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nce you have assessed the various functional and display considerations for a label, you will be prepared to discuss your requirements to select the proper material and supplier for your project. This selection should focus on using the least amount of material to accomplish the objective while meeting the requirements of the labeling process. Listed below are typical material property ranges and requirements. They are to be used as guidelines and may not represent all materials available for use. Your label material supplier can make recommendations concerning these guidelines depending on your targeted application.

Paper Label Material
Basis Weight 50-70#per ream +/- 10% (500-25" x 38" sheets)
Caliper 0.0025"- 0.0060" +/- 10%
Tensile Strength MD; 15-35#per inch width
CD; 50-75 # per inch width
Tear-Resistance MD; 45-65g per sheet
CD; 50-75g per sheet
Stiffness MD; 85-250 mg
CG; 45-160 mg
Brightness 80-98
Total construction Caliper 0.005"-0.01" +/- 10%
Plastic Label Material
Material Type of Material, Name, and Manufacturer's ID Number (Multiple IDs if a Laminated Material)
Caliper 0.001"-0.0035"
Tensile Strength MD; 3,500-33,500 PSI
CD; 3,000-38,400 PSI
Clarity Material Slection Depends on Desired Aesthetics
Shrink Capabilities MD; 0-7%, Depending on material (PET, PVC, OPS, PLA)
TD; up to 75%, Depending on material (PET, PVC, OPS, PLA)
Total Construction Caliper 0.005"-0.01" +/- 10%
Special Materials
Foils Consult with label supplier
Holographic Materials Consult with label supplier
Electronic Capabilities Consult with label supplier
Liner Material
Type Name and Manufacturer's ID Number
Basis Weight Caliper 40-95# per ream +/- 10% (500-24"x36"sheets)
0.0015"-0.007" +/- 10%
Tensile MD; 30-51# per inch width
CD; 14-27# per inch width
Tear Resistance MD; 1.2-2.0 oz/in.
CD; 1.4-2.7 oz/in.
Roll Specifications
Core Diameter Per Machinery Manufacturer's Specs
Roll Max OD Per Machinery Manufacturer's Specs
Roll Width Per Machinery Manufacturer's Specs
Cut Label Specifications
Packing Configuration for Delivery Develop with Label Supplier
Adhesives
Type Name and Manufactureer's ID Number
Minimum Application Temp -10°F to 50°F
Service Temperature Range Paper; -65°F to 250°F
Plastic; -40°F to 500°F
Loop Tack 1.0-6.0#/in.
Peel Adhesion 0.5-3.0#/in.

Coordinating the material selection with all the requirements for the labeling project will allow you to specify the least amount of material to perform flawlessly in production. This can be achieved through working as a team with your material supplier, label manufacturer, and labeling equipment manufacturer. Once a material selection has been made, it is imperative to perform all necessary testing on the printed labels to assure your final solution will perform throughout the distribution and product-use life cycle.

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