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Customer Spotlight: Heath Outdoor Products
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Customer Spotlight: Heath Outdoor Products

Heath Outdoor Products creates, as their name would suggest, outdoor products. Their focus is on bird food and bird feeders. Their expertise in the field can help you create a yard full of life!

Heath Label by Great Lakes Label

See how this effective Infinity Bird Feeder by Heath Outdoor Products can create an effective feeding platform for your little garden visitors.

 

As seen in the above image, Heath utilizes a unique label shape in order to make their labels easy to peel. The top right corner is tapered in such a way that makes it easy for the product to be opened. This is a fantastic and effective way of designing accessible packaging.

 

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Top 5 Labeling Innovations of 2016
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Top 5 Labeling Innovations of 2016

Check out these Top 5 Labeling Innovations of 2016. We look back at some of the most promising trends, ideas, and even techniques over the past year. However, are these trends unfamiliar? Scroll all the way to the bottom for more information on each one also. Links to previous blogs covering these topics provided.

top 5 labeling innovations of 2016 infographic

1. Technology & Accessibility

Braille Labels

A fantastic way to create a more inclusive label is by adding braille. Because it can simply be added using tactile coating. Braille helps potential customers understand your product as well as makes it accessible.

Smart Labels

Smart labels primarily use RFID technology. These labels aid the customer in getting the most out of their purchase. Instead of the standard, it creates a more engaging, personal, helpful experience.

Booklet-Style Labels

Booklet-style labels open up to reveal more information in addition to the front panel. This technique is perfect for the horticulture label since it can require a lot of information on caring for a plant. Tri-Panel labels come in many shapes and sizes also. Contact us for more information.

 

2. Adjusting to Anti-Packaging

Edible Packaging

Developments have been made to create packaging out of milk proteins. This discovery may also be instrumental in the anti-packaging movement. Which, if you haven’t heard yet, is a movement geared toward eliminating packaging. Therefore, it aims to create a more sustainable future.

Sustainable Materials

In addition, materials that are biodegradable are coming to the forefront. So are labeling materials that come from sustainable sources. All of this progress aims for a greener world instead of a disposable oriented one.

 

3. Minimalism

Label Design

Minimalistic label design has been a hot trend for a while now. So, naturally, this design style has been as strong as ever in 2016. This simplification takes the focus away from flashy images and onto the product.

Packaging

In lieu of the anti-packaging movement, removing unnecessary packaging has become a hot topic. Many find this wasteful and unnecessary. Some claim it helps keep produce fresh. It seems as innovations are made in packaging materials, this side of the industry may go through some significant changes.

 

4. A New Generation

Gen Z Personalizes Shopping

Gen Z is a generation that thrives off of personal interactions, especially online. This generation is shaping the way we label and package products. Using smart technology can be instrumental in getting that personal touch.

 

5. Luxury Style

Techniques Improve Rising Trend

The luxury packaging market is increasing. With it, labeling techniques become important in making your product stand out.  From embossing to foiling, to MotionCoat, we have something for every luxury item.

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All About Mirafoil, Cold Foil & Hot Stamp
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All About Mirafoil, Cold Foil & Hot Stamp

There are significant differences between Mirafoil, Cold Foil and Hot Stamp. Not only are the processes different, but so are the results. Find out which option is right for your label.

 

The Cold Foil Process

As seen below, the adhesive is first applied to the plate. The foil is then applied and cured with ultra-violet light. What’s left is the metallic design on your label. With cold foiling, you choose between using gold, silver or red foil stock. If you want any other color for your cold foiling details, it must be added overtop of the silver foiling.

 

Cold Foil process step one

 

 Cold Foil process step two

 

Cold Foil process step three

 

The Hot Stamp Process

For the difference between cold foil and hot stamp, see our previous blog!

 

The MiraFoil process

MiraFoil is applied the same way color is. Sweet and simple. As seen below, it rolls on to the plate and voila! Looking for variance? To add any PMS color, print over the foil with another plate. This creates your one of a kind label.

 

MiraFoil process

 

What’s the difference between the two? Or, which one is right for your label?

 

Brewhouse beer - Great Lakes Label
Hot Stamp
  • non-polluting since materials are dry
  • brilliant shine
  • color accuracy
  • the foil is a one time use

 

swarm beer label - Great Lakes Label

Cold Foil
  • must run at slower speeds due to curing
  • accurate with color specificity
  •  the foil is a one time use
  • must purchase foil and adhesive for process
  • brilliant shine

Don Anselmo Label by Great Lakes Label

Mira Foil
  • run at higher speeds since this foil doesn’t need time to cure
  • displays finer details
  • accurate with color specificity
  • use with any substrate (yes, even including rougher stock)
  • no waste, use as much of the liquid as needed

 

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Universal’s Pail Labeling System
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Universal’s Pail Labeling System

universal-ctaAutomatic Pail Labeling System

This system offers metering, detection, orientation, and also labeling. It’s an all in production with this made-to-order pail labeling system by Universal. So, see how to incorporate it into your production line.

Universal's pail labeling system
Universal’s Labeling System

 

This custom labeling system includes product metering, handle orientation and control. In addition, it even offers accurate label orientation and placement.  As a result, the UPA II Print Applicator is set up in a “roll on” mode to dispense the label as the pail rotates in the product encapsulator.

Automatic Metal Pail Labeling System!

Metering, detection, orientation, and labeling in this made-to-order labeling system.

 

 

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Get Inspired: Fragrance Label Design
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Get Inspired: Fragrance Label Design

While fragrance containers come in intricate, bold designs, the labels themselves can be just as eye-catching. These are some fragrance designs that will take sophistication to the next level.

 

La Libellule Perfume
La Libellule Perfume

 

La Libellule Perfume Packaging Design By Marta Chodorowska

The simplicity of this label is key. The brand is the only aspect to the design of the label. This minimalism ultimately creates a sophisticated look and it also draws the attention toward the unique bow feature. What is particularly helpful about this design is that it can be easily replicated for other scents in this line. With French inspiration, this classic look is key.

 

Gran Hotel Fragrance Label
Gran Hotel Fragrance Label

 

Gran Hotel Fragrance Label & Packaging Design by Pedro Almeida

Similar to the first example, this label primarily features the brand logo. Almeida states, “They are basic toiletries, light versions of exquisite essences, that will carry you to a glamorous and sophisticated holiday destination, with vintage air. The fragrances are chic and casual, the elegance of simplicity, luxury in it’s lightweight and informal style.” The minimalistic packaging concept does just that. The packaging of the boxes are also a great way to add flare to the product while keeping the bottle itself looking elegant.

 

Body Shop Scent Redesign
Body Shop Scent Redesign

 

Body Shop Scent Label & Packaging Redesign By Christina Button

Unlike the previous examples, this fragrance label utilizes heavy pattern. Each graphic inside the design represents a scent used in the perfume. The ergonomic shape of the bottle makes for easy holding as well. The glass container makes it easier to recycle, a feature that would be on brand with The Body Shop. Not only does this label make you lean in for a closer look, the packaging provides you with yet another reason to take it home.

 

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Get Inspired: Autumnal Motifs on Labels
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Get Inspired: Autumnal Motifs on Labels

Autumn has officially begun! To celebrate, we are looking at labels with autumnal motifs. Whether it be with color, theme or product, we hope these packaging designs get you into the festive spirit!

Raw’iu With Autumnal Motifs Designed By Ineta Plytnykienė
Raw’iu Designed By Ineta Plytnykienė

Raw’iu With Autumnal Motifs Designed By Ineta Plytnykienė

The product concept is to take various wild plants and make them more accessible for cooking and storage. The color scheme of warm colors and brown neutrals on this packaging design sets the appropriate tone for autumn. The sunflower image, which has an early autumn bloom, equally does this job. Even the green featured appears similar to a turning leaf. This is a masterful way to incorporate autumn motifs into your label design that can be effectively used year-round.

 

Design By Rebeca Cubillo
Design By Rebeca Cubillo

Apple Juice Design By Rebeca Cubillo

Apples are in season, so this design is quite fitting for the time of year. Again, the warm colors used really set the tone. The design is somewhat minimalistic, but the texture of the apple could even be done with a soft coat or grit coat to draw the focus toward texture. This sort of label design would also work well on seasonal, promotional labels.

 

Tea Tul Designed by Pavla Chuykina & Ann Moiseenko
Tea Tul Designed by Pavla Chuykina & Ann Moiseenko

Tea Tul Designed by Pavla Chuykina & Ann Moiseenko

It can’t get more autumnal than this design! The leafy labels feature hues of changing foliage. With such a big, bold design, it will have you drinking tea all season! The information working with the lines of the leaves are a fantastic way to display nutritional information without distracting from design.

 

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Get Inspired: Minimalistic Cosmetic Packaging
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Get Inspired: Minimalistic Cosmetic Packaging

We’ve looked at minimalism in wine and beer design before, but today, we’re examining minimalistic cosmetic design. Minimalism has been a hot packaging trend in 2016 and it does not seem to be slowing down. See how simplifying your brand’s look can have a big impact on the customer.

 

Chas N Dave Shaving Product Packaging By Sam Fitzgerald
Chas N Dave By Sam Fitzgerald

Chas N Dave Shaving Product Packaging By Sam Fitzgerald

This line is inspired by vintage, European barber shops. The simplistic nature of the design provides a sophisticated feel. By minimizing content, Fitzgerald is able to really hone in on the traditional, simpler way to shave. The clean look of the box also further emphasizes the clean shave the products will provide.

 

Depend Minimalistic Cosmetic Packaging By Sandra Kristensson, Emily Karlsson and Marie Hjalmarsson
Depend Packaging By Sandra Kristensson, Emily Karlsson and Marie Hjalmarsson

Depend Minimalistic Cosmetic Packaging By Sandra Kristensson, Emily Karlsson and Marie Hjalmarsson

Since this brand has its roots in Sweeden, the design was inspired by the Sweedish design style. That’s why the packages are open, clean and timeless. The aim is to draw the focus right to the product itself and away from bold design. This style is reminiscent of brands like E.L.F or Clinique that use packaging to draw the eye toward the product and the brand name.

 

Ava Toner Packaging & Label Designed By Christian Alba
Ava By Christian Alba

Ava Toner Packaging & Label Designed By Christian Alba

While the shapes on this packaging are more complex than the other examples, it still exhibits the minimalistic cosmetic look. The transparent label on the bottle, in particular, allows for the product to stand out, and the light green color to blend with the greens in the logo. While there is more color in this scheme, it also keeps things simple.

 

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Universal’s Contract Packer (CP2000) Spotlight
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Universal’s Contract Packer (CP2000) Spotlight

Learn all about Universal’s Contract Packer (CP2000) and how it improves production lines. Instead of labeling by hand, this applicator saves time, money, and even labor. However, first, learn about the specifications of the system.

Universal's Contract Packer (CP2000) labeling system 300 dpi (1)
Universal’s CP2000 labeling system 300 dpi (1)

Features:

  • Extra heavy-duty steel framework with casters and even leveling pads.
  • Easy changeover of products and also labels.
  • Two SL2000 stepper driven label applicators.
  • Photoelectric product and even label sensors.
  • Synchronous over holds down and also product positioning.
  • Automatic encoder speed following.
  • Wide label option to 8.125″
  • Servo driven, synchronous overhead holds down and also product positioning.

 

Contract Packager (CP) 2000 for Flats, Rounds, Ovals, and More…

Universal Labeling Systems’ CP2000 features: -Extra heavy-duty steel framework with casters and leveling pads. -Easy changeover of products and labels. -Two SL2000 stepper driven label applicators. Photoelectric product and label sensors. Synchronous overhead hold down and product positioning. -Automatic encoder speed following. -Wide label option to 8.125″ -Servo driven, synchronous overhead hold down and product positioning.

 

Also, The Contract Packer (CP2000) Specifications:

  • 86.4″W x 144″L x 67.3″H.
  • Label dispense speed: 3000 ” per minute.
  • Label roll capacity: 16″ OD
  • Web Width: up to 6.375″
  • Electric: 120 VAC
  • Shipping Weight: approx. 1700lbs.

 

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Embossing Makes Labels Stand Out
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Embossing Makes Labels Stand Out

We’ve looked at embossing in labeling and packaging a few times before:

However, it’s important to look at specific examples of how it has enhanced labels. See how it can create an eye-catching design for your label also.

Combine Techniques

Calm Raddler beer label for Goose Island printed by Great Lakes Label

Calm Raddler beer label for Goose Island printed by Great Lakes Label 22

 

Make the name of your product pop with embossing. Then, add other techniques, like foiling, also. This combination will make your label stand out twice as much. Plus, it gives plenty of new options for making your label design unique. Incorporating these techniques into your design could even enhance your packaging theme.

 

Make Your Art Pop

Perrin Label by Great Lakes Label

Perrin Label by Great Lakes Label

 

Same goes for the art on your label also. This ship pops out from the waves, plus the foiled flag on the top of the sails adds extra dimension. This creates more realistic looking objects and again, can enhance your theme stylistically. As you can see from the backside of the label, the technique can be precise in its application. This allows for your design to truly pop out to the customer.

 

Embossing Can Enhance Your Theme

Cranberry Rush Meijer label - Great Lakes Label

Back of Meijer Cranberry Trail Mix Label with embossing by Great Lakes Label

In this example, the text has a textured look, and the technique makes it pop out like it’s made of real tree bark. It works with the style of the packaging design and font, creating unique looks customers will want to reach out and pick up.

 

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Universal’s Contract Packager (CP1000) Spotlight
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Universal’s Contract Packager (CP1000) Spotlight

Learn all about Universal’s Contract Packager, also distributed by Great Lakes Label. So, see how the system creates precision and also professionalism with label application. Instead of applying by hand, save time, money, and even labor with this system. So, check it out!

Universal's Contract Packager labeling system 300 dpi (1)
Universal’s CP1000 labeling system 300 dpi (1)

Also, Learn More About CP1000’s Features:

  • Extra heavy-duty steel framework also with casters and leveling pads.
  • Easy changeover of products and even labels.
  • Two SL1500 stepper driven label applicators.
  • Photoelectric product and even label sensors.
  • Synchronous overhead holds down and also product positioning.
  • Wide label option to 8.125″ (1200 ipm.)
  • Automatic encoder speed following
  • Servo driven, synchronous overhead holds down and even product positioning.

 

More than front & back labeling; simply the finest multi-purpose labeling system. The CP1000

Heavy duty system framework * 6″ wide x 12′ long Delrin chain conveyor * 1 hp conveyor drive motor * Product metering wheel * Synchronous product positioning device * Synchronous overhead hold-down * Secondary label wipe down station * Photoelectric product sensor * Two SL1500 digitally controlled stepper drive label applicators * Job save menu * Encoder with speed following & rate compensation * 6.375″ wide web capacity * 12″ label roll capacity 3″ core * NEMA 12 control enclosure with multi-level menu system

 

Universal’s Contract Packager Specifications:

  • 83.7″W x 144″L x 67.3″H.
  • Label dispense speed: 1500 ” per minute.
  • Label roll capacity: 12″ OD
  • Web Width: up to 6.375″
  • Electric: 120 VAC
  • Shipping Weight: approx. 1500lbs.

 

 

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