There are four key factors affecting the label you select; they include Regulatory Requirements, Durability, Aesthetics and Application.
1. On-demand Labeling Regulatory Requirements
- There’s a spread of regulatory bodies that oversee many different product categories; they dictate what makes an acceptable label
- The requirements for chemical labels are the The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) and the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS); US Department of Transportation and OSHA in the US; the Classification, Labeling, and Packaging Regulations (CLP) in Europe and Asia.
- Product labels across a broad range of industries are subject to regulatory requirements. Some fairly straightforward and some highly complex.
2. On-demand Labeling Durability
- Chemical labeling requires durable labels that resist chemical exposure, moisture, extremes in temperature, UV radiation, abrasion and rough handling in transport.
- Labels must adhere to the container and not peel, yet they must be able to peel off cleanly if the container needs to be re-labeled.
- The printed image on the label must be visible and readable for up to a year
3. On-demand Labeling Aesthetics
Print on-demand labels often bridge the gap between regulatory compliance professionals and sales and marketing team members. Meeting regulatory requirements is crucial, however label design and appearance plays an important part.
4. On-demand Labeling Application
There are 3 ways that product labels are typically furnished:
- Sheeted Labels: Printed label sheets that are applied by hand.
- Continuous Roll Labels: Designed to integrate seamlessly with auto application equipment for various sized containers.
- Continuous Fan-Folded Labels: Designed to print in an attached stack of labels for hand application.