Labels  AFS produces and supplies labels for mobile printers,  and automated labelling systems.  Carefully selected materials, adhesives and ribbons ensure  AFS custom labels give you best performance, durability and economy.  Let us know what you want to identify and we'll come up with the complete labelling solution.  Click HERE for free advice and costs 

Piggyback Labels 

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Piggyback labels consist of two separate layers of material where a label is stuck on top of another and the bottom layer forms the backing for the top one. They are most useful in direct mail marketing campaigns when a quick and easy reply is required as one label can be attached to goods and the other can be applied to relevant forms as required. 
 
Piggyback labels can be supplied on A4 sheets or on rolls. They can be plain or printed in your chosen design from 1 colour right up to 9 colours, including 4 colour process 
 

Direct Thermal & Thermal Transfer Labels 

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Direct thermal or Thermal Transfer? 
 
To help decide whether to select a direct thermal printer or thermal transfer printer (or whether you should use thermal transfer or direct thermal labels), consider the following questions: 
◾Will you ever need to print labels in colors other than black? 
◾Do the labels need to be scanned or have a shelf-life of over 1 year? 
◾Will you be printing high density bar codes (i.e. limited space)? 
◾Will the labels be subjected to heat or sunlight? 
◾Will the labels be prone to abuse or surface friction? 
◾Will you be printing on a variety of different substrates (i.e. papers, films and foils)? 
 
If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions then you should consider going thermal transfer rather than direct thermal. 

Security Labels 

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Security labels are becoming increasingly common in business. A security label is basically a tamper-evident label which can be applied to an item and if the label is tampered with, definite evidence of the tampering remains. 
 
The two main types of security labels are void labels and destructible labels. 
 
Void labels 
 
Void labels can be affixed to just about any flat surface. They adhere to the substrate material very well and offer excellent durability characteristics. If anyone tries to remove the void label from the product to which it is attached the word ‘VOID’ remains on the product. The peeled part of the label cannot be reused or reattached. 
 
Destructible labels 
 
Destructible labels are usually made from self-destructive vinyl. If anyone tampers with this type of label the label will split apart in sections leaving it instantly recognisable that tampering has taken place. The broken sections of the label cannot be reaffixed. 
 
Void labels and destructible labels can be customised to a user’s exacting requirements. Some of the things which can appear on a security label include: 
•A barcode – which can be scanned at ease by a barcode scanning device. Barcodes can also be printed onto a range of different types of label 
•Sequential numbering – to aid product identification. Whilst barcodes are the common method of item identification nowadays it’s also a good idea to use a sequence of numerals so that item identification is easy if it is done manually 
•Logos – for marketing purposes or brand recognition. If a logo or brand name features on a label it’s easy to see who the item belongs to and the brand name gains recognition 
 
Most security labels are used on equipment which is of an expensive or sensitive nature. So it’s common to find void labels or destructible labels featuring on computer equipment or equipment which may be costly to replace. 
 
Void labels are usually used on computer equipment over a manufacturing seam. This is so that it’s easy to see when an item has been taken apart. This is especially useful for desktop and laptop computers which contain expensive items within the case. Void labels are also a useful accessory on items which may be hired to the trade or the public. If an item returns and the seal is broken it’s easy to see that the item has been tampered with. 

Polyproprelene Clear Labels 

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What are polypropylene labels? 
 
Polypropylene refers to the material from which these labels are made. They are more durable than most labels and are tear-proof and waterproof. It is also resistant to fading and discoloration that is often characteristic of standard paper labels. 
 
Polypropylene labels are ideal for a wide range of retail packaging uses, such as hair care, cosmetics or pharmaceutical products. They are also commonly used on test tubes that must be stored in less than favorable conditions, where paper will fade and become wet and damaged. 

Colourcoded Labels 

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Color is an element of visual language that people process before they are consciously aware of it. It ‘pops out’ at viewers in the early stages of vision. Because color is a potent element of visual communication and why you should use it. 
Different industries use this colour coding process in different ways.  
 
AFS can provide preprinted labels to suit your own internal process. 

Cytotoxic  Labels 

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Cytotoxic Handling Label 
 
Used as a warning and safety precaution. The label prompts the user to use the universal ‘No Touch Technique’ when handling the medications and can be applied to the Webster- pak folder or medications in their original packaging. 

Freezer Labels 

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If you need labels suitable for freezing then we have the solution for you. Freezer adhesive labels are suitable for very cold environments and will not peel off, smudge, or tear when exposed to the cold, making them perfect for easy identification of frozen items. 
 
What are freezer adhesive labels used for? 
 
Labels that are suitable for freezing are used in a variety of industrial and commercial settings: 
•Restaurants - to ensure food rotation practices are followed and out of date stock identified 
•Industrial kitchens 
•Cold storage 
•Medical environments, for example, for labelling goods exposed to nitrogen 
•Outdoor environments subject to sub-zero temperatures (such as pallet storage) 
•Frozen food packaging 
•Ice cream factories 
Can labels suitable for freezing be applied to moist surfaces? 
Yes, in the main, freezer adhesive labels can be applied to slightly moist surfaces although this depends on the material you are sticking it to and the grade of the freezer adhesive you are using. Infalabel Ltd. can advise you on this. 

Smart Labels (RFID Tracking Chip) 

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What is RFID? 
· Radio frequency identification, or RFID, is a generic term for technologies that use radio waves to 
automatically identify people or objects. 
· There are several methods of identification, but the most common is to store a serial number that 
identifies a person or object, and perhaps other information, on a microchip that is attached to an 
antenna (the chip and the antenna together are called an RFID transponder or an RFID tag). 
· The antenna enables the chip to transmit the identification information to a reader. 
· The reader converts the radio waves reflected back from the RFID tag into digital information that 
can then be passed on to computers that can make use of it. 
· An RFID system consists of a tag, which is made up of a microchip with an antenna, and an 
interrogator, or reader with an antenna. The reader sends out electromagnetic waves. The tag 
antenna is tuned to receive these waves. 
· A passive RFID tag draws power from the field created by the reader and uses it to power the 
microchip’s circuits. The chip then modulates the waves that the tag sends back to the reader 
and the reader converts the new waves into digital data for use in the 
application. 
 

All Types of Labels Supplied:-  All we need to understand is what you are looking to label, the size and we can help with the rest 

 
Product, Carton and Pallet Labels 
GS1 Bar Code Labels 
Colour Coded Labels 
Chill and Freezer Labels 
Heat Resistant Labels 
Special Purpose Labels 
Durable Labels 
Multipart Tracking Labels 
Piggyback Labels 
Cytotoxic Labels 
Direct Thermal 
 
Security Labels 
FDA Approved Labels 
Fabric Labels 
RFID Labels 
Stock and Custom Labels 
Tickets and Tags 
Continuous Labels 
Laser Labels 
PrePrinted Labels 
TPN Labels 
Thermal Transfer 
 

The Different Adhesives and their Applications  Selecting an adhesive for labels seems like it should be as easy as just picking a label,  but there are actually a number of factors that should be considered to ensure the correct  adhesive for the long term. 

 
So what points should be decided before choosing an adhesive? 
 
1. Should the labels be permanent or removable? 
 
2. If permanent, how long are the labels going to need to stay on? 
 
3. What is the label being stuck to? 
 
4. Is the label going to be exposed to different physical environments or temperatures? 
 
Let us help you decide which adhesive will best suit your product and enviroment > 
 
 
 
 
The different adhesives and their applications 
 
There are a number of different types of adhesives, each made with a variety of different materials. The most common are acrylic, rubber and water-based. 
 
1. Permanent adhesives are probably the most common type and designed to remain adhered after first contact. Water-based, rubber and acrylic adhesives are all used for permanent labels, however each have their limitations. Water-based adhesives, for example, should not be exposed to moist environments, while rubber adhesives break down when exposed to sunlight. Acrylic based adhesives are most useful for labels that need to withstand time and frequent handling. 
 
2. Peelable adhesives are designed to allow the label to be removed. However they may leave some residue, so for certain items they may not be suitable. 
 
3. Ultra-peelable adhesives are a good replacement for peelable labels that need to be applied to items that require labels to be easily removed. A weak adhesion means that if used incorrectly these labels may fall off. 
 
4. Freezer or frost fix adhesives are designed specifically to be used in extremely low temperatures. While conventional adhesives become ineffective, frost fix adhesives will still adhere at temperatures below -30°C, ideal for food products that require freezing. 
 
5.Static cling labels do not actually use a traditional adhesive, rather using static charge to stick to extremely smooth surfaces such as glass. 
 
6.High temperature adhesives are designed to withstand high temperatures for short periods, making them ideal for applications where high levels of heat resistance are required. 
All our labels are *FDA approved, this especially important when using TPN and Oncology labels *(The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) examines, tests, and approves a wide range of items for medical use, including drugs and medical appliances. In the simplest terms, “FDA approval” means that the FDA has decided the benefits of the approved item outweigh the potential risks for the item's planned use).