August 16, 2013

Introducing Freezer-Labels.com

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Hey, folks, long time no see! We’ve been busy working on a special surprise that we’re delighted to reveal in all its chilly glory for the first time today: a new addition to the Etiquette Systems family, our specialty site Freezer-Labels.com! Check it out, and you’ll find everything you need to know about freezer-grade labels suitable for use in any cold environment, from cryogenic laboratories to blast-freezing facilities and industrial kitchens. We’re poised and ready to provide the right labels for your needs, to your exact environmental and aesthetic specifications.

As you can see, we’re just tickled pink (specifically, CMYK 0.00 0.81 0.41 0.04 in classic four-color, or #f42f91 if you prefer the hexadecimal) to add this outpost to our online empire. Freezer labels represent a significant proportion of our business, including some rather interesting variations we’ve blogged about before. We’ve become experts at freezer-grade label production (though we have to admit that few are as…ahem, educational as those in the above link), and thought we’d better point that out to everyone—just to make it easier for you to choose us as your all-purpose label printer.

You see, we’re the real-deal, one-stop industry experts. A lot of the folks you see advertizing themselves as “freezer label manufacturers” are just posers reselling someone else’s products; they may know a little about freezer labels, but only from an intellectual standpoint. On the other hand, we live it. We’re in there up to our elbows up in the ink (sometimes literally), getting our fingers sticky from the adhesives. Making freezer-grade labels isn’t just a side business for us, designed to make the occasional quick buck; we’re stone-cold serious about it. We’ll make your labels from scratch, mixing and matching the inks, substrates, and adhesives to create the perfect label to match your cold conditions—which we realize may differ from everyone else’s. You see, we understand the wide range of uses for freezer-grade labels, and we’ll always be there to help you pick the precise combination of ingredients you’ll need.

Unlike the resellers, we also understand the difference between so-called “all-temp” and true freezer-grade labels, and even the subtle variations between freezer labels themselves. We know which inks, adhesives, and substrates can handle the brutal cold of an industrial freezer, and which will fall apart the moment the mercury falls below a certain point. Here’s a quick taste: for deep subzero temps, you’ll probably want to stick with a rubber-based hot-melt adhesive (HMA). Stay away from most emulsion acrylic adhesives (the favorites of the all-temp label manufacturers) except for the few we’ve proven can pass the frigidity test. For the merciless deep cold of liquid nitrogen, you’ll need not only a special solvent acrylic adhesive, but a thick, durable polypropylene substrate to keep things labeled indefinitely.

Do you expect condensation or frost? Then you’ll need special labels that won’t lose traction and slip in the presence of moisture. We can handle that. How about labels you can attach to items that are already frozen? We’ve got that down too. And while we specialize in custom freezer labels, for our special customers we can provide the substrate/adhesive combinations to help you print your own.

Got questions? Use the Comments link below to ask, or just to put in your two cents’ worth. If you’d prefer to hear our sweet voices, we’re accessible by phone at  855.668.7453 or (if you’re in Southern Nevada) 702.568.7543. Email? We’re at info@etiquettesystems.com. We’d love to hear from you. And if you’re already eager to get a quote on your job, then go straight to our Request a Quote page, and let’s get the ball rolling.

Whether you’re brand-new to the freezer labels game or you’ve been using them for decades, we’ve got the know-how, personal touch, and great prices to make you sit up and take notice. Come on in. Check us out. We may be headquartered in Vegas, but we know all about keeping things cool…and well-labeled in the process.

March 13, 2013

Everything You Need To Know About Labels…and More!

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Time really does fly when you’re having fun. It seems like we just looked up and discovered that it was 2013, and now it’s suddenly March. How did that happen? What happened to Valentine’s Day? Oops, come to think of it, I may be in a little trouble there…

One of the reasons we haven’t noticed the time passing is that we’ve been tremendously busy building an awesome new network of web pages to educate and entertain you about the label printing process. The new pages make it a snap to navigate around our site, whether you’re interested in prime multi-colored labels, bar-code stickers, blank label supplies or just about any kind of labels and labeling materials, really.

Label printing is a surprisingly complex undertaking, and we believe you’ll find the entire step-by-step process to be pretty fascinating. From how we choose your label materials to the proofing process to the actual elements of our huge printing machine, from inking to UV-curing and cutting, on through to the final variety of adhesive labels and all the materials and tender loving care that go into making them…why, I’m tearing up just thinking about it.

Oh, and fast? Let’s talk about fast. Once we get your OK to start printing, U.S. and Canadian customers will have their labels in their hands within days. For you folks overseas, it may take a little longer—but even then we think you’ll be surprised at how fast your labels will arrive.

Along the way, we’ll clear up some of the great mysteries of the printer’s art, things like full bleed and dies—which are not as grim as they sound—as well as how we make the liners release from the adhesives so you can stick our labels on your world. And of course you’ll learn the difference between digital and flexographic printing (which we’re especially good at) and why it matters. All that, and eye-opening low prices too!

Frankly, we’re just worried that you might get too excited as you go clicking along. The worldly delights of High-Value, Low-Cost printing aren’t for the faint of heart. And wait till you see our upcoming online store!

So: got some questions about labels? Have we got the answers! Just start with our Learn About Labels site and go exploring from there. If that doesn’t answer your questions, our FAQ page surely will. When you’re ready to order, just click the handy Request Form, contact us at (866) 725-0287, or email us at solutions@etiquettesystems.com for a quote - and we’ll get the party started.

July 18, 2012

Your One-Stop Bar-Code Printing Shop

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Your One-Stop Bar-Code Printing ShopThe next time you’re in a retail store of any kind, look around for bar-code labels. I guarantee you won’t have to look far: you’ll find them on just about every product, assuming you’re not in some secondhand shop where they label everything by hand. And even then, some of the items—especially those with the labeling integrated into the packaging or tags—will still be marked with bar-codes. This versatile identification schema is used for everything from inventory control to accurate pricing. In some of the bigger retail stores, like Target and Wal-Mart, you can even pass an item’s bar-code under a nearby scanner station to check the price and other info. Nifty, eh?

If you work in a warehouse of any kind, then you know how handy bar-codes are for asset handling and inventory there, too. Heck, bar-codes are used for all kinds of purposes these days, from assigning books ISBN numbers to sorting mail, in just about every environment on (and probably off) the planet.

I’d like to remind you that here at Etiquette Systems, we’ve got the capacity to produce bar-coded labels to just about any specifications or format you might require. We stock a huge variety of label substrates, adhesives, inks, and overlays that we can mix and match to best fit your needs, and we can print any kind of custom bar-code in either black-and-white or color. Our bar-code labels are always custom-printed to your specifications, never stock items! You just provide us with the variable data to work from, along with your guidelines, and we’ll take it from there.

One caveat I want to emphasize is that while we offer plenty of printing options, and no one can do a better printing job, we ONLY print the labels. We DON’T issue bar-code numbers or values; nor do we offer bar-code verification, certification, compliance, or counseling services. However, we’ll be happy to share with you the benefit of our experience, including certain pointers to take into consideration while preparing bar-code labels, and where you can go to find the third-party bar-code services mentioned above.

Got some questions about bar-code labels or similar variable data formats? Ready to have some printed? Contact us at (866) 725-0287 or email us at solutions@etiquettesystems.com for a quote!

June 26, 2012

New Sunscreen Labeling Requirements

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Creating compliant health and beauty labels has always been something of a challenge for everyone involved. It’s a huge market, and the rules and regulations set by the government tend to be very stringent about what the labels for any such product must include. Each label not only has to list the ingredients used in the product, they must also clearly and accurately state exactly what the product is meant to accomplish if used as directed.

Sunscreens make up a significant segment of the health and beauty industry. With our changing climate and hotter, brighter summers, sunscreens have become standard for any outdoor activity nowadays, especially when the sun is at its peak. Sunscreens as they currently exist do a good job of preventing sunburn if used properly, but doctors have noticed that premature skin aging and sun-caused skin cancers are still on the rise.

This is because most consumers don’t realize that the ultraviolent radiation (UV) that damages human skin comes in two types: UVB, which causes sunburn, and UVA, which causes aging and skin cancers. So they select sunscreens intended only to block UVB, which helps them avoid sunburns, but not other potential skin damage.

In recent years, a vocal group of lobbyists has pointed out that this is because some sunscreen labels are misleading. Many purport to block a broad spectrum of UV when they actually don’t, and/or claim to be waterproof or sweat-proof. The truth is, no sunscreens are impervious to water. Nor does any sunscreen actually block out the sunlight entirely, so the term “sunblock” is inaccurate, too.

In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) imposed new regulations for sunscreen labeling:

·Manufacturers can no longer use the terms “sunblock,” “waterproof,” and “sweat-proof.” They can claim their product is “water-resistant,” but must specify for how long: 40 or 80 minutes.

·Sunscreens of Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or less must specify that they don’t protect against premature skin aging or skin cancer, even if they do protect against sunburn.

·Sunscreen manufacturers can use the term “broad spectrum” only if the sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB radiation, and that term must be included above or beside the SPF factor in lettering of the same size and color.

The FDA’s intention is to help consumers more easily choose products with the highest levels of protection, without having to guess or make assumptions about how well the product works against all types of UV skin damage.

The new rules were originally scheduled to go into effect this summer. But modifying the labeling of hundreds of different brands is a huge job, so recently some sunscreen manufacturers have appealed to the FDA to extend the deadline so they could finish gearing up to make the changes. Faced with the possibility of a sunscreen shortage this summer, the FDA agreed, and extended the deadline to December 2012. The manufacturers now have five months to comply with the FDA’s new regulations, or remove their products from store shelves.

Just in case you’re not quite ready by then, may we suggest corrective labeling? Here at Etiquette Systems, we can easily and quickly print peel-and-stick labels with opaque substrates and sturdy adhesives you can use to amend existing labels until new packaging becomes available. In addition, we can help you design, create, and implement your new labeling schemes for post-December products.

If you’ve got a sunscreen labeling problem, we’re poised and ready to help you create or correct labels to meet FDA compliance. Call us at (866) 725-0287 or email us at solutions@etiquettesystems.com for a quote —and while you’re at it, ask how we can help you fulfill all your other labeling needs!

December 7, 2010

Is there a Pantone Matching System for distant customers?

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For readers who are not familiar with PANTONE® MATCHING SYSTEM® click here. This organization has created a magnificent system of standardized colors for print media. Their numbered pallets (PMS colors) are used globally and new swatches are continuously released. Everyone involved in graphics uses these colors as reference.

A designer can use pre-selected PMS colors to match new artwork to existing media for consistency.

A customer ordering print with specified Pantone colors would have the assurance that all their packaging, labels included, will match regardless of where it was produced.
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Without PMS swatches, we’d all have to summit samples to printers of what we want color matched and that can be pretty inefficient, especially over great distances and lots of colors. However, as printers ourselves, we deal with many variables that effect PMS colors, ie. substrate finish (coated/uncoated), art files (cymk, spot, halftone) and coverage (thickness of ink laid down). We also deal with the challenge of PMS color approval from customers who are not local where once, when most were within driving distance, it was easy as picking swatches in person.

Pantone swatches are not cheap and, depending on usage, it’s even recommended books be replaced annually. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as emailing over the proof because every monitor potentially used to view represents colors differently. So, you’d have to print out the proof but most digital outputs, laser and inkjet, are not a 100% PMS match. So, hard copy Pantone swatches are really the most accurate in ensuring a PMS color match.

I sometimes wonder if it would be possible to create an online color tool (color pallet), which would allow customers and artists to check a PMS color through the perception of their particular monitor. For example, a designer could enter PMS 102, like here but then, also select the type of screen, ie. LCD, cathode-ray tube, plasma, etc… This tool doesn’t necessarily have to be thoroughly accurate and it would caution users that colors viewed through this electronic pallet are only BETTER representations. It would be meant to assist in verifying color for artists who are creating designs solely through their screen. And, customers could utilize the tool for proofing over long distance. Maybe, it could be called Electronic PMS Color Check.

Here’s a great video: 

February 3, 2010

Unique Labels, Unique Packaging

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Unique Labels, Unique Packaging – We don’t solicit our company, Etiquette Systems, as a marketing firm but do offer basic label design services. Usually, it’s more like taking a customer’s sketch and recreating their ideas into a workable approvable format. And for the most part, they have an idea of what they want labeling their product.

In everyday quoting, I come across a lot of interesting label ideas, which in some cases can adhere to some very interesting products. A better part of our customers are entrepreneurs who have developed a product and call on us to manufacture labels so they can market it professionally. Meeting these customers and learning about their product concepts is probably one of the highlights of my vocation. It’s incredibly rewarded to be able to materialize someone’s vision into a label. And, better yet, seeing that product become a total success.

We recently produced a label for the inside of an ice-cream lid (non-direct food contact) but this was not your ordinary family pack frozen treat. The construction, laminated release film, was relatively simple and it was only printed two colors. But, this particular label got a lot of double takes, smiles and blushed attention through the entire production process. The ice cream it labeled was designed as an adult novelty but not meant as a shelf grabber because it was not actually visible until you lifted off the lid. Once purchased a consumer, along with their partner, would remove the ice cream lid and peel off a coupon like tag affixed to the underside. From there, a silhouette image of two people in ‘position’ would reveal so that the duo could make attempt to imitate in the privacy of their bedroom. It was funny and cute but not a well-suited product for the more conservative demographic. I personally feel it was well thought out idea, original and a perfect example of unique packaging. It’s also a great example of how a low budget label can make the greatest impact and this is what I try to stress when our prospects make inquiry on price. It’s like when we get request for a label project consisting of a multitude of specific colors, custom oddball shapes made out of some exotic PS material and then questioned on the price. My greatest fear in these cases is scaring off a good potential client so I ALWAYS try to offer a more cost effective alternative and it’s usually taken. Yes, we want the greatest sale but we also want our customers coming back. I am confident our client, SEX SCENE ICE CREAM, will because they’re product is doing exceptionally well from what I understand. I guess there’s a lot of ice cream lovers out there!

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December 2, 2009

Taking the leap, or baby steps, into digital label printing

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Taking the leap, or baby steps, into digital label printing – I’ve been quite overwhelmed with the new shop since opening two+ years ago. So, I have lots of catching up to do on our blog with a whole range of new topics and materials to cover.

Back when I founded Etiquette Systems in 2004, I had about six years of label industry background. So, I had a little know-how but by no financial means the ability to manufacture. When we invested in the first piece of equipment several years later, I naturally went with a make I was familiar with - a Mark Andy flexo printing press (conventional non-digital). It’s been a very diverse machine, meeting most of our needs.But when it comes to super short run label jobs, especially ones with allot of copy changes, flexo presses are not the most effective. Even with the latest retrofits, accessories and available bells & whistles, waste factors are still high on short runs by comparison to final quantity.

As example, if one were to order 500 full color (cmyk) 4” x 6” labels we would yield an additional 1,500 in spoils on our flexo press by the time web, die(s), ink and plates are set-up and registered. From a perspective of time, set-ups make up most of the cost to produce a short run on a conventional press. With the above example, within 10 to 15 minutes of running off the first 500 we can produce an addition 10x the quantity. With short label runs, I wish it were as simple as mounting a color laser printer to the press. But because of the drum’s high heat requirement, laser printers need to run at one consistent speed, ie. no speeding up or slowing down. Primera has done a lovely job of modifying an out-of-box Lexmark laser printer to continuously print label images (roll to roll). Unfortunately, this machine prints only so you’d have to find a way to convert the PS stock into labels.

Primera, is actually in the midst of launching a finishing unit of their own to work in conjunction with their Lexmark print engine. The total set-up of the two machines (printer and finisher) runs for under $40K. Here they are demonstrated in tandem:

This set-up has its limits though: The printer needs to flush its memory every two feet or so which results in a 0.25” blank gap. Not good when most standard dies have a 0.125” gap. The finisher can only cut out rectangle and square labels, ie. no circles, ovals or custom shapes. I also understand this machine can only print static – NO variable images. And, I yet to gain confidence in its ability to produce fully certifiable UPC bar-codes. There are other finishing units out there and if you’re gutsy enough you can actually purchase an accessory to reregister preprinted unconverted stock into your conventional label press.

Here it is demonstrated

This gismo can really diversify your web press and maximize its full capabilities. But, on super short runs in order to keep waste to an absolute minimum, your press would either have to have a short web or be fully servo.

YES, YES HP Indigo can do it all but REALLY, who wants to spend a million bucks?

March 17, 2008

Advantage of being a full UV shop

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We have invested considerably in setting up our equipment to cure the flexo inks we print on various substrates by means of UV light. We are using the latest in curing technology developed by GEW …engineering UV.

Essentially, the equipment shown (transformers and bulb housings) cure the ink system we use, Flexocure Sigma) offered by Akzo Nobel. The majority of the inks we pour are made using automotive pigments making them UV stable (fade resist). Also, because UV inks are 100% solids, color consistency is superior than that of water based systems. Furthermore, UV inks have reduced dot gain, meaning a better quality print. Ultimately, this is the next best thing in terms of creating a permanent product to screen printing systems.

However, our advantage is not only the quality of product they produce but also the speed at which they produce them at. These lamps will cure ink that passes by at 200+ meters per minute. In the litho world that equates to about 43,000 impressions an hour. Just imagine a laser printer printing over 700 letter size sheets aminute.

Its quick to say the least and this automation enables us to be cost effective because of time saved. Lastly, from an enviromental aspect, UV curing uses less energy to operate over infrared and hot-air. This is simply the way to go.


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February 11, 2008

22 Places You Wouldn’t Expect to See RFID Labels

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As we roll deeper into the 21st century, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) labels are set to become ubiquitous, tagging everything from food to animals, medical prescriptions to sports memorabilia. RFID labels offer excellent potential for automatically identifying and tracking objects at a distance, especially in situations where barcodes can’t survive ambient conditions. We’ve seen their use already in retail items, library books, and passports — and whether you know it or not, if you use an electronic toll tag in your automobile, there’s an RFID tag inside that helps keep track of your fees.

As the name suggests, RFID labels use radio waves to identify tagged objects from a distance — usually just a few feet, but sometimes up to hundreds of feet away. Inside the typical RFID label you’ll find two components: an antenna to receive and transmit signals, and an integrated circuit to process signals and store basic information. Passive RFID labels, the type most easily used for direct labeling purposes, can be as thin as a sheet of paper. They don’t carry a power supply of their own; they pick up enough energy from the reader to transmit a response. Interestingly, the antenna needs to be 80 times larger than the chip itself — which is why if you peel the packing off an RFID label, you’ll see parallel silvery lines surrounding the chip in the center. This is actually a squared-off spiral antenna, which takes up most of the label.

Recently, chipless RFID labels have been developed, allowing RFID labels to be printed inexpensively directly onto specific assets. That’s one reason for the coming explosion of RFID label use: they’re already cheap, easy to use, tough, and stable, and they’re only getting more so.

Here are 22 places you might not expect to see RFID labels. Keep in mind, however, that in most cases RFID labels are already in use for these purposes — and if they’re not, they soon will be.

1. Airplane Parts. In its German facilities, aircraft maintenance company Lufthansa Technik uses ultra-high frequency (UHF) RFID labels to track the paper documents that accompany aircraft parts, and plans to use RFID tags on the parts themselves very soon.

2. Bottles. The technology for mechanically applying passive RFID labels to plastic and glass containers has existed since mid-2005, but until now its chief use has been for tagging narcotics. However, as the cost of producing these labels drops, you can expect to see them applied to all kinds of bottles, mostly for inventory-control purposes.

3. City Sewers. Rather than carry around easily-soiled paper records, sewer workers in Warendorf, Germany use special readers to interrogate RFID tags imbedded in sewer pipes. New data on pipe status and work completed can then be entered into the sewer department’s computer system, using a handheld device.

4. Collectible Coins. Currently, many so-called “slabbed” collectible coins (that is, those sealed in protective plastic cases) are branded with plain barcode labels. However, inexpensive RFID labels are set to take their place, making inventory control and authentication a snap.

5. Driver’s Licenses. In Washington State, motorists will soon carry driver’s licenses that, in addition to possessing other authenticators like digital watermarks, will also include an RFID inlay. Among other things, this will give Washingtonians an alternative to using passports at Canadian border crossings.

6. Farm Equipment. In recent years, RFID labeling has been used in innovative ways to tag farm equipment. Manufacturer John Deere uses RFID labels to make sure items returned for repair don’t accidentally end up in stores, while some rental providers, like California’s Bear River Supply, use RFID tags to keep track of whom they’ve rented equipment out to.

7. Frozen Goods. In Argentina’s Buenos Aires Airport, RFID tags are used to identify and track goods like chemicals, food, flowers, and vaccines in two cold storage areas. Similarly, Metro Foods recently began tagging 11,000 storage bins with RFID labels in its 10,000-square-meter facility in Hamm, Germany.

8. Government Paperwork. The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced plans to implement RFID technology for file management at 14 district offices nationwide, starting in 2008. Passive RFID labels will be attached to each individual paperwork file for ease of tracking and identification.

9. Lab Animals. Recently, the University of Florida implemented an RFID system to track more than 35,000 rodents used for research and experimentation. The RFID labels, which are in the process of being attached to all 11,000 animal cages in the system, will replace an error-prone barcoding system.

10. Livestock. RFID tags attached to the ears of cattle, sheep, and other large farm animals can serve as more than just identifiers — they can also store vaccination and antibiotic information, as well as feed data. They’re more practical than barcodes, and more informative than the plain plastic tags previously used.

11. Medical Charts. At the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, the Radiation Oncology Department recently implemented a WiFi-based system for 600 patient medical charts. Active RFID tags are attached to each chart, allowing them to be tracked more easily as they circulate throughout the campus.

12. Military Weapons. The U.S. Army has taken the initiative in developing passive RFID systems to track its weapons. While the potential exists for numerous uses in the defense industry, at the moment the focus is on integrating RFID tags into ground-based systems like tanks in order to keep track of the number, type, and effects of the various rounds fired.

13. Mined Ore. In an imaginative use of RFID labeling, a Brazilian mining company called CRVD has taken to mixing passive RFID tags into its ore as it’s mined, crushed, and processed. This offers better insight into the amount, type, and grade of ore CRVD handles daily.

14. Outer Space. NASA is currently experimenting with RFID labeling technologies for use in outer space, particularly on the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. While ordinary RFID labels can be used in interior spaces, NASA is more interested in determining how various ruggedized tags and labels handle the rigors of airless space.

15. People. Although there are significant ethical arguments against tagging actual human bodies, the process of tagging badges and similar accessories has already begun. For example, Wilmington, Delaware’s Christiana Health Care System uses active RFID labels in patient badges to inform its bed-management software, and British nuclear power plants will soon use RFID tags to track workers and their radiation levels. Even Santa’s gotten in on it: at the Santa Claus Office near Helsinki, Finland, the jolly old elf uses RFID labels to manage the thousands of pictures taken with Santa every day during the holiday season. Beware: he also uses RFID badges to help keep track of whether kids have been naughty or nice.

16. Prescriptions. At Jena University Hospital in Germany, RFID labeling on prescription bottles (see #2, above) has proven effective at tracking individual antibiotic prescriptions and reducing medication errors. Similarly, RFID labels that record when drug blister packs are broken are now used by several pharmaceutical companies to track drug trail compliance.

17. Produce Containers. RFID labeling technology is currently undergoing testing on 3,000 reusable plastic containers used to ship produce from three states to Wal-Mart stores in Texas. The idea is to determine whether RFID labels and tags can handle multiple shipment cycles — and so far they’re doing fine.

18. Railroad Boxcars. Railway rolling stock can be notoriously hard to track, so RFTrax, a Texas-based asset management company, now offers a UHF-based RDIF system that uses handheld interrogators to read both imbedded RFID tags on railcars and RFID labels on goods undergoing shipping. The results can be sent to the back-end system using cellular phone technology.

19. Rolls-Royce Engine Parts. Though best known for their luxury cars, Rolls-Royce also builds quality gas turbines and engines for aircraft, submarines, and ocean-going ships. Currently, they’re testing the effectiveness of an RFID labeling system for tracking parts moving between facilities in Bristol and Ansty, England.

20. Seed Packets. Agricultural giant Monsanto has announced a plan to add passive RFID labels to individual seed packets shipped from its Agracetus research facility in Wisconsin to test farms around the country. For now, the tagging program will be limited to experimental genetically-engineered seed.

21. Sports Memorabilia. December 2007 saw the introduction of an RFID-enabled sports memorabilia authentication system at a convention in Dallas, Texas. For those who wanted them, programmed RFID labels were printed at the show and attached to autographs after they were signed, in order to prove they were genuine.

22. Sugar. In order to prevent contaminant exposure, Imperial Sugar has begun using RFID-tagged plastic pallets to track its sugar after it leaves the refinery. The RFID labels also let the company know where the pallets have been used in the past, so they can avoid those used to handle raw meat and similar items.

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January 27, 2008

Label Equipment Maintenance

Filed under: Label Equipment — admin @ 8:35 pm

We recently purchased a piece of equipment to manufacture labels - a 16” Mark Andy 4150 equipped with two UV print decks. The machine is around ten years old and has about 13,000 hours. In the converting world, it’s considered near new. We picked up the press for a great price so I expected it to come in somewhat dirty and budgeted for a little elbow grease. But let me tell you what a stunning shock I got when I laid my eyes on it. It’s a cliché to state a picture says a thousand words but nonetheless, see below. I can’t believe how somebody can treat a piece of capital like they did this press. We’ve expended immense energy cleaning the machine and have produced great results not only esthetically but mechanically this machine will now run all that more reliably. The way we figured, the loss of down twill make up for the time we’ve spent working on it. Also, a clean environment means for positive staff leading to better production. We’re not quite done yet but I’ve depicted our progress along side the before picture. More to come!

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