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Breaking! Weber Launches BestCode Continuous Ink Jet Systems in the US

Posted by Margaret O'Leary

Jan 15, 2016 3:08:53 PM

We're excited to announce a major addition to our product line of labels and labeling systems. Starting January 2016, Weber will carry BestCode's Series 8 Continuous Ink Jet Systems

Continuous Ink Jet (CIJ) compliments our range of labeling systems and expands are offerings for packaging solutions.

You'll find CIJ systems on packaging lines for boxes, plastic containers, bottles, steel and more. Information printed from a CIJ system is usually a "best by" date, "lot codes," "expiration codes" and other identifying marks for traceability. In addition to coding on labels, BestCode ink jet can also instantly dry on substrates such as plastic, paper, steel and more.

What is BestCode?

BestCode ink jet systems are designed and manufactured by our partners in Fort Worth, Texas. It's exciting for us to launch an American made product throughout Canada and now the US. This product line  includes a complete range of marking and coding solutions (50+ model configurations) from entry level options all the way to specialized applications that require high speed solutions. 

The BestCode system features CleanStart printheads that have a special system that eliminates clogged nozzles. The EZTouch interface has a 10.4" touchscreen with easy-to-use menus and a clear visual of all operating information. The SmartFill ink system eliminates ink waste and allows on-the-fly ink and solvent filling without opening the enclosure. The BestCode system is built tough to handle extreme industrial applications and give you years of reliable coding at up to 1500 feet per minute. 

Print capabilities include:

  • White Pigment/Opaque inks for dark-colored substrates,
  • Food Grade options for direct to food printing,
  • Micro printing for high-resolution and micro/small-character applications.

We're offering a broad range of inks to meet the demands of any industrial application on just about any substrate.

We'll be showing this system in our WestPack booth #5411. If you want to see a demo, stop by,  Or if you just want to learn how you can add a BestCode system  to your packaging line, contact our packaging specialists.

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Topics: CIJ, Bestcode


Choosing the right label material for High Pressure Processing (HPP)

Posted by Margaret O'Leary

Nov 11, 2015 3:03:51 PM

When you work on a new label project it's important to let your label printing vendor and designer know the environment the label will have to withstand. Will it need to perform well outdoors? Will the label be stored in a freezer or damp environment? This will help them determine the best material for your application. It's especially important if your label is regulated or if your label is part of the primary packaging. A label should look great for the entire life cycle of your product. 

Today we're going to talk about selecting the right labels for High Pressure Processing or HPP. 

 

What is High Pressure Processing?

HPP is a process of pasteurization typically used in the food, beverage and pet food markets to keep the food fresh longer. Because there is a breakdown in nutrients during heat pasteurization, it's believed that HPP maintains the integrity of the nutrients because there is no heat used in this process.

To illustrate this process, let's use our friends at  PureSpoon. PureSpoon creates organic pureed food that is sold at Whole Foods. On their label they say, "We use pressure instead of heat to pasteurize which doesn't destroy the flavor or nutrition naturally found in our nutrient-packed, steamed, organic ingredients." It's very important to this brand that they use HPP and have a quality label to help market their products.

Food and beverages that go through this process are packed and sealed before they go through the HPP system. This greatly reduces contamination. In the HPP system, the packaging and its contents are subjected to hydorstactic pressure up to 600 MPa / 87,000 pis. 

Because the food goes through this process when it's sealed, it's important to select a label material that can withstand this pressure and perform in a wet environment. This is even more important for primary package labels that need to act as branding material on the shelf. 

 

Correct barrier properties such as OTR, MVTR and UV of the package are critical. And the design of the package is also important to prevent damage and optimize throughput through the HPP process. Also, all HPP products are in the refrigerated world so the label must stick in a cold damp place.

The three key advantages that hold true for all HPP-treated products are: food safety to inactivate pathogens such as listeria, E. coli, and salmonella; added shelf life to increase distribution possibilities and decreases costs; and the ability to introduce new products, for example, clean-label foods.

What is the ideal label material for HPP?

Weber has a large catalog of vinyl/film label materials that will hold up during this process. We also recommend a laminate to ensure that your beautiful label design stays completely intact through this process and during the entire life of the product. 

These materials can be printed on one of our HP Indigo digital label presses with minimums as low as 1,000 and our high volume Mark Andy flexo presses for when you need 100,000+ labels. 

If this is a process your products go through now, or will in the future, request high pressure processing labels for testing.

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Topics: Food Labels


The Pack Expo Las Vegas 2015 Wrap Up

Posted by Margaret O'Leary

Oct 21, 2015 8:16:07 AM

We're back from an exciting Pack Expo Las Vegas. This year PMMI celebrated 20 years of Pack Expo in Las Vegas and it was a record breaker! For this show, attendance reached 28,699 visitors with 844,510 square feet of exhibitor space. 

Did we see you there? If not, don't worry, we have a full recap of the top trends and most talked about labeling topics in our booth. 

Groundbreaking Labeling Innovation 


This year we launched a truly revolutionary product at Pack Expo Las Vegas. The Model 5500LF is our first linerfree print and apply labeling system. With our partners, NuLabel Technologies, we developed a system that will reduce liner waste and save our customers time and money.

During one of our many demos, booth visitors were able to get close to the liner free machine and see it in action. We also gave out samples of the label applied to corrugated material.  

New Businesses Looking for the Complete Labeling Package

If you are planning on launching a new product that will require packaging, attending Pack Expo is one of the best first steps you can take. Not only will you get information on every part of the container but you'll also see where you could be headed if you're product really takes off. Pack Expo is a great place to meet multiple vendors all on the same day to compare features, quality and price.

We talked to small business owners who had fantastic ideas and had come to us to talk about their labels and, perhaps one day, an automatic labeling system. Seeing all the examples of our customers labeled products in our booth also helped inspire many on what they could do with the right packaging and labels.

Keeping Up-To-Date with Labeling Regulations

The top two regulations we discussed in our booth were GHS chemical labeling and UDI labeling. These are both regulations that are in effect now but many have been slow to adopt. Part of the challenge with GHS labeling, is finding the best solution that will work long-term. Most companies seem to be working with a temporary print solution but are seeing the problems with their software or print technology. 

Weber had some printers in our booth that could print color ink jet labels that are chemical resistant and can help customers comply with new GHS regulations.

UDI medical device labeling was featured and demonstrated in our Pharma Expo booth.  We had a Model 5300 Split-Tamp label printer-applicator that was applying UDI labels to medical device packaging, and wrapping the labels automatically around the corner of the box as a closure.

Bottle Labeling Demands 

One of the most requested demos in the booth was for bottle wrap labeling. For this show, we had the Model 121 Bottle Wrap labeling system applying craft beer labels to bottles. What makes this system so great is how simple it is to run and how much time and money it saves your growing business. We're offering a show special on two of our bottle labeling systems. Get special pricing for the Model 121 Label Wrap System and the Model 114 One- or Two-Sided Labeling System. 

We also featured some of our standard labeling systems including the Model 5300 Twin-Tamp label printer-applicator, the Model 4300 label printer-applicator, the HERMA tamp-blow label applicator and other unique systems designed and manufactured by Weber Packaging Solutions.

If you attended Pack Expo, tell us what you thought about the show. Did you find what you were looking for? See more pictures from our booth on our Facebook page

 Thanks again to everyone who was a part of such a fun show in Las Vegas!

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Topics: GHS Labeling, Trade Show, Liner-Free Labeling


The Benefits of Using Labels for Craft Beer Cans

Posted by Margaret O'Leary

Jul 20, 2015 10:53:00 AM

For years craft brewers chose glass bottles to package their beer. The glass container was seen as the only viable option for small operations. Brewers were able to buy glass bottles in bulk and then label them on-site with minimal investment in packaging equipment. For many consumers, they believed the quality of the beer would be better if the beverage was stored in glass. There was also the belief that canned beer would leave a metallic taste from the aluminum.

But a lot has changed in packaging technology.

In the last few years, the aluminum industry has found ways to make the cans more light-weight and they're squashing the flavor myth. Additionally, cans are recycled more and, because of their opaque material, they preserve the flavor longer than glass. Due to its recylability and preservation, some consumers are reaching for cans more than bottles these days. But the one drawback that still makes it difficult for craft brewers to switch to cans is the high minimums of pre-printed cans and the cost of canning machinery.

A solution to this can vs. bottle debate is to use blank cans with pressure-sensitive labels. Brewers can buy the blank cans in bulk without storing thousands of pre-printed cans may become obsolete. To manage your inventory, you can order custom labels based on the quantity you want to apply without holding onto extra materials. If you're still growing, you might not have the storage space to store all those preprinted cans.

Some breweries are moving to shrink sleeve label material for their cans. This is a great solution but you'll still need to have the volume that allows for the investment of the application equipment. It's not something that can be applied by hand.

If you're just starting out, or want to label both cans and bottles, pressure-sensitive labels will keep your look  consistent and keep the packaging cost down. The same equipment used to label your 12oz or 22oz beer bottles will also work for your cans. Plus, if you decide to want to offer crowlers at your taproom, you can apply the pressure-sensitive labels straight to the can without large labeling equipment.

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Topics: Beer Labeling


Make Plans To Attend Pack Expo 2015 in Las Vegas

Posted by Margaret O'Leary

Jul 10, 2015 8:30:00 AM

This year's largest packaging trade show will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Las Vegas Convention Center. PMMI reports that 2015 will be the largest show floor in the show's history. And like PACK EXPO International in Chicago, the Las Vegas show will be co-located with PHARMA EXPO. Weber will exhibit in both shows. 

Make your plans today to see the best in packaging technology and materials. We're excited to debut several new labeling systems including our innovative linerless label printer- applicator. 

Show Details: 

  • The show takes place from Monday September 28 - Wednesday September 30th
  • The show is opened from 9am - 4pm each day. 
  • Get information on hotels in the area.
  • Weber Packaging Solutions will be exhibiting in booth C-2022 (PACK EXPO) and N-564 (PHARMA EXPO)
  • You can get a free pass to PACK EXPO, with access to both shows, from us! 

 

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Topics: Trade Show


What You Need To Know About Vapor Juice Labels

Posted by Margaret O'Leary

Jun 25, 2015 9:00:00 AM

A market we're seeing growth in is the smoke-less e-cigarette and vapors industry. Tobacco users have been looking for alternatives to traditional cigarettes that offer a similar experience and the nicotine they crave. These products are also used as replacements for other nicotine-delivery products like gum and patches that help users quit smoking cigarettes. 

Smoke-less e-cigarettes products go by lots of names: vaping, vapor, e-juice, e-cigarette liquid and vape juice. You will find a wide variety of labels on the various sizes of vapor juice bottles. And, as with any other industry or product, the labels usually supply more information than just the product name.

 

What You Should Include On Your Vape Labels

For this products, manufacturers apply the labels to small bottles not much bigger than an eye dropper container. The label itself tends to be around 3" wide and 1.5" tall, depending on the size of the bottle. 

Unlike cigarettes and alcohol, the packaging is not FDA regulated because the technology is new. As research of this product grows, we expect to see new requirements for labeling. Keep in mind that you cannot sell this product to minors so avoid branding that appeals to children. Other things to include on vapor juice labels are warnings, relevant storage information and content information. 

Currently the FDA is reviewing the comments made by vapor manufacturers on their 2014 regulation proposal.

To be ahead of the game, consider including these elements on your e-juice labels:

  • Ingredients and product content list
  • Name and location of the manufacturer
  • Nicotine content information
  • Quantity information (5mL, 10mL, ect.)
  • Nicotine warnings

After you add these elements to your label you should still have space for a branding.  Learn more about the FDA proposal at regulations.gov.

 

Print Techniques for Vapor Labels

There are several ways you can print labels but there are two main printing methods that stand out for e-juice labeling. Take a look.

Epson C3500 Inkjet Label Printer

If you are looking for low volume printing and want to print the labels yourself, the Epson C3500 inkjet printer is a great option. It's affordable and will produce beautiful color labels for your bottles. It can print the most popular vape label size, 3" x 1.5", and can print only as many labels as you need.

Unlike many other ink jet printer options, the Epson C3500 uses pigmented inks which means more print durability for your labels. The inks won't run when subjected to water and most solvents (you would have to test your product on the label to be sure). Keep your product looking great during the life-span of the bottle. Learn more about the Epson C3500 on Go-Label.com.  

Custom Printed Labels

Having a printing company produce your labels will allow you to focus on managing other areas of your production and business. It also opens you up to a variety of design options that you cannot create on a stand-alone ink jet printer like laminates, varnishes and foils. As this market becomes more popular, the packaging design will become even more important for a brand. Like we've seen with other emerging markets, if you sell your product at a premium price, the label lets the consumer know it's worth the price. 

We see this category experiencing fast growth like craft beer. Vapor labels will also need to use their pressure-sensitive labels to grab the attention of consumers, identify their brand easily, and convey the message of that brand while competing in an ever-growing market of start ups.

If you have questions about the two printing options or need some samples labels, contact one of our label experts to walk you through the vape labeling process.  

 

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