October 7, 2016 - Bostik News

Linerless Labels: From Construction and Adhesive Selection to End Uses and Benefits

This year’s Labelexpo Americas brought together the top innovative companies in the label and package printing industry. Certain trends predicted by Labels and Labeling for 2016 were detailed at the show. These included:

  • Digitization of the labels and package print industries
  • Various new inkjet technologies for industrial systems
  • Smart labels that increase customer engagement

Yet Bostik took a closer look at one new trend in particular that’s revolutionizing the label industry: linerless labels.

A sponsor of the show’s Linerless Trail debut, Bostik’s Tyler Derus presented on linerless labels. In case you missed his presentation, let’s recap what he discussed about linerless labels and linerless label adhesive selection.

Linerless Labels: Construction and Benefits

Linerless labels are manufactured using a silicone release coating, paper/films and an adhesive. By not needing a release liner, these adhesives offer:

  • Cost savings: more labels per pallet means lower transportation costs
  • Environmental and safety advantages: No matrix to strip, lower disposal costs and a smaller warehouse footprint
  • Production efficiencies: more labels per roll means less downtime

Linerless Labels: Adhesive Selection

Linerless labels’ equipment and silicone release coatings limit the adhesive selection depth. However, it’s important to note that this selection is not just a “pick and stick”. An adhesive for linerless labels must:

  • Not be too aggressive, as it can pick the release coatings and result in print voids and variable unwind properties
  • Bond to various substrates including highly recycled content and low energy surfaces
  • Offer pressure sensitive reaction with the silicone coating
  • Have numerous application methods

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Linerless Labels: End Uses

Linerless labels are mainly associated with variable information printing (VIP).  These applications include:

  • Shipping and mailing: Linerless labels are able to accommodate high speeds and required print resolutions, which minimizes downtime.
  • Deli and weigh scale: Linerless labels can also adjust to slower speeds and lower application temperature requirements.
  • Mobile printers: Linerless labels can also be used in warehouse and distribution centers to mark items with removable labels.

Linerless labels have proven to be most efficient and best suited for these specific end uses. Yet while it’s important to understand the end uses, it’s also good to note linerless labels’ limitations.

Linerless labels are not ideal for unique label shapes. This is because different shapes require a laser cut, slowing down line speeds and adding time to production. Linerless labels are best suited for applications in which they can boost productivity and offer cost savings.

For more information on linerless labels, call 800-7-BOSTIK. Or, to reach Tyler directly, call 414-607-1344. You can also check out this blog post to learn why a Bostik adhesive product in particular is a smart choice for linerless labels.

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