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    Michelle Feldman

    Marketing Associate at SixB Labels

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    Five Important Questions About Asset Tags

    We all live, work, and move within what has aptly been labeled the Universe of Things.

    These things include an overwhelming amount of items that let us perform a vast array of different tasks.  In the workplace, they are valuable to us, based not only on their original cost but on their utility in our work processes.

    We are called on to track their movements,  know their actual market value, maintain, repair and ultimately replace them, and keep them secure from damage and theft. Enter the universal solution to this multiplicity of tasks: Asset Labels! (Or, as they are also known,  Asset Tags.) Here is a look at five noteworthy questions in understanding this type of label.

    Custom Printed Asset Labels

    A Look At Our 7 Cosmetic Labeling Requirements White Paper

    SixB Labels can offer many years of experience in the production of Cosmetic Labels.  Part of the expertise we have acquired in our years in the label printing industry lies in making clients aware of necessary labeling regulations in order to help them comply with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Guidelines, while simplifying the intricacies of clients’ Cosmetic Labels.  To further meet our goal of Simplifying Labeling for our clients, we have composed a white paper on the Food and Drug Administration's current requirements for cosmetic labeling.  

    In the United States, the packaging and labeling of cosmetic products has been regulated since 1938, when Congress passed the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act and the Fair Packaging and Labeling (FP&L) Act.  The goal of these Acts was to protect consumers from cosmetics that contained harmful substances; bore labels that were false, misleading, or lacked required information; or sold in containers made or filled in a deceptive manner.  In this white paper, we offer you an overview of Cosmetic Labeling requirements.

    How to Comply With Proposed FDA Nutrition Labeling Requirements

    As part of SixB Labels' focus on Simplifying Labeling for our clients, we have developed a white paper on the proposed Food and Drug Administration nutrition label revisions that were supposed to go into effect this year. While the FDA has placed the revisions deadline on hold, we still believe the white paper is a valuable resource for food manufacturers to evaluate their labeling. 

    Most Americans surveyed have said that they use the nutrition facts label on food products to make better shopping choices.  As a result, the FDA has spent more than two years working on updated guidelines for food labels, meant to incorporate the latest information from nutrition science, in accordance with the new 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the newest Institute of Medicine recommendations.  The format changes should also make it easier for consumers to access this information, to help them make the right food choices for themselves and their families. 

    Aspects of Digital Printing

    For the last couple of years, SixB Labels has been very excited about the capabilities of our newest print technology— color digital printing. This blog post will explain a little bit about why we have chosen the approach that we take to color digital printing, based on ideas such as color theory, and go on to detail the advantages of certain techniques and printing devices to achieve the best results — the widest possible range of complex images, vibrant colors, and extremely high definition in the printed product.

    The Impact of Color Theory on Digital Printing

    There are two different applications of color theory: additive and subtractive. Additive color (the color used with a computer monitor or TV screen) consists of red, green, and blue (RGB).  At lower values, a mix of these colors creates varying shades of grey. At maximum intensity, all three combined colors create a white image.

    Print Awards — A 2017 Highlight

    As 2017 comes to a close, we look back at one of the year's highlights for SixB Labels in receiving two Certificates of Merit by the Premier Print Awards. These Best of Category awards are within the areas of Flexo and Digital Printing for labels we manufactured on behalf of Herman Marshall and Central Market, respectively

    Established in 1950, the Premier Print Awards is the world's oldest and most prestigious international print competition, conducted by the Printing Industries of America (PIA).  Participating companies — including those from the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Australia, China, and other nations from around the world — compete for recognition as one of the best in print. The Premier Print Awards Competition recognizes only the highest quality printed pieces in various categories. Over 2,200 entries were submitted for the June 2017 judging. 

    The word meaningful only begins to describe how honored and excited the SixB Family is to have recieved these awards. It is particularly special to garner this acknowledgement of excellence from our peers in the printing industry!

    6 Points for Superlative Cold Foil Labels

    Cold foiling, also known as cold foil stamping, finds its place as an indoor, decorative accent.  Unlike the choice of metallic labels that might be suitable as asset tags, for example, or be used outdooors, cold foiling is designed to enhance marketing efforts via its visual effects.  A sparkling and colorful approach to labeling can increase visual impact and thus consumer interest. Thus cold foiling lends itself to packaging, products, correspondence, marketing materials and publications.  

    The following are six points to consider if your goal is to create superlative cold foil labels.

    We Are Grateful

    Thanksgiving Day is almost here! And at this point in the year, it is always good to take stock.

    Here at SixB Labels, we have so much to be grateful for:

    • The love of family and friends
    • The abundance in our lives
    • The blessings of liberty
    • Our long-standing clients, and the opportunity to acquire new ones
    • The chance to give our best to keep our clients happy
    • The wonderful people of SixB whose talents, know-how and experience drive our success

    4 Important Items for Creating Superior Hot Foil Labels

    Everyone involved in printing, from providers to customers, has at some point seen and admired an eye-catching hotstamp label — they are created to be noticed!  The process is universal, and employed with a wide range of pressure-sensitive products such as labels, decals and coupons.  Typical applications include food and beverage products, health and beauty items, pharmaceutical  containers, packaging for luxury and gourmet goods and various tobacco products,  as well as wine and spirit bottle labels.  

    Hot foiling is a very effective procedure for a label that requires a more complex, elaborate design with fine lines and smaller images, since the die to be used will maintain the clarity of the edges.  This procedure lends a label a decorative finish and is often associated with higher-end products, so it can be a very effective marketing tool to set your product apart and catch the consumer's gaze.

    To get the best value for the cost of production, it is helpful to understand the uses and processes involved in creating hotstamp labels.  

    5 Points for Producing Impressive Die-Cut Labels

    Die-cut labels enjoy a universal presence in  the realms of business and industry.  These labels can be produced with a wide variety of printing techniques and have a multitude of applications.  So if you have shopped for retail products, used labels in your company's operations,  or produced labels, the odds are very high that at some point you will have dealt with  die-cut labels.  

    Point 1: Knowing What a Die-Cut Label Is

    Normally, die-cut labels are created by using a shaped cutting tool, as you would use a cookie cutter or pastry cutter, to slice through material.  This may produce a finished product with rounded rather than  square  corners, (square corners are more likely to catch on things than round) and one that is generally easy to apply.  Often, a custom die-cut label project requires the production of a label that does not conform to any standard shape, but is instead based on a wide variety of images, such as a ribbon shape for an anniversary seal,  a triangle, heart, or football, or some other custom shape.

    6 Steps to Creating Effective Custom Packaging Labels

    For anyone who wants to create a new custom packaging label, there are certain steps to take to ensure that the label will be effective.

    The Tasks of a Custom Packaging Label

    The most important step of simplified labeling is to decide on the tasks that the label needs to accomplish.  So what are some of the purposes of a packaging label?  They could include the following:

    • Transmitting information, this can include directions, both in text and symbols, on how to use the product, as well as how to transport, recyle or dispose of the product and its external packaging
    • Meeting government or other regulatory requirements, since food, medical, pharmaceutical and chemical products, for example, may be required to display certain types of information, such as safety warnings or expiry/best-before dates
    • Tracking and tracing the movement of goods through the use of barcoding, including numbering such as serial numbers or lot numbers on certain products
    • Marketing to potential buyers via the use of graphic and physical designs for labels, such as brand ID
    • Security, such as authentication seals and security labeling to help prevent pilferage or tampering

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