Labels use adhesives to stick onto surfaces for long. But like you are about to find out, there is much more into a good label than just a good design. For instance, the adhesive used to make a label should be able to withstand extreme temperatures if the products will be stored under cold conditions or hot conditions for months or even years. In other words, one needs to know a few things about how adhesives work and why they are pressure and temperature sensitive. One also needs to know how extreme temperatures can affect the sticky nature of an adhesive used to make a label.
Heat And Humidity
Challenges caused by high temperatures are always adhesive related. That is because adhesives tend to get softer with tacking edges each time you subject them to high temperatures. As such, they result in labels that can be hard to remove. While this may sound nice for your labeled glass and plastic bottle, it makes peeling off the same labels a nightmare. It is also important to note that dispensing issues that are caused by faulty adhesives can easily disrupt product labeling and lead to jammed applicators and damaged labels.
Note too that under extreme temperatures, any adhesive can fail. Even the ones designed for warm environments will eventually fail. After all, adhesives are just pre-applied glue. The only thing that gives them an edge is how they are specially engineered and designed to perform on well on different pressure sensitive applications.
How To Beat The Heat
It is easy to beat hit challenges in a bid to preserve your labels. First, keep your labels cool. Then secondly do not lay the rolls flat. You can either stock them vertically or use a polythene bag to store them where humidity is a threat. Shelving and stock storage are ideal alternatives where the aforementioned measures are impossible to undertake.
Store vulnerable and delicate label rolls on the lowest shelf near the ground so as to reduce their exposure to high temperatures on the top shelf. Heavily coated labels, cold temperature labels and exotic substrates are usually heat sensitive so store them in a cool place 24/7.
Labeling Hot Surfaces
You must use the right type of label if you have to label a surface that gets extremely hot. Simple adhesives here will not work. Vinyl labels stand out as perfect alternatives. They work on surfaces that can become as hot as 320 degrees Fahrenheit. They are also ideal in areas that are exposed to direct ultra violet rays or areas that are exposed to wet conditions for a long time.
Safety precautions and industry info-graphics matter a lot when one is labeling manufactured products. Do this when a product has cooled down to avoid tampering with texts on the label or interfering with the adhesive bonds. Be sure to also follow other sector specific safety precautions each time you label your goods either on your own or with the help of other experts.