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    What Is An Outdoor Label?

    Have you heard the phrase, "Outdoor Label" or "Outdoor Decal" and wondered what that meant beyond the literal meaning? As you might have already considered, labels are used in many environments, and SixB Labels provides custom products designed for the various needs of extreme indoor and outdoor situations. Our variety of labeling solutions meets the requirements of business, industry, and private consumers. This post provides more in-depth information on labels and decals for outside use.

    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.

    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.

    7 Ways To Label With SixB

    According to Merriam-Webster, "a slip (as of paper or cloth) inscribed and affixed to something for identification or description" and  " written or printed matter accompanying an article to furnish identification or other information" are just a couple of definitions for the word "label."  But  SixB Labels takes those definitions steps further, to identify multiple ways  those in a variety of industries, from Food and Beverage, to Health and Beauty, Automotive, Luxury, Technology, and beyond,  could utilize our business to produce their labeling program.  Here are basic and then deep dive looks at 7 Ways to Label With SixB.*
    • Blank and Foil-Stamped Labels for Inkjet Printers, such as the Epson C3500 and C7500
    • Blank Labels for Sheet-Fed Inkjet or Laser Printers
    • Digital, Flexo-Printed, Foil Stamped and Embossed Labels, in Rolls or Sheets, Line or Process Work
    • Labels For Single Color Thermal Transfer or Direct Thermal Printers
    • Combinations of Digital, Flexo, Foil Stamped and Thermal Transfer Printed Labels
    • Producing Digitally Printed Labels In Your Custom Set-up Until Ready To Purchase Applicable Products
    • "Labeling Add-Ons," Such As Applicators, Dispensers and PremiumWax/Resin Ribbons
    *Note: Many, if not a majority, of our Labels are available in various  Sizes, Shapes, Materials and Adhesives.
     

    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. 

    WestPack 2018 — What You Want

    Anytime someone asks my father what SixB Labels’ minimum order quantity requirement is, he simply responds, “One.” Now he, Fari Bakhshian, SixB Labels Vice President, is being completely genuine with this statement, believing projects with smaller quantities shouldn’t have barriers to high quality design and functionality. Of course the cost of one label could be the same as 100 labels; and if you really don’t want the other 99, we won’t ship them to you.

    If past years are any indication, this will probably be the No. 1 judgement question we will be asked during one of the largest annual packaging trade shows, WestPacktaking place at the Anaheim Convention Center, Booth 5474, February 6-8, 2018.

    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.

    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.

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