Integrated labels offer a range of benefits to businesses across various industries.
Here are the key advantages of using integrated forms and labels:
- Enhanced Efficiency: Integrated labels streamline packaging and shipping processes by eliminating the need for manual label application. This automation reduces the risk of errors and saves valuable time during order fulfillment, enhancing overall operational efficiency.
- Cost Savings: By combining labels and essential documents onto a single sheet, integrated labels help businesses reduce printing, storage, and inventory management costs. This cost-effective approach is particularly advantageous for companies with high-volume shipping requirements, as it minimizes expenses associated with label production and storage.
- Professional Appearance: Integrated labels contribute to a polished and professional appearance for shipments and documents. This attention to detail enhances the brand’s image and fosters customer satisfaction. Customers receive neatly labeled packages with all necessary documentation, leaving a positive impression.
- Improved Accuracy: Integrated labels significantly reduce the risk of mismatched labels or documents. This, in turn, leads to fewer shipping errors and minimizes the potential for customer complaints. Businesses can rely on integrated forms and labels to maintain accuracy in their shipping processes.
- Streamlined Logistics: In the fields of logistics and e-commerce, integrated labels simplify the order fulfillment process. They make it easier to manage and track shipments, enhancing overall logistics efficiency. Integrated labels facilitate the quick and accurate identification of packages, reducing the chances of shipping errors and delays.
- Customization: Integrated labels offer the flexibility to be customized to meet specific business requirements. This includes the incorporation of branding elements such as logos and the integration of barcodes for efficient tracking. Businesses can tailor integrated labels to align with their unique needs and branding strategies.
The adoption of integrated forms and labels delivers significant advantages to businesses, ranging from improved efficiency and cost savings to a professional appearance and enhanced accuracy. Whether in shipping, logistics, or other operational processes, integrated labels offer a versatile solution that can be tailored to meet the specific needs of each business, ultimately contributing to improved customer satisfaction and streamlined operations. Contact Tamarack® with any questions.
The correct placement of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) inlay tags is crucial to ensure their effective functionality in various industries, including shipping and packaging. Here are key considerations for RFID inlay tag placement:
- Customer Accessibility: When placing RFID tags on items, ensure that customers can easily remove the tag after purchasing the product. If the RFID tag is sewn onto clothing or attached to an item, it should be designed for easy removal by the customer, such as by tearing it off.
- Single Tag per Item: Each product or item should have only one RFID tag. In cases where packaged items contain multiple components within a single box, the RFID tag should be affixed to the main UPC or the primary packaging to prevent confusion.
- Inlay Stickers: If your business uses RFID inlay stickers, these stickers can be placed on the packaging of the product, as long as they are not easily removable. This ensures that the tag remains with the product throughout its lifecycle.
- Avoid Covering Images or Text: RFID tags should not obscure any images or text on the product, including important information like the item’s country of origin. Suppliers can choose to print the product’s country of origin on the RFID sticker if necessary.
- Readability: It is essential that the RFID inlay tag remains readable by RFID reader devices. Avoid placing staples, folds, perforations, or die cuts on the tag that could hinder its readability.
- Boxed Items and Polybags: For products packaged in boxes or polybags, RFID inlays should not be placed on the bottoms of these parcels. Additionally, RFID tags should not overlap with Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) tags, which are commonly used for theft prevention.
- Consider Label Selection: When dealing with RFID “smart labels,” it’s important to select the correct labels that align with the intended inlay placement. This choice ensures proper functionality and compatibility with your RFID-capable printer.
- Label Sourcing and Delays: To prevent sourcing delays and ensure proper inlay placement, order labels that correspond to the desired inlay positioning for your printer. This avoids complications and production interruptions.
Proper RFID inlay tag placement is critical to achieving the benefits of RFID technology, such as increased workplace productivity, error reduction, and cost-effectiveness. By following these guidelines, businesses can optimize their RFID tagging processes and enhance their operational efficiency. Contact Tamarack today.
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a technology that uses wireless communication and radiofrequency waves to identify objects, people, or animals and then collect, store, and transfer data. RFID systems offer step-by-step tracking without the need for the reader device to be in direct line of sight of the item being tracked.
RFID Inlays are like tags but are smaller in size and only contain the antenna and chip. RFID inlays are typically used by being embedded in something like a card or label. Inlays can be passive or active and require a shorter distance to be read from the reader device.
RFID tags contain a chip used to store and transmit data and have an antenna. They are small and can be integrated into an object that needs to be tracked such as a store product. RFID tags can be read from several meters from an RFID reader device. Active tags require a battery, while passive tags do not.
RFID labels are typically used in the retail or healthcare sector and include a printed surface where barcodes or text can be incorporated. RFID labels can either be passive or active and read up to a medium distance by the reader device.
Learn more about the Difference Between RFID Inlays, RFID Tags, RFID Labels, and ask about Tamarack’s® P500 RFID inlay insertion equipment to easily integrate RFID tags, inlays, and labels into your web finishing processes.
Integrated labels are combined with a sheet of paper and are called peel-out labels, integral labels, and shipping labels. One side of the paper has a strong adhesive, while the other side can be used for printing.
Integrated labels are used in many industries due to their flexibility and versatility. Usually, the shipping and packaging industry relies on integrated labels because they increase workplace productivity by being able to print shipping/return labels, invoices, or promotional labels on one sheet. Additional applications for integrated labels can include:
- Pharmaceutical labels
- Packing slips
- Dispatch labels
- Shipping documents
- Delivery notes
- Informational labels
- Bullet labels
Learn more in our Guide to Integrated Labels and Integrated Cards and ask about Tamarack’s® customizable web-finishing equipment like the Versa Web P500 to produce a variety of sizes of in-line integrated labels that can be used in numerous applications.
Bespoke integrated labels are any integrated label that is custom made-to-order with your company’s logo, brand colors, company information, or other brand-specific identifying information. Many companies choose bespoke integrated labels to increase their brand awareness and elevate their brand marketing.
Integrated forms give businesses the ability to increase productivity and efficiency and streamline their shipping process by using integrated labels and integrated cards.
Integrated labels are also referred to as integral labels or peel-out labels. It is an A4-sized sheet with an adhesive liner on the back side of a portion of the sheet. This allows companies to print a shipping label and invoice on one sheet in a single pass, reducing the chance of errors and increasing productivity.
Integrated cards are like integrated labels, but in place of using a self-adhesive sticker, you can utilize a paper backing with a removable laminated card. Other common applications for integrated cards include:
- Identification cards
- Security passes
- Admission tickets
- Membership cards
Contact Tamarack® Products to learn how integrated labels and integrated cards can benefit your business through increased efficiency, productivity, and cost-effectiveness.
There are three types of RFID technology: Low-frequency (LF), High-frequency (HF), and Ultra-high frequency (UHF). Low-frequency has the smallest bandwidth while Ultra-high frequency has the largest bandwidth, allowing items to be tracked and identified at greater distances.
RAIN RFID is also called Ultra-high frequency RFID and is a wireless technology that is passive and delivers real-time data with superb accuracy. RAIN RFID technology is commonly used in applications such as warehouse and inventory management, shipment verification, and asset tracking.
Learn more about the difference between RFID and RAIN RFID technology and contact Tamarack® Products to learn more about RFID technology and the many benefits it can bring to your business operations.
The primary difference between narrow web and wide web printing is the width of the press’s substrate. Narrow web printing is ideal for companies who print smaller runs but do not want to compromise on speed, consistency, or quality. Wide web printing is better suited for companies who run larger production volumes because they can print more using the wider material. Other key differences include:
- The press’s speed
- Doctor blade
- Ink drying speed
Learn more about the difference between narrow web and wide web printing and contact Tamarack® Products to learn more about our flexo printing solutions and how your business can benefit from narrow and wide web printing.
Choosing the best finishing process greatly depends on the job’s priorities, goals, and parameters. Businesses can choose between inline and offline finishing equipment, each offering unique advantages.
Inline finishing – the finishing equipment is integrated right onto the printing press allowing for job completion from the printing stage to the finished product. Other benefits of inline finishing include:
- No need to stage products between workstations
- Labor reduction
Offline finishing – The finishing equipment is independent of the printing press, and the equipment does not communicate with each other during production. Additional benefits of offline finishing are:
- Avoids printing stops
Tamarack® Products designs and manufactures both inline and offline web finishing equipment that is tailored to meet your specific needs. Contact us for assistance in selecting inline or offline web finishing equipment.
Radiofrequency Identification (RFID) technology uses wireless communication to gather and transmit data using a microchip and antenna. RFID tags are categorized as passive or active depending on their power source, frequency, and size. Passive RFID tags have no battery and no independent power source, unlike active RFID tags. Passive RFID tags are often used to track objects, for inventory management, and asset tracking. They are less expensive to produce and can be easily embedded into an object like a label or sewn into clothing for the retail industry.
Contact Tamarack® Products to learn how integrating RFID technology can benefit your business through increased efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and a reduction in losses.