Why Put a Thermal Label On It?

As a company, using thermal labels is a necessary and daunting process. Why even use a label at all? Which labels work for which application? How do you know you are applying the right label with the right thermal ribbon?

To help you find answers to these questions, Ganson has created a Top 10 List for different Thermal Label Applications.

 

Ganson’s TOP 10 List for Thermal Label Applications

1. Asset Control Labels –  These labels are used in the general manufacturing, distribution and warehouse industries. Asset control labels are barcoded and used to track all assets. You can log all the information for your asset into the computer as the label is applied and then the barcode is scanned by an employee to maintain inventory. 

The typical label material used for this process is:

coated paper labels

Coated Paper
Polypropylene
Polyester

Ganson suggests that if using these type of thermal labels, the best thermal ribbons to use would be:

W90 Resin Enhanced Wax
M95 Midrange Resin/Wax
R-Series Premium Full Resin

2. Bin Labels – Bin labels are also used in the general manufacturing, distribution and warehouse industries. These thermal labels are used to identify bin location for storage of inventory and for pulling from inventory. These thermal labels are also scanned using a barcode and the information is then stored.

distribution

Polypropylene
Vinyl
Coated papers
Kimdura

The ribbons that work best for these thermal labels are:

W90 Resin Enhanced Wax
M95 Midrange Resin/Wax

3. Carton Labels and Pallet Labels –  These shipping labels are the most popular labels in the general manufacturing, distribution and warehouse industries. Many retailers require barcode compliant labeling to be used in their receiving departments in order to automate their operations.

Ganson suggest that you use the following labels:Polypropylene

Polypropylene
Coated papers

In order to increase productivity and decrease printing issues, use the following thermal ribbons:

W90 Resin Enhanced Wax
M95 Midrange Resin/Wax

4. Receiving Labels – When goods are received, labels are applied. At this point the appropriate information is scanned and captured into the computer and the goods are stored in bids. Then the bins are labeled so that identification of the inventory is assessable and easy.

receiving labels

If using labels for this process, use the following labels:

Coated Paper
Kimdura
Polypropylene

The ribbons needed for this application are:

W90 Resin Enhanced Wax
M95 Midrange Resin/Wax

Other applications that can be used in a general manufacturing industry are:

Inventory Labels
Work In Process Labels
Quality Control/ Inspection Labels
Direct Packaging Materials (Polybags)

5. Automotive VIN Labels – In the automotive industry, one of the most important labels that can be used are the VIN labels that are applied to different parts of an automobile. Each label contains a bar code that labels the identification, manufacturer, lot codes and much more for each vehicle. This information supplied is useful for recalls, inventory, and warranty requirements and for final assembly. These labels need to be durable and need to last the life of the vehicle.

VIN labels

The appropriate label to use in this automotive application is the:

Polyester

The recommended thermal ribbon is:

R-Series Premium Full Resin

6. Retail Stores and Warehouse – Most retail stores and warehouses use shelf labels that can be barcoded. These thermal labels can also have small signs printed on them if you use a thermal transfer printer.

The appropriate labels that can be used for this application are: shelf

Vinyl
Kimdura
Polypropylene

In order to enhance performance of the label and increase durability, Ganson suggests you use the following thermal ribbon: 

W90 Resin Enhanced Wax
M95 Midrange Resin/Wax

7. Apparel and Garment Tags and Labels – Apparel or garment tags are tags that are barcoded and applied to garments. Each UPC label has barcodes that has information like the price and size. The tag is then used at the check out register for purchase. 

kimduraThe labels used for this application are:

Coated and Uncoated Tag
Polyethylene
Kimdura

 Appropriate thermal ribbons for labels being used for this purpose are:

W90 Resin Enhanced Wax
M95 Midrange Resin/Wax
R-Series Premium Full Resin

8. Home Improvement – Lumber tags are used to identify the type, grade and size of lumber. They are bar coded and stapled to the ends of lumber.

Increase the durability of those labels by using the following:

lumber tags

Polypropylene
Polyethylene

To further increases the durability of the barcodes used for these applications, use the following ribbons:

W90 Resin Enhanced Wax
M95 Midrange Resin/Wax

9. Chemical Drum Labels – Chemical Drum Labels are mandated by the government and each label must be permanent and resistant to weather and the chemicals in the drum itself. The labels are barcoded with unique information. The purpose of these labels is to identify chemicals within the drums, their hazardous characteristics, proper disposal information, etc. 

chemical 1

In order to be compliant with the government’s regulations, Ganson suggest that you use the following types of labels:chemical 2

Polyester
Vinyl

 You want to use a ribbon with high durability with this application, so use the: 

M95 Midrange Resin Wax Ribbon
R-Series Premium Full Resin

10. Healthcare – Ganson can provide those in the healthcare professionals the labels needed for wristbands used by patients, all drug, lab work, etc. These labels are barcoded with important patient information, and are also used for specimens that go to labs. This ensures that there is proper identification back to the patient. Pharmaceutical labels are used to ensure that the appropriate patients receive the correct medication.  

healthcare

The appropriate labels for these applications are:

Polypropylene

Ensure patient information by using the following ribbons: 

M95 Midrange Resin/Wax
R-Series Premium Full Resin

Regardless of the industry, the need for thermal labels is real. In order to ensure that you are receiving the best label for your job and in order to ensure that you are using the appropriate thermal ribbon for you application, call a Ganson University Professor Today!

 

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