Monthly Archives: September 2009

Beauty & Personal Care Labels

Beauty & Personal Care Labeling

Beauty. To some, it’s only skin deep, but to the specialty label maker, it represents an important role of the labeling industry. In the competitive market we live in today, a label can be all that sets you apart from your competition. Within the beauty & personal care industry, products can generally be separated into two categories. You have the “mass” products, and the “prestige” products.

Specialty Labels
Specialty Labels

Under the “mass” category, as the name implies, products are targeted for the general population, or your average consumer. Examples of these products can easily be found on the shelves of your local supermarket or department store.

For the “prestige” products on the other hand, are usually purchased in specialty stores, or at the higher-end department stores. And often times instead of a cashier, there’s a “beauty-consultant” or “technician” there to assist you in your purchase.

Now, according to James Leyden and Anthony Rawlings, in their book Skin Moisturization,  they talk about not only the differences between “mass” and “prestige” products, but also the difference and important role that packaging plays.

Although “prestige” products often are sold as the more expensive choice, promising better results, the true deciding factor is the labeling.  The label on your products reflects how you would like your customers to view your products and company.

One of the biggest challenges for label converters, whether they are printing specialty labels, “mass” or “prestige”, is to tap into the emotions of the consumer. If you are able to emotionally connect with your customers on your labels, you have a nice chance of making a sale, and hopefully a returning customer as well.

What kind of specialty labeling is being used the most in the Beauty & Personal care industry these days? The answer is Foil. And in just seven seconds, a foil specialty label can be applied.  In those short seven seconds, as a producer you have a small window of opportunity to make your product stand out above the rest.

Accord to Jeff Salisbury, president of Label Impressions of Orange, CA,  foil labels are making a comeback in the beauty and personal care industry. As technology improves, we are able to add more designs, color and finer detail into our specialty labels than ever before.

Cold foiling in particular, has emerged as the choice for most major beauty and personal care companies today. A few of the reasons behind this include costs of ink and stamps, as keeping costs low is a major priority for any major business these days.

With our economy in recession, it is now more important than ever to make sure your beauty and personal care products have their labels looking their best, as your business may now depend on it.

Mobile Computing Gets 3G Networking

Mobile Computing Gets 3G Networking

What could make a wireless mobile computer more efficient than any of the competition? How about a wireless 3G Network to pair with your mobile computing hardware. AT&T has just announced a new option for those using the CN50 and CN4 rugged mobile computers. With the same great network that the iPhone and other Smartphones run on, now your barcode scanners and mobile computers can access that same network as well.

The Intermec CN50 and CN4 were recently pronounced to be the first rugged mobile computers to meet the Mil Spec standards testing requirements, certified to operate on the new AT&T GSM/HSPA network, the nation’s fastest 3G network.

Users of the CN50 and CN4 can now transmit and receive cell phone quality voice calls while simultaneously using data speeds that are faster than that of any other rugged mobile computers on the market today, enhancing the mobile computer user experience with large data file transfers and interactive video applications.

 When you combine a rugged mobile computer with the nations fastest 3G network, you get more than just an internet connection, you get connectivity. You can now track shipments, re-order inventory, make important calls, check the web and more all from your barcode scanner.

The ruggedness of the CN50 and CN4 combined with the reliability of the AT&T network reduces downtime from damaged systems, enabling businesses to lower the total cost of owning a mobility solution. By joining forces Intermec and AT&T customers can leverage even the most intensive enterprise applications more quickly, efficiently, and reliably, ultimately maximizing overall service and delivery.

Sewn-In Barcodes

Sewn-In Barcodes

Have you ever bought a new couch, or bed and noticed the little label that says “It is Illegal to remove this tag”? Well, it’s actually not illegal for the end-consumer (you) to remove the tag, however it is in fact illegal for the manufacturer to remove that tag before the product is sold. Now barcode labels are being put use to keep your household furniture legal.

Because of this law, manufacturers needed to find a way to label their products with small tags, that wont effect the product or without becoming a hassle. In the search for durable, washable, legible and rugged tag that would fit this bill, the answer is the Intermec Duratran II Synthetic Tag.

This tag most commonly contains a unique barcode label for the furniture companies, allowing an quick, cheap, efficient way to become IABFLO complaint, as well as easy inventory stock checks.

The Duratran II Synthetc tag, which has been tested and approved by the International Association of Bedding and Furniture Law Officials (IABFLO), providing a safe and durable way to properly label mattresses, pillows, and other household items.

Without this approval, there can be large fines given by the Federal Government to furniture companies.

The Intermec Duratran II Synthetic tag offers a smooth finish and best in class thermal transfer print quality, eliminating barcode scan failures. In addition, the tags are very easy to sew, ensuring manufacturers that their existing equipment will be compatible with Intermec’s material, despite the extremely high tear strength of the tag. In addition, the tags offer:

Excellent print quality that outperforms many competing products

Competitive pricing

Thermal transfer printability

Support for high resolution barcodes with crisp graphics and fonts

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Using Barcodes as Train Tickets

Using Barcodes as Train Tickets

           Train riders across England will soon be able to purchase their tickets using their cell phones, and use them without having to print or copy. The Department of Transport (DfT) today released a consultation document, inviting comments on the development of its future smart ticketing strategy for public transport in England.

While smart ticketing schemes have sprung up in isolation in a number of towns and cities in the UK, the consultation marks a major step in the creation of a nationwide, electronic ticketing system. Electronic ticketing takes advantage of bar code labels, which can store all of the tickets information in a row of lines creating a bar code. Bar codes can be read by any barcode scanner, and most smartphones. This means that train riders in England will no longer have to carry a paper copy of their ticket.

The Department is hoping to introduce integrated ticketing over the next five to 10 years – allowing consumers to purchase a single ticket to travel on any mode of transport across any number of transport operators – an idea it believes can be aided through the introduction of smart ticketing and bar coding.

Smart ticketing, where a ticket is held on a chip or bar code rather than a piece of paper, was popularized in the UK by London’s contactless Oyster card scheme, introduced in 2003. The government is now looking at other smart ticketing options, including tickets sent in barcode form to travelers’ phones and print-at-home tickets.

The DfT is also considering the promotion of NFC (near field communications) for ticketing. NFC, used in the Oyster card, allows users to tap a card or other device on a reader and pay for a ticket automatically using stored credit or a per-purchased ticket.

Among the NFC options being examined by the government are NFC bank cards and mobile phones.

The consultation paper also floats the idea of extending the smart tickets to make them multifunctional: as well as using them to pay for travel, holders could use them to pay for parking or bicycle hire as well as a library card. Local authorities could also see the cards double up as ‘entitlement cards’ or ‘citizens’ cards’ – cards used by holders as proof of entitlement to benefits and services.

The smart tickets could also be used in e-money schemes, such as for car clubs, and form part of loyalty or reward schemes.

This is another great example of how barcodes can impact our everyday lives, and as this trend catches on around the world, I can assure you that more barcodes will be used throughout the next few years, possibly in other industries.

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RFID Technology Improves Efficiency For Tomato Producers

RFID Technology Improves Efficiency For Tomato Producers

Around the globe, more companies are beginning to implement RFID technology to their businesses to improve efficiency and reduce downtime. In Australia, d’Vineripe, a tomato producer, has begun to take advantage of RFID technology to better manage staff productivity, ultimately making tomato picking easier and more efficient. With the new RFID system in place, management is able to know what their staff of well over 100 is doing in the greenhouses at any given moment, which tasks have been completed, and how long they took.

And since d’Vineripe has four massive 80,000 square-foot greenhouses, each with thousands of tomato plants, it typically can take anywhere between 50-120 employees to work on the plants every day. The tomato plants need to be checked for pruning, pollinating, de-leafing, pest/disease control, and picking.

Before the installation of the RFID based system, all of the work was managed manually, using clipboards. All employees had to manually sign in and were then assigned tasks. Details of the tasks were written down on paper and d’Vineripe had no way of keeping track what tasks were being completed by a worker within a particular team, or how quickly each task was done, thus they were operating inefficiently.

RFID Technology offers great advantages, and at a low cost. With the ability to track, manage and record accurate employee actions, RFID has allowed d’Vineripe to grow into a more efficient company.

Now, each greenhouse contains 120 rows of tomatoes and with each row requiring up to eight tasks to be completed at different intervals. In order to make this possible, a worker arrives at a workstation at the beginning of their shift and presents their ID badge. The badge contains a 13.56 MHz RFID transponder embedded inside it, and its unique ID number is linked to the individual’s name in the database. As the worker completes their daily tasks, the greenhouse’s station manager reads their RFID tag, linking the individual to their assigned task and row.

By implementing an RFID system, d’Vineripe was able to better manage their workers, thus creating a more organized, efficient company, ultimately saving both time and money. d’Vineripe is a great example of how RFID technology can provide great benefits for any company.

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Specialty Labels

Specialty Labels


Whether you need labels that can withstand high temperatures, acids, solvent and other chemical abrasions, specialty labels are the answer. From Teflon, Aluminum, Ceramic, Steel and Foil, specialty labels are designed to meet the extreme conditions with ease.  Specialty labels provide extra readability and durability unmatched by other labels.

 Specialty labels can also be a variety of applications, ranging from Department of Defense, Aerosols, Paints, Silicone parts, and much more. These labels are unique because they require specific materials to make them durable for their unique use.

 Our specialty labels are great for metallic surfaces, whether it’s for labeling factory parts, putting a serial number in a car or you just need labels that can outlast the others, specialty labels are the toughest labels out there. 

Specialty labels come in a variety of adhesives, allowing them to be placed on virtually any clean surface. These durable labels are built to last, and are backed by a warranty. All adhesives serve different purposes, but some offered adhesives include permanent, removable, pressure-sensitive Foams and Acrylic.

These labels can be used for any applications that would otherwise be considered too enduring on an average label. Our labels have been tested in laboratories, and have proven their worth. For example, the aluminum foil barcodes can withstand many chemicals and extreme temperatures with the exception of acids that corrode aluminum.

The specialty labels can come in a variety of colors, and are all easily read by the human eye, and do not require scanning equipment, saving both time and money.

Another great specialty label, the Ceramic on Steel, is great for machinery, cars/automobiles, electronics and other items that require permanent labels. These Ceramic labels however, do not use adhesives. Instead, optional holes for mechanical fasteners are offered for a more permanent adhesion.

Whether it’s for the industrial company or commercial small business, Specialty labels are a necessity for the growing business. Our heavy duty specialty labels can be applied onto almost any clean surface, and with our variety of adhesives, you’re guaranteed to find the right label and adhesive that’s perfect for you.

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Ancient Egyptians used Wine Labels

Ancient Egyptians used Wine Labels

Among the objects that were buried in the catacombs of Egyptian King Tutankhamen (commonly known as King Tut) were wine jars intended as funerary meals to ensure a pleasant afterlife.

Scientists have known for decades that the ancient Egyptians had an affinity for wine, but it has been unclear what variant of the beverage they favored, that is until now. The first extensive chemical analysis of a jar recovered from King Tut’s tomb indicates that the ruler preferred red – and they’ve got the labels to prove it.

These jars contain some of the world’s oldest wine labels. Not only are they among the most ancient wine labels on record, they are some of the most detailed. The Boy King’s wine labels displayed enough information to meet the present day requirements of some countries’ wine label laws. One label, for instance, read “Year 5, Wine of the House-of-Tutankhamen Ruler-of-the-Southern-on, l.p.h. in the Western River. By the chief Vinter Khaa”.

 King Tut apparently not only wanted to ensure he would be able to drink wine in the afterlife, but he wanted to know exactly what he was drinking. Did he want to be able to pull out a particularly fine jar of wine for one of those very special occasions one experiences following death? We will probably never know …

According to the scientists that studied residue left in the jars, among the residue, they found the chemical that imparts color to red wine, malvidin-3-glucoside, according an article published at Scientific American. This discovery was not exactly shocking, as many ancient Egyptian tomb paintings depict red and purple grapes being pressed.

What we do know, aside from the fact that the boy Kings choice of Wine was red, is that labels have now proven their worth. Even the oldest of labels, can provide reason enough to understand how important good labeling is, and the Egyptians did a great job. With such specific labels, maybe the child King even had labels for other commodities besides wine, but we might not ever know.

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