Labels are used in one way or another on virtually everything today. Labels are used by all types of industries. Pharmaceutical companies, automotive, food and beverage, chemical, clothing, and many other industries label items for use, care, and other information.
Labels Provide Information
Labels on products provide information to the recipient among others. Some tell how the product should be transported while others such as medicine or food products contain directions on using and by what date it is considered safe for use.
Some labels are not only to provide information but they are actually required. For instance, chemicals require labeling to provide consumers with information on how to use them as well as any federal regulations warnings.
Different Materials for Labels
Due to the fact that labels are used on so many different products, they are made from varied materials. Polymer, metal, cloth, paper, and other materials are used. Some labels are temporary and others are designed to be permanently attached. Temporary ones such as mailing labels can be removed after the product is received.
Labels on textiles are often woven into the fabric so they are in place for the life of the garment. Since they are subject to hot water and the heat of dryers, these labels must be durable. An example of a company that makes heat resistant labels is Maverick Label Inc. These types of labels are also used for vehicle VIN plates because they must be resistant to heat as well.
Barcodes are made using direct thermal labels. They are sensitive to heat and are chemically treated. They allow printing without using a ribbon. These labels are used in a variety of retail and other companies that sell products nationwide. They contain a host of information such as which product it is although they do not typically have the price. This is what your point of sale system uses to find the price of the item.
Thermal transfer labels require a printer with a ribbon. These labels are made using material such as polyester and polypropylene which are suited for outdoor use. They are more durable and can last for a long time. This type is used for valuables, equipment, and other items such as computers. Many companies use them for inventory control.
Labels have come a long way since the early days when they were one color and made on hand presses of wood. The Industrial Revolution during the early 1800s had a large impact on the production and use of labels.