A label/form combination is the process of combining
a label and form as one unit. Combining the two can save money and increase
efficiency. Labels can be added to most any type of form. Listed below are several
ways that labels and forms can be combined.
Blown On Labels
Blown on labels are labels that are removed from a liner and applied
to the form by a suction or a blowing process. The labels are usually
of a piggyback construction which allows the label to be reusable.
Piggyback labels have two label layers and a liner.
The top label has adhesive on the back, the second label has a release
coating on the front (to allow the top label to be pulled off) and
adhesive on the back. When it is pulled off the liner and blown on
to the form, the adhesive on the back of the second label is what
holds the label onto the form. The second label then acts as a liner
for the top label.
Imaging of labels:
Non-imaging - The liner is a non-imaging material so when the
label is imprinted, no image transfers.
Self imaging - The liner is a self-imaging material so when
the label is imprinted, an image appears on the liner. When the label
is removed the imprinted image remains on the liner, still attached
to the form. The imaging liner is actually the second label on a piggyback
Blown on labels can also be blown on to a form where a release coating
has been applied in the area where the label is to be affixed. Applying
the release coating directly on the form would eliminate the need
for a second label between the top label and the liner. It would allow
printing on the form to show in the label area once the label was
removed. The form would be less bulky, improving its performance through
the printer. To make this type of blown on label self-imaging, the
paper on which the label is affixed would have to be a self-imaging
paper (such as carbonless self-contained).
Forms with blown on labels
can be used as single part forms or collated into a multi-part
Dual Web Label/Form
Dual web construction consists of joining a form
and a label together side by side with a seamed glue line to form
one single web. The form and labels are then imprinted in one pass
through the printer. The form is generally a single part but can be
a multi-part form also. The label section of the dual web can have
a single label or multiple labels where the labels may be the same
size or vary in size. If the liner behind the label is self-imaging,
an image would appear on the liner when the labels are imprinted.
The labels are sometimes numbered to correspond
to the number on the form it is attached to. The labels can also have
their own numbering sequence, unrelated to the form.
Integrated labels are die cut out of
the actual form. The form is first printed and then an adhesive coating
is applied to the back of the form in the label area. A liner patch
is attached to the back, over the adhesive, and then the labels are
die cut on the face of the form but not through the liner.
- The labels can be most any size within the form.
- The form can contain multiple labels.
- The label stock is limited to whatever the form is produced on.
- When labels are removed, the liner stays intact on the back of
When ordering an integrated label, be sure the
type of stock used on the form will satisfy your label requirements.
The form will have to be constructed of a suitable stock to run through
the printer it will be imprinted on. One of the main advantages of
integrated label/forms is the reduced thickness of the label which
allows it to run through the printer more smoothly. See Advantages
of Integrated Labels.
Integrated labels can be self-imaging (image imprinted
on the label is transferred to the liner) but would have to run through
an impact printer to be imprinted. When imprinted on a laser or ink
jet printer, the label would be non-imaging (image does not transfer
from label to liner) since there is no impact to transfer the image
Integrated labels can be
incorporated in laser forms, one part continuous and multi-part
All Label/Form Combinations:
The blown on labels and dual web labels can be made
up of many different facestocks, use various adhesives, and be many
various sizes. The integrated labels can also be made up of various
adhesives and can be various sizes, but the facestock is limited to
whatever type of stock the form is constructed of.
The label/form combination is usually a more efficient
way of producing labels and forms that have to work together in the
workflow process. See Benefits of Label/Form Combinations below
for a list of some of the benefits in using the label/form combinations.
Benefits of Label/Form Combinations
The use of label/form combinations can be a benefit
in the following ways:
- Improves efficiency in workflow process.
- Eliminates errors in transposing information from the form to
the label since form and label are printed at the same time.
- Reduces clerical or computer input time by not having to duplicate
input of information.
- Eliminates errors and saves time in matching the forms with labels.
- Reduces inventory since you only have to store one item rather
that two separate items.
- The amount saved in time and in the reduction of errors is usually
enough to cover the additional cost of the label/form combination.
Disadvantage: If the
end use quantity of labels needed is generally more than the
number of labels that can be incorporated with one form, it
may not be cost effective to use the label/form combination.
You should take this into consideration when comparing your
Advantages of Integrated
Listed below are some advantages that integrated label/form
combinations have over other label/form combinations:
- The integrated label/form runs more smoothly through the printer
since the label is die cut out of the actual form, reducing the thickness
of the form.
- Label registration is consistent from label to label because it
is built into the form. Affixed labels may askew when attached.
- There is usually a cost advantage in larger quantities.
- Integrated label/forms allow a higher degree of design flexibility.
- It is easier to incorporate multiple and various size labels on
- Integrated label/forms work best as laser forms and one part continuous
- They work great for laser printers because of the single sheet construction.
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