what the label is being applied to:
• Corrugated boxes
• Plastic bags
• Flat plastic surface
• Plastic jars and jugs
• Glass jars
• Metal surface
• Irregular surface
• Paper products
• Car bumpers
• Small-diameter products
• Inside window
• Direct food product
• Automobile tires
• Outside drums
• Unknown or other
The adhesives we carry are also very extensive and include:
• Permanent adhesives
• Removable adhesives
• Freezer adhesives
• Tire adhesives for difficult-to-adhere surfaces
• Tamper-proof adhesives, which leave a void image if you try to remove
• 3M Post-It® adhesives
• Pharmaceutical adhesives
What kind of adhesive is best for your application?
Answer the following questions to help us determine your needs:
• How long will the label need to be on the item? (1 year, 5 years, more?)
• What temperature will the labels be applied at? (Normal room temperature?)
• What will the storage temperature of the applied labels be? (Normal room temperature, below freezing?)
Liners are available in three weights:
• 40k liner for roll applications. Thickness .0025”
• 50k liner for fanfold applications and/or sheeting. Thickness .003”
• 90k liner for sheeting applications on film products. Thickness .007”