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What Are Pressure Sensitive Labels?
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What Are Pressure Sensitive Labels?

Pressure sensitive labels are self-adhesive labels which are pressed onto containers of various shapes, sizes, and materials.

Heath Label by Great Lakes LabelIdeal Containers For Pressure Sensitive Labels

  • Pouches
  • Squeeze bottles
  • Glass jars & bottles
  • Cans
  • Plastic bottles & tubs

 

Printing Presses Used

Great Lakes Label production floor

Digital Presses

CX1200 DIGITAL LABEL PRESS

The CX 1200 Digital Color Label Press offers short-run, full-color, high-resolution labels.

• 2400 dpi print resolution, color laser

• Print width up to 8.00” (203mm)

FX1200 DIGITAL FINISHING SYSTEM

Our FX 1200 Digital Finishing System allows us to cut

any size or shape without dies.

 

Great Lakes Label production floor

Flexographic Printing Presses

MARK ANDY P7

• 9 colors both UV and water-based

• Cold foil, hot stamp, auto-registration

• Up to 17” web width

(2) MARK ANDY P5

• Cold foil, hot stamp, auto registration

• Wide substrate and application range

• Up to 13“ web width

• 14 colors UV and water-based

• Dual unwind- multiple web ability

MARK ANDY 4120

• 8 Color

• Rotary die cutting and sheeting

• Up to 10“ web width

(2) WEBTRON 750 5 Color Presses

5 color

• Print and web widths up to 7.5”

• Rotary die cutting and sheeting

Wine Traders' Labels - Moya Bordeaux, Gaby, Gaby Cuvee, DuParkInnovative Labeling Techniques

 

  • Cold Foil – a vibrant foiling technique where an image is printed onto the label substrate with the use of a special UV-curable cold foil adhesive
  • Hot Stamp – a bold foiling technique where the metallic pigment coat is transferred from a ribbon or plastic material known as the “carrier” to the surface of the material
  • MiraFoil – a precise ink which creates foil in any design and color
  • Motion Coat – a mixture of texture and color which creates a holographic look which catches the light
  • Embossing – an impression on the label which uplifts desired features
  • Tactile Screen – a coating applied to labeling features to create a raised look
  • Cast & Cure – a multi-color, holographic aesthetic which changes colors as it catches the light
  • Tri-Panel Labeling – a booklet style label which can be opened to provide the customer with more information on the product
  • Soft Touch – a matte and cashmere-soft coating
  • Metallic Stock – a label stock with vibrant shine
  • The WetStick Label – a water and ice resistant label with such strong adhesive chemistry that it can be applied underwater

 

 

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MiraFoil is a Precise Design Technique
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MiraFoil is a Precise Design Technique

MiraFoil is a precise foiling technique which applies to label stock with little waste. This is because it’s an ink. Here is how designs use it to create a luxurious and stand-alone look. This technique heightens any packaging style, regardless of industry.

 

Don Anselmo Label by Great Lakes Label

 

MiraFoil Titles on Wine Stock

On the above label, you can see that MiraFoil is used over the title, subtitle, sunrise motif and label border. Using a wine stock gives a unique look to the foiling technique that works well with the upscale packaging. MiraFoil is the perfect technique brands in the wine and spirits industry looking to pair a luxurious stock with fine labeling techniques.

 

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

Titles on Other Stocks

As you can see on the above label, the shine of the foiling has a different quality compared to other stocks. Keep in mind, over top of the MiraFoil is a tactile coating though. The tactile coating is what is giving that raised texture.

The foil has a more brilliant shine and perfectly color matches the rest of the label. It creates a cohesive look with a pop that customers won’t be able to look away from. You’ll notice that the foiling is used through the fine curls on the subtitle of the label, which is something we’re about to look at…

 

Peony hand soap label with mirafoil - Great Lakes Label

 

Intricate & Precise Designs

This image of the peony is created solely through MiraFoil. The precision needed for this design is perfect for this foil ink, which has the ability to form very fine lines.  Again, the look is one of luxury, perfect for the beauty industry.

 

 

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CTM’s Continuous Feed Dual Unwind Labelers
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CTM’s Continuous Feed Dual Unwind Labelers

ctm-ctaThe CTM Continuous Feed Dual Unwind labeling systems are stand-alone units designed to eliminate downtime associated with supply roll changeover. It is a system that aids in increasing overall production speeds.

CTM's Continuous Feed Dual Unwind Labelers
CTM’s Continuous Feed Dual Unwind Labelers


It unwinds improve efficiency and saves time, money and labor. It provides nonstop, uninterrupted label supply at high speeds. The continuous feed dual unwinds functions as a standard loose loop controlled powered unit.

 

When the supply roll in use unwinds to a predetermined level, a sensor activates a warning light and signals the drive to feed the remaining labels into a holding bin. The second roll of labels is then spliced to the end of the web as the labels in the bin are consumed.

 

CTM Continuous Feed Dual Unwind Features:

  • PLC Controlled
  • Dancer Arm Tension Control
  • PLC Enhanced Braking System
  • Variable Speed Dispense Rate
  • Low Label Alarm
  • End of Web Alarm
  • Dual Manual Clamping System on Splicing Table

 

 

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Are You Embarrassed By Your Labels?
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Are You Embarrassed By Your Labels?

Having a captivating label is crucial to catching the attention of customers in the grocery isle. Last year we explored many topics with regards to label creation and design. In case you missed them, here are some key posts that will take your labels to the next level.

 

person designing labels

Designing Labels

Whether you are new to design, or creating a label is old hat to you, these tips and tricks are essential.  Learn something new or brush up on your design rules.

Labeling Techniques

These are a few of special labeling techniques that Great Lakes Label offers. See how they can be used on your labels. Get a quote on using these techniques for your label!

 

Mistakes To Avoid

Mistakes can be a great learning experience, but why not avoid them? Here are a few you need to keep in mind while creating labels.

 

Labeling Trends

Over the past year, we’ve noticed and explored quite a few trends in the labeling and packaging industry. Catch up on all these newsmakers and plan for your label in this ever-changing market.

 

 

 

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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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Get Inspired: Spirits Labels With Foiling
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Get Inspired: Spirits Labels With Foiling

A fantastic way to create sophisticated looking spirits labels is by using a foiling technique. Whether the design is modern or traditional, adding foil can make a dramatic impact. Especially if you are creating a luxury product, foil will emphasize quality.

 

Rakijateka Brandy Spirits Labels By Jovana Randjelovic
Rakijateka Brandy By Jovana Randjelovic

Rakijateka Brandy Spirits Labels Designed By Jovana Randjelovic

The design of this brand is tongue in cheek. It is based off of traditional medicine design with popular Serbian fruit flavors. In Serbia fruit brandies can be considered a form a medicine, aiding with everything from digestion to mood. Whether or not this belief is true, the label design plays on it, attracting a diverse group of demographics. The foiling on the borders and fruit design provide a cohesive and high end look for the line of products.

 

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Glen Tannasg Whisky Label Design By Richard Göpel

This name is also an old gaelic word for spirit and insanity. This label was designed with the unstable, fictional character Jim Moriarty from the 2011 show, Sherlock, in mind. Since Moriarty is a classy guy, adding the foil is a crucial touch. The skulls give this design a hard edge, but the foil provide the sophistication. This traditional look fits well with the gaelic theme.

 

Curious Pioneer By Garry Calderwood
Curious Pioneer By Garry Calderwood

Curious Pioneer Whisky Packaging Design By Garry Calderwood

While the above examples lean toward the traditional, this packaging leans toward the modern. It does so in a very elegant way. The label itself utilizes minimalistic design, which further emphasizes the use of foiling. Since this is centenary edition packaging, sophistication is key and this label delivers. The foil on the label also matches well with the metallic packaging.

 

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Get Inspired: Candle Labels & Packaging
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Get Inspired: Candle Labels & Packaging

Candle labels come in a variety of styles and can be used in various ways in packaging. Here are some labels that use various techniques to improve their packaging. These labels create an engaging experience for customers.

 

Bella Pella By Hamie Robitaille
Bella Pella By Hamie Robitaille

Bella Pella Candle & Spa Combo Label By Hamie Robitaille

The packaging for this candle and spa collection are made from recycled materials. The design was created in such a way as to stand apart from Lush. It provides a more cottage chic look with simple, down to earth style. The labels are predominantly white, and the lavender text not only matched the fragrance, but adds a pop of color. Simple design meets eco-friendly.

 

IUVO By Erin Albright
IUVO By Erin Albright

IUVO Aromatherapy Labels & Packaging Designed By Erin Albright

 

Although there is a lot going on in this example, the various ways this line uses font and color enhances the overall branding. The candle label itself may feature copper foiling on the title, which creates an elegant look and emphasizes the fluid nature of the flame. As a whole, the white label stands out against the black packaging. That being said, it still compliments the rest of the line well  by using font and spacing in a similar way.

 

Piquant Candle Labels By Rachelle Tan
Piquant By Rachelle Tan

Piquant Candle Labels & Packaging Designed By Rachelle Tan

These minimalist labels may not feature any color, but they do utilize embossing (not seen in photo above). This is a fantastic way to delight the senses in a sophisticated way. For example, on the “Summer Days” candle there are embossed trees and twigs. It further emphasizes the theme in a subtle way. This also allows for the potential color of the candle to be the main focus of the product once the packaging is opened.

 

 

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Get Inspired: Labels With Wood Motifs
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Get Inspired: Labels With Wood Motifs

Where nature inspired labels are concerned, wood is a great design. This is because texture can be added to the label in a simple, but effective way. Whether you raise the pattern with tactile screen, emboss the text or add grit coat, you can give your design a realistic edge. Here are some designs that stand out without techniques, but could easily use them to enhance the design.

 

Woodith Wood Dish Label By Hyojung Jung
Woodith Wooden Dish Label By Hyojung Jung

 

Woodith Wood Dish Label By Hyojung Jung

The label was designed to look like a tree stump. It’s purpose is to give off the natural feeling, reminding the customer that their products are environmentally friendly. While this design only uses neutral colors, the contrast and the realistic motif creates a unique look that catches the eye. If tactile coating was used on each ring of the stump, it would take the realism to the next level.

 

Firestone Beer Label Designed By Rachel Yan
Firestone Beer By Rachel Yan

 

Firestone Beer Label Designed By Rachel Yan

This label features a wooden barrel, the wine stock for the pressure sensitive label also adds wood-like texture to the design. The title, “FIRESTONE” is also perfectly emphasized with a foiled outline of copper. If you’re targeting a more mature demographic, wood veneers are preferred by the thirty and over crowd. Embossing the barrel would be a fantastic way to make it stand out and compliment the foiling.

 

PAW Granola Bar Designed By Ali Neilly
PAW Granola By Ali Neilly

PAW Granola Bar Designed By Ali Neilly

This product, aimed at hikers, uses a chipboard design and scouting symbols to connect nature with nostalgia. A simple association that makes the wrapping pop. The neutral wood flakes also allow for the neon yellow title to stand out and draw attention on the grocery store shelf. Adding grit coat to the rough looking wood would be a fantastic way to make the design more realistic.

 

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Get Inspired: Soap Labels & Packaging
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Get Inspired: Soap Labels & Packaging

Soap labels come in a variety of styles, like its packaging, for any industry. It varies depending on product type and demographics. Because of this, there is so much inspirational design!

 

Doctor Bronner's Soap Labels & Packaging By Tyler Hamilton
Doctor Bronner’s Soap Labels & Packaging By Tyler Hamilton

Doctor Bronner’s Soap Labels & Packaging By Tyler Hamilton

This label’s dark, natural look is reminiscent of apothecary and organic packaging. The minimalistic nature of the displayed information further helps to draw attention to the leafy design on the side. As seen in the above picture, the design style makes it easy for it to be utilized across the entire line. The dark label also contrasts the light in a sophisticated manner.

 

Alaffia Body Wash Line By Nicole Chan
Alaffia By Nicole Chan

Alaffia Body Wash Redesign By Nicole Chan

This sustainable skincare line uses ingredients from West Africa. This redesign focused on having a new, bold look that stands out from other natural beauty brands while keeping an indigenous feel. The various fragrance designs make it easy for each scent to stand out from the next. Even the small lip treat label incorporates the style in a minimalistic way. The tamper-proof label across the top of the containers is a simple way for customers to know that their item is used for the first time.

 

You Smell Soap Labels & Packaging By Megan Cummnis
You Smell Soap Labels & Packaging By Megan Cummnis

You Smell Soap Labels & Packaging By Megan Cummnis

What may sound like an insult will leave the customer surprised upon flipping the product over. You Smell then turns into “You Smell like a lemon…thanks to us.” It leaves the shopper intrigued and eager to continue flipping other fragrances for the humorous surprises. The sophisticated style of the label contrasts the insult, adding to the surprise of the joke.

 

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What Does Edible Packaging Mean For Labeling?
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What Does Edible Packaging Mean For Labeling?

We previously discussed what might happen if anti-packaging becomes more popular. One of the things mentioned is that packaging and labeling materials would evolve into more environmentally friendly materials such as edible materials. Soon we may be living in a world where you can eat the product and its packaging.

The USDA is creating an edible milk based packaging material.

Edible Milk Protiein Based Packaging

Milk proteins make up this material. It will be biodegradable, sustainable and be better at preserving food. It is even 500x better at keeping oxygen out! This means your produce will last longer and taste fresher. 

 

Developments could lead to individually wrapped pouches of coffee that easily dissolve in water. It may also be developed into a spray for cereal to keep it crunchy without using the high in sugar formula we use currently.

 

However, will it still require supplementary packaging to ensure the edible film is sanitary? There are, however, many packages that already have this two layered system that could benefit from this milk based advancement. It could be as simple as adding a label warning about eating this type of packaging. Otherwise, the inclusion of an edible label could be a convenient step if used inside another package.

 

This may not be the end all and be all of green packaging, but this innovation is a big step in the right direction. In fact, even if the anti-packaging movement becomes the standard, plastic gloves are still required to handle products. Developing materials like this could eliminate the need for plastics in all grocery stores. Balance between health safety, green innovations and customer convenience are key in the development of new materials.

 

See the below YouTube video for more information on this milk protein based film.

Edible, Biodegradable Food Packaging – Headline Science

Most foods come wrapped in plastic packaging. This type of packaging creates a lot of waste and aren’t that great at preventing spoilage. Researchers are now developing a biodegradable film made from milk proteins to hopefully solve these problems. ACS Headline Science: Executive Producer: Adam Dylewski Video Producer: Kyle Nackers Subscribe!

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