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ImageTek Labels to Attend MFG4 Tradeshow Hosted by The Society of Manufacturing Engineers

Aerospace, Defense, Medical & Energy Manufacturing for the Future

Springfield, VT February 28th, 2012. ImageTek Labels will be attending the MFG4 Trade Show Event in Hartford, CT from May 8th – 10th. This tradeshow is a new event, exclusive to industry experts, designed to provide leading manufacturing engineers in Aerospace, Medical, Energy and Military Industries an opportunity to learn more about innovative products and technologies that meet their production challenges. ImageTek is proud to be among the companies chosen to attend this year’s event.

ImageTek will be unveiling new, cutting-edge products for manufacturing professionals looking for custom tag and label solutions. Given the ever changing standards and compliance regulations, we engineer the new technologies to help you comply with the strictest of standards. With a full product line of high temperature, flame retardant, chemical resistant and harsh environment labels and tags, we offer strategic solutions to the most challenging industrial applications.

With decades of industry expertise, we have proven engineered solutions that make us a valuable partner in your manufacturing process. ImageTek offers the right solution, the first time, making sure to not only save you time but maintain your products integrity while increasing your bottom line.

For more information about ImageTek Labels please contact Alicia Baker at abaker@pcmanufacturing.com or by calling (802) 885-6208 ext: 268. Samples packets are available.

Nutrition Labels. A ‘How To’ for Food Producers.

Nutrition Labels and the agencies governing them can be pretty strict. Not only do the laws call out for  rigid label standards but buyers are becoming more label conscience. That means your nutrition label has to do more than list your ingredients, it needs to brand your product and set your product apart. Often times, we find food producers struggle with nutrition labeling. It doesn’t have to be complicated the trick is in knowing what type of nutrition label you need and where to find the information.   

There are three types of nutrition labels, those are…

1.)       The Basic Label – This label is a must have, no exceptions. It contains the Percent of Daily Value information like calories, serving size and fat content. These labels are almost always in a vertical format and plug ins are available to help you determine what percentage’s your products fall into. By adding your ingredients and serving information the values can easily be determined.

2.)       The Standard Nutrition Label – This is the basic nutrition labels with extra fields for ingredients and vitamin information. The difference between the standard layouts vs. the basic layout is the standard layout doesn’t just give you daily values; it gives you a list of the ingredients themselves. The Standard Label has become increasingly more popular as consumers become more health conscience.

3.)       The Deluxe Label – This label lists the daily food value’s, ingredients and value added information like allergen warnings, kosher information or QR codes to the nutritional pages on the producers website. It goes a step beyond what is in the ingredients and gives the consumer more information about the way the product is produced. This label is not mandatory. It is for the most socially responsible food producer, generally those who sell their products for health or moral production reasons.

ImageTek Labels can guide you through the label design process. Our team will custom print and deliver your order in just a few days. By using nutrition label generators you can create the artwork and get the nutritional guidelines for your product. If you’re concerned about special ingredients or production find out what the FDA says you cannot do. Or check out the FDA Nutritional Guidelines and USDA National Nutrient Database which profiles every food imaginable and calls out the nutritional values for use on food labeling.

This should help get you started with your nutrition labels or you can call ImageTek and let us help. We can quickly and easily get you going on how to design a nutrition label that meets the standards and have the printed labels at your door in a few days! Visit our Nutrition Labels webpage and find out more information about labeling your products.

Have questions? Great. Email Us and we will get back to quickly or call (802) 885-6208.

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5 Reasons You Should be Using Digitally Printed Labels for Food & Beverage Labeling

Digital Printing is the newest and most technologically advanced form of printing available today but it’s still surprising to me how many food and beverage producers I speak with that don’t know it exists. In addition, they really are not sure how their labels are manufactured at all and that’s okay, that’s the vendor’s job. However, there is a real value for food and beverage producers to be at least a little familiar with digital printing because of the huge advantages it has for their business and their bottom line.

Here’s a quick list of the benefits of digital printing and why it’s important to ask how your labels are being manufactured. In short, it will produce the best possible print, cost effectively and offer a more resilient label with superior color and clarity.

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1.)    It’s Cheaper. Traditional printing, like flexographic and thermal transfer, requires expensive tooling to die cut and print your labels, digital labels do not. Therefore, you’re not incurring the charges for tools like dies and plates to get your label printed.payday loansThis has a direct impact on your cost per label and can save you hundreds of dollars in additional manufacturing expenses.

2.)    It’s Faster. No more extensive machine set-up, waiting for tools to be manufactured, pouring inks or running the same roll of labels several times through the press; Digital Printing cuts set up time in half and eliminates the need for tools and re-runs of the rolls to overlay colors and create images. The time savings directly affects your bottom line price, especially for short run projects with variable information.

3.)    Color & Quality. Digital Printing utilizes UV Inks. These inks are extremely durable and resistant to ultra violet light and most harsh environments. When mixed together (CMYK) they produce any color of the rainbow. No more having to match exact PMS (unless you want to),no more buying specialty inks just to match a color and no more fading and smearing when exposed to moisture or like enviroments.  

4.)    Flexibility. Another benefit of digital printing is that you get great flexibility over your labels, primarily for short runs or when there are several versions of the same label with minor changes such as the name or ingredients. Printing digitally means no more set up and break down of various machines for color changes or artwork changes and  no more struggling with trying to meet minimums for each version of the labels you need printed. These variable designs can be programmed to run one version after another, in line. It’s much faster, more affordable and influences your bottom line.  

5.)    Eco Benefits. Digital printing is more environmentally friendly. The inks generally have few fewer chemical additives. There is no need for tooling of film plates or the use of photo chemicals for clean-up which lessens the impact to the environment. Also, there is far less wasted material, meaning less material that reaches the landfills.  

The value of digital printing is undeniable and it’s important for business owners that they are using the most effective print methods possible while maintaining or often enhancing the quality of their labels. Digital Printing is overtaking offset printing in leaps and bounds and is considered a better value for those in the prime label industry. So, before you order your next set of labels, look into digital printing and make sure you’re getting the most from your labeling dollars.

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