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Color Label Press University "Glossary of Terms" Part Five, Course One


I had a few minutes before I had to get to three appointments on Thursday of last week.  Thus, I thought I would visit our Ricoh MP 3601SP demonstrator unit in our showroom (yes, we still have one of those).  I was curious how many labels did Ricoh adhere to the MP 3601SP.

I was shocked!  If you have a Ricoh MP 3601SP, here's a little bit of homework for you.  Check all of the outside covers, then the toner hopped and then the roll feeder.  Let us know how many labels you find (color or just black).  Inj a few days I'll be posting pics and a blog about how many I found.

At the top of each blog you'll see color label press icon.  Clicking that link which is at the top of each blog will then bring you the collection of blogs for Color Label Press University.  It's pretty neat, you'll see all of the blogs that we've posted for an easier read and simple way to toggle from blog to blog.

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!

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)

Clarity:   Degree of clearness.

Clay Coated:  A term used to describe a paper with a clay coating on either one or both sides. (geesh, I remember clay coated paper, was best know for use with some of the first color copier/printers)

Clear Area:  A required clear space, containing no dark marks, which precedes the start character of a symbol and follows the stop character. Also known as quiet area.

Clear Coat:  A coating that protects the printing and the surface of a pressure sensitive label from abrasion, sunlight, chemicals, moisture, or a combination of these.

Co-Extrusions:   Film produced by more than one extruder through a common die. Films have been made with as many as 13 layers.

Co-Polymer:  Two or more mixed monomers which, when polymerized, yield a complex product having properties different from either simple polymer alone.

Coated Paper:   General term applying to all papers which have been surface coated with pigments.

Coating:   In printing, an emulsion, varnish or lacquer applied in-line or off-line, often over a printed surface to give it added protection.

Coating Weight:   The weight of a coating per unit area, such as lb/1,000 square feet, lb/ream or grams/sq meter.

Cobwebbing:   A filmy, web-like build up of dried ink or varnish that appears on the doctor roll or the end of the impression rolls.

COD:   Cash on Delivery. Customer must pay in full at time of delivery. Shipper retains title until carrier obtains remittance.

Cohesion:  The internal strength of an adhesive mass; resistance to flow, and resistance to failure in the adhesive when labels are removed or are under stress. See cohesive strength.

Cohesive Failure:   The mode of failure wherein the adhesive splits, leaving some residue on the labeled surface and part on the label.

Cohesive Strength:   A measure of that property of an adhesive which resists forces parallel to the surface, I.e. resistance to adhesive splitting.

Cold Cracking:   The breaking or shattering under stress of plastic coatings that have become brittle due to lowered temperatures.

Cold Flow:  The tendency of a pressure sensitive adhesive to act like a heavy, viscous liquid over long periods of time. Such phenomena as 'oozing' or 'incraeses in adhesion' are the results of this characteristic.

Cold Temperature Adhesive:  An adhesive that will enable a pressure sensitive label to adhere or stick well when applied to a cold substrate, often in cold ambient temperatures.

Collating:   Assembling in proper order.

Color Correction:  Any method such as masking, dot-etching, re-etching, and/or electronic scanning used to correct for color errors in process inks.

Color Key:  A series of colored films used to check individual colors and stripping. When overlaid in printing sequence it will produce a multicolored image. A color key is limited to yellow, orange, dark blue, magenta, cyan, black, white, gold, brown, green, red, beige and any combinations thereof. Basically a photographic positive of the separation negatives in generic color.

Color Matching:   To duplicate the hue, value and intensity of a given color sample usually by blending appropriate elements.

Color Permanence:   See color fastness.

Color Process:  A reproduction of any subject where the colors are separated by any method utilizing at least the three primary process colors - yellow, magenta and cyan. Using halftone plates to produce intermediate colors and shades. Linework and screenwork can be utilized.

Color Proof:  A printed or simulated printed image of each process color (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) using inks, toners or dyes to give a simulated impression of the final printed reproduction. Color proofs are now most often generated by computer.

Color Retention:   The property of a color to resist fading or other deterioration on exposure to light.

Color Separated Art:  See pre-separated art.

Color Separation:  The process of separating colored originals into yellow, magenta, cyan and black printing negatives. Mostly done on computer controlled scanners.

Color Stability:   See color fastness.

Color Stations:   Each printing section of the press or set of rollers used to print each individual color.

Color Transparency:  A full-color photographic positive image on a transparent support from which color separations are usually produced. Can be viewed with the aid of a lighted color transparency viewer.

Colorant:   The color portion of an ink; may be a pigment, dye, or a combination of the two.

Combination Plate:   A single engraving which includes both line and halftone.

Compatibility:   The ability of ink, film, substrate and/or solvents to function together in an acceptable manner.

Condensed:   Type Proportionally narrow or slender type faces.

Conditioning:   Process of subjecting material to specific temperature and humidity conditions for stipulated periods of time.

Conformability:  The ability of a pressure sensitive material to yield to the contours of a surface (curved or rough). See flexibility.

Consistency:   Usually refers to the general body characteristics of an ink or other coatings.

Continuous Code:   A bar code or symbol where the space between characters (intercharacter gap) is part of the code.

Continuous Label:  Fan-folded labels manufactured from a continuous web of label stock which is not cut into units prior to execution. Continuous labels are mostly used for data processing applications.

Controlled Release:   A release level greater than that provided by an unmodified release coating.

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