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Label Sizes

Labels may be various sizes. The label's size will be determined by the intended use of the label, the label printer's capabilities, the applicator's requirements and the manufacturer's capabilities.

Labels, whether sheets, rolls or fanfolded, are converted from a master roll of material. This material, as it unwinds through the press is called the web. The finished label dimensions are defined as width across the web and length along the web. Repeat length is the measurement from one label to the next.
 


 

Width - Refers to the dimension across a roll of labels or across a fanfolded label or across a sheet of labels.


 

Length - Refers to the dimension along the length of the roll, along the length of the fanfolded label or down the sheet of labels.

Repeat Length - Refers to the dimension from the top edge of one label to the top edge of the next label.

Gap and Edge Trim

The gap and edge trim are measurements that the manufacturer is going to need to know for die cut and butt-cut labels.

Gap - The gap between labels is the distance from the bottom edge of one label to the top edge of the next label. The dimension runs along the web.

Edge Trim - The edge trim is the distance from the edge of the label to the edge of the liner. This dimension runs across the web.

 

Butt-Cut - Butt-cutt labels have no gap between them. Generally the facestock of the butt-cut labels run to the edge of the liner, eliminating the edge trim also.

 
Size Requirements for Different Types of Labels

Labels in Roll Form

Size information needed when ordering roll labels:

  • Label size and repeat length
  • Label type: die cut, butt-cut, or sleeve
  • Dimension of gap, edge trim, or sleeve circumference
  • Size and location of perforations

 

  • Inside core diameter of roll

 

Inside Core Diameter - Must meet the label printer & applicator requirements.
 

  • Roll diameter

Roll Diameter - Will vary according to the quantity of labels but will be limited in size according to maximum roll diameter that the label printer or applicator will accept.

 

 


 

 
Fanfolded Labels

Size information needed when ordering fanfolded labels:


  • Label size and repeat length
  • Carrier size (Liner of label)
  • Number of labels wide
  • Gap dimension between labels
  • Edge trim dimension
  • Maximum stack size if printer has stack size limitations
     

 

Note: Label and carrier size will be restricted according to continuous forms manufacturing specifications for fanfolded forms and printer capabilities.

 
Laser Sheet Labels

Size information needed when ordering laser sheet labels:

  • Sheet size and repeat length
  • Label size
  • Number of labels wide and down
  • Gap size between labels

Standard
Laser Sheet Sizes:
8 1/2" x 11"
8 1/2" x 14"

 
Individual Labels

Size information needed when ordering loose individual lablels:

Pressure Sensitive Labels
 
 
  • Label size
  • Carrier size if larger than the label
  • Gap and edge trim if required
  • Placement of the slit and whether it is on the face of the label or on the liner


 


 


 

Container Labels

  • Flat label size or circumference of sleeve
  • Die cut shape if required
  • Size and location of perforations

 

 

 

Note: Before ordering a custom label on a roll, a custom fanfolded label or a custom sheet label, check with the manufacturer for the standard sizes they have available. Manufacturers have various standard sizes that may work for your needs and eliminate the need to order a custom label.

 
 
Integrated, Affixed and Blown on Labels

Size information needed when ordering integrated, blown on, and dual web labels:

  • Size of label(s)
  • Size of carrier or liner
  • Overall form size
  • Number of labels up
  • Placement of labels on the form


Dual Web Labels/Form

The size of the label will have to be incorporated with the size of the form.

 

 


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