Tips and Advice on Label Maker Tape
- Forms of Dymo Label Tape
- Using Brother Label Tape Outside
- Brother Label Tape and Moist or Extreme Temperatures
- Refilling Ink Cartridges Could Save You Money
- Removing Label Tape
- How Copper Can Affect Label Tape
- Environmentally Friendly Label Tape
- Know Your Automatic Labeler Materials
- Types of Labeling for Automatic Labeling Systems
- Dymo Replacement Label Materials
Forms of Dymo Label Tape
Dymo label tape comes in a variety of forms. Here are some examples, courtesy of Dymo:
- Heat resistant - so labels won't shrink, fade, or drop to the floor from the heat, solvents, chemicals and moisture you can encounter at the jobsite.
- Water resistant - for wet and moist conditions. This way, the labels you print and affix will resist moisture long after your job there is done.
- Solvent resistant - labels that are engineered for resilience and durability in challenging environments.
- Permanent marking - unique thermal transfer printing technology
The tools below offer printing longevity:
- Removable - easy-to-peel, split-back labels are easy to remove
- For cable marking - the labels it produces will stick where you want and won't smear. And the tool itself is built for your worksite with an exclusive combination of functions and features you won't find elsewhere.
- For cloth marking - socks, boots, gloves, hats, jackets, scarves, backpacks, bathing suits, towels...the list goes on. You'll find countless reasons to label your kids' stuff, as well as yours.
- Stainless steel - labeling metal with a rock-solid embosser is another. You'd better have a tool that's sturdy, accurate the first time and comfortable in any work situation: heat, humidity, dust, salt-filled air - anything.
Using Brother Label Tape Outside
Many users of Brother label tape ask the company if they can use the tape outside.
The answer is yes. If the label is originally attached to a clean, dry surface, it should be able to stand even harsh environments without falling off. However, after prolonged exposure to the sun, some fading of tape or print colors may occur, yet readability should not be affected.
Brother Label Tape and Moist or Extreme Temperatures
If Brother label tape is exposed to liquids or extreme temperatures, can they survive?
Water presents no problems for the tape. Motor oil, diluted acid and other chemicals, in time, will weaken the tape's adhesive or laminate.
If the spilled chemicals are wiped within a reasonable amount of time, the tapes should be fine.
If the labels are left in a refrigerator or freezer or in a hot environment, they will work just fine. Even at extremely low temperatures, most P-Touch labels will remain adhered to most materials. Many Brother customers already use P-Touch tapes in refrigerated environments for a variety of applications and are satisfied with the results. High temperatures can even increase the labels' adhesion. However, there is always a chance that some discoloration can occur.
Refilling Ink Cartridges Could Save You Money
It's a common complaint of printers - the price of ink cartridges, especially if you have a color printer. Did you know that a cartridge can be reused several times? Before you run out to get a refill, talk to your customer service representative about your ink printer cartridge options. There is some controversy over how often refilled cartridges fail. Some argue that the refills might not last as long. Others argue that since the item was half price they don't mind if it peters out a bit early.
Removing Label Tape
So you need to remove label tape and want to know the best way to go about doing it. And you want to know if a messy adhesive will remain. According to Brother, tapes can be easily removed from most materials such as polyethylene, polypropylene, fluoric resin, silicon-process materials, etc. Unless subjected to extreme heat, humidity or certain chemicals, adhesive will not remain on the item's surface after removal. However, on some other materials, portions of adhesive might remain after extended periods of time. If this occurs, the adhesive can - in most cases - be removed by rubbing with Ethanol.
Stickers, labels and tapes with pressure-sensitive adhesive (those that are peeled from a backing or roll, then pressed in place) can often times be peeled off. The remaining adhesive can then be rubbed off with your fingers similar to the way you "thumb-roll" rubber cement into small balls. If the adhesive is old or has been exposed to high temperatures and/or humidity, the "thumb- roll" method does not always work. Try removing as much of the label or tape as possible with your fingernail or the dull edge of a knife.
How Copper Can Affect Label Tape
Worried that your label will destroy the surface you are putting it on?
While Brother P-touch labels are harmless to nearly all objects on which they may be attached, there is one substance it should not be put on - copper. Labels should not be affixed to copper because corrosion is possible. This is especially true for copper plates of electrical circuits, whose components could be damaged.
Environmentally Friendly Label Tape
For those who are environmentally conscious, label tape also comes in environmentally friendly forms.
For example, EcoVantage pressure-sensitive label film from Green Bay Packaging Inc. is made from a polylactide (PLA) polymer derived from corn, not petrochemicals. This appeals to consumers with growing concerns over the use of petroleum-based products.
Know Your Automatic Labeler Materials
Labels are now printed on a wide variety of materials. Unfortunately, not all of them perform the same on labeling machinery. Some automatic labelers work well on paper, foil, and plastic labels, but not on clear plastic labels. Others work well on paper and plastic labels but not on foil. It is therefore very important to know the materials you will be working with in your labeling application
Types of Labeling for Automatic Labeling Systems
There are several types of labeling that is done on automatic labelers.
Vertical wrap labeling - for straight walled round, or very slightly tapered bottles and smaller square or rectangular shaped bottles that are stable enough to run on a conveyor and make transfers without tripping. Labels can wrap on the bottle completely (full wrap) or partially (semi-wrap).
Horizontal wrap labeling - for unstable round products, like round bottomed vials. In this instance the product is placed on horizontal rollers which feeds through the wrap station.
Top labeling - this versatile labeler has many uses ranging from cassettes to soft bakery goods. It places a spot or panel label on product that passes below the labeling head. Other examples include: round label on lid of round jar, UPC label on box.
Top and bottom labeling - for labeling flat products where a top and bottom label is required. For example, a tray that has product label on top and UPC on bottom.
Front and back labeling - for placing labels on one side, two sides or, with slight modification, three sides of flat, oval, rectangular, and round bottles which are stable enough to run on a conveyor and make transfers without tripping.
Wondering what materials your Dymo replacement labels can come in? Dymo replacement labels come in a variety of materials such as:
- Permanent polyester labels can be used for smooth, flat, textured and rough surfaces and will withstand outdoor exposure.
- Flexible nylon labels are specifically designed for wire and cable marking and can be attached to smooth, flat, high textured and curved surfaces. Flexible nylon labels are not recommended for outdoor use.
- Colored vinyl labels are used primarily for labeling patch panels, electronic panels, and datacom racks but can also be recommended for outdoor use.