When attached to items, labels can provide information about an item or allow an item to be identified in some way. And in a few cases, an existing label type can be changed by converting it to another label type. This is known as conversion and is done with a label converter.
A label converter modifies labels in many ways. This machine can change the shape and colour of a label, as well as cut and produce ready-to-use labels. Converter machines of a small size can produce labels of simpler design and construction in low volumes. The labels that this kind of converter produces can be used for pricing, coding and addressing as well as for other purposes. The larger version of label converter machinery can produce labels in many different shapes and sizes, and is able to die-cut labels as well as perforate them.
How Label Converters are Categorised
Label converters are usually categorised according to the types of labels they produce. For example, a label converter can be categorised according to how its labels will be used. So it might be a mail label, caution label, pricing, container or pricing label machine.
It can also be categorised according to the characteristics of the labels it produces. So for example, a label machine may be called a blank, permanent, self-adhesive or warehouse label converter.
Label converters are also named according to the technology they use. For instance, if you want a converter that creates security labels, one type is the RFID label converter.
Technology and Caveats
Label converting machines continue their technological evolution. Today’s machines can print labels accurately and efficiently, and can reach production levels of millions of labels in any given month. However, machines with older technology are just as able to do the job, albeit for simpler labels.
One major technological advancement in label converting machinery has been in the reduction of noise. These sometimes-gargantuan machines used to produce noise at high decibels just a decade ago. Today however, they are practically noiseless.
Thermal label converting machines make use of heat to create labels, producing them on special thermal paper. Although this process is efficient and accurate, it may only be a short time before these labels may need to be replaced due to the susceptibility of the thermal paper to sunlight and heat and the fading that this can cause.
Thermal labels are ideal for situations where temporary tags are necessary, such as for bi-annual inventory or short-term product shipments, where tags will remain out of sunlight and away from variable temperatures for that period of time. However, they are less than ideal for situations requiring labels to last a year or longer.
The thermal transfer process utilised by some label converters does allow for more durable labels to be printed. This process allows printed items like ID numbers or bar codes to retain their clarity and ease-of-reading for far longer than their thermal counterparts.
The furthest advancements in label creation technology, whether for security labels or otherwise is currently occurring in several countries around the world. India continues to innovate and is considered to be one of the most important developers of label conversion technology. China, on the other hand, possesses its own skill set as far as technological innovation ability and advanced communications infrastructure.
In choosing the right label converter, you can get the ideal solution in terms of the labelling system you need, as well as the ability to have professional labels when you need them. However, label converters are just one kind of solution; where there is doubt as to which system may work better, it can help to speak with a professional who understand each type of machinery and the labels it is capable of producing.