Different Types of Label Tags You Can Use

BY Rowena Taylor

Label Tags

When people mention labels or tags, the usual mindset is that of tags that are made out of cloth, paper, or cardboard. What some people may not realize is that label tags can come in many different forms, shapes, sizes and materials. These can also be found on more than just consumer goods, and items that are found in stores near you.

Labels and tags come in many guises, and can be made using a wide variety of materials. The material choices that are made for the creation of these tags are often dependent on where these are to be used. For example, if the tag is to go on a piece of clothing then the logical choice of material for the tag or label would also be something that can survive the washing and the wearing cycles of the item, hence the choosing of cloth tags for this.

There are quite a number of materials that can be used for the creation of labels or tags, and the material chosen for the jobs is usually the one best suited for the item in question. As mentioned earlier, cloth tags are ideal for clothing due to what such items go through. For other products, such as machinery or heavy equipment, metal nameplates seem to be the best labeling option, and are incidentally used by companies who manufacture these things.

Other label types that are used by businesses for their tagging and labeling needs include materials like vinyl, Lexan and Polyester. Some businesses also choose to create tags for their products using low-cost but rather durable options like aluminum foil. To show you what some of these tags are and why companies choose them, here are some of the options that are currently available:

Aluminum foil tags – these are made with thin aluminum foil sheets that are reinforced with an overlaminate that helps keep it from tearing. Aluminum foil is great for branding purposes, as well as for model and serial number tags. Label tags made with this material are usually exposed to conditions like heat, grease, dirt and cold, hence the use of a metallic material for labeling purposes.

Polyester (Mylar) tags – this particular material is chosen when durable tags that carry detailed and colored copy as well as graphics are needed. The creation of the designs on these tags is done with the use of a marking method called stonewear process, which creates durable prints that are resistant to chemicals, abrasion and UV ray exposure.

Vinyl labels – vinyl is a popular material for labeling needs due to the fact that you can easily apply these to curved surfaces. This particular label material however is not a good choice for items that are to be exposed to sunlight and other outdoor elements. You can use this particular labeling option for your corporate gift giving needs as well as for marking office equipment and assets with your company logo or name.

Lexan (Polycarbonate) labels – probably one of the most durable materials used for label making, label tags that are crafted using this material are very tough and can withstand a number of conditions that include exposure to chemicals and abrasion. Since Lexan is actually a very tough plastic that is used for other purposes like visors for sports helmets and even drinking bottles, it is then quite understandable why companies choose this for their labels and tags when they need a very durable tag for their business.

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