Color Label Press University

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

I've used the hashtag of #followprintmigration for sometime now.  I don't have any facts or statements, I just know what I see.  Last weekend the wife and I spent a few days in Wildwood, NJ for a much needed getaway.  The main purpose of the trip was to attend the North America Sea Glass festival. 

Many artists from the east coast were to there to display and sell their creations.  So what did I notice?  Branding, branding and more branding from the artists with their creations.  I noticed three artists that completed your purchase with a brown craft bag and on each bag was a colorful branding label.

While at another booth I noticed that each of the plastic bags that contained assorted sea glass was adorned with a color label.  For the two day event I can only guess at the number of labels that were used for that one show.

While traveling home we stopped at Smithville, which is a re-creation of historic buildings that are now a combination of shops and boutiques that attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year.

My favorite shop is the one that sells all different types of nut spreads. I was tempted to get the sunflower spread but opted for the cashew instead.  Every single jar of spread had a color label, on some of the larger jars there were two or more.  Let's see, open every day all year, tens of thousands of visitors, well that adds up to a crap load of color labels for the one store.

Yes there is a reduction of print happening in the office. But if I was a dealer principal in the business of putting ink or toner on paper don't I owe to myself to expand my services?  The market is huge for digital label presses and there are more opportunities for net new clients than you can shake a stick at.  Think about this the next time you make a purchase and take a look at all of the ink and toner!

Label Press University

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)



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Layout   The drawing or sketch of a proposed design.
Legging   The stringing out of a pressure sensitive adhesive which frequently occurs following die-cutting when the matrix or waste
skeleton is being stripped.
Letterpress  Printing process which employs a relief or raised inked image which comes into direct contact with the material being printed. Hard relief plates and oil base inks are used.
Leuco   Dyes Used in the manufacture of some grades of IR, direct thermal papers.
Lexan    General Electric Company's trademark for polycarbonate film.
Lifting    Defect where label exhibits some degree of lifting from the applied surface.
Light Pen   A hand-held scanning wand which is used as a contact bar code reader.
Line and Screen  Any reproduction of line and single or multiple screenwork not utilizing the combination of the three primary colors. Any number of colors can be utilized.
Line Width Reduction    Degree of gain allowed for when making up bar code films.
Lithographic Paper    A paper coated on at least one side, suitably prepared for lithographic printing.
Logo    The abbreviation of trade jargon for logotype. Name, symbol or mark to identify a company (trademark).
Loss of Tack    The adhesive loses its adhesion properties; does not grab as well as it should.
Luminescent Pigments   Special pigments available to produce striking effects in the dark. Basically there are two types; one is activated by ultraviolet
radiation, producing very strong luminescence. The second is known as phosphorescent pigments, it does not require any separate source of radiation.
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Machine Direction    The direction of any material parallel to its forward movement on the press.
Magenta    A subtractive primary color which relfects blue and red light and absorbs green light.
Magnetic Cylinder   A cylinder used in die-cutting that is magnetized to accept and hold in place flexible steel dies. Also used for metal-backed printing plates.
Magnetic Dies   A thin, flexible, steel 'foil' bearing the actual die-cutting blades that is held on to a base cylinder magnetically. Quite common in EDP label production where identical repeats are frequently used.
Make and Hold  Material that has been manufactured and is being helf for customer release.
Makeready   On printing presses, all operations prior to running; such as mounting plates, adjusting the in-feed, edge guide, putting ink in
the fountain, adjusting the impression, setting up the die-cutting, color matching, etc. All preparatory operations preceding production.
Marking Order    Any order which cannot be filled from stock and is to be made according to purchaser's specifications; custom order.
Mandrel   A shaft upon which cylinders, or other devices, are mounted or affixed. Also unwind or rewind shaft on to which rolls of
materials (or labels) are mounted.
Manila    Describes the color of paper manufactured from rope stocks.
Masking    Covering part of a surface to protect it from exposing, etching, etc.
Master Roll    A full width roll that has finished the primary manufacturing process and is usually untrimmed and unslit.
Material    Usually refers to unconverted stock, pressure sensitive or not.
Material Splice   An area where tape has been used to attach two rolls of material together to form one continuous web.
Matrix (Waste Skeleton)    The face material and adhesive surrounding a self-adhesive label usually removed after die-cutting.
Matte Finish    A low-floss or no-gloss finish. A UV-curable clear coat may also be used to produce a matte or textured finish.
Mechanical    Term for a camera-ready pasteup of artwork including type, photos, line art, etc.; all on one piece of artboard.
Membrane Switch   Self-contained sealed film lamination printed with conductive inks that form trace paths for electrical currents. Primarily
composed of pressure sensitive polycarbonate and/or polyester films designed to replace traditional glass-type switches.
Memory   The property of a material that attempts to return it to its original configuration after being distorted.
Metal Foil   Thin, flexible layer of metal, such as aluminum, used as face materials. Thinner gauges are often laminated to paper for strength.
Metalized Film    A plastic or resinous film that has been coated on one side with a very thin layer of metal.
Metalized Paper    A label substrate consisting of a lacquered C1S paper on which a very thin film of aluminum has been deposited.
Metalizing   Applying a thin coating of metal to a non-metallic surface. May be done by chemical desposition or by exposing the surface to varporized metal in a vacuum chamber.
Meyer Rod   A method of coating utilizing a wire wrapped stainless steel rod which meters specific amounts of coating as it is applied to a
substrate.
Mezzotint    An irregular, random dot halftone.
MICR    Magnetic Ink Character Recognition. The process of machine reading characters by means of magnetic sensing.
Micrometer    A mechanical device for measuring thickness (usually in thousands of an inch).
Micron A    unit of measure. One-millionth of a meter or about .00004" (25 microns = 0.001").

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

At my age sometimes it gets interesting to remember where you went on the weekends.  What I do remember is that I accompanied my wife to one of our local food stores. I'm thinking it was a Wegmans, could have been something else, but it was one of the higher end food stores. I was not impressed with was the prices! Frak, let me stick to making money so the wife can spend it. Please don't tell me how much that steak cost.

If you're a professional in the imaging channel then you're always looking for opportunities. I'm a huge fan of print and find it fascinating how print is used with branding of products, especially food products.  Every prepared package of fruit, nuts, salads all had a full color branding label. The icing on the cake for me was the brown paper bags, yup they also had a full color branding label on bag.

Print is not dying, print is bigger that ever, problem is that print is migrating and most office equipment dealers are not migrating with it. #followprintmigration

If your dealership is selling Production Print systems then it's a simple jump to offer color label presses or color wide format.  A couple of years ago I attending a seminar that was hosted by Frank Cannatta. Frank spoke about the opportunities for industrial print, wide format print and the endless revenue for inks.

Label Press University

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)



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Initial Tack  Degree of stickiness when a pressure sensitve label is first applied to a product.
Ink Bleed  Penetration of one color of ink into the facestock in such a manner as to cause one color to run into and discolor either the background color of the facestock, or another color of ink that is laid down adjacent to the color that is bleeding.
Ink Fountain  Device which stores and supplies ink to the inking rollers on a printing press.
Ink Holdout  Describes the degree to which pigment and binder stay on the surface of a material; a function of the ink, material and solvent (or chemical) interactions.
Ink Pump  Electric or air driven mechanical pump that circulates an ink or coating from a holding tank to the ink fountain.
Internal Stress  Stress created within the adhesive layer by the movement of the adherends at differential rates or by contraction or
expansion of the adhesive layer.
Ion Deposition  A method of printing using a non-impact electonic image process.
Ir-Scannable  Capable of being read by an infrared scanner.
Irradiation  Treated with ultra-violet light or another high energy ray.
Jig  Device used to assist the correct placement of a semi-automatically applied pressure sensitive label. Usually it is made to fit the shape of the product being labeled.

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Jog  To intermittently operate a press for very short increments of web travel. Inching.
Journals  The end shafts on which a roll rotates, usually within the needle bearing or bushing of a die block.
Jumbo   Roll A full width roll of converted material where the outside diameter is larger than standard.
Key-Line   In artwork, an outline drawing of finished art for labels to indicate the exact shape, position, and size for such elements as  halftones, line sketches, text, etc.
Key Mark or Triger  A code bit(s) that provides the scanner with the instruction that the code is in a position to be read. Used in some fixed
beam readers.
Kickout   The precipitation of the solid part of an ink or coating.
Kiss Cut   A die-cutting operation which cuts through the face sheet to a liner but not through the liner.
Kiss Impression   The lilghtest possible impression which will transfer the film of ink from the transfer roll to the plate and from the plate to the
material being printed.
Knock-Out   In color printing, the process of dropping an image out of the color such as dropping white type out of a color background.  Often called reverse printing.
Kromekote    A trademark of a clay coated paper with a highly polished, mirror-like finish; high gloss.
Label   The functional portion of a pressure sensitive construction comprising the face material and adhesive, die cut into various shapes.
Label Panel    Main panel of a container.

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Label Stock    Pressure sensitive laminate from which labels are produced, usually refers to roll stock.
Labeling Machine   Dispensing apparatus that, by means of driving or pulling the backing, delivers a pressure sensitive label and applies it to a
product.
Lacquer    A clear protective coating, usually glossy, applied to a printed web in-line on a label press just prior to die-cutting.
Laminant   An adhesive for combining and bonding a combination of films, foils, plastics, papers or other materials. Pressure sensitive
constructions are often call laminants.
Laminate   A web material formed by bonding two or more materials together as in a pressure sensitive construction. To apply one layer of material over another.
Lamination   A plastic film bonded by heat, adhesive, and/or pressure to a printed web for protection or appearance. Two or more materials bonded together functioning as one.
Laser Paper    Paper suitable to accept laser printing.
Laser Printing   A method of printing which utilizes a laser beam to put images onto a substrate. Usually the surface of the substrate must have specific characteristics to accept laser printing.
Laser Scanner    An optical reading device using a low energy laser light beam as its source of illumination.
Latex   An emulsion of rubber or resin particles dispersed in an aqueous medium. A natural or synthetic elastomeric dispersion in
an aqueous system.
Latex Paper   Paper manufactured by two major processes; one of which is where latex is incorporated with the fibers in the beater prior to
formation of the sheet, and the second of which is whrte a preformed web of absorbent fiber is saturated with properly compounded latex. The paeprs are characterized by strength, folding endurance, resistance to penetration by water, flexibility, durability and resistance to abrasion.
LATMA    Label and Tag Manufacturers of Australia, an Australian organization similar to TLMI.
Lay Flat   A label material with good non-curling characteristics making it suitable for automatic overwrapping, insertion or any other
form of further processing

To learn more about Label Presses pay Muratec a visit here

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

Living and working in New Jersey is no easy task.  I've been doing that for the past 39 years in the same territory, some have said "who has it better than me?".  Well not me, even at the ripe old age of sixty-two I'm always looking for ways to increase my sales or knowledge of print.

What's really excited me the last couple of years is the huge opportunity that's out there for color label presses. 

At a recent food market, I noticed that every container of prepared food was accompanied by a color branded label for that food market. That food market has eight locations in the state and each location is using 25K of labels each month at each location.  I've seen the system they are using and could easily cost justify a change.  If you're tired of selling A4 & A3 devices with low margins I can only suggest that you spend a little time educating yourself on the market.

Label Press University

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)



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Gum  Reference to a broad class of synthetic and natural adhesive materials which exhibit good tack characteristics. See adhesive.
Hairline Register  Register within +/- 1/2 row of dots.
Halftone  The reproduction of continuous-tone subjects such as photographs through a contact halftone screen, which converts the image into dots with equal spacing and different sizes.
Halo  An undesirable, peripheral outline of a printed image. An undesirable, peripheral outline of adhesive around the edge of an applied pressure sensitive label (due to adhesive ooze or substrate shrinkage).
Hang Tag  A term used to describe fold-over labels generally used for product identification. These products usually 'hang' in the retail marketplace.
Hard Dot  A term that refers to a dot where the fringe or halo is so slight as to be barely noticeable and the dot is very sharp..
Haze  A degree of cloudiness in a plastic material.
Heat Resistance  The property of a material which inhibits the occurrence of physical or chemical changes caused by exposure to high temperatures.
Heat Seal  Labels Label paper that has a coating which melts under heat to form the bonding agent.

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Heat Sealing
The process of bonding two surfaces together by healing the adherent surfaces so that the heat seal coating or film is
melted, thereby affecting an adhesion between the two surfaces. Pressure is often added along with heat.
Heat Sealing Adhesive An adhesive film applied to a substrate to be later reactivated by the application of heat.
Helium Neon Laser The type of laser most commonly used in bar code scanners.
Hickey  A piece of foreign matter in paper or similar defect. A burr or defect on the printing plate or engraving. Spots or imperfections in the printing due to dirt on the press, dried or lumpy ink, paper dust particles, etc.
High-Speed Unwind  A device used to accelerate the unwinding of a roll of labels on a high speed automatic label dispenser.
High Temperature Adhesive  An adhesive that will enable a pressure sensitive label to adhere or stick well when aplpied to a hot substrate. Its characteristic will be such as to have a high degree of resistance to aging or deterioration at the elevated temperatures.
Highlight  The lightest or whitest parts in a photograph represented in a halftone reproduction by the smallest dots or the absence of
all dots.
Holding Power  The ability to withstand stress, as in holding rigid label materials on small diameter cylindrical objects. Involves both
adhesive and cohesive strength and flexibility of the face material.

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Hologram  The pattern on a photosensitive material or embossed into a polymeric film structure resulting from an interference pattern
created by a laser light striking an object, then merging with a reference beam of the same light.
Hot Melt Adhesives  Thermoplastic materials with 100% solids that liquefy when heated and resolidify on cooling to form a bond with the face sheet the adhesive was applied to and a pressure sensitive lamination which includes a release coated backing sheet.
Hot Stamping  An image producing method utilizing support film which carries a colored metallic substance which can be transferred using
heat and pressure. Most commonly used to create metallic effects.
Hue  In color, the main attribute of a color which distinguishes it from other colors. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue are color
hues.
Hydroscopic   The quality of some materials to absorb atmospheric moisture; exhibiting an affinity for water. ID Inside diameter.
Idler Rolls  Roller mechanisms on converting machines used to support, smooth or direct the web in its course of travel through a machine. Not driven.
IML  In-mold label.
Impregnate To saturate or permeate a material with a substance.
Impression The image transferred from the printing plate to the substrate or the adjustment required to affect the same. Impression Cylinder In printing, the cylinder on a printing press over which the material feeds to pick up the impression from the inked plate.
Impressions  Imprints generally caused by defect on core or bad splice, etc. Can show up for many feet on certain materials.
Imprinting  Technique in which changeable copy is added to blank or previously printed labels, tags, etc., with a secondary printing
device such as an imprinter, computer printer, typewriter, etc.
In-Line Press A press coupled to another operation such as sheeting, die-cutting, creasing, etc. A multi-color press in which the color stations are mounted horizontally in a line.
In-Mold Labels (IML) Special type of labels which are pre-applied to plastic bottles during the blow-molding operation.
Infeed Nip  A mechanism designed to control the forward travel of the web into the press.
Infrared  Type of heaters used for drying.
Infrared Light  Refers to infrared rays, the longer wave lengths below the red in the spectrum. Used as a source of heat.
Inhibitor  A compound (usually organic) that retards or stops a chemical reaction such as corrosion, oxidation or polymerization.
Initial Release A release test run immediately after coating and laminating.

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

In the past I've called my self a hunter of wide format devices. I'm know moving on to call myself a hunter for color labels, which will lead me to placing net new label presses. 

Over the last month or so, I've noticed multiple rolls of color labels in Wawa's, Quick Chek (both of these are gas station/food markets here in New Jersey).  In addition I also scoped multiple rolls of labels in McDonalds and Dunkin Doughnuts (or Dunkin as they have re-branded).  See and ye shall find color labels everywhere!

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

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 Six (Sponsored by Muratec a Konica Minolta Company)

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Flock  A commercial fuzz or lint consisting of fine strands or filaments from textile fibers, animal hair, synthetic resins, etc. It is applied to an adhesive coated surface to produce a decorative felt-like appearance.
Flood Coat   The coating of an entire surface with an ink, adhesive, coating, etc.
Flow Out   The capacity of an ink or adhesive to spread, filling in the hills and valleys on the surface of the printed or non-printed substrate.
Fluorescent Paper   A paper that is coated with a fluorescent pigment which not only reflects a visible wave length, but is activated by most of
the remaining absorbed light to re-emit it as color of a longer wave length which results in reinforcement of the reflected color.
Fluorescent Pigments   By absorbing unwanted wave lengths of light and converting them into light of desired wave lengths, tehse colors seem to
possess an actual glow of their own.
Fluorocarbon Films   A film with very high and low temperature limits, excellent electrical characteristics, and a very slippery, non-sticking surface.
Flying Splice   A splicing or joining of two webs accomplished while the web is in motion.
Foaming   A property of a liquid related to a surface tension. Frothing.
Focal Distance   Ultraviolet light energy, like visible light, can be collected and focused by an elliptical reflector. The focal distance is the distance from the lamp to the substrate, whereas the maximum energy is concentrated at that distance which gives the narrowest band of focused light.
Foil   A very thin metal sheet that can be used as face stock material in label production.
Foil Paper Laminate   A foil laminated to a sheet of paper used as a face stock. The foil is usually top coated to improve ink receptivity.
Font   In composition, the complete assortment of type of one size and face.
Format   The size, style, layout, margins, etc., of a label.
Fountain   A pan or trough on a flexographic press which contains the ink and in which the fountain roller revolves.
Four-Color Process   Printing with yellow, magenta and cyan color inks plus black, using screens to create all other colors.
Freezer Adhesives   Adhesives that will function at temperatures below the freezing point. They are usually removable at room temperatures.
Fuse   To join two surfaces by heating them to their melting or softening point.
Gapping   Openings between layers within a roll of self wound laminating tape.
Gauge   A unit of measure usually the thickness or diameter and generally express by a number.
Gauge Bands   Areas where material or liner is thicker, forming a hard ridge as layer after layer builds up in the same spot.
Gear Chart   A handy reference compilation of the various printing lengths, or repeats, obtainable within the different gearing systems.
Gear Marks   A defect in flexographic printing. Usually appears as uniformly spaced, lateral variations in tone exactly corresponding to the
distance between gear teeth.
Gear Streaks In printing, parallel streaks appearing across the printed web at the same interval as the gear teeth on a cylinder. Same
gear marks.

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Gel   A state or condition in which an ink, varnish or coating has a jelly-like consistency.
Gelling   The thickening of an ink or other liquid, which cannot be reversed by stirring.
Ghosting   (New) Vary faint reproduction of printed design without actual ink transfer.
Ghosting (Old)   Shadows or indistinct images appearing in solids or reveses typically caused by poor ink distribution and/or poor base ink
formulation.
Glassine  A super calendered, smooth, dense, transparent or translucent paper manufactured primarily from chemical wood pulps which have been beaten to secure a high degree of hydration of the stock. Sometimes used as a backing paper.
Gloss  Characteristic of the surface which causes it to reflect light at a given angle..
Grab   Ability of an adhesive to quickly adhere to a surface with a minimum of pressure (usually touched to the surface with its own
weight). Also called instant adhesion or initial tack.
Grain  In papermaking, the direction in which most fibers lie corresponding with the alignment of the fibers in the direction of the
paper travel through the paper machine.
Gram   Unit of weight in the metric system; the weight of one cubic centimeter of water at standard conditions. 28.35 grams equal
one ounce.
Gravure Printing   A printing process employing minute engraved wells. Generally, deeply etched wells carry more ink than a raised surface,
hence print darker values. Shallow wells print light values. A doctor blade wipes excess ink from the cylindrical printing surface. Rotogravure employs etched cylinders and web fed stock.
Guard Bars   The bars which are at both ends and center of a UPC and EAN symbol. They provide reference points for scanning.
Guillotine   An instrument for trimming sheets of paper (with a downward cutting action).

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

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.

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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

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 Six (Sponsored by Muratec a Konica Minolta Company)

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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
durability.
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
inks.
Flexography:   Relief printing process using a simple inking system and fluid inks.

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Color Label Press University "Where to Find Color Packaging"

The turkey, provolone, onions, hot banana peppers and tomatoes sandwich had my full attention.  It was lunch time, I was starved since my wife had me doing this points for food thing.  Everything was no points except for the bread, and what the heck a little bread now and then isn't going to kill me right?

While reaching for my bottle of water I noticed I had no napkins, and being a polite eater I opted to search for the napkins instead of taking that first chunk out of my sandwich.  A quick glance around the restaurant and there it was, not the napkins but a beautiful stack of cardboard boxes.  I was truly in heaven!

There were twelve boxes in two stacks of six.  Each box was fully decked out with branding (the box was printed with color images) on all sides. After that wonderful distraction I was able to locate the napkins. I finished lunch and then proceeded to the counter to see what information I could get out of the employees.  I found out that the boxes were used for catering, and the location I was at used about 5 boxes per week.  I sat back down and looking up this company on the web and found that they have more than 2,000 franchise locations in the US.

Hmmm, I wonder if each franchise used 5 boxes per week per location. That's 10,000 boxes per week, 40,000 per month and almost a half a million for the year.  

Can you imagine the amount of ink that's used to imprint all four sides of the box? 

You might ask what I'm getting at right?  For a long time I've been harping about print migration and the need for dealers to follow the migration of print.  Those catering boxes is an excellent example of print migration.  

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Alas, I have nothing to offer that company to either reduce their costs, or bring that printing in house (I did find out that all of these branded boxes are out- sourced).  But if you were a Dealer for Muratec America a Konica Minolta Company you'd be knocking on their door with information about the PKG-675i.

The PKG-675i is capable of printing on corrugated materials (boxes). I'm no expert with the PKD-675i yet, but I would beat dollars to doughnuts that this company is definitely a suspect.  I told another sales person the other day that more often than not, we are sales detectives.  It's our job to investigate and find out more about the suspect with the use of the branded catering boxes.  Leave not stone unturned and you may find that these branded boxes could be a revenue bonanza.

Next time you're out and about, keeps your eyes peeled for corporate branding for boxes and or labels. I'm a firm believer that niche printing devices can be the Holy Grail for those that want to grow their print business.

You can find out more about the PKG-675i here

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

Here's a short story for all. 

About a month ago my wife asked me to go shopping with her because of a recent snow storm here in the East.  I don't like food shopping, but at times I do need to do my part.  

My wife took me to some new fangled market, and I must admit I was floored with the quality and selection of the foods that were offered.  However what intrigued me the most is that 25% of all the products for sale had a custom color label. There were hundreds if not a thousand of these labels.  Oh boy!

2017-10-11_20-36-51With a loaf of bread in one and a container of Brazil nuts in the other I was off the races to find out what, were and how of the labels. I found the office and much to my surprise there was the owner and he was printing color labels. After a few questions I found out that they have four of these label printers (which only print black) and they outsource the rest,  Which means they are paying a hefty price for the labels. In fact each outsourced label has a cost of 9 cents and the client then has to run the black image (pricing) on each label.  Cost is about .12 cents for each label.  Now each label printer is printing 2,000 labels per week or 8K per store x4 stores for a total of 32K labels per month.  Need I say more? 

Opportunity knocks! (just wish I sold label presses) All the grumblings about page counts going down, the move to paperless is killing the industry. Frack that, we need to follow the migration of print!

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 Six (Sponsored by Muratec a Konica Minolta Company)

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Drier:   In ink making, any substance added to hasten drying. Also part of a printing press through which the web travels in order to effectively dry the ink or coating applied. Also spelled 'dryer'.
Driving Side:    That side of a flexographic press on which the main gear train(s) are located. Also gear side; opposite of operator side.
Drop-Out:    To knock out color from behind another color so that the first color will not affect the appearance of the second color.
Dry Edge:    The edge of paper or film where there is no adhesive. This makes for easy removal of release liner.
Dry Lap:    See pattern coated.
Dryers:    Substances added to printing inks or coatings to accelerate the rate of drying or decrease setting time.
Dwell:   Refers to the length of time pressure is applied to a pressure sensitive label during application. The time that a pressure sensitive material remains on a surface before testing the adhesion or removability. Also the time that a hot stamp, embossing head, or thermal die remains in contact with the surface of a pressure sensitive material.
Dyes:   Synthetic or natural organic chemicals that are soluble in most common solvents, characterized by good transparency, high tinctorial strength, and low specific gravity.
Dyne Level:   Dyne is a measurement of surface tension or energy. The level is the actual reading of the critical surface tension. Low dyne levels indicates a low surface energy which can contribute to poor ink adhesion.
EAN:    European Article Numbering System, the international standard bar code for retail food packages.
Edge Curl:    See curl.
Edge Guide:    See web guide.
Edge Lift:   The edge of a label rising from the labeled surface. This condition occurs most frequently on small diameter curved
surfaces. Resistance to edge lift is dependent on the bond strength of the adhesive and the flexibility of the facestock.
EDM:    Electronic discharge machining process for removing metal - as in rotary dies.
EDM Die:    Die produced using electronic discharge machining. Die made with this process will last longer than standard dies.
EDP:   Electronic Data Processing-Pressure sensitive lables, usually blank, for use on computer printing equipment. Webs are usually perforated, fanfolded and hole-punched for pin-wheel feeding.
Elastic Memory:    A tendency of some materials to attempt to return to their original length after being elongated.
Electronic Pre-Press:   Computer assisted designing of new labels from conceptual through to the separated, stepped films required for plate
making.
Electrostatic Printing:    A method of printing in which the ink is affixed to the web by electrostatic methods.
Element:    A single binary position in a character; also dimensionally, the narrowest width in a character-bar or space.
Elliptical Dot:   Elongated dots which improve gradation of tones particularly in middle tones and vignettes. (Also called chain and sausage
dots.)

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Elmendorf Test:  A standard test for determining the tearing strength of paper.
Elongation:  The distance a material will stretch lengthwise before breaking, expressed as a percentage of original length. Elongation is not necessarily an indication of conformability.
Embossing:   Impressing surface with dies to produce a relief image or texture. Often utilizing a set of matched rolls to get the desired effect.
Emulsification:    The process of dispersing one liquid in another when the two liquids normally do not mix.
Emulsifying Agent:    Substance used to produce an emulsion of two liquids which do not naturally mix.
Emulsion:   A type of mixture wherein two or more immiscible (or unmixable) materials are held together in a homogeneous mixture by
the action of a third agent. The term 'emulsifying agent' is applied to the material which is added to hold the emulsion.
Emulsion Side:    The side of the film coated with the silver halide emulsion.
Encapsulated Ink:    Ink encapsulated with a coating giving a free flowing dry system which can be activated by heat or pressure.
Encapsulization:    The process of encapsulizing or trapping a substance (I.e. fragrance) within a coating so that it can be applied on press.
Encoded Area The total lineal dimension consumed by all characters of a code pattern including start/stop codes and data.
Engraved Roll:   Various surfaces available such as chrome or ceramic, these transfer rolls have mechanical or laser engraved cells. See anilox roll.
Engraving:   A general term normally applied to any pattern which has been cut into or incised into a surface by hand, mechanical or
etching processes.
Engravings:    Old zinc style printing plates.
Enhanced Spectrum:   Ultraviolet energy is normally generated v vaporizing mercury in a quartz tube which emits a spectrum with specific energy
level peaks. Changing the material in the lamp from mercury to another element produces a different (enhanced) spectrum with additional peaks or shifted energy peaks.
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
Evaporation:    The changing from the liquid to the gaseous or vapor state as when the solvent leaves the printed ink film.
Exothermic:    A reaction which produces heat as a by-product of the reaction process.

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Color Label Press University "Where to Find Color Labels" Part One, Course Two

This blog will be an additional addition to our Label Press University.  We're going to go in alphabetical order to educate everyone on products & industries that use labels. 

About two months ago I counted all of the labels that were plastered on a Ricoh W3601 wide format MFP.  I believe the total ended up at 36 or so.  Labels are everywhere and the opportunities to place label presses are everywhere. 

AAppliances, Apparel, Automotive products, Agricultural products, Aerospace industry, Advertising agencies, Asset tags

BBeverages, Bottles, Boxes, Bumper stickers, Business cards, Bookplates, Beauty products, BBQ Sauce, Bakeries, Building materials

CCandy, Cars, Coffee, Candles, Copiers, Corporate branding, Copackers, Cosmetics, Commercial printers, Cartons, Cannabis, Chemicals

DDairy products, Discount pricing, Dog & other pet products, Day of the week labels, Distilleries

EEducational products, Electronic equipment and supplies, Essential oil products, Environmental notices, Emergency warnings

fFood packaging, Folders, Fitness equipment, Fragile packaging, Floral products, Fundraising giveaways, Furniture products, Farming products

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GGlassware, Gifts, Games, Giveaways, GHS safety information, Grocery products, Gun labels, Gambling equipment

HHealthcare products, Household chemicals, Hazard warnings Handle with care, Hot Sauce, HVAC repair labels, Honey, Hardware products

iIndustrial chemicals, Industrial equipment, Inspection compliance, Instruction information, Inspirational messages

jJewelry, Jars, Juice bottles, Jeans and other clothing Journals, Janitorial products, Jellies and jams

kKids' toys and products, Kitchen products, Ketchup bottles

lLaboratory identification, Logo labels, Lotions, Laundry products Library books, Luggage, Lawn care products, Lighting equipment, Lumber products

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mMenus, Mailers, Maintenance reminders, Makeup, Medications, Medical supplies, Meat products, Machinery, Motorcycles and accessories

nNutritional products, Nutraceuticals, Newspaper advertisements, Name tags, Nail polish, Natural gas products, Nursery/gardening products

oOffice equipment and supplies, Oil and gas products, Organizational products, Olive Oil, Ophthalmic equipment

pParking permits, Promotional products, Point-of-purchase signage, Pharmaceuticals, Petroleum products, Private label products, Produce

qQR codes, Quantity indicators, Quality control, Quilting products Quarantine labels

rRetail Packaging, Railroad equipment, Recycling, Reorder notices, Repair labels, Restaurant supplies, Real estate promotions

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sSpecialty promotions, Safety, Security, School spirit, Shopping bags, Sporting goods, Static clings, Soda bottles, Sauces and spices, Soaps

tTracking information Tradeshow giveaways, Toys, Trophies, Tamper-evident notices, Telecommunication notices, Tobacco products

uUpdates on sales literature, UPC codes, USB flash drives, Uniforms, Utility notices, University-related products or services

vVending machines, Varsity promotions, Visitor labels, Veterinary products, Vaping products, Vitamins

WWater Bottles, Warnings, Wine bottles, Wearables, Weight labels, Website promotions, Wedding favors or specialty items, Wholesale products

xX-ray machines and supplies, XL size labels, X-mas products

yYouth organization activities, Yarn craft products, Yard care products, Yachts and yachting accessories

ZZip code change notices, Zoo promotions, Zip tie labels, Zone labels

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I'm sure there's some that we missed, please feel free to add in the comments section.

Still not sold on label presses?  If you get a chance pay a visit to a Dunkin Doughnuts franchise.  While you're waiting in line for you coffee, take a look at the entire store for labels.  Take a look at the machines, the counter, windows, doors, walls. The amount of labels is incredible.

Special thanx to Muratec America a division of Konica Minolta for helping me with this blog.  Interesting getting into the label press business? Call or email  Muratec America and tell em the Print4Pay Hotel sent you.

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

If you're a follower of this site, then you know that I'm a huge fan of Label Presses. They have sizzle, they have great margins and it's a great ROI sell to companies that are currently out-sourcing their labels.

About six months ago I took the time to draw up a business plan to set up a Label Press division in the dealership that I work for.  Dedicated reps just focused on that one product means that you could have a team ramped up in just 90 days.  Think back to when a copier dealership only have four models of copiers, the time that it took to get reps producing was usually 90 days or so.  I never did deliver that business plan to the dealer principal, there was too much other stuff going on with acquisitions.

Kinda wish I did have a bankroll of $250K, because I know I could make it work. My goal with this blog series is to keep label presses in front of everyone. In addition if your margins are getting squeezed for copiers, maybe it's time to learn more about a market that has a low digitization rate of 6%.  



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 Six (Sponsored by Muratec a Konica Minolta Company)

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Densitometer
Instrument that measures reflected or transmitted light. A reflection densitometer is used as a control instrument to check the uniformity and consistency of print color.

Depth of Field The range between the maximum and minimum distance from which a symbol can be read.

Destaticization Treating plastic materials to minimize their accumulation of static electricity.

Destructible Label See tamperproof label.

Detackification The destroying of the tack or stickiness of a pressure sensitive adhesive.

Die
Any of various tools or devices used for imparting or cutting a desired shape, form or finish to or from a material. A device in converting machinery used for cutting only the face material of a pressure sensitive laminate or for punching out shapes from the entire laminate or any other material.

Die Adapter
A device used to modify a die station of one type of press so that it will accommodate dies originally designed to be used on different presses.

Die Blades
Sharpened, thin steel blades used in flat or rotary dies. Also refers to blades on machine engraved or EDM manufactured rotary dies.

Die Cut To cut labels with a die. A term used to describe a label formed by die-cutting.

Die Cut Label Pressure sensitive labels mounted on a release liner from which the matrix has been die cut and usually removed.

Die-Cutting The process of using dies or sharp steel rules to cut any shape for labels.
Die Hold-Down Assembly
A steel block incorporating bearings which apply pressure to the bearer surface of a rotary die cutter through pressure screws.

Die Life Mileage expected from a new die and that expected following a re-sharpening of a die.

Die Lines A hand drawn or computer generated layout of the die cut shape or shapes on a clear or matte finish acetate or mylar.

Die Stain
Used to check die cutting accuracy. Usually done with diluted ink applied to the die cut surface of the backing or liner material. The ink wicks into any fractures of the silicone coated surface thereby exhibiting the problem areas.

Dielectric Dielectric values refer specifically to the insulating value of a material; a nonconductor of electric current.

Dielectric Paper
A dense, well formed, chemically pure papre used as an insulting material in electrical equipment to prevent the flow of electrical charges.

Dielectric Strength The voltage which a material will withstand without allow passage of the current through it.

Differential Release
A release liner with release coatings on both sides. One side has easy release while the opposite side is tighter such that the adhesive stays with the tighter side during winding and other subsequent converting.

Diluent A liquid used to thin ink.

Dimensional Stability
That property of a material which enables it to resist length, width, or thickness changes under varying conditions of heat, cold, moisture and other influences; ability to hold size, consistency of dimensions.

Direct Thermal Printing method utilizing heat impinged upon a specially coated substrate so that the heat turns the surface black.

Discoloration Any change from the original color, or an unintended inconsistency of color.

Discrete Code A bar code or symbol where the spaces between characters (intercharacter gap) are not part of the code.

Dispenser
A device that feeds pressure sensitive labels, either manually or automatically, making them ready for application. It can serve as a package for the labels as well (dispenser boxes).

Dispensing Edge
A relatively sharp edge around which a backing material is pulled in order to dispense a pressure sensitive label from the backing.

Dispersion A uniform distribution of solid particles in a vehicle.
Distorted Intentionally compensating for shrinkage, stretch, etc. of the flexographic printing plates.

Distortion Copy
Copy which is intentionally distorted in preparation, in order to compensate for the effects of dimensional changes due to subsequent processing. Flexographic rubber printing plates require such allowances to compensate for shrinkage, etc.

Doctor Blade
A thin flexible blade mounted parallel to and adjustable against the surface an engraved anilox roll for the purpose of scraping off excess ink or coatings.

Doctor Roll   The fountain or metering roll in a flexographic press which doctors off excess ink from the engraved anilox roll.

Dot   The individual element of halftones. All the dots in a halftone have equal density and spacing and vary in area.

Dot Etching   Chemically reducing halftone dots to control the amount of color to be printed. Dot etching negatives increases color; dot etching positives reduces color.

Dot Gain or Spread
A printing characteristic in which dots print larger on the paper than they are on the films, causing darker tones or colors.

Dot Growth
The increase in size of a dot from the film to the printed sheet. Dot gain consists of two parts, physical dot gain and optical dot gain due to the physics of light absorption and reflection.

Dot Matrix Produces its printed image by firing pins or hammers against a ribbon and then onto paper.

Double Coated
A pressure sensitive product consisting of a carrier material with similar or dissimilar adhesives applied to the two surfaces and wound with a silicone release paper.

Downtime Nonproductive time caused by equipment malfunction, roll changes, plate or die problems, etc.

Draw-Down A method of roughly determining color shade by drawing down a small amount of ink with a meyer rod.

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

In a previous blog from this week titled How Many Labels Did We Count on the Ricoh MP3601SP? I wrote about all of the black & color labels that I found on one of our wide format devices in our showroom.  In addition I just noticed that none of the pictures uploaded to the blog!  Arrgghh!  Thus, I will try to get those pictures uploaded this week.

My point is that there are labels everywhere and we're just not paying attention them because we never thought that we could play in that market. Well, we can, with the likes of the Muratec and KonicaMinolta devices.  Do not leave any label (stone) unturned!  Ask questions like where did you get them, how many do you buy, have you ever figured out the cost per label are just some of those probing questions that we need to ask.

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 Six (Sponsored by Muratec a Konica Minolta Company)

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Controlled Release Additive:  A material added to silicone release coatings to create the desired higher release level.

Converter:  Refers to that type of manufacturer who produces plain or printed rolls, sheets, bags or pouches, etc., from rolls of film, foil or paper, including pressure sensitives.

Copier Label:   A label designed for overprinting by a plain paper photocopier.

Copy:   Any furnished material (manuscript, pictures, artwork, etc.) to be used in the production of printing.

Copy Preparation:  Directions for desired size and other details for illustrations, and the arrangement into proper position of various parts of the label being prepared for reproduction.

Core:   A tube on which paper, film, or foil labels are wound for shipment. Also the metal body of a roller which is rubber covered.

Core Holder:   Device for affixing core to shaft; core chuck.

Core Plugs:  Metal, wood or compressed paper plugs which are driven into the paper core of the finished roll to prevent crushing or other damge to the core.

Corner Radius:   Describes the arc or curvature of the die blades where they meet so that they can impart a rounded corner to a die cut label.

Corona Treating:  An electrical discharge which is used to raise the critical surface tension of low or inert substrates thereby enhancing printability.

Coupon:  Removable label either supplying information or havng redeemable value. They may be either pressure sensitive or non-pressure sensitive.

Coverage:  Ink or coating mileage; the surface area covered by a given quantity of ink or coating material. In flexography, the extent or degree to which a base material is covered, colored, or hidden by an ink or coating.

Crazing:   The appearance of a network of small cracks in a varnish coat or a plastic facestock.

Creep:   The lateral movement of a pressure sensitive label on a surface due to low cohesive strength.

Cromalin:   One-piece color proofing for four-color process.

Crop:   To eliminate portions of the copy (indicated by cropmarks).

Crop marks:  Marks made on the outer edges of artwork to designate the area to be printed.

Cross Direction:  The direction across the web. Papers are weaker and are affected more by changes in relative humidity in the cross direction that the grain direction.

Crush Cut:   A cut made by a rotary blade in contact with an anvil or base roll.

Crushed Core:  Core that gives way and becomes out-of-round either from too much tension or a bump.

CSA Canadian Standards Association:   Canadian association similar to Underwriters Laboratories.

Cure:  To change the properties of adhesives, coatings or inks by chemical reaction. The 'curing' of inks uses high intensity UV lamps whereas the 'curing' of rubber requires considerable heat and pressure. 'Curing' is achieved by condensation, polymerization or vulcanization.

Curetime:   The time/temperature combination required to bring about the desired level of cure.

Curing Temperature:   Temperature to which an adhesive, ink or coating is subjected to for curing.

Curl:  The tendency of material by itself or in a laminate to bend or partly wrap around the axis of one of its directions. Curl is often caused by humidity or improper tension.

Cut:  An expression commonly used to designate an engraving or photographic print. Also to dilute an ink, lacquer, varnish, etc. with solvents or with clear base; to thin.

Cut-Off:  In web printing, the cut or print length corresponding to the circumference of the plate cylinder and/or die cutter; repeat length.

Cut Rule:   Steel rule blades designed to cut materials being produced on flat-bed die cutting equipment.

Cuts:   The number of rolls slit from a master roll.

Cyan:   A substractive primary color which reflects blue and green light and absorbs red light.

Cylinder:  In flexography, most rollers in the printing press are called rolls with the exception of that upon which the rubber plates are mounted, and the one which received the impression, and these are usually referred to as cylinders, I.e., plates, cylinder, impression cylinder.

Cyrell:   DuPont's trademark for photopolymer plate material.

Dark Reaction:  Ultraviolet inks usually turn solid at the bottom of the can when the shelf life of the material has expired. It is called this because it occurs in the absence of light, oxygen, and normal ink bodying agents.

Debossed:  An indent or cut in design or lettering of a surface.

Deckle:  Web width of paper machine.

Decorative Sheet:  A laminated plastic sheet used for decorative purposes in which the color and/or surface pattern is an integral part of the sheet.

Defoamer:  A substance or mixture of substance which when added to foaming solutions causes small bubbles to collect into large bubbles which rise to the surface and break.

Delamination:  The separation of a material into layers in a direction approximately parallel to the surface. The partial or complete separation of the layers of a laminate.

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

Another three days and we're bringing you Part Four in our blog series for our Color Label Press University.  Just and FYI for everyone.  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)

Bounce:  The abnormal reaction to compression, which results in erratic rotational movement of the cylinders, causing missed or imperfect impressions. Can also occur with a rotary die causing imperfect die cutting.

Break:  A term used to denote a tear in a roll of face material or release liner. Such defects are generally spliced and marked by a protruding flag.

Breaking:  The operation of passing material over a dull edge which 'breaks' the adhesive layer, retarding curl and improving water absorption when remoistened for use.

Brightness:  The reflectivity of a sheet of paper for blue light measured under standardized conditions on a particular instrument designed and calibrated specifically for the purpose. Strictly speaking, brightness is not a colormetric quantity.

Burn:   Common term used for printing plate exposure.

Bursting Perf:   A fold perforation that permits mechanical bursting.

Bursting Strength:  The pressure required to rupture a material specimen when it is tested in a specified instrument under specified conditions. It is largely determined by the tensile strength and extensibility of the material.

Butt Cut Labels:   Rectangular labels in continuous form separated by a single knife cut to the liner across the web.

Butt Labels:   See butt cut labels.

Butt Roll:   See stub roll.

Butt Splice:  An end to end joining of two similar materials. For continuity of surface, design, etc. Often used in joining stickyback, printing plates and webs of substrates in process.

Butted Rectangles:   Die cut rectangles butted to each other with no around and/or across matrix to remove.

C1S:   Paper Abbreviation for coated one side paper.

CAD:  Computer Assisted Design/Computer Assisted Makeup or Manufacturing.

Caking:   The collecting of dried ink upon rollers and plates.

Calender Cuts:   Defects caused by creasing or cutting of the web of paper during calendering due to wrinkles in the web.

Calender Finished:   A term applied to any paper with a surface glazed by means of a calender stack.

Caliper:   The thickness of paper, usually expressed in thousandths of an inch (mils).

Camera-Ready:  Copy which is ready for photography. See artwork.

Carrier:  Sometimes used to refer to the liner material of pressure sensitive labels. Also a term sometimes used to describe the stock to which two layers of adhesive are applied in a double adhesive construction.

Cast Coated:   A high-gloss enamel finish.

Cast Coated Paper:   A paper, the coating of which is allowed to harden or set while in contact with a finished casting surface.

Cast Film:   Plastic sheeting manufactured by the casting process, as opposed to the extruding process.

Cast Vinyl:  Vinyl sheeting manufactured by coating a liquid vinyl acetate or similar ester onto a casting paper and curing in a heated oven.

Catalyst:  A substance which has the capability of initiating or accelerating the speed of a reaction between two or more substances when introduced into their presence.

Cavity:  Usually refers to the engraving on a rotary die cutter that die cuts a single shape.

Cell:   A small engraved or etched depression in an anilox roll that carries the ink to the plate.

Cellulose:   Fibrous substance of wood, cotton and other vegetable matter.

Centigrade:   A scale of temperature which features 0 and 100 degrees as the freezing and boiling points of water. Also called Celsius.

Centipoise:   One hundred of a poise; a unit for measuring viscosity.

Central Impression:  A press with a number of printing units around a large cylinder which serves as the impression cylinder against which the substrate rides.

Ceramic Anilox Roll:  Engraved inking roll used in flexographic printing. New techniques in manufacturing allow for vastly improved anilox roll performance and life.

Chalking:  A form of coating deterioration characterized by the formation of a loose, chalk-like powder on the film surface.

Character:  A single group of bars and spaces which represent an individual number, letter or punctuation mark.

Charge:   Usually refers to the degree or type of electrical property carried by a substrate.

Check Digit:  A digit included within a symbol whose value is based mathematically on other characters included in the symbol. It is used for the purpose of performing a mathematical check to ensure the accuracy of the read.

Checking:   The presence of hair line carcks in a varnish coating, a lacquer coating, a film or in an adhesive coating. Crazing.

Chemical Curing:   The setting or curing of an adhesive, coating or sealer brought about by the addition of a catalyst or accelerator.

Chemical Resistance:  The resistance of a pressure sensitive label to the deteriorating effects resulting from exposure to chemicals under specified conditions.

Chill Roll:  Metal roll or drum cooled internally with water, etc. Often used after the press dryer to cool the printed web prior to die cutting, rewinding, etc.

Choke:  An image whose edges have been pulled inslightly from those of the original. The image area remains essentially the same except for a narrow strip of reduction around its perimeter.

Chokes and Spreads:  Overlaps of overprinting images to prevent color fringes or white borders around image detail due to slight misregister during printing.

Chromatic Scale:  The colors of the spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet.

Circumferential Register:  See running register.

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

I'm back on a roll!   Just a few days ago we posted up the second blog for "Color Label Press University "Glossary of Terms" Part Two, Course One". We're off and running with Part 3 today.

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!

Interesting, just from posting up the glossary of terms, I'm becoming familiar with the type of language that's used in the color label business.  It's all about learning their language, and once you've mastered all of the terms you can have the special conversation with your client. 

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)

Autoclave:  A pressurized, steam heated vessel generally used for sterilization. In label application, label must endure a cooking process by superheated steam under pressure.

Back Printing:  Refers to printing on the underside of a pressure sensitive substrate or laminate, i.e. on the adhesive or back of liner.

Back Split:   See split back.

Background:  The area surrounding a printed symbol.

Backing:  Refers to the carrier sheet of material in a pressure sensitive lamination as opposed to the face material. Usually has a release coating applied so that the adhesive will not stick too tightly to it. Release liner, backing paper, carrier, etc.

Bagginess:   A slack, floppy area usually caused by gauge variation. The material has been stretched and is actually longer in that area.

Ball-Up:  Specific term to describe the tendency of an adhesive to stick to itself; cohesiveness. Such an adhesive, when rolled between fingers, will not spread smoothly but will roll up in small spheres.

Bar:   The dark element of a printed bar code symbol.

Bar Code:  In optical reading, a system of symbols which identifies data through length, position size or thickness of lines or symbols. Codes are normally machine printed.

Bar Code Density:   The number of characters which can be represented in a lineal inch.

Bar Code Reader:   A device used to identify and read a bar code symbol.

Bar Length:   The bar dimension perpendicular to the bar width.

Bar Width:   The thickness of a bar measured from the edge closest to the symbol start character to the trailing edge of the same bar.

Bar Width Reduction:   Reduction of the nominal bar width dimension on film masters or printing plates to compensate for printing gain.

Bare Cylinder Diameter:   The diameter of the actual plate cylinder, before the stickyback and plates are mounted.

Barrier Coat:  A coating applied to the face material on the side opposite to the printing surface to provide increased opacity to the face material and/or to prevent migration between adhesive and the face material and improve anchorage of adhesive to face material. Sealer coat.

Base:  The major constituent, other than pigments and filler, comprising the non-volatile portion of an adhesive, coating or sealer compound.

Base Roll:   See anvil roll.

Basic Sheet Size:   The size of a sheet of paper which is used to determine paper weight. Sizes vary depending on the type of stock.

Basis Weight:  The weight in pounds of a ream of paper cut to a given size. Most backing papers used in pressure sensitive laminations are based on a ream size of 24" x 36"/500's. Face papers are more typically 25" x 38"/500's.

Batch Counter:   Device used on a sheeter/stacker to count and group sheeted labels.

Bearer:  Type-high supports mounted or molded around each end of a printing plate to help carry part of the impression load and to help prevent bounce. Also the load bearing surfaces(s) of a rotary die, usually positioned at each end of the die.

Bearing Block:  A device that holds the die in place and upon which pressure is added so as to effect the actual die cutting function. Pressure is almost always applied directly over the bearers at each end of the die.

Biax:  Biaxially oriented material, that is, oriented in the machine and transverse directions.

Bi-Directional Read:   The ability to read data successfully whether the scanning motion is left to right or right to left.

Bi-Directional Symbol:   A bar code symbol which permits reading in complementary directions.

Binder:   The component of an ink that supplies the cohesiveness.

Bit:   An abbreviation for 'binary digit'. A single character in a binary number.

Black-And-White:   Originals or reproductions in single color or monochrome, usually refers to artwork.

Bleed:   When the printed image extends beyond the trim edge of the label, it is called bleed.

Bleed-Through:   See penetration-migration.

Bleeding:  The diffusion or migration of an ink component or dye into an area where it is not wanted. The spreading or running of a pigment color by action of a solvent. Also the diffusion of migration of an adhesive component into the face material.

Blocking:  Undesired adhesion between the plies in rolls of pressure sensitive stock usually due to adhesive ooze, improper drying of inks, or improper curing of coatings, often to the extent that damage to at least one surface is visible upon their separation if they can in fact be separated.

Blocking Test :  A test used in measuring the tendency of surface-to-surface sticking.

Blowup:   An enlargement.

Body Stock:   See face material.

Bold Face:   Heavy face, in contrast to light face type. Used for emphasis, captions, subheadings, etc.

Bold-Face Type:   Name given to type that is heavier than text type with which it is used.

Bond:   To attach materials together by adhesives.

Bonding Range:  The time during which satisfactory bonds can be made. A bonding range of from 10 to 30 minutes indicates that maximum bonds can be achieved between 10 and 30 minutes.

Bonding Strength:  In paper, the force with which the fibers adhere to each other. In surface coatings, such as inks and adhesives, the strength with which the dried coating adheres to the surface of the substrate. Also refers to the degree of adhesion of a pressure sensitive face material to any surface.

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

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

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

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Many of you know that I'm a huge fan of color label presses. It's my belief that Dealers & sales reps that add Color Label Presses to their arsenal can achieve additional heights of revenue and profit. 

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!

Thus, I thought it would be a good time to schedule another blog series. I thought the first item of the course would ne focused on those terms that are most often used in the industry.  As you know, you can't be effective selling to any market if you are not speaking their language.

We're probably going to try and run this twice a week since there is so much to be covered.  Enjoy and please feel free to ask questions or comment.

FYI, it's funny how things go around in my late teens, I worked for a glue manufacturer.  There we manufacturer Pressure Sensitive Glue, it was the worst glue I ever worked with, could not wash if off with soap and water.  At the end of the week my work clothes could stand up on their own from all of the glue and starch that we used.

Color Label Press University "Glossary for Pressure Sensitive Labels"  Course One

(Sponsored by Muratec a Konica Minolta Company)

  • Abhesive:  A material that resists adhesion. Abhesive coatings are applied to surfaces to prevent sticking, heat sealing, etc.
  • Abrasion Resistance:  The inherent ability of a surface to inhibit deterioration by friction.  Also called 'rub or scuff resistance', it relates to the toughness of an ink or coating.
  • Abrasiveness:  The tendency of paper, coating or ink to abrade or wear aware die edges, slitting blades, printing type, etc., by friction
  • Absorbency:  That property of porous material which causes it to take up liquids or vapors.
  • Absorption:  The penetration of one substance into the mass of another.
  • Accelerate:  To hasten the natural process of an event or a series of events. This can be accomplished by using heat, fast drying solvents or by increasing the volume of air.
  • Accelerated Aging:  Procedures for subjecting pressure sensitive label stock to special environmental conditions in order to predict the course of natural aging.
  • Accelerator:  A material added to the a liquid compound to convert the whole mass into a solid or speed up its cure.  Accelerators differ from catalysts in that they participate in the reaction and lose their chemical identity as a result.
  • Acetate:  A plastic synthesized from cellulose dissolved in acetic acid which exhibits rigidity, dimensional stability and ink receptivity. Transparent or matte films, sometimes used for label stocks.
  • Acetate Film:  A clear film made from cellulose acetate.
  • Acrylate Resins:  A type of copolymer used in UV inks, adhesives and coating formulations.
  • Acrylic:  A general chemical term of a particular family of thermoplastic resins based on acrylic acid and its derivatives.
  • Acrylic Adhesive:  Pressure sensitive adhesive based on high strength, acrylic polymers.  Can be coated as a solvent or emulsion system.
  • Acrylic Emulsion:  A water=based latex made with acrylic polymers, used in coatings and adhesives.
  • Acrylic Ink:  Ink containing acrylic polymers used for printing on some plastics and other substrates, especially where outdoor exposure may be involved.
  • Adhere:  The sticking together of two surfaces by adhesion.
  • Adherence:  See adhesion
  • Adherend:  The substance or surfaces to which the adhesive is applied; the surfaces which are bonded together.
  • Adhesion:  The state in which two surfaces are held together by interfacial forces. Measure of the strength with which one materialsticks to another.

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  • Adhesion Build-Up:  An increase in the peel adhesion value of a self adhesive material after it has been allowed to dwell on the applied surface.

  • Adhesion Mechanical:  Adhesion cause by the physical interlocking of the adhesive with base surface irregularities of the adherend.

  • Adhesion Promoter:  See primer.

  • Adhesion, Peel:  The measure of the force required to remove a material from another surface at a specified angle and speed, after the material has been applied under specific conditions.

  • Adhesion, Shear:   A measure of the time required to slide a specific sized area of pressure sensitive label material from a standard flat surface in a direction parallel to the surface. Weight and heat are sometimes used to speed up the test.

  • Adhesion Test:  Any of a varietv of test methods used to determine the adeauacv of ink, coatina or adhesive adhesion to a substrate.

  • Adhesion, Ultimate:  The mature or final bond achieved, under controlled conditions, between ink, coating or adhesive to any flexible or rigid substrate.

  • Adhesive:  A substance capable of holding materials together by surface attachment.

  • Adhesive Bleed:  Adhesive ooze or flow from pressure sensitive label stock or labels as a result of cold flow; edge ooze, halo.

  • Adhesive Build-UD:  The transfer of adhesive from label material to machinery parts during conversion or application.

  • Adhesive Cold Temperature:  An adhesive that will induce a bond to cold surfaces in a cold environment.

  • Adhesive Deposit:  See adhesive residue.

  • Adhesive Film:  Thin layer of dried adhesive (1 to 3 mils) provided in dry film form, with or without reinforcing material, which is cured by means of heat and pressure.

  • Adhesive High Temperature:  An adhesive that will enable a oressure sensitive label to withstand sustained elevated temoeratures.

  • Adhesive, Permanent: An adhesive characterized by relatively high ultimate adhesion. Sometimes it can be removed when the degree of force used overcomes its bonding ability but generally it is not removable.

    "End of Part One"

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