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What is a Pressure Sensitive Label?

Pressure sensitive labels are highly flexible and come in a variety of styles and sizes to suit a wide range of needs. One of the benefits of this type of label is the fact that it offers compatibility with many types of containers, including contoured and squeezable. At Sun Process, we have been providing high quality custom pressure sensitive label solutions to the printing industry for over 45 years. Our offerings include SU-PRO® vinyl media and printable industrial polyester labeling film.

Pressure Sensitive Labels

Found on upwards of 80% of labeled products, pressure sensitive labels are one of the most popular options available. This is due in large part to their immense versatility. Pressure sensitive labels are self-adhesive, meaning they do not require water, solvents, or heat to activate and manufacturers can print them on a broad range of stock. Additionally, this type of label is compatible with a wide variety of printing technologies.

Pressure sensitive labels are comprised of the following components:

  • Face stock. This label material displays the desired image and text.  It may be constructed from many materials, including plastic films and fabrics.
  • Adhesive. Pressure sensitive label manufacturers can customize an adhesive formula to better suit the label’s intended purpose. Factors to be considered include product surface texture and storage temperatures.
  • Liner. The liner carries the label throughout the manufacturing process, protecting the adhesive until the label is ready for use. Typically, liners are either film or paper.

Types of Pressure Sensitive Labels

There is a wide range of options to choose from when designing a pressure sensitive label. Depending on the type of product and conditions the label is intended for, it may be crafted from any of the following:

  • Paper
  • Film
  • Foil
  • Vinyl

After choosing the material, then the appropriate adhesive is selected based on the end use requirements. The adhesive is typically acrylic or rubber based.

Temporary promotional labels require removable adhesives, while labels designed for long-term use require permanent adhesives.

Pressure Sensitive Label Applications

Pressure sensitive labels can be found in a variety of industries and applications. These include but are not limited to:

  • Household Goods
  • Food and Beverage Containers
  • Automotive Products
  • Jar and Bottle Labeling

Advantages of Pressure Sensitive Labels

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In addition to their versatility, pressure sensitive labels offer a wide range of other benefits. One of the biggest advantages of these labels is their ease of use. They do not require heat or solvents to be applied. Instead, manufacturers are able to apply the labels either manually or in a simple automated application process.

The range of available material and adhesive options adds to the appeal of these labels. They offer a modern appearance and are compatible with most printing technologies, allowing for an attractive final product that will contribute significantly to successful branding. Additionally, manufacturers can design pressure sensitive labels to resist fading in direct sunlight, meaning they will maintain their functionality and aesthetic appeal for extended periods of time. Overall, these labels are:

  • Easy to use
  • Compatible with a vast range of applications
  • Highly customizable
  • Aesthetically appealing

Pressure Sensitive Labels Services at Sun Process

Sun Process provides high quality custom coating services and our offerings include emulsion, UV, and solvent pressure sensitive adhesives in both permanent and removable varieties. To learn more about our pressure sensitive label printing capabilities, contact us today.