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BOPP is an acronym for Biaxially-Oriented (BO) Polypropylene (PP), a favorite for personal care products, as well as bath & body and food & beverage brands. And it's easy to see why.
BOPP is a versatile and resilient label material available in white, opaque, metallized, or clear. BOPP labels are thin yet rugged, moisture resistant, product resistant, non-toxic, and food safe.
The moisture and solvent resistance qualities of a BOPP labels are ideal for household products, and acid resistance is a benefit for some food & beverage products. Citrus, tomatoes, condiments, coffee, vegetables, and other food & beverage products with low pH/high acid content may discolor or degrade lesser label materials. Our BOPP label materials adapt to virtually any product line.

BOPP labels benefits:
Thin material
Superior strength
Excellent printability
Flatness (Conforms well to containers)
Low toxicity (food label suitable)
Recyclable (No. 5 plastic)
Product resistant, oil & water resistant
BOPP label options:

White
Metallized (silver & gold)
Clear (for the 'no label look')
Squeezable (for tubes and other non-rigid applications)

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White BOPP Labels
By far the most common BOPP label, white is available with strong permanent adhesives or removable adhesives for required applications. White BOPP is the preferred label material for health & beauty, cosmetic, and personal care labels. White BOPP is also commonly used for food labels. As mentioned above, BOPP is non-toxic and moisture resistant– so labeled products that may come in contact with water or oils (and other ingredients) are a great fit for our BOPP material.

Silver BOPP Labels
Silver BOPP provides the same excellent durability and product/moisture resistance of white BOPP, with a silver metallic finish. Add flair to your label design with standard silver or a chrome/mirror-like finish.

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Gold BOPP Labels
Gold BOPP labels are as rugged and product/moisture resistant as white and silver BOPP, with a luxurious, reflective gold finish. Elevate your brand packaging with eye-catching shiny gold labels.

Clear BOPP Labels
clear-BOPP-film-labelThe elegant no-label look is beloved by spirit, wine, food & beverage, cosmetic, health & beauty, and personal care products. Clear BOPP label material provides the same moisture & product resistant qualities of white and metallized BOPP, with the added benefit of a virtually invisible label– even on colored containers. Critically, BOPP labels must be produced with a clear poly liner to smooth out the adhesive prior to application.
Semi-squeezable BOPP Labels
Containers that contort with use and handling, such as a lotion tubes, need a label material and adhesive combination specifically designed to be fully squeezable. BOPP labels are not fully squeezable, so for containers with this requirement we recommend polyolefin and polyethylene film.

Polyolefin and polyethylene are fully squeezable and available in clear, white, and bright silver. These materials are suitable for many of the same applications as BOPP, and are the preferred label stocks for your fully squeezable label needs.

Principles
in mould labels (IML) were initially designed for blow molding, though developments using injection molding or thermoforming with reel-fed systems have increased the efficiency of the labelling process. The original concept involves coating the reverse side of the label with a heat seal layer, followed by a substrate material in which heat resistant ink is applied to. A heat resistant coating of lacquer is then applied. This process eliminates the need to flame treat the bottles prior to labelling in order to achieve adequate adhesion.Initially, paper was used as the label substrate to which the heat reactive adhesive was applied. In more recent times polyolefin substrates have been employed, such as Polyart from Arjobex Synthetic Papers. This creates the advantage that scrap polyethylene and polypropylene bottles produced in the molding process can be recycled, without the need for label removal prior to recycling.

Labelling
There are several techniques for conducting the in-mould labelling process. Vacuum and compressed air can be used to handle the labels, also static electricity can be used. Electrostatic charging electrodes charge a label while it is being transferred to the moulding machine, so that when the label is placed on the tool and released by the labelling robot, it will wrap itself onto the tool. Most robot systems for placement of labels are not required for specific moulding machines and can be used with up to date presses with fast clamping systems.

Labels may be paper or a similar material to the moulded product. Polypropylene or polystyrene is commonly used as label material, with a thickness of 15 to 40 micrometres. Cavitated label material is also used. This is a sandwich material, having a spongy layer bonded between two very thin solid layers. An advantage of cavitated film is better conformance to small-radius curves on a product. Laminated film can be used to decorate products, yielding high wear-resistance. This type of film has the printed surface protected by a second layer of film, with a thickness of 30 or 40 micrometres. Products using this type of label might include picnic-ware, mouse-mats, or internal automotive components.

Use
In-mould labelling is a popular method of decorating injection molded parts for consumer electronics and for plastic bottles. Notebook computer and cellphone manufacturers are adopting IML technology for greater wear resistance than spray painting or pad-printing. IML can provide greater decorating options than other methods. Multi-color screen printed and offset lithography printed graphics are used to produce products with higher quality graphics than available with other decorating methods. Most applications in this area use second surface graphics. The decoration is printed on the back side of a clear substrate, typically polycarbonate or acrylic 0.125mm to 0.375mm thick.[7] The injection plastic is on the ink side of the film. This encapsulates the decoration between the film layer and the injected plastic resulting in a decoration that can't be abraded during use. Vision systems can check for accurate label positioning, and can validate label correctness.

 

 

HomeExportHow to Seal Vinyl on a Mug: The Ultimate Guide for Crafters
How to Seal Vinyl on a Mug: The Ultimate Guide for Crafters May 29, 2019
You've probably heard of Mod Podge, or is it Modge Podge? Whatever the name, it's an excellent tool for every crafter. And it's the perfect tool if you want to know how to seal vinyl on a mug.

Applying a design to a mug is a great start, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Using a sealant is just as essential.

Why is cup seal labels so important? It's simple really:

Sealants allow your design to stay in place longer. If you want to make a statement with a custom mug, you need to know how to seal vinyl on a mug.
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Sealing Vinyl
Should you seal vinyl on a mug?
If you want to add a design to a mug, you want to make sure that design sticks. You don't want your hard work to go to waste when a design peels off.

To make sure your design stays on your mug, you need to know how to seal vinyl on a mug.

Properly sealing vinyl on a mug will allow you to use the mug without worrying about the design. Depending on the method you use, you will be able to throw your mug in the dishwasher or microwave.

Should you seal vinyl on a mug?
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If you decide to add a unique design to a mug, you might wonder if you have to go the extra mile and seal the design in place.

That's a fair question, especially if you've never worked with vinyl. Or maybe you have used vinyl and never had a problem with the design coming off.

But if you want your design to stay in place, you need to know how to seal vinyl on a mug.

There are two main types of vinyl that you can use. The first type is adhesive vinyl which you stick on to a hard material. That's usually the better option for mugs.

However, you can also use heat transfer vinyl. This type of vinyl is more common on fabrics because the adhesive requires heat to work.

Is it difficult?
Like other types of crafting, sealing vinyl can be a bit challenging at first. But once you figure out how to seal vinyl on a mug, it will be smooth sailing.

When you first seal vinyl on a mug, make sure you have the time and space to focus on it. Minimizing distractions can improve your chances of success on the first try.

Your Options
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There are a few different methods you can use to seal vinyl on a mug. We mentioned that adhesive and heat transfer vinyl are two common types of vinyl.

Adhesive vinyl is more common for mugs, and these sealants are suitable for adhesive vinyl. Each sealant has different properties, so they all have their own pros and cons.

More space on packaging for branding and regulatory information
shrink sleeve labels also make it easy to comply with regulations or maximize shelf impact, as text and graphics can be updated on the shrink sleeves, which are easy to remove from containers without wasting the containers themselves.

Abrasion, moisture and product resistance
They’re common on household cleaning products now too (detergents, soaps, cleaning agents), as they can use highly durable materials that withstand moisture, friction and high temperatures.

Although shrink sleeves packaging might cost more initially, the value of the uplift in brand and brand share far outweighs any marginal or incremental cost of the sleeve itself.

Applying shrink sleeves to your products
Shrink sleeves are typically machine-applied and heat-shrunk onto containers using steam tunnels. Steam tunnels use relatively low temperatures (often 170 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit), a safe environment for most filled products. If you prefer not to purchase the necessary equipment, you can partner with copackers who apply shrink sleeves.

What to look for in a shrink sleeve manufacturer
Shrink sleeve manufacturing is one of the most complex processes in the labeling industry. That’s why you need to look for a shrink sleeve manufacturer with proven experience in producing sleeves for a variety of container shapes.

Expertise matters. It’s what will allow your shrink sleeve manufacturer to choose the right shrink material for your container’s shape and modify your graphics to prevent shrink distortion during pre-press. And ultimately, proven expertise is the difference between a label that blends in and a label that stands out.

Our capabilities and services
We provide a robust range of label design and printing capabilities, including the design and printing of shrink sleeves for a wide variety of uses. We can supply shrink sleeves even for specialty applications, including multi-pack sleeves and pack sample promotions. With our robust printing capabilities, we can meet any design customization, including those that use cold foil labels, UV metallic inks, custom matte or gloss finishes and much more.

Choose A Waterproof cup seal labels
We're proud to offer a full line of waterproof/weatherproof labels for inkjet and laser printers. They are capable of withstanding moisture-rich environments, heavy-handling, and more.

Having said that, we understand there are conditions and applications that may require additional efforts. Before we cover those situations and possible add-on solutions, it's important to start with a strong base. Listed below are our waterproof label options separated by printer type.

cup seal labels for Inkjet Printers
Our weatherproof materials for inkjet printers both feature bright white facesheets perfect for creating vibrant, colorful designs. They function the same, but differ in their facesheet characteristics. One material has a matte coating whereas the other has a glossy coating.

Shop: white matte labels | white gloss labels

Waterproof Labels for Laser Printers
Laser printing technology creates a more durable print, so there are a few more options for laser printer users. If you're looking for white, we have a white polyester that features a slight satin sheen.

With SEF heat transfer films for plotter cutting and printing, you can expand your product offering to include heat transfers for sports teams, groups such as sororities, fraternities and businesses. It’s a great way to ignite your sales and profits. Heat transfer materials can be applied to t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, caps, bags or any fabric material.   The SEF line of heat transfer materials consists of four families of products. FlexCut™ and FlockCut™ are for plotter cutting. FlexPrint™ and FlockPrint™ are print and cut materials. SEF FlexCut™ and FlockCut™ heat transfer materials consist of a heat-activated adhesive coated on either a polyurethane or flock facestock, laminated to a plastic release liner or carrier film. With the carrier on the bottom, the top layer is the adhesive. After the graphics are cut in reverse, the carrier serves as the application film. This clear film carrier allows the user to accurately position the graphic, which prevents misalignment.   FlexPrint™ and FlockPrint™ consist of a facestock coated with a heat-activated adhesive on a film carrier. With the carrier on the bottom, the top side is the printable surface. After the material is printed “right reading”, and contour cut, the matrix is weeded and the graphics are laminated with a hot mask type of application tape, such as SEF’s FlexTape.   Vinyl versus Polyurethane   Vinyl heat transfer films are often considerably less expensive than polyurethane films. These vinyl films are thicker, less flexible and less durable than polyurethane. After multiple washings, vinyl heat transfer graphics tend to become brittle and crack.   Plotter Cutting   If you have a plotter, you can use the same vector-based software that you use for cutting vinyl graphics. The only difference is that you will cut the SEF FlexCut and FlockCut materials in reverse or “wrong reading”. The 45­° blade that you use for cutting vinyl graphics is also the same that you will use when cutting any of the SEF films.   Always do a test cut prior to production. The SEF FlexPrint™ and FlockPrint™ families of heat transfer materials are digitally printable with solvent, ecosolvent and latex inks. When printing SEF materials, a generic ‘heat transfer media’ profile will generally provide acceptable color reproduction.   After the SEF media is printed, cut and weeded, apply the hot mask application tape, such as the SEF FlexTape, with a squeegee to the printed graphic. Remove the carrier or release liner of the heat transfer media and apply it to the garment. Printed polyurethane or vinyl heat transfer media generally require medium tack or high tack hot mask application tapes.   Transferring printed flock films is extremely difficult, because of the highly textured surface of the flock fibers. Standard application tapes used for vinyl graphics, including ultra-high tack tapes, just don’t work.

cup seal labels are used to provide a clear indication that a label, seal or re-closure has been removed. A standard paper or file with a permanent adhesive may meet many customers requirements. However, in more demanding applications, special tamper evident materials are available.Further enhance your product security with…
Holographic tamper evident labels. These labels are created by transferring an extremely thin layer containing the holographic label security image onto a frangible security paper. This construction is based with a permanent adhesive that “sets” quickly to the surface when the hologram is applied. Once set, the label is destroyed if removal is attempted, you can also personalize the image printed on the label, reinforcing brand integrity.

water labels have a permanent adhesive, and are easy to tear, making them perfect for anything you want to be tamper evident, such as food items. These are a popular choice for Grab and Go labels that need to be affordable, but still show your branding. You can choose how your custom labels are oriented on the roll for easy application by hand, or with a label application machine. This versatile labeling option can also be used for custom shipping or packaging labels so everything that leaves your business, does it with your brand clearly seen. water labels can be applied by hand, or with a label application machine for easy use.

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