Adhesive labels are used in a variety of industries for labeling products, organizing inventory, and providing important information to consumers. However, did you know that the performance of these labels can be influenced by several factors? In this blog, we will explore these key factors and understand not only what affects the performance of adhesive labels but also their significance.
The composition of commercial labels plays a crucial role in their performance. Typically, labels are made from a range of different materials. The most common materials are paper, plastic, and vinyl, all of which vary in durability, flexibility, and resistance to moisture and chemicals. With each being so different, the choice of material should be based on the application’s specific requirements. For example, labels used in harsh environments may require materials that are more resistant to water or chemicals to maintain their adhesion.
Next, you need to consider the type of surface the label will be applied to because the texture of the surface can significantly impact its performance. Smooth and even surfaces provide a better bonding surface for labels and ensure a stronger adhesion. However, rough, or irregular surfaces can prevent proper adhesion and even lead to label peeling. Considering the texture of the surface before purchasing a label can help to ensure compatibility and optimal performance.
Would it surprise you to find out that the shape of the adhesive label also influences its performance? In fact, labels with irregular shapes or sharp corners may have difficulty adhering to curved or uneven surfaces. Also, labels with excessive overlaps or gaps create opportunities for the edges to lift or catch on objects. For this reason, the shape and design of the label should be carefully considered to ensure it aligns with the intended surface.
Often an overlooked factor that affects the performance of a label is the cleanliness of the application surface. Contaminants like dust, oil, and moisture can prevent the label from doing its job effectively. This makes thoroughly cleaning and drying the surface before applying the adhesive label an essential step in the process.
Temperature at application
Temperature plays a significant role in the performance of adhesive labels. In fact, adhesives used in labels may have different temperature requirements that allow for optimal bonding. Extreme temperatures can affect the adhesive properties and can cause labels to lose their adhesive strength or even become brittle.
Before making a purchase, you’ll also need to consider the type of environment that your commercial label will be exposed to. Factors like humidity, moisture, UV, and chemical exposure can damage the label’s adhesive qualities over time, reducing its effectiveness. So, when choosing labels, careful consideration should be given to where the product will be used or stored.
Expected useful life
As with most things, adhesive labels have a life expectancy- some of which are longer than others. Labels with shorter lifespans may not be suitable for applications where long-term durability is required.
Understanding the intended lifespan of the label can help in selecting the appropriate adhesive and label material to ensure they can withstand the conditions for the desired duration.
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There are several factors that can influence the performance of adhesive labels, however, by carefully considering these factors and selecting the right combination, you can find the perfect adhesive label for your project.
For all your commercial label needs, call Ritter’s Printing & Packaging at 954-771-7204 today!