After the printing and converting process is completed it is necessary for the end user to have their labels supplied in a manner suitable for use. The act of finishing refers to taking the master roll of printed and converted labels and winding or packing it into usable units. There are wide ranges of finishing options available to the customers of Tri-Flex.
After the printing and converting process is completed it is necessary for the end user to have their labels supplied in a manner suitable for a specific use. The act of "finishing" refers to taking the master roll of printed/converted labels and winding or packing it into usable units. There are wide ranges of finishing options available to the customers of Tri-Flex Label. Some of these options are more common and match the needs of a wide range of customers while others are more unique and specific.
The most common finishing option selected is winding the labels onto manageable rolls of approximately 1000 labels. Depending upon the overall size of the label, smaller amounts per roll may be necessary in order for the labels to be easily applied by hand. In circumstances where the labels are machine applied to bottles, cartons etc. it is often necessary to supply the maximum number of labels per roll in order to minimize the amount of time wasted switching rolls in the label applicator. In these instances the customer generally provides Tri-Flex with the maximum OD (outer diameter) accepted by their particular label application machine. Wind directions, core sizes and carton specifications are also areas of finishing that can be customized to the end users requests.
Conversely to providing labels on rolls, another common finishing option is supplying labels individually. When labels are produced in this fashion it is necessary to ensure the face stock can easily be lifted off the liner. This is achieved by adding a back-slit, tab or exposed liner to each label. These sheets are then stacked into packs of 250, 500 or however many sheets specified by the customer. They can additionally be shrink-wrapped for adequate protection when stored. In some cases multiple labels can be supplied per sheet for use in office, warehouse or direct mail environments.
Supplying labels in a fan-folded stack for use in pin-fed printers is another regularly provided solution that is still requested by a variety of label purchasers. Ensuring a perforation is included between each label allows our finishing staff to fold and pack in our standard stack of 2500 labels. Generally, folds should be every 12” for use in standard cartons but can be customized to meet customer expectations. Fan folding can be used on both pin-fed or non pin-fed orders.
While standard finishing options are the most common act performed by the Tri-Flex Finishing Deptartment staff, customized or less common finishing options can easily be accommodated. Tri-Flex will work to develop a solution for your application to provide you with labels supplied in the most suitable manner.
Multiple mattress size labels were bulk packed into small cartons for use in a packaging assembly line.
Individually cut label sheets were turned into a handy pad for a popular paint store. The pads were neatly finished with chipstock backing and a convenient reorder form.
Menu labels were supplied on rolls and packed into small individual cartons to allow for split shipments to a variety of restaurant locations.
Water bottle labels were supplied "wound in" to meet the specifications of the client's bottle label applicator.
Stock labels are boxed into customer branded cartons to drive future repeat sales.
We developed a color coding system on cartons for a customer who needed to easily identify boxes in a large warehouse setting. This is useful when multiple label items are stored in a similar location and need to be quickly picked and packed.
The Label University At Tri-Flex Label @ June 30, 2014