Self Adhesive Labels
Labels come in all shapes, sizes, colours and material. Labels are used on a massive array of items. Not many things don’t contain a label of some type these days.
Self Adhesive Labels (otherwise known as pressure sensitive labels) are made by printing onto a construction of 3 layers:
• a release liner (otherwise known as the backing paper, carrier or glassine)
• a layer of adhesive
• the face material
Self Adhesive Labels use a pressure sensitive adhesive that is tacky in normal conditions, meaning the labels only need the pressure of a finger or hand to adhere to a substrate. This is why they are also known as pressure sensitive labels.
The release liner is commonly made of paper and is silicone coated on 1 side (occasionally 2) to enable the label to be removed cleanly from the liner. Increasingly, especially for some high volume applications where automated applicator machines are used to apply labels at high speed, plastics are used as a release liner as they do not tear and break as easily as paper. Of the major industry suppliers, UPM Raflatac are currently advocating Polypropylene (PP) based liners with their ProLiner product, and Avery Dennison prefer Polyester (PET) liners.
The vast majority of labels we sell is still paper based though, as it is the most established and proven product in the marketplace, and moving to a PP or PET liner generally results in an increase in cost, so you need to have a reason to specify it.
In contrast to the choice of silicone liner, there are many different self adhesives to choose from, and making the correct choice is important if you want your label to stick!
Forms Plus supplies blank and printed Self Adhesive Labels on A4 sheets, rolls, fanfolded and lose sheets. All of the labels we supply are manufactured in the UK using high quality materials, and we offer a wide range of label materials, adhesives, and finishes to ensure that our customers find the perfect Self Adhesive Labels for the application they have in mind.
Contact us today to discuss your requirements. Our knowledgeable team would be more than happy to assist you.