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iColor Media FAQ
Certified Media FAQ
- How do I choose a media for my label application?
- There are some standard questions you should ask yourself in order to choose the appropriate media for your labeling needs:
- What would you like the tag/label to stick to?
- What is the application temperature?
- Is the tag/label to be permanent (for how long) or removable?
- Will the label be used outdoors?
- Will the label be going to a second stage such as laminating or cutting?
- What size should the label/tag be?
- What quantities will be used?
- How will the labels/tags be applied?
- Are perforations required between labels?
- Are there any other special requirements needed?
- How many labels across would you like?
- Are there materials that cannot be used?
- There are various substrates that cannot run on iColor® Printing Solutions. The issues below can cause problems with the image consistency and potentially damage the printer’s consumables. Based on observations, the following serve as potential areas of concern when running materials that are not on the Certified Media List:
- Static: Materials such as polypropylenes may carry a static charge when running through the presses, resulting in dispersion of the toner and an inconsistent image.
- Metalized Substrates: When running substrates with a metalized facestock there is an internal charge that is created and results in dispersion of the toner. This will create an inconsistent image with areas of toner dropout.
- Coatings on the facestock: Coatings on the facestock such as thermal transfer may cause the toner not to adhere to the surface or cause image consistency problems such as toner dropout
- Heat sensitivity of the material: The heat from the fuser will cause materials such as polyethylene (PE) and polystyrene to melt or shrink, resulting in damages to the fuser and drums.
UniNet is not responsible for damage or consequences arising from the use of non-certified media or consumables.
- How scratch and abrasion resistant are the printed labels? What is their resistance when exposed to sunlight?
- Because we use a dry toner that needs heat to fuse the polymer to the substrate, we exhibit ultra-high fastening which leads to very high resistance to scratching. Labels are also quite water soluble and if printing on plastic, can be considered water proof. Our light fastness is approximately 6 months and with coating or lamination, can last over a year.
- Why do different substrates run at different speeds?
- The different print speeds are based on the type of media, the thickness and the heat sensitivity of the material. For example, a thicker tag stock will run slower than a 1mil PET due to the absorption of heat across the material while ensuring the toner fuses to the material.
- What are some uses for the synthetic labels?
- Some of the uses may include: Mailing labels, shipping labels, routing labels, hazardous waste labels, product labels, barcodes, bumper stickers, glass labels, indoor labels, outdoor labels, signs, invitations, warranty labels, tag labels, wine bottles, oil drums, freezer labels, boat/car/truck/trailer labels, in addition to many other uses.
- What fluorescent colored labels be used for?
- Fluorescent colored labels are designed to attract attention to the labels. Some possible uses include: Marketing, logistical labels, product labels, inventory control, perishable goods and materials, warning labels
- What can foil labels be used for?
- Foil media is suitable for indoor uses, and can be used when trying to achieve a metallic affect. By printing colors on a metallic surface, you can create the illusion of different metallic colors.
- What can I use textured labels for?
- This is a substrate that is very popular among beverage manufacturers. This material is a rough textured paper, and has a very distinguished look on every product it is applied to.
- How should I store the label rolls?
- UniNet recommends that all rolls be kept in their plastic bag or box until the time of printing. If the packaging has been opened, ensure your media is not placed on a concrete floor. Prolonged exposure to air or moisture will cause the media to curl, warp or swell, thus resulting in less than optimal results when printing.
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