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What to Consider When Choosing a Barcode Label

Labels | March 31 2022

Barcode labels are invaluable for a variety of industries and applications. By utilizing barcode labels on products, bins, equipment, and other items, operations can make inventory tracking, data collection, and other tasks easier and far more accurate. While barcode labels offer a variety of benefits, it can be difficult to determine what qualities you need these labels to have for your operation. As leading providers of laser sheet labels and label printing solutions, the team at West Coast Labels knows how difficult it can be to select the perfect option for your needs. That is why we have provided some information outlining what to consider when choosing a barcode label to ensure that you are getting the best possible solution.

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4 Crucial Barcode Label Considerations

To ensure that you are choosing the perfect barcode labels for your products and other areas of your operation, consider the following elements:

1. Surfaces

The surface your labels will be applied to is arguably the most important consideration to keep in mind. Smooth and curved surfaces are better suited to certain adhesives while materials like paper, plastic, and metal will be better for certain label qualities than others.

2. Size/Dimensions

While the size of your label will significantly impact the price per unit, it is important to ensure that they are the right size for the products and surfaces they will be applied to. While the dimensions of barcode labels will vary drastically from business to business, they should never be so small that they are difficult to scan.

3. Durability

If your barcode label will be placed in an environment with harsh temperatures, chemicals, or prolonged exposure to intense light, you will need to invest in durable materials and adhesives. This is especially true for barcode labels that will be placed on bins or equipment as these labels will come into frequent contact with employees, tools, and other products. Opting for a cheap solution in a demanding environment will quickly lead to faded labels, rendering them useless while requiring additional costs for replacements.

4. Adhesive

The adhesive used on your barcode labels is a crucial consideration for any operation. While some barcodes are meant to stay on a surface for a specific amount of time, others are meant to be permanent. For example, product barcodes can change over time, meaning that temporary adhesives will often be the best choice. Barcode labels for bins and equipment will benefit from a permanent adhesive as they will likely not change over time.

To learn more about our printing capabilities or for assistance choosing the right labels for your needs, get in touch with the team at West Coast Labels. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our services.

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