Funny, I was hoping to post of these each week for the next 12 weeks or so. It's been a month since I posted the first blog for "Color Label Press University "Glossary of Terms" Part One, Course One".
Color Label Presses can be used as seeding devices in larger Print4Pay opportunities, or help that dealer or rep get a conversation going with an account where they have never had any traction with MFP's or IT services. In addition, the competition is ripe for takeover. Let us not forget about the GP!
If you have plans on attending BTA East this week in Philly, please make some time to visit Muratec. The market for full color digital labels in huge and the potential to make some serious commissions is enormous. BTW, isn't that why we're in this crazy business?
Color Label Press University "Glossary for Pressure Sensitive Labels" Course One
(Sponsored by Muratec a Konica Minolta Company)
Adhesive, Pressure Sensitive: A type of adhesive which in dry form is aggressively tacky at room temperature. It has the capability of promoting a bond to dissimilar surfaces on contact, with pressure.
Adhesive, Removable: An adhesive characterized by relatively high cohesive strength and low ultimate adhesion. It can be removed easily from most surfaces. Some adhesive transfer could take place depending on the affinity of the adhesive to the surface.
Adhesive Residue: The pressure sensitive adhesive remaining behind on a surface due to cohesive or priming failure when a pressure sensitive label is removed from that surface.
Adhesive Skip: The absence of adhesive in some areas of film or paper label stock.
Adhesive Splitting: Failure within the adhesive mass when labels are under stress or removed. If splitting occurs, part of the adhesive will remain on the labelled surface and part on the face material.
Adhesive Strike-Through : When adhesive penetrates through the face material of a pressure sensitive lamination.
Adhesive Transfer: The transfer of adhesive from its normal position on the label to the surface to which the label was attached.
Affinity: An attraction or polar similarity between adhesive and adherend.
Aged Release: The force required to remove a release liner from an adhesive after a measured period of time, often at elevated temperatures.
Aging: The change or changes undergone by a material as a result of the passage of time.
Air Dried Forced: (usually heated) air drying of coatings or inks.
Alcohol: A group of organic solvents widely used in flexographic inks.
Alignment: Refers to the relative alignment of the printing stations to each other and to the die stations on a label press. The relative position of a scanner or light source to a bar code.
Alligatoring: Term describing the appearance of an adhesive, coating or sealer film that is cracked into large segments. Cracking or crazing.
Ambient Temperature: A term used to denote the temperature of the surrounding air.
Analysis: The separation of a substance or mixture of substances into the component parts, so that a knowledge of the percent composition can be obtained.
Anchor Coat: A coating applied to the surface of a substrate to effect or increase the adhesion of subsequent coatings; primer, tie coat or pre-coat.
Anchorage: The specific adhesion of a pressure sensitive adhesive to a face material or an anchor coat.
Aniline Dyes: Coal-tar derivatives classified according to the degree of fastness to light or brightness. Basic dyes have extreme brightness, but are not fast to light. Acid dyes are less brilliant, but have greater light fastness. Direct dyes are much more fade resistant than basics and, in some cases, than acid dyes.
Aniline Printing: Early name for rubber plate printing, using fast-drying fluid inks.
Anilox Inking: In flexography, a two roll inking system consisting of a smooth roll which dips in an ink trough and transfers the ink to an etched metal roll with wells of fixed size that transfer the ink controllably to the plate.
Anilox Roll: Mechanically engraved steel and chrome coated metering roll used in flexo presses to meter a controlled film of ink from the contacting rubber covered doctor roller to the printing plates which print the web. Volume of ink is affected by the cell count per linear inch and dimension of the cell and cell wall of the engraving. Sometimes manufactured from copper and chromium plated steel but ceramic coated rolls, which are then laser etched, are becoming more common.
Antioxidants: Agents which retard the action of oxygen in substances subject to oxidation.
Antistatic: Agents Ingredients in coatings that make the coating antistatic.
Antistatic Coatings: Coatings applied to one or both surfaces of a substrate to reduce the electrostatic build up so that the material can be further processed, I.e. sheeted and stacked.
Anvil Cut Labels: A pressure sensitive label which has been die-cut through all components of the label stock, including liner material; steel to steel cut.
Anvil Roll: Hardened steel roll upon which the bearers of a rotary die cutter ride which also provides the hardened surface for die cutting.
Application: Refers to a pressure sensitive label actually being adhered to a product.
Application Temperature: Temperature at the time the label is applied. Most adhesives have a minimum application temperature rating. Testing is recommended when approaching this temperature.
Applicator: A device that automatically feeds and applies pressure sensitive labels to a product.
Applicator: Roll Coating, print, tint, lacquer or varnish roller that actually applies any of these to a substrate.
Aqueous: Water containing or water based. Refers to adhesive or inking systems which use water as the carrier or vehicle.
Aqueous Inks: Inks produced utilizing a water base.
Artificial Aging: The accelerated testing of specimens to determine the change in properties, carried out over a short period of time. Such tests are indicative of what may be expected of a material under actual service conditions over extended periods.
Artwork: The original design including drawings and text produced by the artist. All elements of the design from which the black and white art and printing plates are made. Also refers to all elements of the black and white production art.
Aspect Radio: The ratio of height to width of a bar code symbol.
Auto Ignition Point: The temperature at which mixtures of solvent vapor and air will ignite without the aid of a spark or flame