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The following are general categories of material used in labels. Special material is available.

Paper material used commonly for general labeling purpose.

Latex Impregnated
Paper material mixed with latex to give the label added flexibility. This is commonly used on a curved surface such as test tubes. This formula prevents the ends from lifting.

Direct Thermal
Face stock with a special coating that produces an image when exposed to heat from a thermal printer. The image will fade over time on storage conditions. If material is exposed to direct sunlight or heat, the image will fade more rapidly. Typical applications are laboratory test and patient charge labeling. This material is available in paper and synthetic stocks.

Direct Thermal Infrared
Same imaging qualities as Direct Thermal but specially coated to make barcodes readable by infrared scanners typically found in laboratory text analyzers. The scanners are designed to read through labels that may have come in contact with fluid. A “Near Infrared” stock is available as a lower cost alternative.

Thermal Transfer
A coated face stock that accepts the ink from a ribbon in a thermal printer. This is used when there is a need for a high readability rate of bar coding or where the label must be legible for a long period of time.

Top coated polyester film with permanent acrylic adhesive. It offers high resistance to chemicals and UV exposure.


Thermal Ribbons:
General categories specifications. Other (midrange) combinations are available.

A thermal transfer cost effective wax ink formulation. Good print quality on coated paper label stock with print speeds up to 12 inches per second.

Wax / Resin
A thermal transfer wax / resin formula that provides outstanding print quality in a variety of environmental conditions. It offers good smear and scratch resistance on coated paper and many synthetic materials.

A thermal transfer resin formulation for printing high density barcodes and high resolution graphics on a wide range of materials from matte to gloss synthetics. It offers exceptional print quality, durability and chemical resistance.

Super Resin
A premium resin ink formulation for printing in harsh environments. It provides unparalleled resistance to the harshest environments such as sterilization, acid washes, circuit board applications, etc. ASP validated and UL recognized when used with System One polyester approved labels.


This information should be used for guideline purposes only. All adhesives should be tested first to insure compatibility with the application.

Rubber or acrylic based adhesive with high initial tack. This is versatile at room temperature with excellent adhesion on dry surfaces. Generally the label cannot be removed without destroying the label or leaving a residue.

Features moderate initial tack and minimal adhesion build-up. It offers consistent adhesion and long-term removability across a wide variety of substrates.

Acrylic based adhesive designed not to adhere to gloves on incidental contact, but adheres well on glass and plastics. Widely used in pharmaceuticals, laboratories and healthcare applications.

Engineered specifically for sterilization environment in healthcare. It features high initial tack and ultimate bond strength to a wide variety of substrates including low surface energy plastics, glass, wrappers and corrugated.