The Blockout Label: When Should it be Used?

Labels are useful for many reasons. But a label is only as good as it is accurate. And so when the print on labels becomes inaccurate, outdated or redundant, it’s important to be able to correct or, at least, cover up this information as quickly and easily as possible. The blockout or opaque label offers a solution for problematic inkjet labels.

Blockout labels work because they contain an opaque coating on the front or back of the label face, use an adhesive that is opaque, or are completely constructed of opaque material. This type of label also exists in combinations of the three. Where adhesive is concerned, common colours include black, grey or dark blue. However, opaque adhesives do exist in a number of other colours.

Potential Requirements

The purpose of the opaque label is to quickly cover up the information on existing thermal, laser or inkjet labels. And there are many reasons why this kind of label may be required.

Packaging Re-Use

Opaque labels can help companies avoid the continuous and expensive manufacture of packaging. For example, the packages in which stock is delivered do not have to be rendered unusable. They can be easily re-purposed by using opaque labels to cover up outdated shipping information or addresses.

Maintenance of Filing and Stock Systems

Another way an opaque label can be of great benefit is in the office and the warehouse. Instead of paying for new file folders or damaging existing folders by ripping their labels off, all that’s needed is to apply an opaque label. These can also work well in cases where a well-established stock layout needs to maintain its integrity. Using an opaque label can allow for information to be neatly and completely covered so that there is no risk for mishandling or misplacing of files and items.

Accurate Information

The updating of information is one popular use of the opaque label. Companies who have printed promotional materials or special packaging may use the opaque label to cover up information that is no longer accurate. Most of the time, this is done in order to save money. Instead of having an entire run of brochures or packaging re-printed in order to reflect a small change such as a different address, an opaque label placed carefully over the incorrect information, and then filling in the updated address is all that’s needed.

Increased Legibility

Where errors in label choice, design or ink type have caused print to become illegible, opaque labels can save the day. They provide a solid background onto which new information can be printed, and any bold colours or designs that previously interfered with print readability can be covered. Here as well, business owners can save money, as they can avoid the added cost and time investment of having to redesign and reprint their labels.

Health and Security

Blockout labels are often used on pharmaceutical products to ensure that no inaccurate information is visible to the reader or recipient. As well, these labels can be used to completely prevent sensitive or critical information from being seen and read by unauthorised parties.

One of the greatest advantages of the blockout label is the fact that it can not only be pre-printed with updated or correct information; these labels are also available in a wide range of colours to suit virtually any product. A lot of printing companies follow the Pantone standard for printing, which means that any chosen colour can be accurately reproduced on a printer.

Available in A4 sheets or rolls, opaque labels can usually be printed in a range of colours and to client specifications. Where opaque labels are not an option, consider layering standard labels until the original print is no longer visible, or choose labels of a thicker width, such as polyester labels to cover up unwanted information.