Categories for Industry Trends

The Evolution of our Digital Label Finishers

June 27, 2017

Expanding and Improving   We introduced our first digital label finisher back in late 2014. The DLF-1000 was the beginning of our extensive product range expansion. Two years later, we announced our second-generation Digital Label Finisher, the DLF-220L. The new model delivers the same on-demand production style as the DLF-1000, but with many other advancements.

Why Food Companies are Choosing Afinia Label

April 7, 2017

Food industry interest in our in-house label printing solutions has been growing rapidly—and we’re not surprised. In-house digital label printing can save businesses time and money, and minimize hassle.

Industrial Label Printers and Barcode History

March 30, 2017

Industrial label printers have come a long way since they were invented by Texas Instruments in 1965 and first sold in 1969. The age of the industrial label printer had begun and became the “go to” technology for printing labels, especially those with barcodes. A number of things had to happen before industrial label printers would become a staple. The... View Article

Lessons to be Learned from Summer 2015

March 10, 2017

In the summer of 2015, many were caught short by the deadline for GHS-classified labels. Reports of last-minute rushes on label orders and delays on customers receiving product were common from June onwards. What is CLP? CLP Regulation, or simply ‘CLP’ as it is now known, is the new EU legislation on classification, labeling, and packaging of substances and mixtures.... View Article

Variable Data Printing Market Growth

December 7, 2016

Variable data printing is a rapidly growing requirement for many industries. According to a recent report by MarktsandMarkets, the variable data printing market is projected to reach USD 22.27 billion by 2021. That is to say, within five years, it is expected to double it’s current market size of USD 10.79 billion. Why Variable Data Printing is Growing Variable data... View Article

Digital Label Printing – The Great Leveler

November 30, 2016

The rise of digital label printing over the last few years has not come as a surprise to many industry insiders. What has taken many people by surprise is the speed at which this change has taken hold of the market. We are all familiar with the story of the Share a Coke® campaign, and for many, it is ingrained... View Article

Top Ten Reasons to Print Your Own Labels

August 1, 2016

Switching from Third Party to In-House Label Printing If you are having a third party print your labels or you are a new brand, here are a few reasons to print your own labels:

QR Code Labels

July 24, 2016

A few days ago we created a blog post summarizing the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard Legislation. We have received a number of inquiries regarding how to create QR Code labels. Fortunately, we sell BarTender Basic from Seagull Software.

US Labels Market Trends: Flexo and Secondary Labeling

June 16, 2015

A recent study from ReportLinker provides positive news for the labeling industry. Their research forecasts US label demand to approach $20 billion in 2019. They’ve also seen trends in specific areas of label printing, including flexography and secondary labeling.

Why Add Narrow-Web Digital to Your Flexo/Indigo Shop?

June 12, 2015

There are a number of reasons for adding Narrow-Web Digital to your Flexo/Indigo shop. Best Practices: Digital Strategies, published by packagePRINTING, explains that the benefits are well known: increased speed, lower cost, and variable data capabilities. However, the article also explains the differing reasons that printers and converters add digital. The main reasons that packagePRINTING focused on were increasing demand... View Article

Going Digital in Flexo Shops: Operator Options

December 12, 2014

No Skilled Operators Needed Flexo shops are familiar with presses that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, or in some cases, upwards of a million dollars, and require a skilled operator to run the press. The average salary for an entry-level flexo press operator in the US is $30,000 ( Add those together and one must generate hundreds of dollars in... View Article

The Secondary Label (R)evolution: Reduce Mis-Picks With In-House Color Label Printing (Industrial Labels)

July 11, 2014

The barcode has been around for 40 years. It revolutionized industrial labeling, warehouse management, product logistics, and asset tracking. As helpful as barcodes have been, there is a fundamental limitation: People cannot read barcodes, which causes costly errors in product stocking and order picking. In a 2013 study, Intermec (a division of Honeywell) determined that, on average, a distribution center... View Article