Yes, Since Summer is winding down, I thought I'd get back in the groove with the glossary of terms for Color Label Presses.
It was a few months ago when I went cold calling in South Jersey. I was on the lookout for copiers but also wanted to keep my eyes open for companies that could benefit from a label press or a corrugated press. If you're not familiar with a corrugated press that device will allow a user print graphics for use on card board boxes.
I was able to find three companies that could be deemed as a suspects. Although not a suspect for me at this point in time.
The largest potential came from a franchise operation. One of the items I noticed was cardboard boxes that were covered with ink with the companies branding. Yes, it was time to ask some questions about those boxes. I found out that this particular location went through and average of 5 boxes per week. Next question was "how many locations are there?" I was floored with when I heard almost 1,500 locations. Taking the average of 5 boxes per week and then multiplying by the locations meant that they could be using 30,000 boxes a month. Annual would be around 360,000 boxes. That my friends is one hell of a suspect and a follow up is in order.
Ink is all around us, while pages are reducing in the office, ink usage for branding is on fire. Next time you're at you're favorite gas convenience store, stop and take a look at the opportunities, you'll be floored!
Label Press University
Face-Cut Label: Any pressure sensitive label where the face material is cut to the liner.
Face Material: Any paper, film, fabric, laminate or foil material suitable for converting into pressure sensitive label stock. In the finished
construction this web is bonded to the adhesive layer and becomes the functional part of the construction.
Face Slit: A slit in the face material of a pressure sensitive produce to facilitate removal from the backing.
Face Stock: See face material.
Fadeometer: Instrument used to measure the fade resistant properties of inks and other pigmented coatings.
Fading: A gradual decrease in brilliance of color. The term is often applied to the change in color produced by exposure to light.
Fan Fold: See continuous labels.
Fatigue: A condition of stress created by repeated flexing or impact force upon the adhesive-adhered interface.
Feathering: A defect which is characterized by ragged, coarse edges, or undersirable irregular edges around a print.
Feed Slots: Round or rectangular holes or slits put in pressure sensitive label stock to maintain the register of pressure sensitive labels
while they are being printed or imprinted.
Festoon: Material take-up system usually used with a butt splicer in order to continue feeding a press while the splice is being made
on stationary material.
Fill-In: Generally used to refer to the open portions of small type and half-tones filled by ink.
Filling-In: Refers to the filling-in of small reverse areas or copy of a printed design.
Film: A transparent material used for face stock for pressure sensitive labels. Often used in applications requiring maximum
Film Master: A photographic film representation of a specific symbol from which a printing plate is produced.
Film Positive: A positive contact print on a film base material.
Films: Face and liner material manufactured from synthetic high molecular weight polymers.
FINAT: European organization of label printers similar to TLMI.
Fineness of Grind: The degree of grinding or dispersion of a pigment in a printing ink or vehicle. Extent to which particle size has been reduced
to its ultimate by grinding technique.
Fineness of Grind Gauge: Instrument consisting of a flat block with two calibrated gradient slots from 0 to 0.001 inch on which ink is drawn down with a steel blade. Undispersed pigment or other particles in ink show streaks starting at their particle size.
Finish: The surface property of a material determined by its texture and gloss. Also an important physical property of paper. It describes surface contour and characteristics measurable by smoothness, gloss, absorbability and print quality. Finish of paper can be aesthetic or functional.
Finishing: Usually refers to the last thing done prior to shipping, I.e. rewinding, packing, etc.
Fish Eyes: Round or eye-shaped deformations in a coating (adhesive, release, protective, etc.); craters.
Flag: A marker, usually strips of colored paper or board, inserted in rolls of pressure sensitive materials and extending from an edge to designate a deviation from standard, such as a splice, defect or specification change. A warning to the operator handling the material during the next operation in the converting process, usually indicating an area that is to be inspected closely.
Flagging: Usually refer to the 'lifting' of a pressure sensitive label from the surface to which it has been applied. This condition most often occurs when the label has been applied around a curved surface.
Flame-Resistant Paper: A paper which has been treated with chemicals which enables it to resist flame. While not actually fireproof, it will not support combustion, will char but not carry a flame.
Flammable: Capable of being ignited.
Flash Point: The temperature at which a flammable liquid will flash when ignited by small flame passed over the surface.
Flat Pack: A continuous web folded at a cross perforation at regular intervals.
Flex: Another term for deflection of rolls or cylinders in press. Also, bending qualities or characteristics, of any material, including printing substrates.
Flexibility: A property of face materials, measured under specified conditions, that indicates how readily they will conform to curved surfaces.
Flexible Printed Circuit: A printed circuit or conductive pattern, on or between insulating layers, which remains flexible after processing.
Flexible Die: See magnetic die.
Flexing: Condition that can occur on a die when the die circumference is less than the width of the cross-blades. Causes the center of the cross-blades to fail to cut properly and consistently.
Flexlight: Union Carbide's trademark for photopolymer plate material.
Flexographic Printing: Formerly called aniline printing. A method of rotary printing that employs flexible, raised relief image plates and rapid-drying
Flexography: Relief printing process using a simple inking system and fluid inks.