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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!

Get the Pack Expo Las Vegas Show Special! 

 

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


4 Signs Your GHS Labels Are Not Compliant

Posted by Margaret O'Leary

Jun 15, 2015 11:34:00 AM

By now you've probably started transitioning your old HazCom labels to a GHS form label. With the June 1, 2015 deadline here, we're looking at some of the challenges chemical manufacturers have faced. If you're encountering any of the issues below, you're probably not GHS compliant. 

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Topics: GHS Labeling


Your Top 10 GHS Labeling Questions Answered

Posted by Margaret O'Leary

Apr 14, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Big changes are coming for chemical manufacturers and workplaces that use chemicals. We've been talking about ways to comply with the Globally Harmonized System of labeling chemicals since the final ruling was announced by OSHA in 2012. As we're getting closer to one of the biggest deadlines, let's go over some questions that we're often asked by our customers. If you have a question that wasn't answered below, contact our GHS labeling expert

 

Here are some of Weber's Frequently Asked Questions about GHS labeling

When are the deadlines for compliance?

The deadline for GHS label compliance is June 1, 2015. However, there are some exceptions to this deadline. If you're making an effort to comply but you're still waiting to obtain the SDS, you won't be fined. Also, if you still have products labeled with the old label, you can still sell these products until December 1 2015. The absolute final deadline for compliance is June 1, 2016.  

What are the main components of a GHS label?

There are six things you must include on your label.

Product Identifier - The product identifier is the title on the top of the label. This should match the product identifier on the SDS.

Signal Word - All GHS labels must include the words "DANGER" or "WARNING." The signal word “DANGER” identifies chemicals and products that present, relatively speaking, a greater or more immediate hazard to the worker. The word “WARNING” identifies chemicals and products that present a lesser (although still potentially harmful) degree of hazard.

Hazard Statements - Under the signal word a hazard statement must be included. This is where people can find the risks involved with handing the chemical.

Precautionary Statements - This describes the recommended measures to minimize or prevent adverse effects resulting from exposure

Supplier Identification - All GHS compliant labels must include the name, address and telephone number of the manufacturer or supplier of the company that made the product

Pictograms - There are nine different symbols you might use to convey the specific hazard information visually. These include Explosion, Corrosion, Oxidizing Flame, Gas Cylinder, Environmental Hazard, Skull & Crossbones (fatal), Exclamation Mark, Health Hazard and Flammable.

Where do I get the required information for my label?

There are requirements that you must include on your label such as pictograms, warning statements, etc. All of that information comes from your chemical's Safety Data Sheet (SDS). Typically, a third-party organization is used to determine the content of the chemicals and provide you with an SDS. 

Review Appendix C of OSHA's ruling for more information on the specific details you'll need to include. 

Is there a specific GHS label material that I will be required to use?

If your container is being used in the US only, you do not need to comply with a specific material requirement. The only requirement is that the label is legible for users for the lifetime of the label. If you're exporting the chemical, the GHS label must be BS5609 certified. 

We recommend a durable label material and ink that will stay legible and in tact during harsh conditions.

Can I leave the red pictogram diamonds blank? 

No. You either need to use a label template with the exact number of pictogram diamonds you'll need or you'll need to completely black out the unnecessary pictogram with black ink. If you're printing your labels on-demand with an Epson color printer, this will not be an issue. 

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Topics: GHS Labeling


Get Answers to Your GHS Labeling Questions [eBook]

Posted by Margaret O'Leary

Dec 11, 2014 2:04:00 PM

The next deadline for GHS labeling compliance is less than a year away! Starting June 1st, 2015 all manufacturers and distributors of chemicals will be required to comply with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification. 

Since the final ruling was announced by OSHA, we've been researching options for customers because we knew this change would affect everyone from manufacturers to day-to-day chemical users. In fact, we had to make changes to the chemical bottles we use in our plant.

At Weber, we use an EPSON C3500 Inkjet Label Printer to print our GHS labels for small chemical bottles. Because most users will only need to print a few at a time and may require variable printing, our labeling product team introduced solutions for in-house GHS label printing. 

To learn more about GHS Labeling, download our new 13-page eBook that includes the basics you need to know plus some of the best solutions to comply with GHS labeling. 

Download our Guide to GHS Labeling 

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Topics: GHS Labeling


How do I comply with GHS regulations for chemical bottles?

Posted by Margaret O'Leary

Jul 8, 2014 3:01:00 PM

By now you've probably heard that OSHA is requiring updates to the Hazard Communication Standard label to comply with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) label. As we've mentioned before, the challenge for chemical manufacturers and distributors will be the multi-color requirements of the GHS label.

In the past, your label manufacturer would print thousands of your labels with a template of the HCS label. Using your thermal-transfer or direct-thermal printer, you would then imprint the variable product information required by your industry. With the new GHS labeling format the red diamonds cannot be left blank in a template form, they essentially become part of your variable information.

We've talked about using an Epson ColorWorks in an earlier blog. This allows a manufacturer to print large drum and pail sized labels with durable materials and ink. But an interesting issue came to light on our own manufacturing floor: the relabeling of small chemical bottles used on our label presses.

If your manufacturing facility is like ours and you need GHS labels on small bottles around the plant, try what's worked for us. All of our small chemical bottles are labeled by our Safety Team using the Epson ColorWorks C3500 Inkjet Label Printer. We're able to print all of the necessary GHS safety information using durable inks and materials that won't run when they come into contact with the chemicals.

This is an affordable printer that will fit nicely into your manufacturing process. Take a tour of the Epson ColorWorks C3500 with our Vertical Markets manager, Paul Johnson.

 

 

Don't forget the GHS mandate deadlines are approaching! Keep in mind these importants dates for GHS labeling.

  • June 1, 2015: Deadline for manufacturers to start using new GHS labels
  • December 1, 2015: Deadline for product distributors to begin using new GHS labels
  • June 1, 2016: Deadline for updated alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication program

 

 If you're experiencing challenges with GHS regulations, get a free audit from our GHS experts to learn if you're complying properly. 

Download Weber's Guide to GHS Labeling 

 

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Topics: GHS Labeling


Weber's Top Label Stories of 2013 and Predictions for 2014

Posted by Margaret O'Leary

Dec 20, 2013 8:16:00 AM


Before we ring in the new year, let's review the trends and stories of 2013 in labels! And get a peek at what are we expecting to see in 2014.

Top Labeling Stories of 2013

The US begins the process of GHS labeling for chemical containers

This year's biggest story in chemical labeling was the change in the Hazard Communication Standard to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This regulation affects chemical manufacturers and companies that use chemicals.

OSHA believes the new labeling will create a safer workplace because the labels are easier to understand. This also will help US compete globally because many foreign countries already require this form of labeling.

While the deadline for compliance isn't until 2015, many companies are already preparing to redesign their labels or research new printing solutions.

To learn more about GHS labeling, read our blog post from earlier this year. We've created helpful images and charts to show the new requirement. If you have any questions, leave us a comment!

In 2014 we'll share our solutions and tips for relabeling chemical containers.

 

The Ruling on Unique Device Identifiers for Medical Devices

This September the FDA issued its final ruling requiring medical device manufacturers to assign Unique Device Identifiers (UDI) directly to their devices and packaging. This ruling also will establish a Global UDI Database for manufacturers and healthcare providers to access.

Benefits of this regulation:

  • Healthcare providers will only need to access one database to identify a device
  • Clarity in safety alerts, recalls and other corrective actions
  • Ensured identification of a device even when it's separated from its original package

Next month we'll provide even more information on these labels and the various solutions that Weber provides.

 

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Topics: Traceability Labels, Labels, Labeling Regulations, GHS Labeling, Digital Labels, Food Labels