How to Select Label and Nameplate Services

Label and nameplate services design and manufacture labels, tags, nameplates, and related products for identification, inventory control, packaging, decoration, and regulatory compliance. Companies produce serial number plates, instruction labels, RFID tags, shipping and packaging labels, company logos, decals, fleet wraps, barcode and QR labels, and other forms of identification for products that require the display of alphanumeric or graphical images. Product capabilities, specialty industries and applications, materials, additional capabilities, and certifications and quality requirements are all important to consider when searching for label and nameplate services.
 

Types of Labels
Product capabilities offered by label and nameplate services include bar or matrix code labels, certification or regulatory labels, product logos or decals, decorative tape, embossed labels or seals, flexible labels or nameplates, instrument or control panels, laser printable labels, membrane switch or keypad overlays, reusable containers or peel-off labeling, serial number plates, shipping or packaging labels, tags, thermal transfer tape or ribbon, and wash-away labeling.  Bar code or matrix labels are standard identification code labels for inventory management, pricing, and shipping.  Includes Universal Product Code (UPC) labeling and other standardized bar and matrix code formats.  Certification or regulatory labels are labeling for products indicating compliance with national or international regulatory standards such as CE, UL, CSA, and many others.  Product and/or company identification and logo labels frequently involve graphic design and decorative attributes.  Decorative tape, piping, edging, etc. is used for decoration of products, documents, packaging, or other applications.  Embossed labels or seals are for official documents, awards, or certifications.  Embossing provides relief and texture to the label or seal.  Flexible labels or nameplates are non-rigid labels for adherence to uneven, curved, or flexible surfaces. 
 

Label Features
Labels or plates for instrumentation or control panels frequently have instructions, graphics, logos, etc.  Laser printable labels are suitable for going through a laser printer for customer-specific labeling requirements. Special printing onto overlays for membrane switches or keypads includes lettering, numbering, icons and other graphics.  Some label and nameplate services can furnish the entire keypad, with graphics and electronics packaged together.  Reusable container or peel off labeling is easily removable, peel-off labels and systems for containers, pallets, etc., that can be reused, returned, and require new labels for the different contents. Serialized identification plates or labels are for products or packaging.  Such labels or plate often include product model numbers, agency certifications, identification numbers, etc.  Labels can be used for shipping, packaging, routing, and inventory management purposes.  Thermal transfer tape is tape which is firmly affixed to a product with heat and pressure, and which can carry many types of printing for product identification and other purposes.  Thermal transfer is often used on fabric and other flexible materials.   Wash-away labeling are labels that can be readily washed off to allow for new, different labels.  Applications include containers, pallets, drums, and other products that can be used in many different shipping or inventory uses over their lifetime.
 

Label Applications

Specialty industries and applications served by label and nameplate services include aircraft or aerospace, automotive labels, dials and gauges, electronics or board labeling, high temperature labels, medical labels, outdoor or harsh environment labels, security and identification, and thermoforming inserts.  Materials processed by label, tag and nameplate services include paper, plastic, metal, foil or film, rubber, and foam.  Additional capabilities often offered by label and nameplate services include die cut or punch out, graphic design, just-in-time (JIT) delivery, kitting, label rolls, and screen printing.  Certifications or quality requirements often met by providers of label and nameplate services include CD, ISO 9001, ISO 9002, QS 9000, UL / CSA, and MIL-SPEC / STD.