Specifying and choosing the correct thermal label 

Thermal transfer labels
Choosing a lable should be simple, however there are a number of factors relating to the application that need to be considered, which will dictate the type of thermal label and the correct glue to use in the specific application.  

Should I use Direct Thermal Labels or Thermal Transfer Labels ? 

Direct Thermal Printing 

Direct Thermal Printing Labels
No ribbon required  
Labels print only in black, unless they are preprinted with special thermo chromatic ink  
Labels have a shelf life of 1 year or less  
Labels not prone to sunlight or heat  
Labels not prone to friction or abuse 

Label selection criteria 

Will you ever need to print labels in colour? 
Do the labels have a shelf-life of over 1 year? 
Will you be printing high density bar codes that require scanning? 
Will the labels be subjected to heat or sunlight? 
Will the labels be prone to abuse or surface friction? 
Will you be printing on a variety of different substrates (i.e. papers, films and foils)? 
If you answered 'yes' to any of the above questions then you should consider thermal transfer rather than direct thermal. 

Thermal Transfer Printing 

Thermal Transfer Printing Labels
 
Requires a thermal transfer ribbon  
Labels can be printed in colours other than black  
Labels have a shelf-life of over 1 year  
Labels are subjected to heat or sunlight  
Labels are prone to abuse or surface friction 

Which adhesive is right for my thermal label application ? 

Selecting an adhesive for labels seems like it should be as easy as just picking a label, but there are actually a number of factors that should be considered to ensure the correct adhesive for the long term. 
Thermal transfer label adhesive
Consider The Application 
 
Should the labels be permanent or removable? 
If permanent, how long are the labels going to need to stay on? 
What is the label being stuck to? 
Is the label going to be exposed to different physical environments or temperatures? 
 
Let us help you decide which adhesive will best suit your product and enviroment 
thermal transfer label adhesive
Permanent adhesives are probably the most common type and designed to remain adhered after first contact. Water-based, rubber and acrylic adhesives are all used for permanent labels, however each have their limitations. Water-based adhesives, for example, should not be exposed to moist environments, while rubber adhesives break down when exposed to sunlight. Acrylic based adhesives are most useful for labels that need to withstand time and frequent handling. 
Peelable adhesives are designed to allow the label to be removed. However they may leave some residue, so for certain items they may not be suitable. 
 
Ultra-peelable adhesives are a good replacement for peelable labels that need to be applied to items that require labels to be easily removed. A weak adhesion means that if used incorrectly these labels may fall off. 
Freezer or frost fix adhesives are designed specifically to be used in extremely low temperatures. While conventional adhesives become ineffective, frost fix adhesives will still adhere at temperatures below -30°C, ideal for food products that require freezing. 
 
Static cling labels do not actually use a traditional adhesive, rather using static charge to stick to extremely smooth surfaces such as glass. 
 
High temperature adhesives are designed to withstand high temperatures for short periods, making them ideal for applications where high levels of heat resistance are required. 
FDA approved direct thermal labels

FDA Approval 

All our labels are *FDA approved, this is especially important when using TPN and Oncology labels *(The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) examines, tests, and approves a wide range of items for medical use, including drugs and medical appliances. In the simplest terms, “FDA approval” means that the FDA has decided the benefits of the approved item outweigh the potential risks for the item's planned use). 
FDA approved thermal transfer labels
about face solution direct thermal labels

Label Sample Request Form 

about face solution thermal transfer labels
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