A Checklist to Determine the Right Barcode Label for Your Application

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Barcode labels come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials.

There are a wide variety of barcode labeling products available. That’s because businesses have a wide variety of applications and uses for them. It’s certainly not a one-size-fits-all proposition.

How can you determine what kind of barcode label is best for you? It begins by understanding your environment and the factors that can affect label performance.

We work with our customers to understand their application, environment and use. This knowledge allows us to identify the best materials and print process to ensure label durability, reliability and scan accuracy.

 

Checklist: Understanding Your Barcode Label Requirements

At ID Label’s Barcodes West Division, we work with our customers to first understand how your barcode labels will be used and what the key factors are that will help us recommend the best solution for the application.

Understanding the answers to the following questions is a great place to start:checklist

  • What kind of surface will the labels be applied to?
  • Will they be exposed to heat, static electricity, solder or other important environmental factors?
  • From what distance will the labels be scanned?
  • Will they be used inside or outdoors? Exposed to direct sunlight?
  • Will they be subject to bumps or scrapes from forklift trucks, pallets, etc.?
  • Will they be used in cold or freezer storage environments?
  • Will the labels come in contact with harsh cleaning solutions or chemicals?

Poorly designed and manufactured labels that don’t consider environmental factors are likely to be highly ineffective. They may degrade, fade, lose their adhesive values or become damaged. If any of these things happen, you’re likely to encounter read errors and other problems that can adversely impact your production and operations.

“A barcode label needs to scan accurately each and every time,” said Jason Golding, manager of ID Label’s Barcodes West Division. “We take pride in knowing that our quality-manufactured labels do just that. That’s because we first work with our customers to understand their application, environment and use. This knowledge allows us to identify the best materials and print process to ensure durability, reliability and scan accuracy.”

Poorly designed and manufactured labels that don’t consider environmental factors are likely to be highly ineffective. They may degrade, fade, lose their adhesive values or become damaged.

Label Applications That Require Durability

Many applications require durable barcode labels to withstand harsh or rugged daily conditions. Let’s look more closely at four common examples typical for ID Label – Barcodes West clients.

Asset Labels

property human resBarcode labels are frequently used to track and inventory assets like PCs, laptops, monitors, furniture, parts and equipment.

It’s important to understanding the surface characteristics of each item. Labels should have an aggressive adhesive to properly bond to varying profiles like aluminum, engineered polymers, wood, plastic and steel surfaces.

Durability is a common requirement, as these labels may be exposed to daily wear and tear, liquids, heat and ultraviolet light.

Electronics/PCB Labels

pcb barcode labelsThese sophisticated labels are likely to be exposed to heat, static electricity and solder during the manufacturing of printed circuit boards and other electronic device components.

At ID Label, we produce our labels with specialized materials that actually help to reduce the occurrence of electrostatic discharge in sensitive devices. Labels comply with the latest federal and international requirements and are quality-manufactured specifically with the needs of the electronics/PCB industry in mind.

Calibration Labels

bopp labelThousands of hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, biomedical and clinical engineering departments and university research labs rely on specialized equipment labels to record maintenance, calibration and inspection activities. This documentation is typically required to demonstrate adherence to industry quality standards or accreditation such as ISO and JCAHO.

These labels are likely to be exposed to frequent sterile cleaning using chemicals and solutions, so durability and legibility are important considerations.

“It’s important to work with an experienced label manufacturer that uses high-quality materials and adhesives, and label designs that have been proven in hospital, biomedical and clinical settings,” Golding noted.

Warehouse Labels

Vertical on Upright v2 Kristen blurA typical warehouse or distribution center will require durable labeling on its racks and beams, which may have daily encounters with forklifts and pallets, as well as on totes and containers.

“For bulk storage and other areas, barcode labels may be affixed to flooring or hung from ceilings,” Golding said. “Or they might be used in a cold or frozen storage setting where durability and adhesive strength are important requirements.”

 

Consult with ID Label’s Barcodes West Division

If you’d like more insights into what kind of label is right for you, contact your ID Label – Barcodes West representative to understand your best options.

Our labeling solutions have been tested and used in operations around the globe for more than 20 years – extensive experience and knowledge we can bring to your specific requirements.

 

To learn more or request free samples, please contact us today.

 

ID Label - Barcodes West

Barcodes West is a division of ID Label, one of the nation’s premier manufacturers of barcode labels

 

 

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